Choosy Beggar Books

North Korean Comics

Posted in International Comics by m on March 9, 2010

a scan and translation from Fenkl's website

Heinz Insu Fenkl is director of the State University of New York. Apparently, this guy has been working for many years translating North Korean comics. You can find the translations he’s made available at his website. Most of them are typically political, anti-US narratives. They’re never-the-less fascinating.

They are a lot like older Chinese comics from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, but certainly nothing like the action-only Jademan comics that came to the US in the late ’80s. I’ve read quite a few Chinese comics, but never anything from North Korea. It looks like some of them have been translated by North Korean publishing houses and

Fenkl has done a lot of translating himself.

Fenkl also has 13 pages of his own comic, Princess P, on his website. It’s not my cup of tea, but it’s worth checking out if you have a few minutes.


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