A Man Alone In A Comic Book

Hillary Shute writes: ‘In 2001, the French-Canadian artist Guy Delisle spent several months living in North Korea while working for an animation studio, SEK— the Scientific Educational Film Studio of Korea. Delisle, then thirty-five and a seasoned animator, had traveled to Pyongyang on a work visa for a French film animation company; the SEK is used to attract foreign currency, most of it French, as he explains. His graphic memoir of that time, “Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea” (translated into English in 2005), was a rare first-hand look at life inside North Korea and became an international best seller.

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