FAQ – The Answers to All Your Questions (almost)
Who is Lezhin Comics?
Lezhin Entertainment is a South Korean start-up that began in 2012. The company began serving comics to the South Korean public in 2013 as Lezhin Comics, and its app quickly becoming one of the top-grossing webtoon services in the country. Created as a “safe space” for creators and the webtoon medium, Lezhin Comics was the first webtoon company to ever offer its creators a livable wage regardless of their comics’ rankings. Creators also receive one of the most competitive rates of revenue shares from each of their episodes. We want our creators to have the freedom to create the content they want to create. We are proud to say that we offer a wide variety of webtoons, many of which could be described as unique, subversive, and even controversial – simply put, we offer content you won’t find anywhere else.
Lezhin Comics’ English service began in 2015 alongside it’s Japanese service. Our humble team consists of our service and marketing operators, and our little army of translators, letterers, and editors. This accounts for the scheduling differences between the Korean and English webtoons. The Lezhin English team is also involved in translating English comic content into Korean, and we are working hard to bring our all our readers published copies of our most popular webtoons. We welcomed 2017 with the release of the Korean language editions of Volume I of “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot” from Valiant Comics (available for purchase in most major bookstores in Seoul!).
What’s with the dog?
Don Doggy (돈독이)! One of the first comics featured on Lezhin was created by our CEO’s childhood friend, and one of the characters was a dog named Lezhin. There were lots of feels and long story short, Lezhin the dog became Lezhin’s logo and mascot. (We’ve even got a life-size Don Doggy in our office lobby.) Later, in support of Lezhin, Sticky Lab Monster (http://www.stickylabmonster.com/) gifted us with what is now the Lezhin logo.
How do I buy coins?
We accept major credit cards, Google play and you can make purchases within the app.
Why aren’t your comics free?
We want our artists to have the economic freedom to perfect their craft. As mentioned above, we provide our creators with livable wages. And on top of that! They receive revenue shares for each episode. (So please support the artists and do not read their content on illegal scan sites!)
But what if I don’t have any money? ;(
We have a number of comics that unlocks every week. So as they say, good things come to those who wait. For those interested in comics where all the episodes need to be purchased with Coins, we frequently update our website and social media sites with sales and events where we give out free Coins to members or unlock entire episodes for everyone to view. Currently, there are free coin events every week on our Facebook page. Also, when you download the Lezhin Plus App for the first time, you will automatically receive 10 free coins!
We also have a point system that allows you to receive discounts on coin purchases. For more information on the point system, click here. And for information on how to earn even more points, check out the How to Earn More Points.
How do you decide what comics make it to the English site?
We have no hard and fast rule for deciding on what comics we’ll bring over, other than whether we believe they are appropriate for our overseas audience or not. Sometimes we bring over comics that are already popular on the Korean site, and sometimes we bring over what we feel are the“hidden gems” of the Korean site. If there is a comic you’d like to see on our English service, leave us a comment or message us on one of our social media platforms! We love hearing our readers’ opinions!
How can I contact the creators?
As most our creators are Korean, we do not often list their personal social media or e-mail addresses on the English site unless the creator has asked us to. We do hold fan events, however, where we often invite readers to send in their fan art and questions/comments, which we then translate and send off to the creators.
I’m a comic artist and would like to work with Lezhin. Can I submit my work to Lezhin?
Yes! We are always looking to add more content to our line-up and would love to see your work. You can submit your comics to email@example.com.
Every year, we also host an international comic contest where the winners are not only featured on our site, but also receive a monetary prize. The 2017 World Comic Contest winner will receive 100,000 US dollars! Get more information here: www.lezhin.com/en/page/contest2016
I’d like to apply for a job at Lezhin!
Of course you do! Our company offers a competitive benefits package that includes a magical Employee Kitchen (a verifiable mini convenience store) and our company is filled with lovely people. You can find out more about available positions within the US Lezhin Team on our tumblr under the hashtag #workatlezhin.
Can you explain what the different genres are?
Sure! As you may have noticed, we have an awful lot of genres, and there’s a few that may be unfamiliar to the newly acquainted. Many of our genres overlap, but we’ll try to explain the major genres here:
BL: Short for “Boy Love.” This can be seen as the Korean equivalent of the Japanese “yaoi” genre, though the two have their distinct characteristics that are better discussed elsewhere. At its most basic, BL webtoons feature two men in a romantic relationship, and is generally created by women, for women. This alone makes BL comics distinct from Queer comics.
GL: Short for “Girl Love.” This can be seen as the Korean equivalent of the Japanese “yuri” genre, though, again, the two have their own distinct characters that are better discussed elsewhere. GL webtoons, like BL, feature two women in a romantic relationship. Unlike BL, GL comics are generally written by women, for women.
Mature: Mature comics are comics whose stories largely revolve around sexual content. Mature content often overlaps with other genres, such as BL or GL, though much of the content is for the heterosexual male audience.
Other comics that feature content that readers might find uncomfortable (such as depictions or suggestions of violence, profanity, etc.) have age restrictions, and we are working to add warnings to such comics.
Please note that Mature comics can only be read on the website and the Comics Plus app, which is only available on Android, and cannot be read on the Lezhin Comics app. Mature comics can only be read on the website after logging in. iOS users can “app-ify” the Lezhin website; more information on that can be found here.