Dark Horse Graphic Novels Now Available on Sequential
Not all of the publisher’s titles will be available, but the first round of additions include The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, Will Eisner’s Fagin the Jew, Bryan Talbot’s Grandville Noël, and Canales and Guarnido’s Blacksad with “many more titles” to follow.
Dark Horse also publishes Usagi Yojimbo and Sin City, which would be good candidates for inclusion, as well as a number of licensed comics, which probably wouldn’t fit with Sequential’s mission to provide “a beautifully presented, carefully curated selection of material that focuses on the richness of the medium outside of the typical superhero offering.”
Dark Horse was best known, digitally, for running its own app and delivery platform for digital comics. As the press release says, “The move makes Sequential the first third-party digital comics app to distribute a full range of titles from Dark Horse.” (At The Beat, Heidi, Todd, and commenters point out that there are lots of caveats attached to that “first” statement, but I read it mostly as a jab at comiXology, which carries most everyone else.)
The quote from Mark Bernardi, Dark Horse’s Director of Digital Publishing, gives an indication as to what Sequential brings, “The app is terrific and their commitment to presenting the best in graphic storytelling mirrors our own. Given their editorial focus and large user base outside the US, this new relationship will help us reach thousands of comics readers who may not already be familiar with Dark Horse, or might know us only for our many successful titles based on licensed entertainment properties.” In other words, Sequential has a significant European presence, both in reach and content, which is an audience that Dark Horse might find promising.