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Solo Leveling artist's death sheds light on webtoon creators' working condition

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By Park Han-sol

In the wake of the death of 37-year-old webtoon illustrator Jang Sung-rak last month following an unexpected health issue, concerns have been once again mounting over webcomics artists' poor, harsh working conditions. Since 2018, Jang had served as an illustrator for the globally popular fantasy action series, "Solo Leveling."

As webtoons are gaining momentum to be recognized as an established medium of entertainment internationally, more quality illustrations are naturally being sought out by readers, making the artists' workloads more excessive than ever, the organization said.

Redice Studio announced last month that Jang died of a brain hemorrhage on July 23, adding that the artist had been suffering from an unspecified chronic illness.


Lee Min-young minlee@koreatimes.co.kr


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