Tool and platform to create and sell webcomics

Storyboarder is a tool and a platform for anyone to create, share, and sell webcomics. In East Asia, the webcomic (or digital manga) industry is an $12B market and rapidly growing to the rest of the world. Webtoon, the largest company in the space, generates $100M / month in revenue. However, their addressable market is limited by their content creators, who need know how to draw. Readers are desperate for a greater variety of stories in webcomics. Through years of working with filmmakers, we’ve built extremely easy to use storyboarding software that has 700K users. We’re democratizing visual storytelling to everyone. We’re working on the next generation that, through advances in video game interfaces, ubiquitous 3D compute, and AI, will allow anyone to easily create scenes, pose characters, to create webcomics. Storyboarder is backed by Y Combinator (W23), David Karp (Tumblr Founder), Andrew Kortina (Venmo Founder), and other product focused investors.

Jobs at Storyboarder

New York, NY, US / Remote (US)
$120K - $140K
0.50% - 1.50%
Any (new grads ok)
Team Size:2
Location:San Francisco
Group Partner:Aaron Epstein

Active Founders

Charles Forman

Charles Forman is the co-founder of Storyboarder. With a background in computer science and design, Charles is passionate about building great product experiences that make the world a more enjoyable place. Prior to co-founding Storyboarder, Charles was the founder of OMGPOP (YCS06), a gaming startup that gained international recognition for its popular game "Draw Something". OMGPOP attracted millions of users and was ultimately acquired by Zynga for $210 million.

Charles Forman
Charles Forman

Joe Watkins

Joe Watkins is the co-founder and CTO of Storyboarder. Prior to Storyboarder, Joe lead a computer vision/machine learning team at Google before working on generating maps with machine learning at Waymo. Joe's passion for web-native fiction played a significant role in inspiring Storyboarder's design. As a teenager, he was captivated by the potential of the internet to tell stories in new and exciting ways, and spent countless hours exploring different forms of digital storytelling.

Joe Watkins
Joe Watkins

Company Launches

TLDR: Storyboarder is a tool and platform that enables anyone to create, buy, and sell webcomics. Over 650,000 users have used Storyboarder to make movies like Black Panther, Cruella, I Tonya, and Modern Family — and now we're expanding to webcomics.

Hi Everyone! We’re Charles Forman and Joe Watkins, the founders of Storyboarder.

If you have an idea for a story, you can use Storyboarder to tell it by adding characters to a scene and typing in dialogue - the tool will automatically generate the shots you need to tell your story. You can post episodes of your story to the platform as part of a series, and other people can buy the episodes to read them.

🤬 Currently, it’s too hard to make webcomics - You have to be able to draw!

In East Asia, the webcomic (or digital manga) industry is a $12B market - and it’s rapidly growing to the rest of the world. People are addicted to reading webcomics. For example, the largest company in the space, Webtoon, has 100M MAU and generates $1.2B in annual revenue. The problem is that the variety and appeal of webcomics is constrained by the number of webcomic artists - you need to know how to draw to make a webcomic.

💜 We make it easy for anyone to make webcomics!

Storyboarder is a 3D scene editor. You pick a scene. You add characters. You type in what they say. Storyboarder makes the panels for you, and then you can edit them as much as you want. We have a world class rendering system, so everything ends up looking absolutely beautiful!

Storyboarder is also a platform for posting your comics as episodes in series. After your readers read 5 of your episodes, they can pay the equivalent of 20 cents to read additional episodes.

🧔🧔‍♂️ Why are we building this?

I, (Charles), was working on making a movie. I wanted the story to be good, but I had no experience. Pixar uses storyboarding as a tool to iterate on their stories. They can see each version of their movie and rapidly iterate on it. Being the creative / engineer that I am, I made a storyboarding tool so I could create storyboards without having to draw. I released the tool, Storyboarder, and 700K people use it to storyboard movies and tv shows like Black Panther, Cruella, I, Tonya, and Modern Family.

We were ready to start shooting my movie in March of 2020 - then the pandemic hit. We realized we wouldn’t be able to make the movie. So I focused on Storyboarder. Working with some of the best writers, directors, and storyboard artists in the world, I saw a bunch of fantastic storyboards for movies that would never be filmed. They were cancelled because of covid. I realized that there are tons of stories that never see the light of day because they can’t get made into movies.

Being depressed about COVID, I spent time on Clubhouse, where I met my cofounder Joe. We talked a lot about the world of online fiction and webcomics and how it relates to storyboarding. We learned that Webtoon is huge and makes tons of money, but very few of their stories appeal to us, or many people I know. Webtoon creators are a particular type of person that need to know how to draw.

I used to make videogames. I started OMGPOP (YC06). We built 35 games and a game called “Draw Something” We sold the company for $200M. Joe was running a team of ML engineers at Google and worked on computer vision at Waymo. So we thought we could combine forces to build the next generation of storytelling with online 3D tech, game tech, and AI.

Joe and I thought, what if we make a tool where anyone can make webcomics without having to draw? The stories created would appeal to so many more people. We did the math: 3 out of 10 Americans buy e-books: 100M people X $12 (ARPPU on Webtoon). That’s $1.2B. 10X Globally: $12B!

Checks all the boxes:

Making stories is important and fun!
Huge Market: $12B.
Built in 650K Users.
Previous YC06 videogame company with success: $200M Exit. #29 Top YC Exit.
Investors include: David Karp (Tumblr Founder), Andrew Kortina (Venmo Founder), Jonathan Glick (NYT), Andy Artz (Best man in the world), other top secret celebs and good looking rich people.

Various gingers: Laura (Joe’s partner), Joe, some freakishly tall guy, and Charles.

The Ask:

🚀 Do you want in on this rocket ship? Interested in using our tool? 💌 Email us and we’ll add you to the waitlist or set up a call: founders@storyboarder.com