Friday, 12 February 2016

For Valentine’s Day, 2016 

SEQUENTIAL, the iPad app for digital graphic novels, is delighted to announce the release on Valentine’s Day of an exclusive expanded edition of True Love by Posy Simmonds, the acclaimed Guardian cartoonist and author of the Gemma Bovery and Tamara Drewe graphic novels.

Originally published in 1981, True Love has a strong claim to be the first ever British graphic novel published for adults. A sharp satire on the idealised romantic love promised in romance comics, True Love tells the story of plain and single office worker Janice Brady who dreams of being swept off her feet.
























Over 30 years later, True Love is being celebrated via SEQUENTIAL’s acclaimed digital graphic novel platform, where the original pages are presented in glorious high-definition and supplemented with a host of extras including audio from Posy Simmonds, sketches and artwork, and materials from the original conception and creation process, including an in-depth look at the mysteries of Posy’s notebook – and her mirror writing!

“I’m so glad that True Love is going to have new digital life on SEQUENTIAL.” said Posy, who collected together materials for the enhanced extras, including the original cover artwork, sketches, and the notebook in which True Love was drafted.

Russell Willis, the founder of SEQUENTIAL, said, “I’m personally delighted to announce the release of True Love by Posy Simmonds, one of the world’s most important cartoonists. In the 80s it was Posy’s True Love graphic novel that helped spark my interest in comics as a medium for adults. I’ve been a huge fan of her work ever since. Posy has become a British national treasure and it's a real honour to publish this expanded digital version of her work.”

The expanded edition is 100 pages and priced at £9.99 / $12.99.

SEQUENTIAL is free to download from the App Store here:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sequential-graphic-novels/id629759394



About Posy Simmonds
Posy Simmonds is one of the UK’s most treasured authors, with long-running strips in The Guardian that would become Gemma Bovery, Tamara Drewe, Mrs. Weber’s Diary, and more. She has also contributed strips to The Spectator and Harper’s Magazine, and has written a number of best-selling children’s books including Fred, Bouncing Buffalo and Lulu and the Flying Babies. She was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2002 for services to the newspaper industry.

About SEQUENTIAL
SEQUENTIAL is the graphic novel storefront app for iPad. The app features material from the best publishers of graphic novels across the world, including Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Dark Horse, NBM, Koyama Press, Knockabout, SelfMadeHero, and Blank Slate Books, as well as the cream of the small press.

SEQUENTIAL makes quality graphic novels available digitally via their gold standard platform and aim to expand the market for graphic novels for adults with a superhero-free, carefully curated selection of material. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sequential-graphic-novels/id629759394

The company is headquartered in Tokyo with an office in London.

Further information can be found on the SEQUENTIAL website here:

http://www.sequential.cc/p/about-sequential.html

Thursday, 4 February 2016

FREE Comix Creatrix Guide Now Available on SEQUENTIAL

SEQUENTIAL, the iPad app for digital graphic novels, is delighted to announce that it has partnered with House of Illustration to provide a free digital guide for their new exhibition Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics, as well as digital graphic novels displayed within the exhibition itself.



Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics is the UK’s largest ever exhibition of work by pioneering female artists working in the comics medium. It presents original artwork from 100 innovative creators – much of it never been seen in public before – and debunks the myth that women have a limited stake in the world of comics. The exhibition recognises the extraordinary variety of comics by women; from observational comedy to surreal fantasy, challenging biography to subversive protest.

The digital guide will be available for free, exclusively on SEQUENTIAL, for the duration of the Comix Creatrix exhibition. It features over 150 pages of artwork and information from the exhibition, including work by Audrey Niffenegger, Posy Simmonds, Emma Vieceli, Hannah Berry, Isabel Greenberg, Suzy Varty, and many more.

SEQUENTIAL have also created a bespoke version of their acclaimed comics software, which will run on iPads in the exhibition and features 15 full-length graphic novels for visitors to browse through – all by women whose work features in Comix Creatrix.

Russell Willis, the founder of SEQUENTIAL, said, “We’re thrilled to be working with House of Illustration to provide an interactive digital element to this exhibition. Comix Creatrix will be a fantastic celebration of a range of amazing artists, proving that women have always been at the forefront of comic art. We hope visitors to the exhibition will enjoy browsing the full-length graphic novels, and that anyone who is unable to visit the exhibition in person – or those who visit and want a take-away from it – will download the digital guide to get an look at the range and breadth of the artwork on display.”

SEQUENTIAL features hundreds of graphic novels and comics from leading creators and publishers, made available via their acclaimed storefront app and reader for the iPad. SEQUENTIAL’s mission is to expand the market for graphic novels for adults with a beautifully presented, carefully curated selection of material that focuses on the richness of the medium outside of the typical superhero offering.

They have previously partnered with organisations including the Bri@sh Library and the London Book Fair to make digital graphic novels a feature of exhibitions and installations.

SEQUENTIAL is free to download from the App Store here:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/sequential-graphic-novels/id629759394

Further information can be found on the SEQUENTIAL website here:
http://www.sequential.cc

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About House of Illustration
House of Illustration is the UK’s only public gallery and education space dedicated solely to illustration, with a creative programme of exhibitions, talks and events. Founded by Sir Quentin Blake, it opened in July 2014 at the heart of London’s King’s Cross regeneration area. It is the place to see, learn about and enjoy illustration in all its forms; from picture books to political cartoons, advertisements to animation and scientific drawings to fashion design. A registered charity, House of Illustration identifies and promotes new illustration talent, commissions new work and has a London-wide education and outreach programme.

About SEQUENTIAL
SEQUENTIAL is a graphic novel storefront app for iPad, launched in August 2013. The app features material from the best publishers of graphic novels across the world, including Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Dark Horse, NBM, Koyama Press, Knockabout, SelfMadeHero, and Blank Slate Books, as well as the cream of the small press.

SEQUENTIAL makes quality graphic novels available digitally via their “gold standard” platform and aims to expand the market for graphic novels for adults with a superhero-free, carefully curated selection of material.

The company is headquartered in Tokyo with an office in London.

Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics • 5 February runs until 15 May 2016.
House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London N1C 4BH. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm.
Closed Mondays. Admission: £7/£5/£4.

Information: 020 3696 2020 • houseofillustration.org.uk • @illustrationHQ

Featured artists include Catherine Anyango, Rachael Ball, Kate Beaton, Hannah Berry, Shirley Bellwood, Nell Brinkley, Nina Bunjevac, Laura Callaghan, Kate Charlesworth, Leela Corman, Mary Darly, Brigid Deacon, Marie Duval, Joana Estrela, Kate Evans, Marion Fayolle, Jacky Fleming, Evelyn Flinders, Ramona Fradon, Karrie Fransman, Melinda Gebbie, Isabel Greenberg, Laura Howell, Tove Jansson, Kripa Joshi, Miriam Katin, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Nicola Lane, Simone Lia, Sarah Lightman, Ellen Lindner, Lizz Lunney, Cat O’Neil, Barbara ‘Willie’ Mendes, Lorna Miller, Angie Mills, Tarpe Mills, Rutu Modan, Audrey Niffenegger, Corinne Pearlman, Nadine Redlich, Trina Robbins, Posy Simmonds, Maria Stoian, Nicola Streeten, Carol Swain, Donya Todd, Pat Touretie, Suzy Varty and Una.
 

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2015



Here are SEQUENTIAL's Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2015. Many thanks to all the creators listed here for providing us with such great work to enjoy.

(1) Two Brothers
by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá
Dark Horse • 234 pages

An immersive, magical work that takes you to strange Brazilian streets that you can almost taste, and introduces you to characters that live on long after you close the book. These complex characters and situations along with visceral sense of place and time help make this the graphic novel of the year.

Description
Twin brothers Omar and Yaqub may share the same features, but they could not be more different from one another. After a brutally violent exchange between the young boys, Yaqub is sent from his home in Brazil to live with relatives in Lebanon, only to return five years later as a virtual stranger to the parents who bore him…


(2) March Book Two
by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
Top Shelf  • 189 pages

Compelling, breathtaking, horrifying, sobering…and true. MARCH  tells the story of the 1961 Freedom Rides and the 1963 march on Washington, and the role of John Lewis in the civil rights movement, intercut with the inauguration of President Obama.

“Superbly told history.” – Publishers Weekly



(3) Lulu Anew
by Étienne Davodeau
NBM • 158 pages

A languid, exploratory tale of a woman who decides to leave her husband and children on a whim. Unsentimental and real – not in a 'gritty' way – but in its suggestion of the often ephemeral feelings that motivate us to do decidedly unusual things. A beautifully-paced classic by Étienne Davodeau, creator of The Initiates. (This is even better than that.)



(4) Nanjing
by Ethan Young
Dark Horse • 210 pages

The book opens and Ethan Young throws you into 1938 and the barbarity of war –  both physical and psychological. A rough, dirty, kinetic experience of a book that disgusts, and enlightens.

 “A sucker punch of emotion and fury.” – Paste




(5) Chicago
by Glenn Head
Fantagraphics • 163 pages

Any autobio graphic novel with Robert Crumb, Playboy and Muhammed Ali in it had to be one of the year's best…This confessional has a love story at its heart that is convincing, and it entertainingly scrutinizes a 70s art school drop-out finding his identity in a United States long gone.

“Glenn has found his voice… – Robert Crumb



(6) Sacred Heart
by Liz Suburbia
Fantagraphics • 311 pages

After a few pages you assume you're too old for it… then a few more and you're hooked. Read the rest in wonder and, finally, swear loudly at what the book has done to you, knowing you'll be reading it again very soon.

“Every time the veil is lifted, another one shimmers into existence … " – Graphic Policy



(7) Soldier's Heart
by Carol Tyler
Fantagraphics • 365 pages

An epic exploration of the army life of Carol Tyler's father, her relationship with him, her errant husband and her daughter. Beautifully drawn, it's clearly a cathartic project for Tyler, but one that's a meticulously realised page-turner helping us to understand a generation that's mostly gone.



(8) Fante Bukowski
by Noah Van Sciver
Fantagraphics • 81 pages

A short, acidic piss-take of the delusional Fante Bukowski: aspiring artist but accomplished alcoholic. He's waiting for inspiration that if it came he wouldn't have the talent to execute. Knowing, funny – and sad. Van Sciver's cartooning is truly superb, and it's even better in colour. This is one of those books you will want to come back to read every year or so.




(9) Grey Area
by Tim Bird
Avery Hill • 88 pages

This winner of the 2015 British Comic Award reminds us more than anything we've read in a while of some of the vignettes of the photocopied 80s. Measured observation of things that don't usually get observed, delivered in a hypnotic progression of panels. A poetic journey through the streets, tunnels, overpasses and byways of London and its suburbs.

“A beautiful work … ” – Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet


(10) Between the Billboards
by Owen D. Pomery
Avery Hill • 117 pages

A drolly delivered bit of slow-burn mania from Pomery, chronicling the happy alienation of protagonist Ebner who has built himself an apartment atop a building, between two billboards. The few warm social interactions amplify the hollowness of the rest.

“… a reflective comic drawn with skill and intelligence. – Rob Clough


AND JUST ONE MORE…

11) Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Guide
by Gilbert Shelton
Knockabout • 88 pages

SEQUENTIAL produced this, so *cof* there's a certain conflict of interest here, but if you love the Freak Brothers, or have always wanted to find out more about them, then look no further. This exclusive digital collection boasts close to 100 pages of Freak Brothers material including the first ever Freak Brothers strip and the complete Underground Classics #1 (published in the UK as Freak Brothers #0). It also includes a history of the Freak Brothers written by Gilbert Shelton himself, and a plethora of rare illustrations, photographs, cover galleries and strips including “Winter of ’59”, “Fat Freddy Gets the Clap”, and “The Unbearable Lightness of Being Fat Freddy”.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

The SEQUENTIAL Winter Sale!



BIGGEST INDIE GRAPHIC NOVEL SALE EVER!

Happy holidays from SEQUENTIAL! To celebrate the festive season we're hosting the biggest indie digital graphic novel sale EVER! There are over 450 graphic novels to choose from, with titles from Fantagraphics, Dark Horse, Knockabout, SelfMadeHero, Abrams, NBM, Knockabout and many more.

All the titles are a massive 50-80% off the print price – but the sale ends on January 6th, 2016, so be quick!

Best,

Russell Willis
Founder, SEQUENTIAL

P.S. Don't forget, the stunning version 2.0 of SEQUENTIAL is now available, get it now or, if you already love it, please give us a review!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Major Upgrade for Graphic Novel App SEQUENTIAL, Abrams ComicArts and Jeff Smith Join



SEQUENTIAL has released version 2.0 of its indie graphic novel app for iPad and has added Abrams ComicArts and Cartoon Books to its roster of graphic novel publishers.

APP FEATURES
SEQUENTIAL’s founder, Russell Willis commented: "SEQUENTIAL has always been the gold standard for graphic novel-reading apps and has the best browse, buy and read experience out there, eclipsing the mediocre experience that Amazon’s Comixology app offers. With this release we've made the best in-app purchase storefront and reading experience even better.”

SEQUENTIAL 2.0 contains detailed information on over 650 graphic novels from over 20 publishers, beautiful previews, and simple ways to find work by your favourite authors and publishers – plus hundreds of creator bios and an easy-to-use Wishlist feature to remember books you want to buy later.

On the reading side the app includes Panel Mode (a superior version of “guided view”), Page Mode, and Sequential Mode (for reading digital native comics). The app also includes pinch zoom for the first time and this works with a unique “floating double-page spread” feature where you pan across the full spread, have the option to zoom out to view the whole spread, zoom into the spread, or view sections of the spread in panel mode.

Willis noted: "Double-page spreads have always been difficult in digital but as with every aspect of the app we’ve sweated the details to make it the best experience possible."

Other features unique to SEQUENTIAL include a visual contents (especially useful for anthologies) and the audio and video extras for Expanded Graphic novels (featuring artists such as David Lloyd, Frederik Peeters, David Hine, Hunt Emerson and, forthcoming, Posy Simmonds, amongst others).

ABRAMS AND CARTOON BOOKS JOIN SEQUENTIAL
The launch of the new version sees two new publishers added to SEQUENTIAL: Abrams and Cartoon Books.

The first tranche of books from Abrams includes My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf, How to Fake a Moon Landing, and The Age of Selfishness by Darryl Cunningham, Just So Happens by Fumio Obata and Economix by Dan E. Burr and Michael Goodwin.

From Cartoon Books SEQUENTIAL now has all 9 volumes of Jeff Smith’s Bone series in full colour along with the three volumes of his recent epic RASL.

Abrams and Cartoon Books join over 20 major indie publishers – from Dark Horse to Fantagraphics to SelfMadeHero and Secret Acres – making SEQUENTIAL *the* graphic novel app for iPad.

Willis noted, “We’re delighted to have these two great publishers on board. They help us fulfil SEQUENTIAL's goal of providing *the* place for great graphic novels from brilliant creators ––without being weighed down with the baggage of mainstream superhero fare. At the same time we provide a superior alternative to the Amazon’s attempted monopoly of the digital comics business.”

SEQUENTIAL is free to download from the App Store here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sequential-graphic-novels/id629759394


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Play the SEQUENTIAL Alan Moore Quiz and win an iPad!

http://store.sequential.cc/quiz/quiz?quizid=MQ0=

You might know he's the graphic novel genius behind From Hell, Watchmen, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but do you know Alan Moore's middle name, or the pseudonym he used to sing on the 1983 7" single March of the Sinister Ducks? What about the character he created based on Paddington Bear, or the comic in which his reinterpretation of Marvelman first appeared?

Test your Alan Moore knowledge in our brand new, specially-created quiz and win great prizes! Get one of the top 100 scores and you'll be in the draw on New Year's Day to win $300 of digital graphic novels from SEQUENTIAL. Get into the Top 20? Your name will be entered twice in the draw! And if you're at #1 on the Top Scores list at noon on January 1st, 2016 (Northampton, UK time) then you'll win an iPad mini 2!

Play the quiz now to be in with a chance of winning! And remember to check out the Bard of Northampton's page on SEQUENTIAL, where all Moore titles are at least 50% off the print price.