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Regalo Sorpresa

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,159 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
Dixie es coreana, vive en Los Ángeles y su vida gira en torno al hapkido, un arte marcial. Sin embargo, un día conoce a Adam y se enamora de él. Decide hacerle un regalo para sorprenderle... ¿Cómo debe ser el verdadero amor? Una historia que muestra que la realidad no siempre se corresponde con las expectativas.
Paperback, 152 pages
Published August 2010 by SM (first published January 1st 2007)
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Elizabeth A
Dec 28, 2015 Elizabeth A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphix, 2015, kids-ya
Jen Dik Seong, known as Dixie to her friends, well really friend (singular), is a first generation Korean American girl, who has a black belt in Hapkido - an ancient marital art. She has her first major crush, and this has left her not only distracted, but she has lost her Ki. Will she find it again?

This graphic novel targeted at the teen reader is a lovely exploration of first loves, friendship, and the struggle to figure out who you are. The black, white and grey illustrations are fun, and I e
Jan 02, 2008 Jennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vonze (Yvonne)
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
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.

Aug 25, 2008 Agathafrye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grrrls
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.
I picked up this as part of what is clearly becoming a "graphic novel binge as I attempt to claw my way out of my book slump" phase. I had heard things about it and I wanted to know more. I rather enjoyed this book. Dixie was a smart sassy protagonist and I enjoyed her story. I honestly thought seeing Adam and his date's happenings were kind of unnecessary and those bits slowed me down a little, but overall, loved the story and especially MC's bestie Avril, seriously she has some of the best lin ...more
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
West Region,
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
Cara Marie
Jul 15, 2007 Cara Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
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
May 18, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Dec 13, 2008 Trin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 26, 2016 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults, YA, and teens
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
This is a YA graphic novel about the protagonist (Dixie's) crush on a cute kid in HS (Adam) and how his duplicitous behavior finally reveals... well, I won't spoil the denouement, in case anyone reads my review/decides to read the book.

The book starts with Dixie's romantic fixation on Adam, a cute kid in HS - they both study Hapkido, a Korean form of Karate, and are both set to compete in a national championship. Useful information is conveyed on the background of Dixie's family in the US, and
Apr 16, 2016 Noel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really hate the word 1Ccute. 1D Unless talking about a babies, puppies, or kittens, I just find the word annoying and unnecessary. There 19s always a better, more descriptive word that can be used. I would really find it annoying if I spent time writing a book only to have it called 1Ccute, 1D but unfortunately that is exactly what I am about to say about Re-Gifters by Mike Carey, Sonny Liew, and Marc Hempel. It 19s so darn cute!

Re-Gifters is the story of Korean-American Jen Dik Seong 13 or Di

Re-Gifters was another impulse grab from the Library. I popped open a page and saw girl + martial arts so I checked it out. It wasn't quite what I expected, but it was still fun. It was relatable in some ways, and not in others. We have Jen, Dixie to her friends - a normal, slightly cranky, Korean-American girl who is into Hapkido, and a particular boy. The national championship of Hapkido, happens to be in L.A. (where this book is set) this year, and Dixie's looking forward to it - and to "winn
Aug 20, 2014 Faith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read other books by this author that I liked, and I loved that this one featured a physically strong and talented female character. However, I really disliked the guy she ended up with in the end and the fact that he may be a drug dealer or something similar is never really resolved. It's a major flaw in an otherwise well written book. The art is also good, though the copy I had was on the smaller size for a graphic novel, which sometimes made it hard to read and appreciate the drawings.
The Reading Rose
Jun 24, 2016 The Reading Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 25, 2015 alana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I'm in my early 30s, I somehow feel like I was Minx's target demographic...All the books the division put out were fun, girly, young adulty awesomeness with crisp, clear images and slightly whimsical hair. I love The Unwritten, Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity series and wanted to read more by Mike Carey, and my library search turned up Re-Gifters. Not at all complex like The Unwritten. Re-Gifters is a short little story about Jen, a Korean-American girl with a crush on a boy a ...more
Soobie's heartbroken
That was actually quite good, I'd say it's probably 3,5 stars.

I like the sport setting and thanks to this book I've found out that there's a martial art called hapkido. I like the idea of the tournament and the Street Sweep Contest. I even like the idea of the warrior being given as a gift times and times again.

At the same I'm not sure if I like the art. I mean, it get tons of brownie point because it's in black-and-white but it isn't pleasant to the eye. At least, it's easy to tell one charact
Apr 16, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Great pen-and-ink tale of first crushes, finding your power, and hapkido. Dik Seong Jen ('Dixie') is a young Korean American in LA with a black belt in hapkido whose crush on fellow black belt Adam presents complications. The LA riots and tension between the African-American and Korean communities following the Rodney King incident provide a political/social backdrop to a story about the National Hapkido Tournament and a misbegotten gift that keeps on...being given. Mike Carey writes the fabulou ...more
Adrean Clark
I loved Sonny Liew's other book The Shadow Hero so I gave this book a try. Unfortunately it's written in such a masculine way that I found it hard to relate to the protagonist. Sure there are girls like Jen, but there's no subtlety in her character. One could simply switch genders throughout the story and it'd be no different. Sadly one could say the same about the white writer, Korean topic issue but I'll leave that for native Korean reviewers.

Re-Gifters is quirky and does stand out amongst oth
Eleanor With Cats
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
3Q 3P G

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
Mar 25, 2009 A rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 13, 2008 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

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.
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
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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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