This book is a graphic novel that should be recommended to anyone who is seeking success but sick of the rat race, or who is tired of getting recognition and empathy from others.
- Book Intro
All forms of life as we know it have one common feature: the basic ability to get on with their lives. Despite the myriad differences and idiosyncrasies present in the vast number of individuals on this planet, at least one thing is a given: a mind embedded with a fundamental yearning for pleasure and happiness aligned with the body that it is housed in. Because to live is to be subjective, or to be naturally in oneself, instead of being on the outside looking in.
Yet that seems to be the case for one strange person, whom the author has succeeded in documenting after years of painstaking and persistent investigation. Experts of the Low Season is a graphic reportage on the existence and thoughts of an unadjusted man, a strange specimen to arrive at this stage of mankind given the long history of natural selection.
The brief period of time he occupies is deemed the low season, the opposite totality from where the rest of the world is moving to. And being the only known member of this aberrant species, he himself and the observant author naturally comprise the only experts of this unknown phenomenon.
Consisting mostly of private dossiers procured after his sudden disappearance, this collection of writings and drawings provide a rare glimpse into the workings of a quasi-vital, objectified mind, so removed from its anatomy that he cannot come to terms with his own language, movements, even his heartbeat. The fatigue or habituation desperately needed to 'get on' was somehow left out in his making, and instead a condition of constant acute awareness is grafted in its place, leaving him no choice but to exhaustively face every facet of his alienated being.
As the world chugs along in proud confidence towards the high season of things, he finds himself not just left behind, but doggedly heading off in the opposite direction. In this great void of meaning and merit, he asks how it is possible to be, without being able to affirm anything.
After tearing himself from his only ties with his homeland, a dog and a crippled condor, he finds temporary refuge in Portugal, where through dark musings and deep confabulations he succeeds in narrowing down the three things he can be positive about. Trash, animals and poetry. The most abhorred, the most silent, and the most man-made. Yes, there was at least this that was worth doing, worth living even. He could become a trash collector. He could sweep up the debris of existence, pick up the neglected dead animals, and string them together into the plastic bag of poetry. The New Life. New Trash.
- About the Author
Kim Hanmin majored in industrial design at university, and currently works on creating stories focused on images, including picture books and cartoons. Kim has created various animal characters with interest in nature and animals. Kim adds regional and cultural characteristics to his books, based on his experiences living in Sri Lanka and Denmark during his childhood and volunteering for 2 years in Chiclayo, a city in northern Peru. Kim Hanmin has created Stop! 1~9.with his zoologist brother Kim Sanha. Picture books drawn by Kim Hanmin include Ungo and the Pink Dolphin and Lightly Walking Tapir. Graphic Novels illustrated by Kim include To Euripides and A Commentary Room.