Read Uncomfortably Happily Online Free - Inspired by Yeon-sik Hong’s attempt to move to the country with his partner, Uncomfortably, Happily is the story of a young couple finding their way. Burdened by unmet comics deadlines and high rent, our narrator and his wife know they must make a change. Convinced the absence of traffic noise will ease his writer’s block, our pair welcomes the idea of building a life from scratch. Deciding on a home atop an uninhabited mountain, they excitedly embrace the charms of their new rural existence.
From tending to the land and attempting grocery runs through snow, to the complexities of fighting depression in seclusion, the move does not immediately prove to be the golden ticket they’d hoped for, and the silence of the mountain poses as much of an obstacle to output as the sirens of the city. Through it all, though, we see simple pleasures seep in and gain prominence over these commercial, and, often, comparatively trivial worries: the smell of the forest, the calming weight of enveloping snow, and the gratification of a stripped down life making art begin to muffle other concerns.
Originally published in Korean to great acclaim and winning the Manhwa Today award, Uncomfortably, Happily uniquely explores our narrator’s inner world. Hong propels the comic with gorgeously detailed yet simple art, sharing the story of two lives unfolding slowly, sometimes uncomfortably, yet ultimately, happily.
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August 24, 2017
Let's be honest.....
I felt overwhelmed before I even started this 600 page graphic autobiography.
Its physically heavy. It wasn't cheap either. Doesn't sound like I'm selling this book very well -does it?....
.......On the politically correct plus side of things,......the book cover is recycled p...
October 03, 2017
What a strange read . . .
A young, newly married Korean couple flee the city for life in an isolated rented house on a mountain. He's working on a graphic novel; she's working on her art. Neither is very likable. They whine, and they carp. He fumes about deadlines, and his editor, then tussles wi...
August 07, 2017
A beautifully done graphic memoir by Korean artist Yeon-Sik Hong about he and his wife's year or so renting an isolated house on a mountain. At 592 pages (originally published in two volumes) it is massive, promising Moby Dick-like epic-ness, but what you get is the sweet story of the marriage of...
July 30, 2017
This book is a bit uneven - I could have done without all the fantasy and dream sequences for instance - but if you commit and make it through to the end, you get a pretty good portrait of a man navigating a psychological and physical crisis through the strength of a loving relationship with his...
July 11, 2017
This is very different from most graphic novels I've read. The author is merciless about himself, both reveling and ridiculing the escapist fantasy of moving off the grid. Anyone with a penchant for procrastination, financial stress, and thought spirals will find themselves clearly reflected. Per...
August 24, 2017
Mr. Hong is a serious layabout. He's good at his craft, sure. And his idealism is admirable, yes. But the Yeon-sik Hong of UNCOMFORTABLY HAPPILY is perhaps the most regrettably honest a creative person can possibly be. If not for the steely kindness and self-sustaining compassion of his wife, Soh...
July 22, 2017
At over 500 pages, this is a commitment. Some of the humor and sentiment does not translate well, but what does, sticks. It's cheery, and dark, and frustrating, and relatable, and adorable.
July 01, 2017
Maybe something was just lost in the translation for me, but I just wasn't that into this. The art was great, but the main character was a whiny jerk and his wife was very one dimensional. I could see how comic artists could find something here but I didn't really. It had a sweet ending that salv...
August 19, 2017
A good reason why artists should have savings or an indulgent spouse. Also a sad comment on development and land greed in the country.
August 07, 2017
Sappy. Sincere. Strikingly raw. Uncomfortably, Happily indeed. The story of two newly wed artists who naively move from the hustle and bustle of Seoul to a pastoral abode in the mountains. There they are faced with the trials of enjoying life and comfort with little cash, adhering to the oppressi...