Llama, the creator of the webtoon behind the Netflix series “Tomorrow,” spoke with a Webtoon Guide about her experiences as a webtoon writer. She also chose which episodes of her webtoon she wanted to rewrite in order to improve them.
Did you choose the pen name “Llama” after the animal llama?
Yes, I have had many animal nicknames since I was a child, including elk, camel, and monkey, but I chose llama because it felt the cutest of them all. My pen name was chosen in an instant, but I believe it suits me well.
When do you feel proud of yourself for being a webtoonist?
When you receive various responses from your hardworking creations! Of course, positive feedback is always welcome. Before I became a writer, I was skeptical that I needed to do what others told me to do. I am most pleased with my ability to create my own work. Another reason I’m glad I became a webtoon writer is when my parents brag about their daughter.
Do you believe in an afterlife?
There could be or there could not be. Personally, I believe that having an afterlife would be beneficial. Some people die without having the opportunity to say their final words. I hope they have the opportunity to say goodbye to loved ones, even if only for a brief moment after they die.
There is a theme to each episode of “Tomorrow.” Isn’t it difficult for you to come up with a meaningful topic for each episode?
It’s not difficult to come up with a topic. There are numerous social issues. When I first came up with the idea for the webtoon “Tomorrow,” I could immediately think of the theme of each episode. The important question is whether I can deliver those well. There are some episodes that I was unable to include in my work because they were hard to write.
Some episodes were revealed despite the fact that they were difficult to portray. I had to work very hard to deliver those episodes, and I was exhausted at that time. There were some other episodes that were also difficult to be part of the webtoon, such as those that were too provocative or dealt with serious social issues.
I believe that the majority of the episodes I’ve written thus far are about heavy topics, so I’m often nervous at the start of a new episode. I feel relieved when I read the positive comments from readers.
Which episodes are your favorites and least favorites?
It’s difficult to pick a favorite episode. Each episode was carefully crafted, so I feel bad for the others if I choose one as my favorite. If I had to pick one, I believe my favorite episode is the one that is currently being serialized.
If I had to pick some episodes to improve, they would be “Fallen Flower” and “Tree.” “Fallen Flower” was the first episode, and I was unfamiliar with a lot of the details. I could be more cautious and realistic with students’ lives. That is something I regret.
In the “Tree” episode, I portrayed two people’s romantic relationships of dating, breaking up, dating, and marrying as more of a cartoon or movie-like experience than a real-life romance. As time passed, I began to regret that I couldn’t draw the episode more realistically. I’m confident that if I try it again now, I’ll do better.