Cartoonist Kevin Kilgore Lightens The Expat Mood

Kilgores' got love for the ajummas Do all expats in Korea eventually turn in to grumpy kimchi-hating perpetual eye-rollers? It can sometimes feel that way. [b]racket artist Kevin Kilgore (featured in the September issue) recently had something to say about the cure for his own bad attitude in the Korea Herald this week.

“It’s so easy to start complaining about life in Korea, especially when you’ve been here for a while,” he told the Herald. “So, I figured I’m here for a reason, and I must like it here, so why not draw about that?”

And so he did. Things I Love About Korea is one of Kilgore's ongoing projects. The name says it all; he is compiling a  list of things he loves about living in the ROK and draws comics to illustrate his points. I found myself agreeing with a lot of "loves" on his list, such as Korea's delicious and inexpensive food or all the "freebies" that come heavily taped to products you buy at the grocery store. While scrolling though some of Kilgore's comics I even began to feel a bit sappy and sentimental about those interactions and occurrences that we can only experience here in Korea. Then I remembered how much people spit in the street and got a hold of myself.

But remember to focus on the positives, folks, and keep up with all the Korean things Kevin loves (you probably love 'em too) at his blog.

Check out the article at the Korea Herald which features Kilgore and a number of other artists who have experienced and create comics based on expat life in the country we love, and admittedly, sometimes love to hate.

- Lisa Highfill