‘A story that hurts you gently.’
Heart of Keol is a bittersweet character study that explores relationship baggage. Being let down by someone you love, even when you know they don’t not care. Trying to protect your broken heart. Finding healing where you least expect it… even if it may or may not lead to a happily ever after.
“The courage of stars… How light carries on endlessly, even after death.”
Main inspirations include:
Saturn by Sleeping At Last
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Sonagi by Hwang Sun-won
My Sweet Orange Tree by José Mauro de Vasconcelos
For My Mermaid Princess by Lee Mi Ra – specifically the demolition/letter scene in the ending
What in the world is “Keol”?
Keol (결) is a Korean word referring to the flow or the texture of something, such as the grain of wood, the texture of someone’s hair, or the flow of water. The first page of Chapter 35 contains an expanded explanation, but if you aren’t caught up to that chapter, beware: there’s some major spoilers! [link]
If you’re familiar with the official conventions of romanizing Korean, you know that ‘eo’ is supposed to represent the ‘uh’ sound as in dust, nun, etc. How counter-intuitive is that, though? I can’t think of a single English word that is spelled and pronounced that way. Geography? Jee-oh-graphy. Neon? Nee-un. Leopard? Leh-purd. You’ll see more than a few Korean words throughout the comic, and I’m going to be ignoring the official conventions in favor of intuitiveness.
So how do you pronounce Keol? It’s kinda like “gull” but with a Y after the G. Google Translate has a pronunciation tool, so you can copy and paste 결 in there and hear it for yourself.
Who’s making this comic?
It is written and drawn by me. Keii’ii is the name I go by. It’s pronounced like “kay.”
I am an 80s child, born and raised in Korea, living in the US.
Comic and site design © me.
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