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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.”

Pipedream Comics – interview with Glenn

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

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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.

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

Free comics: American Barbarian

Our creative teams are working hard and doing their best to deliver you four free comic book stories on the 4th of May. But until then we don’t want you to to suffer from lack of free comics, so this week we want to direct you to Tom Scioli’s excellent American Barbarian.

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A few weeks ago we urged you to check out the adventures Benjamin Marra’s Zorion the Swordlord, a comic that ought to be hit with fans of He-Man, Conan or Mad Max. Scioli’s American Barbarian is arguably cut from the same cloth as Marra’s series, but it’s definitely its own beast.

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Scioli, who’s primarily known for the sci-fi-opera series Gødland with Joe Casey, is channeling sequential art legend Jack Kirby in his work – with great effect:

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The story itself is pretty straight-forward:  In a post-apocalyptic world, our hero Meric seeks revenge on the monster Two-Tank Omen, who conquered his city and slaughtered his family. Scioli brings the story to life with amazing some imagery and character designs, making American Barbarian the most epic webcomic out there.

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One can loose oneself in these hyper-dynamic images for hours, but experience has shown one Outré editor that listening to a suitable record enhances the reading experience. In this case U.S. metal records from the eighties have proved a perfect match (obviously), and he would recommend something in the vein of  Omen’s Battle Cry or Manilla Road’s Crystal Logic as a musical supplement to American Barbarian.

If you enjoy this series and want to support it financially, then you should know that it’s available as a hardcover from AdHouse Books. And on the American Barbarian page, you can also check out two other of Scioli’s online comics, Final Frontier and Satan’s Soldier.

Before we go we want to remind creators again that we’re still looking for submissions for our third issue. Details here.

Happy reading and stay creative!

Magnus & Glenn
Editors
Outré Press

Our first cover is ready…

Alex Elykov put in all the hard work to bring Outré its first cover artwork. We’ve now finished it up with a logo and all. A terrific cover which we believe stands out and shows a (terrifyingly) ambiguous spin on the theme: responsibility.

Outré #1 - Responsibility - by Alex Elykov

Outré #1 – Responsibility – by Alex Elykov

Issue one launches universe-wide the 4th of May. We’ve still got a lot of work ahead of us to finalize Responsibility, but we have already begun shaping our second issue, Hopelessness. We haven’t got a cover artist for #2 yet, so if you’re a talented artist/designer maybe you would want that spot?

If so, send us an e-mail. We also continue to accept submissions for our 3rd issue, so to all of you and your talented friends, get creative and join Outré!

23rd & 24th of February, at the Excel Center.

23rd & 24th of February, at the Excel Center.

This coming weekend, the 23rd and 24th, we are going to the London Super Comic Con. LSCC is in its second year and the attendance and success of last year promise another terrific convention.

Outré will not have a table, but we (Glenn and Magnus) will attend both days, as editors for Outré and as writers. Do feel free to grab us while we’re waltzing around the floor, or go to the Markosia booth around 2pm Saturday, where Magnus will be signing his graphic novel The Vessel of Terror. We’re looking forward to meeting all the talented people there!

Since we’ve been pretty enigmatic and concealed ourselves in the shadows of Outré, here’s a picture of the both of us for your memory bank:

The very spot - Oslo Comic Expo 2012 - where Outré was conceived.

The very spot – Oslo Comic Expo 2012 – where Outré was conceived.

See you in London!

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Keep calm…

Magnus & Glenn
Editors
Outré Press

Xenophobia is the theme for Outré’s 3rd issue, and we want you!

Everyone's a stranger somewhere.

Everyone’s a stranger somewhere.

xen·o·pho·bi·a

[zen-uh-foh-bee-uh, zee-nuh-]

noun
an unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange.

Origin:
1900–05; xeno- + -phobia

 

We’ve all had it, to some degree. We’re all born with it. We’ve all felt it. Against ourselves. In society. In our community. Fear of the strange, fear of what we are not familiar with permeates mankind. Thus, I bet you have a story inside you, in any shape or form, that deals with xenophobia!
From the 1st of February to the 1st of May we hold our submission doors open. Read the submission guidelines and start hammering down that eight-page script. Note that due to the lengthy “window”, we will not be able to respond before May comes, so please don’t take the silence for ignorance. We’ll go through all submissions, and everyone will get a reply.
Write a classic.

Write a classic.

So far the Outré group consists of 8 writers (four per issue) and even more artists, and the stories and talent we’re bringing to life has astounded us. Our first issue will launch before summer and we can’t wait to show the world what these talented writers and artists have done.

We welcome you all to join the Outré group and we await your submissions!

PS: If you’re an artist who would love to contribute to Outré, check out the submission guidelines!

Stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press

2013 – the year of the Outré!

Let’s start with you, artists, illustrators and doodlers! We want you on Outré!

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Our first issue, about responsibility will be launched later this year. Right now, a handful of artists are working together with the writers to bring the scripts to life.

But while we’re working on issue one, we also want to get going on our second issue, Hopelessness, which already has a lot of talent attached. But right now we need 3 artists to join our writers on bringing the stories to life (Our 4th story already has an artist). If you’re up for illustrating an 8-page comic script, get in touch! We’re not looking for any particular styles, and we’ll merge the right artist with the right script once we and the writer see a match. But don’t hesitate sending us your sequential samples, be they black/white or coloured or whatever finish you think is your strongest, as we only have 3 spaces.

Head over to our submissions page for more information and the contact details!

Since we’re off to such a good start, we wanted to lift the veil on the theme of our 3rd issue, (which we hope to launch at the break of 2014). Xenophobia is the theme for our third installment and the submission gates open on the 1st of February. More information closer to the date!

Until next Wednesday, stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press