마이코리안허즈번드 코믹북 출간기념 사인회 이벤트!
7월15일 토요일 오후 5시 타임스퀘어 교보문고에서 해요.
시간되시는분들 오셔서 책도 구입하시고, 사인도 받으세요:) 사인회 끝나고 질문 받고 답변하는 시간도 있을꺼에요. 많이들 놀러오세요.
그리고 ‘영국남자’ 조엘과 ‘호주사라’ 사라 등 다른 유튜버들도 함께 할꺼에요.
그럼 토요일에 봐요^^
We are having a book signing this Saturday, the 15th of July, at the Kyobo book store at Times Square, Yeongdeungpo. It starts at 5pm. You will be able to purchase the ‘My Korean Husband’ book and get it signed by us! We will also have time afterwards to chat with people. This is the last time for a while we will be able to do a meet up because of my pregnancy and having a newborn baby later. Please come out and see us if you are in Seoul!
The book is in Korean but there are English translations of the comics.
This was one of the coolest things to see, and so satisfying. I had a vague idea of how printing worked but to actually see the ink being physically put in and then coming out beautifully on the pages really blew my mind. There is a difference between knowing the concept of something and seeing it in action.
This printing company specializes in these types of books. Other companies in the area do things like newspapers and magazines. Our publishing company chose this printing company because of their attention to detail. It’s a family owned company and the boss’s son showed us around. He was very passionate about printing.
It’s interesting how the basic principles of printing are still the same after all these centuries: ink goes onto paper. But the technology was interesting. From that desk we showed in the video there was someone adjusting the levels of ink to change how it appears. That’s what those numbers corresponded to. The designer was checking how colour appeared. I’m very glad she was there because I really don’t know anything about what looks best. There is a big difference between artists and designers in cases like this.
There are special techniques for loading paper as well. You may have noticed the guy putting the paper into the machine fluffed it up slightly before loading it. There are all these techniques that involve slight movements that people learn when working in this industry. Watching the paper going in and being printed on was very satisfying! Definitely falls in the “oddly satisfying” category. Even if it wasn’t my book, it would have still been cool to see.
We will be having a book signing on the 15th of July at the Kyobo book store at Times Square in Seoul at 3pm. We will update more soon!
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In this vlog we show you our day. Live radio in the morning, going to a big book store for meetings and then going to see the first print of the My Korean Husband book for the Korean market!
We have been really busy getting this book ready, but I think my editor and designer have been even busier.
Those that have been following us for years will probably know that we signed a publishing deal quite a long time ago but there seemed to be so many delays. Although we signed with a big company, there was a lot of internal problems within the company. There was corruption and a CEO change and whole departments were changed so our little book just got lost in the middle. I was also not happy with the designer there who didn’t seem to care much about the book. The guy who originally signed us to the company was lovely and believed in the book but he also ended up leaving the company.
Fast forward a few years and a much smaller company decided to publish our comics. There were a few different ideas and changes but eventually it was decided to publish as a proper comic book. They salvaged the work that had already been done by the bigger company, overhauled it and picked out which comics they thought suitable for the Korean audience. I actually didn’t pick which comics went into this book as even though they are my comics. I don’t know which ones Koreans will respond better to as I’m not Korean. Not all humour translates well. The translations were also redone so hopefully it will be a lot funnier now.
It’s been such a long time waiting for this book to come out. Even when you know publishing takes a long time, it’s always a surprised at how much work goes into things. Although I do art, I could never do the type of design our new designer did. If I had self-published I would have either had to hire a designer and pay for them myself, or tried to do the design by myself, which would have been disastrous. My editor is also very meticulous and arranged the comics in a way that tells much more of a story, rather than it being just a bunch of repackaged comics from the blog. I’m so grateful to them for believing in this project.
Now finally the book will be in stores in Korea! It will be in selected Kyobo book stores and if it does well enough it will be put in other Kyobo stores too. We will let you know where you can buy it soon. In store book sales matter the most at the start so if you can physically go buy it, it does really help! If your local Kyobo doesn’t have it, ask them to get it! It will also be available online in Korea. For the international audience there will be some online stores that will sell internationally, so we’ll keep you updated on that.
As we mentioned in the video, we will be doing a book signing at the Times Square Kyobo in about 2 weeks! Please come and say hi! We haven’t done a meet up in a long time, and it will be harder later with my pregnancy progressing (and impossible with a new born), so now is a good time to come meet us!
You can also listen to us Wednesday mornings on tbs radio at 9:30, either on the radio if you are in Korea, or through an app. Or you can catch up later online.
This video is our podcast style of video where it’s a longer video that can be just listened to, rather than watching it all.
When we uploaded our pregnancy announcement video we were so overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and happiness! I honestly thought just usual people would comment and that would be it. But we had thousands and thousands of comments! We wanted to make this video to thank everyone and answer some questions.
Also at the latest ultrasound we filmed a bit so I put that footage in the video as well. I know some people were wondering about how many ultrasounds I’ve had. Korea does more than western countries in general, but also because of infertility, I’ve had so many that I’ve lost count. I was getting ultrasounds before I was pregnant and sometimes 3 times a week. We’ll talk more about that later. My fourth ultrasound while pregnant, which is the one in the video, if often only the first for many women. We’ve been lucky to see our baby so regularly from the beginning.
Hugh has also been lucky to be with me at every stage of this journey. So often men miss out on these moments because of work, but I’ve needed Hugh with me for every appointment. In the video he shows the big book he got about pregnancy, childbirth and babies which has been really helpful. He is really excited to be a father.
I haven’t been able to travel during the early stages of pregnancy but I’m looking forward to going back to the countryside and seeing Hugh’s family again.
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Our big announcement! It’s been a relief to finally announce as we feel like we’ve had to keep this secret for so long. We announced on social media last night and have been overwhelmed at the thousands of positive comments and messages from everyone. We didn’t expect this many!
So many people have been with us since the blog first began and have been following us for years so we are so happy to share our pregnancy news with you. Especially as we’ve been going through a tough time to even be able to get pregnant. As we mention in the video there was always the possibility that we would never be able to have kids and we had to come to terms with that. This baby does feel like a miracle. Being in Korea and at a very good hospital has made this all possible. We will talk more about that side of it much later once the baby arrives later this year.
In the meantime, thank you everyone for all your support and love. We really did not expect a response this big. I know some people are worried we will disappear from online once we have a baby but don’t worry, we will still be here and still creating content. I’m sure there will be many great comic ideas later. Some have asked how much we will show of our child and it’s something we have discussed and are hoping to find a balance that is healthy and educational. We are not daily vloggers so we wouldn’t be vlogging any day in the first place. It will likely be either small short videos of certain moments, or videos that can educate people about raising an intercultural/bilingual child.
Since we mentioned how hard it was to get pregnant I’ve had a lot of messages from women who also have Endometriosis or similar diseases, some who still managed to have kids, and others who are having trouble becoming pregnant. I think there is a lot of space for online dialogue about this so I will make some videos in the future talking about it and give a space for people to share their stories.
Thank you to Joel Bennett for taking the photos and to Yoojin for editing and taking extra footage.
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Hugh interviews Alice about BIGBANG and she goes past YG Entertainment again and asks about BIGBANG again…
What a crazy day it’s been! This story about Alice walking into YG Entertainment has blown up in the Korean media and there have been so many stories about it. We have been completely shocked at how many articles there have been and how many people are talking about it.
Some of them (like YTN) got the story right but others also had misinformation such as ‘MyKoreanHusband channel is run by Sophie’, or that Sophie and I are sisters. Also many Korean commenters are calling Alice a “foreign girl”, which is not true. Alice is Korean. It’s a good time to educate people about different types of Koreans. That’s always one of our goals with our YouTube channel is to educate about multiculturalism. Sophie really wanted to make another video with Alice so that we still had control of the narrative.
Since Sophie and the kids, Alice and Gyo, visited again on Sunday and the way to our apartment passes YG Entertainment, Alice again wanted to ask about BIGBANG. The security guard already knew what she wanted to ask as it was the same one from before! But he was still smiling. Alice was a bit sadder this time.
We show some clips of Alice at the BIGBANG concert in Sydney and dancing around to BIGBANG when she was younger. We got Hugh to interview her as she is more likely to answer his questions.
On another note: please don’t steal our videos. It’s been unfortunate that some people have taken some and then changed the story or deleted the real story. I do have an edited version of the original video that people can now use. It has embedded credits and our logo at the end. If you want to download this video and use it click here to download. You can use on other social media (but please don’t reupload on YouTube).
Luckily most of the attention has been very positive and it’s been great to see the response.