Re Gifters
Mike Carey
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Re Gifters

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"Meet Jen Dik Seong -- or "Dixie" as she's known to her friends. She's living on the ragged edge of LA's Koreatown, and her only outlet is the ancient martial art of hapkido. In fact, she's on the verge of winning a championship -- until she falls for fellow hapkido fan/California surfer boy Adam and gets thrown spectacularly off her game. As she struggles to win the tourn...more
148 pages
Published 2007 by Minx
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Dixie is a Korean American girl who has a black belt is hapkido, a martial art. She and her best, well, ONLY friend, Avril are looking forward to entering the hapkido tournament together.

Unfortunately, Dixie's crush on Adam, a clueless surfer dude in her hapkido class, causes her to lose focus. She comes up with a daring idea to impress him with an expensive gift, and then finds out that not only has she spent the money for her tournament entrance fee, but also that Adam likes someone else.

This book rocked. I really enjoyed Dixie, the main character, who is a feisty Korean girl that excels in hapkido. Without spoiling the book, Dixie gets thrown off of her game by a boy, and we get to root for her while she gets her mojo back. I was highly satisfied by the emotionally manipulative ending, I must confess.
Plot: Jen Dik Seong is studying the ancient martial art of hapkido. She's awesome at the sport. In fact, her parents and friends want her to participate in the 25th National Hapkido Championship because they think that she stands an excellent chance of winning. She saves up the money for the ticket to participate in the championship, but then she spends the money on buying a birthday gift for her crush Adam. He not only doesn't like her back (argh!), he re-gifts her present to a girl that he lik...more
Cara Marie
I utterly adored My Faith in Frankie from the same team, so I was looking forward to this. Sadly, it's not as good.

The protagonist, Jen Dik Seong, or just Dixie, is a talented martial artist in hapkido - only she's somewhat distracted at the moment by a giant crush on Adam, who also studies hapkido. He throws her off her game completely. Trouble comes when Dixie spends the money her father can barely put together for an upcoming tournament on a very expensive present for Adam. Who doesn't appr...more
I've read nearly all the MINX comics, and I've gotta say that the Re-Gifters and The P.L.A.I.N. Janes are my favorites from this imprint of DC comics (it had a lot of potential...wish it was still around).

Basically, the Re-Gifters is the story of a young Korean girl, "Dixie", her hapkido tournament, and the love triangle she gets caught up with, involving the boy she likes, the girl he likes, and the guy she never considered before. I really liked Dixie's character, because I felt like she was t...more
May 18, 2010 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This was an excellent graphic novel! I have read it at least 4 times now and it never gets old. It deals with the trials and tribulations that Dixie, a Korean-American girl, faces as she struggles to survive high school, win a martial arts tournament, survive her family and deal with unrequited love and anger management issues. By the end, Dixie manages to sort out her priorities and even makes a play for guy, all while battling for a martial arts championship.

This story, and pretty much everyt...more
The story of a relatably cranky teenage Korean-American girl who’s trying to win a martial arts tournament—and the boy of her dreams. This is not your typical Mike Carey (perhaps best-known for Lucifer and his run on Hellblazer) graphic novel. It is, however, much better than the supernatural/horror novels he’s been cranking out lately. It features loads of humor, a cute interracial romance, and girls kicking ass—literally. I only wish Carey could have brought this much energy and life to his...more
I know Mike Carey from his wonderful gritty urban (London) fantasy involving demons, so I was a little curious what his romantic comedy graphic novel about a young Korean women in LA would be like. Answer: I had to be in a totally different mood for it (I miss Felix Castor) but it's funny and good. It's great to see a girl interested in martial arts. (I know a lot of urban fantasy heroines kick ass, but they're often paragons. Dixie (Dik Seong Jen) is a regular high school girl who gets grumpy a...more
Fun story, fluid artwork, good message and (maybe unfortunately) didn't wear out its welcome. Also, I loved Dillinger from the fist second he stepped onto the page.
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Re-Gifters is a graphic novel. Jen Dik Seong, or “Dixie”, is a teenager of Korean-descent living in LA. She studies the martial art of hapkido, which brings pride to her family. It is a means for her to carry-on the culture of her forefathers. Dixie is also a typical teenager. She falls for Adam, a fellow student of hipkido, and this obsession or crush begins to impact her martial arts performance. How will she win the hapkido tournament when her emotions are influencing her “ki” (the uni...more
Dik Seong Jen, otherwise known as Dixie, is a hotheaded teenage girl from Koreatown, in South Central Los Angeles. Although she is an excellent student of hapkido, a Korean martial art, her teacher worries that she has lost her sense of balance, or ki, without which she cannot reach her full potential. Dixie suspects that one reason for this loss is her all-consuming, but unrequited crush on a fellow student, Adam. To impress Adam on his birthday, Dixie presents him with what, for her, is a mea...more
I have to admit that while I really liked this after I'd first finished it, the more I thought about this story the more I just sort of feel that this was more average and bland than I'd really like.

Like so many of the Minx line, this has some incredible artwork. This is one area that I've yet to be disappointed, and this book kept up with the art expectations of its fellow releases. The art is fun, quirky, and fits the story and characters. I can see people getting into this for the artwork al...more
Overall Rating: A
Synopsis: The series is created by writer Mike Carey and artists Sonny Liew and Marc Hempel for DC Comics' Minx line. It follows Jen Dik Seong (or "Dixie"), a high school girl from a poor Korean American family. Dixie's passion is training in the ancient martial art of hapkido. The only problem is that her training keeps getting messed up, because she has a HUGE crush on a boy in her class, Adam. In order to impress him, she buys him a very expensive statue of one of the first H...more
Dixie is Korean and a black belt in hapkido. She has a super crush on Adam, which keeps throwing her off her game. She runs into walls because she's too busy thinking about him. She blows her entrance fee on a gift for Adam's birthday, and then he asks her about another girl. Dixie figures life can't get any worse. Then through a mishap of events, she ends up training with a thug named Dillinger. If Dixie can get her head straight and win the championship, maybe the rest of her life will straigh...more
2.5 stars

I thought that Re-gifters was just okay, but I guess that it depends what you were expecting, and since most people expect comic books/graphic novels to be light reads, this will likely please most teens who pick it up. Re-gifters is the equivalent of cheesy teen novel, except with a Korean-American protagonist instead of the typical bland dishwater blond girl who for some reason (other than hapkido) isn't quite girly enough to fit norms, and read as such, it's good entertainment.

Patrice Sartor
SUMMARY: Jen Dik "Dixie" Seong is a black belt in hapkido, a sport that her father encourages her to participate in because it harkens back to the families' Korean heritage, even though they do not have much money. Yet Dixie finds it difficult to fully focus on hapkido when she's distracted by Adam, her dojo's most talented male student and the object of her affection. Her one friend, Avril, supports Dixie's Adam-obsession, up to a point. Things start to twist and turn when a gift keeps getting...more
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Re-gifters by Mike Carey

My name is Dik Seong Jen. Even though Jen is my first name, everyone calls me Dixie. You see…Koreans put their first names at the end and…well anyway… Other things you have to know to understand me are that I “feel things deeply”, I have a temper, and I kind of act out and can’t help it. Oh, but and the emotions I can’t express, I channel into hapkido, Korean martial arts. I’m pretty good too!

I have two things on my mind these days…Adam and the tournament. Adam’s great at...more
re-gift –verb
1. to give an unwanted gift to someone else; to give as a gift something one previously received as a gift; also written regift

Dik Seong Jen (Dixie) has a spiky exterior–her spikiness is a defense mechanism guarding against her powerful emotions–as she puts it, “I don’t show it, but deep down I’m really a passionate person”.

For many years, she has loved hapkido because she is proud of her Korean heritage and because she needs the physical outlet for what she cannot express in words....more
Jen Dik Seong "Dixie" lives in Koreatown on the edge of LA. She is an angry and angsty teen who's only outlet is hapkido. She is very good at it and plans on going to a national championship. But unfortunately, Dixie doesn't always think before she acts and she spends her entrance money on a gift for Adam, a cute guy in her class. Adam, who has hardly ever noticed Dixie except in Hapkido class, turns around and regifts it to the girl he has a crush on. To top it all off when Dixie and Adam end u...more
This isn't a bad read, but it's not that great either. It does illustrate what happens when a young person starts to notice other people in a romantic light, and how that affects your thinking, focus, and priorities.

Dixie, the heroine, usually takes no prisoners when practicing Korean martial arts at her do-jong. She's usually as uncompromising in her attitude and style, too. [Reminds me of myself in my streetfighting days.] Then, along comes a boy. The story deals with her coping with the sudde...more
This graphic novel was a quick read. Jen is Korean-American living in South Central L.A. There's two basic story lines - Jen is preparing to be in a national martial arts competition and Jen is in love with a popular boy at school. The story lines are intertwined because said boy is also in the competition and Jen has a seriously hard time finding her "ki" (universal energy, or spirit) because of her infatuation with him.

I didn't like the art as much in this one as I have in other graphic novel...more
Busier graphic novel than what I typically pick up, and busier = stylistically more detailed, art rougher, and reminiscent of manga at times.

Story of Korean American gal and her crush on a boy who is in her hapkido class and how she deals with it. Strong female again, though not along the lines of Kibuish, but more tough physically with moments of emotional/mental weaknesses.

Great laugh out loud portions (the whole re-gifting thing, "Well Goddamn" and the woman with the tattoo). Underlying stor...more
Chloe H.
Ehhhh. I really want to like Minx, but they keep doing a bad job of telling girls' stories. Here we have another graphic novel, this time about a Korean-American girl, created by two dudes. And what was UP with the ending where she ends up with the admitted felon, and we're supposed to find it romantic?!?
Aug 25, 2008 Katrina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen girls, espically tomboys
Shelves: teen
While it was quite enjoyable, the structure of it all was too obvious. My least favorite moment is when Dixie's best friend breaks her leg - meaning she can give her place in the tournament to Dixie. Because of course it had to happen to further the plot, but did it have to be so unsubtle? And I didn't feel that Dixie really had to deal with the consequences of her actions - there's a happy ending, Adam gets his comeuppance and it all ties together maybe too nicely. Both Liew and Hempel give the...more
Abby Johnson
Jen is a black belt in hapkido and she's certain to do well in the national tournament coming up... that is, if she can take her mind off of Adam, the hot hapkido student in her class. Jen knows that she needs to do something to get his attention... but what? Then she has the idea to spend her tournament registration money on a very special gift for Adam. But will he appreciate it or will he turn out to be a re-gifter? And how will Jen get into the tournament now that the money is gone? And is A...more
Zen Cho
I'd call this YA, and it was lots of fun. I got invested enough in the main character that I was snarling at the stupid boy she had a crush on, and thank goodness, the romance had an ending that was actually good for all characters concerned. Whew.

Some twists I found difficult to believe -- mostly the stupid boy's change of heart when he saw the main character fighting, but I can read that as the stupid boy trying to take advantage of the main character's crush on him to win the competition. Any...more
Re-Gifters is a story about a young girl named Jen who is currently in high school. This book written by Mike Carey portrays Jen as a quite and misunderstood girl. Jen's hobby in the story is her love for Kung-fu. In the story Jen thinks she is in love with Adam the number one hot shot at her Kung-fu class. The story takes off when Jen buys Adam a birthday present and later on she finds out that the 500 dollar birthday present she gave Adam, Adam had gave it to someone else as a lift ergo "Re-Gi...more
Aug 27, 2007 Deb rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comic book junkies
This book is the pinnacle release from the Minx imprint so far, although that isn't saying much. Re-gifters has a decent plot shaped by a much more skillful author than the last release, Clubbing. (Avoid reading it. One reviewer summed the book up best: 'Clubbing would make a great Disney special') The main character in this book is allowed to be girly and fierce and normal - a space within which she makes stupid moves like any other girl in her position might.

As an entertaining learning source,...more
I have no real excuse for reading a little graphic novel from a failed line aimed at teenage girls, except that I liked My Faith in Frankie by this same team when they were doing it at Vertigo, and having a basically theoretical interest in martial arts. But it wound up being just as charming as MFiF was, though without the Vertigo bite or supernatural edge. Sonny Liew is a brilliant cartoonist, and I wish I had more of his work readily available.

Make no mistake, it's a young adult story with le...more
Of course, I end up laying my hands on this book when I belatedly hear that the Minx line is being cancelled. Which leaves me feeling it's a terrible shame - because, this is yet another volume from their line that I found solidly written, nicely drawn and cute. It's not exactly an unpredictable story, but it is paced well, with a strong flow, and has such a fun and light quality to it that I didn't mind at all. It was enjoyably to read and felt so fun that I was left wishing that there would be...more
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Mike Carey was born in Liverpool in 1959. He worked as a teacher for fifteen years, before starting to write comics. When he started to receive regular commissions from DC Comics, he gave up the day job.

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