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Dickens’ Dark London Graphic Novel App

With the opening of the Dickens and London exhibition, the Museum of London and creative agency Brothers and Sisters launched an iPhone and iPad app, which takes users on a journey through the darker side of Charles Dickens’ London. Accompanying audio for this series of interactive graphic novels is narrated by Tinker Tailor Solder Spy actor Mark Strong. Mark said: “It is fascinating to discover quite how brutal some of Dickens’ descriptions of London actually were. Usually we associate his writing with vivid caricature and lively character comedy, but to delve into the world of his darker observations is to be taken on a compelling journey through the seamier side of Victorian London. If you thought you knew Charles Dickens … think again.”

 

Graphic Novel App

Beautifully imagined by renowned illustrator David Foldvari, this graphic novel app follows Dickens on his night walks of London – the city he called his ‘magic lantern’ and his muse. As an insomniac, Dickens roamed the city streets gathering inspiration from the people and places he observed. Bonus material featuring illustrated excerpts of some of Dickens’ most famous novels – from Bleak House to Oliver Twist – brings to life the 19th century city that Dickens used as his muse and the backdrop for many of his greatest works.

 

iPhone and iPad App

 

Drawn from a selection of his short stories featured in Sketches By Boz, Dickens: Dark London was featured throughout the run of the exhibition. All editions of the graphic novel app are brought together on an 1862 map of London, overlaid on a modern satellite map of the capital, allowing users to compare the city that Dickens knew with the London of today. Kevin Brown, Digital Director at Brothers and Sisters, said: “This series of interactive graphic novels brings Dickens’ unique view of London to life, with the benefit of new tablet technology. It has been a joy to reimagine some of Dickens’ lesser known reportage, and develop our technology even further with these incredible snapshots of this sensational underworld.”

 

First Graphic Novel Free on App Store

 

Bonus material featuring illustrated excerpts of some of Dickens’ most famous novels – from Bleak House to Oliver Twist – will also bring to life the 19th century city that Dickens used as the backdrop for many of his greatest works. Drawn from a selection of his short stories featured in Sketches By Boz, Dickens: Dark London includes several editions. All editions of the graphic novel app are brought together on an 1862 map of London, overlaid on a modern satellite map of the capital, allowing users to compare the city that Dickens knew with the London of today. The first edition of Dickens: Dark London is free of charge.