AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL COMIC, “DANZI,” EMERGES FROM KOREA AS RAW TRIUMPH BRIMMING WITH HONESTY & WIT
SOUTH KOREA–Lezhin Comics, South Korea’s leading platform for paid comics, now offers “Danzi,” a look into the family trauma and cultural norms shaping a 31-year-old Korean artist.
“Danzi” cast an outsized shadow in the Korean peninsula because of its unflinching look at the patriarchal foundation of one Korean family as perpetuated by the author’s narcissistic mother. The characters are her family, but the struggles are singularly the main character, Danzi’s, to bear alone.
But now, in simple but gripping panels, Danzi lays out her childhood as she remembers it. Danzi calls her work, “a love letter to its creator” – but it is more than that: “Danzi” is a lion’s roar from a church mouse.
In Korea, the title has inspired wide critical acclaim as well as sympathizing recommendations in English-language subreddits dedicated to those struggling with the aftermath of being raised by narcissists.
Danzi says she plans to show the comic to her family upon it’s completion. For the rest of us, the comic is being released weekly on the Lezhin Comics platform. The first 23 comics are available at no cost.