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It’s one of two new comic book days! What are you all excited for? What are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below. While deciding what you want to get, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to start your day.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Are gargoyles good roommates? Find out in ROOFTOPS & ROOMMATES – Free comics!

ICv2 – Tapas Media Brings Former DC Group Editor Alex R. Carr on Board – Interesting.

The Beat – DC requested HARLEY QUINN animated series remove a scene of oral sex between Batman & Catwoman – Cat got his tongue?

Review

Monkeys Fighting Robots – Jim Lives: The Mystery of the lead Singer of the Doors and the 27 Club

Jim Lives

Kakao Entertainment Acquires 100% Stake in Tapas

Tapas

Continuing their global mission to create super IP across multimedia platforms, the leading digital publisher of webcomics and novels, Tapas Media, Inc., has been acquired by Kakao Entertainment in a cash transaction announced today. The acquisition will expand Kakao Entertainment’s original content business in North America and other English-speaking regions.

The terms of the agreement give Kakao Entertainment a 100% stake in Tapas, for a transaction valued at $510 million. CEO and Founder, Chang Kim, will remain in his role as CEO and become a Global Strategy Officer within Kakao Entertainment. Kim will provide insight into the US Market while continuing to focus on developing IP on the Tapas platform.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Tapas is a pioneer of mobile storytelling platforms in the US and have found success in the rapidly growing mobile stories market with more than 8 billion pageviews of 96,000 original series – both webcomics and digital novels. Tapas’ microtransaction-based digital currency (Ink) empowers readers to directly support their favorite creators and stories, generating revenue for creators.  Tapas saw five times year-over-year revenue growth in 2020, averaging more than $2M per month for creators, making it one of the top 3 grossing comic apps in the US.

Tapas have spent almost a decade dedicated to developing a creator-first ecosystem with an open publishing platform and creator community. Tapas is not just a creator platform, it also produces original content with creators – content that expands into additional business opportunities including development deals in film and television, book publishing, audio, and other ancillary business. Recent Tapas announcements include Scholastic signing global publishing rights for the critically-acclaimed Studio Tapas original series Magical Boy – releasing as a graphic novel on November 2, 2021; a partnership with Zoic Studios for television and cross-platform adaptation of the AI thriller Tapas original, Mnemosyne; and Frolic Media and Madison Wells are producing a scripted podcast and developing the TV adaptation of the modern office-place romance series, Yes, My Boss!. The expanded partnership with Kakao Entertainment furthers this mission broadening creator opportunities on a global level as they are a leader in the Korean web novel and webcomic industries, with a successful track record of creating super IPs made into secondary formats such as films, TV series, games, and live performances.

Rest Area 51 from Coleman Engle and Caleb Goellner Launches on Tapas on February 24

The digital publisher of webcomics and novels, Tapas Media, has a new Studio Tapas original series, Rest Area 51, with a galactic arrival set for Wednesday, February 24Rest Area 51 is the first collaboration of two of the comics communities’ most respected creators, Coleman Engle – one of the lead artists for the acclaimed Kaboom! series, Steven Universe, and Caleb Goellner – contributor for IDW Publishing’s hit series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Sonic The Hedgehog, among many more titles across the industry.

Rest Area 51 follows the delightful adventures of Grayce Green, a pre-teen who moves to her late grandma’s Area 51-themed rest stop. Thinking she was about to have the most bummer summer ever, Grayce soon discovers this is anything but your typical gas station: it’s an intergalactic alien rest stop! Together with her super-smart space engineer best friend Starla and the half-cactus turtle in an alien half-shell Torctus, the crew go on out-of-this-world adventures. Stopping plant zombie apocalypses, defeating evil alien empires, Grayce and pals do their best to help extraterrestrial travelers on their way to a rumored paradise planet so long as the alien obsessed, super weird, government goon Agent Schwarz doesn’t catch them first…

Rest Area 51 will launch on Wednesday, February 24 with the first three episodes. The 24-episode first season will be available for free on Tapas and will update twice weekly, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Rest Area 51

Tapas Launches Studio Tapas Dedicated to Original Content

Magical Boy

Tapas Media has launched Studio Tapas – a newly formed division dedicated to producing and publishing original webcomics and novels. Studio Tapas boasts a robust catalog of more than 70+ Originals – exclusive content wholly-owned by Tapas Media. Studio Tapas has an additional 30 originals in production for launch in 2021.

The first property Studio Tapas will develop beyond the platform is the hit original series Magical Boy (3.4M views/117k weekly subscribers) through an exclusive partnership with Madison Wells for television and cross-platform. This is the second series confirmed to get the broadcast treatment with Madison Wells as previously announced Tapas webcomic Yes, My Boss! is also slated for television. Magical Boy just returned from hiatus earlier this month.

Studio Tapas has named Film/TV industry veteran Corey Sienega as Head of Business Development where she will oversee film, television, and cross-platform partnerships. Formerly the President of Production and Development for Chaotic Good Studios, Sienega is a member of the Producers Guild of America where she is on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and was previously named one of Hollywood Reporter’s ‘25 Most Powerful Hispanic Women in Entertainment.’

The new division will be helmed by Head of Studio, Gabrielle Luu, who was recently promoted into the newly created position. In her new role, Luu will direct development and strategy of Original Series projects, with a focus on forging new opportunities for top emerging talent through producing stories that not only perform well on Tapas, but also for Tapas’ global network of webcomic and ancillary partners to create Super IPs that can cross platform and geographic borders. Previously a Content Manager and Acquisitions Executive at the digital publisher, Luu worked her way up and has played an instrumental role in building out Tapas’ vast portfolio of hits in several genres such as The Beginning After the EndThe Dragon Prince’s BrideBorn Sexy Tomorrow, and His Barcode Tattoo.

Studio Tapas has already begun co-development of its partner content slate with multiple projects in the works. Recent entertainment partnerships for Studio Tapas Original titles include:

  • Magical Boy, the hit webcomic centers on Max, a young man coming out as trans to his parents, just as he learns from his mother that he’s from a long line of Magical Girls charged with saving the world from the dark Devoid (optioned by Madison Wells for television and cross-platform).
  • The webcomic adaptation of CJ Entertainment’s blockbuster film A Werewolf Boy.
  • Yes, My Boss! a modern office-place romance for the gig economy about an aspiring webcomic artist who suffers through her horrible boss during the day, only to find out that her new assistant candidate and biggest fan is actually her horrible boss. Frolic Media and Madison Wells are producing a scripted podcast and developing the tv adaptation.
  • MNEMOSYNE, an AI thriller created by Sansa, follows a young woman recovering from a horrible crash who struggles to regain her memory. The more she remembers, the more she fears that her caretakers are her captors and that her memories might not be her own. Tapas is partnered with Zoic Studios for television and cross-platform adaptation.

Tapas Media Will Forgo Its Cut for April to Help Creators

Tapas Media refers to itself as the “YouTube of comics” and is “waiving all fees associated with direct support and ad revenues” through April 30. Tapas takes a 15 percent fee from the support program and 30 percent of advertising. Creators will receive 100% of the revenue.

Billed as the “InThisTogether” program its the platform’s way to help creators during this time.

The platform features more than 60,000 webcomics and serials from more than 50,000 creators. It has a monthly readership of over two million.

BOOM! Studios Teams with Tapas to Bring New Heavy Vinyl from Carly Usdin and Nina Vakueva for the Mobile Experience

BOOM! Studios is teaming up with Tapas Media to bring bit-sized stories to you. Together, BOOM! Studios and Tapas will create a unique print and digital partnership around one of BOOM! Studios’ most popular original series, Heavy Vinyl.

Heavy Vinyl: Riot on the Radio, written by Carly Usdin and with art by Nina Vakueva, was originally published in print by BOOM! Studios in 2017 and amassed a global following. With this partnership, Tapas Media is teaming up with BOOM! to adapt Heavy Vinyl to a scrolling, mobile-friendly experience. Tapas will publish the mobile formatted version of Heavy Vinyl and introduce the series to a digital-native audience. Heavy Vinyl: Riot on the Radio will be available via Tapas through their website and mobile apps available for both iOS and Android, and Tapas Media will debut the new Heavy Vinyl original graphic novel exclusively on their digital platform prior to its physical release.

Tapas Media is a leader in webcomics with 50,000 creators from all over the world and 60,000 original titles published to date. They’ve published one million unique episodes and over 4 billion views.

Trick-or-Treat at Tapas Media for FREE Comics!

tapastic_logoTapas Media, developers of the Tapas app and Tapastic, is celebrating Halloween with a Trick-or-Treat promo.

The promo is super simple. People just go to this forum post on Halloween and say/write “Trick-or-Treat”. Then they’ll be giving out Tapas coins that can be used to purchase episodes of premium comics (like their newest hit, Silent Horror Z from DarkBox) on the Tapas app.

So! on Oct 31st (PST) make sure to stop by and say “Trick-or-Treeeeeeat” (or a simple “Trick-or-Treat” will do too). And for those that do, they’ll receive TREATS in the form of TAPAS COINS in their Tapas app account (give them a day or two to process plz). ONE lucky trick-or-treater will receive a ONE THOUSAND Coin treat!

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