App Review: “Webtoon”

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Platform: iOS, Android

Cost: Free, with in-app purchases

Webtoons are a type of comic invented in Korea in the early 2000s that are, you guessed it, designed to be read online. While the format as it is today didn’t leave the shores of Korea until a bit later, these days Webtoons are one of the most popular mediums for digesting comics online. While analog comics are designed to be read front to back like a book, on computers and smartphones, webtoons are designed to be read by scrolling up and down.

Though Webtoon launched initially in 2004, the Webtoon app for smartphones didn’t come about until 2014, and since then, it has exploded worldwide. Many comics that premiered on Webtoon, like “The God of High School,” “Noblesse” and “Tower of God,” have even gone on to become popular anime titles! While the app is free to download, some comics are hidden behind relatively cheap paywalls. If you’re looking for a plethora of new comic titles in a wide variety of genres to bite your teeth into, the Webtoon app might be for you!

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