006 Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon Sik Hong with Rachelle Cruz and Wait List

Comics Syllabus
Comics Syllabus
006 Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon Sik Hong with Rachelle Cruz and Wait List

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On this week’s Comics Syllabus podcast, Paul and writer/poet/teacher/podcaster Rachelle Cruz talk about “Uncomfortably Happily” by Yeon-Sik Hong (translated by Hellen Jo), out recently from Drawn + Quarterly. After an introduction to Rachelle and her work, they delve into this autobiographical tale of a period of Korean manhwa artist Hong’s life when he and his wife moved out of big-city Seoul and into the mountains, maintaining their marriage, life in the countryside, and the travails and triumphs of a creative life together. Rachelle helps to shed light on why this deceptively simple work has been celebrated by Korean audiences and yet speaks to widely appealing themes.

But first, in the opening “General Ed” segment, part 2 of this month’s “The Wait List” segment, where Paul discusses some of the hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and collections coming out over the next couple weeks with “trade-waiter” and casual comics fan Sonny (who also happens to be Paul’s brother). Paul and Sonny mention releases from the 3rd week of July (19th): “Mighty Thor Premium HC v3” ‘Asgard Shi’ar War’ (Marvel), “Ms Marvel v7” ‘Damage per Second’ (Marvel), “Palookaville” #23 by Seth (D+Q), and “Punisher v2” ‘End of the Line’ (Marvel); and releases from the 4th week of July (26th): “By Chance or Providence” by Becky Cloonan (Image), “Flash Rebirth Deluxe Collected HC” (DC), “Kill or Be Killed v2” by Brubaker and Phillips (Image), and “Street Angel Gang HC” by Jim Rugg (Image).


Rachelle Cruz on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rawqeli

Blood Jet Writing Hour: https://thebloodjet.wordpress.com/

Newsarama Interview with “Uncomfortably Happily” translator Hellen Jo: https://www.newsarama.com/35041-hellen-jo-gets-uncomfortably-happily-translating-korean-graphic-novel-for-d-q.html

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