The article on the webtoon cartoonist was really fascinating not because I am a fanatic viewer of the cartoon but because I was genuinely curious about the private life of the cartoonist. It is true I viewed cartoonists to be extra special and somewhat glamorous. However this article enlightened me to the actual details of what happens. There were many grounds which I could associate with such as the pay per-view system of web-toons or the ranking system which the cartoonists voraciously ask for high reviews and ratings.
Even though I do not agree, as an ardent viewer, on some points it has somehow opened my eyes to a certain extent to a new perspective where the cartoonists too are not in a difficult situation. Even though I do believe in more pay for the cartoonist I do not think it would be wise to charge people for viewing them online as that would take away one of the biggest advantage web-toons have.
The different solutions are viable options especially with investment and broadening the web-toon market across Asia. I sternly believe our webtoons will be successful oversea and I think it will benefit not just the people but our culture greatly.
Kim Do-youn 12’
Division of Int’l Studies