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Banned Book Club by [Kim Hyun Sook, Ryan Estrada, Ko Hyung-Ju]

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"Highly recommended for readers passionate about activism or political history, or for those who are simply looking for an excellent comic book." ― SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, Starred Review

"From joyous mask dances to bored classrooms to tortuous jail cells, Ko affectingly captures Kim’s activist-as-a-young-student journey with an affecting resonance sure to inspire today’s youthful generation of tenacious changemakers." ― BOOKLIST, Starred Review

"The messages of hope are universal, as are the poignant reminders that change can happen when people are willing to speak up." ― PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review

"A timely read about friendship amid chaos, how to fight oppression, and . . . what it means to consider oneself apolitical in a world where politics is everywhere." ― NPR

"Combining real-life political intrigue with an appealing cast, Banned Book Club is an exciting, thought-provoking graphic bildungsroman." ― FOREWORD REVIEWS

"A tribute to young people's resistance in the face of oppression." ― KIRKUS

"It’s hard to imagine a world where Banned Book Club could be more relevant than it is right now." ― A.V. CLUB

"Banned Book Club's power is in the fact that it’s about something that feels like it’s on our doorstep." ― COMICS BEAT

"Banned Book Club is the daring memoir that comes once a generation. There is nothing else like this on the bookshelves." ― BLACK NERD PROBLEMS

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Kim Hyun Sook was born in Changwon, South Korea. She became a member of a banned book club in the 1980s while studying English Language and Literature. This is her first book. She has co-written comics for websites including The Nib and Oh Joy Sex Toy, and she translated Lady Rainicorn’s dialogue for Adventure Time comics. She now runs a new banned book club in Busan, where she lives with her husband, Ryan, and her cat, Dog Baby.

Ryan Estrada is the author of POORCRAFT: WISH YOU WERE HERE, Learn to Read Korean in 15 Minutes, Ryan Made Mistakes, Wish You Were Here, Broken Telephone, Aki Alliance, and many other comics. He started submitting his work to newspapers when he was six years old, and one of those very newspapers finally hired him when he was 16. He has had many adventures around the world since, but the best thing he ever did was marry Kim Hyun Sook.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0921B66XP
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Iron Circus Comics (May 19, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 19, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 502294 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 199 pages
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Ryan Estrada is the author of Banned Book Club, Student Ambassador: The Missing Dragon, Aki Alliance, Learn To Read Korean in 15 Minutes and more. He has worked on comics for Star Trek, Popeye, Garfield, and more.

He was a gator wrangler in America, an ambassador to Australia, an undocumented animator in Canada, a ghostbuster in South Korea, a Bollywood star in India, wandered Kim Jong Il's secret tunnels to North Korea, slept on a bench in a typhoon in Japan, dug toilets for tsunami victims in Thailand, did an accidental illegal border crossing into Burma, made road comics in Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, Vietnam and The Phillippines, documentaries in Colombia and Ecuador, and podcasts in Malaysia, ran with the bulls in Mexico, hunted lost hyena skulls in Kenya, climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, got caught in a Peruvian coca war, lived on a Costa Rican rainforest and a Panamanian volcano.

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