Llama, the creator of the webtoon “Tomorrow,” discussed how she first began writing webtoons and what drew her to write episodes about people who are in such pain that they want to end their lives.
Before she started drawing the webtoon, Llama was a regular office worker. She worked as a designer after graduating from art school. “While working at the company, I suddenly thought it would be fun to draw webtoons, so I challenged myself to be a creator,” Llama explained.
The writer began serializing “Tomorrow” after she witnessed an accident. She shared that she witnessed a suicide scene as a college student and later discovered that the suicide victim was the child of her mother’s friend. She said, “I couldn’t stop wondering, ‘Would it have been different if even one person had listened to his story?'”
She also expressed a strong interest in death and the afterlife. “Death is the closest thing to life,” said Llama, adding that “death is the end of all human narratives.”
Llama stated that whenever she reads sad news in the news, she feels as if it is her own personal experience. “At a psychological counseling center, I took a temperament test, and my empathy level was much higher than others,” she said, adding, “I finished first or second out of 100 people.”
The author stated that the characters’ painful experiences in “Tomorrow” are not a fantasy. “It’s a realistic story that people around us experience,” she explained. Her webtoon focused on demonstrating how much pain the victims were in and why they had no choice but to commit suicide. “It is more important right now to save one person in crisis than to debate whether suicide is a crime or not,” she said.
Behind the realistic episodes of “Tomorrow” was the writer’s constant effort. Llama had searched almost all relevant Supreme Court cases to address the issue of sexual violence in the “Breath” episode. She explained, “I was afraid that people with similar experiences would be more hurt by my expression on the webtoon.” “Whenever I opened the word processor window to write a script, my hands sweated,” she added.
When asked what kind of artist she aspires to be, Llama said, “I want to be a writer who writes down ideas that come to mind at dawn when I can’t sleep.”