Jul 14, 2022
In Welcome to the Food Forum
The comic "Behind You" co-produced by Korea and Japan depicts the calm daily life, emotions and worries of the two teenagers. 6699press, an independent publishing house and graphic design studio responsible for planning and distribution, is hidden in a building around Hongik University. . This area, which is full of artistic talents and talented orchestras, is the foundation stone for publisher Lee Jae-young to engage in independent publishing. He studied at the Hongdae Institute of Visual Design and founded 6699press in 2012. So far, he has produced 12 books including photo albums, letter collections, dialogues, Picture books, comics and other types of publications. We visited the studio during the summer when Gongtaro and Xiaomeng met. There is plenty of sunshine, plants and wood-colored company banner design furniture are scattered everywhere, and a canvas poster of Gongtaro’s back is hung on the wall (later bought by editor-in-chief Chen). Lee Jae-young has a goose-yellow temperament that blends into this neat and elegant space. Talking about each book is not like an introduction, but like a chat. The latest volume at that time was "Behind You", which was published in February 2019 and signed with Comma. Going back to the production of the sixth book "Six" in 2015, Lee Jae-young brought in designers, bookstore owners, photographers, reporters, writers, musicians, gays and lesbians to come out to their heterosexual friends. The dialogues, reflections and conflicts are gathered in "Six" by the preferred expressions of the protagonists, such as photos, dialogues, and letters. Among them, Japanese cartoonist Nohara KURO participated in this book with a short story about Xiao Meng coming out of the closet to Gongtaro. Lee Jae-young said that the social atmosphere of hatred of homophobia was strong at that time, and he had the idea of extending the issue in a more visual way. In the Republic of Korea, although the talent and subject matter of online comics are rich and delicious, LGBTQ is like a little-known ingredient. "There is no suitable painter." Lee Jae-young said indifferently. His eyes fell back to Xiaomeng and Gongtaro, and he emailed Nohara to ask if Nohara could draw the story of the two teenagers into a complete book. Nohara readily agreed, and it took two years to create. During the 6699press period, he continued to publish a design/gender awareness book from the perspective of a female designer, a bilingual picture book about the friendship between North and South Korean teenagers, and a photo album of disappearing traditional bathhouses in Seoul. "Behind You" was the eleventh book of 6699press when it was released. When asked if he was involved in the creation of the storyline, Lee Jae-young replied, "No, this part is all left to Mr. Nohara.