As of right now this site is in it's earliest stages of development so not much information is readily available. What is listed below are realistic goals that we hope to accomplish with this site, followed by stretch goals that we hope to eventually bring to fruition.
Manga Warehouse's goal is to give artists and storytellers of any background access to a place to show off their work in hopes of one day actually being able to bear fruits of their labors. Many young artists have amazing stories to tell and a lot of westerners have recently begun to take to the realm of Manga in order to express these tales. Unfortunately for such individuals the west does not have the infrastructure that Japan does when it comes to this art, thus most will never see that dream realized. That is where Manga Warehouse comes in. Manga Warehouse aims to take the cream of the crop of Western, Eastern, European, (etc.) drawn manga/comics/light novels and provide them to a large group of people with the goal of facilitating compensation for the authors, as well as eventually attempting to be the first small beacon of western infrastructure in the Manga industry.
Our funding plan is a two step process, the first will be to cover starting costs, advertising, and generate a report with our patrons. The second step will be how we plan to grow our business and compensate authors.
Step 1) The founding member of the Manga Warehouse site (J) has a good portion in savings, enough so that he would be willing to spend $50,000 on startup fees, advertising, etc. for the business. This would be used to cover the first year of business and allow us to see if this would work as a business. As an aside if Manga Warehouse became large enough to want to publish softcover volumes of manga J has agreed to assist in financing the publication in place of the company's profits if needed
Step 2) Restricted access content and a subscription based system. This system is up for debate with us right now as many people hate the word 'pay wall' and want content as soon as they can get it. However in order to realistically pay our authors and artists for their amazing work as well as push amazing stories towards print Manga Warehouse needs to make some honest cash. The system would work quite simply, the long running and popular Manga (5-10 of the most popular works that would realistically get their own advertising) would be accessible the day they are released for a subscription fee of $10 a month (subject to change), and free for anyone anywhere one week later. (think of it a lot like Crunchyroll's Premium service) We think this is a good way to support authors as well as the business while still providing the content to as many people as possible. In addition a lot like Patreon the site will offer higher tier 'rewards' such as behind the scenes interviews with authors and the staff, vods and other content, a podcast possibly, things along these lines for $5 more ($15 subject to change) and finally a massive $50 (subject to change) a month to have access to manga submissions to the Anime Warehouse site where real lovers of Manga can input their opinions on if a Manga should be featured on our site.
The cut of profit going to assist authors will be around 60%, the cut going to the business itself will be around 35% with 5% going to either charity savings, or possibly a prize pool for contests,
As of now the theory is to reward popular manga based on popularity, however in this day and age it is easy to fudge numbers such as hits (even with unique IP identification) and if one manga became heads and shoulders above all others it would take a larger slice of the pie so the system is admittedly imperfect. with that in mind the system we have thought of is a tier system if a manga gets in the top 15% of traffic in a given month for example it will get the payout of other manga that are also in that spectrum. On another hand if a Manga gets barely any hits at all it has the risk of being taken off the payroll entirely (more on that in the Authors tab). This is just one system and others will be reviewed and looked at going forward. Of course with this system we cannot support more than a handful of authors however as time moves on adding more wonderful series will be our top goal.
As for the 35% (subject to change) that is taken by Manga warehouse our expenses are the following.
The remaining %5 is once again more than likely going to be used as a prize pool for contests, charity work, or saving for print and publish later on down the line.