Item description for Love As A Foreign Language #1 by J. Torres & Eric Kim...
Joel hates Korea. Why he agreed to teach there is beyond his comprehension. He can't stand the crowded streets, he's sick of all of the cheesy pop culture, and he can't wait to be back in a country where he can get the North American comics he loves on a regular basis. The year of teaching he contracted for is almost over and he'll be free to finally wake up from this nightmare. But when it comes time for Joel to tender his resignation, his life goes from dark dreams to cotton candy kisses and it's all because of Hana, the new secretary at the school. The very sight of this girl sends him flying straight to cloud nine, but won't another year in Korea send him crashing back down into his own personal hell?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Nov 17, 2004
Publisher Oni Press
ISBN 1932664068 ISBN13 9781932664065
Reviews - What do customers think about Love As A Foreign Language #1?
Boring and poorly paced Feb 20, 2008
Having been in the same mixed couple situation in Korea myself, I was very eager to read this series thinking due to personal experience I would be able to relate to the main character ad get a few laughs...after 3 books I totally give up, really I should have given up at book one...but because they are so short (only 66 pages per book) I gave it a try. What a waste.
First off, the art and layouts are painfully bland and boring...its just totally dull and uninteresting to look at. You would think having a setting in Seoul it would make for some really interesting backgrounds and elements...but nope. Basic as basic can be. The main character Joel is also boring and totally uninteresting, I think only the writer found him amusing. It feels painfully like an author insertion into his own story...kind of like Mega Tokyo (which also is an awful read)
After reading 3 books *nothing* has happened, I pay my money and read how this boring and stale character swoons over a cute Korean staff member in his English school. Thats it. Nothing else interesting happens.
You would think if he did a comic on something like this he would have had a bit more to put into the whole "Joel hates it in Korea" bit about why its rough being a foreigner in a place like that, but its like the guy never really spent any time in Korea himself. I mean Kimchii is spicy and everyone speaks Korean, those are his main gripes with the country.....yeah.
So yeah, bland art, painfully boring and uninteresting characters, story that goes no place, and has the stink of self-insertion mary-sue....or whatever you call a male mary-sue.
way too short - not worth the price Mar 21, 2007
I finished this graphic novel in about as much time as it takes to finish a tall Starbucks latte. But it cots a whole lot more than a latte. The "story" ended right when it was supposed to begin - with the main character falling in love! I was very annoyed and decided that buying later installments to find out if they even start dating was not worth it.