Webtoon production company CONTENTS LAB. BLUE INC announced that it raised KRW 10B in Series A funding from Korea Investment Partners, Kona Venture Partners LLC, We Ventures, Crit Ventures and Dae Gyeong Investment, following KRW 3B in pre-A investment from Kona Venture Partners LLC last January. With this funding round, the Company has secured total investment of KRW 13B (approx US$10.9M).
CONTENTS LAB. BLUE is a webtoon production company that makes ‘novel comics’ based on Internet novels, upcycles comic books into webtoons, develops Internet novels as a source for other media adaptations, and translates and localizes popular webtoons for many different countries.
The Company proactively built up a localization platform, now of interest to Kakao Entertainment, which is working on global expansion by acquiring multilanguage translation companies, and Naver Webtoon, which made an equity investment in Wattpad to secure global intellectual properties.
The CONTENTS LAB. BLUE webtoon ‘Solitary Lady’ was released on September 20 by Japan Piccoma, breaking daily sales records, as it did on America’s Tapas and Indonesia’s Kakaopage Global. ‘The Tyrant’s Guardian is an Evil Witch’ was released on October 4 by Kakao Webtoon Thailand, and also set records for new release sales.
While strong production capability is resulting in record performance in overseas webtoon markets, CONTENTS LAB. BLUE has also concluded multiple contracts to create drama series and movies based on their contents.
CEO Youngto Go commented, “The well-organized webtoon production process we have built so far is now bringing concrete achievements. With this additional funding, we will lay the foundation to promote Korean webtoons in the global market, which is a forerunner in the popularity of K-Content.”
On August 21 and 22, Clip Studio Paint, WEBTOON, WEBTOON CANVAS and Wacom will hold a two-day event with a focus on creating webtoons from start to finish. Six popular creators who showcase their work on WEBTOON and WEBTOON CANVAS, will each present a specific aspect of webtoon production and guide viewers through the process. Hosted by Graphixly, the North American distributor of Clip Studio Paint, the event offers a unique online experience that will be accessible for free on YouTube.
The event is aimed at artists and writers interested in creating their own stories and focuses on six different phases, such as world building, panelling, over using materials and coloring, to publishing the finished story to the WEBTOON and WEBTOON CANVAS platforms. All steps are realized in Clip Studio Paint and present the app’s features for an easy-to-follow workflow. Attendees who join the live event are entered into a draw for special prizes including Clip Studio Paint licenses,brush packs and Wacom graphics tablets. Participation is free of charge, but requires registration in advance.
Day 1, August 21st
10am – 11am PDT
Building a Believable World
World building is the backbone of a captivating story. The artist and writer behind the enchanting WEBTOON, Facing the Sun, will shed the light on creating naturalistic characters, worlds and dialogue, and how each element grows off of the other into a fleshed-out whole.
Tesslyn Bergin (Writer & illustrator)
1pm – 2pm PDT
How a Story is Told
Paneling is one of the most crucial elements in communicating a story and creating tension. Having an amazing story to tell is one thing, but how to then lead the viewers’ eyes and make the story readable and easy to understand? Learn how to plan your panels and control the pace and flow with Quirkilicious, the creator of the action packed WEBTOON, ePRO.
Drake Tsui (Freelance illustrator)
4pm – 5pm PDT
An Expressive Cast
Have you ever wondered how a triangle, three colors, and an attitude can all come together to make a compelling character design? Graveweaver will be giving a live lecture on how she creates an expressive and visually interesting cast of characters in the fast-paced environment of Webtoons, and how you can take the knowledge she’s picked up in her professional work and apply it to your own stories.
Graveweaver (Illustrator, Writer, Comic Artist)
Day 2, August 22nd
10am – 11am PDT
In this session, Linda Sejic/Sigeel, the creator of Blood Stain and Punderworld, will walk you through using different weather elements, colors, perspective and brushes to create the world that the characters live and breathe in.
Linda Sejic (Comic creator)
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1pm – 2pm PDT
Adding Flair to a Page
There are many ways in which Clip Studio Paint materials can help you draw comics and get a more interesting result. In this session, we will learn how to use different materials to make our creation tasks easier and faster, and how usage of materials might differ from B&W to color comics.
Inma R (Freelance artist)
4pm – 5pm PDT
Bringing it to the Finishing Stage
When time is short and the episode is long, finding the right method to color panels and laying out text efficiently can be tricky and tedious. So let’s orient ourselves in one of the many approaches to bringing color and words to our stories with Clip Studio Paint. Here we’ll go over tips, tricks, and helpful habits to form on becoming efficient in this part of the WEBTOON making process.
Rhi (Digital art hobbyist)
WEBTOON Entertainment Inc.
WEBTOON, a subsidiary of NAVER, is the world’s leading digital platform for visual storytelling, with more than 72+ million global monthly readers. As the first modern digital publishing and self-publishing platform for digital comics, WEBTOON has revolutionized the way visual stories are created and consumed, allowing anyone to become a creator. WEBTOON is the No.1 app among 16-24 year olds in Korea and also is in the top tier among the same group in other countries, including the United States.
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