NEW YORK, November 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Tapas, the creator’s first digital storytelling platforma subsidiary of Kakao Entertainment, announced that one of its most popular webcomic titles, The Beginning After the End (hereinafter “TBATE”), will be published as a graphic novel through Volume 6. This expands on the existing partnership with Yen Press, which released Volume 1 in August. TBATE Volume 2 will hit shelves in February and the remaining volumes are set for a consecutive triennial release.
The news was announced during Anime NYC, where the TurtleMe series creator attended for his first-ever face reveal. During the three-day event, TurtleMe drew large crowds, with over 800 fans attending the Creator Reveal panel at the tapas booth and additional autograph sessions.
“I met my fans for the first time at Anime NYC over the weekend. After meeting fans who flew all the way from con to con Japan and Korea, I was really impressed by how much The Beginning After the End has grown around the world over the years,” he said Tae Ha Lee, better known as TurtleMe. “My sincere thanks to all the fans who came to see me at Anime NYC and to everyone who supports my series on tapas. I look forward to more in-person events in 2023!” he added.
“The Yen Press team is very excited to continue our printing partnership with TBATE and TurtleMe. It’s also clear that the fans are too – we sold out the TBATE books at our booth following the announcement of Volumes 2-6,” said Sales and Marketing Director at Yen Press, Markus DeVera.
Originally presented as a web novel by TurtleMe, TBATE has been adapted into a web comic and illustrated by Fuyuki23. The popular Tapas Original has been translated into Korean, Japanese, Chinese and French and has garnered a large, passionate and diverse global fanbase of millions of readers. The story follows Arthur, a former king in a past life who is reborn in a new world filled with magic and monsters, and quests to understand his role in the new world.
Before Anime NYC, Tapas temporarily unlocked the entire first TBATE season and made it free for all users until 2 Dec and introduced an update to the existing Wait Until Free feature. The feature update allows users to unlock premium episodes for free every three hours from over 100 Tapas top series. With this update, Tapas aims to foster Creator fan communities and give users more access to mega hit titles.
“At Tapas, we are committed to empowering creators and connecting readers to the content they love. By making some of our best premium series available to users for free reading every three hours, we continue to fulfill that commitment,” he said Chang KimCEO of Tapas Entertainment.
The feature update lets readers dive into some of their favorite genres, including leading titles like TBATE, Overgeared, The Viridescent Tiara, and The Siren. Going forward, each month new series will be available for free every three hours, adding to the robust collection that launched last week and providing more content for avid readers.
Tapas in Anime NYC’s media kit: linked here.
About cocoa entertainment
Kakao Entertainment provides an immersive entertainment experience for Webtoon, TV Drama/Movie and K-Pop fans worldwide. headquarters in Seoul, Korea, Kakao Entertainment has a well-diversified business portfolio in three divisions: Story, Media and Music. It has 10,000+ original webcomic and webroman IPs served through its leading platforms like Kakao Webtoon and Tapas. The media division of Kakao Entertainment has a vast network of production studios, directors and writers for TV dramas and films, and manages around 150 world-famous actors. Its industry-leading music business is home to Korea’s #1 streaming platform, Melon, and boasts a star-studded roster of K-pop artists under its multi-label management system. Kakao Entertainment is affiliated with Korea’s leading technology company, Kakao Corporation.
Founded in 2012, Tapas is a leading global digital publishing platform for distributed webcomics and webnovels 1.6 million episodes in almost 100,000 Series from both independent content creators and established storytellers to the 10M-strong community what to about 8B views.
With offices worldwide los Angeles, Seouland Beijing, and a wide range of publishing partnerships including Scholastic, Yen Press, Podium and Andrews McMeel Publishing. Tapas is the 2020 Ringo Award winner for Favorite Publisher and received his first Eisner nominations in 2021. Tapas has recently made a name for itself 500 million dollars Acquired by entertainment giant Kakao Entertainment. Tapas is the premier digital destination to create and consume the stories you crave.
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About the beginning after the end
Once a best-selling novel, now a best-selling comic. The Beginning after the End (TBATE) comic produced by Tapas is a fantasy/action series that has had great success on our platform and has been viewed millions of times. It has been translated into 6 languages and is topping the trend charts of online publishers around the world. Recently, the series even became an audio book hit.
Synopsis: Arthur, a former king in a previous life, is reborn in a new world full of magic and monsters, where he gets a second chance to relive his life. Beneath the peace and prosperity of the new world, an undercurrent threatens to destroy everything he has worked for, questioning his role and reason for his rebirth.
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TurtleMe, Tae Ha Leeis the creator of The beginning after the end, Tapas’ top-grossing webcomic and webnovel series. A Korean-American storyteller, he grew up admiring action-fantasy works in English and Korean, which inspired his own series, which brings together a mix of Western and Eastern literature. In collaboration with Fuyuki23, the artist behind The Beginning After the End, both the webnovel and webcomic series are regularly updated in fast-paced episodes to build an epic fantasy that follows the journey of Arthur Leywin, a king reincarnated who being reborn into a new life of magic and twisted fate.
The novel has been regularly updated weekly since it was first published in 2016 and is now in its tenth volume. The Beginning After the End – commonly referred to as TBATE among fans – was adapted into a webcomic in early 2018 and is now in its fifth season. Today, the web novel is currently available in English and Chinese, as well as an audio book through Audible. The webcomic is currently being published in America, Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Indonesia, France, Germany, Mexicoand India and debuted as a graphic novel in print, published by Yen Press in Aug 2022.
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