Why Asian Comics Are So Popular Abroad (Manga, Manhwa, and Webtoon)
Some time ago, mainstream comic book publishers solely distributed superhero comics. However, in recent years, other genres, such as manga, manhwa, and webtoon, have experienced a boom, and we’re not just talking about children’s literature. These works are popular among adults and are changing the landscape of the comic book industry. If you want to know more about these three genres, keep reading!
To wit: manga, the Japanese comic book genre that sprang up in the postwar era as a knockoff of its American counterpart. The Japanese word kanji manka, which literally translates to “fanciful images,” is whence manga gets its name. It was originally published in black and white, like the great majority of comics. From its cultural significance to the length of its storylines, manga has a rich and varied history. It has now gained a large readership in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
In Japan, comics are known as manga and are written from top to bottom, with the page moving from right to left. Due to the layout, many readers will have to read the manga from the back of the book. 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! In 2000, Google purchased Naver, the dominant webtoon platform, fueling a meteoric rise in webtoon popularity in South Korea. The site is available in over 6 languages and offers comics with over 20 different genres to choose from. More time is spent on these sites than on social media platforms like Instagram or Facebook by the typical user.
I believe this is because there are so many fun games that can be enjoyed while reading your favorite 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. Not only that, but when you’re done reading a comic, you can leave feedback for the author in order to help them improve their work for future readers.
The rise in popularity of reading manga online coincided with its release to Western markets in the early 2000s. In fact, manga currently accounts for about 70% of all digital comics sales. Also, new adaptations like My Hero Academia and Black Clover seem to come out every year, making it unlikely that this is a fad that will soon die off. 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.