SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 15, 2015 — Hiveworks, the fastest-expanding web publisher specializing in comics with a monthly reach of 13 million users and a growth this year of 30%, teams up with “sidekick-for-hire” Breadpig, strategist for Alan Tudyk's Con Man series, Ryan North's To Be or Not to Be, and of Zach Weinersmith and Boulet's Augie and the Green Knight.
The team-up will capitalize on Hiveworks' recent growth, with Breadpig aiding in the development of new talent, manufacturing partnerships, and media distribution plans.
This partnership will advance Hiveworks’ commitment to offering the best comics to their readers and services to their creators, and allow the company to tap into new markets. Breadpig will also be offering discounted services to all Hiveworks artists seeking direct individualized assistance.
“We are very excited about this partnership, and about working closely with the team at Breadpig, especially George Rohac, who has been a great friend and valued adviser for a long time,” Hiveworks Co-CEO Isabelle Melançon said. “I can’t think of a better person to help us reach our goals.”
"Hiveworks has proven itself to be one of the best and most trustworthy partners of comics," CEO of Breadpig George Rohac said, "Working together we'll help push more creators to better and better qualities of life from their own work."
Breadpig, founded in 2005, is a "sidekick-for-hire" providing assistiance with the development, production, manufacture, and fulfillment of comics, games, animation, and film. Hiveworks was founded in 2011, home of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Blindsprings, Stand Still Stay Silent, and is the most trafficked source for online comics.
July 2, 2015 – Seattle, WA – Hiveworks Comics and Udon Entertainment are proud to announce a groundbreaking publishing deal. Starting today, Hiveworks Comics will be releasing Udon’s Capcom Street Fighter graphic novels online. The partnership will bring Street Fighter seriesto the internet, free to read for its fans.
Udon Entertainment was originally licensed by Capcom to bring the videogame’s story to life in 2003. Since then, the comic has spawned many volumes and spinoffs – culminating in more than ten full length graphic novels, from the main storyline to origin and side stories for beloved characters like Sakura and Chun-Li.
Street Fighter’s new online release launches today at streetfightercomics.com and kicks off with two classic issues of the series, Street Fighter#0 - #10 from its original print launch in 2013. Issue #0 introduces the reader to Ryu, the franchise’s lead protagonist, and Master Gouken, and Ryu’s epic quest begins. It’s the perfect introduction to the universe, and you’re invited to join us for the ride.
ABOUT HIVEWORKS COMICS
Hiveworks Comics (thehiveworks.com) publishes a constellation of original webcomics and online graphic novels with some of the internet’s most creative artists and writers. Founded in 2011, Hiveworks has gone on to become one of the largest webcomic publishers in the world. Hiveworks hosts a lineup of incredible and award winning comics, including Minna Sundberg’s Stand Still Stay Silent , Zach Weinersmith’s Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Zack Morrison’s Paranatural, Scott Wegener and Brian Clevinger’s Atomic Robo, Abby Howard’s Junior Scientist Power Hour, Der-shing Helmer’s Mare Internvm, and many more.
ABOUT UDON ENTERTAINMENT
UDON Entertainment is a publisher of original and translated art books, graphic novels, and manga. UDON boasts an incredible lineup of highly sought-after products with production quality and English localization work that is second to none. Our best-known projects are those based on popular video game franchises, including Street Fighter, Okami, Mega Man, Dark Souls, Bayonetta, Valkyria Chronicles, Sonic the Hedgehog, and many more. UDON also publishes books based on top anime properties including Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gurren Lagann, and Haruhi Suzumiya as well as completely original projects like RandomVeus, Makeshift Miracle, and Substrata.
UDON’s creative services division is dedicated to providing high-quality artwork to the entertainment industry, in the form of sequential art, character designs, packaging artwork, style guides, illustration, and graphic design. Our clients include Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Capcom, Nintendo, Disney, Legendary Pictures, Warner Brothers, Mattel, Hasbro, and many other partners in the fields of film, television, comic books, toys, and video games.
Hi guys! As many of you have heard, we have opened a new administrative position in our staff. Please see the information below to apply! Looking forward to interviewing candidates.
Job Opening - Hiveworks LLC
April 10th, 2015
Position - Administrative Assistant
Description - The administrative Assistant is a part-time position (Approximately 50/hours per month) performed remotely for the digital comic publisher and studio, Hiveworks. The administrative assistant will be working directly with the current co-CEO, Isabelle Melançon.
Position would start in May 2015.
Duties - The Administrative assistant will be performing the following duties :
Social Media Management - keeping up to date with the social media of Hiveworks' various artists, update Hiveworks' social media accordingly.
Communicating with artists to assemble promotional illustrations and materials.
Assisting creators in minor tasks linked to daily updates and Kickstarters as assigned by the co-CEO.
Assisting creators in the context of comic convention and managing registration for said conventions.
Managing store emails and sales, as well as updating the product pages.
Any other daily administrative delegated by the co-CEO.
For many aspiring cartoonists, the effort of launching, creating, and maintaining a webcomic is a solo undertaking. It’s a long process that, while a labor of love, can prove arduous, especially if those creators are trying to make an income off of their work. For a long time there was no formal support system for these creators, whose work would likely never get picked up by a major print publisher and whose readership and revenue were entirely dependent on internet notoriety.
However, the comics collective Hiveworks, founded in 2011, is vastly improving the experience for online comics creators. Branding themselves as a combination publisher and studio, Hiveworks is offering the support and mentorship necessary for turning webcomics into sustainable businesses. The group provides a wide array of services including web hosting, ad placement (which increases both readership and revenue), facilitating web stores, marketing and product design, and even participating in Kickstarters. The result is a vast and diverse collection of comics and creators who can focus on the quality of their work, rather than the confusing and often overwhelming task of marketing that work.
I was fortunate enough to be able to speak with professional illustrator and Hiveworks Co-CEO Isabelle Melançon, whose popular webcomic Namesake I recommended last year. Here’s what she had to say about her work with the collective: