Respected Manhwa illustrator and artist Kim Jong Gi, who died unexpectedly earlier this week to shock and dismay art fans around the world, received an outpouring of love from fans at his Comic-Con booth in New York.
Kim’s Artist Alley’s table at New York Comic Con sat empty until greetings began pouring in from fans and fellow artists. Attendees paid their respects to the beloved artist by leaving flowers, signing the table skirt with good wishes and posting illustrations in heartfelt devotion. Visitors began posting pictures of the memorial on social media, which led to them being reposted to fans of the artist. One of those people was Adam Hughes, an award-winning artist and NYT Bestseller. Hughes retweeted a photo of Travis B. Flowers and letters.
The celebrity artist was preparing to fly to New York for Comic Con from Paris, France, when he started experiencing severe chest pains. After his sudden death, Kim’s official social media page announced: “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart we inform you of the sudden death of Kim Jong Gi. After completing his recent schedule in Europe, Jong Gi went to the airport to fly to New York, where he suffered from chest pains. He was taken to a nearby hospital for surgery, but unfortunately he passed away.” His assistant, Hyun Jin Kim, added, “After you’ve done so much for us, you can now leave your brushes behind. Thank you Jung Ji.”
Kim Jung Gi’s death shook not only the world of art lovers, but also the world of publishers, including Marvel Comics. The comedy giant paid his respects on October 6, 2022, with a tweet featuring Kim’s artwork and a message that read: “We are saddened to learn that the world has lost artist and visionary Kim Jong Ji. His grand designs captured people’s hearts. Fans somehow few fans can. and will be remembered for his truly limitless imaginative work. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.”
Kim was a Korean artist born in 1975 in Goyangsi, Gyeonggi-do Province. At the age of 19, he attended the School of Fine Arts, majoring in “Art and Design” before studying at Dong-Eui University in Busan. He collaborated with many famous artists throughout his career, including world-renowned Japanese artist Katsuya Terada and well-known French comedian Jean-David Morvan. In addition to working with fellow artists, numerous galleries and museums around the world host his artworks from Paris, France, to Penang, Malaysia. Kim also ran the AniChanga Drawing School in Seoul.
As explained in his website bio, Kim loved to travel the world and meet fans, so there’s no doubt he was looking forward to meeting everyone in NYC. If you would like to send a note or drawing to his family, they invite you to do so via email at [email protected]