This is the original story of the jtbc drama with the same title, and is the winner of the Today's Comic Award. It depicts the uncompromising protagonist Lee Soo-in and the realistic activist Gu Go-sin, who organizes a trade union and leads strikes against unfair layoffs at a large supermarket.
- Book Intro
The story is set in the late 2000s, in the French-headquartered supermarket "Purumi." The story has two main characters: Lee Soo-in, who was ordered to fire people, and the labor activist Gu Go-sin. Lee is a type of person who strictly follows rules and principles, and do not hide his discomforts when he saw injustice. But to live quietly, he leaves army and chooses an ordinary job. But as the company orders him to dismiss employees without fair reasons, he once again stands up against the world. Gu Go-sin is a cold-hearted, experienced labor activist who runs a consulting office for workers near Purumi. Unlike Lee, who is conservative and does not get along well with people, Gu does not hesitate to approach people and sometimes do whatsoever if he could get what he wants. The book is a story about how the two help "nice and common" people open their eyes to their rights and how they change together.
Other characters add realism to the story. Joo Kang-min is trustworthy and helps Lee and Gu. Jung Mincheol, Lee's supervisor, is an ivy-league graduate and envious of Lee. Nam Donghyup enthusiastically participates in the labor protest but is hostile to Lee. And Yoo Jonghak, the union leader, is tired of never-ending battles. These three-dimensional characters created by the artist's insight into human beings is another attraction of Awl.
- About the Author
Choi Kyusok (M) was born in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province in 1977 and studied Cartoon Animation at Sangmyung University. He debuted in 1998 with the Rookie Comic Contest hosted by Seoul Media Group. His representative works include Awl, A Story Never Heard Before, Aboriginal Koreans, Wetland Ecology Report, and The Sad Hommage to Dinosaur Dooly. He has received many awards, including the Short Story Award by the Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival, the Grand Prize at the Bucheon International Comics Festival, and the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Award at the Korea Contents in Korean Content Awards.