The term, along with manga, is a cognate of the Chinese manhua. Their current use is largely explained by the international success of the Japanese manga. The relative obscurity of Korean culture in the Western world has caused the word "manhwa" to remain somewhat unknown in the English-speaking world. Webtoons first came into popularity in the early 's due to their free access and availability on the internet. Since their creation, webtoons have gained popularity around the globe and have even been adopted outside of Korea as another form of comic publication.