There’s something that’s been haunting me this Summer. It’s been keeping me up late into the night and lurking into my waking hours. Everywhere I go it’s there, ever present. It’s terrifying, suspenseful, thrilling, funny, and at times quite dramatic. Though it’s been devouring my life bit by bit, it has no physical form. And I’m left wondering . . . Why on Earth not! Over the Summer I’ve found my self reading more and more web comics and digital only manhwa. They are so convenient, right on my phone so I can take them anywhere and read them when ever I have a little bit of free time. And they are really good, like really really good, like addictive good! So why don’t these manga and manhwa have paper versions? A lot of the web comics I’ve read are just as high quality has any of the printed manga, in some cases I would say that the quality is even better. So why aren’t the manga publishing companies tripping over themselves to make these series into printed manga? It’s not like these manga are not popular, the readership is often quite high with a devout following. So, though the reason for the lack of physical copies available of these manga is still a mystery to me, here are some great digital only manga and manhwa that really need to be printed!
If there are any publishing company execs reading this, please take notes!
Purple Hyacinth – DC Comics
Purple Hyacinth is a crime mystery about Lauren Sinclair a former police detective that was demoted to patrol police, and who has the ability to detect lies. After a terrorist group blows up a train station and kills over a hundred people, Lauren has dedicated her life to tracking the group down and bringing them to justice. But her investigations have come to a dead end, so now she’s teaming up with the most wanted assassin (Purple Hyacinth) in the kingdom to get insider information on the dark underground of the city and find the terrorist group!
DC Comics would be a great publisher to pick up Purple Hyacinth to create physical copies because, much like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic also published by DC Comics, Purple Hyacinth is a dark and gritty historical crime story with plenty of fantastical elements that would fit in nicely with DC’s eclectic selection of crime fighting stories they already publish.
The Not Sew Evil Step Mother – Viz Media
This is an adorable isekai story about a children’s fashion designer that loves all things cute! She ends up dying from over work and extreme dieting and wakes up in a fantasy world where she is married to a handsome king and her daughter is the ultra cute, grade school aged, snow white! There’s just one little problem, she woke up in the body of the evil queen! Now she has to share a castle with a king that is suspicious of her every move, an adorable princess that’s terrified of her, and a royal staff that see her as a villain.
Viz Media isn’t new to publishing fantasy and fairy tale themed manga, like the series Earl and Fairy or Inuyasha. The web comic Not Sew Evil Step Mother would be a natural fit for Viz Media and has the light hearted, comedy heavy, playfulness that I think Viz Media fans would find very familiar.
Beware the Villainess! – Yen Press
The web comic Beware the Villainess! is also about a woman that was isekaied into a fantasy world where she is supposed to be the villainess (Melissa Foddebrat) but instead of following the script of the story, she decides to go on the offense. Instead of stalking the cheating, womanizing prince that the villainess is supposed to be madly in love with, she demands for the prince to break of their engagement. Instead of tormenting the innocent female lead of the story, Melissa defends her from the unwanted advances of the creepy and obsessive love interests. And instead of being the clownishly evil villain of the story Melissa finds her own path to a happy ending.
Yen Press has always specialized in the witty, shojo for older readers style manga that has plenty of charm and imagination. And much like the series The Case Study of Vanitas that Yen Press already publishes with great success, Beware the Villainess is also filled with charming banter between characters, vivacious and colorful characters, and unique points of view of well developed story lines. In fact, Beware the Villainess would fit into Yen Press’s collection so well, that when I first started reading the series, I thought it already was a series published by Yen Press that had been turned into digital format!
So if there are any important people from publishing companies reading this, Pretty Please turn these and so many more great web comics into physical manga and manhwa. My bookshelf needs them!
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My conspiracy theory on why they’re not turning web comics/manhwa into physical format: The process costs way, way more than releasing a regular manga series. And that’s because of the colored pages. On top of that, the quality of the paper needs to be better too. (I personally think glossy pages suit web comics/manhwa the best). The profit is probably way too low for them to make this a thing. 😒
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Oh, that actually make a lot of sense! I never thought about that. I kind of took for granted that web comics were all in color, and I forgot that printed comics and manga tend to only have color on “special” pages. Like at the beginning of a graphic novel or between chapters.
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