In a middle school workshop, a question for students was asked about which comics they love reading. The majority of the class had the same answer: webtoons. Due to its dedication to global expansion and major funding from its parent business, the Naver Corporation, the Korean digital comics powerhouse has become the most popular comics platform in the world since its international launch in July 2014 and has attracted millions of readers.
Additionally, it’s a setting where compassionate, sensitive protagonists rule. With thousands of manhwa to pick from, Webtoon fans are choosing stories that encourage healthy communication and self-acceptance amid a digital media universe of YouTube drama channels and tea-spilling TikToks.
Maybe you don’t know Manhwa, Manhua, Manga are very different.
Manhua is a comic line published in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. At first, Manhua was known as an art form with the main purpose of describing life through metaphorical methods, transforming images, etc. But later, in order to easily transmit and absorb messages or to praise something good, Manhua was gradually developed into vivid paintings, high-value and unique paintings.
All of the best webtoons on the platform are designed for mobile natives, despite the fact that the majority of its users are between the ages of 16 and 24. Moreover, because they are all free, even readers with limited resources can easily opt-in. Webtoon commissions and pays certain authors to produce “Originals” for the platform, while other creators make money from their comics through platforms like Patreon, and still other creators let subscribers get first access to new episodes.
To reach a large international audience, Webtoon uses highly effective advertising campaigns on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook. As an app, it also has a beautifully polished user interface. The comics themselves have been vertically optimized: Users scroll through each episode of a series as a stream of panels, much like they would any other feed. Millions of users use the Webtoon app, which will notify you through push notification when a new chapter is available, to ensure that they return to read it.
Like most other streaming media platforms, Webtoon offers the popular series that millions of users enjoy the most, segmenting them not only by genre but also by the reader’s (self-reported) age and gender. With approximately two million subscribers and almost 100,000 likes per episode, Lambcat’s Webtoon Original Cursed Princess Club is in the top 10 for readers in their teens. A princess named Gwen from the comic book series Cursed Princess Club is a sweetie with a devoted family and an unusual appearance. She meets new people and learns how to have more self-esteem when she unintentionally finds the Cursed Princess Club in the woods.
Self-esteem, self-respect, and self-assurance are themes that frequently appear in the Original Webtoon subgenre as characters realize that they must change the way they treat one another and take proactive measures to make things better.
Additionally, in Wishroomness’ Nice To Meet You, Mew politely rejects a classmate who showed interest in her while asserting her rights and stating why and how other people’s behaviors hurt her. Webtoons might be a potential role model for youngsters who are still learning how to interact with others effectively.
Plus, webtoons have grown in popularity by deconstructing beauty culture and the cosmetic industry. The Makeup Remover by Lee Yelon, a South Korean webcomic that was translated into English in September 2020, has around 800,000 followers. It depicts the journey of superstar makeup artist Yuseong and photography student Yeseul, demonstrating to readers that there are numerous approaches to beauty and makeup if you’re interested in them.
In these popular webtoons, the main characters actively work to improve the aspects of their life they can change and begin leading healthier, happier lives—decisions that readers can imitate. On Webtoon’s popular charts, there is certainly no shortage of gritty, dramatic romances with tangled ties.