Webtoons are comics that can be read online via the web! Don’t worry if you can’t read Korean, there are plenty of webtoons available in English too! Many webtoons feature artwork, storylines, and plots that can rival those found in popular printed comics like The Amazing Spider-Man or Fantastic Four. So what are you waiting for? Start reading some webtoons today!
What Are Webtoons?
Webtoons are comics published on a website rather than in print. The most famous webtoon is Dramatic Diary, created by cartoonist Lezhin Han, which has more than 23 million followers. As of 2016, there were over 600 webtoons available in South Korea alone; although most are not as popular as Dramatic Diary, they’re still read by thousands of people every day.
Webcomics tend to be free to read online, but several also have smartphone apps or dedicated websites that users can visit to purchase additional content or even physical merchandise. For example, The Fifth Season has an app that gives readers access to extra scenes and character lines that don’t appear in online versions of each episode.
Different Types of Comics
There are different types of comics that you can read online, so make sure to check them all out! Whether you’re interested in comics about romance, comics with a lot of action or superheroes, there is something for everyone on Webtoon. You can even find exclusive comics online. Plus, it’s all free! Just like cartoons that were traditionally featured on TV, webtoons use animation and text bubbles to tell stories.
Unlike most cartoons though, webtoons have more mature themes and aren’t necessarily geared towards children. This makes them more relatable to adults than cartoons are since they deal with real life situations such as job hunting, relationships and family dynamics.
Many people also enjoy reading comics from other countries through Webtoon because you can find thousands of different series from Korea, Japan, China and beyond; these international reads provide a glimpse into other cultures while still telling interesting stories.
So How Do I Read Webtoons?
How Do I Read Webtoons?
Webtoons are comics that can be accessed online. The term webtoon is a portmanteau of web comic, and was coined by South Korean artist Kang Full in 2004. Webtoons first began to appear on Naver in 2003, with Sang-moo Lee’s Monster cell, which pioneered many of its genre’s conventions (readers could only see one chapter at a time, had to wait 24 hours between chapters, and so on).
The most famous site for webtoon hosting is Daum: since it opened its doors in 2004, over 1000 different works have been uploaded to it.
What Are Some Famous Webtoons Out There?
Many comic creators use webcomics as a way to get their name out there, build an audience and make a living. Webcomics have been around since 1993 when Scott McCloud published Zot!, but it wasn’t until 1999 that they really took off.
And now you can find hundreds of comics online—with more being added every day! If you’re looking for something new to read, here are some of our favorite free webcomics! The only thing better than reading them is making your own.
Start by creating your own user profile at WEBTOON, create and upload your own comic, or just browse through comics already uploaded by other users! The world of webcomics is endless with possibilities so what are you waiting for? Start exploring today!
Where Can I Find Webtoon Collections?
So you’ve decided to give webtoons a try, but are looking for some collections to read. Luckily, there are plenty of sites that make it easy to find what you’re looking for.
Most services offer popular series from publishers like Naver (Viz Media), or platforms like Webtoon itself. What can be especially helpful is if sites also provide lists of tags or genres within each collection—and even allow you to create your own! You might be surprised at how much easier it is to find series within specific genres when browsing tags rather than going through a list of titles head-on.
But if you’re still not sure where to start, check out our feature on The Best WEBTOONs for Beginners. Just because one reader loves something about a story doesn’t mean another reader will feel exactly the same way.
Comments serve as an outlet for readers to discuss their love or hate of specific moments within different stories–an aspect most traditional novels just don’t have built into them. If you’re new to commenting on webcomics, here’s some advice: aim true and try not to spoil anything!
How Much Do They Cost?
Webtoons are FREE to read. They are published online but there are also apps available for your smart phone or tablet that allow you to download comics so you can read them offline (perfect if you want to pack up for a weekend away). Webtoon does offer paid premium subscriptions but these are completely optional.
With a premium subscription, users have no ads on their screens and exclusive content as well as being able to view different pages in full-screen mode (as opposed to having a border running along all sides of each page). As an avid comic reader myself, I would be more than happy with just reading my favorite webtoons for free, but if you really enjoy it, paying for additional features is an option!
How Many Chapters Are There Per Series?
A typical webtoon can have anywhere from one to three chapters, but some have more. The pacing of a webtoon is typically slower than that of a manga (the Japanese equivalent) or a graphic novel, but faster than comics in print. So you could read an entire webtoon within days or even hours! Most readers agree that Webtoons are free, easy and fun to read online.
Why Are They So Popular?
Webtoons are a subgenre of digital comics, or manhwa (만화), created for online viewing. These works are typically serialized with new chapters appearing on a schedule, much like print publications.
Unlike print comic books, however, webtoons can be updated daily. A variety of webtoon platforms exist in South Korea as well as China, Taiwan, Japan and North America; all are free to use if you have an internet connection.
Can You Really Make Money From Comics, Even As A Reader?
Webcomics are no longer a hobby; they’re a viable business model. With so many companies offering to host webcomics, it’s possible to find free software that lets you post comics on your own website.
Some of these comics have gone on to earn $10,000+ per month in ad revenue alone. If you want to give it a shot, start posting! You never know what will become an Internet phenomenon or how lucrative it could be. The best part is that if it doesn’t work out, nothing really gets lost except time—but if it does take off, there’s big money to be made.