The British graphic novel scene has been swiftly developing, with publishers like SelfMadeHero, Blank Slate and NoBrow leading the way. IPad app Sequential has been setting up a virtual store for electronic GNs using their own software, and they’ve just added a bunch of SelfMadeHero titles, including Kiki de Montparnasse, by José-Louis Bocquet and Catel, the biography of artistic muse Alice Prin; H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, adapted by I.N.J. Culbard; Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Lévy and award-winning artist Frederik Peeters.
The Sequential app includes enhanced editions of the books, which retail for £9.99.
>In addition to the graphic novel itself, each title includes a number of added features that, like DVD extras, enhance and expand the reading experience by taking a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process. Kiki includes 9 pages of exclusive artwork and Sandcastle features an exclusive video of Frederik Peeters drawing. An audio commentary is provided by I.N.J Culbard for At The Mountains of Madness, which won best graphic novel at the British Fantasy Awards 2011, as well as an exclusive video sketch.
While ComiXology remains the king of the digital roost, more boutiquey apps that offer a more focused and curated line-up like Sequential seem to be a viable alternative.
Also, if you haven’t read any of these books, they get my highest recommendation in any format.