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Korean Webtoons
aka: Korean Web Toon
Korean webtoons are a subgenre of manhwa that are published exclusively online as Web Comics, usually on comic hosting sites such as Naver and Daum. Unlike Western Webcomics, this gives them a totally different funding dynamic, as, although they do not have publishers, as such, they are funded through the hosts. Every click still counts, even if the model isn't that of a personally owned project or business variety.

Their layout is different from standard manhwa — instead of individual pages, webtoons are posted as one long, scrolling page per chapter/ strip, with most being entirely in color. Because they are not bound by publisher requirements as much as their print counterparts, webtoons also tend to be a little more avant garde, with either less conventional story lines or dealing with subjects that aren't usually addressed in mainstream entertainment. Expect much in the way of Genre-Busting and Deconstruction within the medium as standard.

Although the readership of these webtoons were once restricted to the Korean speaking population, the popularity of series such as Trace, Noblesse and Tower of God has recently generated a solid western fanbase for the medium.

Examples — Do note that ALL of these belong in the Webcomic namespace if they were Web First.

Korean Webtoons in fiction:

  • Killer Toon is about a webtoon artist who becomes a murder suspect after the grisly deaths she depicts in her horror webtoons start coming true in Real Life.

Korean SeriesKorean MediaManhwa
Franco-Belgian ComicsSequential ArtManga
Journal ComicWebcomicsPhoto Comic
ManhwaUsefulNotes/South KoreaOathean

alternative title(s): Korean Webtoon
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