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After completing the assigned reading and videos I decided I wanted to do my story analysis on a web comic. Lately reading comic style stories online and on apps has become extremely popular. To be honest I have even found myself to enjoy reading one every once in awhile. Typically when we think comics the first thing to come to mind is superheroes and villains from big names like DC and Marvel. Although web comics are not always like that. On this one app called WebToon there are so many different genres, art styles, and authors. There is a section called Originals for their published work and another section called Canvas for anyone to post their stories. Plus the authors are from all around the world.

Lately I have found myself reading one Original comic called Yumi’s Cells by a Korean artist / author named Donggeon Lee. The overall idea of the comic is that the main character, Yumi, is going through her day today life. The twist is that the readers get to see personified characters that make up her emotions and characteristics within her mind causing her daily reactions. One thing I extremely liked about this web comic is that the chapters did not loose my attention as easily as a book would have. I feel this is because it is made up of art panels and the only text is speech bubbles, side notes, and sound effects. Also it is easy to take my phone anywhere and read it while I am waiting. The one thing that I was not a big fan of was having to constantly wait for a new chapter each week, because with a book I have the whole thing in my hands.

With a web comic you tend to notice more things than you would with a typical book. In the story I read I was able to see the artist’s progress in their art. Going from the last episode back to the first there is a big difference in the art. You do not get to see that with a typical book, but here I felt as if I was growing and progressing along with the artist. I could see where the artist came from and where they ended, and I was proud for them. Web comics really opened my eyes to the fact story telling is more than just words written on pages bounded in a book. An artist can tell a story through art of people and facial expressions without any words and the reader still understands what is going on.

Also there is a feature where readers can comment and I felt that getting readers feedback through a tap on a screen is amazing. being able to comment on each chapter allowed for the artist to connect with their readers. It also allowed for readers to connect with one another. There were comments where readers would make predictions about the next chapter, praise the artist, and relate to the chapter. This web comic created a whole community of people sharing thoughts and ideas because of one comic story online.

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Author: Kayla

I am new to all of this so bare with me. I am a person who is overstressed and overworked. Let's just say I got a short fuse and big attitude. I know my worth and what I deserve. Creativity is not my strong suit, but I am gonna get through it. Welcome to the Circus known as Kayla.

4 Comments

  1. Avatar Kayla

    I have found reading webcomics to be something fun that isn’t stressful. A friend of mine actually sent me a webcomic earlier today that I was so excited to see. And I agree that being able to watch an artist progress is fun. I especially like encouraging them on, since they have taken the time to create art for our enjoyment.

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    Paul

    I looked up Yumi’s Cells (https://www.webtoons.com/en/slice-of-life/yumi-cell/list?title_no=478) and found it quite interesting. The author also has some good insights (https://www.webtoonguide.com/en/board/Interview_en/9997) which I may need to blog about. You might consider hyperlinking to things like this in your write-ups as it can add some extra depth. Sometimes people don’t think of that, but it is what makes digital writing unique.

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