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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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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

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

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

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.

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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:

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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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