In the early 2000s, Korean webtoon industry was staggering due to a surge in the availability of illegal publications. Sales of cartoon plunged as pirate editions of cartoon spread even faster through high speed internet. Consequently, many comics disappeared from the market.
In 2015, the nation’s cartoon industry could bounce back from the crisis on the back of online and mobile platforms and it is recovering its status as one of the most promising content industry here.[external-link]