The drama “Dr. Park’s Clinic” tells the story of a doctor who opens his own clinic and suffers from financial debt and hair loss. As the drama drew attention, so did interest in the original webtoon. In an interview with Chosun, the writer of the webtoon “Dr. Park’s Clinic” talked about how he came up with ideas and how he went from being a doctor to making webtoons.
Jang Bong-Soo, the author, explained how he created an illustration of the protagonist, Dr. Park. “I enjoy playing Go, so I frequent the Go club. Many people in their forties and fifties are fluffy and have lost their hair. I thought their look was ideal for the protagonist of my webtoon.”
There are already a number of medical dramas produced by doctors, but “Director Park of Internal Medicine” is unlike any of them. Because, unlike doctors in other dramas, Dr. Park has greatly suffered from financial difficulties since the first episode.
“I owe 300 million won (250K USD), and I run a monthly deficit of 10 million won.”
The clinic is open, but there are no patients or families who understand the value of saving money. The senior doctor gives him advice that “This is something I remind myself of three times before going to bed. I’m not a doctor; I’m a merchant.”
The author revealed that he, too, started his own clinic with no money and that his friends were even worse off than he was. “As I practiced drawing, I shared my story on the webtoon. I wasn’t expecting the attention, but many people liked it.”
Since he was a child, the author has been a big fan of comic books, but he went to medical school to please his parents. Despite his busy schedule during his MD residency, he continued to draw comics. When he turned 40, he finally had the opportunity to devote time to drawing cartoons. “I was 40 years old and thought I didn’t have a passion for life. I spent 1 million won (830 USD) on webtoon creation devices. That was the first time I actually practiced drawing.”
After “Dr. Park’s Clinic” was adapted into a drama, the author quit his doctor job and began writing webtoons full-time. He leaves for work at 10 a.m. and returns home at 2 a.m. the next day. “The amount of work is significantly greater than when I was a doctor. But it’s a lot more enjoyable. ” He went on, “I used to work from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but now I work 365 days a year. But I’m satisfied with my life.”