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Why Manga, Manhwa, and Webtoon Are Taking Over the World of Comics

It used to be that comics were dominated by the superhero genre, and most mainstream comic publishers only published 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. Adults’ interest in and consumption of these works represents a sea change in the comic book market. 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 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. It has now gained a large readership in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Japanese comics, or manga, are written in a vertical format, from top to bottom, and the pages flip counterclockwise. 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. There are more than 20 distinct types of comics available on the site, and it supports more than six different languages. More time is spent on these sites than on social media platforms like Instagram or Facebook by the typical user.

I attribute this to the fact that many games can be played with your favorite comic, making the experience that much more engaging. You can also chat with other readers who have been following the story for weeks/months now and share your opinions about what will happen next. 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. It’s also not probable that this is just a passing phenomenon, as new adaptations like My Hero Academia and Black Clover appear every year. It’s also been reported that TV streaming sites such as Netflix are seeing an increase in viewership because of anime series, meaning we’ll be able to see more mangas on television. The popularity of webtoons shows no signs of slowing, and the genre is even making its way into schools around the world.

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