10 Webtoon Comics You Must Check Out

10 Webtoon Comics You Must Check Out

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Are you a comic book or manga fan? Do you love reading manga and waiting for the next volume to come out? Look no farther! Webtoons are great for your comic book and manga pleasure. Webtoon, or in Korean "manhwa," is an online comic where readers can read and get updates on the latest chapters. It is similar to morning newspaper comics and Shounen Jump Magazine, but formatted for the web. Webtoon comics have many great stories from fantasy to slice of life for everyone (not to mention the art because it is fantastic). Since you’re already here on the internet, come and look through some awesome webtoon comics.

Noblesse by Jeho Son and Kwangsu Lee


One of the most popular webtoons, "Noblesse" is about protagonist Rai who wakes up from an 820 year long sleep and starts a new life as a high school student. His peaceful return to the world changes when gruesome murders committed by a group called "Unions" begin. This vampire webtoon is compelling with its intense story and impressive artwork by Jeho Son and Kwangsu Lee. "Noblesse" is so popular it has an anime version of the series. If you like badass vampires and great characters, suck up the first chapter here (pun intended)!

Tower of God by SIU


"What do you desire?" Maybe this webtoon "Tower of God" by SIU (Lee Jong-Hui). The story follows a boy named Twenty-Fifth Baam, who gets trapped in a mysterious tower after getting separated from his friend. In order for him to see his friend again, Twenty-Fifth Baam must face challenges within the tower. SIU impresses his readers with strong characters and action, which make "Tower of God" a successful webtoon today. Want to start "Tower of God"? Check out the prologue here!

Winter Woods by Cosmos and Van Ji


Want a Frankenstein character who is lovable to root for? Cosmos and Van Ji's "Winter Woods" is the webtoon for you! "Winter Woods" takes an interesting look at the Frankenstein story. In the prologue, it begins with a story of a scientist who wants his own family. The scientist digs up various body parts from corpses and assembles a successful "son." His last creation 1001, who becomes the story's protagonist of the same name, comes alive and begins his journey to find his heart. "Winter Woods" tells a strong and unique story of being alive. If you want to read this creative webtoon comic, check out the prologue here!

Cheese in the Trap by Soonkki


This romantic comedy follows Seol Hong, a student who returns to college after a long break. When she returns, Seoul Hong meets Jung Yu, who is known in college as "Mr. Perfect," and her life starts to change for the worst. "Cheese In The Trap" delights readers with simple yet engaging characters and plot. The webtoon has been made into a TV show but if you want to read the comic first, start with the prologue here!

ORANGE MARMALADE by Seokwoo


Another great vampire story with a different tone! "Orange Marmalade" is about Baek Ma Ri, a vampire in modern day society where people are no longer afraid of vampires but still discriminate against them. Ma Ri is a quiet student disguising her vampire identity as a human until she meets her school's popular boy Jaemin, who hates vampires. This love story not only has lovable characters, but also commentaries on discrimination in today's society. Like "Cheese In the Trap," the webtoon comic also has a TV version. However, if you want to read to the comic first, check out the prologue here!

Girls of the Wild's by Hun and Zhena


Picture this: girls going to school as MFA fighters. Instead of MFA, Hun and Zhena's "Girls of the Wild's" follows a group of girls attending "Wild's High School, an all girls educational institute specializing in MMA, has a very special freshman enrolling this year." Jaegu, who fears women after being abandoned by his mother, will learn about the girls through this action-packed series. "Girls Of the Wild's" brings out powerful and badass female characters who you want to root for throughout the series. If you want to read the comic now, check out the prologue here!

DICE by Hyuseok Yun

Welcome to a twisted story of "DICE," where life can be changed with a die. Hyuseok Yun's "DICE" follows protagonist Dongtae who gets bullied in school for being everyone's "dog." One day Dongtae meets a mysterious transfer student, Taebin, and stumbles on a unique die that changes colors. Dongtae rolls the die and finds himself in the world of DICE. It changes his life forever. This webtoon challenges desires of artificial expectations such as looks and popularity. If you want to roll with this webtoon comic, check out the prologue here!

Snailogy by Snailords



A fun slice of life by user Snailords! "Snailogy" follows the life of the creator that ranges from being an artist to pronouns/gender (he/his/him). Snailord uses fantasy and humor to tell his life stories, which makes him unique and almost YouTube relatable. Snailord also writes and draws "Nightmare Factory", which is a horror-fantasy story for his original characters. If you want to read his slice of life instead, check out one of the chapters here!

Smile Brush by Waroo


Another great slice of life comic! This LINE comic is by the talented Waroo. Like "Snailogy," "Smile Brush" follows the creator's life in Seoul. Unlike Snailord's fantasy-mixed life, Waroo uses a simple narrative but gives each reader so many feels based on his comics. He also did a similar comic called "Smile Brush: My Old Pictures," which like the title follows Waroo from his early years before going into comics. His webtoon comics are heartwarming and sometimes, very humorous. If you and your feels are ready to read "Smile Brush," check out the first chapter here!

Annarasumanara by Ilkwon Ha


We have come down to one last webtoon comic! Ilkwon Ha's "Annarasumanra" follows Yun Ai who wanted to be a magician but started to lose faith in magic as she entered high school and fell in debt after her father left her and her sister. When Yun Ai meets a mysterious magician, she slowly starts to believe in magic. "Annarasumanra" mixes abstract art and manhwa style, which makes it more intriguing to read and easy to appreciate the craft Illkwon Ha does in the comic. If you want to believe in his magic, check out the first chapter here!

Honorable Mentions:

The Stories of Those around Me by Omyo, Dr. Frost by JongBeom Lee, Flow by Honey B, The God Of High School by Yongje Park, and Blue Chair by Shen

Any webtoon comic caught your interest? Which webtoon comic will you read first?

Cover Image Credit: Jeho Son and Kwangsu Lee, LINE
Cover Image Credit: Snailord, LINE
Cover Image Credit: Cosmos and Van Ji, LINE
Cover Image Credit: Soonkki, LINE

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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To Percy Jackson, I Hope You're Well...

Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus are both series which helped shape my life. I want to share my love for them here, with you.

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Two days before I moved from New Jersey to California, I had a late night at a friend's house. Just a few miles outside of my small town of Morris Plains, his house was out of the way and a safe haven for myself and my mother during a harrowing and strenuous move. My father had been across the country already for almost two months trying to hold down his new job and prove himself. His absence was trying on me (at the tender young age of nine years old) and my mother, and we often spent time at my friend's home, as our mothers got along well.

That night came the time to say goodbye for the very last time, and as our mothers were tearfully embracing at the door, he ran up to me and shoved a book in my hands. Bewildered and confused, I tried to give him my thanks but he was already gone - running away in a childish fit that expressed his hurt at my leaving more than any words he could've said. I looked down at the book in my hands. It was a battered copy of Rick Riordan's "The Lightning Thief," with its binding bulging slightly out in a strange fashion, the cover slightly torn and bent, and quite a few pages dog-eared. The book wasn't in good condition, but I took the time to read it. I was ensnared and enchanted by the lurid descriptions of mythology, of the lovable characters of Percy, Annabeth, and Grover, and the upside-down world they lived in. Over the course of the move and our eventual settling into our new California home, I devoured the series adamantly, reading "The Battle of the Labyrinth" almost five times in the fifth grade and eventually finishing out with "The Last Olympian." The series accompanied me through a difficult move and a whirlwhind of early puberty; by that time, Percy and friends I knew intimately as my own companions. When the series ended, I happily parted with it, and began other literary conquests (namely in the realm of classics).

After an almost year-long break, I re-discovered the series in sixth grade. I hadn't realized that there was a companion series to the first, in fact, a continuation - The Heroes of Olympus. I lapped up "The Lost Hero" and "The Son of Neptune" with greed, and eagerly awaited the arrival of "The Mark of Athena" the following year.

One of my most vivid memories of middle school was sneaking downstairs the morning of the Kindle release of "The Mark of Athena", sneaking past my parents' bedroom as stealthily as I could in the wee hours of the morning to get my kindle and immerse myself in the world. I believe I finished it in about two days. For the next two books in the series, I followed the same pattern: get up early, read it as fast as I could get my hands on it. "The Blood of Olympus", the last book in the series, came out in my freshman year of high school. After finishing the second series, I shelved my much-loved paperbacks for good, and turned myself to other literary pursuits. I eventually relocated to Virginia, and went to college. Percy and friends were almost forgotten until my first year at the University of Virginia.

I was devastatingly alone my first semester at university. I didn't know what to do with myself, entombed by my loneliness. However, at the bottom of my suitcase, I found my old Kindle Paperwhite, with both of Percy's series neatly installed for me. I made a resolution with myself: I would reread both series, reading only at mealtimes where I sat alone. By the time I was finished, I wanted to see where I was compared to when I started.

Re-reading the series was like coming home. It was nostalgia, sadness, and ecstasy wrapped into one. I delighted in revisiting Percy's old haunts, his friends, his challenges. However, it was sad, knowing I had grown up and left them behind while they had stayed the same. It was a riveting memory train which made me look forward to meals, and eased my loneliness at school. Gradually, as the semester progressed, I was reading on Percy's tales less and less, as I found my friends, clubs, and organizations that gradually took up more and more time.

I still haven't finished my re-read, and am about halfway through "The Blood of Olympus". I've come a long way in the almost decade since I first received that tattered copy of "The Lightning Thief", and I still have some ways to go. So thanks, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Jason, Piper, Reyna, Nico, Frank, Hazel, Leo. Thank you for growing up with me. I'll never forget you.

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