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Preview: Torsobear

Greetings,

All the creative teams are doing their best to complete all the stories for Outré #2 on time, but we’re pleased to announce that one story is already in the can.

The story is by the beforementioned “Torsobear” by Brett Uren, who has been pulling all the strings on this one: writing, pencilling, inking, coloring and lettering. The man is nothing less than a sequential art machine and we’re extremely pleased to have him on board for our second issue.

To celebrate the completion of “Torsobear”, we thought we could show you the first two pages from this noir-esque fable. Here we are introduced to police detective Ruxby Bear, his newly assigned partner Hasbrow, and the cozy world in which these characters inhabit. Without going into spoilers, poor Ruxby Bear will soon learn that there are horrors to be found even in the happy town of Toyburg.

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You’ll have to wait a few months to learn what lies behind the bootlaces. It is not a pretty sight, but we hope you’ll tune in and check it out nevertheless.

Stay creative!

Magnus & Glenn
Editors
Outré Press

Writer spotlight: Jonathan Clode

Next fella up is a scribe from a mystical country – with an even more mystical language. Luckily they communicate in English rather well, too. Meet Jonathan:

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Who are you?
My name is Jonathan Clode, and I live in Cardiff, Wales. I write comic books, my angle usually being something that takes a particular genre & plays around with it. Lately I’ve been getting into writing more historical & socially driven stories.
Why do you write?
Because I can’t draw! As a kid I wanted to be an artist, then an actor, and after realising I had neither the chops or temperament for either I started writing. I’ve been obsessed with comics since I first saw Superman, and after fiddling with trying to write plays and then prose, it dawned on me that I should be writing in the medium that I love. And I wouldn’t do anything else now, even if I could!
Where can one find you?
I’m technically homeless, on the web at least… but have started up a blog together with Jonas, which can be found here: thepumpactiondollhouse.wordpress.com
I’m also writing and co-editing a forthcoming WWI anthology, which can be found here: toendallwarscomic.wordpress.com
Should really sort out a place of my own though eh...
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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

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

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

Outré launches the 4th of May!

Our launch date is approaching steadily, but we’re well underway to hammering, moulding, shaping and cutting Outré into the perfect initial issue.

Our contributors are all hard at work and we’re seeing the end of a few of the stories already. We’ll continue giving you teasers and tastes here on the blog all the way up to the 4th of May.

Kim Holm working on the pages for «Taras and the Monolith», written by Dan Hill.

 

Seeing as Outré is a non-profit, non-budget anthology with the aim to reach as many readers as possible – regular comic readers and specifically those who don’t read comics (or haven’t in years) – and bringing our talented artists and writers and their stories out into the world, we need some help from the guys and girls behind the almighty internet. Yup, that’s you!

Once you sit there with Outré, or stand on the bus with it, or lie in a tent, or bake on a beach, or wait in line, or ride your bicycle, or drive shotgun in a friend’s car and you’ve read it and enjoyed it, we want you to tell those on the bus about it, or that other guy in the tent, or those playing beach volleyball, or that woman in front of you in line, or the folks who help you back on your bike, or that friend. Or simply sharing it online. Word of mouth will be our fuel, but you’ll have to be our ignition.

If you write a blog or review comics, anthologies or books for a website or a magazine, don’t hesitate getting in touch and we’ll fix you up with a digital review copy as soon as it’s ready.

Here are a few previews of some of the stuff you’ll see in Outré #1:

by Brian Gilman

by Cécile Brun

by Kim Holm – story by Dan Hill

That’s it for now, but remember we’re still accepting submissions for our 3rd issue and all artist are encouraged to get in touch to join Outré in the future. We’re already at work on issue 2 and have already been joined by a special writer for issue 3.

Stay creative!

 

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
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Production preview of Outré issue #1

We’re deep in production with our initial issue and all our artists are pulling out some terrific pages. Outré is materialising, step by step, and we can’t wait for the 4th of May to arrive, when we will give it to you, completely free!

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A panel from «Taras and the Monolith». Story by Dan Hill, artwork by Kim Holm.

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A work-in-progress panel from Jim Giar on Ronald Montgomery’s «The Most Dangerous Place for Children».

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A work-in-progress panel from Valentin Ramon on Glenn Arseneau’s «I, Icarus»

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[Mobile photo] Snippet of a page by Ben Garriga, on Alex Wilson’s «My Universe Expands Until I Have No Center»

Four diverse stories all dealing with the theme «responsibility», four diverse styles and four terrific artists.

On top of these we’re also including 4 stand-alone illustrations from 4 other brilliant artists, and two unique interviews.

We’ll have more previews as we come closer to the release date. The 4th of May is also Free Comic Book Day, an annual day where all (most) comic book stores give away free comics! So on the 4th, after you’ve gone down and picked up your free stuff and bought some great books, you can sit back and read the very first Outré, as well!

And remember, we’re taking submissions for our 3rd issue, due 2014.

Stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press

Calling all artists!

This week we at Outré HQ want to address the artists who are considering being a part of our second issue. We got four solid stories lined up for this  issue, which will deal with the theme of hopelessness. And as we mentioned last Wednesday, three of these are in need of an artist at this moment.

Coincidentally, these three stories revolve around women, each of them at a different stage in their lives.

The first story is about an elderly lady and how she copes with her existence  at a nursing home. This one could be considered “slice-of-life”, though the theme is very much in place throughout the whole tale.

This is also true for the second story, in which the main character is a bipolar teenage girl. There’s a touch of magic realism here too, not unlike what Neil Gaiman and other Vertigo writers brought to the table years ago.

In the third story we’re deep into the genre of post-apocalyptic fiction. Here we follow a woman in her early thirties as she tries to make sense of her place in the world after an alien invasion.

If any artists would want to take a shot at one of these 8-page yarns, do not hesitate to shoot us an e-mail with your sequential samples. And as with our first issue, we’re also looking for four different artist who would want to contribute with a stand-alone illustration dealing with the current theme.

There is no pay involved, so please don’t ask for this when submitting. What we’re offering is to  be a part of a free, high-end comics anthology on the web, which we’ll promote to as many readers as possible.

Since we’re aiming for a Christmas 2013 release with this issue, all the artists chosen would be expected to meet the deadline which is September 1. This is over six months off, so hopefully this shouldn’t be a problem.

As before, please send all submissions to outrepress2012@gmail.com.

We’re looking forward to hearing from all the eager and talented artists out there! All the best till then,

Magnus & Glenn
Editors
Outré Press

Happy creative holidays!

This week we want to shine some light on what some of our Outré contributors have got rolling beside Outré.

Dan Hill, one of our writers, runs a website all dedicated to writing comics. All the ropes, the how-tos and the resources can be found neatly organized at Dan’s Comic Writer Services 2.0. Always up to date! Do also stop by his main blog to get the first news from his world of creative writing, art and escapades.

We will be unveiling a lot of incoming artwork for Outré in 2013, but thought we could start a bit early, it’s this time of year, after all.

The talented Jim Giar is already deep in Ronald’s WWII story about a soldier who teaches a dog a deadly trick. Here’s a taste, or a thumbnail if you prefer, of how the first two pages will look!

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Next year we’ll post all pencilled pages, with snippets of the script. Diving into the details, to see how this story grew from words to art.

Over in the US, our Alex Wilson came 3rd in the International Writers of the Future Contest for 2012! A great achievement, which bags him not only a nice prize, but also an intense week-long writing workshop. Unrelated to the competition, Alex’ short story The Last Christmas of Mrs. Claus is now available on the Kindle over at Amazon. Just in time for Christmas! You’ll find the latest news about Alex on his own blog. Head over and see what he’s cooking.

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And over in France (and Japan), at the Atelier Sentô, Cécile and her creative partner Olivier continue to create designs and art in more than just the comic book field. On their blog you’ll find designs for animation, comics and storyboards for their latest short film, 3 Old Gods. The film is directed by Cécile Brun & Olivier Pichard, scenario by Josh Tierney and music by Giannis Milonogiannis & Yoo-hoos.

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Ben Garriga gets some love over at ComixTribe where his pin-up was analysed:

Ninja Woman by Ben Garriga

Ninja Woman by Ben Garriga

“Ben has hit a homerun.” Go see what else they say about the pin-up over at the ComixTribe article!

And before you leave, go read Kim Holm’s terrifying and stark adaptation of Lovecraft’s Pickman’s Model! For free!

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Fat, delicious food, friends and family will soon be joining us around the dining table. The holidays are just around the corner, and this is the last Outré update before ragnarok. But we’ll be back with more goodies come January 2013!

Happy and creative holidays from all of us at Outré!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press

Artist spotlight: Cécile Brun

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We are glad to announce another terrific traditional artist for our initial issue of Outré. Cécile will contribute to the theme responsibility with a unique stand alone illustration.

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Who are you?
I am Cécile Brun, a 24 years old French girl living in Brittany, and a member of the strange Atelier Sentô team.

 

Why do you draw?
I draw because I have a lot of imagination, and just thinking about it isn’t enough for me. I need to get it on the page to make it a bit real in our dimension.

 

Where can one find you?
Well… You can visit me anytime in Brittany. But travels are expensive and thanks to the web you can easily find my works and all my projects on the Atelier Sentô: http://atelier-sento.tumblr.com/

I also have a DeviantArt profile: http://uehara.deviantart.com/

And my own Tumblr: http://brun-cecile.tumblr.com/

 

Cécile and her partner Olivier at Atelier Sentô will have a short story in issue #31 of Prophet. A bonus reason to check out the fantastic sci-fi craziness Brandon Graham & Co. are making.

 

Stay creative!

 

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press