LINE Webtoon, the digital comic service, has unveiled some interesting new partnerships including one with Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment and Top Cow founder Marc Silverstri.
Along with Lee and POW!, the company has unveiled an initiative to discover new talent through the company’s Superhero Comics Contest. The contest will give aspiring creators the opportunity to submit their Superhero-themed comics for the chance to win $30,000 and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to receive Stan Lee’s guidance and feedback.
The Superhero Comics Contest is the third contest in LINE Webtoon’s Challenge League system, which is proven to be a new and innovative way to find new comic talent. To enter, artists over the age of fourteen can upload at least three chapters of an original superhero comic directly to the contest’s entry page. Finalists will be chosen by Stan Lee and his team at POW! Entertainment along with LINE Webtoon’s editorial team. The grand prize winner will receive $30,000 and the opportunity to receive guidance and feedback from Stan and have their comic published by LINE Webtoon.
A second place winner will receive $10,000 and, along with the third and fourth place winners, will have the opportunity to become paid, featured LINE Webtoon artists.
The company has also announced that renowned creator Marc Silvestri will be launching the next chapter of his hit comic series, Cyber Force, created by Silvestri and written by famed comics scribe Matt Hawkins, exclusively on LINE Webtoon beginning in Fall 2015. The latest two trades of Cyber Force will be reformatted and available on LINE Webtoon for new readers to catch up before the new chapters begin.
Additionally, LINE Webtoon and Top Cow are developing the series as a multi-platform experience for fans who keep up with the rest of the Top Cow universe. The title Aphrodite IX, written by Top Cow president Matt Hawkins, will be deeply tied to the events of Cyber Force on LINE Webtoon, driving fans from the print editions of Aphrodite IX to the weekly chapters on LINE Webtoon and back.
With more than 10 years of experience in Korea, LINE Webtoon launched in the U.S. in 2014, and its partnership with POW! continues the company’s major expansion in the U.S., which includes new artists, partners, ways to interact with the content, and much more.