Marvel-DC veteran Bobbie Chase leading webcomic giant Webtoon's transition to print comics

Boyfriends excerpt
Boyfriends excerpt (Image credit: Refrainbow (Webtoon Unscrolled))

The webcomics giant Webtoon is getting into print comics publishing, with a planned fall 2022 debut. Webtoon Unscrolled will be a print graphic novel imprint part of its sister company Wattpad Webtoon Book Group. 

Webtoon Unscrolled will be led by newly-hired executive editor Bobbie Chase, an American comics industry veteran who has been everything from Marvel's co-editor-in-chief to most recently, DC's vice president/executive editor of young reader and talent development.

Tower of God excerpt

Tower of God excerpt (Image credit: SIU (Webtoon Unscrolled))

Webtoon Unscrolled plans to release 12 titles per year beginning in the fall of 2022, in both the adult and children's categories. The initial titles are adaptations of several Webtoon hits, including:

  • Tower of God by SIU
  • True Beauty by Yaongyi
  • Doom Breaker by Blue-Deep
  • Boyfriends by Refrainbow
  • Cursed Princess Club by LambCat
  • Everything is Fine by Mike Birchall

Webtoon has an estimated 72 million readers for its webcomics, although they are largely free - readers can pay to get early access to some new material, however. It'll be interesting to see how fans of the webcomics (and new readers) take to the printed editions that will be sold. At the same time, several print editions of free webcomics have become big sellers in the past.

Everything is Fine excerpt

Everything is Fine excerpt (Image credit: Mike Birchall (Webtoon Unscrolled))

Although not represented in this initial list, Webtoon has published a number of comic creators and even characters that traditional superhero comic fans would recognize. Earlier this year, Webtoon began publishing original DC webcomics as part of a deal with the publisher, and previously was the digital-first home of a new volume of Marc Silvestri's Cyberforce from Top Cow/Image Comics. Webtoon has also published original webcomics by Stan Lee, Dean Haspiel, Katie Cook, and more

Webtoon Unscrolled (as part of the Wattpad Webtoon Book Group) will be distributed by Macmillan in North America.

Webtoon comics could soon be shelved right next to your favorite DC, Marvel, manga, and more - so make sure you have a hookup with our guide to comic shops!

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)