Why Manga, Manhwa, and Webtoon Are Taking Over the World of Comics
Some time ago, mainstream comic book publishers solely distributed superhero comics. Manga, manhwa, and webtoons, however, have seen a rise in popularity in recent years, and this isn’t just in the realm of children’s books. Adults’ interest in and consumption of these works represents a sea change in the comic book market. Keep reading if you’re interested in learning more about these three types of literature.
Manga is a type of comic book in Japan which emerged as an imitation of American comics during the post-war period. The word manga itself comes from the phrase kanji manka or whimsical pictures. Like the vast majority of comics, it debuted in black and white. The history behind manga is deep and rich in many ways that range from its cultural use to its long narrative form. Today it has made its way around Asia, Europe, and North America, gaining readers from all walks of life.
Manga, the Japanese word for comics, is written vertically, from top to bottom, with the page-turning from right to left. Because of this format, manga is often read from back to front. If you want to try reading a manga in Japanese style for yourself, visit a local library or bookstore for some classic manga volumes or start with something that was translated into English! After Google bought Naver (the leading webtoon platform) in 2000, webtoons became increasingly popular in South Korea. The site is available in over 6 languages and offers comics with over 20 different genres to choose from. The average user spends significantly more time on these sites than they do on social media sites like Instagram or Facebook.
I think it has something to do with their interactive capabilities; there are lots of games you can play while reading your favourite comic. If you’ve been following the story for a while, you’ll find a community of other readers here who can share your excitement about the upcoming chapter and your predictions for what will happen. And when you’re done with a comic, you can give the creator helpful feedback so they can make future issues better for everyone.
The rise of online reading started as manga was being introduced to Western markets in the early 2000s. In fact, manga is so popular that it makes up almost 70% of all digital comic book sales right now. And with new adaptations being released every year, like My Hero Academia and Black Clover, it’s hard to believe that this is a trend that will soon fade out. In addition, it has been reported that anime series have grown audiences on TV streaming sites like Netflix, suggesting that we can expect to see more adaptations of manga in the near future. Webcomics are only getting more and more popular, with some even making their way into classrooms throughout the world.