Monthly Archives: April 2013

One week until Outré launches!

This coming Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, and also, most importantly, the launch date for our first Outré digital magazine! Here’s a taste for what’s to come.

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Together with these fantastic stories and illustrations from our talented artists and writers, we’ve also got a monologue, call it a featurette if you like, by Fiona Staples. One of the most prominent female artists in the Western comic scene. She’s done tons of covers for all manner of titles, but is best known for illustrating Saga, a terrific comic book series which continues to garner fans and praise and controversy. In Outré, Fiona tells us all about the joys and struggles of her work, how it impacts on her life, what storytelling is to her, and if we as storytellers bear a responsibility to our listeners, readers and audiences.

6 days, and counting!

Stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press

Take a look at these…

As we told you last week, this Wednesday we want to give a shoutout and the ol’ tip of the hat to some projects we think you’d be interested in.  Some of them are more prolific than others, but we believe all of them are worthy of your attention.

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First off we want you to check out the Kill All Monsters! Kickstarter. Kill All Monsters! is originally a webcomic series by Michael May, Jason Copland and Ed Brisson, in which the high concept is something as simple and glorious as “Giant Robots vs. Giant Monsters”. These antagonists sort out their differences in a post-apocalyptic world where the monsters have the upper hand. This results in awesome fight scenes like this by artist extraordinaire Jason Copland:

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The Kickstarter campaign, which will fund the print edition of the first volume of this series, has been going on for about a week and is doing very good already. But it could still use your support, so make sure that you secure yourself a copy, as well as other cool stuff like t-shirts, prints and sketches.

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You should also visit the Atelier Sentô tumblr page, the online home of Outré contributor Cécile Brun and Olivier Pichard. These two artists are creating some downright gorgeous art across several mediums such as prints, short films and sequential art. But we want to point out one specific project, as Cécile and Olivier have just posted the first page of their comic Natsuko.

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We at Outré HQ love this page. Not only is it beautifully illustrated, it also does a a great job as the first page of a comic: It establishes the bratty character of Natsuko, tells us about the setting and why he’s there, and the ominous final panel sets the mood in a haunting way. We’re guessing that this is going to be a coming-of-age story with elements of both science fiction and horror, but we could be wrong. Either way, we’re eagerly looking forward to new pages.

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Last but not least we want to promote another Kickstarter campaign, this one from editor and artist Eugene Booker. Like us at Outré, Eugene is launching an anthology of his own, titled D.I.Y. Comics Anthology. This is going to be a quarterly ‘zine, featuring short stories, comic strips, prose and interviews, among other things.

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Eugene is looking to raise $3,000 with this Kickstarter, which will help him to market and publish the anthology both digitally and in print. With about a week left of the campaign, Eugene and the creators involved could really use your help, so please consider pledging a handful of dollars or two. Pro comics creators like Dave Elliot, Jim Krueger and David Wohl are already saying some very nice things about this book, so we would love to see it come to life.

Check in next week as we return to our regular programming, with more teasers and previews from our initial issue – coming your way on the 4th of May.

Stay creative!

Magnus & Glenn
Editors
Outré Press

Story preview: My Universe Expands Until I Have No Center

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Another Wednesday, another story in the can. The page above is from Alex Wilson’s ambitious science fiction story “My Universe Expands Until I Have No Center”, about Mari and her journey from childhood to womanhood. Without spoiling anything, we can tell you that the story jumps between different moments in Maris’s life, and we’ll see how she deals with responsibility in each one.

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Bringing Mari’s journey to life is Ben Garriga, who did a fantastic job on this story. We would love to show you more of his art here, but you just have to wait until May 4. But do check out Ben’s DeviantArt gallery, and see his amazing renditions of characters like Wolverine, Venom and Psylocke.

Things are coming together and we’re pretty excited about what we have to show you. Tune in next week, as we’ll plug other projects in the comicsphere that could use your attention.

Stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press

Story preview: Taras and the Monolith

Our four creative teams are working very hard these days, and the stories that are to be featured in our first issue are nearing completion. And since we’re more than eager to show you what we have in store for you on the 4th of May we want to give you an exclusive preview this week.

Below you’ll find not one, but two pages from the 8-page story “Taras and the Monolith”, written by Dan Hill and illustrated by Kim Holm. As you can see, Kim did a downright amazing job in bringing in this fable to life and we as editors couldn’t be happier about how it turned out.

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For more of Kim’s unique art visit his blog Cartoonarchy.com or his Facebook page.

Before we go we want to mention that the deadline for our third, Xenophobia-themed issue is now just under a month away. As always, check out this link for details and show us what you have to say about this matter.

Stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press