Kim Jung Gi
Artist, Paradise, Third Humanity
Korean artist Kim Jung Gi was born in 1975 in Goyang-Si, South Korea. His first work, “Funny Funny,” was published in Young Jump magazine. He wrote a number of short stories and held exhibitions for his work that led to his teaching manhwa (Korean comic books) in various private schools and universities. Kim collaborated with Seung-Jin Park, the writer of Tiger the Long Tail, to draw six volumes for his comic. Kim also worked alongside French author Bernard Werber, illustrating two novels he had written, Paradise in 2010 and Third Humanity in 2013.
In 2011, Kim Jung Gi partook in the Comic Festival held in Bucheon, where, for the first time ever, he drew live. Superani CEO Hyun Jin Kim posted the entire process on YouTube and the video went viral. He holds the record for “longest drawing by an individual” in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Kim has six sketchbooks in print, which equate to about 4,500 pages’ worth of drawings in a span of 12 years. He’s worked in various industries—movies, music, and government.