– by Joseph Jammer Medina


LINE Webtoon & POW! Entertainment Announce New Series Backchannel Created by Comic Book Legend Stan Lee


Illustrated by Artist Andie Tong and written by LINE Webtoon Head of Content Tom Akel, Backchannel to be Released Exclusively on LINE Webtoon Spring 2017


LINE Webtoon (http://www.webtoons.com), the popular digital comics publisher pioneering the development and distribution of comics worldwide, today announced the development of‘Backchannel,’ a new series created by comic book legend Stan Lee. The series is co-produced by Lee’s POW! Entertainment, alongside President and CEO Gill Champion. Backchannel centers on the relationship of high school junior Tom Tanner, a comic loving, engineering prodigy, and his father Martin, a widowed police detective. While developing a highly sophisticated AI algorithm, a power awakens within Tom that grants him the ability to mentally hack into any device. While initially using this newfound power for personal gain and petty revenge, he learns of a dark secret from his father’s past that will change him forever.


In need of a moment of escapism, Tom returns to his favorite digital comics. This time though, the comic is disturbingly on point with what Tom has been experiencing. As he continues to read, Tom realizes that there are encrypted messages in the comic from anunknown ally who clearly knows everything Tom has been up to.


When he discovers that hacktivist group Backchannel is aware of his new abilities and reaching out to him for help, Tom is set on a very dangerous path.


Backchannel is an original concept by legendary comic icon Stan Lee, with story by Stan Lee and LINE Webtoon’s own Head of Content Tom Akel. Art for Backchannel is created by Andie Tong (Spider-man, Batman Strikes, TRON). This sci-fi drama powers up this spring.


“I’m elated to bring a different kind of hero to LINE Webtoon with teenage master hacker Tom Tanner. This is a story filled with mystery and adventure of an underdog programming prodigy who will go to the ends of the Earth to save his father – you won’t want to miss it. Excelsior!” said Stan Lee.


“Stan Lee is a living legend and it’s an honor that he has created this story exclusively for LINE Webtoon,” said Junkoo Kim, Founder and Head of LINE Webtoon. “Readers will be entranced by this genre blending world that echoes series from Spider-man to Mr. Robot.”  


Readers will be able to dive into the hacker world of Backchannel in 2017To download the official LINE Webtoon app, visit the Apple App Store and Google Play.


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.