I do dedicate a small room to my manwha collection.
Now, I haven’t been collecting any manwha/manga books for some years now due to webtoon being way much more popular than regular manwha. Still, I do have a sizable collection from the past.
I will get this out of my mind right now.
In decades of collecting these books, only four series are truly admired by my heart.
1. Five Stars Stories
2. Ii Hito (Good person)
3. Cafe Alpha
4. Ppoi !
I dare say that everything else has been lacking in one aspect or another.
Still, it does not mean I dislike / hate the others. It just means that only those four mentioned came close to what I’d call “masterpiece”.
Five Stars Stories is on top of the list because I consider it the masterpiece. After all, it inspired me to begin my three-decade long writing of my own stories.
FYI, FSS still continues to this day with the author publishing the book at his own pace. He has reportedly passed the task of completing his work to his son.
Ii Hito is another I truly admire. This manga is what I’d call all-time classic. It’s in general light hearted and mildly comical at times while bearing strong messages underneath.
What I do love about this manga is that, despite of the protagonist being “a good person”, he is forced to make dirty decisions in later plot, not because he wanted, but because there was no other choice.
You may notice that I seem to own both Korean and Japanese version of some books.
That’s because I love them.
I own both versions (Korean & Japanese) of Ii Hito, Cafe Alpha, and Ppoi.
Speaking of Cafe Alpha, this is another manga I admire, perhaps less than FSS and Ii Hito, but nonetheless, I’d call this manga a relaxing masterpiece.
The soothing mood that this manga radiates is … something to behold. Some people may compare this manga with Aria but, no way. Aria uses cute girls and a talking teddy bear as a form of attraction. While Cafe Alpha does feature a female robot, she is not as sexualized as the girls from Aria.
I also own various classics, Naruto, Gintama, Bleach, Rurouni Kenshin, etc …
I also have some far less known manga books as well. I am pretty sure I have some series you’ve never heard of or even seen before somewhere. It’s in there somewhere.
And as you can probably see, I also collect some figures as well. I mean, why not? Might as well get something to display alongside of the books.
You may also notice that I keep the room fairly clean. I dust off every weekend regardless whether I use the room or not. I’ve been doing that for decades.
Sadly, the room has been seeing less and less of my presence over the years.
I’ve specifically mentioned in my will that these books must be burnt off when I pass away.
These are my memories and experience. When I go, so shall they.
Moving on is a good thing, and in spite of my advancing age, I am one of those who move quickly on with the latest tech. I do not mumble about the past because I see no point in doing that. There is no need to tell youngters that something used to be much cheaper because that is stating the obvious, and they wouldn’t understand it anyway.
Even so, paper comic books fading into the history is a little dishearting.
I reckon that, in 20 years or so into the future, the new generation won’t know the sensation of reading comic books in a chair, nevermind having a dedicated room for it with a comfy chair in it.
The distinct smell of yellow-ish aged papers as you flip them, yes, they won’t know unless they go out of their way and seek them out on Ebay or something which is something I reckon only few will do so in the future.
Regardless, the time is changing. In just 5 years, webtoon has surpassed manwha books and it is going really strong. A part of this strong rise is not needing a publisher to publish their works.
The middle men, publishers, that were originally meant to help comic authors to help publishing their works have become a huge hindrance over the years.
So, in a way, I suppose this is a good trend.
Sadly, life is never that simple.
With many small publishers going belly up, there are more unemployed people who had related jobs. And, as of now 2018, there are only few large publishers left.
Regardless, life moves on and so does mine.
I don’t plan to do any further scanlation although there are some releases left with an editor at this time of writing (as of 2018 March 29th)
Once that’s over, that’s really it, I guess.
So, if you’ve read this far, I thank you for your time in reading this crap and a little bit of my personal history & space.