NYCC 2022: Kim Jung Gi’s Artist Alley Table Becomes a Makeshift Shrine
by Tom Smithyman
Fans of the late Kim Jung Gi paid their respects to the deceased master artist throughout the New York Comic Con weekend. In addition to tributes pouring in through social media, Kim’s Artist Alley table became a de facto shrine to the artist, who died unexpectedly Monday while preparing to travel from Europe to New York for the convention.
Convention-goers laid flowers, signed the table skirt and left images to honor the memory of the 47-year-old Korean illustrator. In fact, over the course of the weekend, show organizers had to add a second table to accommodate the outpouring of love.
Remembrances included “The world appreciates you beyond words,” “Thank you and rest well,” and “With love to you master. Goodbye.”
In addition to several bouquets of physical flowers, Kim’s Twitter account asked for fans to draw images of flowers, which will then be collected.
“Kim Jung Gi was so much into the art of drawing that he always loved to see the work of fellow artists,” the account posted. “May you be a professional or an amateur artist, don’t hesitate to join in.”
Anyone not attending the convention who would like to pay their respects are encouraged to email their drawings of flowers to firstname.lastname@example.org.