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Preview: Torsobear

Greetings,

All the creative teams are doing their best to complete all the stories for Outré #2 on time, but we’re pleased to announce that one story is already in the can.

The story is by the beforementioned “Torsobear” by Brett Uren, who has been pulling all the strings on this one: writing, pencilling, inking, coloring and lettering. The man is nothing less than a sequential art machine and we’re extremely pleased to have him on board for our second issue.

To celebrate the completion of “Torsobear”, we thought we could show you the first two pages from this noir-esque fable. Here we are introduced to police detective Ruxby Bear, his newly assigned partner Hasbrow, and the cozy world in which these characters inhabit. Without going into spoilers, poor Ruxby Bear will soon learn that there are horrors to be found even in the happy town of Toyburg.

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You’ll have to wait a few months to learn what lies behind the bootlaces. It is not a pretty sight, but we hope you’ll tune in and check it out nevertheless.

Stay creative!

Magnus & Glenn
Editors
Outré Press

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.

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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.

Gog magog

Hemah

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Stay creative!

Magnus & Glenn
Editors
Outré Press

Summer!

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This is just to let you know that we will be suspending our regular transmissions until July 31. Summer is finally upon us,  and we here at Outré HC are going to take a most welcome (and dare we say well-deserved)  vacation.

We will update the blog if there is something we just have to share with you right away, but for now the plan is to return to our regular programming by the end of July.

From then on you can look forward to presentations of the creators behind the next installment of Outré, and of course teasers about its content. As we told you many times before, Outré #2 is all about “hopelessness”, and we couldn’t be more optimistic about the issue.

We’d like to wish all our readers, downloaders and supporters a safe and happy summer. And don’t forget:

Stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
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

New creators & Comics Experience plug

Greetings,

With our first issue finished and presented to the world, we are looking forward as the creators involved start the production of the second one. Recently we have added a coulple of more names to this installment, which is due to be released this Christmas. We have a new cover artist on board, and we’re very excited to see what he’ll bring to the table.

We also have two new artists who will be doing a stand-alone illustration each playing on the theme “hopelessness”. And our four different creative teams are just about ready to begin working on their stories, which is the meat and potatoes of every Outré issue. We would have liked to reveal the names of all these creators right now, but readers will have to stay patient for a little while longer.

With the launch of a new comics anthology and all that entails with it, we’ve been busy this last two months. But this week we will go through the rest of the pitches we received for Outré #3, “the Xenophobia issue”. As soon as we’ve agreed on which of them we will give a green light, we’ll get back to the creators who submitted scripts our way. This shouldn’t take more than a week from now, so thanks again to everyone involved for your patience.

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In other news, we are pleased to see that guys and gals all over the world are still checking out Outré #1 and saying nice things to us about it (If you haven’t already, go get it here!). Today we also received a nice plug from Rob Anderson at the Comics Experience blog.

Rob Anderson is the writer of Rex, Zombie Killer and a general manager/moderator at Comics Experience. For those of you who don’t know about it, Comics Experience is an online community tailored specifically to comic book creators, headed by former Marvel and IDW editor Andy Schmidt. In addition to the main workshop, Schmidt offers specific courses to creators who would want to learn more about writing, penciling, coloring, lettering or even editing comics.

The Comics Experience staff are made up of people like writer Chuck Dixon, artist Robert Atkins and colorist Chris Sotomayor, among others. It’s a great and a really inspiring community, and comics creators who are starting out should definitely consider joining. Outré editor Glenn has been a workshop member there since 2010, and the advice and feedback he has received on his work has been invaluable.

Stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press

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.

Into Where the WILD Things Are

Hail to the King Baby