I love comics almost as much as I love long-form books. Some tales just need the images lurking in the creator’s mind along for the ride. Visualization is nothing to discount, but sometimes, a picture adds weight no words can. Commuting to work put a damper on my comics reading. Enter Webtoon and daily cartoons and content covering a number of genres. I got my fix without damaging my collection and discovered plenty of new great creators to boot. It never hurts to add new ways to feed your fandom habits to the mix.
What Is Webtoon?
Webtoon is the #1 digital comic app. The site averages more than 40 million visitors monthly and 10 million+ daily readers. If you break those stats down, there are more people reading webtoons than watching TV shows.
Webtoons launched stateside in 2014. Webtoon has 100s of titles and posts new content daily. The site features some of the most diverse content of any comic platform. Its genres including fantasy, romance, sci-fi, LGBTQ stories, and more. You can download the app for free on Android and Apple devices or read on the computer. The content is free and downloadable.
Webtoon takes the comic experience to the next level by providing readers with daily curated content and giving creators an intuitive platform designed to help them easily publish and publicize their own original comics.
Now you know a little more about one of my favorite apps on my tablet.
Out of pure self-interest, and well, telling the daily news, I dropped in to bring the storytellers among you… well… news.
Webtoon “Discover Creators” Contest
In mid-may, Webtoon announced its next Discover Creators Contest. The upload window opened on June 11, 2018, and over 1000 creators submitted their work. Have no fear though, the submission period for Round One doesn’t close until September 13, 2018.
According to the latest press update, Webtoon put together a panel of editors to select the best stories (eight) to advance into Round Two, to be announced on September 21. If you, like most of us, thrive on incentives, each quarterfinalist will be awarded $5000 and invited to Webtoon’s exclusive Green Room Party at New York Comic Con. Story selection will narrow the field to two stories from each genre. On November 5, four genre winners (one from each category) will advance to the finals and collect an additional $25,000. The contest ends on November 12 with a Grand Prize Winner selected to win another $50,000 (bringing their total to $80,000).
Webtoon Contest Genres
Each eligible genre has specific panel and episode requirements. You can find the details in the official rules. You can enter content for the following genres: Thriller/Horror, Comedy/Slice, Fantasy/Sci-fi/Action, and Drama/Romance.
The Grand Prize Winner will be a featured comic on Webtoons.
Check Out It Out
“Discover Creator” marks the fourth Webtoon creator contest. Past winners include 2014’s “Challenge League” Grand Prize Winner Space Boy by Stephen McCranie (Mal and Chad, Penguin). It’s currently on episode #163 with more than 31 million views of his weekly story about an alien artifact, a mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years. Additionally, the fourth-place winner in the 2016 Superhero Comics Contest presented by Stan Lee’s POW Entertainment, was uru-chan and her hit series, unOrdinary. That’s currently on episode #95 with more than 1.6 million subscribers and almost 200,000,000 views of the title. unOrdinary has a devoted following that has spent more than 400,000 minutes, or 7000 hours, reading the imperfect adventures of John and Sera.
Do you have the next big Webtoon lurking in your work(s) in progress?
Do you like digital comics? Got a favorite site to share? Hit DHTG up in the comments! And if you enter the contest, may the odds ever be in your favor. Oh, and no kneecapping the other contestants (one should never go full Tonya Harding).