Frequently Asked Questions and Platform Guidelines
What is Comikey?
Visit our About us page to learn more about who we are and what we do!
What are Manga, Manhua and Webcomics?
Manga: Manga are comics or graphic novels originating from Japan. They are multi-panel and usually published in grayscale, read right to left. Manga is a popular form of consuming comics both in Japan and abroad.
Manhwa: Manhwa (also generalized as Webtoons) are comics or graphic novels originating from Korea. They are comics that are usually read top down.
Manhua: Manhua are comics or graphic novels originating from China. Similar to Manhwa they are read top down.
Webcomics: Manhwa and Manhua collectively form a greater category called Webcomics. In this day and age of mobile connectivity, Webcomics are known to be comics that are easily accessible and digestible by users on their smartphones as it’s read more naturally.
What does simulpub mean?
Simulpub (also known as simultaneous publication) means releasing/publishing the latest content alongside their country of origin. That means you get to read the latest chapter on Comikey the day it’s released in Japan/Korea/China!
What chapters are free to read, and what are paid?
On the Comikey platform, the first few chapters are free to read. The latest chapter will follow our free-paid-free model, where you will be able to read the chapter for free for the first 2 hours, after which the chapter becomes locked for 12 hours and you will need to use "Keys" to unlock the chapter. After the 12 hour lock period the chapter will be free to read again for a week!
All backlog chapters (middle chapters) will be required to be unlocked using your keys.
What devices is Comikey available for?
Comikey is available on your web browser, on your laptop, desktop and mobile device. We support most modern web browsers and are continually improving our reading experience online. The platform will be available as a mobile app soon.
Do you have a mobile app for Comikey?
Comikey is working towards a mobile app! We will be sharing more updates once we’re closer to a production release.
Is Comikey a legal publisher of comics?
Yes! Comikey is a digital comic reading platform, and is completely legal. We hold the proper rights to all contents hosted on our platform. We are actively working with publishers to license their content and grow our catalogue!
Is all Comikey content protected under copyright law?
What are the benefits of creating an account on Comikey?
You will be able to access locked content as well as purchase paid content by registering on Comikey.
- Keep track of all the comics you’ve read
- Favorite, bookmark and follow series for up-to-date notifications
- Ability to buy, collect, spend and redeem beta keys and Xtra keys
How do I create an account?
You can create an account by registering here.
Can I create an account using my other Social Media accounts?
Yes you can create an account and sign-in using Google, Facebook, Twitter and Discord. You can learn more about the 3rd party services we allow on our registration page.
How do I delete my account?
You can deactivate your account from your account settings. Your account will be deleted within 30 days proceeding deactivation. Account deletion will result in losing all of your keys and all purchased content once your account.
What information does Comikey collect?
How do I unlock content on the platform?
The Comikey platform uses a currency called “Keys” to unlock content. To unlock a chapter simply click on the chapter that has the “unlock with key” prompt. A modal will popup indicating the number of keys you’ll need to use to unlock the chapter. Simply click unlock to continue reading the chapter.
What are Keys?
Keys are the Comikey platform currency. They are used to unlock chapters, chapter packs and more. There are different types of keys, and as of right now there are Beta keys, Xtra keys and regular keys.
What are Beta keys?
Beta keys are keys that are available to purchase during the beta phase of the platform. A Beta key unlocks a chapter with a 1 to 1 ratio! Better buy up these keys fast!
What are Xtra keys?
Xtra keys are keys that you earn by doing different tasks (campaigns, events, reading specific series, number of chapters, sharing invite links, etc.). These keys are time limited, free (Xtra) keys that you can use instead of beta/regular keys to unlock chapters on the platform! We envision you’ll be using these keys to explore and read series that you may be interested in but aren’t willing to use beta/regular keys to unlock!
What are regular keys?
Although the name for this key hasn’t been set in stone, for the purposes of this FAQ we’ll call them our regular keys. Regular keys will be our future primary currency after the beta phase of the platform ends.
How do I buy more Beta keys?
You can buy more beta keys here.
How do I get more Xtra keys?
You can earn more Xtra keys during campaigns, events and seasonal promotions.
What form of payment does Comikey accept?
We accept credit cards, PayPal, Google Pay, and Apple Pay. Why don’t you buy some keys and find out for yourself
Are my payments secure?
Your payments are processed using Braintree, a PayPal service that is widely used across the internet. Comikey & Braintree do not store any credit card or other information beyond what is strictly necessary to validate your purchases.
Am I supporting the creator of the content by purchasing/unlocking chapters?
Profits from all of our markets are shared with the original publishers, so they can continue to bring us great stories! Your support ensures their comics’ success and encourages continuation of serialization.
How can I report bugs on the platform?
You can report bugs on our Discord in the bugs channel, or email us at [email protected]
How can I suggest new features for the platform?
You can suggest features on our Discord in the Suggestions channel, or email us at [email protected]
What social media presence do you have?
How do I keep track of the chapters or series I’ve already read?
You will be able to keep track of them from the My Comics page.
Abusive or Hateful Content
Malicious or abusive content or comments toward creators or other users is not allowed. This includes revealing an individual’s personal information (e.g. real name, contact information, address, social security numbers etc.).
Hateful content or comments that promote or encourage violence, or have the primary purpose of inciting hate towards individuals or groups based on race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political orientation, etc. is not allowed.
Posting, distributing or transmitting any third party’s copyrighted content without the copyright holder’s consent is not allowed. Examples of prohibited content include:
- Posting, distributing or transmitting any third party’s copyrighted content without the copyright holder’s consent
- Using a creative work commercially without proper permission
- Copying or linking materials from another website or service without permission
- Providing free downloads of copyrighted material
- Infringing any third party’s intellectual property right including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, design rights, patent rights, etc.
Mature or Sexual Content
Content that contains nudity or is intended to be sexually gratifying is not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, full and partial nudity, as well as graphic depictions of sexual acts.
The ‘Mature Content Warning’ feature should be used to identify mature themes and content, including topics of sexuality. However, please note that utilizing the ‘Mature Content Warning’ feature does not mean that nudity or explicit sexual content is allowed on the platform.
Violent or Graphic Content
We do not allow graphic depictions of gratuitous violence, or content that promotes acts of violence. Examples of prohibited content include:
- Brutal, extended, graphic acts of violence
- Depiction of sadism, or glorification/promotion of inflicting harm on others
- Glorification or promotion of self-harm
Spam and Advertising
Posting unsolicited or unwanted content or links is not allowed. This includes creating profiles or uploading content with the primary purpose to drive traffic to external websites. Using automated means to increase view counts or perform social interactions, or creating multiple accounts to increase view counts or perform social interactions will result in account suspension or removal.