Cape joins SEQUENTIAL digital comics project

Mary Talbot (left) and Bryan Talbot (right) present a signed poster to Corinne Pearlman of Myriad Editions at the SEQUENTIAL party at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Photo: Panel Nine
Mary Talbot (left) and Bryan Talbot (right) present a signed poster to Corinne Pearlman of Myriad Editions at the SEQUENTIAL party at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Photo: Panel Nine

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.

Cape titles now on SEQUENTIAL include Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel, Bye Bye Birdie by Shirley Huges, Coltrane by Paolo Parisi, Days of the Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterhart, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes by Mary and Bryan Talbot, the three volumes of Grandville by Bryan Talbot, I Like My Job   by Sarah Herman, Jamilti by Rutu Modan and Pentti & Deathgirl by Emma Rendel.

Russell Willis, president of Panel Nine, the software development company behind SEQUENTIAL, commented, “Jonathan Cape is the UK’s leading graphic novel publisher, and partnering with them is a key part of our plan to create a dedicated space for what has been, too often, an under-appreciated art form. Cape titles now available on the app include two Costa Award-nominated graphic novels, including Costa Biography Award-winner Dotter of her Father’s Eyes from Mary and Bryan Talbot.

“The time is right to evangelise graphic novels and sequential art anew,” he adds. “Quality graphic novels are being nominated for – and winning – awards such as the Costa prize; digital is making material available to most, and British publishers are leading a renaissance in quality material. By providing the ‘go to’ place for digital graphic novels on the iPad we hope to help to expand the market for graphic novels for adults in a way that hasn’t been seen before, by making them easy to get hold of, and available in a specially-built environment perfectly suited to the material – our partnership with Cape takes us a big step towards our goal of bringing graphic novels to the a real mainstream audience.”

Alex Bowler, editorial director of Cape Graphic Novels, said: “Cape is the UK home of the biggest names in the comics world—Dan Clowes, Joe Sacco, Chris Ware, Marjane Satrapi, Mr Crumb, et al. It’s only natural that we should be boldly crossing this new frontier. This is an extraordinary form, and there is a real hunger for this material among a digital audience. It’s essential that we make the best graphic novels – like the Costa Award-winning Dotter of her Father’s Eyes, or Days of the Bagnold Summer – available to them.”

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.

Download the SEQUENTIAL app for iPad

Note that due to publishing rights agreements some titles may not be available in all countries.

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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