As longtime fans of traditional comics, both admit it is difficult to abandon print. But they say it became impossible to ignore where the business is trending. He has a point. WebToon, which is owned by the South Korean portal Naver, has more than 60 million active monthly readers globally, and more than 10 million monthly users in North America.
Those are massive stats that are difficult to ignore, as is the growth potential for the vertical format, which has long been popular in Asia and is clearly making inroads here. Something else that can't be ignored is the fact that while digital comics have been predicted as the "future" for years, they remain a minor portion of the U.
Aoki, whose passion for futurism is well known, predicts the ease of the vertical-scroll platform will eventually make Western comics audiences fully embrace digital. He compares it to how technology transformed music. Before that we made vinyl and then iTunes came out and now streaming is just how we listen to music.
Ever the techno-optimist, Aoki goes on to say that vertical scroll is on the verge of a major breakthrough with Western comics readers. You have to adapt with the technology. The danger of being "out of sight, out of mind" by voluntarily exiting the shelves of comic shops doesn't seem to worry Bilyeu. The benefits of awareness gained on WebToon for Impact Theory, a company he founded to create film and television IP based on comic books, far outweigh the risks.
And while the majority of traditional U. Younger readers, he says, have grown up on reading comics vertically and they are the audience he hopes to reach with Neon Future and other Impact Theory releases. The battle was won. Neon Future is a future-set science fiction story that details the conflict between Augmented, a group whose bodies are laced with technology, and the Authentic, humans without tech.
Co-created by Aoki, Bilyeu, and comics writer Jim Krueger, the series features sleek, stylish art from pencilers Jeremy Repack and Neil Edwards that jumps off the page of a traditional comic. It looks really good. Bilyeu points out that the shift to the vertical-scroll platform led them to reformat the story, and even create new panels and page layouts to take advantage of the new format. And Neon Future is more of a mature title. So moving forward, what we're going to be doing is And if you're true to it, then you've really got a chance of popping with the audience.
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Neon Future was co-created with DJ Steve Aoki, Eisner winning writer Jim Krueger and Impact Theory CEO Tom Bilyeu. Issue #1 Vol. Neon Future I is the second studio album by American DJ and producer Steve Aoki. It was released on September 30, through Ultra Records and Dim Mak. In a future where technology is illegal, a war is brewing between the Augmented, who have chosen to integrate technology into their bodies, and the Authentic.