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? 

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

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. /

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: