Back in August 2016 LINE Webtoon and Patreon announced a partnership to help creators gain more exposure to new readers.
The strategy to foster growth of rising comic talent has paid off as the integration with both services has hit a massive success after nearly 4 months in operation.
More than 100 creators have quickly reached the minimum subscriber and readership goals, while thousands of readers has become patrons of their favorite creators.
The result of that is that more than 1,100 comic creators have already linked LINE Webtoon and Patreon, 43% increase in chapters published, subscriptions for Discover titles exploded to over 2.6 million and more than $100.000 a month is being paid to these talented artists every month as part of the program.
If you are a creator, join LINE Webtoon now and integrate your Patreon. If you are a reader, go to LINE Webtoon and find your new favorite writer(s) and support their work.
LOS ANGELES, December 08, 2016 – 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.
About LINE Webtoon:
LINE Webtoon is the global leader in digital comics. LINE Webtoon is available on iOS, Android, tablets and web browsers. LINE Webtoon was launched by NAVER, Korea’s top search portal in 2004, and launched globally in 2014. To date, LINE Webtoon has over 10 million daily unique readers around the globe, and over 35 million monthly unique readers. Pioneering the distribution and consumption of digital comics worldwide, LINE Webtoon is taking the comic experience to the next level by providing readers with daily curated content, and giving creators an intuitive platform designed to help them easily publish and publicize their own original comics.
Patreon connects creators with their biggest fans, and enables those fans to become paying members, or patrons, of their favorite creators. We believe that every creator in today’s digital economy should get paid. That’s why we have built Patreon to be the best place for creators to establish ongoing and predictable monthly revenue while enabling fans to connect in a new way with the creators they love most. Today, Patreon pays millions of dollars every month to the tens of thousands of creators who have Patreon pages, whether they are creating web comics, podcasts, music, fiction, game streams, online videos, photography, visual art, and more.