웹툰작가: 배민기 (Web-toonist: Mingi Bae)

배민기

[Korean]

만화가 배민기는 부산예술대학 만화예술학과를 졸업하고 만화, 일러스트, 캐리커처 등 다양한 창작 활동을 하고 있습니다.
2007년 매일경제신문 신인만화가 공모전에 입선하고, 2008년 “모스키토 신드롬”이란 웹툰으로 데뷔했습니다. 데뷔 초, 실랄한 사회풍자와 독특한 관점의 스토리텔링, 그리고 그에 걸맞는 독특한 그림으로 주목을 받았지만, 경제적 형편이 개선되지 않아 잠시 다른길로 선회합니다. 결국 자신이 할 일은 만화라는걸 다시금 깨닫고 ‘만화는 무조건 재밌어야 한다’는 대중미술로서의 가치를 받아들이고 새로운 만화인생을 살고 있습니다.
웹툰으로는 “쌈닭”(2009)(2014), “돗가비의 나라”(2010), “몽당분교 올림픽”(2013) 등이 있고, 현재는 “소울”“악전고투” 연재를 하고 있습니다.
어린이만화 “태산마왕과 와우고개”와 서울대 선정 문학고전 50선 중 1권, 26권의 그림을 그렸고, 그외 여러 문화서적의 일러스트도 그리고 있습니다. 또한 캐리커처 그리기 강사로도 활동하고 있습니다.
지금은 만화가가 멋지다는 것을 알리기 위해 ‘풍부한 겉멋과 잘난 척’을 항시 보유하고 있다는군요. 무대에서는 어떤 ‘멋’을 보여주실까요?

[English]

Cartoonist Mingi Bae was graduated from the Comic Art department of Busan Arts College. Since then, he has been actively expanding his career ranging from cartoons to illustrations and caricatures.
He won the Rookie of the Year awarded by Maeil Business Newspaper in 2007, debuting with the web-toon “Mosquito Syndrome” in 2008. At the early stage of his career, his cynical satire, unique style of storytelling, and outstanding drawings were attractive enough to catch attention from people. However, that was not enough for him to improve his financial situations and accordingly he detoured around out of his career. But he finally decided to be back on his original track and now he is living a new life as a cartoonist with the faith in mind that cartoons should have to be funny.
Among his web-toons are “Ssam-Ddak(Fighting Cocks)(2009)(2014)”, “The Country of Dotgabi(2010)”, “Mongdang Branch School Olympics(2013)” and so on. He is currently posting “Soul” and “Desperate Struggle” online.
He had also drawn the cartoon for children, “Taesan the Devil and the Wow Hill” and put illustrations on the 1st and 26th series of 50 Classic Korean Literatures chosen by Seoul National University. Except for that, he has been illustrating various cultural books and working as a caricature tutor.
Interestingly, he says he himself is always carrying with his own classy posture and inexhaustible pride. Are you looking forward to meeting with his “Being Classy”?