Webt-who? A Study on South Korea’s WebToons

Our DA studies a new format of comic books that are digital and vertically-composed. Originating in South Korea, WebToon as a platform has expanded into a global cult favourite amongst illustrators and audiences and has changed the way we enjoy comics forever.

Conducted by Claudia Muller (5397212), Mona Fakhry (5476938 , Misha Goldrick (5139284), Matilda Jesiolowski (5632572), and Ray Duy Hải Nguyễn (5508551), we collected our data across our twitter accounts (which you can find on this twitter list), and assembled our findings into our very own, self-created Webtoon which you can find here:  https://www.webtoons.com/challenge/dashboardEpisode?titleNo=232872 (best read on a mobile device for true WebToon experience!

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Republic of Korea, 9 July 2010, Korean wave, hallyu in Singapore, CC BY-SA 2.0
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