About Korean Webtoons

Korean webtoons (Korean: 웹툰), digital comics that originated from South Korea, have surged in popularity. The term “webtoon” merges “web” and “cartoon,” highlighting their digital essence. These stories, designed for easy consumption on smartphones, have revolutionized the comic industry in Korea, with some even securing Netflix adaptations. As global print manga sales shrink, the webtoon market continues rapid growth, projected to reach $56 billion by 2030.

The rise of webtoons can be partly attributed to their high-quality content, particularly in artwork, which often surpasses that of English comics. Frequent updates, sometimes daily, and the substantial volume of each release contribute to their attractiveness. The professional nature of webtoon creation, viewed as a viable career, motivates artists to embark on ambitious projects with well-thought-out plots and narrative progression. This contrasts with the traditional manga industry, which has seen a decline in print market size, partly due to the challenges of adapting to digital formats suitable for smartphones.

For those interested in exploring the world of webtoons, there are numerous platforms available in both Korean and English. Popular Korean sites & apps include Kakao Webtoon & Naver Webtoon, while international readers can turn to WEBTOON or Tapas, which offer a wide range of translated webtoons.

Here are three recommended Webtoons on Naver:

  1. The Sound of Your Heart” is a humorous story weaving absurd situations with wit and sarcasm.
  2. About Death” explores the boundaries betweenlife and death
  3. Super Secret” reveals the story of Ryan, a werewolf hiding his identity from his close friend Emma

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