20 Graphic Novels and Comics Inspired by Webtoons

Witches, orphans, gods, and some ordinary folks populate these compelling stories for grades 5 and up.


Smith, Mac. “Scurry.” illus. by author. Skybound. 2016–23.
Gr 5 Up—With food supply in their colony dwindling, a mouse and rat venture into the outside world while others scheme behind their backs at home. (Tapas)

McCranie, Stephen. “Space Boy.” illus. by author. Dark Horse. 2015–23.
Gr 6 Up–A synesthetic teen, from a planet where every person has a flavor, adjusts to high school on Earth after spending her entire life in space. (Webtoon)

The Kao (Vincent Kao). “Magical Boy.” illus. by author. Graphix. 2018–23.
Gr 7 Up–A trans boy learns he is the latest in a line of magical girls and must learn how to be the first magical boy. (Tapas)

Newsome, Haley. “Unfamiliar.” illus. by author. Andrews McMeel. 2016–23.
Gr 7 Up–A cheerful slice-of-life comedy about a kitchen witch who lives in a haunted house. (Tapas)

S.I.U. (Lee Jong-Hui). “Tower of God.” illus. by author. Webtoon Unscrolled. 2022–23.
Gr 7 Up–A young man must ascend a mysterious tower, passing many tests, to reunite with his best friend. (Webtoon)

Yaongyi. “True Beauty.” illus. by author. Webtoon Unscrolled. 2018–23.
Gr 7 Up–A teen bullied for being ugly works to change her looks; her newfound beauty brings complications. (Webtoon)

Fus, Michelle. “Ava’s Demon.” illus. by author. Skybound. 2019–23.
Gr 7-9–A young girl is haunted by the ghost of a demon queen. Together they fight the being who destroyed the queen’s empire. (Webtoon)

Ahmed, Keryl Brown. “Big Ethel Energy.” illus. by Siobhan Keenan. Archie Comics. 2021–23.
Gr 8 Up–Ethel Muggs, the former laughingstock of Riverdale High, returns with revenge on her mind. (Webtoon)

Alphatart. “The Remarried Empress.” Adapted by HereLee. illus. by SUMPUL. Ize Press. 2022–23.
Gr 8 Up–An empress grants her husband a divorce on the condition she can remarry whomever she wants. (Webtoon)

Caballes, Cedric. “The Witch’s Throne.” illus. by author. Andrews McMeel. 2017–22.
Gr 8 Up–A young woman takes part in a tournament to choose the four heroes to protect their land from a witch. (Tapas)

Early Flower. “My Gently Raised Beast.” Adapted by Teava. illus. by Yeoseulki. Ize Press. 2022–23.
Gr 8 Up–An orphan turns out to be a long-lost princess, but her new family treats her badly. Her only friend is her talking cat who turns into a beautiful boy.

Gyeoeul, Gwon. “Villains Are Destined to Die.” illus. by SUOL. Ize Press. 2022–23.
Gr 8 Up–A video game fan wakes up one day as the villain and must stay alive in a world where romantic interests turn deadly if affection drops. (Tapas, Tappytoon)

Oseman, Alice. “Heartstopper.” illus. by author. Graphix. 2020–23.
Gr 8 Up–A romance between two teen boys, this webtoon is also a Netflix series. The fifth volume is out in December; a final sixth is planned. (Webtoon, Tapas)

Payne, CRC. “Batman: Wayne Family Adventures.” illus. by Starbite. DC Comics. 2021–23.
Gr 8 Up–Batman is a beleaguered father figure in this slice-of-life comedy about the extended family that calls stately Wayne Manor their home. (Webtoon)

TurtleMe. “The Beginning After the End.” illus. by Fuyuki23. Yen Press. 2018–23.
Gr 8 Up–A king reincarnated as a baby must learn magic to protect his new home. Adapted from a series on the web novel site Royal Road. (Tapas)

Velinxi. “DPS Only!” illus. by author. Andrews McMeel. 2020–23.
Gr 8 Up–A teen girl battles to the top of an e-sports league, using the anonymity of an avatar to confront her past. (Tapas)

Walls, Jasmine. “Vixen: NYC.” illus. by Manou Azumi. DC Comics. 2022–23.
Gr 8 Up–As Mari Jiwe starts college, her relatives give her a totem to grant her supernatural powers. (Webtoon)

Dealy, Sarah. “Zatanna & the Ripper.” illus. by Syro. DC Comics. 2022–23.
Gr 10 Up–Zatanna, assistant to the world’s strongest magician, goes back in time to face Jack the Ripper. (Webtoon)

Chugong. “Solo Leveling.” illus. by Dubu. Yen Press. 2021–23.
Gr 11 Up–A hunter battles a series of monsters to find the source of his power. A manhwa based on a novel series, this is also an anime. (Tapas, Tappytoon)

Smythe, Rachel. “Lore Olympus.” illus. by author. Inklore. 2018–23.
Gr 11 Up–Romance and drama among the gods of Olympus. The first volume of this series won a 2022 Alex Award. (Webtoon)

Brigid Alverson founded and edits “Good Comics for Kids.”

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Brigid Alverson, editor of the “Good Comics for Kids” blog, writes “Stellar Panels” SLJ’s graphic novels column. 

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