Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Massive SEQUENTIAL Summer Sale!


This summer SEQUENTIAL is excited to bring you the biggest indie graphic novel sale EVER, with over 350 graphic novels all at 50-90% off the print price!

With books from across 18 publishers and an amazing range of titles from Hellboy, Sin City and Love & Rockets to the latest small press hits, grab a bargain (or a few) before they're gone!

Check your app's Storefront or click here to browse the full selection.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Spotlight on TCAF Creators


The free TCAF Anthology is back on SEQUENTIAL by popular demand! It features work from Hunt Emerson, Barbara Stok, Noah Van Sciver, Elaine M. Will, Kristyna Baczynski, Simon Moreton and more, and will only be available for a limited time. So please download it and help spread the word!

The 2015 Toronto Comic Arts Festival boasted an amazing line-up of comics creators – and many of them have work available on SEQUENTIAL. So once you've been through the free Anthology, check out all our Top TCAF Talent and see what takes your fancy. And remember, all these comics and graphic novels are cheaper than the print price!


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SEQUENTIAL 1.9.1 Out Now

A new version of the SEQUENTIAL app is out today! SEQUENTIAL 1.9.1 has some great new features including hiding the toolbar while you read your comics, turning animations on and off, and more.

Update your version now or, if you don't already have it, download the app for free.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Gilbert Shelton Turns 75 and SEQUENTIAL Celebrates with FREE Guide to the Freak Brothers


Download The SEQUENTIAL Guide to Gilbert Shelton's Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers free.

Gilbert Shelton, creator of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, a series of satirical counterculture comics that have been published in 15 languages and racked up worldwide sales of over 40 million copies, turns 75 on 31 May 2015.

To celebrate the birthday of one of the most influential comic artists of the past 40 years, SEQUENTIAL, the digital graphic novel app for iPad, has partnered with Freak Brothers UK publisher, Knockabout Comics, to release The SEQUENTIAL Guide to Gilbert Shelton’s Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. The digital collection, which is almost 100 pages long, is available to download free, exclusively on the SEQUENTIAL iPad app, until the end of June 2015.

Containing the complete Underground Classics #1, the visual history of the Freak Brothers as written by Gilbert Shelton and a plethora of rare comic strips, illustrations and photographs, this massive free collection is the perfect way to reflect on the achievements of the great American comix pioneer.

Along with Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton is considered to be one of the founders of the underground comix culture of the late 1960s and early 1960s, epitomised in the anti-establishment slapstick and satire of the Freak Brothers.

Shelton was drafted for the Vietnam War in 1964 but declared medically unfit after admitting to taking LSD. 1969 saw the first appearance of Freak Brothers spin-off comic strip, Fat Freddy’s Cat, in the same year that Shelton founded Rip-Off Press. In 1978 he created the cover art for The Grateful Dead’s Shakedown Street and Shelton was inducted into the prestigious Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2012.

The SEQUENTIAL Guide to Gilbert Shelton’s Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers is downloadable for free from the SEQUENTIAL iPad app, which is available for free on iTunes here.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Graphic Novels Boom as London Book Fair Creates Dedicated Showcase with SEQUENTIAL

World’s second-largest publishing rights fair teams with digital graphic novel app SEQUENTIAL to promote graphic stories from around the globe

London, March 25th, 2015
Graphic novels for adults are one of the fastest growing areas of book publishing and the London Book Fair (the world’s second largest publishing show with over 25,000 visitors, held April 14~16) is creating a dedicated area for the form.

The specially-designed pavilion will provide a home at the Fair for exciting international comics and graphic novel content and rights available for licensing and translation through a bespoke app designed by SEQUENTIAL, the digital comics and graphic novel app, that will be available to access via specially installed iPads around the pavilion as well as being available for download to the Fair’s visitors. All this will be supported by a series of seminars featuring key speakers from the world of comic and graphic novels. There will also be a graphic novel-themed bar next to the pavilion.


The decision to commission the creation of a special app to showcase graphic novels was partly to make the comics easily accessible but was also a nod to the growing market for digital comics and graphic novels which is estimated to be around  $100 million dollars this year.

Jacks Thomas the director of the London Book Fair commented, “It’s great to be partnering with SEQUENTIAL on our first Graphic Novels and Comics showcase at The London Book Fair this year.  Through this partnership we have gone straight for the best!  SEQUENTIAL’s acclaimed, industry-leading software allows us to display and celebrate the growth and potential of the medium in glorious high-definition, while also providing our customers with a one-stop shop for the latest international rights opportunities.”

Russell Willis, the founder of SEQUENTIAL, said, "We're delighted to be working with the London Book Fair. SEQUENTIAL's aim is to expand the market for graphic novels via the digital presentation and distribution of the best examples of the form, and this fits perfectly with LBF's decision to recognise the growth and exciting potential of comics and graphic novels with this dedicated rights showcase and pavilion.”

To celebrate LBF’s first Graphic Novel rights showcase, SEQUENTIAL will be previewing an enhanced digital version of the first-ever British graphic novel for adults – Posy Simmonds’ True Love – at the Fair, and will be running a special seminar on how to create digital graphic novels.




Tuesday, 24 February 2015

SEQUENTIAL Graphic Novel App Partners with IDW Publishing

























Major US publisher’s titles are available on the specialist graphic novel app from today

February 24th, 2015

US comics publisher IDW has announced that its graphic novels will become available on the SEQUENTIAL iPad app, with the first tranche of titles released today.

Founded in 1999, IDW is renowned for its diverse catalogue of licensed and independent comics and graphic novels, publishing some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry.

“We really like SEQUENTIAL’s craft approach,” said Jeff Webber, IDW’s Vice President of Digital Publishing & Business Development. “IDW’s Top Shelf imprint has been working with SEQUENTIAL for a while, and it makes a great fit to bring more award winning books to the platform.”

SEQUENTIAL was launched in August 2013 and showcases the world’s best publishers of graphic novels including Fantagraphics, Dark Horse, Top Shelf, Knockabout, SelfMadeHero, NBM, Secret Acres, Myriad Editions and Blank Slate Books, as well as a number of small press publishers and creator-owned works.

Often considered as a “coffee table” app because of its high quality and curated approach, SEQUENTIAL features the latest graphic novels and includes exclusive work by top names such as Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, often with expanded features such as audio commentaries.

Released today in conjunction with the announcement is the first tranche of specially- selected titles from IDW, including Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, Richard Stark’s Parker, George R. R. Martin’s Doorways, Fishtown by Kevin Colden, Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary’s Beowulf, and The Comic Book History of Comics by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey. Many more titles will follow.

SEQUENTIAL’s founder, Russell Willis, said, “IDW Publishing have a remarkable range of acclaimed and award-winning titles that we’re excited to add to SEQUENTIAL’s ever-expanding lineup. IDW have long been known as one of the most innovative and quality- focused publishers in the field and we’re thrilled to be working with them.”

SEQUENTIAL is free to download from the App Store here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sequential-graphic-novels/id629759394?mt=8&uo=4

Further information can be found on the SEQUENTIAL website here:

http://www.sequential.cc

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers, G.I. Joe and My Little Pony; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Zombie vs Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. 

IDW is also home to acclaimed imprints such as the Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood's Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Alex Kurtzman is producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.  

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 Dark Horse, Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, 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” storefront app and reader for the iPad. They aim 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.


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

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Posy Simmonds’ TRUE LOVE, the first British graphic novel, to be released as an exclusive digital edition on the SEQUENTIAL iPad app

Valentine’s Day, 2015 
SEQUENTIAL, the iPad app for digital graphic novels, is delighted to announce that it is to release an exclusive enhanced edition of True Love by Posy Simmonds, the acclaimed author of Gemma Bovery, and Tamara Drewe, which was made into a feature film in 2010. 



Published in 1981, True Love is the first ever British graphic novel. A sharp satire on the idealised romantic love promised in British romance comics, True Love tells the story of plain and single office worker Janice Brady who dreams of being swept off her feet by her lecherous boss Stanhope Wright. It was followed in the early 1980s by other graphic novels that would become classics of the genre, including When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs and the collected version of Bryan Talbot’s The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, as the nascent British graphic novel scene started to take off.

Over 30 years later, True Love is now getting a new lease of life on SEQUENTIAL’s acclaimed digital graphic novel platform, where the original pages will be presented in glorious high-definition and supplemented with a host of extras including audio from Posy Simmonds, sketches and artwork, and more materials from the original conception and creation process.

The exclusive edition is to be released during the London Book Fair in April, where SEQUENTIAL are hosting the Book Fair’s first ever Graphic Novel Pavilion. 

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

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 national treasure and it's a real honour to publish this expanded digital version of her work.”

SEQUENTIAL features hundreds of graphic novels and comics from leading creators and publishers, made available digitally 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.

Often considered as a “coffee table” graphic novel app due to its high quality, SEQUENTIAL was launched in August 2013 and showcases the world’s best publishers of graphic novels including Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Knockabout, SelfMadeHero, Dark Horse, NBM, Secret Acres, Myriad Editions and Blank Slate Books, as well as a number of small press publishers and creator-owned works. 

The app also includes exclusive work by top names such as Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, often with expanded features such as audio commentaries. Previous “expanded editions” include collections from Bacchus and From Hell artist Eddie Campbell and V For Vendetta artist David Lloyd. 


Further information can be found on the SEQUENTIAL website here:




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 BoveryTamara DreweMrs. 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 FredBouncing 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 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 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.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Dark Horse COMICS Partners with the SEQUENTIAL Graphic Novel App


Dark Horse Comics Partners with the SEQUENTIAL Graphic Novel App

Major US publisher’s titles are available on the specialist graphic novel app from today

February 5th, 2015 
Dark Horse Comics has announced that its graphic novels will be included in the SEQUENTIAL iPad app, with the first tranche of titles released today. The move makes SEQUENTIAL the first third-party digital comics app to distribute a full range of titles from Dark Horse.

Founded in 1986, Dark Horse has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States and one of the “Big Five” alongside Marvel, DC, Image and IDW. They are behind many of the most famous and well-regarded properties of recent years, including Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo, and Frank Miller’s Sin City, as well as a huge range of licensed comics such as Aliens, Predator, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mass Effect, Tomb Raider and Halo.

Mark Bernardi, Dark Horse’s Director of Digital Publishing, said, “We are very excited to be working with SEQUENTIAL. The app is terrific and their commitment to presenting the best in graphic storytelling mirrors our own. Given their editorial focus and large user base outside the US, this new relationship will help us reach thousands of comics readers who may not already be familiar with Dark Horse, or might know us only for our many successful titles based on licensed entertainment properties.”

SEQUENTIAL features hundreds of graphic novels and comics from leading creators and publishers, made available digitally 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.

Often considered as a “coffee table” graphic novel app due to its high quality, SEQUENTIAL was launched in August 2013 and showcases the world’s best publishers of graphic novels including Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Knockabout, SelfMadeHero, NBM, Secret Acres, Myriad Editions and Blank Slate Books, as well as a number of small press publishers and creator-owned works. The app also includes exclusive work by top names such as Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, often with expanded features such as audio commentaries.

The announcement of the partnership is accompanied by the first tranche of specially-selected digital titles, including Will Eisner’s Fagin the Jew, Bryan Talbot’s Grandville Noël, Gilbert Hernandez’s Speak of the Devil, Vivek J, Tiwary’s The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, Canales and Guarnido’s Blacksad and Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. Many more titles will follow.

Russell Willis, the founder of SEQUENTIAL, said, “From its inception Dark Horse has worked with creator-focused material, free from the constraints of traditional genres – and its commitment to quality has led to a mass of award-winning work that confirms the strength of the comics medium. Needless to say, we’re absolutely delighted to be working with Dark Horse, and partnering with them for SEQUENTIAL helps further establish it as the go-to app for graphic novel readers.”

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

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


About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

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, 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.

Get the app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sequential-graphic-novels/id629759394

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

Friday, 30 January 2015

Avery Hill joins SEQUENTIAL

We're delighted to announce that Avery Hill, one of the best small-press publishers in the UK, now has its titles on SEQUENTIAL. Details of the news here and information about their titles is here.


Saturday, 10 January 2015

The Best Graphic Novels of 2014








Russell Willis, the founder of SEQUENTIAL, chooses his top ten graphic novels published in 2014 and released on the app – and squeezes in a couple of extras and adds a few comments. Don't forget that you can read 5-page previews of these items on the SEQUENTIAL website or in the app itself.

[1] THE LOVE BUNGLERS | Jaime Hernandez | Fantagraphics
I read The Love Bunglers and was deeply moved. I then re-read the Locas stories leading up to this story and read Love Bunglers again…Upon finishing a certain two-page spread I was paralysed – and then reduced to a sobbing wreck: not in the way that can happen with particularly manipulative soap opera (where you feel disgust at yourself and the work) but in a way where you feel the truth in the fiction and feel elevated.

Description:
After a lifetime of losses, Maggie finds, in the second half, her longtime off and on lover, Ray Dominguez. In taking us through lives, deaths, and near-fatalities, The Love Bunglers encapsulates Maggie’s emotional history as it moves from resignation to memories of loss, to sudden violence (a theme in this story), and eventually to love and contentment. Much like John Updike in his four Rabbit novels, Jaime Hernandez has been following his longtime character Maggie around for several decades, all of which has seemed to be building towards this book in particular.



[2] GAST | Carol Swain | Fantagraphics
I was familiar with Carol Swain’s short form work from Fast Fiction magazine in the 80s and was looking forward to reading something a bit meatier. Swain has a marvellous graphic style that, in this book, takes you through an extremely odd story at a pace equivalent to a stroll in the country. Reading this was like a virtual reality trip where you can smell and experience the world she has created. And I loved the long bus journey.

Description:
Helen is a city child, new to rural Wales. Her neighbor has told her of a “rare bird” – Emrys – that has committed suicide. Helen may not know much about nature, but she knows birds don’t kill themselves. In Gast, Helen’s inner life is slowly revealed through a mixture of naturalistic detail and phantasmagorical occurrences. Small observations, moments of ruminative solitude, and searching conversations—among Helen and her parents, and especially the animals she speaks to—propel the narrative toward a deeply satisfying conclusion that is as much a beginning as an end.



[3] ARSÈNE SCHRAUWEN | Olivier Schrauwen | Fantagraphics
One of those graphic novels where I didn’t know the creator, and I wasn’t immediately enamoured of the art style… Don't judge a book… etc. The apparently hyperbolic reviews by Art Spiegelman and Matt Senaca turned out to be plain speaking… It's a trippy page-turner with great storytelling which at the same time leaves you happily fretting about what actually happened for hours after you’ve finished.

Description:
In 1947, the author’s grandfather, Arsène, traveled across the ocean to a mysterious, dangerous jungle colony at the behest of his cousin. Together they would build something deemed impossible: a utopia of modernity, in the wilderness – but not before Arsène falls in love with his cousin’s wife, Marieke. Whether delirious from love or a fever-inducing jungle virus, Arsène’s loosening grip on reality is mirrored by the reader’s uncertainty of what is imagined or real by Arsène. This first full-length graphic novel from the critically-acclaimed Olivier Schrauwen is an engrossing, sometimes funny, slightly surreal and often beautiful narrative.


[4] ANGIE BONGIOLATTI | Mike Dawson | Secret Acres
Mike Dawson is able to set scenes and tell down-to-earth stories with flair and ease. Here he takes us to New York – and gives us the perspective of smart young things struggling with their jobs, their love lives, paying the rent, and their sense of right, wrong and what they should do about the wrong. It's great to visit them and inhabit their world. One of those graphic novels that you can easily re-read again and again.

Description:
Set in the same universe as Troop 142, Dawson’s acclaimed tale of Boy Scouts gone wild, Angie Bongiolatti puts away childish things and moves into the city. Growing up is hard to do in a society overwhelmed by pre-millennium tension, Y2K bugs, endless war, and bursting bubble economies.



[5] BEATLES WITH AN A | Mauri Kunnas | Knockabout
Great amusing-to-look-at cartooning combined with solid jokes and a great use of detail in both the story and the art. As fun and involving a documentary of the Beatles' early years as any you're likely to come across.

Description:
These are the first beats of the Beatles’ career as only legendary rock cartoonist Mauri Kunnas could tell them. The cover depicts John, Paul, George and Ringo crossing the street Abbey Road style, but the street is in Hamburg’s seedy Reeperbahn red-light district. Kunnas chronicles the band from Ringo’s birth (against a backdrop of the Luftwaffe shelling Liverpool) through the release of their hit ‘Please Please Me’/‘Ask Me Why’.


[6] SUPERCRASH | Darryl Cunningham | Myriad Editions
A calm, step-by-step dissection of modern capitalist society and the philosophical underpinnings of the "age of selfishness" that culminated in the crash of 2008. Darryl Cunningham's efficient, inviting artwork sparkles with clarity and should be required reading by anyone interested in the economic forces that govern our lives.

Description:
Cunningham draws a fascinating portrait of the New Right and the charismatic Ayn Rand, whose soirees were attended by the young Alan Greenspan. He shows how the Neo-Cons hijacked the economic debate and led the way to a world dominated by the market. Smaller countries, such as Greece, have paid the price for joining a club that held impossible membership rules.


[7] HOW TO BE HAPPY | Eleanor Davis | Fantagraphics
Davis is a stunningly adept and versatile artist with a wide range of styles – all delightful. A major talent. This is a book you tend to gawp at, flicking through the images repeatedly, once you think you're done with actually reading the collected stories that beautiful artwork lures you back in to read again...

Description:
How To Be Happy represents the best stories Davis has drawn for such connoisseurial venues as Mome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach, as well as her own self-publishing and web efforts. Davis achieves a rare, subtle poignancy in her narratives that are at once compelling and elusive, pregnant with mystery and a deeply satisfying emotional resonance.


[8] MADDY KETTLE | Eric Orchard | Top Shelf
Lovingly drawn, yet hinting of hypnotic nightmare worlds, this is a delightfully dark all-ages adventure, that you'll read and then be dipping back into to savour the atmosphere.

Description:
Eleven-year-old Maddy loved working in her parents’ bookstore... especially when joined by her pet flying toad Ralph. But that was before the mysterious Thimblewitch turned her mom and dad into kangaroo rats!

Now Maddy’s on the adventure of a lifetime. To save her parents, she’ll need to sneak past an army of spider-goblins, scarecrow warriors, and much more... Fortunately, an assortment of new friends await, including the cloud cartographers Harry and Silvio, a bear and raccoon who explore the world in their moon-balloon.


[9] THE BAD DOCTOR | Ian Williams | Myriad Editions
In some ways similar to Angie Bongiolatti in that it convincingly takes you off into another, only vaguely understood, social milieu – in this case that of a doctor and his general practice. A well-told story that enlightens as it entertains.

Description:
Cartoonist and doctor Ian Williams introduces us to the troubled life of Dr Iwan James, as all humanity, it seems, passes through his surgery door. Incontinent old ladies, men with eagle tattoos, traumatised widowers – Iwan’s patients cause him both empathy and dismay, as he tries to do his best in a world of limited time and budgetary constraints, and in which there are no easy answers.


[10] BACCHUS | Eddie Campbell | Top Shelf
Released by Top Shelf in 2014 but collecting the comics originally created by Campbell in the 80s and 90s. It is now only "in print" in these digital editions. Campbell is a master storyteller and one of the most erudite and wise voices in comics. These tales of greek gods were his idea of superhero comics. If they can really be so defined then they're probably the best superhero comics ever published.

Description:
Bacchus is a wild and hilarious mythological adventure imbued with unparalleled social and political insight. It’s a story of a few Greek gods who have somehow managed to survive the last four millennia. And even though they’re the ‘wisest’ and most powerful beings on Earth, they can’t seem to rise above the whirlwind of petty grudges and skirmishes that bind them.


CONFLICT OF INTEREST DEPARTMENT
Both of the digital editions of the following books were edited by me (with Chloë Pursey) and published by Panel Nine, the creators of SEQUENTIAL… but I'm very, very proud of them, so include them here.

STRANGE EMBRACE | David Hine | Panel Nine
“David Hine’s sinister and macabre masterpiece is given the ultimate collectors treatment courtesy of SEQUENTIAL. We doubt you will find a more comprehensive retrospective of a series this year. Strange Embrace is a dark and sinister mix of supernatural and gothic horror that should be required reading for any fan of Neil Gaiman or Alan Moore.” – Pipedream Comics

Description:
When Sukumar meets Alex, a manipulative, amoral psychic with an obsessive desire to discover the story of the old man in the antiques shop, he is plunged into a terrifying world of madness, murder, torture, psychological horror, suicide and damnation.

This brand new digital version, exclusively available on SEQUENTIAL, takes David Hine’s original black and white masterpiece and supplements it with a whole host of extra features, including audio commentary by David Hine for each and every comics page, pop-up pages showing artwork galleries, original covers, an interview with Paul Gravett, an academic piece – Visualising the Fantastic in Strange Embrace – by Marcus Oppolzer, and the original Strange Embrace scripts.



VERITY FAIR: PINK ELEPHANTS | Terry Wiley | Panel Nine
"An exhilarating comedy-drama... If this were a TV sitcom, the audacious, ebullient Bourneville would be hailed as an era-defining character up there with Liz Lemon from 30 Rock or Ab Fab's Edina. VerityFair is one of the best of today's comedies – in any medium."– Colin Smith, Q Magazine

Description:
A slightly twisted soap opera with the merest dash of X-Files, VerityFair tells the story of Verity Bourneville, a 40-something semi-talented actress and full-time extrovert, in her quest for success and a good night’s sleep.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Bryan Talbot's Metronome Now Exclusively on SEQUENTIAL


Bryan Talbot's Metronome Now Exclusively on SEQUENTIAL for iPad
SEQUENTIAL, the boutique graphic novel app for iPad, is proud to announce the digital release of Metronome, the 64-page experimental graphic novel by comics legend Bryan Talbot.

Metronome was created by Bryan Talbot in 2008 under the pseudonym of Véronique Tanaka. It is a stunning, ‘silent’, erotically-charged visual poem; an experimental non-linear story using a palette of iconic ligne claire images. Symbolism, visual puns and trompe l’oeil conspire in a visual mantra that could be described as ‘existential manga’ if it wasn’t for the fact that there is an elegantly-structured and very human tale of a doomed relationship providing a solid foundation to the cutting-edge storytelling.

This brand new digital edition of Metronome is exclusively available on SEQUENTIAL and is just $1.99 / £1.49 for a limited time only. The digital version can be read in three different ways – page by page, panel by panel, or in a continuous column – and features an animation of the whole of Metronome, showing each panel a second at a time, as well as interviews with Véronique Tanaka and Bryan Talbot.

Bryan Talbot is a critically-acclaimed UK comics writer and artist whose works include The Tale of One Bad Rat, Alice in Sunderland, The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, and the Grandville series. He is also the co-author of Dotter of Her Father's Eyes, the first graphic novel to win the Costa Biography Award.

“[Metronome is] a bold pushing of the formal envelope; it bills itself as a ‘visual poem’, but with its regimented film-like frames and hypnotic four-four repetition, it evokes music and stroboscopic cinema.” – The Boston Phoenix

SEQUENTIAL is free to download from the App Store and features hundreds of graphic novels and comics from leading creators and publishers.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Dave Sim's Judenhass Graphic Novel is Now FREE on SEQUENTIAL



From Dave Sim, creator of Cerebus
I decided some time ago that the term ‘anti-Semitism’ – a ‘coined’ term of late 19th Century origin – is completely inadequate for the abhorrent cultural phenomenon which it attempts to describe. For one thing, Arabs are Semites as well and the prejudice as it is generally understood certainly doesn’t apply equally to Arabs and Jews.

It was in the early stages of researching this graphic narrative that I first encountered the German term ‘Judenhass’.

Literally ‘Jew hatred’. It seemed to me that the term served to distil the ancient problem to its essence, and in such a way as to hopefully allow other non-Jews (like myself) to see the problem
‘unlaundered’ and through fresh eyes. Europe and various other jurisdictions aren’t experiencing a sudden upsurge in ‘anti-Semitism’. What they are experiencing is an upsurge in Judenhass.

Jew hatred. 

So that’s what I’ve chosen to call this story.



Friday, 7 November 2014

Koyama Press Joins SEQUENTIAL

http://store.sequential.cc/catalogue/publisher/koyama_press/42SEQUENTIAL and Koyama Press are pleased to announce the launch of a number of Koyama Press comics and graphic novels as digital editions exclusively available via SEQUENTIAL. The first batch of releases includes a number of recent Koyama Press favourites, as well as titles that have been long out-of-print. From cosmic art critiques to despondent, down-on-their luck cats, we’ve got you covered.

Koyama Press and SEQUENTIAL are celebrating the launch with a super special offer: all titles are on sale from 8-9 November at a massive 50% off print price. Check out the whole range of titles here!

SEQUENTIAL’s founder, Russell Willis, said, “We’re really delighted to have Koyama Press coming on board. They represent some of the most exciting and innovative comics coming out of the small press scene, and they’re a fantastic and valuable addition to SEQUENTIAL’s expanding lineup.”

Koyama Press and SEQUENTIAL are really excited about this new digital partnership. Moreover, this is just the first batch of Koyama Press digital editions, so keep your eyes and apps open for more exciting releases!

About Koyama Press

Founded in 2007, Koyama Press is a Toronto-based small press. Our mandate is to promote and support a wide range of emerging and established artists. Projects include comics, graphic novels, art books, and zines. We are known for our alternative edge and diverse range of titles that include a myriad of genres from autobiography to photography, from horror to humour, and more.

koyamapress.com

Friday, 15 August 2014

Strange Embrace Expanded Graphic Novel Out Now!


SEQUENTIAL is hugely proud to present Strange Embrace, a work that redefines graphic novel horror, by David Hine. David is an acclaimed independent writer but also the writer of Spawn, X-Men Civil War and Daredevil, amongst others.

Strange Embrace is a tortured modern graphic novel of madness, death and sexual longing and depicts a world of pain and sorrow, obsession and damnation. Its world twists and pollutes the lives of all that enter it.

This new expanded version, exclusively available on SEQUENTIAL, takes David Hine's original 200-page black and white masterpiece (first released in 1993 via Tundra / Atomeka in the UK) and supplements it with a whole host of extra features:

* audio commentary on each and every page
* a gallery of original covers
* the first panel breakdowns and dialog, synced with the pages they became
* an interview with comics historian Paul Gravett
* an academic piece, Visualizising the Fantastic in Strange Embrace – by Marcus Oppolzer

+ additional artwork and characters sketches and the whole 150-page original script.

Included in both 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die, and Graphic Novels, Stories to Change Your Life, Strange Embrace is a landmark in the development of the graphic novel, and possibly the greatest horror graphic novel ever produced.

The expanded version is available now for just $9.99 / £6.99. Not to be missed by any true aficionado of sequential art.


About David Hine

David Hine is a Harvey Award nominee and has worked for 2000AD, Marvel, DC, and written Civil War X-Men, Spider-Man Noir, Batman, The Spirit, The Bulletproof Coffin, Storm Dogs  and Daredevil: Redemption, amongst many others. More recently, for Self-MadeHero he wrote The Man Who Laughs with Mark Stafford – with whom he is currently working on The Bad, Bad Place.

About SEQUENTIAL

Comics historian Paul Gravett called SEQUENTIAL "the thinking man's Comixology" as a way to describe how SEQUENTIAL works with the finest graphic novel publishers and independent artists around the world, and curates its fast-expanding selection of work.

SEQUENTIAL has the widest selection of graphic novels available on the iPad, featuring work from publishers such as Top Shelf, Fantagraphics, NBM, Secret Acres, Knockabout, Blank Slate, SelfMadeHero and more. Many of the hundreds of graphic novels are exclusive to SEQUENTIAL, including ones by Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, David Lloyd and Hunt Emerson.

We don't do superheroes. There's lots of places for them already.

SEQUENTIAL specialises in "expanded graphic novels" that can feature audio, video, interviews, and other extras, that supplement the main graphic novel, similar to the way DVD extras have worked.

SEQUENTIAL Website Info about Strange Embrace:
http://store.sequential.cc/catalogue/book/strange_embrace_by_david_hine/654

SEQUENTIAL App:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sequential-graphic-novels/id629759394?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Friday, 1 August 2014

Happy Birthday to Us! Win $500 Worth of Graphic Novels from SEQUENTIAL

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Congratulations to Tom Cole who won the $500 prize!

Also: Mel Gibson and Tom Murphy who each won a $50 runner-up prize.

We'll be holding one more prize draw in August.

Enter now via the instructions below to be included in that draw.
If you entered the first draw, you're automatically included in the second.

Subscribe to our newsletter
to avoid missing out on new releases, prizes draws, and competitions.

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The SEQUENTIAL graphic novel app was launched around the world 1 year ago and we're celebrating by giving away $500 worth of graphic novels from SEQUENTIAL to one lucky user. And we'll be announcing the winner on Sunday, August 3rd – so enter now!


To enter:

1) Download SEQUENTIAL
If you haven't already, download SEQUENTIAL for iPad here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sequential-graphic-novels/id629759394?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

2) Open the App
Open up the app and admire all the amazing graphic novels from Top Shelf, Fantagraphics, Knockabout, Blank Slate, NBM, Myriad and more. Start thinking positively about which graphic novels you'll choose when you win...

3) Send SEQUENTIAL an Email
Tap the Help & Info button, then on the list that appears on the left tap Frequently Asked Questions. In the first paragraph on the right are the words "… please send us an email." Tap that and send an email. You can wish us a happy birthday, tell us what you like or dislike about the app or leave it blank. In any case, you'll be entered in to the draw to win $500 worth of graphic novels and comics from SEQUENTIAL, and you'll be notified on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 about whether you've won.

The winner will receive a download code for graphic novels they've chosen from SEQUENTIAL up to a value of $500.

4) Prepare for Your Winnings!
Cross fingers, cross toes, and whilst you're waiting to hear whether you've won, take our graphic novel video quiz: https://vimeo.com/100602956 – it will help you choose your graphic novels when you win. Clue: there are graphic novels from Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, Jaime Hernandez, Jeff Lemire, Ulli Lust, Isabel Greenberg and many more...

The deadline for entries is around midnight on August 2nd, 2014, Pacific time. Draw is open to those over the age of 18, worldwide. Entrants will be added to the SEQUENTIAL mailing list. Our decisions regarding the winner and the prize are final. Good luck!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Eddie Campbell's Bacchus Now Available on SEQUENTIAL

Eddie Campbell's Bacchus




















We're really excited to tell you that Bacchus, Eddie Campbell's masterpiece, is now available digitally – get it on SEQUENTIAL today!

Spanning a decade of work, over a thousand pages, and several millennia of alcohol consumption, Bacchus is a true epic. It’s Campbell’s version of "an American-style comic book”, filtered through his own brilliant, whimsical, and wide-ranging sensibility. Blending action, comedy, suspense, and an ear for a great story, Bacchus brings the gods and myths of ancient Greece to modern life, as if they had never left.

All ten books are now shown in glorious high-resolution across five volumes from Top Shelf, from Book One: Immortality Isn't Forever through to Book Ten: Banged Up, and each book has introductory notes specially written for these editions by Eddie Campbell. One of comics' greatest achievements, we're thrilled to add it to SEQUENTIAL's ever-expanding list of great graphic novels.

"Bacchus mixes air hijacks and ancient gods, gangland drama and legends, police procedural and mythic fantasy, swimming pool cleaners and classics. It shouldn’t work, of course, and it works like a charm ... Eddie Campbell is the unsung king of comic books ... The man’s a genius, and that’s an end to it.” – Neil Gaiman

“Though one often gets in trouble when saying things like this, I’d like to go on record as stating the following: ‘Bacchus is the ultimate comic book!’ Why? Because, by some creative miracle, it possesses every possible quality one could hope for: a unique and engaging art style; a brilliantly crafted and intriguing story; completely believable and captivating characters; an undercurrent of humor, sarcasm, and irony; a thought-provoking subtext full of social and political realism; a well-researched examination of history; and, yes … I’ll admit it! … superheroes. In its own weird way, Bacchus is actually a revisionist-superhero tale told in epic Greek proportions.” – Chris Staros, The Staros Report

Get Bacchus today!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

New Release: VerityFair: Pink Elephants graphic novel by Terry Wiley


SEQUENTIAL, the graphic novel app for the iPad, is delighted to announce the release today of VerityFair: Pink Elephants, the second part of the acclaimed graphic novel from Terry Wiley. 

Only available digitally via SEQUENTIAL, this is an exclusive expanded version boasting a whole host of extras. Almost every comics page has audio commentary recorded by Terry Wiley, and we’ve included a sketches, artwork and additional stories, all behind a brand-new cover just for this edition.

VerityFair: Pink Elephants follows on from VerityFair Custard Creams, and tells the story of Verity Bourneville, a 40-something semi-talented actress and full-time extrovert, in her quest for success and a good night’s sleep. 

This book collects together almost 100 pages of comics comprising the whole of VerityFair Part 2 – originally published in print in three chapters. In Custard Creams we were introduced to happy-go-lucky middle-aged actress Verity Bourneville. Verity has been having enough trouble trying to find a decent part to pay the rent without also being plagued by a mysterious nightmare about her old deceased classmate Lucy Sherman. With the help of her on/off boyfriend Maurice ‘Mo Sevens’ and psychiatrist friend Doc Truck, she tries to get to the bottom of the mystery! Everything seems to be going OK until she receives a call from another old school friend, Una, breaking the news that Lucy has just died… but isn’t Lucy dead already? 


PRAISE FOR TERRY WILEY
Terry Wiley is the artist behind Sleaze Castle and is the best British comics artist you may never have heard of. With a tight-knit and dedicated group of admirers from within the comics community and others in the know, Terry has been described as “an unheralded star”, “astonishingly brilliant”, and the creator of “magnificent, funny, perfect comics”.

"A true comic book genius." – Rich Johnston, Bleeding Cool

“Terry Wiley’s VerityFair is a great series, full of everything that always made his comics such a joy for me; packed with character (and characters), colourful language (even more colourful behaviour), a great cast and above all a sense that these are genuine, people, real people…. sure, they may be a little unusual, or even downright weird, but you could still bump into them down the pub if you happen to be in the right pub at the right time.” – Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet

"An exhilarating comedy-drama... If this were a TV sitcom, the audacious, ebullient Bourneville would be hailed as an era-defining character up there with Liz Lemon from 30 Rock or Ab Fab's Edina. VerityFair is one of the best of today's comedies – in any medium." – Colin Smith, Q Magazine

ABOUT SEQUENTIAL
SEQUENTIAL is a graphic novel storefront app for iPad, launched in August 2013. They work with the best publishers of graphic novels across the world, including  Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Jonathan Cape, Knockabout, Myriad Editions, NBM, Secret Acres, SelfMadeHero, and Blank Slate Books, as well as a number of other small press publishers.

SEQUENTIAL prides itself on having the best and widest selection of graphic novels in the world.

They make 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/app/id629759394?ls=1&mt=8 /



Sunday, 13 July 2014

Are You a Graphic Novel Guru? Take Our Simple Video Quiz!

How much do you know about graphic novels and their creators? We've taken 50 graphic novels (a small selection of what's available on SEQUENTIAL) and the challenge is to identify their creators before their names appear.

We show 25 graphic novels in Part 1 and 25 in Part 2.

Check out the full range on the iPad app:
itunes.apple.com/us/app/sequential-digital-graphic/id629759394?mt=8


Monday, 23 June 2014

Congratulations to our iPad Winners!

SEQUENTIAL was at MoCCA in April, and we were promoting the app and signing people up to a competition to win an iPad Air and two iPad minis. Here are the lucky winners, and what they had to say about SEQUENTIAL after getting their hands on the app. Sign up to our newsletter to be automatically entered to future competitions, and find out all about what we're up to at SEQUENTIAL.






















































Wednesday, 7 May 2014

British Library's Comics Unmasked Exhibition Launches Digital Anthology




British Library's Comics Unmasked Exhibition Launches Free Digital Anthology, Available Exclusively on SEQUENTIAL for iPad

Comics Unmasked, the new exhibition at the British Library in London, has opened to great acclaim, offering the first chance to see the British Library's extensive comics collection, as well as original artwork and scripts from names such as Neil Gaiman, Posy Simmonds, Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Hunt Emerson, and Bryan Talbot. The exhibition is the largest to have ever been held about British comics and comics creators.

Of the show, Paul Gravett, co-curator, says: “Much more than childhood nostalgia, comics are a powerful adult medium which can reflect and impact on society and change's people minds and lives. From the very start, comics have been cross-pollinating with movies, music, theatre and all the other media and today are on the cutting-edge of digital storytelling and multi-media installation art.”

Now, for those across the globe unable to get to the exhibition, or for those who just want to see more, the British Library has partnered with digital comics developer SEQUENTIAL to provide a free anthology for iPad, based on the content of the exhibition. The anthology includes excerpts of work by many of the star names from the exhibition such as Alan Moore, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Dave McKean, Pat Mills, and Dave Gibbons, as well as rare comics such as The Trials of Nasty Tales and sequential art from centuries gone by such as Ally Sloper and A Harlot's Progress.

Comics Unmasked: The Digital Anthology contains over 150 pages of comics and information from the Comics Unmasked exhibition and is a free download via the SEQUENTIAL app for iPad, available here:




The anthology will be available for the duration of the exhibition, which runs until August 19th. Due to the explicit nature of some of the content the app is only suitable for those age 17 and over.