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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.

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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:
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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.

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Stay creative!

Magnus & Glenn
Editors
Outré Press

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London Super Comic Con: Aftermath

This year’s London Super Comic Convention is over and done with and the Outré editors had a very good time. Magnus signed copies of his Vessel of Terror at the Markosia booth, and Glenn went around chasing signatures from sequential art legends such as Roy Thomas, Herb Trimpe, Gary Erskine and John McCrea.

Glenn on the first day. Bag full of comics.

Glenn on the first day. Bag full of comics.

But our favorite part of the con was to just walk around the floor and talk to some of the small press folks. And though we didn’t have time to check out every single table, our overall impression was that LSSC’s artist alley was filled with tons of talented comic creators.

Here’s a sample of what we bought from the various guys and gals we chatted with:

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Both Magnus and Glenn picked up the first volume of Brett Uren’s Kuzimu, published by 215 Ink. Kuzimu is an unique beast both art and story-wise, as the story is about a reptilian creature making its way through a forgotten spirit realm. Definitely a book for fans of the “new weird” genre. And without giving anything away: don’t be surprised if you see Brett’s work in a future issue of Outré.

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Sarah Jones sold postcards, prints and mini-comics at her table, and Glenn bought a copy of The Doll Maker. Illustrated in a manga style, the book tells a bitter-sweet tale about a life-changing meeting between a doll maker and a customer. Since we’re all about free comics here at Outré HQ, we’re happy tell you that Sarah has posted the entire comic on her website. Check it out, but remember to have your handkerchief ready!

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Glenn also picked up a couple of mini-comics from Aneurin Wright, author of the acclaimed graphic novel Things to do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park When You’re 29 & Unemployed. The first one, titled Never eat with a spoon that which can be eaten with a fork, is basically a series of illustrated mug shots of people who were banned from the shopping mall where Aneurin used to work. The second book was titled One bedroom’s all you can sleep in at a time, and consisted of gorgeous pencil drawings of people sleeping. Two strange and beautiful little books, that one would have a hard time finding in the spinner racks at a regular comic store.

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Sharing the table with Aneurin was veteran comic journalist and editor Paul Gravett. Magnus bought the anthology The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics, which Paul edited back in 2008. This was also probably the convention’s best deal when it came to getting your money’s worth, as the price for this 480-page monster of a book was only five pounds. For an anthology featuring stories by Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Alex Toth and Johnny Craig, that’s quite a bargain.

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Glenn and Magnus also walked home with a copy of The Evil Tree each. Written by Eric Hendrix and drawn by Daniel Thollin, the graphic novel received rave reviews from horror fans last year; all of them unanimously saying that they had experienced one genuinely scary comic. As soon as any of the Outré editors dare to open the book, we’ll let you know if we agree.

So overall we’re more than happy with this con. Apart from the cool comics we brought home to Norway, we also made some contacts that may benefit Outré in the future. We’re going to round off this week’s post with a couple of pictures from the convention floor: The first one shows Magnus standing in one of the original art booths, looking up at one very iconic David Lloyd page from V for Vendetta. The price: 6000 pounds – or 9100 US dollars.

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Magnus & Glenn
Editors
Outré Press