The manhwa 꿀색 피부 written and illustrated by the Belgian adopted Korean Jung will be released in Korea in a Korean language edition by the publisher 길찾기. (They do cartoon books on big social issues; they also have one on comfort women called 위안부 리포트 “Comfort Woman Report.”) I had the pleasure to write a foreword for the Korean edition of Jung’s “Honey-colored skin,” and I tried to frame the publication in a historical and social context for Koreans. The original is in French, and it is called Couleur de peau: Miel and it is in two volumes.
This is the autobiographical manhwa that got some buzz in the KAD community because Jung talked openly about racism, suicide, mental illness and the emotional and social complexity of growing up as an adoptee in Belgium. It also shows his mixed feelings on the adoption issue. I think he handled all those topics really intelligently. If you click on the link above, you’ll see that his illustrations are also first-rate.
I have high hopes that Koreans will pick up this book. Cartoon books are so popular here now and it is another way to get the message and reality across to the wider Korean society.
I think you can understand the pictures even if you can’t read Korean or French, so I hope you’ll pick it up.