5 Tapas Comics to Spice Up Your Reading List
New year, new webtoons! If you’re on the hunt for fresh and exciting new comics to read, look no further than the Tapas app, your go-to webtoons mobile app for iOS and Android! Not only is Tapas home to the hottest new comics on the web, readers can also support their favorite artists’ work by using Tapas’s unique tipping feature to earn coins and “tip” their favorite comic creators! And for all the aspiring artists out there, you can even publish your own comics on Tapas and join a community of over 19,000 creators and millions of readers!
With so many great comics to choose from, where do you even begin to start reading? Allow us to suggest these five amazing webtoons that span a variety of styles and genres:
Summary: Ianna and Arhad are two powerful fighters with fearsome swordsmanship skills. But although they have much in common and are even drawn to each other to the point of obsession, they are also sworn enemies.
Even when she is defeated by Arhad in a heated battle, Ianna accepts her death without regret — so she is shocked and bewildered to find herself reincarnated, facing the same life for a second time! Will tragic history repeat itself, or is this a chance for Ianna to change her fate?
- Ianna Roberstein – The daughter of a cold-hearted nobleman and his low-class second wife, Ianna is a fierce swordswoman with a fiery attitude to match. After dying at the hands of Arhad Roygen, she is reborn again into the same life. Although she doesn’t know why she was reincarnated, Ianna is determined to become the warrior she once was.
- Arhad Roygen – A nobleman destined to ascend to the throne of a rival kingdom, Arhad is impressed by Ianna from the first time he faces her in a duel. He declares that he is determined to have Ianna by his side — but what are his true intentions?
Why you’ll love it: This webtoon boasts gorgeous artwork with amazing detail and rich colors. But not only is this comic total eye candy, “Adonis” also explores complex themes like memory and regret thanks to its intriguing reincarnation plotline. Plus, Ianna is a strong female protagonist who propels the story forward with brains, brawn, and beauty — talk about girl power!
Summary: In the summer of 1988, 9-year-old Ryu is playing hide-and-seek with his friends when he crawls into an underground tunnel attached to an abandoned house — or at least, he thought the house was abandoned, until a beautiful girl suddenly appears and asks, “What did you bring me?”
From that moment on, Ryu can’t stop thinking about the girl, Hwaja, who doesn’t seem to be like any other human Ryu has met. Is Hwaja really a ghost? And why can’t Ryu seem to get Hwaja out of his head, even years later?
- Ryu Hong – Ryu is a lively boy who just wants adults to leave him alone so he can watch cartoons and play outside with his best friend Jay. But in the face of a changing and more dangerous world, Ryu’s carefree attitude starts to change as well — especially when he meets Hwaja.
- Hwaja – Hwaja is a mysterious girl who lives alone in an old, empty house. She likes to draw, eat the snacks that her visitors bring, and sit on the roof to look at the stars. But just how many visitors does she have — and is she even real?
Why you’ll love it: “Hwaja” is a dark but touching coming-of-age story with beautiful, unique art. It also has a historical backdrop, weaving real-life events from Korean history into the story, so if you enjoy dramas like the “Reply” series, you will love this comic!
Summary: Would you spend 15 days in a ghost’s house for a chance to win a million dollars? Countless people who claim to be brave and adventurous enough to face a ghost have done just that, flocking to the infamous Jack’s Ghost House for a shot at such a rich prize. But for the past 10 years, every person who has attempted the challenge has befallen horrible and tragic circumstances.
Meanwhile, at a worn-out theme park on the verge of collapse, Go-Eun Ma and her father run a ghost house that holds special meaning to their family — but business plans to replace it with a children’s theme park threatens to take away the house that Go-Eun holds so dear. She has one month to turn the ghost house around and make it profitable — and there’s no better place for inspiration than Jack’s Ghost House. The only question is: will she make it out alive to save her family’s ghost house?
- Jack Bland – A musical prodigy and handsome heartthrob, Jack Bland tragically died at the age of 20, much to the sorrow of his many fans worldwide. Now, his mansion is known as Jack’s Ghost House, and it seems to be a place of true horror.
- Go-Eun Ma – Ever since high school, Go-Eun has been known as “ghost girl.” She seems emotionless and dark to most people, but she’s actually fiercely devoted to protecting her family’s ghost house, a place that is filled with memories of her late mother.
Why you’ll love it: If you’re looking for a good horror comic, look no further than “Jack: The American Ghost”! Not only does this webtoon have a spooky storyline, it has vividly haunting artwork to bring it to life. You’ll be on the edge of your seat — and maybe have a little trouble falling asleep at night — thanks to this thrilling ghost story!
Summary: After spending most of her youth fielding the attention of countless wealthy suitors, Suhee Kim finally finds true love with a steady boyfriend named Jinsu Han. But then tragedy strikes, and Suhee is murdered in cold blood.
To Suhee’s surprise, she is immediately reincarnated as a baby girl named Sanghee Kim, who just so happens to be a princess! There’s just one problem: in this society, women are seen as totally inferior, even princesses. Appalled by the treatment of women, Sanghee is determined to change the kingdom’s patriarchal ways. Will Sanghee be able to succeed, or will she be stuck living her second life being treated as a lowly woman?
This webtoon is an adaptation of Bi Chu’s popular novel, also available to read on Tapas.
- Sanghee Kim – In her past life, she was Suhee Kim, a woman who was so charming and beautiful that she was never without a group of rich, handsome suitors trying to win her heart. But when Suhee is reborn as Princess Sanghee into a misogynistic kingdom, she’s determined to use her charm in a different way: to change the patriarchal society into one that respects women as equals!
- Jinsu Han – Jinsu is Sanghee’s boyfriend from her past life as Suhee. Jinsu is not rich or even particularly good-looking, but he is kind and caring, and there’s no doubt that he sincerely loved Suhee. But when Jinsu appears in Sanghee’s second life, will his feelings for her be the same?
Why you’ll love it: This is the most popular comic on Tapastic, and with good reason — you’ll love its light-hearted feel and A+ humor. Plus, it’s an intriguing commentary on misogyny that will get you thinking about gender equality issues in today’s society.
Summary: Taeryung Han has finally moved up from juggling two jobs to a “real” job at Sungwoon Publishing Company. She’s excited for the chance to advance her career — but unfortunately, she has to do so under the watchful eye of the company’s “crazy dog,” the stoic and super-picky manager named Woojoon Seo. On top of stress from work, Taeryung is struggling to balance her family and romantic relationships as well. Can Taeryung ever catch a break? And will Woojoon ever soften his ways, or is he truly a “crazy dog”?
- Taeryung Han – Taeryung is a new employee at Sungwoon Publishing Company. Although the work is hard and the manager seems unbearably strict, Taeryung is determined to work hard and succeed. She has a twin sister named Taein who tends to receive all of their parents’ attention due to her fragile health.
- Woojoon Seo – Woojoon is the editor-in-chief of Filda, a magazine for women, and a legend in the publishing industry — but not only because of his talent. He’s widely known as a “crazy dog”: a cold-hearted perfectionist who can always find something to criticize. But what really lies beneath that crazy dog exterior?
Why you’ll love it: This comic has many elements of your favorite Korean dramas — complicated work life! Love triangle! Family issues! You’ll especially relate to this webtoon if you’re a young 20-something trying to figure out how to “adult” your way through the workplace, your family, and your relationships.
Can’t decide which comic to dive into first? You can read free previews of all of the above titles on Tapastic.com! Check out the site and download the app (available on both iOS and Android) to find your new favorite webtoon today!
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