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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

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More praise for our debut issue

As always, a big thank you to everyone reading Outré and spreading the good word. We get new readers everyday, especially thanks to the bloggers and reviewers who’re saying great things.

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Two more reviews have gone up. The first from Comic Bastards, giving Outré a 4 out of 5!

While I tend to prefer Dark Horse’s approach of larger stories spread throughout several issues, Outre has a very different and cool approach to the anthology style.

Read the whole review here.

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The other review is from blogger Paul Mirek.

The credits list may give it away, but this is in fact a free anthology–and much better than it has any right to be. The mission statement at the beginning of the book outlines the editors’ quest to build on the momentum of the current wave of “serious” comic creators while opening up the medium to a more mainstream audience. The production levels for this first issue are high: four short stories, three pin-ups, and two interviews. All deal with the idea of “responsibility,” with genres running from fantasy to sci-fi to historical fiction. The two strongest entries are “My Universe Expands Until I Have No Center,” a galaxy-spanning cyberpunk epic by Carrboroite Alex Wilson and Ben Garriga, and “The Most Dangerous Place for Children,” a WWII-era parable by Ronald Montgomery, Jim Giar, Tim Switalksi, and Rafer Roberts. For me, the best part of these projects is the new bodies of work to explore afterwards, and Outre is no exception. I look forward to tracking down many of these creators while I await issue #2.

Check out his May round-up of free comics here.

We’re hard at work getting our second issue ready for its December launch, and prepping our third issue, set for launch on Free Comic Book Day next year. In comics you simply have to be the early bird.

We’ll soon start showing off what we have in store for #2, but in the meantime, head over to our download page and get your copy of Outré’s debut issue!

Stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press

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