Have you guys checked out Robin Ha's terrific recipe comics? They are inspirational, educational, and totally beautiful. Check them out on Tumblr, check her out on Twitter, and most importantly follow and like them!
What is the Korean girl chef wearing in my comic? It’s called Han-Bok, a traditional Korean dress. This particular top with striped sleeves is called ”Sek-Dong-Jeh-Go-Ri” which is worn by girls on happy special occasions. The silk tie at the end of her braid is called “Deng-Ki”. It is worn by young ladies yet to be married. This tie was the sign for the town’s bachelors to know which girls were available. Once the ladies got married, they turned the braid into a bun and wore an ornate pin though the bun.
Han-Bok is such a beautiful costume. It makes the woman look so graceful but unfortunately it is so uncomfortable to wear. I have no idea why they made the skirt to be tied so high, right on the breast line. Ouch!
It’s hard to see anyone wearing Han-Bok in Korea anymore, except for the national holidays, weddings and funerals. I remember wearing them when I was a little girl visiting the elderly relatives in Korean new years and Chu-Suk, the Korean thanksgiving. I couldn’t wait to take it off because it was so itchy and uncomfortable. The only way for this dress to stay put was to tie it very tightly right underneath my armpit and I could hardly breath, let alone eating any of those wonderful Korean holiday food.
There are many Korea dramas based on the Cho-Sun (Korean dynasty 1300s- 1800s) period and all the characters wear such a beautiful ornate Han-Bok. I’m a total sucker for those dramas. I’ve recently heard about this K drama called “Dae-Jang-Kum” which is about a female chef in the Cho-Sun era palace. It’s been translated as “The Jewel in the palace” in the other Asian countries and apparently it was a hugh hit a few years ago. I don’t watch much K dramas these days so I was completely oblivious to it until one of my Korean teacher told me to watch it since I’m doing a comic about Korean food. Korean Food drama full of beautiful Han-bok clad characters?? I was sold instantly and ordered the entire set online, I can’t wait to watch it!
Hazel Newlevant is looking for contributors to her anthology, Chainmail Bikini! It’s a bunch of comics about video games written and drawn by women. If you’re a woman-identified person with a story to tell, check out the submission guidelines!
Announcing Chainmail Bikini!
At a time when the female perspective and female presence and in gaming has once again come under fire, Chainmail Bikini seeks to celebrate the experience of women as players, makers, and critics of gaming. Female creators have come together to make an anthology of comics that is not only entertaining but insightful. From videogames to table top role play to collectible card games, Chainmail Bikini will show that while women are not always the target market for gaming, they are a vital and thoroughly engaged part of it, and are eager to express their personal take on the medium.
Featuring the talents of:
Anna Anthropy & Solomon Fletcher
Caitlin Rose Boyle
Iasmin Omar Ata
merritt kopas & Mia Schwartz
I’m still searching for a few more contributors, so submissions are open from now until October 15th, 2014. If you are a woman interested in contributing a 1-8 page comic about gaming, please visit the submission guidelines.
Chainmail Bikini will launch a Kickstarter in March 2015. Until then, keep playing!
—Hazel Newlevant, editor
I’m on Narratively today! Check out this neat first hand account about being a fashion-week dresser, and some illustrations I did about models and stuff. Go go go!
Owl Magazine has a new mascot! Big big thank yous to Team Owl for such a fun assignment. Look for my little owl pal in the new issue, go pick one up for the small person in your life.
CCS Day 5
CCS Day 4
Pants 2: The Pantening
Today was kind of a big day on my tumblr, a comic I made about buying pants got a lot of attention. Big thank yous to everyone who liked and re-blogged and followed and put their eyeballs on it.
Some of the re-blogs had little comments, which I always like to read. I got some commiseration and support from people who hate the same body parts I hate, or different ones, or who happen to love the aspects of my body that I dislike. I got some suggestions about what I should wear instead. One Vermont native was kind enough to let me know that people in Vermont are generally not as concerned with appearance as perhaps I am. Truthfully it’s probably safe to say that nobody cares as much about how I look as I do, regardless of where they live.
I saw a few that said things along the lines of “This is a thing now?” or “Here’s one more thing to feel bad about!” I’m not sure how I feel about these. I don’t want to give anyone the impression that the way I feel about my body is the way they ought to feel about theirs, and I tried to be careful in the comic to use language that really referred only to my body and my insecurities, not anyone else’s.
That said, I think it’s a little bit daring to be frank about disliking my body, and I think that’s maybe what’s powerful or resonant to people about the comic. I feel pressure that I suspect many other people also feel to not only have no flaws, but to feel confident and untroubled by any I should happen to have. The comic isn’t really about my thighs, it’s about a game a lot of us play where we act as if we don’t even have a body, like we don’t notice its perceived shortcomings or try to conceal them. For me, the only thing more humiliating than my body is the extent to which it bothers me. I guess I’m trying to carve out a space where those concerns can be valid.
Montreallers can pick up a copy of Cheese Squeezer at Drawn and Quarterly. Go! Go! Go!