Digital comics publisher Panel Nine‘s new SEQUENTIAL is the main sponsor of the Spring Comica Festival, taking place at The Platform Theatre, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London this coming weekend, where, amongst other things the company will be giving away an iPad mini.
What is SEQUENTIAL, you say? Well, here’s the blurb…
“SEQUENTIAL is the forthcoming platform for the tablet that we believe to be the digital future of graphic novels and sequential art,” explains publisher Russell Willis.
“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,” he continues, “and, rather than go the tired old commercial route with the inclusion of superheroes, a genre that has tainted and held back the art form for too long, we stand in opposition to what that genre represents and instead will feature only accessible, intelligent, entertaining, life-enhancing storytelling at its visual and verbal best.
“The time is right to evangelise graphic novels and sequential art anew,” Russell enthuses. “Quality graphic novels are being nominated for — and winning — awards such as the Costa Prize; digital is making access to material available to most, and British publishers are leading a renaissance in quality material.
“SEQUENTIAL will be making 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.”
Sound interesting? We expect SEQUENTIAL to be available for download for the iPad by the end of April, and we’ll let you know as soon as it is.
• Entrance to the Comica Comiket on the Saturday is FREE, and there are more details here: www.comicafestival.com
• Declaration: Panel Nine is currently the main sponsor of downthetubes
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.
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