Explaining the Worldwide Crush of Asian Comics (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 aimed at adults, and they are taking the world of comic books by storm. If you’re curious about these three forms of writing, keep reading!
Manga is a type of comic book in Japan which emerged as an imitation of American comics during the post-war period. Manga derives from the Japanese term kanji manka, which means “fanciful images.” It was originally published in black and white, like most other comics are. 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.
In Japan, comics are known as manga and are written from top to bottom, with the page moving from right to left. Because of this format, manga is often read from back to front. If you wish to give manga, a Japanese comic book, a try, you can do so by picking up a translated volume or by reading a classic manga at your local library or bookstore. In 2000, Google purchased Naver, the dominant webtoon platform, fueling a meteoric rise in webtoon popularity in South Korea. The site supports more than six languages and hosts over 20 different sorts of comics. 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. And when you’re done with a comic, you can give the creator helpful feedback so they can make future issues better for everyone.
Manga’s introduction to Western markets in the early 2000s coincided with the boom of online reading. In fact, manga is so popular that it makes up almost 70% of all digital comic book sales right now. 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. It has also been stated that anime series have increased audiences on TV streaming platforms like Netflix, which means that we will be able to see more mangas on television. Webcomics are only getting more and more popular, with some even making their way into classrooms throughout the world.