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June 24, 2009

South Korean Cartoonist Fired For Weaving Two Insulting Messages To The President Into Patterns

Wonju police have asked that cartoonist Choi answer a summons regarding his placement of two phrases insulting to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak into the patterns of a cartoon. Choi has already been fired and has apparently also already publicly defended the appropriateness of such a message being conveyed through cartooning. While the story bears watching in terms of free expression, it's also worth noting that mainstream American comic book fans may recall instances where artists on those books wove a message or two into the background visuals of a comics panel -- some bearing the consequences of said actions, some not, although perhaps none with the potential impact or severe circumstance that may be visited upon Choi.
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