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Comics Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics on Sequential

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

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

The digital guide will be available for free, exclusively on SEQUENTIAL, for the duration of the Comix Creatrix exhibition which runs until May 15, 2016. It features over 150 pages of artwork and information from the exhibition, including work by Audrey Niffenegger, Posy Simmonds, Emma Vieceli, Hannah Berry, Isabel Greenberg, Suzy Varty, and many more.

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

Improper Books now on Sequential

Sequential has announced that Improper Books‘ existing and upcoming creator-owned titles are now available on Sequential. This is the first time that these books will be available digitally anywhere, so to celebrate the launch today, all Improper Books titles on Sequential will be available at 50% off the normal digital RRP (up to 80% off print RRP), until Monday, 19th October.

Available now are:

PORCELAIN: A Gothic Fairy Tale, by Benjamin Read & Chris Wildgoose
NIGHT POST, by Benjamin Read & Laura Trinder
MULP: Sceptre of the Sun Issue #1, by Matt Gibbs & Sara Dunkerton
BUTTERFLY GATE, by Benjamin Read & Chris Wildgoose

To be followed on Wednesday, 21st October, 2015 by:

BRIAR, by Benjamin Read & Chris Wildgoose

Sequential to Offer Knockabout Titles on Kindle

UK comics publisher Knockabout Comix has announced that its graphic novels are now available worldwide on Kindle across all platforms. The digital versions have been put together by the team behind Sequential, the graphic novel app for iPad.

The range of titles includes A Disease of Language by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, Bolland Strips! by Brian Bolland and the award-winning Pinocchio by Winshluss. Also on offer is a range of books by Hunt Emerson including Calculus Cat, Dante’s Inferno and CityMouth. These titles are already available for iPad on the Sequential app, but this is the first time they have been made available for other platforms including Android tablets and Kindle Fire.

Knockabout Comix was founded in its first incarnation in 1975 by Tony Bennett as a means to distribute Gilbert Shelton’s hippy-slacker masterwork The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Knockabout has published legendary British talents such as Alan Moore, Hunt Emerson, Eddie Campbell, Brian Bolland, Neil Gaiman, Bryan Talbot, Kevin O’Neill and Dave McKean, as well as work from acclaimed international creators such as Melinda Gebbie, Paco Roca, Winshluss and Max. Josh Palmano started publishing with Bennett in 1999 and both formed Knockabout Ltd, as it is now, in 2010.

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Up to 90% discounts on graphic novels in the Sequential Summer Sale

SequentialThis summer, Sequential, the digital graphic novel app for iPad, is offering the biggest indie graphic novel sale EVER, with over 350 graphic novels discounted at 50-90% off the print price. The sale will run until the 1st of August 2015, exactly two years since Sequential first launched as a curated digital graphic novel and comics iPad app featuring some of the world’s best examples of the art form.

All books featured in the sale are at least 50% off their print price, with titles including Hellboy, Sin City and Love & Rockets. 18 publishers are participating in the Sequential Summer Sale, including Dark Horse, Fantagraphics, SelfMadeHero, Blank Slate and Knockabout.

From internationally respected small press and micro-publishers such as Avery Hill, Secret Acres and Koyama Press, through to bestselling creators including Alan Moore, Becky Cloonan and Gilbert Hernandez, this is the biggest independent digital graphic novel sale of all time, with huge discounts on a range of high-quality comics and graphic novels.

The Sequential app is free to download for iPad through the App Store. To browse the full range of SEQUENTIAL Summer Sale comics and graphic novels click here or check the SEQUENTIAL storefront within the app.

Free TCAF Digital Comic Available Again for a Limited Time Only

Earlier this year, the Sequential digital graphic novel app for iPad and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) gave away free copies of the TCAF 2015 Digital Comics Anthology, an over 50-page digital anthology featuring brand new, specially-commissioned work on the theme of Toronto or TCAF from a range of comic artists including: Noah Van Sciver, Hunt Emerson, Barbara Stok, Elaine M. Will, Joe Decie, Simon Moreton, Margreet de Heer and Kristyna Baczynski, with Charles Burns’ poster art as the cover.

Due to high demand, TCAF and Sequential have decided to make the anthology available for download again until the end of June.

For each free download of the comic anthology Sequential will be making a contribution to TCAF, supporting the festival’s mission to promote great indie comics and creators and help advance the medium.

The anthology also features a gallery of TCAF posters from Seth, Darwyn Cooke and many more.

The free Sequential iPad app now features a special section featuring creators who were exhibiting at TCAF 2015, with discounts of 50% or more of many of the books.

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Sequential app gives away massive Furry Freak Brothers collection to celebrate Gilbert Shelton’s 75th birthday

Freak Brothers Guide - coverGilbert 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 May 31, 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.

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Toronto Comic Arts Festival Official Anthology Gets the Digital Treatment From Sequential App

Sequential and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival have announced that the TCAF 2015 Digital Comics Anthology will be created and distributed for free exclusively by the acclaimed graphic novel and comics app for iPad.

The Anthology is out now and features brand new, specially-commissioned work from a range of comic artists including Hunt Emerson, Barbara Stok, Noah Van Sciver, Margreet De Heer, and Joe Decie. All the comics are themed around TCAF and Toronto, and all the artists will be appearing or exhibiting at this year’s TCAF. The Anthology, which runs to over 50 pages, will be completely free for a limited time, available only via the iPad app which is itself free to download from the App Store.

2015 marks the tenth TCAF festival, which was founded as a biannual event in 2003, and since 2009 has been held annually at the Toronto Public Library’s Toronto Reference Library branch. In 2014, more than 22,000 people attended TCAF events, with over 400 comics creators from 15 different countries as well as a range of exhibitions and programmes. This year is the first in which a digital anthology is part of the Festival package.

The 2015 TCAF Digital Comics Anthology is out now on Sequential and will be available as a completely free download until May 11th.

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IDW Comes to Sequential Graphic Novel App

IDW.001IDW Publishing has announced that its graphic novels will become available on the Sequential iPad app, with the first tranche of titles released today. IDW’s Top Shelf imprint has been on Sequential for a while now, so it’s only logical IDW would be added.

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.

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.

Dark Horse Comics Comes to Sequential

DarkHorse-White-iPadDark 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 AliensPredatorBuffy the Vampire SlayerMass EffectTomb Raider and Halo.

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.

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.

Avery Hill Publishing joins Sequential

Acclaimed UK small press publisher Avery Hill have joined forces with Sequential to release a range of their comics and graphic novels as digital editions, exclusively available via the iPad app.

Avery Hill Publishing was launched in 2012 and has quickly grown to become one of the best-regarded small press publishers in the UK, with titles nominated for several British awards.

The announcement is accompanied by the launch of the first tranche of Avery Hill titles on Sequential, including Days by Simon Moreton, Maleficium by EdieOP, The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside by Gill Hatcher, and Grey Area by Tim Bird (an exclusive collected edition of all three issues). More titles will follow.

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