LINE Webtoon (http://www.webtoons.com), the popular digital comics publisher pioneering the development and distribution of comics worldwide, and Patreon, the membership platform for creators to get paid directly by their fans, today announced that more than 1,100 comic creators have already linked LINE Webtoon and Patreon. The new partnership, which launched in August, helps foster growth of rising comic talent by helping them gain exposure to new fans while delivering monthly support via the LINE Webtoon Creator Investment Program and direct patronage from readers.
Creators who have linked their LINE Webtoon Discover and Patreon accounts have brought an array of exciting new titles to LINE Webtoon that have garnered tremendous response from the publisher's readership base. Since this partnership launched, more than 100 creators have quickly reached the minimum subscriber and readership goals to unlock direct financial support from LINE Webtoon. On top of LINE Webtoon’s revenue pledge, thousands of readers have also become patrons of their favorite creators, resulting in more than $100,000 being paid to these artists every month.
The new partnership has been well-received among readers as well. Since August, there has been a 43% increase in chapters published, spanning titles across every major genre from romance to superheroes to slice of life. Subscriptions to titles published on Discover have exploded to over 2.6 million.
The partnership brings together Patreon’s membership platform and LINE Webtoon Discover in a seamless integration that allows readers to become a patron of the comic arts, and in turn give their favorite creators an ongoing revenue stream. The integration offers creators a reliable way to receive support directly from their fans, which allows them to spend more time developing their comic series. LINE Webtoon Discover is an open platform that allows digital comic creators to publish their work, build a fan base, and receive feedback from a community of over 10 million unique daily readers and 35 million unique monthly readers.
“It is so exciting to see our partnership with Patreon taking off and for so many creators to be attracting new readers and benefitting financially through patronage from both us and their fans,” said JunKoo Kim, Founder and Head of LINE Webtoon. “Our Discover creators work hard to bring their readers engaging and exciting content and we are honored to be part of a partnership that rewards and incentivizes the incredible work they do.”
Both Patreon and LINE Webtoon are creator-focused companies 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.
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