Wednesday, June 22, 2011

North Korea's Comics

Recently caught these from a Slate article. Pretty interesting stuff, and a sad peek into that torn countries isolation. The comics hero is Gen. Mighty Wing, who pops up in most of them, and is a true son of the People Republic.

Korean comics were printed on the cheapest of all recycled paper stock—"shit paper"—and yet they were still were too expensive for a typical person to buy. Most stories were printed in multivolume sets of a dozen or so, or at least in ha (low) and sang (high) sets designating part 1 and part 2. The ink used for the interior printing was probably recycled from the mixed waste of colored inks from other press runs—it was never quite black, but usually a shade of blue ranging from a dark navy to a baby blue.

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