Korean manhwa style is generally more realistic and less cartoon-like than manga. In manhwa, hair is more natural than the exaggerated spiky style of hair exhibited in many manga. Also, in contrast to the large-eyed non-ethnic characters in much manga, manhwa faces often show stronger evidence of an Asian ethnicity. Korean manhwa are also more creator-driven than Japanese manga, which are heavily shaped by editors. Thus manhwa has more of the creators' input and artistic vision. Manhwa are often created by a team of the writer and the artist, whereas manga are created by, or at least credited to, a single Manga Ka. Manhwa tend to focus more on story whereas manga focus on characters.
Manhwa are read left to right like Western comics, as opposed to Japanese manga and Chinese manhua, which are read from right to left. Though Korea's manhwa industry is relatively young compared to other asian comics, the manga and manhwa industries can now be considered equal competitors, like "different brands of the same product." While there are manga titles published in South Korea (mainly Shounen titles), the reverse is very rare, but there are exceptions, such as Shin Angyo OnshiIt should be noted that there are multiple systems for romanizing hangul (although South Korea has officially adopted one particular system), so the exact spelling of non-standard Korean words and names varies from translator to translator, particularly in scanlations. Therefore, Spell My Name with an "S" is quite common.