SEQUENTIAL, the digital graphic novel app for iPad, is celebrating the 75th birthday of Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers creator Gilbert Shelton with a free digital guide.
For those of you unaware (a doubtful idea!) The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers is a series of satirical counterculture comics that have been published in 15 languages and racked up worldwide sales of over 40 million copies – and creator Gilbert turns 75 this weekend, on 31st May 2015.
To celebrate the birthday of one of the most influential comic artists of the past 40 years, SEQUENTIAL 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 first ever Freak Brothers strip, the complete Underground Classics #1, a history of the Freak Brothers as written by Gilbert Shelton and a plethora of rare comic strips, illustrations and photographs, this 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 1970s, 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
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.