I don’t know about you, but I am really happy that we live right now, in this era, despite everthing going on on a political and financial level worldwide. This is one of the best era for fans of comics! Never before where so many comics available online for free or even for a small fee from every part of the world!
Webtoons are Korean webcomics in full color, an abbreviation of website cartoons. If you read scans and visit sites like mangafox you might have noticed how this year Noblesse was the most read and faved comic. Since this past July NAVER, the most popular web portal in South Korea, offers through LINE’s Webtoon a variety of titles translated in English for free. You can read them through your PC, but the webtoons’ format is honestly way more suited for smartphones and tablets.
You can download the chapters you want to carry around and read them even without connection, but due to copyright restrictions you can do so for 30 days. You can rate the webtoon you want and favorite it so as to receive updates when the next chapter is up. At the bottom of each page you can like the chapter, comment on it and share it through facebook, twitter, line or copy the link to any other platform.
As the ad points out above there are a lot of genres to choose from. There are over 30 titles available at the moment and among these Noblesse, Tower of God, The God of High School and Girl of the Wild’s which are counting each over 100 chapters. The rest have just a dozen chapters up and I’ve found it easier to get into them, so I hope that the same goes for the readers of this blog.
The premises are quite fresh. For example, those interested in superheroes may like SHADOWS (Super Human Assistance Department Office Workers) which is about an organization that takes cares of the damages inflicted on the city after the battles between villains and heroes; SIDEKICKS is another hero-centric webtoon that tells the story of the sidekicks of heroes who try to become heroes themselves and of its corrupt system; I don’t want this kind of hero is a more comical spin to heroes under an agency and their adventures. Whoever liked Tiger & Bunny is sure to enjoy these series.
Whoever likes games should check Tower of God, The Gamer and DICE. Tower of God is about Bam and his ascension through the tower in order to find his one and only friend, but he has to go through many battles and tests to do so. The Gamer takes place in a universe where certain people are born with powers chosen by Gaia and related to their pasts; so our protagonist who is an avid gamer gets to be like a character in a video game. DICE plays with the chance of changing your place in life through a game but at the cost of consciousness and morals.
I’ve also checked and liked The Stories of Those Around Me and About Death. The first chronicles the lives of three 25-year-old girl friends and the second is poignant stories about this life and the after life. You should probably check the original comic, too, to listen to the music composed for each chapter.
The only minus is that although it’s an official site we’re talking about, its English isn’t the best sometimes.
It’s fascinating how the webtoons are so popular that dramas, films and animated series have started being produced in Korea much like in Japan.
Does anyone read webtoons already? If you do, I’d love you to chat me up for the titles that you follow. And if not, go check them!