Friday, December 4, 2009

Travel Journals

Although I'm not an avid comic book reader, this book was recommended to me when it was first published by a friend of the author. It proved to be a funny and surprisingly informative purchase that I've lent out a number of times with happy results.

Guy Delisle's PYONGYANG A Journey in North Korea chronicles his stay in Pyongyang for a French animation studio that subcontracts its work to cheaper countries. Without the brittle, cynical view of a full fledged capitalist, his observational humour stems from his isolated situation and ability to laugh at his predicaments.

Drawn with an easy on the eyes graphic style, the pages are composed beautifully, showing a great eye for detail. In a country that's shrouded in so much mystery, the book provides a quick peek into the rabbit hole that eludes to so much more. Even google earth doesn't reveal much, now that's impressive.