North Korean Society thru Comics

Ich höre grade ein ziemlich spannendes Interview mit Heinz Insu Fenkl, weltweiter Superfuzzi für Comics aus Nordkorea.

The death of Kim Jong-il raises all kinds of questions about North Korea’s famously secretive society. So where can we look to gain insights into North Korea? A good place to start may be its hugely popular comic books.

Heinz Insu Fenkl is an associate professor of English at SUNY, and one of the world’s authorities on North Korean comics. In this NEW and UNCUT interview, Fenkl talks with Steve Paulson about what comic books tell us about North Korean society.

Heinz Insu Fenkl on North Korean Comics, hier das MP3 (via Swen)

Ein paar seiner Comics (leider nicht sehr viele) hat Inzu Fenkl online gestellt (als leider nicht sehr große Scans), das Anti-Bush-Comiccover von „General Loser & the Gnats“ (Bild oben) habe ich aus dem Flickr-Set von Ray Cunningham, mehr zu Heinz Insu Fenkl in alten Artikeln bei Reuters und Slate:

Heinz Insu Fenkl, a professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz who has translated a number of North Korean comics, says they are interesting for the insights they offer into the “psychological infrastructure” of North Koreans: the daily diet of propaganda that conditions even well-educated citizens to love and revere their leaders. Many of the comics also represent a revival of Korean folk culture and history, including retellings of famous episodes from Korea’s dynastic history and the Communists’ heroic struggle against Japanese imperialism. “What the North Koreans are doing in comics is parallel to what South Korea and China are doing in film, which is going back and re-imagining their history,” he says.