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Bryan Talbot’s Metronome, Exclusive Digital Version on Sequential

Sequential, the graphic novel app for iPad, has announced 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.

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British Library’s Comics Unmasked Digital Anthology

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.

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.

British Library's Comics Unmasked Digital Anthology

Sequential partners with Top Shelf

Sequential, a 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 include (but not limited to):

  • 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

With this addition Sequential has expanded its digital catalogue which now includes US publishers such as Fantagraphics, NBM and Secret Acres.

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.

The Sequential app features works by 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.

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SelfMadeHero Titles Available Digitally on Sequential

clip_image002SelfMadeHero, the UK’s independent graphic novel publisher, is making three of its popular back catalogue titles available to read digitally on the Sequential platform for iPad.  The books are Kiki De Montparnasse, José-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 in later months.

clip_image004In 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.

In a release Emma Hayley, founder and publisher of SelfMadeHero said:

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 publisher, Russell Willis in the release said:

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 from 31st January 2014 at £9.99 each.

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David Hine & Mark Stafford Joining Meanwhile

Soaring Penguin Press has announced that Mark Stafford and David Hine will be teaming up again, post The Man Who Laughs, their critically acclaimed adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel.

Their new, original story, The Bad Bad Place, will be serialised in Meanwhile…,  Soaring Penguin Press’s bi-monthly anthology series which will begin May 2014.

The series follows the sordid and mysterious history of Faraway Hills, a typical modern-built small town in middle-England, seemingly left deserted and abandoned by its citizens – apart from a madman.

The madman, the town’s former Town Crier, reveals story by story the various individuals that disappeared into a mysterious sprawling Victorian manor at the border of the town.

This story will appear alongside the continuation of Gary Spencer Millidge‘s Strangehaven, a superb self-published series from the nineties and noughties, returning to print after an eight-year absence to complete the final chapter.

Meanwhile will also the available digitally via the Sequential app.

Which Comic Company Raised $2,000 to Fight Malaria… so far?

Sequential announced earlier this month they’ve handed over the first check of $2,000 to Malaria No More UK — money raised with Neil Gaiman‘s Lost Tales comic for the iPad, via the Sequential graphic novel app. The digital platform is donating 50¢ for each person that downloads the comic! You can do the math to figure out the number of downloads.

British author Neil Gaiman is a phenomenon, with an international fanbase, nearly two million Twitter followers and a string of best-selling books and graphic novels to his name. They’ve so far rallied to help get some money to this worthy charity.

Knockabout Comics, publisher of comics legends including Gilbert Shelton, Robert Crumb and Alan Moore, and Sequential released an exclusive – and totally free – digital collection of Neil Gaiman’s ‘lost’ comic strips from the 1980s, in aid of charity Malaria No More UK.

The collection features Gaiman’s collaborations with Bryan Talbot, Dave McKean and others, and includes a very rare interview from 1988, Gaiman’s original typed notes for Sandman, sample scripts, project proposals, rarely seen early photos and more. Also included is an original cover by British underground comics great Hunt Emerson, specially commissioned for this collection, plus comment from Knockabout publisher Tony Bennett and comics historian Paul Gravett.

Neil Gaiman’s Lost Tales collects stories from the long out-of-print Outrageous Tales from the Old Testament and Seven Deadly Sins – both of which caused outrage upon publication – as well as SF tales from Trident Comics and a favourite from 2000AD, plus several others.

The free collection, which runs to over 100 pages, is exclusively available via the Sequential iPad app and a donation of $0.50 will be made to Malaria No More UK for each download before December 31st, 2013. Sequential and Knockabout aim to raise up thousands of dollars for the charity’s work to bring an end to malaria, a preventable disease that is tragically one of the biggest killers of children in Africa.

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Sequential Promotes British Graphic Novels With VerityFair for Just 99 cents/69p

Sequential, the literary graphic novel iPad app, is having a special promotion on Graphic Novels from Britain. Through the end of September, the acclaimed graphic novel VerityFair by Terry Wiley will be reduced from $9.99 to just 99 cents (69p!).

The 156-page VerityFair graphic novel is presented in Sequential’s deluxe digital graphic novel format and includes one of the best audio commentaries you’ll hear, as well as a revealing interview, production sketches, extra strips and more.

VerityFair is a quintessentially British graphic novel — for 99 cents, it’s kind of hard to not try it, and see if you like it.

As well as VerityFair and work by  British greats Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, Bryan Talbot, Eddie Campbell and Hunt Emerson, Sequential features free indie comics, such as Britain’s Off Life, and work by British talents Robert M. Ball, Darryl Cunningham, Dan Berry, Marc Ellerby, Adam Cadwell, John Riordan, Corban Wilkin, Sally Jane Thompson and Oliver East.

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Literary Publisher Jonathan Cape Partners with Literary Graphic Novel App Sequential

Sequential, the literary graphic novel app, have partnered with venerable publisher Jonathan Cape to make digital versions of Cape’s graphic novels available via Apple’s App Store. Sequential is the new digital graphic novel storefront and reader, designed from the ground up to present graphic novels and sequential art in a deluxe digital format, and allow a dedicated one-stop shopping experience for readers. The app, currently available for the iPad, includes work from renowned graphic novelists such as Alan Moore, David Lloyd, Eddie Campbell and Gilbert Shelton amongst many others. Due to publishing rights agreements some titles may not be available in all countries.

The Sequential iPad app is available as a free download in Apple’s App Stores around the world and contains free books to download and sample, as well as offering in-app purchases. Many books on Sequential come with special features unique to the app, including unseen sketches, exclusive artwork and audio commentaries by the creators.

Cape titles now on SEQUENTIAL include:

  • Are You My Mother? – Alison Bechdel
  • Bye Bye Birdie – Shirley Huges
  • Coltrane  – Paolo Parisi
  • Days of the Bagnold Summer – Joff Winterhart
  • Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes – Mary and Bryan Talbot
  • Grandville – Bryan Talbot
  • Grandville: Bête Noire – Bryan Talbot
  • Grandville: Mon Amour – Bryan Talbot
  • I Like My Job  – Sarah Herman
  • Jamilti – Rutu Modan
  • Pentti & Deathgirl  – Emma Rendel
  • with more to follow.

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Sequential, Literary Graphic Novel App, Now Available

Panel Nine, a Tokyo-based software developer and publisher, with offices in London, has released the digital graphic novel iPad app Sequential worldwide. Sequential is a storefront app for the iPad that specializes in sophisticated digital graphic novels designed for adults from the world’s leading creators. The app is free to download with users being able to purchase graphic novels from within the app (which also contains free downloads).

Currently Sequential features content from creators Alan Moore, David Lloyd, Brian Bolland, Eddie Campbell, Hunt Emerson, Nicola Streeten, Darryl Cunningham, Gilbert Shelton, Nick Abadzis, Oliver East, Kevin Mutch, Hannah Eaton, Woodrow Phoenix, and many more. The company has partnered with Blank Slate Books, Myriad Editions, Great Beast, Tabella, and Knockabout for content. Other publishers, such as SelfMadeHero and Walker Books, are in the pipeline — including Jonathan Cape, the publisher of work by British graphic novel legends Posy Simmonds and Raymond Briggs. Much of the material is exclusively available through Sequential as digital editions including titles from Blank Slate along with digital versions of underground classics, the Freak Brothers and Fat Freddy’s Cat from Knockabout.

Key US graphic novel publishers (including small press publishers) will be coming on board and separate announcements will be made soon.

Russell Willis, the CEO of Panel Nine, stated:

We believe that Sequential is the digital future of graphic novels and sequential art. We’re working with the world’s leading graphic novel publishers and creators to expand the market for one of the world’s most under-appreciated art forms — and rather than go the tired old commercial route with the touting of superheroes, a genre that has unwittingly tainted and held back the art form for too long, we stand for graphic novels that feature accessible, intelligent, entertaining, life-enhancing storytelling at its visual and verbal best – and haven’t been designed just for geeks.

The time is right to evangelise graphic novels and sequential art anew. Digital makes graphic novels conveniently available to a massive potential audience. Quality graphic novels are being nominated for – and winning – major awards such as the Costa prize in the UK, and the market for graphic novels with adult sensibilities is growing. Sequential’s mission is  to make quality graphic novels easily available to all in a specially-engineered deluxe format, acclaimed as the ‘gold standard’, with new features that expand the way in which graphic stories can be told, such as author commentaries and other special features. We are aiming  to expand the market for graphic novels for adults by focusing on materials that are designed for adults, not for the geek sensibilities that have continued to dominate the medium.

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