WEBTOON™ TRAVEL NOR’EAST FOR FIRST APPEARANCE AT FAN EXPO BOSTON
Bluechair, Live with Yourself!, and Owl Turd Creator Shen Celebrates Return Home with Spotlight Panel
Los Angeles, CA (August 12, 2019) – WEBTOON™, the world’s leading digital publisher of sequential storytelling, is set to make their first appearance at FAN EXPO Boston this week, beginning Friday, August 16th through Sunday, August 18th at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, announced today. WEBTOON will have a large presence at the annual comic convention including a booth (#201) on the exhibitor floor with a “Green Room” to host Artist Alley attendees, multiple giveaways, signing sessions with WEBTOON creators, and exclusive merchandise. WEBTOON will also host multiple panels over the weekend.
WEBTOON creators attending include ever-popular Washington DC creator Snailords (Freaking Romance), creator of one of the longest running series on the platform and finalist from the 2016 Superhero Comics Contest Uru-chan (unOrdinary), Boston native and popular strip comic creator Shen (Bluechair, Live with Yourself!), traveling in from Spain for her first comic con, Miriam Bonastre Tur (Hooky), San Diego University student and creator Instantmiso (Siren’s Lament), fan-favorite Quimchee (I Love Yoo), and WEBTOON’s own KennyComics. See complete schedule below. For more information visit FAN EXPO Bostonand WEBTOON.
Marking a triumphant hometown return with his first spotlight panel, WEBTOON: Deconstructing Shen, the charming creator has two Originals series on the platform, Bluechair and Live with Yourself!. Bluechair is currently on episode #702 averaging more than 110,000 readers each week with 20 million likes and 305,420,579 reads. Live with Yourself! is on episode #96, averaging 81,000 readers each week with 2.7 million likes and 35 million reads.
WEBTOON lead with storytelling, encouraging readers and creators to find that unique thing that fuels the passions in life. WEBTOON celebrates that vision from the ground up with our creators, fans, and the community of storytellers that make up our modern comic landscape.
FAN EXPO Boston WEBTOON Schedule:
o Friday, August 16
- 4:00PM Tote Bag Giveaway
- 5:00PM KennyComics Workshop
- 6:00PM Quimchee (I Love Yoo) and Instantmiso (Siren’s Lament) signing
- 7:00PM Uru-chan(unOrdinary) and Snailords (Freaking Romance) signing
- 8:00PM Giveaway
- 9:00PM Closing
o Saturday, August 17
- 10:00AMTote Bag Giveaway
- 11:00 AM Kenny Comics Workshop
- 12:15- 1:00PM WEBTOON: Behind the Evolution – Room 253B
Fans get a first look at the original art, early visions and concepts, and creator insights on how their stories evolved from a spark of an idea to a hit WEBTOON series. Join WEBTOON creators Snailords (Freaking Romance), Uru-chan (unOrdinary), Miriam Bonastre Tur (Hooky), Instantmiso (Siren’s Lament), and Quimchee (I Love Yoo), as they take a trip down memory lane with some of the top titles when they reveal those whom inspired characters and storylines. Hosted by Head of Content David Lee.
- 1:30-2:30PM Quimchee (I Love Yoo), Instantmiso (Siren’s Lament), and Snailords (Freaking Romance) signing
- 2:45-3:30PM WEBTOON: Deconstructing Shen – Room 253B
Top WEBTOON creator Shen celebrate the return to his hometown with an intimate discussion on his three series on WEBTOON – Bluechair, Owlturd, and Live with Yourself!, his career as a cartoonist, influences, and the future of webcomics. Join Head of Content David Lee as they deconstruct the many facets of Shen!
- 4:00PM Shen (Bluechair) Signing Portfolio Reviews
- 5:00PM Uru-chan(unOrdinary) signing
- 6:00PM Miriam Bonastre Tur (Hooky) signing
- 6:30PM Giveaway
- 7:00PM Closing
o Sunday, August 18
- 10:00AM Tote Bag Giveaway
- 11:00AM KennyComics Workshop
- 12:00PM Uru-chan(unOrdinary) signing
- 1:30-2:30PM WEBTOON Empowers Creators: Invoke Your Entrepreneurial Spirit! – Room 253B
Looking to break into creator-owned comics with the world’s leading digital publisher, WEBTOON? Hear from creators including Snailords (Freaking Romance), Uru-chan (unOrdinary), Miriam Bonastre Tur (Hooky), Instantmiso (Siren’s Lament), and Quimchee (I Love Yoo), on how they got their start as a creator, how they’ve built their fanbase through WEBTOON, and the challenges they met along the way. WEBTOON Head of Content David Lee will include in the discussion the goals as a platform to normalize comics and further spread the art form by finding the easiest and most entertaining way to distribute comics, invite new creators to publish and promote your own IP on the Canvas platform, and monetize with the ad sharing program.
- 3:00PM Quimchee (I Love Yoo), Instantmiso (Siren’s Lament), and Snailords (Freaking Romance) signing
- 4:00 PM Giveaways
- 5:00 PM Closing
WEBTOON™ is the #1 webcomics app, averaging more than 55 million monthly active users, with north of 15 million daily readers, and more than 100,000,000 views annually – more people read web comics on our platform 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. 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. WEBTOON boasts partnerships with Legendary, Lucasfilm, POW!, Top Cow/Image, and more. WEBTOONtakes 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 – three in 2019, as well as winning a multitude of Ringo Awards – seven in 2018. WEBTOON is available on iOS, Android, and desktop.