Posy Simmonds’ TRUE LOVE, the first British graphic novel, to be released as an exclusive digital edition on the SEQUENTIAL iPad app
Valentine’s Day, 2015
SEQUENTIAL, the iPad app for digital graphic novels, is delighted to announce that it is to release an exclusive enhanced edition of True Love by Posy Simmonds, the acclaimed author of Gemma Bovery, and Tamara Drewe, which was made into a feature film in 2010.
Published in 1981, True Love is the first ever British graphic novel. A sharp satire on the idealised romantic love promised in British romance comics, True Love tells the story of plain and single office worker Janice Brady who dreams of being swept off her feet by her lecherous boss Stanhope Wright. It was followed in the early 1980s by other graphic novels that would become classics of the genre, including When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs and the collected version of Bryan Talbot’s The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, as the nascent British graphic novel scene started to take off.
Over 30 years later, True Love is now getting a new lease of life on SEQUENTIAL’s acclaimed digital graphic novel platform, where the original pages will be presented in glorious high-definition and supplemented with a host of extras including audio from Posy Simmonds, sketches and artwork, and more materials from the original conception and creation process.
The exclusive edition is to be released during the London Book Fair in April, where SEQUENTIAL are hosting the Book Fair’s first ever Graphic Novel Pavilion.
Posy Simmonds said, “I’m so glad that True Love is going to have new digital life on SEQUENTIAL.” She is currently collecting together materials for the enhanced extras, including the original cover artwork, sketches, and the notebook in which True Love was written.
Russell Willis, the founder of SEQUENTIAL, said, “I’m personally delighted to announce the release of True Love by Posy Simmonds, one of the world’s most important cartoonists. In the 80s it was Posy’s True Love graphic novel that helped spark my interest in comics as a medium for adults. I’ve been a huge fan of her work ever since. Posy has become a national treasure and it’s a real honour to publish this expanded digital version of her work.”
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, Dark Horse, 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. Previous “expanded editions” include collections from Bacchus and From Hell artist Eddie Campbell and V For Vendetta artist David Lloyd.
Posy Simmonds is one of the UK’s most treasured authors, with long-running strips in The Guardian that would become Gemma Bovery, Tamara Drewe,Mrs. Weber’s Diary, and more.She has also contributed strips to The Spectator and Harper’s Magazine, and has written a number of best-selling children’s books including Fred, Bouncing Buffalo and Lulu and the Flying Babies. She was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2002 for services to the newspaper industry.
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, Dark Horse, NBM, Koyama Press, Knockabout, SelfMadeHero, and Blank Slate Books, as well as the cream of the small press.
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