NOT EVERYONE’S HANGOOKIN
SUPERHERO OF THE INTERNET
BATMAN HAS HIS UTILITY SPECIAL COMIC BOOK BELT. STYLE WONDER COVER WOMAN HAS A WHIP.
iPHONE APPS, KOREAN SEX SHOPS, BUYING A NEW CAMERA, CONQUERING THE BLOGOSPHERE, DRINKING COFFEE LIKE A GEEK & WHAT’S IN A GEEK’S BAG
FEATURING APPLEGIRL YEO-HEE HAS THE iPHONE. PG. 19 KIM
한국어 번역판 최초 동시 기재! PG. 30
C.B. CEBULSKI MARVEL COMICS SENIOR V.P. FOR CREATOR & CONTENT DEVELOPMENT AND COMIC BOOK
THE GEEK ISSUE
Dedicated to all you geeks out there
VOL. 1 NO. 7—OCTOBER 2010
Q & A: CEBULSKI 24 C.B. Senior V.P. of Creator and
THE IDIOT’S GUIDE 10 TO BUYING A NEW CAMERA
Looking to buy a new camera? No idea how much you should pay for what? We’ve put together a short and sweet guide to help you out.
HOW TO CONQUER THE BLOGOSPHERE Every blogger wants to make it big in a world that barely exists—outside the World Wide Web, that is. But how do you build a blog to compete in an industry that grows almost daily? BY DUSTIN WILSHIRE
THE WORLD’S SEXIEST GEEK Stardom is found in many places and that being the case, why wouldn’t it be found with the help of an iPhone app? For Yeo-hee Kim, that’s exactly how it happened. Oh yeah, and Youtube helped.
BY RYAN RUTHERFORD PHOTOS BY JEN SEMPLE
RESTAURANT REVIEW: CASTLE PRAHA
BY LEN PAYNE
Content Development at MARVEL Comics shares a few words about the industry, his work and the future of the comic book genre.
Off the beaten path in Hongdae is the restaurant Castle Praha which boasts a Czech style menu set against a gothic cathedral atmosphere.
INTERVIEW BY SAMMY TECLE TRANSLATION BY RYDIA KIM
BY C.J. KOSTER PHOTOS BY CHRIS WHITE
WHAT’S IN A GEEK’S BAG?
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SAMMY TECLE STAFF WRITER
Hailing from beautiful Vancouver, Canada, SAMMY TECLE joined NEH Magazine as a staff writer in June 2010. As an MC, DJ, and writer, Sammy draws inspiration from anything and everything around him; and enjoys collaborating with creative individuals. Despite being a recent addition to the team, Sammy is eager to explore and expose Seoul’s music, fashion, and arts scene in a unique and tasteful manner.
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For the past few years, JEN SEMPLE has lived in Seoul and Toronto, Canada, working as a teacher and curriculum writer. Her heart is in visual art and photography; and she thrives on capturing the uniqueness of Asia in various formats of film and digital images, as well as creating street art projects and viewing the incredible art offered in Korea.
RYAN RUTHERFORD STAFF WRITER
Like Groucho Marx, RYAN RUTHERFORD was born at a very early age and, in the spirit of Woody Allen, his one regret in life is that he isn’t someone else. His interests include reading great literature, brushing his teeth, not dying, philosophy, lepidoptery, taxidermy, ontology, philology and philately, to name a few. He is very proud of the fact that he once actually finished watching Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker and knows Voltaire’s real name was JeanMarie Arouet.
ISSUE 6 CORRECTIONS: Rubber Duckie feature page 16: “ … je ne sais pas” should have read “je ne sais quoi”; on page 18 “They didn’t reunited…” should have read “They didn’t reunite”
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DUSTIN WILSHIRE STAFF WRITER
The down economy in Rip City put an end to his corporate job, and sent DUSTIN WILSHIRE looking for a new adventure, which he found internationally in Seoul. He has a weakness for strange Korean food and Trail Blazer basketball, and has substituted ssamjang for ranch dressing. You can follow his words on such topics as entertainment, destinations and thoughtful social commentary on his blog ripcitytoseoul.com.
THE FIRST WORD
* Danielle Arsenault should have appeared in the August issue along side the Wordsmiths. Apologies to Danielle.
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Geeks are cool. They usually carry the awesomest stuff. Take for example a Nintendo DS. Have you ever seen someone playing it and not thought “Damn, they’re pretty cool?” Exactly. And who doesn’t need a Captain Kirk action figure? Total chick magnet. Mention you have
the entire Enterprise bridge crew and you’re automatically in. Carrying cool stuff is like buying a girl a drink minus the frilly fruit and straw. And just to be safe, having that inhaler at a moment’s reach makes stressful situations feel like a walk in the proverbial park.
WHAT’S IN A GEEK’S BAG? The most important guide to learning Korean a geek could possibly have
Geek staples: sour Skittles and an inhaler.
Apple juice: the geek’s drink of choice.
Geek games of old and new: Nintendo DS and the Rubix cube.
I heart Geeks
iPhone with the hero of the geeks, the king of the inappropriate motive, the lord of everything nerdy: Napoleon Dynamite.
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Captain James T. Kirk action figure which originally came in a set with the entire Enterprise crew. Doubles as a Denny Crane figurine after adequate customizing.
3D glasses that didn’t work watching Avatar
PHOTO BY JEN SEMPLE
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TIMELINE OF GEEKDOM
eeks didn’t just pop up over night. They’ve been around, influencing our culture and various industries since the first caveman—with all his ingenuity and ideals—created the first wheel. That guy was totally the epitome of geek in his time. From Galileo to Albert Einstein to Milhouse Van Houten (The Simpsons), geeks are a part of who we are, and have an enormous impact on what we will become in the future. This timeline barely scratches the surface of how geeks have built a culture, a lifestyle, a world for themselves in amongst those who look at them as “different.” The reality is, we’re all geeks in some way or another. There’s no denying it. Inside all of us is a geek just punching away on his calculator trying to get out. And why shouldn’t you let him/her out? Consider the life and personality of a geek: sci-fi conventions where you and your pals dress up in awesome costumes and where you’re appreciated by your idols; a keen drive and interest in becoming successful; strong knowledge of HTML and Java code web languages; an infinite array of skills sets; ability to speak multiple languages (Klingon, Wookie, Elfish); a keen sense of the truth and knowing when someone is lying (or at least it seems like they might be lying but there’s no proof– though the truth is out there). There are all these reasons to embrace one’s inner geek, to let him/her beam up and express him/herself. And, if you are a geek, don’t be ashamed. Don’t let the jocks and cheerleaders stomp on your aspirations of becoming the lead vocals in the Glee club. No! You are beautiful. Oh, with those black rimmed glasses and that over-bite, you could totally get a gig as one of those people who guides around the mascots at a theme park. And I know what you’re thinking … “How does that job make me feel beautiful?” Think of it this way: at least you’re not the one under that giant Donald Duck head. And besides, think about all you can accomplish. Look at Bill Gates, George Lucas, Tina Fey, Steve Jobs, Michael Ceras, Dick Cheney—they all became famous simply based on the fact that they’re either a) really, really smart or b) in the case of the latter, really stupid But they’re all geeky. Granted, some of them are better armed than the others. The point is that every geek has the potential to become something bigger, something powerful, something rich (literally). The world needs geeks. With global warming, the economy, terrorism, identity thefts, and so many other terrible things happening in our society –yes, we’re going to need the heroes, but we’re going to need their geeky sidekicks more. Without the geeky sidekick, who’s going to Google something within seconds and get the answer that could ultimately stop the world from being destroyed by an asteroid the size of ten football fields? No one. Really. Geeks are exactly what this world needs. In fact, it could use more of them. So, what are you waiting for? Go out and buy The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, snuggle in with some Star Trek re-runs and enjoy some prunes for good measure. You’ll be glad you did because being a geek isn’t so bad. Just think, you could be a nerd. N
The Nintendo Entertainment System is released, changing the face of gaming with its industry beating game SUPER MARIO BROS.
STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION premieres as part of the Star Trek franchise.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE is published and released by Dr. Stephen Hawking.
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YES, THEY EXIST. YOU JUST HAVE TO KNOW WHERE TO LOOK. A sex shop, in Korea? Isn't that well...weird? As weird as you want it to be. Everyone, even a ‘geek’, needs a little electronic revamping once in awhile. Whether you are looking for a way to add a little technology into your foreplay or simply want to rethink your solo style, a sex shop may be just the thing you need. So, for all who are curious but don’t know what to expect, here is a simple How To Guide. Who’s doing the nasty? For those of you who like statistics, the sex toy industry is valued at $15 billion, compared to the video game industry at $10 billion. So it’s pretty safe to say that more people are interested in pleasuring themselves with something vibrating than watching Martians dart across a screen. But lets be realistic, the majority of those people buying sex toys aren't marching into sex shops in Korea to buy their toys. When I asked my Korean and American girlfriends, most of them admitted to buying toys online, a more “discreet” form of shopping. But for those of you (male and female) who don’t want to risk having something opened at customs or have it be accidently being shipped to your school, buck up and explore one of Korea's plenty sex shops.
10,000 won, to penis extenders in all shapes and colors, plus cock rings, condoms, lube… you name it. Most often, prices are not listed on the items but a simple, “ulma yae yo,” will do you fine. Perhaps the most interesting items are the life size dolls, silicon butts, or the cases of g-strings (too naughty to be sold in lingerie shops?!). The aforementioned dolls can actually be rented and used in small rooms often within the sex shops. The small rooms include a computer for an extra price, a condom, lube vending machine, and plastic coverings on the bed. All for about the price of a cheap love motel. Come on in and make yourself at home. Sex shops are EVERYWHERE in Korea. Once you know what to look for, you will be surprised how many are in your particular “dong.” Usually the store front is covered with pink or red designs. Look for hearts, the word ‘Love’, or perhaps you will be lucky and your local sex shop will have a rubber ducky dressed in bondage, like the one near my house. There are other, less grungy sex shops that are better lit and popular with younger clientele, like Bururu, located in Gangnam. It is quite well known and even carries out with their own high tech vibrator, The Vini, made last year (check out vini.co.kr for all the electronic details).
What do you have behind your back?
It’s business time
Korean sex shops don't differ too much from what you would find at home. They are often sketchy looking stores that have plenty of blush worthy things inside, ranging from pocket vibrators for less than
Most sex shops are open late, ’til about 5 or 6am, and open later in the day, around noon. But Bururu in Seoul closes at 6pm, so if you are planning on making a sensual trip, better make it a day one. N
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TO LOVE KIMCHI OR NOT. THAT’S THE QUESTION. START YOUR LOVE AFFAIR TODAY. DEAR AGONY AJUMMA
DEAR VILE WEED
The end of my contract is drawing very close. That will make it 2 years here for me and I can’t decide what my next move should be. I love it here and my school has been great but I sometimes feel like something is missing. Most people are just passing through. Every time I make really good friends I just end up saying goodbye. I never do end up using my free time in all the constructive ways I cook up but the file of games on my computer are forcing me to buy an increasing large external hard drive. Is it time to cut and run? Or should I just make some changes in my life here?
Let me just swallow my mouthful of judgment before I continue. Ok. There is a definite negotiation period with kimchi that most people experience. It takes time but I find the initial repulsion is just the beginning of a fantastic, passionate love affair that no one who hasn’t lived in Korea will ever understand. It’s probably best to ease yourself in by sticking some of that magical cabbage on the grill next time you’re out for galbi or slap a bit on your donggasuh. Basically, persevere, you will not regret it and once you leave these shores the resplendent sour flavor will haunt your every waking hour and send you into the back alleys of your hometown in the hopes of just one whiff of the good stuff.
THAT IS THE QUESTION DEAR QUESTION The ugly stench of reality has clearly burped in your face. While I choose to remain in Korea to feed a very serious kimchi habit, I realize that most are not willing to make this ultimate sacrifice for the almighty cabbage on a never-ending basis. It sounds to me like you’re not quite ready to leave, and that’s ok. One of the hardest parts of life- apart from deciding between galbi and samgyeopsal-is not basing our life decisions on other people’s opinions. If you have unfinished business here, then get off our butt and get it done. If it’s time to make a move then make it. Don’t worry about what you ‘should’ do. As long as your decisions check the necessary boxes, you’ll be just fine.
DEAR AGONY AJUMMA I think I’ve gotten myself into a sticky situation. I’m a guy working at an elementary school and all my co-workers are female. They’re all married and mean really well so one of them set me up on a blind date. Except I didn’t realize it was a blind date. They told me the girl wanted to do a language exchange so I was really keen. When we got together the conversation consisted mostly of hand gestures but yet it still went rapidly toward relationships and she wanted to know if I was a ‘naughty guy’. I’m definitely not interested in a relationship with her but I’m worried that if I don’t pursue this I’ll cause trouble with my co-worker. ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
DEAR AGONY AJUMMA I’m 4 months in and I’ve got a big problem. I can’t STAND kimchi. The smell, the putrid taste, the spiciness. As far as I’m concerned, it’s all an evil concoction designed to deaden my taste buds. It’s not that I haven’t tried, I have. I really want to like kimchi. I always take a scoopful at lunch time but end up offending my colleagues by spitting it out. This is not winning me any popularity points with my co-workers. So far I love Korea and really want to be able to embrace their national dish. How can I convince my mouth to cooperate? VILE WEED
DEAR HARD PLACE Are you pabo?? Wake up and smell the bondeagi. Language is never the object of exchange where people of opposite genders are involved. I hate to sound like a cliché but honesty should definitely be your policy of choice. I know that it’s not always flattering to hear it- I’m reminded of that first thing most mornings when my colleague greets me with a ‘you look tired today’. But, it will cut out a lot of confusion in the future. I’m sure she’ll appreciate it more than having you mess her friend around for a few months only to tell her you never really liked her in the first place. N
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PLACES TO GO
HONGNIK UNIVERSITY STATION
LOOKING AT KFC, GO TO THE RIGHT AND TURN LEFT AWAY FROM HONGNIK UNIVERSITY SUBWAY STATION. TAKE THE SECOND LEFT, WALK STRAIGHT ON AND TAKE THE FIRST RIGHT. TURN RIGHT AGAIN AT THE WALL OF VINES.
STAR WARS COFFEE Opened not so long ago, in a part of Seoul not so far away is the STAR WARS COFFEE café in HONGDAE. Originally started as a café on its own, this hole in the wall shop not only sells amazing caffeinated drinks but has some of the most unique merchandise in the city. STAR WARS memorabilia, images printed in-house on small canvases, Korean cultural items, t-shirts, and tons of stuff from THE SIMPSONS including statuettes, action figures and things that can talk! Follow the map above and use the 50% off coffee coupon for your visit to the coffee shop.
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FROM NEH MAGAZINE
THE IPHONE has changed the way we communicate and organize ourselves. For YEO-HEE KIM, aka APPLEGIRL, it’s changed her life. A viral video cover of ‘Poker Face’ using three iPhones as her musical accompaniment brought her international recognition. Now she’s releasing her first single album. LOOKING FOR A WAY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT.
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INTERVIEW BY SAMMY TECLE
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Yeo-hee Kim can sing. And she has proven as much. Her Youtube video—a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”—made her an international phenomenon. Her video has been tweeted by Ashton Kutcher, there are rumors that she and Lady Gaga are being tapped to be the spokesmodels for the iPhone 4 in the UK; and she is preparing to release her debut single album. It seems as though “Apple Girl” is on the road to becoming just as big as the product that helped her become a sensation.
How did you become familiar with the music applications on the iPhone? I always had interest in Apple products. I was more ecstatic than anyone else when I heard iPhone was launching in Korea. It all began when I bought one. The appeal of the iPhone is endless, and everyone falls into its seduction when they purchase one for the first time; and I was one of them. As a music major, I was naturally drawn to the music applications. You seem to have a lot of experience with the iPhone, as your utilization of the music applications during your performances seems effortless. What is most appealing to you about the iPhone? The appeal of the iPhone is firstly the design (all Apple products are irresistible) and also the various applications that make the impossible possible. Once you buy one, it makes life more convenient. Why did you decide to go viral with your performances of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” and Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable”? Why did you decide to post your videos on Youtube? I selected songs that I could copy closest to the original using the applications. More than anything, I like those songs. The reason behind choosing YouTube isn’t special. I was a YouTube user and I encountered the various performances using applications on YouTube. Your YouTube videos have greatly contributed to you literally becoming an overnight sensation. How did you feel when your videos reached a million views? Frankly, I am not good enough to be described as having ‘achieved stardom’. But I do feel like a star when I see so many fans on Twitter or Facebook cheering me on. Every time I come across someone who likes me or believes I have potential, it gives me a lot of confidence. It’s the same with the number of clicks of my videos. I am just thankful. It’s been 6 months since your first YouTube videos were uploaded on YouTube. How surprised are you to see your music career blossom so quickly? It’s sufficed to say that iPhone was a miraculous gift. It made my dreams come true and gave me the opportunity to get myself out to the public. Like you said, I never dreamed I could achieved my dream so quickly. Will you always make time for your YouTube videos? Yes. With small and big YouTube updates, I would like to combine the familiarized ‘Applegirl’ image with a not so familiar name, ‘KimYeoHee’. How far do you think you have come since you participated in the Super K talent competition? It’s really astonishing to have so many people think I participated in Super K or any other competition or auditions. It’s really amazing. I think it’s because Super K gets a lot of viewers, which led to the misunderstanding. Across the Internet, in Korea and perhaps around the world, you’re known and recognized as “Apple Girl.” With the release of your single album, do you feel like you have outgrown the “Apple Girl” persona? Applegirl has a number of iPhones in a well-off house and after she creates music with ease using her fingers, she sings with joy. This image of perfection of Applegirl puts a bit of burden on KimYeoHee’s shoulders, but she believes you will like her real side more.
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“Every time I come across someone who likes me or believes I have potential, it gives me a lot of confidence … I am just thankful.”
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How do you feel when people refer to you as “Apple Girl” now that you’ve started to break out and away from that? The advertising effect I received from Applegirl is insurmountable. But at the same time, Applegirl is somewhat an assignment for me. Doesn’t the name itself make you feel like I must perform with my iPhone in front of you? How important is it to you personally for your audience to start seeing you as more than just “Apple Girl?” This is the most important thing to me. Applegirl was merely a girl who could play music on iPhone but KimYeoHee is a musician who has worked hard to make her dream of becoming a singer come true. What do you say to your fans that still only see you as “Apple Girl?” Thank you. A lot of people don’t know who I am and so just the fact that you are interested in me makes me grateful. If you had known Applegirl, now it’s time to know KimYeoHee. One of your fans wrote on a message board, “I love how she looks so happy while singing.” What is going through your mind when you are singing your music? When I sing, I imagine myself as the lead female character in the song lyrics. For my title, “My Music”, I think about how much I have wanted to be standing on this stage and how precious the 3 minutes I get is. Do you follow what your fans say about you on the Internet? [laughs] Yes. Everyday. From viewing the music video for your hit single “My Music”, it is evident that, in addition to singing, you are also a talented pianist and guitarist. Do you plan to continue using iPhone music applications for future projects, or is Yeo Hee Kim parting ways with the use of the iPhone as a musical instrument? Although I enjoy playing with my iPhone, I know that I can’t really get a career out of it. Now that I have gotten a title as a singer, I would like to use real instruments, like the guitar or the piano. Recently, a Yeo Hee Kim iPhone application was released that allows your fans to stay up to date with your progress. Fans can view pictures, listen to songs, watch videos, and follow you on Twitter. In what ways do you feel that the Yeo Hee Kim application will help your fans learn more about you? I think it’s helpful in the sense that, although quite simple, they can see my profile and my future videos without having to search for them. Do you pay attention to the rumors about you on the Internet or do you just ignore them? I don’t really care too much about things that are untrue because the people who know me can tell between what’s real and what’s not instantly. There was a rumor that you and Lady Gaga might become the spokesmodels for iPhone in the UK. Is that true? [laughs] I haven’t heard that rumor. I am honored to have such a rumor being spread about me. Have you ever been contacted by anyone at Apple to do any kind of promotions or advertising for them or for the iPhone? I have had meetings with Apple Korea but it wasn’t about that. I haven’t been contacted for being part of any advertisement. Mostly it was just with regard to performing.
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What was it like to perform on Inkigayo? I felt calmer than I had expected and yet I was as nervous as I expected. I felt honored to be performing on the top Korean pop program with other Korean artists. You speak both Japanese and English in the opening of your “Poker Face” video. Why do you feel it is so important for your music to transcend language barriers? To be honest, I am not fluent in either English or Japanese. Being able to understand the comments below my video is about as far as my language skills go. So while I think language is important in getting the lyrics across, I don’t think it’s everything. The important thing is the feel. We know that you recorded a verse of your song “My Music” in English. With a rapidly growing foreigner fan base following your music, have you had any thoughts about releasing full English versions of your songs? It happened suddenly so it wasn’t really perfect. But a lot of fans from English-speaking countries liked it so I was extremely happy. Currently I am preparing for the next single and if they want, I would like to do another English version. Who were some of your favorite singers growing up, and which artists are you currently listening to? It always changed. In elementary school I was into Britney Spears. In middle and high school I liked Kelly Clarkson, Chaka Khan, and Aretha Franklin. In university, Ledisi and Jane Monheit were my top singers. Nowadays, I am into Tamia. Do you have any interest in getting into acting? If I get the opportunity, I would try my best. Do you know who Ashton Kutcher is? Do you know that he tweeted your video on Twitter? I personally am a huge fan of his and I was really happy to hear he tweeted my video. There is a track on your album called Don’t Do It, are the lyrics in that song based on anything that has happened in your real life? There is no direct relevance but I did experience something similar. I think it’s a feeling most women have when they are in love. Do you have a boyfriend? Unfortunately, not yet. You did a cover of “Geek in the Pink” in mid-September, if you met Jason Mraz face to face, what would you say to him? “Jason Mraz JJang !! Can you tell me how you can sing with so much enjoyment?” If you could share one piece of information about Yeo Hee Kim that your fans may not be aware of, what would you share? What is the number one thing your fans should know about you? Well, I am a decent girl as you get to know me more and more. Do you have any special message for your English speaking fans? I have been always grateful to have fans that take interest and cheer me on abroad. I will continue to work hard and grow. I hope you will continue to be by my side. Thank you! Lastly, which do you think is better: the iPhone 3, the 3GS or the 4? I WANT iPHONE4!
“When I sing, I imagine myself as the lead female character in the song lyrics. For my title, “My Music”, I think about how much I have wanted to be standing on this stage and how precious the 3 minutes I get is.”
C.B. CEBULSKI INTERVIEW BY RYAN RUTHERFORD Have you always wanted to be a comic book writer? Ever since I was a kid. Star Wars put me on the creative path and reading Uncanny X-Men made me want to write comics. When you’re younger you think, “ I can write a better story than that.” You never think it would happen but then circumstances come together and you’re able to do what you’ve always dreamed. What were some of your favourite comic books growing up? Uncanny X-Men, DC Team Titans, The Brave and the Bold, Fantastic Four, and Spider Man are the big five to me. I’m also more of a Batman guy than a Superman fan. X-Men fans tend to be very exclusive in a way as they tend not to like a lot of the other stuff. I never gravitated towards mythological characters. I was more interested in outsider characters. I don’t know if it’s a reflection on me, but I liked the rebel attitude of those characters What do you feel are the major differences between Asian comic books and ones from the United States? There are stylistic differences and production differences. The reason I like Asian comics is because there is one creator’s vision. Comics in the United States are made by a team with the character being owned by a company. There are also so many steps to produce a comic book involving many different people such as the stylist, colorist, artist and writer. With Asian comics there is a purity of vision with one person sitting down to write it, draw it and, in a lot of cases, lettering the comic book before sending the final pages to the printer. There’s a lot more heart and a lot more genius in comics like that because they tell their own stories and aren’t forced to tell the stories of another company. In Asian comics the editor is ultimately serving the creator’s vision whereas in America it’s the opposite way around. Stylistically there’s also a huge difference. Asian comics tend to flow much better, though a lot of American comic book readers don’t like reading Manhwa or Manga comics because they don’t know how to read it. There are fewer word balloons and the action flows a lot quicker. It should be consumed at a very fast pace because that’s how they draw and write, whereas American writers and artists, and I say this with the utmost respect, tend to get hung up on their own words and on their own style. They want the reader to hang on every panel to admire how gorgeous the background building is, or to savour the prose and dialogue. Comics were created as a disposable medium and are meant to be read and enjoyed. A lot of time American comics lose that fact and try and be too intelligent. What is your impression of the Korean comic book industry? To be honest, and I feel terrible saying this, I don’t know much about the Korean comic book industry. One of the reasons I came over here was to learn and experience it. Through the conference I’ve been able to see some comics and experience it through Korean artists. From what I have been able to see, and I don’t mean to compare, there are some similarities to the Japanese Manga market I’m famil-
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iar with. What’s very interesting to me is that Koreans don’t see their comics as strictly entertainment, but they also see them as education. So no matter if the story is sci-fi or fantasy, or some kind of supernatural adventure, they’re always trying to put some educational theme in it so children are learning something. In discussions this week I’ve driven home the point that with American comics it’s all about escapism. Koreans want people not just to be entertained, but also to take some lesson from the comic book. They tend to want to communicate something about Korean history or culture, or the Korean mindset. Is it true that almost everyone involved professionally in comic books is a complete geek? Without a doubt everyone’s a geek. I don’t think it’s just comic books, as it’s also true in the film industry or those involved in sci-fi and fantasy, as well as the video game industry. Everyone’s a geek for something. I’m a geek for comics and Star Wars. I also used to collect action figures, but my wife has had a direct impact on my action figure collection. The comic book industry in particular tries to embrace geekiness, though there are some people who try to hide it. With the internet there’s an openness to everyone’s lives that comes through as a result of social media. You’re able to discover that these comic book creators who you always thought were these stodgy old men have bigger action figure collections than you do. To give one example of this, Alex Ross, a famous comic book artist, built himself a Batmobile from scratch. Are you proud of being a geek? A hundred percent. In high school, everybody always says you give up comics for women and beer and cars. While I had my fair share of beer, and cars and girls in high school, I never stopped reading comics. I was one of those guys who kept it up straight through. I have pictures of my locker when I was a sophomore or junior in high school, and instead of Sports Illustrated swimsuit pictures, I had cartoons and comics inside. I had the Dark Knight pictures, ones from The Punisher, I even had action figures. I’ve never ever denied that side of myself, but have always embraced it. For better or worse [laughs]. Why is it that so many women featured in comic books are, well, rather curvaceous to say the least? The same accusation is often directed at the world of video games, where geeks are also substantially over-represented, which begs some obvious questions. Admittedly when I was a young reader I appreciated it [the curvaceousness, presumably]. I think the reason for this trend is because it’s been a male-dominated readership and male-dominated creative culture for 60 years. About 10 years ago when more females entered the creative field and we noticed more female readers embracing Manga, we kind of realized we weren’t doing everything we could for the female readership. When we did focus group surveys we learned that a reason women weren’t reading Marvel comics was because these women have unbelievable proportions and are wearing minimal clothing. If we could make female heroes more real and therefore ones the female readership could relate to more, they might start reading more comic books. N
C.B. CEBULSKI, SENIOR V.P. FOR CREATOR AND CONTENT DEVELOPMENT, MARVEL COMICS, PHOTOGRAPHED EXCLUSIVELY FOR NEH BY JEN SEMPLE
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TRADITIONAL CZECH DÉCOR CO REVIEW BY C.J. KOSTER | PHOTOS BY CHRIS WHITE
DRINKS FOOD DÉCOR ATMOSPHERE SERVICE
CASTLE PRAHA is one of Hongdae’s (locations also in Itaewon and Gangnam) most sublime architectural masterpieces. Amongst the clubs and bars is this magnificent gothic castle that screams of decadence and beckons to the sophistication of its pre-modernist design. The restaurant: a multi-level bistro, bar and café, pulls in the classical Czech style while fusing together traditional Czech cuisine with Korean tastes. Aesthetically pleasing in decor, the food and the atmosphere hailed to the sophisticated tastes of the patrons and customers. It’s almost always inevitable that when a restaurant tries to specialize in foreign delicacies but caters to the tastes of its native clientele, the result can be disappointing. The menu boasts a goulash served inside a loaf of bread, a traditional Czech style dish that includes beef, potatoes and vegetables. The beef was served moist, the potatoes were soft and the only shortcoming to the dish was the potency of the onions. The dish as a whole is filling and aside from the slightly over-powering onion taste, is worth the 20,000 won. The garden salad, which arrived in a portion large enough to feed an army, is a vegetarian’s dream. The fresh lettuce and vegetables dressed in what tasted like a vinaigrette dressing was an excellent side-dish to be shared a la traditional Korean style. The only disappointing part of the salad were the slices of processed cheese that had been used as decoration in and around the salad in lieu of some classic grated parmesan cheese. One of the more notable and eye catching items on the menu was the homemade sausage and the gorgonzola pizzas. Though we were never able to taste the gorgonzola because of a mix-up with our order, the homemade sausage pizza lacked one of the fundamental ingredients that make a pizza, a pizza: tomato sauce. Instead, it tasted as though an entire bottle of A1 sauce had been drenched all over the crust, the sausage and the cheese. The taste of the barbecue sauce was so over powering that the natural wood oven flavor of the cheese was totally diminished. Aside from its food menu, Castle Praha offers a unique selection of beers that are brewed in house and that are adequately priced— particularly considering their taste and variety. It may be one of the only places in Seoul to find refreshingly crisp and delicious Pilsner, Dunkel and Granat pints for under 10,000 won. Castle Praha has a European charm perfect for a first date, birthday parties or just a classy night out on the town. The menu, though slightly above what you might see at other restaurants of its kind, fulfills the cravings of even the most discerning of critics. N
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Bacon rolls (top); goulash (middle); house made sausage pizza (bottom); stairwell leading down to the restaurant (center right)
OUPLED WITH MODERN DINING
Chicken wings (top); sausages with mashed potatoes (middle); Pilsner and Dunkel beers brewed in house at the Castle Praha location (bottom)
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THE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO BUYING A NEW CAMERA Hey, idiot! Making money? Having amazing adventures? Got a great camera? …Uh-oh. You need some help, eh? Korea is amazing, and you want to remember it, but you don't want to waste that hard-earned money right away, do you? Follow this guide and figure out what's best for you, because contrary to Korean belief, not everyone needs a $2000 camera. BY LEN PAYNE
YOUR PHONE PRICE: 100,000 won
SAMSUNG PL150 PRICE: 300,000 won
OLYMPUS STYLUS PLUS PRICE: 200-350,000 won
In the words of Chase Jarvis: "The best camera is the one that's with you." If your phone cost more than your last meal, it probably has at least a 3MP camera on it and a MicroSD slot to upgrade the memory. 3MP is way more than enough for Facebook, which displays pictures at 0.3MP... The image quality… meh, but it's no worse than many cameras that cost 200k.
We live in Korea, I've gotta support the locals. When it comes to buying a regular Point & Shoot, look and feel are really the driving factors. If your camera costs less than 300k, it's NOT gonna be superawesome, so no matter which one you get, they're gonna perform roughly the same. Try out a few, and pick the one that feels right.
Olympus makes Tough cameras, and it's not just a name. You can take one of these things anywhere from the coral reef to the mountain top and they'll still take awesome shots and video without the worry of breaking the thing. If you're spending around 300k, might as well get a sturdy one. Not a lot of zoom power, though.
CANON POWERSHOT G10/ G11 PRICE: 600,000 won
NIKON D3100 PRICE: 600,000 won
PANASONIC LUMIX GF1 PRICE: 800,000 won
The king of the castle in terms of compacts: the Canon G10 and G11 have earned their way to the top by outperforming every compact out there. If you want to get image quality and zoom range into the palm of your hand, there is no better value than one of these babies. If it's in your price range, this is the best option.
Now we're looking at a big step up in complexity: changing lenses. That means you're signing on to pay more as time goes on, too. Picture quality isn't really much better than the G11, though. What you're paying for is versatility. Also, the D3100 is the first DSLR with continuous auto-focus during video. If you're looking to be the next YouTube sensation, this is the camera for you.
This little beauty is a personal favourite: all the power and complexity of a high-end camera, but with the pancake lens, it's in a size that fits in your pocket. The GF1 is one of the new "Micro Four-Thirds" cameras that have hit the market, aiming at packing power and versatility without the bulk of a traditional SLR. You'll get what you pay for here.
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THE LAST WORD
THE NEW VAMPIRES AND WHY THEY SUCK BY SEAN NAYLOR
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이 지금처럼 급격히 커질거라고 예상하셨나 요? 아이폰은 저에게 기적 같은 선물 이라고 해 도 과언이 아닙니다.
저를 알릴 수 있는 좋은 기회 이기도 했으니 까요. 말씀처럼 이토록 빠른시간안에 오랜 꿈을 이루게 될 줄은 상상도 못했죠.
Translation by Rydia Kim
앞으로 끊임 없이 YouTube 비디오에 시간을 투자하실 계획이신가요?
아이폰 음악 앱스 (application)를 어떻게 접하게 되었나요?
원래부터 애플사 제품에 관심이 많았어요.
한국에 아이폰이 출시됬다는 소식에
보다 기뻤고, 시작은 아이폰을 구입하게 되 면서 였죠 . 아이폰의 매력은 무한해서 처음 에 구입하게 되는 모든사람들은 밤잠을 설 치며 그 매력에 빠져들곤 하는데, 저도 그 중에 한사람이였고 음악을 전공했던 저는 자연스럽게 뮤직앱에 관심이 높았습니다.
공연하시는 것을 보니 아이폰 음악 앱스를 다루는 솜씨가 대단합니다. 아이폰의 어떤 점이 가장 매력적이라고 생각하시나요? 아이폰의 매력은 일단 디자인 , ( 모든 애플 제품의 디자인은 사랑하지 않을 수 없으니 까요) 그리고 불가능을 가능케 하는 다양 한 어플리케이션 이겠죠 . 일단 구입 하게되 면 생활이 편리해질 정도니까요.
및 Beyonce 연주를 인터넷에 올리기로 결정하신 계기는 무엇입니까? 왜 YouTube 를 선택하셨나요?
Lady Gaga “Poker Face” “Irreplaceable”
제가 사용하고자 하는 어플리케이션을 통 해서 최대한 원곡처럼 구현할 수 있는 곡 을 선택했어요. 그리고 무엇보다 제가 평소 에 좋아하는 곡 이기도 하구요 . 선택한 계기는 특별하지 부터
Youtube를 않아요, 제가 그전
즐겨찾았었고 , 제가 참고
했던 여러가지 어플리케이션을 이용한 연 주영상들도 모두
에 올리신 비디오들로 인해 순식 간에 스타덤에 오르셨다고 해도 과언이 아 닌데 비디오 클릭수가 10억을 달성했을 때 기분이 어떠셨나요? YouTube
사실 스타덤에 올랐다. 라는 말을 듣기에는 아직 너무나 부족하고 어색합니다. 하지만 제 영상에 많은 분들이 관심을 갖아 주시 고 트위터나 페이스북을 통하여 응원의 메 시지를 보내주실 때는 꼭 제가 스타가 된 듯한 기분을 받아요. 저를 좋아해주시는 분 들이나, 앞으로 가능성이 있다고 칭찬해주 시는 분들을 볼 때 마다 정말 큰 힘이 됩니 다. 영상의 클릭 수도 일맥상통한 이야기 겠지요. 그저 감사할 뿐입니다.
에 비디오를 올리신지 6개월 정도 된 걸로 알고 있는데요. 음악계에서의 활동 YouTube
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익숙하지 않은 이름 ‘kimyeohee’를 잘 융합하
대회에 참여하셨던 당시와 비교했을 때 얼마나 많은 발전을 이루셨다고 생각하시 나요?
super k 라는
정말 신기하게도 저는
나간적도 오디션에 참가한 적도 없는데, 많 은 분들이 오해하고 계세요. 정말 신기한 일 입니다. 아무래도 super
은 주목을 받다보니 그런 오해가 생긴 듯 해
한국 및 전세계적으로 온라인상에서 “Apple 로 알려지고 있는데요. 이번 싱글 앨범을 발매하는 시점에서 본인의 “Apple Girl” 이미 지에 대해서 어떻게 생각하시나요? Girl”
좋은집에 아이폰을 여러대를 갖
고 있으며 , 음악을 손쉽게 뚝딱뚝딱 만들어 낸 다음 즐겁게 노래 합니다. 완벽해보이는
kimyeohee에게는 \조 kimyeohee의 솔직
금은 부담스럽지만, 진짜
담백한 모습을 더 좋아해주시리라 믿습니다 .
현재 “Apple Girl”이미지로부터 벗어나려고 하시는 걸로 알고 있는데, 사람들이 “Apple Girl”이라고 부를 때 기분이 어떠신가요? Applegirl 이
저에게 가져다준 홍보효과는 엄
청납니다 . 하지만 동시에 숙제 이기도 합니다.
가 제가 꼭 아이폰연주를 하면서 여러분 앞
에 서야 할 것 같다라는 느
을 주지 않나
앞으로 사람들이 본인을 “Apple Girl” 이상의 뮤지션으로 생각해주는 것이 얼마나 중요하 다고 생각하십니까? 장 . Applegirl 녀 , kimyeohee 랫 키우 온 . 본인을 여전히 “Apple Girl”로만 간주하는 팬 들에게 뭐라고 말씀하시나요? . 르 체 항 . Applegirl 셨 kimywohee 차례 . 게시판에 보니 팬 한분이 “노래할때 너무 행 복해보여서 좋아요”라고 쓴 것을 보았는데요. 저에게 가
아이폰을 가지고 연주할 수 있는 소 이지만
동안 가수의 꿈을
감사합니다 저를 모
시는 분들도 많은데
저에게 관심을 보여주시는 것 자 감사한 일이니까요 제
서 제가 여주인공이라고 생
에게 주어진 이
를 알아야 할
마나 소중한지를 생
네. 매일매일 하하 .
비디오를 보니 노래하는 것 이외 에도 피아노와 기타에 재능이 있으신걸로 드러 납니다. 앞으로도 아이폰 음악 앱스 위주로 활 동하실 계획인가요? 아니면 아이폰을 악기로 다루는 것으로부터 점차 멀어지실건가요? 걸 , 삼 순 문 얻 , 얼 피
제가 아이폰을 갖고 노는 그것을 직업으로 는 직업을
은 이상 실제 리
를 이용하고 싶습니다
사로부터 아이폰 관련 광고나 홍보 차원 에서 연락 받으신 적 있나요? Applekorea 팅 ,따 광 쪽 락 . 쪽 . “My Music” 의 한 절을 영어로 녹음하신걸로 알고 있습니다. 급격히 커지고 있는 외국인 팬 들을 생각하셨을 때 혹시 전체 영어 버젼으로 곡들을 녹음하실 생각있으신가요? 갑 거 , 권팬 셔 . 싱글 비 싱글 버 . 각 드 ? 열 히 Apple
을 가진 적은 있지만 그런 로
서는 제가 이무대에
저의 꿈을 이루게 해주었고, 또 대중들에게
Interview with Kim Yeo-Hee
노래할 때 어떤 생각을 하시나요? 맞춰 각 릅 . 틀 얼 큼 , 3 얼 각 . 인터넷에 팬들이 본인에 대해 쓰는 글이나 의 견을 검색해 보시나요?
적은 없습니다 주로 공연
작스럽게 하게 된
도 많은 영어
라 완벽하지 못했는데
너무나 기뻤습니다 지금은 다음
도 원하시면 영어
연기 활동하실 생
배우 애쉬턴 쿠쳐 (Ashton Kutcher)를 아시나 요? 그가 본인 비디오를 트위터에 올린거 아시 나요? 개 팬 , 렸 행 복 . 앨범에 “Don’t Do It”이라는 곡의 가사가 혹시 실제 본인에게 일어난 일과 관련된 내용인가 요? 련 , 비슷 경험 . 닐 . 남자친구 있으세요? 깝 . 팬들이 모르는 김여희에 대한 정보 하나를 공 개하자면? 그리고 팬들이 꼭 알아야 할 본인에 대한 한 가지? 괜찮 랍 .. 마지막으로 아이폰 3, 3GS, 4 중에 어떤 게 제 일 좋다고 생각하시나요? 인적으로 너무나
이고 그가 저의 영상을
다는 소식을 듣고는 정말로
은 없지만 그런
한 적은 있습니다
구나 갖게되는 마음이 아
여자라면 사랑을 할 때 누 까요
사실 저는 알면알수록
I WANT iPHONE4! Kkk N
GEEKS ON FILM BY PETE WALL THE KING OF KONG The Geek(s): Billy Mitchell Geek Skills: Arcade Gaming Year: 2007
Colophon THE STUFF THAT MADE THIS ISSUE POSSIBLE: THE HUNDREDS OF CALLS ADVERTISING AND BUSINESS DIRECTOR JINAH KIM MADE TO YEO-HEE KIM’S MANAGER TO SET-UP OUR INTERVIEW AND GET PHOTOS; RELIVING CHILDHOOD COMIC BOOK FANTASIES; PILSNER BEER; AMAZING TIMING: GETTING IN TOUCH WITH C.B. CEBULSKI AND BEING ABLE TO SET UP AN INTERVIEW ON VERY SHORT NOTICE; FREE COFFEE; VERY UNDERSTANDING IN-LAWS AND WIVES; THE ADDITION OF NEW HANDS; DISCOVERING THE TRUE IDENTITY OF NEH AS BEING A PEG-LEGGED PIRATE; RAGING AGAINST THE MACHINE; EDITORIAL PROJECT COORDINATOR RYDIA KIM’S TRANSLATING SKILLS; THE HOTNESS OF COUNSELOR DEANNA TROI FROM STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION; THE HOTNESS OF SEVEN OF NINE FROM STAR TREK VOYAGER; GEEKS. NEH IS A PRODUCT OF THE NEH ORGANIZATION. © 2010 THE NEH ORGANIZATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PRINTED IN THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA. VOLUME 1. NO. 7. NEH IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY THE NEH ORGANIZATION. CHRISTOPHER J.M. KOSTER, MANAGING PARTNER.
In one of the great face-offs in geek history, perennial under-achiever Steve Wiebe takes on arcade enigma and selfproclaimed ‘Sauce King’ of Florida, Billy Mitchell. The stage for this tectonic clash: Donkey Kong. WAR GAMES The Geek(s): David Geek Skills: Computer Hacking Year: 1983
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Long before he took a well-earned day off, Matthew Broderick was David Lightman: a nerd so cool he could prevent thermonuclear warfare armed only with a modem and a working knowledge of the selfdefeating nature of tic-tac-toe. WEIRD SCIENCE The Geek(s): Gary Wallace & Wyatt Donnelly Geek Skills: Computer Programming Year: 1985
Adolescent alchemists Gary and Wyatt stumble upon a flawless, yet previously untapped, formula: An action figure + a Pc x crippling insecurity = Kelly Le Brock. Now what’s weird about that? n
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