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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
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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.

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Outré #2 – Hopelessness – launches Dec 2013.

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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.

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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

Outré #3: Story submissions closing!

Hello everyone,

This week is all about the launch of our first issue, but we still want to mention that today is the final deadline to send us story submissions for our xenophobia-themed issue, which will be released next year.

We want to thank all the writers who have submitted scripts our way. We’re going to read through all of them in the coming month, and we’ll get back to each and every one of you with our thoughts. Thanks again for submitting, and for your patience.

As for artists who are thinking about joining the Outré family:  We are still very much interested in hearing from you, so please send us links to your sequential art portfolios. The same goes for the artists who don’t have the time to commit to a full 8-pager, as the issue will include four stand-alone illustrations showing the artist’s unique take on the theme of xenophobia. You’ll find all the details about submitting here.

Check in tomorrow, as we’ll be back with another creator spotlight.

Stay creative!

Magnus & Glenn
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: 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

Artist spotlight: K. Michael Russell

One of the latest additions to the Outré family is K. Michael Russell, who will be lending us his coloring skills to one of the stand alone illustrations in our first issue.

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Who are you?
My name is Kurt Michael Russell, but I’m usually credited as K. Michael Russell. (Try to find me by Googling my first and last name… go ahead, I’ll wait. Thank my pop-culture oblivious parents for that.) I’m an American freelance comic book colorist and full-time registered nurse. I draw as well, but the majority of my published work has been as a colorist.

Why do you draw/color?
I don’t remember not drawing. My mom told me that I started when I was two years old. I just enjoy doing it–the act of turning a blank canvas into a work of art. One is literally creating. There was nothing there; now there is. There’s something inherently rewarding about that to me.

A good penciller/inker can do much to create the “feel” of a comic book page, but the final word is ultimately with the colorist–to set the mood, to create the atmosphere, to light the scene. I would equate it to the cinematographer or the director of photography on a movie set. I’m a big film buff, and I use movie scenes for reference often. I just really love the whole process.

Where can one find you?
www.michruss.com is a portal to my Facebook, Twitter, DeviantArt, and Tumblr pages. I usually put new art and previews that I can on those pages. Feel free to email me at kmichruss@gmail.com.

Kurt Michael will be working on the pin-up that Brian Gilman did for us, which you could see a little snippet from last week. To see more of what this artist is capable of, head on to his DeviantArt page and check out gorgeous pop culture art like this: tmnt2

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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.

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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