Painter of Dr. Stone will join the Korean Marvel-esque webcomic universe called SuperString.
As reported by Anime News Network, Boichi, the illustrator for Dr. Stone, will be releasing a new webcomic that will be part of SuperString in issue 21 of Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday. In-Wan Youn, who has written other Super Strings such as Island and Defense Devil, will write. The series, SuperString: Isekai Kenbunroku is about a young man trying to fight alone and protect his family. Earth turns into a battlefield in Isekai Kenbunroku when heroes, summoned from other dimensions, come to join a war. According to the magazine, the series is “a super-dimensional action series about Marco Polo.”
Boichi’s Illustrated Career in Manhwa
Boichi’s career began by illustrating manhwa, the Korean word for manga, before moving on to the world of manga, Japanese manga in 2004. Sun-Ken Rock, the manga series that ran in several issues. His first, which debuted in Young King magazine in 2006 and led to many spin-offs. Since Sun-Ken Rock features some Korean-Vietnamese characters, Boichi donated the royalties from the second volume to the Humanitarian Service for Children of Vietnam to apologize for Korea’s actions during the Vietnam War. His philanthropic work continued as he donated royalties and funds to the Red Cross and the victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. won the Grand Prize at the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival in 2019.
Boichi’s Dr. Stone Becomes a Popular Anime
Boichi has contributed artwork to other manga series, such as Brutality and Raqiya, but he is most famous for providing artwork for Dr. Stone by Riichiro Inagaki, ending March 2022. Boichi and Inagaki’s collaboration began remotely and indirectly when Inagakai sent the storyboard to Boichi through his editor. Boichi envisioned Dr. Stone’s world as a place where nature was largely unharmed because humanity, due to a mysterious flash of light, would not be there to destroy it. Both did extensive research to ensure the series’ science was as accurate as possible. The manga won the shōnen category at the 2019 Shogakukan Manga Awards and has over 14 million copies as of June 2022. Dr. Stone has inspired a popular anime adaptation, with Boichi provided rough sketches to help the director adapt the manga. Season 3 premieres on April 6.
Isekai Kenbunroku is part of Super Strings, the IP of a Korean YLAB company, where different characters from different YLAB works come together in a single universe. IP is primarily focused on manhwa and webcomics but has expanded into other genres such as movies, TV series, and games. Youn’s other film, Island, has been adapted into a live-action drama starring Kim Nam Gil, Lee Da Hee, Cha Eunwoo, and Sung Joon. English translation is available to read on WEBTOON. Defense Devil ran on Weekly Shōnen Sunday from April 2009 to June 2011.
SuperString: Isekai Kenbunroku premieres on April 19.
Source: Anime News Network