Friday, 30 January 2015

The Angoulême Sale - European Graphic Novels on SEQUENTIAL

SEQUENTIAL is holding a special sale to celebrate the best in European comics during the 2015 Angoulême Festival International de la Bande Desinée. All the graphic novels in the selection are between 25% and 70% off the print price. Ends Monday night, February 2nd.


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 you 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
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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.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Leading Graphic Novel Publisher Top Shelf Partners with the SEQUENTIAL Digital Graphic Novel App

London, April 8th

SEQUENTIAL, the graphic novel storefront and reader app focused on literary graphic novels, has announced that it has started releasing titles by pioneering art comics and graphic novel publisher Top Shelf. Titles now available on SEQUENTIAL from Top Shelf include:

• Alec by Eddie Campbell
• Wizzywig by Ed Piskor 
• The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
• March: Book One by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

amongst others.

These Top Shelf titles have been released as part of SEQUENTIAL's expanded catalogue which now includes US publishers such as Fantagraphics, NBM and Secret Acres.

Top Shelf director of digital Chris Ross said, “Top Shelf is very pleased to bring our library of critically-acclaimed graphic novels to SEQUENTIAL. We always strive to combine literary sophistication and depth with heart, so we're excited to present our authors and their books to SEQUENTIAL readers.”

Released in August 2013, SEQUENTIAL is focused on book format art comics and literary graphic novels. It aims to help promote comics as an art form and has been offering titles from Fantagraphics, NBM, Secret Acres, Jonathan Cape, Knockabout, Myriad Editions, SelfMadeHero and Blank Slate Books amongst others.

SEQUENTIAL founder Russell Willis said, “We are thrilled to be able to add these Top Shelf titles to the app and will be adding even more shortly. Top Shelf is one of the most important players in the world and has played a significant part in expanding the horizons of the form. It publishes the best writers and artists the form has to offer."

The SEQUENTIAL app now features the work of Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, David Lloyd, Eddie Campbell, Ellen Lindner, Hunt Emerson, Isabel Greenberg, Jaime Hernandez, Nick Abadzis, Rutu Modan, Winshluss and many, many more.

For more information on SEQUENTIAL and to download it for free from the App Store visit:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sequential-digital-graphic/id629759394?mt=8

Thursday, 27 March 2014

SEQUENTIAL Releases New NBM Titles as Part of US Expansion



SEQUENTIAL, the graphic novel storefront and reader app focused on literary graphic novels, has announced that it has released a main tranche of titles by pioneering art comics and graphic novel publisher NBM. Titles now available on SEQUENTIAL from NBM include:

• Science: A Discovery in Comics and Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer 
• Abelard, Betty Blues, and Bubbles and Gondola by Renaud Dillies 
• Zombillenium by Arthur de Pins (soon to be made into a feature film)
• Happy Hooligan by Frederick B. Opper (a special collection of the classic early 20th century strip)
• Madison Square Tragedy by Rick Geary

amongst others.

These NBM titles have been released as part of SEQUENTIAL's expanded catalogue which now includes US publishers such as Fantagraphics and Secret Acres.

NBM founder and publisher Terry Nantier said, “SEQUENTIAL's aim to curate a quality selection of literary graphic novels and try to reach a general audience is one we share; we're delighted to have our titles available on their app.”

Released in August 2013, SEQUENTIAL is focused on book format art comics and literary graphic novels. It rejects mainstream superhero fare and has been offering titles from UK publishers including Jonathan Cape, Knockabout, Myriad Editions, SelfMadeHero and Blank Slate Books. It has recently started adding major US-based graphic novel publishers to its list.

SEQUENTIAL founder Russell Willis said, “We are thrilled to be able to add these NBM titles to the app and will be adding even more shortly. NBM was the first publisher of graphic novels in the US, and has played a significant part in expanding the horizons of the form."

In addition to creators from NBM, the app features the work of Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, David Lloyd, Eddie Campbell, Ellen Lindner, Hunt Emerson, Isabel Greenberg, Jaime Hernandez, Nick Abadzis, Rutu Modan, Winshluss and many, many more.

For more information on SEQUENTIAL and to download it for free from the App Store visit:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id629759394?ls=1&mt=8

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

SEQUENTIAL Releases Moore and O'Neill's Nemo: The Roses of Berlin for iPad

SEQUENTIAL, the deluxe digital graphic novel storefont and reader app for the iPad is delighted to announce the release of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's Nemo: The Roses of Berlin from Top Shelf / Knockabout.


Priced at just $3.99 / £2.49 iPad users can download the latest in the Nemo series, part of The League Extraordinary Gentlemen universe. While they're at it can get  a FREE comics biography of Alan Moore -- by acclaimed artist and Moore expert Gary Spencer Millidge.



The SEQUENTIAL app for iPad can be downloaded for free here.



SEQUENTIAL is designed to be the premier app for reading sophisticated graphic novels and features work from the world's leading publishers, including Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, SelfMadeHero, Blank Slate, Knockabout, Myriad Editions, Secret Acres and more.



Bleeding Cool was the first to announce the release here.




Friday, 14 February 2014

Love (& Rockets) in the Air this Valentine's Day



London • February 14th, Valentine's Day, 2014

SEQUENTIAL, the graphic novel storefront and reader app focused on literary graphic novels, has announced that it is releasing titles by legendary art comics and graphic novel publisher Fantagraphics Books. The first tranche of titles, released on Valentine's Day, includes essential work from Fantagraphics flagship title Love & Rockets in the form of Jaime Hernandez's seminal LOCAS series, which tells the tales of Maggie and Hopey and a unique cast of characters.

Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds said, “SEQUENTIAL's efforts to curate a quality selection of non-mainstream digital comics and graphic novels is something that we can get behind; we're delighted to have our titles available on their app.”

SEQUENTIAL founder Russell Willis said, “We are really thrilled to be able to add Fantagraphics titles to the app. When we started out we were driven by a vision of including the best work in the world, untainted by superheroes. To that end we have been courting Fantagraphics for quite a while, and having their comics and graphic novels available on SEQUENTIAL makes our vision a reality. We are the go-to app for the sophisticated graphic novel and comics reader."

Released in August 2013, SEQUENTIAL is focused on book format art comics and literary graphic novels. It strongly rejects mainstream superhero fare and has been offering titles from UK publishers Jonathan Cape, Knockabout, Myriad Editions, SelfMadeHero and Blank Slate Books. It has recently started adding major US-based graphic novel publishers to its list.

The first tranche of titles includes Locas #1, #2 and #3 (Maggie the Mechanic, The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. and Perla La Loca) by Jaime Hernandez, Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor, The Left Bank Gang and I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason, and TEOTFW by Charles Forsman. Work by Gilbert Hernandez and other Fantagraphics creators will follow shortly.

In addition the app features the work of Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, David Lloyd, Eddie Campbell, Ellen Lindner, Hunt Emerson, Isabel Greenberg, Nick Abadzis, Rutu Modan, Winshluss and many, many more.

For more information on SEQUENTIAL and to download it for free from the App Store click here.


Saturday, 8 February 2014

Infinity #6 Features Hannah Berry Interview and More

The latest issue of Infinity, the magazine of graphic novels and sequential art has been released for iPad on SEQUENTIAL and as part of its own standalone newsstand app. The SEQUENTIAL app can be downloaded here.


SelfMadeHero Launches Expanded Digital Graphic Novels on SQ





SelfMadeHero and SEQUENTIAL Release Enhanced Digital Graphic Novels


https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id629759394?ls=1&mt=8

SelfMadeHero, the UK’s independent graphic novel publisher, is making three of its popular titles available to read in a specially-enhanced digital format on the SEQUENTIAL platform for iPad. The books are Kiki de MontparnasseJosé-Louis Bocquet’s elegant true-life account of Man Ray’s muse; H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, atmospherically adapted by I.N.J. Culbard; and the fantastical Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Lévy and award-winning artist Frederik Peeters. More titles will follow shortly.

In addition to the graphic novel itself, each title includes a number of added features that, like DVD extras, enhance and expand the reading experience by taking a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process. Kiki includes 9 pages of exclusive artwork and Sandcastle features an exclusive video of Frederik Peeters drawing. An audio commentary is provided by I.N.J Culbard for At The Mountains of Madness, which won best graphic novel at the British Fantasy Awards 2011, as well as an exclusive video sketch.


Since it was launched last year, SEQUENTIAL has been working with many of the top independent graphic novel publishers and creators, giving them a chance to reach an expanding global readership through digital technology. Currently its digital releases include titles from publishers such as Jonathan Cape, Blank Slate and Knockabout as well as books by Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Hunt Emerson and Eddie Campbell.


Emma Hayley, founder and publisher of SelfMadeHero says, ‘We’re delighted to be making our first selection of titles available for digital readers through SEQUENTIAL It marks a significant new phase in SelfMadeHero’s efforts to bring graphic novels to the widest audience possible in this changing landscape of publishing today’.


SEQUENTIAL founder and Panel Nine publisherRussell Willis says ‘SelfMadeHero are one of the most exciting graphic novel publishers in the UK right now, and we’re thrilled to be working with them. These three books are a fantastic sample of SelfMadeHero’s innovative, interesting and beautifully created graphic novels, and the SEQUENTIAL versions, with the exclusive expanded features and our gold standard comics software, are the perfect way to experience them’.


All three titles are available now at £9.99 each.


For more information on SEQUENTIAL and to download it for free from the app store: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id629759394?ls=1&mt=8

For details of SelfMadeHero’s titles: www.selfmadehero.com Twitter: @SelfMadeHero


Contact details

SELFMADEHERO
Paul Smith
Press Officer | SelfMadeHero
139 Pancras Rd, London NW1 1UN Tel: +44(0)207 383 5157 Mobile: +44(0)7970878802

SEQUENTIAL

Chloë Pursey
Editorial Director, Panel Nine / iEnglish.com Limited
The Hoxton Mix, 86-90 Paul Street, London EC2A 4NE Tel: +44 (0)203 137 6615 Mobile: +44 (0)7456 437746

Notes to editors


About SelfMadeHero

SelfMadeHero aims to publish works that provoke, entertain, inspire, and inform through the medium of the graphic novel. We are proud to publish ground- breaking and beautiful work by authors and artists from across the globe, from the quirky and humorous to the political and profound. Spring releases this year have included Terra Australis, The Boxer, Vincent, Celeste, Weapons of Mass Diplomacy and The Cigar That Fell In Love With A Pipe.

About SEQUENTIAL

SEQUENTIAL is a graphic novel storefront app for iPad, launched by digital publishers Panel Nine in May 2013. They work with the best publishers of graphic novels across the world, including Jonathan Cape, Knockabout, Myriad Editions, and Blank Slate Books, as well as a range of indie and small press publishers.

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 /


Twitter: @SEQUENTIAL_app