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Writer spotlight: Kevin Fong

Today we’re continuing our new round of creator presentations, and the next guy in line is none other than Kevin Fong. Kevin is the writer of “Cassandra”, a bleak tale about the consequences of overmedication.

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Who are you?
Just a guy from Brooklyn trying to make sense of the world, of everything, one day at a time.

Why do you write?
To understand myself. To understand others. To discover emotional truths. And for the chase. There’ll never be a perfect story, but one day I hope to write someone’s favorite, even if that someone is just me.

Where can one find you?
Infrequent brainfarts: @akevinfong
Stuff published online: kevingfong.com/works

Creator spotlight: Brett Uren

Today’s post is a special one, as we’re premiering another round of creator spotlights. As we did before the release of our first issue, we’re going to present everyone who’s involved with Outré #2. First up is Brett Uren, whose work we may have mentioned earlier this year.

Brett Uren headshot

Who are you?
My name is Brett Uren, I’m a writer and artist hailing from The Shire… I mean Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, England.

Sometimes I get confused, both have hairy short people, ubiquitous pubs and magic in the hills.

I enjoy all forms of art and this is reflected in the breadth of my work. However, I must confess to enjoying the streak of darkness that runs through my sci-fi, fantasy and cartoon output.

When I think of a nasty idea I light up like a kid at Christmas.
That’s probably normal, right?

Why do you write and draw?
There was once was a musician who worked for a Canadian Dreadlock Wax and Accessory company, his name was Jacob the Baker. He cut up old 70’s funk records with children’s story tapes, hip-hop beats and Slayer. And yea it was awesome.

On his only album before an untimely death, there was a track which contained a voice over for it’s whole length. The stand out passage – ‘Jacob was as a reed and God blew through him, making music of him’.

Now, I’m not a religious sort, but I understand the subconscious and spiritual connections inherent in letting a creation be born via you, almost playing the role of midwife for a memetic birthing. I am compelled to see how far down the rabbit hole I can go, then looking back at the screen or paper and thinking ‘did I do that?’.

Also, I devoured cartoons, comics and video games as a kid and i’ve refused to ‘grow up’. There is no defining biological line that states you must become some buttoned-down, sensible, societally-compliant ‘adult’. It’s just a state of mind… and one I thoroughly disapprove of. It seriously stunts your horizons.

Where can one find you?
You can have a delve around my work and blog-type ramblings at kuzimu.co.uk, thevalecomic.com and bretturen.tumblr.com. I am also part of the team at my current indie publisher, Dead Universe Publishing, whom you can gawk at via deaduniversepublishing.com and deaduniversepublishing.bigcartel.com. I sometimes write articles or reviews for geeksunleashed.me and am connected at the hip to my email bretturen@hotmail.co.uk via that home office crossed with a Tamagotchi… you know, a smartphone.

Brett’s story in Outré #2 is titled “Torsobear”. It’s a grim fable set in the cozy, cartoon-like city of Toyburg, and it’s also the only story in the issue that’s created by a single artist.

As a special treat for our readers we’re going show you a special pin-up Brett made for the story, which should also give you a good impression of what you can expect from it art-wise:
torsobear cover
Have you ever seen a cuter cop duo? We didn’t think so. Check out more samples of Brett’s amazing art below and be sure to tune in next week.

Gog magog

Hemah

Kimbiji and Tap Vale A3 print - 1

Vale A3 print - 2b

Stay creative!

Magnus & Glenn
Editors
Outré Press

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

Artist Spotlight: James (Jim) Giar

To spice up the sexiness we’ve got Mr Giar with us!

Who are you?
Artist… illustrator… storyteller. Muralist… live artist. Father, husband. I relish it all….

Why do you draw?
I draw because I have to. I’ve drawn quite literally all my life. It is who I am. I consider myself fortunate that I was given this ability to express myself through my art… and I have a deep love and appreciation for comics as an art form. I use both to put myself out there.

Where can one find you?
Websites: www.chelzostudios.com / www.rustbeltmonstercollective.com/  The Facebook… The Twitter. I’m on there somewhere… everywhere.

Jim will join writer Ronald Montgomery to bring his story about a dog at war to life. If you can’t wait and want your hands on a story Jim has illustrated already, then you’ll find him in Locust Moon & Dark Horse’s brand new fairytale anthology; Once Upon a Time Machine.

 

Stay creative!

 

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press