Umma's Table

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6.2 X 8.2 X 1.2 inches | 1.6 pounds
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About the Author

Yeon-sik Hong was born in 1971. He began apprenticing in a manga studio in 1990, and wrote his first short stories (in comics form) in 1992, but commercial projects kept him from his personal work for another decade. His graphic novel about moving to the countryside, Uncomfortably Happily, was released to great acclaim in Korea in 2012 and translated into English by Drawn & Quarterly in 2017. He and his partner now live on the outskirts of Seoul.


The narrative [of Uncomfortably Happily] is surprisingly gripping...the mix of pathos and buoyant humor--as well as charming and three-dimensional characterization--keep you engrossed. Plus, the artwork is fantastic, mixing cartoony, almost Lynda Barry-ish figure work with stunningly evocative and impressionistic landscapes.--Vulture

[Uncomfortably Happily] is a pleasure to read, with the creative and striking artwork and the focus on inner and outer struggles ensuring it's an engrossing read.--The Quietus

Uncomfortably Happily is a candid, engrossing tale...quietly charming.--The Atlantic

[Uncomfortably Happily is an] extraordinary comic-book memoir...Hong uses manga-influenced line work to bring the youthful enthusiasm of his characters to life. He anatomizes the quotidian details of marriage but also finds time for comedic flights of fancy, including frequent musical numbers.--Slate

Hong's drawings are beautiful and interesting, and there's something successful about the melancholy tempered with realism that [his work] conveys.--Paste

Brilliantly illustrated in black and white, which veers from minimal slices of everyday life to more intricate, elaborate flights of fancy...But for the most part, [Uncomfortably Happily] is full of levity.--GQ