While I’ve spent most of my pandemic lockdown life buying and reading romance manga, I’ve also found myself embracing digital platforms and the unique and varied art style and storytelling that comes with webcomics. So, as we all look for more and more stories to read, I figured I would highlight some of my favorite romance on Tapas, one of the webcomic platforms I’ve fallen in love with. From workplace romances, awkward situations, BL, and GL, I’ve got you covered!
If you’re unfamiliar, Tapas offers bite-sized (pun intended) content through both an app on iOS and Android and via a web browser that boasts over 6.7 billion views to date from more than 3 million unique readers – primarily in North America. Additionally, Tapas also has some original series – under Studio Tapas – some of which I’ve included below. It also has an extensive selection of Korean manhwa-style webcomics that are perfect to dive into now.
So, without further ado, here are my seven romance on Tapas to get you started on the app:
Path to You
“When almost college dropout Jensen attempts to drink away his problems, unemployed Nathaniel suddenly pukes on him and ruins his night. As an apology, Nathaniel offers to help Jensen with his studies. Despite Jensen’s difficulties in getting along with people, the two become friends, and something deeper begins to grow between them…”
Status: Completed (61 Episodes)
“Erin is a 27-year-old product director who’s heard it all: hard-to-get, picky, impossible, too ambitious, and worst of all, too old to still be single. So, unwilling to compromise for the sake of society’s standards but desperate to break away from the endless cycle of blind dates her aunt imposes on her, she sets out with a hidden agenda for a contract boyfriend. With the right partner, it’ll be perfect—none of the emotions, drama, or responsibilities of a real relationship… or so she thinks!”
Status: Updates Every Wednesday
“‘I’m someone who believes in fate’… that’s what I thought when I first saw him. After a bitter break-up with an ex I dated for five years, I no longer had faith in romance. On a whim, I went on a blind date. When we met, he glistened like a gemstone—sculpted, polished, and refined. Even so, after all the relationships we go through in life, why is it that the closer we get to a person, the more flawed they become? Is love ever what we want it to be?”
To Hee-won’s dismay, the BFF she crushed on, and her other BFF are now dating! Seriously bummed, Hee-won decides to go wild just one time and find solace with a handsome stranger. A very satisfying one-night affair has now turned into more — she’s pregnant! Fate brings them together again, and now the regimented Doo-joon is determined to do the right thing and marry her. But they’re basically strangers! Except… their bodies have been very intimately acquainted. What’s this mother-to-be to do?
Sora & Haena
Status: Updates Every Thursday
“Sora Yoon can hardly look a person in the eye without becoming a nervous mess. So how she ended up befriending some girls by lying about having a boyfriend is beyond her! Fortunately, she ran into the boisterous and sociable — albeit dense — Haena Woo at just the right time. Together they make a deal: Haena will help Sora land a boyfriend IF she can help her make it into college! Will they stick true to their agreement… or find they want something more?”
Back to Work!
Creator: McQueen STUDIO
Status: Updates Every Thursday
“Jiyoon Cha is just trying to live her best life in spite of feeling unfulfilled by her corporate job and disillusioned with love. But what’s a woman in her 30s to do when the pressure to marry is high, her prospects are either her aloof supervisor or her juvenile, artist ex-boyfriend, and not even her perfect work friend can hold it together? Can a girl just have her chicken and beer in peace, or is that just a pipe dream?”
Oh! My Assistant
“Seonho is an artist who draws adult webcomics. It started as an easy way to make money, but it’s caused some unexpected side effects: he hasn’t been aroused for over two years! Exhausted, he hires an assistant. It’s just that he didn’t expect him to be so cute! Muyeong is clean, talented, and apparently loaded, so… why does he want to work under Seonho? Turns out, Muyeong is Seonho’s number one fan…”
Whether looking for something more mature, awkward, comedic, or cutesy, Tapas has you covered. There is such a wide variety of romance on Tapas that there is something for everyone. So take this list as a primer and then head to that “Suggested for You” section and get to exploring Tapas. Plus, for these completed series, you can even support them by giving them Ink (the Tapas in-app currency).
Synopsis of each title on 7 Romance on Tapas to start reading were taken directly from the webcomic info pages on Tapas.io.
Kate is co-founder, EIC, and CCO of BWT. She’s also a Certified Rotten Tomatoes Critic, host, and creator of our flagship podcast, But Why Tho? and Did You Have To?. She also manages all PR relationships for comics, manga, film, TV, and anime. She has an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Religious Studies focusing on how pop culture impacts society.