By Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translated by Janet Hong
2020 Eisner nominee | Best Reality-Based Work, Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia, Best Writer/Artist: Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
Grass is a powerful anti-war graphic novel, offering up firsthand the life story of a Korean girl named Okseon Lee who was forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese Imperial Army during the second World War - a disputed chapter in 20th century Asian history.
Beginning in Lee's childhood, Grass shows the leadup to World War II from a child's vulnerable perspective, detailing how one person experienced the Japanese occupation and the widespread suffering it entailed for ordinary Korean folk. Keum Suk Gendry-Kim emphasizes Lee's strength in overcoming the many forms of adversity she experienced. Grass is painted in a black ink that flows with lavish details of the beautiful fields and farmland of Korea and uses heavy brushwork on the somber interiors of Lee's memories.
480 pages, paperback, for grown-ups
Pub Date: August 27, 2019
Drawn & Quarterly, ISBN: 1770463623