Summer!

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This is just to let you know that we will be suspending our regular transmissions until July 31. Summer is finally upon us,  and we here at Outré HC are going to take a most welcome (and dare we say well-deserved)  vacation.

We will update the blog if there is something we just have to share with you right away, but for now the plan is to return to our regular programming by the end of July.

From then on you can look forward to presentations of the creators behind the next installment of Outré, and of course teasers about its content. As we told you many times before, Outré #2 is all about “hopelessness”, and we couldn’t be more optimistic about the issue.

We’d like to wish all our readers, downloaders and supporters a safe and happy summer. And don’t forget:

Stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press

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Outré #1: One month later

Today is the 5th of June, which means that it’s exactly one month and one day since we released Outré #1 to the world (download it here!). We’re extremely pleased with what we’ve achieved so far, as the response has been very positive and people all over the world are still downloading the issue. Thanks again to everyone of you who decided to check it out.

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And speaking of positive feedback: We have a fresh review to show you, this time from Unleash the Fanboy, who gave the issue four out of five stars. The score is great in itself, but we’re also pleased to see that the reviewer got what we’re trying to do with the creators involved:

This book is free; it allows the contributors to retain their rights; and it publishes in-depth profiles of creators toiling in the comics field.  While the identified mission of Outré is to “raise awareness” about comics as a storytelling medium, their approach reveals a deeper intent: to raise the profile of the actual storytellers themselves.  If you’re looking for new creators to fall in love with, an anthology is a great place to start, and Outré seems to know that.  The final page of Outré #1 is simply a roll call of every artist and writer that contributed with direct links to their websites.  The invitation is clear: if you like what you see, go get more.  In an industry that sometimes treats creators like fast food treats its cows, this is new.

So if you haven’t already, do take a minute and go over the beforementioned page (or jump directly to our “creator roundup” here). These creators have a lot of cool stuff on their comic book résumé, which should make the wait for Outré #2 a little more bearable.

Talk to you soon and stay creative!

Magnus & Glenn
Editors
Outré Press

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.

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Outré #2 – Hopelessness – launches Dec 2013.