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Seven Seas Licenses CHECKMATE Boys’ Love Manhwa Series

Posted on May 22nd, 2024

Seven Seas Entertainment is excited to announce the license acquisition of the color Boys’ Love webtoon/manhwa series Checkmate by TAN, for a release in English-language print for the first time. In this Mature-rated psychological drama, two rivals become caught up in their own manipulative mind games. 

Detached. Disinterested. Dispassionate. All words used to describe Soohyun and his uneventful, mediocre life. He’s nothing like he once was. As a teen, he had a fire, a passion burning within, all thanks to one person: bright-haired and brilliant Eunsung. Throughout high school, Soohyun obsessively competed with Eunsung for the top spot in all things, only to consistently come in second place. And as high school ended without victory, so did his passion for anything. But all this changes when, as an adult, he suddenly sees Eunsung again—except the other man is in the news, embroiled in scandal! Seeing Eunsung in a state of shame ignites something in Soohyun. Fiery hate, long thought dead, comes alive within him once more.

Determined to see a fallen Eunsung with his own eyes, Soohyun reinvents himself as a reporter and begins dishing out one dirty article after another. He’s sure that with each scathing hit piece, Eunsung will come crawling to Soohyun and begging for mercy. Except, it doesn’t happen. Eunsung doesn’t react at all the way Soohyun expects! Just who is being manipulated, and who, the manipulator? For Mature Readers.

Checkmate Vol. 1 will be printed for the first time in the English language in October 2024 for $21.99 USA / $28.99 CAN, with the series available in color large-trim editions as part of the Seven Seas Webtoons label.