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New iOS App SEQUENTIAL Declares War on Superhero Comics

Written by Jude Terror on Thursday, August 01 2013 and posted in News with Benefits

New iOS App SEQUENTIAL Declares War on Superhero Comics

In a press release touting the arrival of the digital comics app, Panel Nine CEO Russell Willis has some awesomely harsh words for mainstream comics.


Source: Press Release

Today, The Outhouse received a press release for a new graphic novel app from Tokyo and London based app developer Panel Nine called SEQUENTIAL which offers graphic novels from big-name creators like Alan DumbleMoore, David Lloyd, Brian Bolland, Eddie Campbell, and more. The app, which was already available in the UK, launched today in the US and the rest of the world and allows readers to purchase and download graphic novels from small press publishers. That all sounds pretty good, and The Outhouse is always glad to help to promote indy comics. But the real fun comes in the diatribe from Panel Nine CEO Russell Willis, which is, for a press release, a fairly unexpected condemnation of Big Comics and their audience. Here it is:

"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."

Strong words. And not wrong. But also potentially insulting to a large portion of their potential readership. Which is even more gooder.

On the other hand, put out an Android app you elitist jerks. Not everyone is a mainstream poser sellout with an iPad or iPhone. :P

Personally, ol' Jude Terror appreciates some good mudslinging, and I'm happy to help stir the pot on this one. Good luck to you, SEQUENTIAL. Unfortunately, the truth of your words means you'll need it.

Download the app for free here. You can purchase books inside the app, and there are some free downloads as well. Here's the full press release:

 

Literary Graphic Novel App SEQUENTIAL Launches in US, Rest of World, Features Top Publishers, Creators
 
Panel Nine, a Tokyo-based software developer and publisher, with offices in London, today released digital graphic novel iPad app SEQUENTIAL worldwide. SEQUENTIAL is a storefront app for the iPad that specialises 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, 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, commented: "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."
 
The SEQUENTIAL iPad app is available as a free download in Apple's App Stores around the world.
 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sequential-digital-graphic/id629759394?mt=8
 
An interview with Russell Willis about SEQUENTIAL is available here:
http://paulgravett.com/index.php/articles/article/sequential







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