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A webtoon is a full color manhwa-style webcomic that is typically published in chapters and updated once or twice weekly. The term originally came into use in South Korea around 2003, to describe what were previously known simply as Internet comics. Daum created a webtoon portal in 2003, followed by Naver in 2004. As of July 2014[update], Naver had published 520 webtoons, while Daum had published 434.
Prior to 2014, most webtoons were only available in English through unofficial fan translations. In July 2014, Naver-subsidiary LINE began publication of translations of popular webtoons to the English market via the LINE Webtoon service.
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