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2023.01.02

WEBTOON ANNOUNCES 2022 CANVAS AWARDS WINNERS

WEBTOON ANNOUNCES 2022 CANVAS AWARDS WINNERS

- Category winners each win $5,000 and an exclusive merchandise deal, top three “Hidden Gems” series receive $500 

 
WEBTOON, the world’s largest digital comics platform, is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 CANVAS Awards. The winning creator from each category will receive a prize of $5,000 and an opportunity to develop merchandise with WEBTOON.  Winning creators  will also receive additional marketing support from the WEBTOON CANVAS team. The top three creators from the “Hidden Gems” category will receive a cash prize of $500. 
 
With 48 fan-nominated series across 11 categories, WEBTOON’s CANVAS Awards celebrate and elevate the next wave of superstar webcomic creators and the fandoms they build on CANVAS all year long. This year’s winners include: 
- k a i r n n’s thriller LADY IN RED in the “Chilling” category
- Isabelle Melançon’s  CROW TIME in  the “Comedy” category
- moonbun00’s  WINTER BEFORE SPRING in  the “Drama” category 
- Ro-taniah’s sci-fi epic  STAR CHILDREN in the “Epic Adventures” category 
- sonderfairy’s  THE MOTH PRINCE in the “Fantasy” category 
- Alice Oseman’s  HEARTSTOPPER in  the “Romance” category
- Azul Crescent’s  I WANT TO BE A CUTE ANIME GIRL in  the “Slice of Life” category
- HeyBuddyComic’s TORTOISE AND DINO in  the “Living & Learning” category
- asimplebengo’s action/superhero series HYBRID in  the “Power Within” category
- Fishtrout’s fantasy HOW TO BE A DRAGON was voted the “Star of 2022” 
 
The 2022 “Hidden Gems” winners are:
- ALL. Comics’ RED LIGHTNING
- ChocolateAndT’s THE DAY WE PROMISED
- ichigorat’s DINER FOR ADAS
 
The full list of 2022 WEBTOON CANVAS Awards winners is available here.
 
“For the third year in a row,  the WEBTOON CANVAS Awards have helped showcase the incredible talent on the CANVAS platform. Since starting these awards, we’ve been incredibly impressed with every submission – WEBTOON creators continue to prove they are some of the most exciting and innovative voices in comics,” said David S. Lee, Vice President of Content, WEBTOON U.S.
 
Nominated series received over 112.5 million likes within the six-day voting period. This year, CANVAS Awards Romance Winner, HEARTSTOPPER was also nominated for the 2022 Harvey Award for Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic Novel. The Netflix adaptation was a global sensation, bringing new readers to the original webcomic series available on WEBTOON CANVAS. 
 
“I'm so grateful to all of my readers for helping me win this year! I definitely felt like the underdog, but the amount of support I received during both the Nomination and Voting periods was astounding. Winning the CANVAS Awards is a dream come true. Thank you so much to all of The Moth Prince’s readers and voters!” said sonderfairy, creator of The Moth Prince.
 
“I never thought when I first started posting Star Children back in 2019 that I would end up here. It’s amazing to see how many people my passion project has reached, and how they believe my story deserves the honor of winning this year’s CANVAS Awards in the ‘Epic Adventures’ category. I can’t thank everyone enough for the amount of love and support I’ve received,” said Ro-taniah, creator of Star Children.
 
Today, a new generation of comic fans turn to WEBTOON to find some of the most exciting and diverse  comics in the world. Webcomic series that first debuted WEBTOON’s CANVAS platform include Rachel Smythe’s LORE OLYMPUS, which won Best Webcomic at the 2022 Eisner, Ringo, and Harvey Awards, has been published as a #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel. The webcomic sensation  is currently being adapted as an animated series from  Wattpad WEBTOON Studios and The Jim Henson Company.