I recently started watching ‘W’, a Korean drama that aired in 2016. It’s a good show and I highly recommend you watch it (on Viki for free), even if you don’t normally watch Korean dramas, but I’m not talking about it today. The comic in the show is actually in a specific format known as a ‘webtoon’, which kind of made me want to talk about them a bit.
Webtoons originated in South Korea in the early 2000s simply as an easier method of reading web comics. Instead of clicking an arrow to go to the next page, you just continue scrolling down until the end of the chapter. Just like TV shows, webtoons are usually released in a series of weekly ‘episodes’ split into ‘seasons’, which is kind of nice, since it allows the author to actually have a bit of a break without just stopping the story entirely. Artists on some sites also have the option to have soundtrack playing as the readers scroll, which, in my opinion, can greatly enhance the reading experience. Despite gaining more-or-less mainstream popularity in Asia, they only seem to have picked up in the west relatively recently with the advent of apps like Tapas (formerly Tapastic) and LINE Webtoon.