Digital graphic novel publisher Sequential have released some of our favourite titles of 2015 from Alan Moore’s Nemo: River of Ghosts to Paco Roca’s Wrinkles, and they are set to team up with the London Book Fair 2015 this April to bring their unique brand of digital graphic novels to a whole new audience.
Graphic novels are one of the fastest growing areas of book publishing and the London Book Fair 2015 is celebrating the fact with a specially-designed pavilion to showcase the form. The event is the world’s second largest publishing show with over 25,000 visitors, and will be held on April 14-16 in London’s Olympia.
Comics and graphic novel rights will be available for licensing and translation through bespoke software designed by SEQUENTIAL, the digital comics and graphic novel app. Featured content will include material from Dark Horse Publishing, SelfMadeHero, Knockabout and others major publishers and will be accessed via specially installed iPads around the pavilion as well as being available for download by London Book Fair 2015 attendees. This will be supported by a series of seminars featuring speakers from the world of comic and graphic novels. There will even be a graphic novel-themed bar next to the pavilion.
The decision to commission the creation of a special app to showcase graphic novels was partly to make the comics easily accessible but was also a nod to the growing market for digital comics and graphic novels which is estimated to be around $100 million (£65 million) this year.
Jacks Thomas the director of the London Book Fair commented, “It’s great to be partnering with SEQUENTIAL on our first Graphic Novels and Comics showcase at The London Book Fair this year. Through this partnership we have gone straight for the best! SEQUENTIAL’s acclaimed, industry-leading software allows us to display and celebrate the growth and potential of the medium in glorious high-definition, while also providing our customers with a one-stop shop for the latest international rights opportunities.”
Russell Willis, the founder of SEQUENTIAL, said, “We’re delighted to be working with the London Book Fair. SEQUENTIAL’s aim is to expand the market for graphic novels via the digital presentation and distribution of the best examples of the form, and this fits perfectly with LBF’s decision to recognise the growth and exciting potential of comics and graphic novels with this dedicated rights showcase and pavilion.”
To celebrate LBF’s first Graphic Novel rights showcase, SEQUENTIAL will be previewing an enhanced digital version of the first-ever British graphic novel for adults – Posy Simmonds’ True Love – at the Fair, and will be running a special seminar on how to create digital graphic novels.