One of the first projects that came to mind when we began to think about other works that would lend themselves to a similar treatment to the one we’ve established on Ulysses “Seen” was Eric Shanower’s epic and beautifully drawn story of the Trojan War, AGE OF BRONZE. To our delight, Shanower agreed with us. Throwaway Horse’s enhanced AGE OF BRONZE will be released serially, beginning in 2011, complete with a full reader’s guide, maps, interactive genealogy charts, and more.
More to come…
The second issue of AGE OF BRONZE “SEEN”, the landmark enhanced book iPad app based on Eric Shanower’s award-winning graphic novel series, is set to hit the iTunes App store on Wednesday, November 23, 2011.
Continuing Shanower’s epic story chronicling the Trojan War, Issue #2 of AGE OF BRONZE “SEEN” moves the action to the city of Troy and introduces many of the iconic characters whose lives will shape the tragic outcome, including Priam, King of Troy; Hekuba, his wife; Kassandra, the prophetess destined never to be believed; and Menelaus, husband of the beauteous Helen.
Enhanced by John Dallaire’s rich colors and Thomas Beasley’s interactive commentary, AGE OF BRONZE “SEEN” creates an enhanced book experience unlike any other digital comic.
Reviews for AGE OF BRONZE “SEEN” #1 highlight the groundbreaking interactive approach: Stumptown Trade Review wrote “All I have to say is, ‘bring me more!’ I sure hope other creators/publishers get on board with this (and create more comics worthy of this kind of interaction).”
Geeks of Doom’s critic, Bad Monkey, wrote “…having such a wealth of extras just a tap away is too compelling and addictive to ignore. If this is the future of digital comics, I might be sold. At a 99 cents price tag, it’s definitely worth checking out for yourself.”
Geeks of Doom says in their review of Age of Bronze “Seen” :
“…having such a wealth of extras just a tap away is too compelling and addictive to ignore. If this is the future of digital comics, I might be sold. At a 99 cents price tag, it’s definitely worth checking out for yourself.”
In their article ”This is How Digital Comics Should Work,” Stumptown Trade Review says of Age of Bronze “Seen”:
“All I have to say is, “bring me more!” Can you imagine reading From Hell or Asterios Polyp, or Finder with all the notes and information that is embedded in the images but relegated to end notes brought to the forefront in an easily accessible product? I sure hope other creators/publishers get on board with this (and create more comics worthy of this kind of interaction).”
Yale’s Alumni Magazine, ’06520′, showcases classics scholar Thomas Beasley’s role as commentator on Age of Bronze “Seen”.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ERIC SHANOWER’S ACCLAIMED “AGE OF BRONZE” GRAPHIC NOVEL RELEASED AS INTERACTIVE IPAD APP
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 13, 2011 Age of Bronze, Eric Shanower’s renowned, on-going graphic novel series depicting the people, places, and events of the Trojan War, will be released as an iPad app on October 14, 2011. The Age of Bronze “Seen” app brings an incredibly engaging and interactive enhanced book experience to the iPad.
Published in black and white by Image Comics since 1998, the Age of Bronze “Seen” app brings Shanower’s deeply researched story and art to full-color life. Colorist John Dallaire worked closely with Shanower to create a beautiful and historically appropriate color scheme for the series. The app also features a page-by-page, interactive reader’s guide written by Yale classics scholar Thomas Beasley.
Driven by the (patent-pending) Behind the Seen engine created by publisher Throwaway Horse LLC, the app allows seamless navigation between the pages of the graphic novel and the comprehensive reader’s guide, as well as character profiles, maps, and links to external, web-based sources – without the need to exit the app. Age of Bronze “Seen” also includes a built-in discussion board, where users can post their thoughts and interact with the creators and each other.
The app is being released under the name Age of Bronze “Seen”, and includes the first issue of the graphic novel series. Subsequent issues will be released monthly. Each issue will feature approximately 20 pages of comic content, following the format of the original print publication. The first several issues of the app are being offered at the introductory price 99 cents. Throwaway Horse LLC is a Philadelphia based company and the creators of the well-known Ulysses “Seen” and Rowson’s Waste Land “Seen” apps. For more information, contact Marketing Director, Libbi Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calvin Reid at Publishers Weekly continues to champion the Age of Bronze “Seen” launch!