Kim Jung Gi Death, Obituary – Kim Jung Gi, a Korean artist born in 1975, in Goyang-Si, which is situated in the province of Kyongki-Do sadly passed away due to a Myocardial infarction on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Kim Jung Gi’s death was made known publicly. We express our condolences to Kim Jung Gi’s family during this difficult time.

He was 19 when he entered the Fine Arts School, where he majored in “Art & Design”. He studied for three years at Dong-Eui university in Busan, on the South East coast of Korea. This school is famous for its technical courses, but the 23 000 students that studied alongside him may also have provided good material to feed his inspiration! Like every man in Korea, he served in the army for over 2 years. He was in the Special Forces, which allowed him to memorize an amazing number of vehicles and weapons.

Funny Funny, KIM Jung Gi’s first publication, was published in the magazine Young Jump. Several short stories and a few exhibitions later, KIM Jung Gi –or KJG for short– started to teach manhwa (Korean comic book) in universities and private schools.

Between 2008 and 2010, he drew the 6 volumes of TLT, Tiger the Long Tail, which was written by Seung-Jin PARK. This story first existed as a ‘webtoon’ – an online comic, which explains the unusual composition of the pages. TLT was later published in printed form by CNC Revolution. KIM Jung Gi went on to illustrate two novels written by the French author Bernard WERBER: “Paradise” (2010) and “Third Humanity” (2013).

KJG personally has six sketchbooks currently published, which came out in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2018 respectively. These, when gathered together, contain nearly 4 000 pages full of drawings. In 2017, he united his astonishing talent with the world-renowned Japanese artist, KATSUYA Terada, publishing a spectacular sketchbook that shows off their mutual giant talents.

He has twice collaborated with the famous French comic writer, Jean-David Morvan; once for SpyGames, (published in French in 2014 by Les Editions Glénat) and most recently illustrating McCurry, NYC, 9/11, published in 2016 by les Editions Dupuis for the French version, and by Caurette Editions for the English version. McCurry, NYC, 9/11,  is the first published biography of the world-famous photographer and journalist  Steve McCurry –  his work includes the now iconic National Geographic cover of the Afghan Girl with the captivating green eyes – as he witnessed the unforgettable scenes of 9/11 unfold before him.
He has also worked with several video game companies and collaborated on various comics in the USA (Flash, Civil War II …) and Europe (Kiliwatch, Curette Editions) as a cover artist.

Tributes to Kim Jung Gi

As a result of the announcement of Kim Jung Gi’s passing made public, his friends, family, and other people who were close to him are going through a period of intense grief. I don’t believe that life should be viewed as something terrifying. In my opinion, it’s very similar to getting a soothing massage after a long day at the office. In the end, you will have to pick yourself up and head back to work at some point. To sum it all up, that pretty much sums up life, death, and the economy.