Hit Franchise Cyber Force Launches New Chapters Exclusively On LINE Webtoon

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Image Comics and Top Cow CEO and renowned comic creator, Marc Silvestri, develops legendary title specifically for LINE Webtoon’s revolutionary platform

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LINE Webtoon, the popular digital comic service pioneering the distribution and consumption of comics worldwide, has announced that renowned creator Marc Silvestri will be launching the next chapter of his hit comic series, Cyber Force, created by Silvestri and written by famed comics scribe Matt Hawkins, exclusively on LINE Webtoon beginning in Fall 2015.

“When LINE Webtoon launched in the U.S. in 2014, we always had a vision of adding premium content by the best comic minds in the industry to our platform; Adding Marc Silvestri to our stable of already impressive creators is a key part of this strategy,” said JunKoo Kim, Founder and Head of LINE Webtoon. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer Cyber Force exclusively on the Webtoon platform for free to all our readers and we can’t wait to have our fans experience the comic in this new format for the first time – something only LINE Webtoon can provide.”

Already a huge success for more than 10 years in Korea, LINE Webtoon launched in the U.S. in 2014, and is rapidly expanding with the onboarding of new artists, partners, expansion of ways to interact with the content, and much more.

“LINE Webtoon is at the forefront of digital comics technology, as well as an innovator in how comics are experienced by readers and in developing the future of digital platforms for creators,” said Marc Silvestri. “We’ve already been deeply involved in developing the next Cyber Force storyline for the app, and the results are going to truly blow our fans away.”

Cyber Force, the top-selling title in the history of Silvestri's company Top Cow, has been in publication for over 20 years. Makers of hit comics such as The Darkness, Wanted, and Witchblade, Top Cow created Cyber Force as a tale of cybernetically enhanced freedom fighters. It became so popular that it was printed in 21 languages and still stands as one of the highest selling independent comics in history. Additionally, the latest two trades will be reformatted and available on LINE Webtoon for new readers to catch up before the new chapters begin.

Additionally, LINE Webtoon and Top Cow are developing the series as a multi-platform experience for fans who keep up with the rest of the Top Cow universe. The title Aphrodite IX, written by Top Cow president Matt Hawkins, will be deeply tied to the events of Cyber Force on LINE Webtoon, driving fans from the print editions of Aphrodite IX to the weekly chapters on LINE Webtoon and back.

Fans will be able to read Cyber Force by visiting http://www.webtoons.com in the near future. To download the official LINE Webtoon app, visit the Apple App Store and Google Play.

About LINE Webtoon:
LINE Webtoon is a popular digital comic service available on smartphones, tablets and web browsers, launched by NAVER, Korea’s top search portal. Pioneering 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 from around the globe, and giving creators an intuitive platform designed to help them easily publish and publicize their own original content.

NAVER Corporation is Korea’s premier Internet company, operating the nation’s top search portal 'NAVER.’ NAVER was launched in June 1999 and has since stood at the forefront of the growth of Korea’s search service. NAVER has introduced many innovative search services over the years, such as ‘Comprehensive Search,’ ‘Knowledge iN,’ and ‘Real-time Rising Keyword.’ In addition, since releasing the ‘NAVER’ application, NAVER has launched applications for a wide variety of services. NAVER offers innovative mobile services for the global market, including the mobile messenger LINE through LINE Corporation, NAVER’s subsidiary. NAVER launched the Webtoon service in June 2004 in Korea and has pioneered distribution and consumption of webtoons, also known as digital comics. The service receives more than 6 million hits per day from unique visitors and has accumulated more than 29 billion total visits as of June 1, 2014. NAVER launched the LINE Webtoon service worldwide on July 2, 2014.

About Top Cow Productions:
Top Cow Productions, Inc. (http://www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries.

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