Monthly Archives: May 2013

More praise for our debut issue

As always, a big thank you to everyone reading Outré and spreading the good word. We get new readers everyday, especially thanks to the bloggers and reviewers who’re saying great things.

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Two more reviews have gone up. The first from Comic Bastards, giving Outré a 4 out of 5!

While I tend to prefer Dark Horse’s approach of larger stories spread throughout several issues, Outre has a very different and cool approach to the anthology style.

Read the whole review here.

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The other review is from blogger Paul Mirek.

The credits list may give it away, but this is in fact a free anthology–and much better than it has any right to be. The mission statement at the beginning of the book outlines the editors’ quest to build on the momentum of the current wave of “serious” comic creators while opening up the medium to a more mainstream audience. The production levels for this first issue are high: four short stories, three pin-ups, and two interviews. All deal with the idea of “responsibility,” with genres running from fantasy to sci-fi to historical fiction. The two strongest entries are “My Universe Expands Until I Have No Center,” a galaxy-spanning cyberpunk epic by Carrboroite Alex Wilson and Ben Garriga, and “The Most Dangerous Place for Children,” a WWII-era parable by Ronald Montgomery, Jim Giar, Tim Switalksi, and Rafer Roberts. For me, the best part of these projects is the new bodies of work to explore afterwards, and Outre is no exception. I look forward to tracking down many of these creators while I await issue #2.

Check out his May round-up of free comics here.

We’re hard at work getting our second issue ready for its December launch, and prepping our third issue, set for launch on Free Comic Book Day next year. In comics you simply have to be the early bird.

We’ll soon start showing off what we have in store for #2, but in the meantime, head over to our download page and get your copy of Outré’s debut issue!

Stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press

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New creators & Comics Experience plug

Greetings,

With our first issue finished and presented to the world, we are looking forward as the creators involved start the production of the second one. Recently we have added a coulple of more names to this installment, which is due to be released this Christmas. We have a new cover artist on board, and we’re very excited to see what he’ll bring to the table.

We also have two new artists who will be doing a stand-alone illustration each playing on the theme “hopelessness”. And our four different creative teams are just about ready to begin working on their stories, which is the meat and potatoes of every Outré issue. We would have liked to reveal the names of all these creators right now, but readers will have to stay patient for a little while longer.

With the launch of a new comics anthology and all that entails with it, we’ve been busy this last two months. But this week we will go through the rest of the pitches we received for Outré #3, “the Xenophobia issue”. As soon as we’ve agreed on which of them we will give a green light, we’ll get back to the creators who submitted scripts our way. This shouldn’t take more than a week from now, so thanks again to everyone involved for your patience.

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In other news, we are pleased to see that guys and gals all over the world are still checking out Outré #1 and saying nice things to us about it (If you haven’t already, go get it here!). Today we also received a nice plug from Rob Anderson at the Comics Experience blog.

Rob Anderson is the writer of Rex, Zombie Killer and a general manager/moderator at Comics Experience. For those of you who don’t know about it, Comics Experience is an online community tailored specifically to comic book creators, headed by former Marvel and IDW editor Andy Schmidt. In addition to the main workshop, Schmidt offers specific courses to creators who would want to learn more about writing, penciling, coloring, lettering or even editing comics.

The Comics Experience staff are made up of people like writer Chuck Dixon, artist Robert Atkins and colorist Chris Sotomayor, among others. It’s a great and a really inspiring community, and comics creators who are starting out should definitely consider joining. Outré editor Glenn has been a workshop member there since 2010, and the advice and feedback he has received on his work has been invaluable.

Stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press

Artist spotlight: Tim Switalski

One of the creators that we didn’t get to feature in a spotlight before our first issue launched was artist Tim Switalski. Tim helped out Ronald Montgomery and Jim Giar as he brought some vivid colors to the story “The Most Dangerous Place For Children”. Tim doesn’t just colour, and is a solid illustrator as well.

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Who are you? 
My name is Tim Switalski, I’m an artist and illustrator from Cleveland, Ohio. I can draw pretty much everything, but science fiction, fantasy, and comic art is where my true passions lie.

Why do you draw and color?
To appease the Art Gods…or I draw, very simply, because I love to. I have been drawing all my life and I have no plans to stop. Artistically my primary focus has been to create full illustrations, turning imagination into reality is a thrill like nothing else in the world.

I just recently started coloring other artist’s work, and the collaboration has been very enjoyable. Creating art with a team is refreshing, the blending of each artist’s skill creates a surprising final image, it’s a very unique artistic experience.

Where can one find you?
www.timswitalski.com is my main website, I update the blog on a pretty regular basis, and it has links to my various other Internet contributions. You should also check out my art collective’s site rustbeltmonster.blogspot.com where we all draw from the same monthly theme, with exciting outcomes. I can be contacted at timswit@gmail.com.

Below you can get a taste of Tim’s art and see how he approached two different pop culture phenomenons with his tools.

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Outré – the week after launch

A gargantuan THANK YOU to everyone who’ve downloaded Outré so far! From us behind Outré and from the creators involved, we sincerely thank you!

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Since launch on Saturday, the famous Free Comic Book Day, we’ve had about 500 downloads. Of course, that doesn’t mean that five-hundred people have read it and enjoyed it, but let’s be gullible and believe that everyone who downloaded has, or soon will read it. And enjoy it.

Because the comments and feedback so far has been very positive. It’s great to see that the hard work the talented people we’ve got has paid off.

While the book features an eclectic selection of stories and steers clear of typical comic book tropes, this anthology is utterly devoid of pretense. It is, in the best way possible, non-threatening, probably one of the better ambassadors for the comic book medium seen from the indie community in recent years. Most of all, it is entertaining, and is likely to be just as entertaining to non-fans of comics as to diehard fanboys.

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[…] boast the theme of responsibility throughout, showing it in various forms. How each character reacts to the responsibility thrust upon them is the key of the book and those characters react in ways that more or less run the gamut of character. Some embrace it, some refuse it and some simply observe it, but all of them are affected by it some way in the anthology.

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So if you haven’t downloaded Outré yet, it’s right here waiting for you. And if you’re not quite convinced yet, here’s a brief interview with editor Glenn Møane about Outré and its goal.

“With Outré we hope to attract some new readers as well; people who like good stories and aren’t afraid to try out a different medium. Since most of these readers won’t find themselves in comic book store, an easily downloadable PDF is the way to go.”

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While we at Outré are eager to get working on our next issue, about hopelessness, which is due in December, we’ll still be pimping Outré #1 and other interesting comics here every Wednesday.

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Thank you again for the download, for spreading the word and for taking comics further into the masses of eager readers!

Stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press

Download Outré #1!

And the day is upon us! Get your free digital copy right here! If you like what your read and see, we would like nothing more than you spreading the word to your good friends and the world wide web. Thank you for reading and we hope you enjoy!

OUTRÉ #1 – RESPONSIBILITY
Available in these formats:

PDF (high res, 86mb)PDF (low res, 19mb)

CBR (110mb)CBZ (111mb)
(For the CBR/CBZ files we recommend ComicZeal for iPad, Simple Comic for Mac and ComicRack for PC)

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«…one of the better ambassadors for the comic book medium seen from the indie community in recent years.» – InGenre

50 pages about responsibility – 4 powerful stories –
4 terrific illustrations – 2 unique interviews –
from the best new talent in comics.

Our download page.

Outré #2 – Hopelessness – launches Dec 2013.

Outre #1: Creator Roundup!

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Tomorrow is the big day, as Outré #1, “the Responsibility issue”, will be released to the world in all its glory. But before you download it to your tablet, phone, laptop or home computer, we thought we would do a quick presentation of all the creators that have been involved in bringing it to life. These guys have put in countless of hours in order to getting the issue done, so we feel that they definitely deserve both your attention and applause.

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The cover is by Alex Elykov, a digital illustrator from the Nottingham, UK. Apart from Outré Press, he has done work for publishers such as RiotShell Comics and Alderac Entertainment Group. Check out his work at http://alexelykov.carbonmade.com.

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The first story, “Taras and the Monolith”, is by Dan Hill and Kim Holm. Dan, a UK-based writer, has had stories published by Viper Comics and Ape Entertainment. He also writes the column “Opening Contract” at the comic book site The Weekly Crisis. You can find him at http://dan-hill.org.

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Kim is from Bergen, Norway, and has been creating comics since he was a teenager. We at Outré are very fond of his Lovecraft adaptation The Pickman’s Model, which you can read for free here. He also illustrates extreme metal concerts during events like the Inferno Festival. Find him at http://cartoonarchy.no.

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“My Universe Expands Until I Have No Center” is written by Alex Wilson and drawn by Ben Garriga. Alex is a writer and actor from Carrboro in North Carolina, and his 5-pager “The Time of Reflection” won an Eagle Award in 2012. Visit http://alexwilson.com for regular updates about Alex’s shenanigans.

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Ben is from the States as well, and he’s showcasing some of his excellent art at his DeviantArt page: http://graphitenightmare.deviantart.com.

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The third story, titled “The Most Dangerous Place For Children”, is written by Ronald Montgomery, penciled and inked by Jim Giar, colored by Tim Switalski and lettered by Rafer Roberts. Ronald has written stories for publishers Alterna Comics, Tribe Comics and Black Ship Books.

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Jim is from Cleveland, Ohio, and a member of The Rust Belt Monster Collective. You can see samples from some of the amazing stuff Jim has done on http://chelzostudios.com.

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Tim, another Rust Belt Monster from Cleveland, does not only colors, but full art as well, which you can find at http://www.timswit.com and http://www.timswitalski.com.

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The same goes for Rafer, who we presented to you yesterday. He is perhaps most known as the creator of the Plastic Farm series, which has been going on since 2002. Follow Rafer’s work at http://plasticfarm.com.

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The final 8-pager in the issue one is “I, Icarus”, by Glenn Arseneau and Valentin Ramon. Glenn is an archaeologist who his graphic novel Greyman published through Arcana Studio in 2011, as well as The Price by 215 Ink the same year. He can be found on Twitter as @glennarseneau.

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Valentin is a illustrator from Spain who’s currently living in London, UK. He has done covers for Bluewater Comics and the short story “Stinky”, which he did with writer Fabian Rangel Jr., was published by Challenger Comics in 2012. Check out his portfolio at http://valentinramon.blogspot.co.uk.

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Cécile Brun has done one of the four stand-alone illustrations in Outre #1. She is a 24 year old girl from France, who along with her partner Olivier is a member of the Atelier Sentô studio. The two of them are currently working on an exciting project titled Natsuko, which you can see first beautiful pages from at http://atelier-sento.tumblr.com.

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The second illustration comes from Jelena Đorđević, who lives in Serbia. She’s an artist who’s currently working on an ambitious series titled Empire of Blood, with writers Michael DeShane and Magnus Aspli (that name sounds familiar…). To see pages from that and other projects, check out Jelena’s work here: http://besnglist.daportfolio.com.

briangilman Brian Gilman is an up and coming artist who majored in illustration. You can see samples from some of the short stories he’s worked on at his blog at http://gilmancomics.blogspot.com, as well on his DeviantArt page: http://warder120.deviantart.com.

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Bringing colors to Brian’s illustration is K. Michael Russell, who’s a full-time registered nurse and freelance comic book colorist. His online portal can be found at www.michruss.com.

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Last, but not least, we have artist Aleksandar Božić Ske, also from Serbia. In addition to freelance work, he has done comics for Bluewater Comics, as well as a one-shot with writer Glenn Møane (that name sounds familiar too…). See his online portfolio at http://skecomx.weebly.com.

So there you have them, ladies and gentlemen. We hope you enjoy what these creators are bringing to the table on this year’s Free Comic Book Day, along with the other comics you may pick up. See you tomorrow!

Stay creative!

Magnus & Glenn
Editors
Outré Press

Artist spotlight: Rafer Roberts

Rafer hard at work.

Working really hard. The cat, we mean.


Rafer has joined artist Jim Giar and colourist Tim Switalski on Ronald Montgomery’s script «The Most Dangerous Place For Children», as letterer. And that means lettering done by hand!

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Notice the great pacing in Ronald’s script, the terrific art by Jim, the poppin’ colours by Tim, and the final touch by Rafer.

The Reverend Rafer Roberts has been making comics since the dawn of time. His works include PLASTIC FARM, numerous anthologies such as the New York Times bestselling FUBAR: EMPIRE OF THE RISING DEAD and DISTRICT COMICS, DOPE FIENDS OF THE ZOMBIE CAFE and its sequel WILD WOMEN OF THE KITTY-KAT GALAXY with Sean Frost, and the oddly popular NIGHTMARE THE RAT. His lettering has even obscured other people’s artwork in the ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE anthology from Dark Horse Comics. Rafer is married to his muse, and along with their dwindling supply of cats, live the life of hermits.

Twitter: @plasticfarm

You’ll see more of Rafer and the story this coming Saturday. Stay tuned!

And stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press