Those who have known me for the past few years may recognize the lovely icon to the left as something I've been using for almost as long as I've had this LJ, but I'll bet only a fraction of those dearly beloved know the gifted artist responsible.
Well, that will hopefully change soon because TOKYOPOP has licensed the series from which it originates
: Park Hee-Jung's Martin & John
(conveniently? misspelled "Martin & Jhon" on the Korean edition's cover).
There is a bit of a wrinkle, however. Those of you who are familiar with gay fiction undoubtedly recognize the title Martin and John
...since it was also a highly-acclaimed 1992 novel by Dale Peck
. Now, I've read the novel and seen the manhwa, and I don't think they're actually the same story. But both are
about multiple pairs of men named Martin and John in various sorts of romantic relationships. I couldn't for the life of me tell if Park was paying homage to Peck's novel (which came first) or if she was *ahem* plagiarizing. >_< It seemed like too much of a coincidence.
Back in early 2004 when I first saw the manhwa in Korea, I was worried that the case for a possible copyright infringement might lead licensors to shy away from it. Also, there's Peck's pugnacious reputation (at least as a literary critic). Ah well. Whatever the case may in fact be, I'm glad it's coming over. I've been waiting a looooong time for the opportunity to read this lovely manhwa in English!