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Hiveworks Comics

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Hiveworks Comics (often just called Hiveworks) is a creator-owned graphic novel publisher and studio specializing in online comics.


The company was founded in 2011, and works with over 300 artists. As of 2021, it has raised over $5 million in funds on Kickstarter, has more than 15 million users and has 10 million social media followers.[1] Hiveworks provides hosting for webcomics,[2] as well as mentoring and advertising.[3] The Hiveworks website features a store, where creators can profit from merchandise sales.[4] It also assists artists with publishing.[5]

In 2018, French publisher Hachette announced its Robinson Millenials label would be publishing web-comics in partnership with Hiveworks.[6][7] In 2020, Hiveworks partnered with Seven Seas Entertainment to release trade paperback editions, through Seven Seas’ existing deal with Penguin Random House.[8]

Hiveworks is known for focusing more on long-form comics rather than shorter meme comics.[9] It is also known for its support for cartoonists of color and LGBT cartoonists.[10][11]

The CEO of Hiveworks, Xellette Stillwell, was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2021.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Xellette Stillwell". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-04-01. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. MacDonald, Heidi (May 12, 2017). "Comics, the King of Libraries". Publishers Weekly. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Christianson, Jon Erik (2016-03-22). "5 Queer-Friendly Comics Publishers You Should Know". Book Riot. Retrieved 2021-04-02. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Russell, Sarah (2019). Comics in the Evolving Media Landscape (Thesis). DePauw University. p. 55.
  5. Leonard, Caitlin (2020). iComic: A Deeper Look Into the Adapting World of Cartoons (Thesis). The Ohio State University. p. 5.
  6. "Robinson, une nouvelle collection de bandes dessinées en partenariat avec Hiveworks". Hachette Livre. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  7. "Robinson : l'éditeur poursuit la publication de son webzine contre l'ennui du confinement". ActuaBD. 15 April 2020. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  8. MacDonald, Heidi (2020-12-22). "Hiveworks teams with Seven Seas Entertainment for print editions". The Beat. Retrieved 2021-04-02. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. Nøding, Håvard K. (2020). The tools of Webcomics:The "infinite canvas" and other innovations (Master's thesis). University of Oslo. p. 19.
  10. MariNaomi. "Cartoonists of Color Database - About". Cartoonists of Color Database. Cartoonists of Color Database. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  11. Nugent, Edie (31 August 2018). "Nerds flame on at Flame Con: all the queer cheer is here". The Comics Beat. Retrieved 14 May 2021.

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