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Why Asian Comics Are So Popular Abroad (Manga, Manhwa, and Webtoon)

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. 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!

One such example is manga, the Japanese comic book subgenre that emerged after World War II as a direct imitation of its American inspiration. The word manga itself comes from the phrase kanji manka or whimsical pictures. 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. 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. This design choice means that many readers will need to flip the book over to read the manga from the back to the 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. Webtoons became popular in South Korea after Google’s acquisition of Naver (the largest webtoon platform) in 2000. There are more than 20 distinct types of comics available on the site, and it supports more than six different languages. The average user spends significantly more time on these sites than they do on social media sites like Instagram or Facebook.

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. Moreover, after finishing a comic, you may provide the author with constructive criticism to help them enhance the reading experience for other readers.

Manga’s introduction to Western markets in the early 2000s coincided with the boom of online reading. In fact, manga is currently responsible for roughly 70% of all digital comic book 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. 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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