Country of origin: South Korea Europe Comics Publisher: Dargaud (France)
Kyungeun Park is a South Korean comics creator. After studying the fine arts at university, Park first went to work at an animation studio. He then decided to come to France to continue his training at the Émile-Cohl Art School in Lyon, going on to complete his education at the Decorative Arts School of Strasbourg. In 2007, Park won first prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in the “Young Talents” category. In 2009, he published his first graphic novel, Le Roi banal (Casterman), written by Antoine Ozanam. The two authors went on to team up again in 2012 for Moi en mieux, also published by Casterman. Following that, Park would go on to participate in several collective projects in South Korea and France. In 2015, Park illustrated the graphic novel Yallah Bye (Le Lombard 2015; Europe Comics 2017), a drama written by Joseph Safieddine that follows a Lebanese family as their country undergoes a series of devastating bombings. The following year, along with journalist Nicolas Hénin, Park published Haytham, une jeunesse syrienne (Dargaud; Haytham: A Childhood in Syria, Europe Comics 2017), recounting the story of a young Syrian who flees his country to seek refuge in France. Park’s primary artistic influences include artists from both the West and East, ranging from figures such as Gipi, José Muñoz, Edmond Baudoin, Cyril Pedrosa, and Pascal Rabaté to Korean artists Lee Hee-jae and Huh Young-man, as well as traditional Chinese comics (lianhuanhua).