Independent comics publisher Dark Horse Comics has announced a partnership with digital app Sequential to provide a new platform for the publisher’s library of graphic novels.
Citing a focus on expanding their audience into more international markets, Dark Horse Publisher Mark Bernandi said “We are very excited to be working with SEQUENTIAL. 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.”
Sequential is one of a growing number of apps competing with market-leader ComiXology for space in an ever-expanding digital marketplace. Adding Dark Horse to its existing line-up will certainly help Sequential in that respect.
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Major US publisher’s titles are available on the specialist graphic novel app from today
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dark Horse Comics has announced that its graphic novels will be included in the SEQUENTIAL iPad app, with the first tranche of titles released today. The move makes SEQUENTIAL the first third-party digital comics app to distribute a full range of titles from Dark Horse.
Founded in 1986, Dark Horse has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States and one of the “Big Five” alongside Marvel, DC, Image and IDW. They are behind many of the most famous and well-regarded properties of recent years, including Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo, and Frank Miller’s Sin City, as well as a huge range of licensed comics such as Aliens, Predator, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mass Effect, Tomb Raider and Halo.
Mark Bernardi, Dark Horse’s Director of Digital Publishing, said, “We are very excited to be working with SEQUENTIAL. 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.”
SEQUENTIAL features hundreds of graphic novels and comics from leading creators and publishers, made available digitally via their acclaimed storefront app and reader for the iPad. SEQUENTIAL’s mission is to expand the market for graphic novels for adults with a beautifully presented, carefully curated selection of material that focuses on the richness of the medium outside of the typical superhero offering.
Often considered as a “coffee table” graphic novel app due to its high quality, SEQUENTIAL was launched in August 2013 and showcases the world’s best publishers of graphic novels including Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Knockabout, SelfMadeHero, NBM, Secret Acres, Myriad Editions and Blank Slate Books, as well as a number of small press publishers and creator-owned works. The app also includes exclusive work by top names such as Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, often with expanded features such as audio commentaries.
The announcement of the partnership is accompanied by the first tranche of specially-selected digital titles, including Will Eisner’s Fagin the Jew, Bryan Talbot’s Grandville Noël, Gilbert Hernandez’s Speak of the Devil, Vivek J, Tiwary’s The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, Canales and Guarnido’s Blacksad and Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. Many more titles will follow.
Russell Willis, the founder of SEQUENTIAL, said, “From its inception Dark Horse has worked with creator-focused material, free from the constraints of traditional genres – and its commitment to quality has led to a mass of award-winning work that confirms the strength of the comics medium. Needless to say, we’re absolutely delighted to be working with Dark Horse, and partnering with them for SEQUENTIAL helps further establish it as the go-to app for graphic novel readers.”
SEQUENTIAL is free to download from the App Store here:
Further information can be found on the SEQUENTIAL website here: http://www.sequential.cc
About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.
SEQUENTIAL is a graphic novel storefront app for iPad, launched in August 2013. The app features material from the best publishers of graphic novels across the world, including Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, NBM, Koyama Press, Knockabout, SelfMadeHero, and Blank Slate Books, as well as the cream of the small press.
SEQUENTIAL makes quality graphic novels available digitally via their “gold standard” platform and aim to expand the market for graphic novels for adults with a superhero-free, carefully curated selection of material.
The company is headquartered in Tokyo with an office in London.
iPad showing the SEQUENTIAL iPad app with Dark Horse titles.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR EDITORS ONLY
Russell Willis (Tokyo)
Chloe Pursey (London)
Editorial Director, SEQUENTIAL
Director of Digital Publishing, Dark Horse