February 20, 2018 was probably one of the saddest days for the Yuri community as a great artist passed away leaving us two beautiful characters but with an ending still remained uncertain until this very day.

It was really hard to believe that when Comico officially confirmed the passing of the Korean webtoon artist Ssamba due to cancer, everyone was in shock and it was a fact that people couldn’t swallow. Even I couldn’t believe it. A lot of my friends contacted me about it. I remember sobbing in a local pizza place after finding out about the news. It was really heartbreaking. She was gone too soon.

Fluttering Feelings is a webtoon with a very simple story. It tells the tale of two ordinary girls finding out their fluttering and lingering feelings for each other as days go by. Now with such a very simple plot, why is this GL webtoon so memorable?

For me, the webtoon had a very simple message to those who are reading it: Love will always find a way no matter what.

No matter how different you are, no matter what circumstances you’re going through, if you give your all, love will always finds its way.

The webtoon was ongoing during the hype of other GL series that were showing so much skin. Fluttering Feelings stood out from all of that due to how innocent and pure the story is. The characters are also very memorable. With the creator now passed, we will never know what the true ending of the series would’ve been. To be honest, the time when Ssamba was sick, the ending of the series didn’t matter anymore. I was only wishing for her to recover. But now she is no longer suffering and I guess that’s what matters now.

Thank you so much, Ssamba. A year has passed but that empty void still lingers sometimes when someone opens about Fluttering Feelings. However, we are very thankful that you have given us Seol-Ah and No-Rae. The story may be unfinished but your series will always be remembered forever. Your series will always (and always be) one of my favorite webtoons.

By Serena

8 thoughts on “Remembering Ssamba and the Impact of ‘Fluttering Feelings’”
    1. Same thoughts… this GL series is different in a very good way. I feel really down until now that the author died at such an early age. Ssamba has so much potential! Her work will forever be treasured. May she rest in peace. But a part of me still hopes that the series will be continued by one of her friends/colleagues in comico so that the story won’t have a very hanging ending. I know it would not be the same since it’s no longer Ssamba’s ideas but I guess she’ll be happy up there too if her well-loves series will be continued and will be given a proper ending. FF is just so sweet, genuine and beautiful ?

  1. Discovered this webtoon recently, finished it. Fell in love and got my heartbroken when I learned that the author has passed.

    Thank you, Ssamba for Fluterring Feelings.

    Thank you too, LilyCat for this beautiful and heartfelt write up.

    I pray to the GL/Yuri/Shoujo-ai Gods, that somebody will pick up and try to continue the story or some Korean network to adapt it into a series.

  2. I read the manhwa overnight and was so happy that it was relatable. I love Seola and Norae so much and I was rooting for them it’s so sad we’ll never see an ending for them but man this is so devastating.

    1. Feels great that you are loving the series! I’m considering of reading this again too in my spare time ^_^.

  3. She was a literary genius in her own right.
    Character development was amazing and unapologetically original.
    Its such a shame, we don’t get to experience her subsequent works.

  4. I thought I’m the only one that gets my heart pinched everytime I remember, see, hear about FF. Like deym my tears gets watery at times. Thank you Ssamba we miss you and I love you. FF story is so damn subtle that it goes tru you. This might be an exaggeration for some but for me FF is the best at being subtle and at the same time heavy in making you feel the characters feelings. I’ve reread it for more than the fingers I have (including my feet). Feb 20 will always be remembered.

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