Pyongyang (comics)

Pyongyang (Comics)

Pyongyang (comics)

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Pyongyang (published in English as Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea) is a black and white graphic novel by the Canadian Québécois author Guy Delisle, published in 2004.


Pyongyang documents Delisle's experiences in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, where he stayed for two months. Acting as the liaison between a French animation producing company (Protecrea working for TF1: Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea and Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China by Guy Delisle, reviewed by Fraser Newham, Asia Times, 20 January 2007.) and the SEK Studio (Scientific Educational Korea) company, he struggles with the difficulties of outsourcing and the bureaucracy of the totalitarian closed state.

The book has 176 pages, two of them drawn by a French colleague ("Fabrice").

It was drawn in Ethiopia,, J. Kelly Nestruck, National Post, September 07, 2005. where Delisle's wife was working for Médecins Sans Frontières.

Delisle does not expect to return to North Korea, writing, "I don't think I would be welcome there anymore."


Delisle arrives in Pyongyang, bringing, in addition to the items that he was authorized to bring into the country, a copy of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, that he judged appropriate for a totalitarian state, CDs of Aphex Twin and reggae, and...
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