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Shin Kyung-Moo, 1955-2011
posted June 6, 2011

imageShin Kyung-Moo, the longtime editorial cartoonist for South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper, passed away February 12 due to complications from leukemia. He was 55 years old.

Shin Kyung-Moo started sending cartoons in as letters to the editor starting in the late 1980s, around the time of the Olympic Games held in Seoul. His first professional gig was at the Bosun Economy in 1992; he moved to Chosun Ilbo in 1996, where he enjoyed one of the most significant platforms in all of cartooning: the newspaper, published with only minor interruptions since 1919, enjoyed a circulation of well over 2,000,000 people during his time on staff, and in more recent years has also enjoyed a significant Internet presence in multiple languages.

In 2009 the cartoonist was diagnosed with leukemia and took a year of sick leave. A return to his post early this year was short-live, about 20 days, before he took sick leave again. His last comic, which ran on January 29, bore the title "People Worse Than Kim Jong-Il."

An example of his work from 1998 can be seen here.