Sequential iPad App Focuses on Respected Graphic Novel Publishers
I’ve been remiss in not talking before now about Sequential, the iPad app that features graphic novels “from some of the world’s leading creators and publishers.”
If you’re looking for a curated digital comic reading experience, this is the app you want. Their key publishers include
* Top Shelf — featuring works by Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, and James Kochalka
* Fantagraphics — with Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree volumes and Lucy Knisley’s An Age of License newly added and of course, Love and Rockets
* Alternative — with The Big Feminist But anthology and the impressive Look Straight Ahead
* and NBM — so you can get Rick Geary’s Madison Square Tragedy and the much-praised Beauty by Hubert & Kerascoët.
as well as leading British publishers Blank Slate, Knockabout, SelfMadeHero, and Myriad, which means you can get Darryl Cunningham’s Science Tales or his upcoming Supercrash: How to Hijack the Global Economy before it’s published here next year.
Their storefront sorts books by new, popular, and categories, including digital exclusives, award-winning, various genres, and free stuff. Or you can view by publisher or creator. Some works even include audio commentaries by the artist. Right now, the app is iPad only (which is the best venue for digital comics), with an Android version planned but not before “the end of 2015 at the earliest.”
I started using Sequential because they’re the only way I can get the two-part VerityFair by Terry Wiley, whose work I loved so much in Sleaze Castle. It’s the story of “happy-go-lucky middle-aged actress Verity Bourneville [who] has been having enough trouble trying to find a decent part to pay the rent without also being plagued by a mysterious nightmare about her old deceased classmate Lucy Sherman.”
Sequential’s books aren’t cheap, but you can subscribe to a newsletter to find out about their occasional free offerings and special offers.