Comic writing has become the next topic to be introduced into AI.
As reported by Anime News Network, Yūta Momiyama, Weekly Shōnen Jump’s Shōnen Jump and Manga Plus manager, and Shuhei Hosono, editor-in-chief of Shōnen Jump+, co-developed an AI engine called Comic CoPilot with the director. Representative director of technology company alu, involved in AI and NFT projects, Kensuu. Comic CoPilot uses Chat GPT, allowing users to chat like a human with a chatbot and a Japanese interface. In order to help shorten the time it takes for creators to write, Comic CoPilot can cut dialogue to fit the dialogue box, which takes up the most time because writers often go through many rounds of editing. to make sure it’s succinct and communicates their intent.
Comic CoPilot has additional functions. Besides helping with “time-consuming tasks,” AI tools can act as consultants, evaluating creators’ work, and providing feedback from virtual readers. Comic CoPilot can also assist with brainstorming ideas, including suggesting titles and names for characters and special moves, and helping creators come up with a theme together. On the website, Kensuu notes that he’s heard of creators’ fears that AI could steal jobs, but he believes AI can actually expand creativity. Hosono writes that he thinks the benefit of AI is that it aids human thinking, which would be useful in manga creation.
Users are responsible for ensuring they do not infringe copyrights
Besides AI stealing work from human creators, making them obsolete, another concern is AI stealing work from creators themselves. Regarding this, the FAQ on the Comic CoPilot website has frankly stated that the tool generates content that can be pulled from any existing manga. Therefore, it is the user’s responsibility to check whether the AI-generated content infringes intellectual property rights.
Cyberpunk: Peach John became the first AI-drawn manga, with many fans noticing that it looked uncanny like Tokyo Ghoul’s manga Sui Ishida. Rootport, the anonymous name behind the piece, used Midjourney and Google Imagen to create the artwork after entering a text prompt to display an image of who he imagined his protagonist would look like. how. Rootport said it took him just six weeks to complete the 100-plus-page manga, which normally takes a year to complete. He thinks people should consider Cyberpunk: Peach John a “work of art” because his use of AI is on par with other artists who have spent decades honing their skills. because he also uses available resources to create it.
In a survey by the Japan Art Workers Association, about 94% of Japanese creators expressed concern that “AI could cause harmful effects.” This includes AI stealing artwork and redistributing them to foreign attractions, AI altering published voice samples and reselling them as voice changing samples. Popular horror mangaka Junji Ito has expressed his worries about how the AI can create better artwork than him despite its lack of originality and creativity. Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki denounced the AI, commenting it was “an insult to life itself.”
Source: Anime News Network