Hello Again..

Hey there, readers. It’s me again. I hope I haven’t managed to lose too many of you over the past few weeks. I know this probably isn’t the update you were hoping for, but it’s the best I could do for now.

Before I go on, let me just apologize for the sudden disappearance without offering any sort of explanation. Also, despite having stuff regarding the ferry disaster sitting on the front page for so long, the tragedy was not at all the reason for my absence. Honestly speaking, it wasn’t supposed to be up for longer than a week.

Ferry Disaster

Ferry Disaster

It’s been a long week..

Dear Korea #119 - Under Where?


Erp, looks like I’m a day late. It’s sad how long it usually takes me to recover from a particularly weird week. Here’s hoping I can do better next week! I am the worst (or best?) procrastinator in the world.

Yes, this is another comic about miniskirts. Now that the weather’s getting warmer, it’s hard to walk a block without seeing them.

The conversation in the panel was one I actually had with a friend who enjoys wearing miniskirts. After talking to a number of other people, the general consensus seems to be that wearing short shorts automatically makes miniskirts safe, so to speak. I honestly can’t say anything, as I don’t own any skirts. I’m still trying to figure out dresses.

Dem legs..


So guess who picked a perfect time to get sick? There’s been this stupid bug going around all of Gwangju, and it chose to attack me this past weekend. Of course, it was polite enough to wait until a little after I was done with work, but I’m still annoyed that it’s here. I wonder if people out of town are getting this as well..

Sorry for the lack actual content this week. Despite my wishes, my roommate fed me all sorts of drugs and demanded that I stay in bed until I was feeling better. I managed to sneak away for a few minutes to draw and write this up. I’m sure I’ll get yelled at for it, but it’s worth it.

I hope everyone else has a nice week! Don’t get sick!

Dear Korea #118 - This Looks Shopped...

To those of you that fell for yesterday’s joke, I sincerely apologize. I didn’t think anyone would fall for it. Honestly, do I really seem like the type of person who could do something bad enough to get banned from all of South Korea? Either way, if it helps, I got yelled at quite a bit from close friends in and out of the country who fell for it as well.

Now that the time to prank has passed, here’s the real comic of the week. No pranks in this one, I swear.


Well, this is awkward. Due to some drama that went down a few months back, it looks like I am officially no longer welcome in this country. Due to legal reasons, I can’t say exactly why I have to leave. Let’s just say that one shouldn’t mix soju with plastic surgery, especially in the presence of CCTV.

Honestly, I’m pretty upset about this. I guess it’s my own fault for letting my bad judgement get the best of me. One moment, I’m planning out my fourth year in Korea, the next, I get a badly written letter from the government telling me that I need to leave.

If you’re curious, here’s a screenshot of said letter. Stupid, right?

Anyways, it’s been fun. Thank you for sticking with me for this long. You guys are the best.

Dear Korea #117 - Bed, Bath, & Beyond Help


The situation in this week’s strip is one I haven’t actually dealt with in a long time. Still, when I first came to Korea, it was a mess. Even the little Korean I knew didn’t do much to help.

I think this is a problem a lot of expats deal with on a regular basis. It’s what initially stopped me from purchasing any form of technology here, as I was constantly worried that I wouldn’t know how to use it. Having a friend to explain how it works helps, but those language limitations really get in the way whenever something goes wrong.

I’ve been trying to improve, but it’s taking so much longer than I had hoped. Luckily, a peek into a couple of translating apps have done wonders in terms of helping me figure things out.

Dear Korea #116

..comes great hilarity. That last night might be a little confusing to those who don’t read the comic from the site. Oh well!

So this has totally happened to my poor guy on multiple occasions. Every older man he runs into tries to feed him something that will help him and his “man power”, which I assume means male vitality. This is something we experienced fairly often in Japan as well. What I find particularly hilarious is how shameless they are with advertising such a thing. I guess I’ve never found it socially acceptable to shout “EAT THIS! IT WILL RAISE YOUR SPERM COUNT!” in a public setting. It’s been almost four years, and I’m still trying to figure out what is and isn’t okay to say around people here.

Dear Korea #115 - One Victory at a Time


Welp, here’s the finale. That’s right readers, I got my license. It took a little longer than I wanted it to, but I’m just happy it’s over.

That being said, I think I’ve developed a bit of a fear of driving in Korea. It’s not something I ever had a problem with back home, but I’ve never been very good at city driving to begin with. It’s not so bad when I’m driving at night or through the smaller towns, but watching my friends and my guy scream and literally pull at their hair due to crazy taxi drivers and delivery scooters has left me feeling a little less excited about being on the road than I was before.

Really, I’m sure it’s something I’ll get over in time. For now, I’ll just have fun using my license as an alternate form of identification.

Normal comics will resume starting next week!

R.I.P Michael Simning

Okay, let’s see if I can do this without getting emotional.

While I know many of you may be expecting another silly comic today, I’m sorry to say that recent events in the city of Gwangju have left me feeling too emotionally and physically hollow to draw something worth giggling at. Instead, here’s some art I’ve done in the past few days.

A few days ago, a dear friend of mine passed away after years of being one of the strongest yet funniest men I had ever met. When I first arrived in this wonderful city I now call home, he was one of the first people to help my still culture shocked self feel at ease. I believe he had this effect on a lot of people who have passed through here. Our love for fatty foods, as well as his constant approval of my drawings of curvy women, brought us closer together, and I have considered him a great friend ever since.

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