Thursday, May 05, 2005

The tough path of comics in Korea 

The Comics Reporter linked to an article on the death of korean creator Go U-yeong. For someone like me who knows a fair amount about comics' history in the US and Japan and next to nothing about Korea's, even this short article was illuminating. It sounds like comics there have followed a similar path to those in the US, being heavily censored and blamed for the country's ills, except for them the censorship was heaviest in the '70s and '80s. I think a lot of us assumed that the history would be similar to Japan, but when I think of what I've learned of Korean cinema lately, the history of their comics fits in with that.

I'm just glad things seem really on the upswing lately in Korea. Great movies like Old Boy, ...ing, A Tale of Two Sisters, and many more and now the infusion of comics like Model and Priest. With all the talk of American and Japanese comics and cinema, please don't forget Korea!

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