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Reprise – Outré #1 still available!

Our vacation away from blogging is now over and we’ll get back to our regular program with one post per week. Showcasing anything related to Outré, our contributors – or just stuff we like  to highlight. And of course, we’ll start drip-feeding you content for our next issue, which launches in December, and introducing our contributors.

But before that, let’s look back at Outré #1, which is still available for free, and always will be. Here are three preview pages from each of the four stories we had in #1.

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My Universe Expands Until I Have No Center by Alex Wilson (writer/letterer) and Ben Garriga (art).

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I, Icarus by Glenn Arseneau (writer/letterer) and Valentin Ramon (art).

taras_01 taras_02 taras_03Taras and the Monolith by Dan Hill (writer) and Kim Holm (art/lettering).

Although all these stories deal with responsibility in some shape or form, they are quite style and subject matter. The rest of these four stories, plus great stand-alone artwork by Jelena Đorđević, Aleksandar Božić Ske, Cécile Brun and Brian Gilman & K. Michael Russell, and an interview with both Fiona Staples and Alex Wilson can be found in Outré #1.

So if you haven’t already, do head on over to our download page and get your preferred version. CBZ, CBR or high and low resolution PDFs.

Stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
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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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Outre #1: Creator Roundup!

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Tomorrow is the big day, as Outré #1, “the Responsibility issue”, will be released to the world in all its glory. But before you download it to your tablet, phone, laptop or home computer, we thought we would do a quick presentation of all the creators that have been involved in bringing it to life. These guys have put in countless of hours in order to getting the issue done, so we feel that they definitely deserve both your attention and applause.

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The cover is by Alex Elykov, a digital illustrator from the Nottingham, UK. Apart from Outré Press, he has done work for publishers such as RiotShell Comics and Alderac Entertainment Group. Check out his work at http://alexelykov.carbonmade.com.

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The first story, “Taras and the Monolith”, is by Dan Hill and Kim Holm. Dan, a UK-based writer, has had stories published by Viper Comics and Ape Entertainment. He also writes the column “Opening Contract” at the comic book site The Weekly Crisis. You can find him at http://dan-hill.org.

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Kim is from Bergen, Norway, and has been creating comics since he was a teenager. We at Outré are very fond of his Lovecraft adaptation The Pickman’s Model, which you can read for free here. He also illustrates extreme metal concerts during events like the Inferno Festival. Find him at http://cartoonarchy.no.

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“My Universe Expands Until I Have No Center” is written by Alex Wilson and drawn by Ben Garriga. Alex is a writer and actor from Carrboro in North Carolina, and his 5-pager “The Time of Reflection” won an Eagle Award in 2012. Visit http://alexwilson.com for regular updates about Alex’s shenanigans.

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Ben is from the States as well, and he’s showcasing some of his excellent art at his DeviantArt page: http://graphitenightmare.deviantart.com.

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The third story, titled “The Most Dangerous Place For Children”, is written by Ronald Montgomery, penciled and inked by Jim Giar, colored by Tim Switalski and lettered by Rafer Roberts. Ronald has written stories for publishers Alterna Comics, Tribe Comics and Black Ship Books.

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Jim is from Cleveland, Ohio, and a member of The Rust Belt Monster Collective. You can see samples from some of the amazing stuff Jim has done on http://chelzostudios.com.

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Tim, another Rust Belt Monster from Cleveland, does not only colors, but full art as well, which you can find at http://www.timswit.com and http://www.timswitalski.com.

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The same goes for Rafer, who we presented to you yesterday. He is perhaps most known as the creator of the Plastic Farm series, which has been going on since 2002. Follow Rafer’s work at http://plasticfarm.com.

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The final 8-pager in the issue one is “I, Icarus”, by Glenn Arseneau and Valentin Ramon. Glenn is an archaeologist who his graphic novel Greyman published through Arcana Studio in 2011, as well as The Price by 215 Ink the same year. He can be found on Twitter as @glennarseneau.

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Valentin is a illustrator from Spain who’s currently living in London, UK. He has done covers for Bluewater Comics and the short story “Stinky”, which he did with writer Fabian Rangel Jr., was published by Challenger Comics in 2012. Check out his portfolio at http://valentinramon.blogspot.co.uk.

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Cécile Brun has done one of the four stand-alone illustrations in Outre #1. She is a 24 year old girl from France, who along with her partner Olivier is a member of the Atelier Sentô studio. The two of them are currently working on an exciting project titled Natsuko, which you can see first beautiful pages from at http://atelier-sento.tumblr.com.

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The second illustration comes from Jelena Đorđević, who lives in Serbia. She’s an artist who’s currently working on an ambitious series titled Empire of Blood, with writers Michael DeShane and Magnus Aspli (that name sounds familiar…). To see pages from that and other projects, check out Jelena’s work here: http://besnglist.daportfolio.com.

briangilman Brian Gilman is an up and coming artist who majored in illustration. You can see samples from some of the short stories he’s worked on at his blog at http://gilmancomics.blogspot.com, as well on his DeviantArt page: http://warder120.deviantart.com.

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Bringing colors to Brian’s illustration is K. Michael Russell, who’s a full-time registered nurse and freelance comic book colorist. His online portal can be found at www.michruss.com.

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Last, but not least, we have artist Aleksandar Božić Ske, also from Serbia. In addition to freelance work, he has done comics for Bluewater Comics, as well as a one-shot with writer Glenn Møane (that name sounds familiar too…). See his online portfolio at http://skecomx.weebly.com.

So there you have them, ladies and gentlemen. We hope you enjoy what these creators are bringing to the table on this year’s Free Comic Book Day, along with the other comics you may pick up. See you tomorrow!

Stay creative!

Magnus & Glenn
Editors
Outré Press

Artist spotlight: Rafer Roberts

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Working really hard. The cat, we mean.


Rafer has joined artist Jim Giar and colourist Tim Switalski on Ronald Montgomery’s script «The Most Dangerous Place For Children», as letterer. And that means lettering done by hand!

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Notice the great pacing in Ronald’s script, the terrific art by Jim, the poppin’ colours by Tim, and the final touch by Rafer.

The Reverend Rafer Roberts has been making comics since the dawn of time. His works include PLASTIC FARM, numerous anthologies such as the New York Times bestselling FUBAR: EMPIRE OF THE RISING DEAD and DISTRICT COMICS, DOPE FIENDS OF THE ZOMBIE CAFE and its sequel WILD WOMEN OF THE KITTY-KAT GALAXY with Sean Frost, and the oddly popular NIGHTMARE THE RAT. His lettering has even obscured other people’s artwork in the ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE anthology from Dark Horse Comics. Rafer is married to his muse, and along with their dwindling supply of cats, live the life of hermits.

Twitter: @plasticfarm

You’ll see more of Rafer and the story this coming Saturday. Stay tuned!

And stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press

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

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:

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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: 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