I’ve never been a big comic/웹툰/만화 fan, but I figured they’d make a good supplement to my reading material which was dwindling pretty low. Ordering books online can be a pain for two reasons, namely the long wait and the shipping fees which can cost an arm and a leg. On the other hand, reading webtoons on Naver is completely free! And another plus points is that you get to pick up a whole lot of slang that you’d probably never come across unless you live in Korea…
I came across an old post from Shanna about Korean webtoons and I’m inclined to agree with her on two fronts:
- Webtoons are really not all that. In fact, it can be quite a struggle to find a webtoon good enough to sustain your interest.
- The devil is in the details… if the style of drawings is not appealing, you’ll probably never read what could potentially be a good comic.
I personally prefer reading something with a meaningful story and the graphics have to be appealing (I could attribute it to the childhood trauma of seeing beautiful Cartoon Network graphics go Nickelodeon…).
Here are some of my favourites:
- 아이들은 즐겁다: The story of 다이, a cute kid who goes to school and lives alone with his dad because his mum’s at the hospital. It’s by far my favourite webtoon.
- 소나기야: 시골 마을 사람들과 함께 보내는 와루의 여름 이야기. I love everything about this webtoon. It’s cute, funny, has a great storyline… ooh and it’s short! :)
- Penguin loves Mev: 한국여자 펭귄과 영국남자 메브의 엉뚱 발랄 러브 스토리. Possibly one of the longest and most loved webtoons about an Englishman married to a Korean. It’s been so well received that you can now buy the comic as a book too from twochois or HeyEonni!
- 움비처럼: 바쁜 일상 속에서 잠시 자신을 돌아보게 하는 만화. What I love about this is that the poetry at the end ties in with each episode.
If you guys have any recommendations for a good webtoon let me know!