A growing number of foreign cartoonists are debuting in South Korea’s webtoon industry, as the local market is expanding at a rapid pace.
Japanese cartoonist Akiko Higashimura is one of the foreign cartoonist to join Naver Webtoon, one of the biggest online comic portals in Korea, with “Fake Affair” (literal translation).
A screenshot of Akiko Higashimura‘s online comic series “Fake Affair“ (Naver Webtoon)
Known for her romance comic series “Princess Jellyfish,” Higashimura’s new work entitled “Fake Affair” targeting Korean readers centers around a Japanese character who travels to Seoul and accidentally introduces herself as a married woman to a Korean man and their romance.
Naver began to publish “Fake Affair” in its Japanese online platform in December, before introducing it to Korean readers.
A-man, a cartoonist from Taiwan, is also being featured on Naver’s webtoon service, with his work “Ghosts of the Night: Demons and Creatures” drawing positive reviews from Korean fans.
More collaboration is under way between Korean and foreign artists. Story Company recently held a contest for Korean and Japanese cartoonists with plans to publish works from three teams sometime later this year.
Webtoon is a rapidly growing entertainment genre here. Naver had garnered more than 40 million monthly active users worldwide as of last October, with 18 million from South Korea, the company said during a conference call last year.
By Yim Hyun-su (email@example.com