Los Angeles, CA – Leading with the mission, “Creators Wanted,” the #1 web comic app, Webtoon, have crowned Cape of Spirits the winner of their fourth Creator Contest! Selected from almost 7000 entries over the past five months, Cape of Spirits, is a fantasy action series created by Kristina N. and Elie – written by Kristina N. ten years ago but shelved because she loved the characters but could not develop the story until Elie came along. Cape of Spirits is the story of the videogame within the story of the popular Webtoon Discover series, Fictional Skin – 226,000 subscribers, 88 episodes with more than 16.7 million reads since summer of 2016. Cape of Spirits boasts more than 1.9 million views, with more than 15,000 likes per episode and 179,000 subscribers in just eight episodes!
Webtoon are thrilled to add Kristina N. and Elie to their growing pool of talented creators.
From Kristina: “This is something I never thought I would experience in my lifetime. I’m incredibly thankful for Webtoon for making this contest an opportunity that created an exciting shift in my life.
Cape of Spirits was not supposed to happen so soon, since I wanted to finish Fictional Skin first. But circumstances made it otherwise, and I think I wouldn’t have changed anything about it. Cape of Spirits was created from the necessity of creating a fake JRPG video game for my Fictional Skin characters to play. It wasn’t meant to be a legitimate story until recently, and I found myself combining every single self-indulgent action/fantasy trope I enjoyed in my childhood into one story.
However, I wouldn’t be able to come this far without the help of my amazing friend and writer, Elie. I can’t believe we actually got to work together on something that evolved from a spontaneous brainstorming session during a late-night boba run. We are both incredibly proud and excited to show what we have in store for the future of Cape of Spirits and we hope you can join in our journey!”
Elie’s reaction: “I am at a loss for words. I’m so extremely grateful to everyone who has been involved in this process; everyone who has helped to shape me as a creative. Through this, I’ve grown so much and am excited to learn so much more as it goes forward. What started out as sleep-deprived, boba-overdosed, goofy conversations between me and Kristina, Cape of Spirits has become something more than what we could have ever imagined. To be working with such a close friend, mentor, and role model to create something so amazing feels like a pipe dream. I still can’t believe that we came all this way. Thank you for supporting us and loving Cape of Spirits, we’ll see you again at launch. WE DID IT!”
About the Creators:
Kristina N. is an illustrator living in California, who enjoys eating good food and being a hermit with her dog. Previously a concept and background artist, she is now pursuing her dream to become a comic artist.
Elie is a Hawaii-born writer, currently working with games in Korea. She loves cats, magical girls, milk tea, and burgers, and often draws or plays games in her free time. As comics have always been a big part of her life, having the opportunity to make one with one of her favorite artists and closest friends has been an incredible experience.
The global leader in web comics, Webtoon, make it a priority to find more storytellers. Utilizing this fourth “Discover Creator” contest as a call to action, the contest began on June 11 receiving almost 7000 entries over the three month submission period, selecting the EIGHT best stories to advance to round 2 – each quarterfinalist was awarded $5000 AND joined Webtoon for the exclusive Green Room Party at New York Comic Con. TWO stories were selected from each Genre – Thriller/Horror, Comedy/Slice,
Fantasy/Sci-fi/Action, and Drama/Romance. On November 5, FOUR Genre Winners (ONE from each category) were selected to advance to the final and collect an additional $25,000. The contest ended on November 12 with Cape of Spirits the Grand Prize Winner, winning another $50,000 (bringing their earnings to $80,000) and an invitation to become a featured title on Webtoon. For more information on the contest, please visit Webtoon Discover Creator Contest.
Webtoon is the #1 digital comics app, averaging more than 50 million monthly active users, with north of 10 million daily readers – more people read webtoons in one day than watch most television shows. Founded by NAVER Webtoon in 2004, Webtoon became a cultural phenomenon and pioneered the distribution and consumption of web-based comics – webtoons. Launched stateside in 2014, Webtoon has thousands of creator-owned titles with episodes updating daily. Webtoon features a broad and diverse catalog of content – including fantasy, romance, sci-fi, LGBTQ, and more. The Webtoon app is free to download on Android and iOS devices. The content is free and downloadable, for reading when offline. Webtoons take advantage of smartphone user scroll behavior as a benefit to the method of storytelling. Webtoon is always working to enhance the user experience with technology – including enhanced FX Toons, which allow creators to include music or animation in their Webtoon to benefit user immersion. Webtoon boasts partnerships with Legendary, Lucasfilm, Stan Lee, Top Cow/Image, and more. Webtoon takes 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. Webtoon creators have been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards, as well as winning a multitude of Ringo Awards – including seven in 2018. Webtoon is available on iOS, Android, and desktop.