I don’t think I need to explain myself too much right now, right? If you’ve read my previous posts, then you should know what I usually say.
Also, I screwed up while making this post and now I did it 1. 2. 3., rather than backwards…so my number one choice is at the top this time. I must’ve been tired when I first started this list.
1. Winter Moon, Merryweathery and Mayui, ongoing:
Link: Winter Moon
This has such a unique and fresh look to it. I’m not a gamer myself, but unlike other Webtoons (like The Gamer) I don’t have to be to get into this one. This has unique backgrounds and character designs. The costumes are a lot of fun too. And when we see the people behind the computer screen, the juxtaposition between their in real life looks and game avatars are a lot of fun. As great as the character design is though, what I love in particular are the sets and backdrops (so unique and beautiful, my goodness) and yes, the fight scenes. They mash classic fight scenes with game stuff (like HP and power levels), and use the Webtoon format beautifully.
2. Snailogy, Snailords, completed:
What makes Snailogy such a unique experience is that we see an art evolution. The art is always pretty good, but it develops and changes so, so much. It truly lived up to its description of being “fantasy inspired by reality.” Real life can look much more appealing in Snailogy, but at the same time, it isn’t sugarcoated. This also has excellent use of artistic symbolism with the fantasy, most notably shown in Come With Me. Episodes like that show that Snailogy isn’t pure comedy; it can become deep and meaningful. Even the Anglers, Aidyn’s personification of his readers, are symbolic, and no two Anglers look the same.
3. God of Bath, Ilkwon Ha, completed:
Link: God of Bath
If you’ve only read Annarasumanara and Duty After School, this may seem like a drastic change. Don’t be fooled; this one is just as creative and yes, stands completely apart. It’s very comedic and has a zanier design than his other two. But the coloring is what makes this one so different; it almost looks like professional colored pencils. While his other comics have a minimalistic amount of colors, this goes nearly overboard. Ilkwon Ha still incorporates things into the background (like the statue at the bath house) that look nearly realistic. It makes for an interesting juxtaposition to the pencil drawn looking characters.
4. A Budgie’s Life, Muffin Girl, ongoing:
Link: A Budgie’s Life
A Budgie’s Life is very deceptive, art wise. When you first start reading it you think it’s just a very cute art style. But then the artist takes you by surprise; some of her drawings are absolutely stunning, packed full of color and detail, and you’re kind of like: what the heck? This is supposed to be a cute comic…but you don’t complain, because of how awesome it looks. Special mention goes to each of the parody/homage episodes, and each of the human episodes (which became popular enough to warrant its own Discover series called Soara Academy). Basically, don’t let the cute fool you; it can look awesome.
5. Humor Me, Marvin W, ongoing:
Link: Humor Me
While Humor Me may not be in color as this picture (the first cover) suggests, it is still detailed and unique among Webtoons. In fact, the dark colors and black and white hue only add to it, as it never looks confusing and is just as clear as colored comics. It may be that Marvin W. is from Europe, but it has a Western animation vibe to it. Not American, per se, but still beautiful and definitely different. The attention to backgrounds and the cute character design help make the month long wait between updates worth it. There’s a lot of attention to detail.
Which of these did you find the most beautiful? Did I miss any? Please vote in my poll below.