Kyu-Tae Lee is a South Korean filmmaker, illustrator, and comic artist. He is also a member of Quang, a monthly comic webzine that, in the words of its founders, was created “to share cartoon experiments, provide an enjoyable experience to the public, and increase interest in the Korean comic world.”
His work is magical, fusing the essence of childlike imagination with heavier subject matter. He has created several beautiful animated films in his career, many of which have equally stunning illustrated comic versions.
The first film I saw from him a few years ago, RUN RUN RUN (2010), was a collaboration with Choi Young-Hoon for their joint film label Gororo. It’s packed with energy, and it’s got exactly what I love about animation, outrageous vitality. Every time I watch it, I end up being refreshed and energized to make new work.