Webtoonist interview - Dotri <Consumer and So Capable Girl!>
[Consumer and So Capable Girl]
Dotri | Lezhin
1. Writer Introduction
Q. Hello, Writer! Please introduce yourself to me simply!
A. Hello. I'm Dotri publishing
in Lezhin Comics.
Q. I wonder why you get an experience in a 'cartoon' at first.
A. My parents ran a video shop when I was so young. In young days, my parents played animation in the video shop. I started watching animation from days when I didn't really know anything. And was I in elementary school days? In days when there were comic book rental shops, my cousin borrowed comic books. I seem to have known tha fact that 'there were comic books' at that time.
Q. How did you make your webtoon debut?
A. Actually, I majored in animation when I was in high school and then I changed my career path into visual design in university and drew the cartoon as my hobby. In doing only coterie activities, I briefly posted
Q. Can you tell me your work schedules?
A. Because I have my workroom, I usually work at worker's routine. I wake up in the morning and I start working at 10 am. I work from 6 pm to 7 pm and then get off work (Laugh) I complete the continuity on the first and second day of the week and draw lines on the third and fourth day of the week and complete coloring works and editing on the fifth and sixth day of the week. I never do anything and must take a rest on the seventh day of the week.
2. Writer Recommendation
Q. Please tell me impressive comic books you think!
A. They are
Q. Do you often see webtoons? Can you recommend webtoons?
A. I recommend
folk religion so interestingly. These days, I'm so busy in working that I can't
often see webtoons. But, I binge-watch them during rest days.
3. Consumer and So Capable Girl!
Q. While a lot of male main characters love women actively, a lot of female main characters are passive in pure love comics. I think a main couple and people around the couple in this comics broke prejudice.
A. There are few couples that only one side love other side actively in reality. I think that if personal relationships are biased towards only one side apart from couples, personal relationships can't last so long. I wanted to express couples who wondered about and talked to each other and who learned each other's good things and changed themselves.
Q. If somone is a Twitter user, someone can relate to the comic book so much! Conversely, I think that if someone is not the Twitter user, someone can feel difficulties relating to it. What's your thought for this part?
A. I start making the simple comic book with a mind, 'I hope there will be various kinds of couples' dating on Twitter as I tweet something on Twitter, I have ever pondered over the fact that someone can't relate to it while it is published serially… If I change Twitter into other SNSs such as Facebook and Instagram, the comic book itself can't be made. So, I consider this and write
meanings of words like SNS terms frequently used on Twitter or draw the cartoon in detail with scenes that A explains them to B. Interestingly, many Twitter users leave comments on the cartoon like 'they see the cartoon and then begin Twitter'!
Q. Which comic book makes Joo in and Jung wu meet? (It may be a shame if it is a virtual comic book. It's sad.)
A. I'm sorry, but this is the virtual comic book. Haha. There are many fanboys and fangirls who really like comic books on NL/BL/GL and they don't like only comic books. I didn't specifically express how excessively they like comic books and how they meet each other. I think you had better imagine it freely.
Q. What is the reason why the name is 'Joo in'? You aim at being called 'Sir Joo in'!
A. Actually, I was watching a SF movie when I decided character's name. The word 'astronaut' came out in it. Without any worry, I thought the Yu family would be much more than the Wu family... So, I decided to choose 'Yu Joo in' as the character name. But, readers said, “Joo in? and does it mean SirJoo in?” and I smacked my knees. I never aimed at being called Sir Joo in, but readers thought I aimed at being called Sir Joo in.
Q. Please tell me the concept of Hana, a character.
A. I want to make the girl character with high self-esteem who clearly expresses her own opinions. Joo in, the female main character expresses herself well. But, she has personality not to tell others words that they don't like. So, I make Hana as the role of the best friend, which means the position to appear frequently. Hana makes Joo in say something like 'I'm pretty and great' under her breath. (Laugh)
Q. I see super realistic concepts such as off gatherings and comic activities and design works and so on. Do your own experiences permeate them?
A. Yes. I wroked at the design company. I knew off things like gatherings or comic activities when I stopped the company and took a rest for a while. I knew people to like same comic books on SNS gathered at that time. While a lot of people worked at the company, they did amateur activities. How could they excessively like the comic books, working at the company? It was interesting, but as time went by, I naturally became the fanboy, working at the company.
Q. Please tell me any character that you feel the most affection for or that appears to resemble you!
A. The most affectionate character is Su-bin. Su-bin talks gruffly, but she is aware of her surroundings quickly and takes care of her friends well.
4. Wrap up
Q. Can you tell me how stories of
A. The main story is secret. (Laught) Main character's friends are 26 years old. Because they are 26 years old, some friends get their jobs early. I think they worry about what they do in the future and are full of many thoughts at the age of 26. To like comic books excessively is fun, but It's just a hobby and a part of daily life. So, they will be growing more and more as they date with someone they are into and know new people.
Q. Lastly, please give some dvice to people who dream webtoon writers!
A. I think what communicates with other people steadily is a good thing. while I'm talking to other people, you can come up with the fun material and communication makes you think about which story I make in the future and how I make readers relate to my comic books.