Digital comics platform Webtoon and original story platform Wattpad are teaming up to release a new series of webcomics and web novels featuring some of the hottest K-pop artists in the world.
In collaboration with HYBE, the company that produces BTS, Tomorrow X Together (TXT), and Enhypen, the new series will launch on January 14 with six original webcomics and web novels. The three original webcomics in collaboration with HYBE artists will be available on the Webtoon platform, with three web novel versions available on Wattpad.
Project Deployments Include Hybe’s First Original Story 7Fates: CHAKHOwith BTS on January 14. This will be followed by Enhypens Black moon on January 15, and TxT’s star seekers January 16.
The new slate of content is part of Webtoon’s previously announced Super Casting project, a new group of partnerships with global entertainment companies to create webcomics or web novels for every platform.
Super Casting enables major entertainment brands to work with webtoon and attempt to maximize the IP value chain across platforms and formats. In September, Webtoon released a new original series, Batman: Adventures of the Wayne Family with DC, its first collaboration partner, surpassing a claimed 500,000 subscribers within a week of its launch.
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HYBE’s first original story, 7Fates: CHAKHO featuring BTS, follows seven young men bound by fate. After growing together through a series of trials and tribulations, they must become a unified group of seven to unlock their destinies. 7Fates: CHAKHO is an urban fantasy story set in the near future, inspired by the “Chakhogapsa” tiger hunters of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. The story reimagines traditional Korean tiger tales and a mythological world of wild beasts.
Enhypen’s Black moon mixes urban fantasy and teen romance. The story follows the confrontation, confusion and chemistry between a group of vampires, a pack of werewolves and a mysterious girl with a secret. Black moon will be part of a series of stories, starting with Dark Moon: Blood Altar January 15th.
TXT star seekers follows a group of young men in a pop band who live in a world where magic is part of everyday reality. The group wake up one day to find they have dormant magical abilities. The tale features imaginary creatures, magic, and a look into the world of entertainment.
“Webcomics and web novels are among the most exciting categories in global entertainment, with a growing economy of superstar creators, massive fandoms across the globe, and diverse IP fueling a new era of television and digital adaptations. cinema,” said JunKoo Kim, Founder and Global CEO of Webtoon Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to be working with HYBE to bring these amazing stories to fans around the world in formats they know and love on Webtoon and Wattpad.”