LINE Webtoon at NYCC

LINE Webtoon, the popular digital comics platform that is revolutionizing the distribution and consumption of comics worldwide, is heading to New York Comic Con with a lineup of panels, autograph signings, portfolio reviews, and more. The highlight of the weekend will be on Friday evening at the LINE Webtoon – Monetize YOUR Comics! panel featuring the founders of LINE Webtoon, DeviantArt, and Patreon in a discussion on the history and future of creator-owned content along with superstar creators Kaitlyn Narvaza (Siren’s Lament) and Tracy Butler (Lackadaisy). As sponsors of Artist Alley, LINE Webtoon will be set up at booth #N101 in Artist Alley for portfolio reviews and creator signings each day of the convention. All signings are free and all who attend will get a free mini-poster. LINE Webtoon will also host a Draw Along vertical storytelling contest at the booth for a chance to win a $300 gift card each day.


Comics & Politics

Thursday, October 68:00PM-9:00PM (Room 1A24)

Over the years political cartooning has taken an increasingly important role in the public discourse, amplified by social media. The panel will focus on the role comics and art play in politics, specifically during election cycles, and how they can influence, inform, or enlighten the public on topics that they might otherwise have had a hard stance on or limited exposure to. Featuring Consume artist Hal Hefner, Polidiocy creators Eric Mahoney and Ryan Dunlavey, and other noted political cartoonists. Hosted by LINE Webtoon Head of Content Tom Akel.

LINE Webtoon – Monetize YOUR Comics!

Friday, October 76:30PM-7:30PM (Room 1A02)

Making comics and you can too! LINE Webtoon has been breaking new talent for over 10 years. LINE Webtoon’s Tom Akel will walk you through how to publish and promote your own IP on the Discover platform and talk about LINE Webtoon’s partnerships that are focused on creator growth with Patreon Founder Jack Conte, DeviantArt Founder Angelo Sotira, and LINE Webtoon Founder Junkoo Kim. Come hear from creators who have published their work through Discover while building huge audiences, including Kaitlyn Narvaza (Siren’s Lament, Where Tangents Meet) and a creator of the hit series Lackadaisy, Tracy Butler.

Webcomics on LINE Webtoon

Saturday, October 86:30PM-6:45PM (#NYCC Live Stage - Show Floor)

LINE Webtoon Head of Content Tom Akel  hosts hit webcomic creators Shen (Bluechair), Andy Stuart (Behind the GIFs), Ryan Dunlavey (Polidiocy), and Eric Mahoney (Polidiocy) to talk about creating social currency and relevance in a crowded webcomics world. Fans can also watch this panel live on Twitch here.

LINE Webtoon – The Future of Comics

Sunday, October 912:00PM-12:30PM (#NYCC Live Stage - Show Floor)

Join LINE Webtoon Head of Content Tom Akel as he speaks with an all-star group of creators including Katie Cook (Nothing Special), Colleen Doran (Finality), David Tischman (Heroine Chic), Zach Howard (Buck), and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook) about their current and upcoming titles, leading the charge in creator-owned content, and the future of digital comics. With a first look at Colleen Doran and Warren Ellis' Finality. Fans can also watch this panel live on Twitch here.

Throughout the weekend LINE Webtoon will also be hosting a series of autograph signings with top creators and portfolio reviews where creators can drop by for constructive feedback on their comics. The signings and portfolio reviews will take place at Booth #N101 at the following times:

Autograph Signings & Portfolio Reviews

Thursday, October 6th:

  • 1:30PM-2:30PM – Portfolio reviews with LINE Webtoon Head of Content Tom Akel and DeviantArt Creative Strategist Hal Hefner
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM – Signings with Shen (Bluechair), Andy Stuart (Behind the GIFs), Eric Mahoney & Ryan Dunlavey (Polidiocy), and Dami Lee (As Per Usual)

Friday, October 7th:

  • 1:00PM-2:00PM – Portfolio reviews with LINE Webtoon Head of Content Tom Akel
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM – Signings with Tracy Butler (Lackadaisy) and Megan McKay (Doodle for Food)
  • 4:30PM-5:30PM – Signings with Matt Doyle (Dents), Karl Altstaetter (Mirror) and Matt Hawkins & Bryan Hill (Cyberforce)

Saturday, October 8th:

  • 12:00PM-1:00PM – Portfolio reviews with LINE Webtoon Head of Content Tom Akel and Zach Howard (Buck)
  • 1:30PM-2:30PM – Signings with Colin Lawler & Joe Grabowski (Spirits) and Kaitlyn Narvaza (Siren’s Lament)
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM – Signings with Colleen Doran (Finality) and David Tischman (Heroine Chic)
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM – Signings with Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Vito Delsante & Ricardo Venâncio (The Purple Heart), Shamus Beyale & Jason Goungor (The Brooklynite)

Sunday, October 9th:

  • 1:00PM-2:00PM – Signings with Katie Cook (Nothing Special) and Zach Howard & Austin Harrison (Buck)
  • 2:30PM-3:30PM – Portfolio reviews with LINE Webtoon Head of Content Tom Akel and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook)

Warren Ellis & Colleen Doran Reteam for Digital Comic Series Finality - Exclusively on LINE Webtoon

LINE Webtoon (, the popular digital comics publisher pioneering the development and distribution of comics worldwide, announced today a new comic series from legendary comic duo Warren Ellis (Red, Iron Man: Extremis, Gun Machine) and Colleen Doran (Sandman, The Amazing Spider-Man) entitled Finality. Finality is a heightened crime drama about Felicity Rockall, the world's greatest criminal investigator, and Amy Ash, the young DCIS special agent assigned to try and control the eccentric genius as they deal with a frightening murder mystery that may prove to be Felicity's final case. The series will launch in 2017. finality-pressThe series reunites Ellis and Doran after more than a decade since they first worked together on the acclaimed graphic novel series Orbiter for DC Comics’ Vertigo banner. Ellis, one of the true legends in graphic fiction, is best known for RED – which was adapted to a hit feature film franchise, and graphic novels Transmetropolitan, Fell, Planetary, and Global Frequency, as well as Iron Man: Extremis, which the film Iron Man 3 is based upon. Doran is amongst today’s most decorated comic artists with a wide range of credits including unforgettable runs on DC’s Sandman, Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man, her ambitious space opera Distant Soil, and her illustration work on Stan Lee’s New York Times bestselling graphic memoir Amazing Fantastic Incredible. Doran has been awarded the most prestigious accolades in comics including the Eisner and the Harvey awards.

“We are thrilled that Warren Ellis and Colleen Doran, two comic legends, are launching their new crime drama series on LINE Webtoon, and we know that our readers are going to be waiting in suspense each week as the mystery of Finality unfolds”, said JunKoo Kim, Founder and Head of LINE Webtoon.

Finality will follow Rockall, an eccentric recluse and fiercely intelligent woman, and Ash, a young agent reluctant to take the case, as they’re thrown into an appalling series of complex murders that seem to be linked to Felicity’s mysterious past. Finality will leave readers on the edge of their seats as they follow Rockall and Ash’s journey from beginning to end. Told from Ash’s perspective in the present as she tries to make sense of the events passed in a series of flashbacks, readers will be dying to know what comes next as the story navigates through suspenseful and thrilling unexpected plot twists.

“Colleen is one of the greatest talents in the artform, and it's a rare pleasure to get to write for her again, as well as to be working in digital-first comics again, thanks to LINE Webtoon,” said Ellis.

“It’s been great to be working with Warren again. Drawing digital comics on the vertical format is a new challenge for me that I am excited to be undertaking with him and LINE Webtoon. I think fans are going to be really excited about what we have created with Finality,” said Doran. 

A 26-episode weekly series, Finality will take advantage of LINE Webtoon’s vertical scroll and mobile optimized reading experience to bring Ellis and Doran’s action-packed thriller to over 35 million monthly readers.

Last month LINE Webtoon announced two exciting new partnerships with Patreon and DeviantArt - both of which tie back to LINE Webtoon’s unwavering dedication to discovering, nurturing and supporting emerging talent and foster fresh voices in digital comics.  

Readers can check out LINE Webtoon’s thousands of digital comic series at and on the official LINE Webtoon app by visiting the Apple App Store and Google Play.

LINE Webtoon & DeviantArt Partner to Showcase & Support Comic Creators

LINE Webtoon (, the popular digital comics publisher pioneering the development and distribution of comics worldwide, and DeviantArt, the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts to exhibit, promote, and share their works have announced that they will be working hand-in-hand at four upcoming comic conventions helping discover, nurture and support new and emerging talent. Both DeviantArt and LINE Webtoon are dedicated to engaging with creators at these conventions while surrounded by fans of the arts as well as true comic enthusiasts. At these convention stops, Boston Comic Con (8/12 – 8/14), Baltimore Comic Con (9/2 – 9/4), Rose City Comic Con (9/10 – 9/11) and New York Comic Con (10/6 – 10/9), LINE Webtoon and DeviantArt will offer a variety of exciting panel discussions, Artist Alley Sponsorships, live draw events, influencer and creator demonstration areas and onsite contests – getting creators new and old experiencing vertical storytelling and thinking about comics in stimulating new ways.

The tour begins this weekend at Boston Comic Con where LINE Webtoon and DeviantArt will be the primary sponsors of Artist Alley and Drink & Draw, and be present at booth C713 with appearances and signings by several of LINE Webtoon’s hit creators. Creators are welcome to visit the booth to learn more about the recently announced partnership and integration between LINE Webtoon and Patreon. At the LINE Webtoon panel on Sunday, August 14th at 2pm LINE Webtoon’s Tom Akel and Patreon’s Heather Wilder will walk attendees through how to publish and promote their comics and how they can take advantage of a new Webtoon creator investment program. Joining the panel will be Tri Vuong (The Strange Tales of Oscar Zahn), Orlando Caicedo (The Bad Guys), joho (Saphie: The One-Eyed Cat), as well as the creator of the hit series Bluechair, Shen. Additionally DeviantArt Creative Director Hal Hefner, superstar artist and educator Sanford Greene (Power Man and Iron Fist, Black Panther) and Webtoon’s Tom Akel will be giving portfolio reviews throughout the weekend.

"We are excited to join this tour with LINE Webtoon, a world leader in creator-owned comics,” said Angelo Sotira, DeviantArt’s co-founder and CEO. “So many of the Artist’s Alley creators at every comic con are members of our community and the chance to connect with them directly through this tour is exciting.”

With both brands dedicated to the art of creation, LINE Webtoon’s open platform Discover allows digital comic creators a way to publish their work, build a fanbase, and receive feedback from a community of over 10 million unique daily readers and 35 million unique monthly readers. Now along with DeviantArt, who attracts over 65 million unique visitors per month to their site, creators will now be able to interact with fans in a live setting, taking the creation process offline and into the hands of hundreds of thousands of convention attendee’s between now and October at Comic Cons coast-to-coast.

“For years, DeviantArt has proven to be the premiere destination for artists to be discovered and supported,” said JunKoo Kim, Founder and Head of LINE Webtoon. “To partner with them for these upcoming conventions, we’re excited to see what comes about and what new, fresh and emerging talent we can discover together.”

More information and specific details on LINE Webtoon and DeviantArt’s activations at each of these upcoming conventions will be made available closer to the date of each event.

To download the official LINE Webtoon app, visit the Apple App Store and Google Play.

LINE Webtoon & Patreon Launch Investment Program to Foster Comic Creators

LINE Webtoon (, the popular digital comics publisher pioneering the development and distribution of comics worldwide, and Patreon, the platform for creators to get ongoing funding directly from their fans, have partnered to offer new support to comic creators. Beginning today, Patreon’s support tools have been seamlessly integrated into LINE Webtoon’s Discover platform, allowing readers to become a patron of the comic arts, and in turn give their favorite creators an ongoing revenue stream. LINE Webtoon’s Discover is an open platform that allows digital comic creators to publish their work, build a fanbase, and receive feedback from a community of over 10 million unique daily readers and 35 million unique monthly readers. Through the Patreon integration, LINE Webtoon readers will now be able to show even more support to the creators they love through ongoing patronage. The integration offers creators a reliable way to receive support directly from their fans and hence spend more time developing their comic series.

Furthering their dedication to fostering new talent, LINE Webtoon will also offer its own patronage to creators who are using the Patreon tool on Discover. Beginning today, LINE Webtoon will make a monthly pledge to creators who publish at least two updates per month on Discover and who have more than 3,000 subscribers and 5,000 monthly page views per chapter in the U.S.

PR_001_f2“Patreon is excited to partner with LINE Webtoon to help empower creators,” said Jack Conte, Founder of Patreon. “The partnership is a great fit; LINE Webtoon helps comic creators to get even more new fans for their comics and Patreon turns those fans into Patrons.”

Additionally, LINE Webtoon will invite successful digital comic creators who are already established on Patreon to join as either featured creators or as Discover creators who will participate in LINE Webtoon’s patronage investment program. The first group of Patreon creators already beginning to publish their work on LINE Webtoon includes popular webcomics creator Tracy Butler (Lackadaisy).

Both Patreon and LINE Webtoon are creator-friendly platforms dedicated to fostering new talent and helping artists monetize their work in the digital realm while still granting creators full ownership of their own IP.

“Patreon has optimized the revenue experience for creators like no other service has before and built up a huge base of self-supported creators and dedicated patrons,” said JunKoo Kim, Founder and Head of LINE Webtoon. “The Patreon platform is uniquely suited to how LINE Webtoon creators are accustomed to delivering their comics to fans. Creators already working with Patreon are in an environment where they provide their readers content on a regular schedule, making this an organic extension for our existing creators and new creators looking for a home.”

The Patreon integration joins a series of new product features that LINE Webtoon has introduced to streamline and improve both the user and creator experience, including their new Binge Mode and Bookmarking, allowing readers to consume their favorite digital comics all with one infinite scroll, as well as mark their spot with ever losing their place. LINE Webtoon is revolutionizing the comic experience by providing readers with mobile optimized content and providing creators an intuitive publishing platform.

To download the official LINE Webtoon app, visit the Apple App Store and Google Play.

LINE Webtoon's New Brooklyn Comic Universe Launches Next Superhero Title - The Purple Heart

Following the successful debut of the New Brooklyn universe in April with The Red Hook,  LINE Webtoon - the popular digital comic publisher pioneering the development and distribution of comics worldwide - today launched the superhero universe’s second installment and introduced a new hero, The Purple Heart Created by Brooklyn writers and artists, New Brooklyn is the first comic universe to truly encapsulate the borough’s spirit with comics starring Brooklyn as their centerpiece. The Purple Heart, created by Vito Delsante, Ricardo Venâncio, and Dean Haspiel, tells the tale of US Navy soldier, Isaiah “Zeke” Nelson who has just returned from war overseas. He is done fighting and all image1he wants is to return home, but Brooklyn has other plans when her heart is broken and she secedes from America, selecting Zeke to become New Brooklyn's cosmic guardian, The Purple Heart.

"Bringing the New Brooklyn universe to life has been so much fun,” said co-creator Vito Delsante. “As a former long time resident of the “Borough of Kings,” I have loved the opportunity to reinvent one of my favorite places in the world and show it through the lens of a reluctant hero like The Purple Heart." He added, "I've worked with Dean in the past, and it's always a highlight for me, but after years of knowing each other and coming close to working on a comic, I finally get to work with Ricardo, who is a talent like no other."

New Brooklyn follows the adventures of a unique group of heroes who emerge in the fallout from Brooklyn’s decision to secede from New York State. Across each of these comics, Brooklyn is not just the setting, but also a poignant character with a broken heart whose decisions greatly impacts the destinies of its residents. Fed up with the way society has formed around her, Brooklyn quite literally pulls away from New York – its bridges breaking and tunnels flooding – and proposes that humanity return back to days of old where things and people were defined by their ethics, values and contributions; where skills and art could be bartered and traded; where land could be farmed to sustain life and spawn beauty.

"Even though I'm from an ocean away, I grew up reading about superheroes living, loving and fighting in New York City. It's been in my DNA as a reader and as a budding artist since I was 6.” Said co-creator and artist Ricardo Venâncio. To have the opportunity to work on a character and a universe that reflect those inspirations, but with a new and interesting approach like we're doing in the Purple Heart is a great treat. The Purple Heart PHis a love letter from us to those stories that shaped us, and I hope it shows on every panel of this series."

“The launch of New Brooklyn and The Red Hook has been a tremendous success and we are excited to continue the story with this next title in our first complete comic universe created for LINE Webtoon,” said JunKoo Kim, Founder and Head of LINE Webtoon.

The third installment of New Brooklyn, The Brooklynite, will follow a third hero who is also struggling to make peace with himself and reconcile his redefined home. Launching this Fall from the late Seth Kushner, Shamus Beyale, and Jason Goungor, The Brooklynite follows Brooklyn cartoonist Jake Jeffries, who gets caught in the fallout of two super-humans battling and is accidentally irradiated with superpowers. Fraught with “Superman powers and Spider-Man problems,” Jake learns to fight crime in his secret identity as The Brooklynite, and chronicles his adventures in a comic book series while struggling to lead a dual existence.

Fans can dive into The Purple Heart today and every Wednesday here. For more New Brooklyn, fans can also catch up on The Red Hook here. To download the official LINE Webtoon app, visit the Apple App Store and Google Play.