‘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 a rock, or the flow of water. In this comic, it’s also the name of the nation where the vast majority of the story happens.
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 sensibility.
So how do you pronounce Keol? It’s like kee-uhl… but say it fast and make it a single syllable. For extra authenticity points, soften that K a bit, almost like the G in gift.
As for the difference between the American English coda-L and the Korean L… oh, sorry. I majored in linguistics.
Who’s making this comic?
It is written and drawn by me. Keiiii is the name I go by. It’s pronounced like “kay,” and don’t let anyone fool you… there are exactly four i’s in it. Not three, not five, not thirty-seven.
In case anyone’s wondering, I am female, an 80s child, a malamute owner (yes, I actually own her!),
Saiyan Korean by blood and a New Jerseyan by place of residence.
Comic and site design © me.
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