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10 out of 12 people have a chronic disease and die at the age of 37… The shadow of Korean webtoons (1)

Rookie webtoon artist A was diagnosed with a rare disease early last year. The disease she thought had been completely cured by surgery ten years ago recurred three months after her first serialization began. Following the doctor’s advice that the surgery should not be postponed, Mr. A finally decided on a date for the surgery, but the person in charge at the production company responded that sales would drop if the production was suspended. The company released about eight episodes of Mr. A’s stockpile of manuscripts during his recovery period, and Mr. A had to return to serialization in two months, even though the bandages had not yet been removed. Famous writers are no exception. Jang Sung-rak (DUBU), who was in charge of drawing the webtoon “I’m the only one who’s leveled up”, passed away in July this year at the age of 37. His agency said that he died from a chronic disease, but some writers said, “Is there another reason besides overwork when he was sitting and drawing all day?” It’s here. 10 out of 12 webtoon writers have chronic illnesses Joongang Ilbo conducted in-depth interviews with 12 webtoon writers, and found that most of the interviewed writers (10) had chronic illnesses regardless of age. . They ranged from wrist pain and insomnia to life-threatening rare diseases. This is because the increased workload and overheated popularity competition led to collective overwork. Kwon Chang-ho, secretary-general of the Korea Webtoon Association, explained, “Usually, it takes more than 200 hours for a writer to draw 70-80 cuts in color and with realistic style standards.” He said, “It’s a lot that one person can’t do in a week, but the reality is that I’m under pressure to finish it. Writers are requesting production companies and platforms to guarantee writers’ paid vacation rights to prevent overwork, prepare measures to reduce the number of cuts per episode, and propose various serialization cycles. But platforms and production companies are still skeptical. A source from the platform said, “The author is not in an employment relationship, but rather, the platform secures copyright by investing in artists and works that are expected to generate revenue from paid sales. made,” he said. Contract disputes over sales revenue are also increasing between writers and production companies. Mr. B, a writer who signed a contract with a production company preparing his debut work last year, said, “I receive MG (described later) of over 1 million won (about 100,000 yen) per episode. It may be possible, but excluding the platform and production company fees, it is about 10% of the total sales.” He said, “The artist also bears the cost of materials and labor costs for work assistance.” The literal meaning of “MG (Minimum Guarantee)” is a writer’s “minimum profit”. However, the meaning of the industry mainstream “backward MG” has a completely different meaning. For example, if you receive MG of 1 million won per episode four times a month and sign a contract with the platform to share the revenue on a 5:5 basis, if each episode earns 1.5 million won, the writer will receive 750,000 won. . Subtract MG 1 million won from this. The result is “-250,000 won”. An official in the webtoon industry said, “Writers who have direct contracts with large platforms such as Naver and Kakao receive manuscript fees and receive additional revenue sharing, but only through production companies (agency or studio) do they have a relationship with the platform. Many writers who can build it have no choice but to accept the MG method while crying and giving up.” Of the 12 webtoon writers interviewed by JoongAng Ilbo, nine also revealed that they experienced unfairness in the process of signing contracts with platforms and production companies. He raised questions about the current revenue distribution structure, non-disclosure practice of settlement structure, and full copyright transfer agreement. More than half of them (six) felt that they were not getting their creators’ share. It’s about whether or not you can receive 0%.” He said, “The artist will bear the cost of materials and labor costs for work assistance.” The literal meaning of “MG (Minimum Guarantee)” is a writer’s “minimum profit”. However, the meaning of the industry mainstream “backward MG” has a completely different meaning. For example, if you receive MG of 1 million won per episode four times a month and sign a contract with the platform to share the revenue on a 5:5 basis, if each episode earns 1.5 million won, the writer will receive 750,000 won. . Subtract MG 1 million won from this. The result is “-250,000 won”. An official in the webtoon industry said, “Writers who have direct contracts with large platforms such as Naver and Kakao receive manuscript fees and receive additional revenue sharing, but only through production companies (agency or studio) do they have a relationship with the platform. Many writers who can build it have no choice but to accept the MG method while crying and giving up.” Of the 12 webtoon writers interviewed by JoongAng Ilbo, nine also revealed that they experienced unfairness in the process of signing contracts with platforms and production companies. He raised questions about the current revenue distribution structure, non-disclosure practice of settlement structure, and full copyright transfer agreement. More than half of them (six) felt that they were not getting their creators’ share. It’s about whether or not you can receive 0%.” He said, “The artist will bear the cost of materials and labor costs for work assistance.” The literal meaning of “MG (Minimum Guarantee)” is a writer’s “minimum profit”. However, the meaning of the industry mainstream “backward MG” has a completely different meaning. For example, if you receive MG of 1 million won per episode four times a month and sign a contract with the platform to share the revenue on a 5:5 basis, if each episode earns 1.5 million won, the writer will receive 750,000 won. . Subtract MG 1 million won from this. The result is “-250,000 won”. An official in the webtoon industry said, “Writers who have direct contracts with large platforms such as Naver and Kakao receive manuscript fees and receive additional revenue sharing, but only through production companies (agency or studio) do they have a relationship with the platform. Many writers who can build it have no choice but to accept the MG method while crying and giving up.” Of the 12 webtoon writers interviewed by JoongAng Ilbo, nine also revealed that they experienced unfairness in the process of signing contracts with platforms and production companies. He raised questions about the current revenue distribution structure, non-disclosure practice of settlement structure, and full copyright transfer agreement. More than half of them (six) felt that they were not getting their creators’ share. Although they will receive distribution, many writers who can only establish relationships with platforms through production companies (agencies and studios) have no choice but to accept the MG method.” Of the 12 webtoon writers interviewed by JoongAng Ilbo, nine also revealed that they experienced unfairness in the process of signing contracts with platforms and production companies. He raised questions about the current revenue distribution structure, non-disclosure practice of settlement structure, and full copyright transfer agreement. More than half of them (six) felt that they were not getting their creators’ share. Although they will receive distribution, many writers who can only establish relationships with platforms through production companies (agencies and studios) have no choice but to accept the MG method.” Of the 12 webtoon writers interviewed by JoongAng Ilbo, nine also revealed that they experienced unfairness in the process of signing contracts with platforms and production companies. He raised questions about the current revenue distribution structure, non-disclosure practice of settlement structure, and full copyright transfer agreement. More than half of them (six) felt that they were not getting their creators’ share.