If you are not familiar with comics, manga, manhwa, graphic novels, and or any other term correlating to the form of print animations, you are probably asking yourself…
What exactly are Webtoons?
Originally created in Daum, South Korea, Webtoons are a hybrid between the Internet (web) and cartoons (toons) known as 웹툰 in Hangul, and finally referred to as Webcomics. Particularly in South Korea, it is often a medium for artists to express their opinions on current events and expose different aspects of youth culture.
Now that we know what Webtoons are, let me tell you why it matters, and how it is changing the way in which artists and writers are exposing their work to the world.
The first thing you need to know is that anyone can be a Webtoon author. This means you can create a concise storyline and design a chapter/teaser in which your drawing style connects with the text and grabs the reader’s attention. Then, you can submit it to a portal for the chance to get published. If you are not an artist, there is no need to fear: You can collaborate with artists in search of writers to create incredible storylines together.
The second thing you need to know is that Webtoons that become viral, break views, and build a fan-base are often printed, turned into Korean Dramas, live actions, musicals and even anime. That means that if the public shows enough interest in your work, you could turn it into something more than a hobby: a CAREER.
The third thing you need to know is you could get hired. If you are not into buying the idea of having your work become the next Twilight, there are agencies that scout talented writers and artists to produce competitive Webtoons under their supervision along with the support of a creative team.
If the public shows enough interest in your work, you could turn it into something more than a hobby: a CAREER.
Naver and LINE are currently the biggest platforms to expose your digital work, and they offer free uploads every day. They also offer competitive compensation along with plenty of business opportunities. Unfortunately, Naver is only for Korean speakers (comic.naver.com), However LINE is for everyone, and your work will also be translated into other languages.
I’ll repeat: It’s FREE to submit your work to a Webtoons site!
Sign up on one of the sites, create a storyline, and submit your work today!
Here are a few of top most popular Webtoons online: Tower of God, Winter Woods, Dice, The Gamer, Chiller, unTouchable
Featured image: EFFIE YANG (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)