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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

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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

Outré launches the 4th of May!

Our launch date is approaching steadily, but we’re well underway to hammering, moulding, shaping and cutting Outré into the perfect initial issue.

Our contributors are all hard at work and we’re seeing the end of a few of the stories already. We’ll continue giving you teasers and tastes here on the blog all the way up to the 4th of May.

Kim Holm working on the pages for «Taras and the Monolith», written by Dan Hill.

 

Seeing as Outré is a non-profit, non-budget anthology with the aim to reach as many readers as possible – regular comic readers and specifically those who don’t read comics (or haven’t in years) – and bringing our talented artists and writers and their stories out into the world, we need some help from the guys and girls behind the almighty internet. Yup, that’s you!

Once you sit there with Outré, or stand on the bus with it, or lie in a tent, or bake on a beach, or wait in line, or ride your bicycle, or drive shotgun in a friend’s car and you’ve read it and enjoyed it, we want you to tell those on the bus about it, or that other guy in the tent, or those playing beach volleyball, or that woman in front of you in line, or the folks who help you back on your bike, or that friend. Or simply sharing it online. Word of mouth will be our fuel, but you’ll have to be our ignition.

If you write a blog or review comics, anthologies or books for a website or a magazine, don’t hesitate getting in touch and we’ll fix you up with a digital review copy as soon as it’s ready.

Here are a few previews of some of the stuff you’ll see in Outré #1:

by Brian Gilman

by Cécile Brun

by Kim Holm – story by Dan Hill

That’s it for now, but remember we’re still accepting submissions for our 3rd issue and all artist are encouraged to get in touch to join Outré in the future. We’re already at work on issue 2 and have already been joined by a special writer for issue 3.

Stay creative!

 

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
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Free comics: American Barbarian

Our creative teams are working hard and doing their best to deliver you four free comic book stories on the 4th of May. But until then we don’t want you to to suffer from lack of free comics, so this week we want to direct you to Tom Scioli’s excellent American Barbarian.

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A few weeks ago we urged you to check out the adventures Benjamin Marra’s Zorion the Swordlord, a comic that ought to be hit with fans of He-Man, Conan or Mad Max. Scioli’s American Barbarian is arguably cut from the same cloth as Marra’s series, but it’s definitely its own beast.

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Scioli, who’s primarily known for the sci-fi-opera series Gødland with Joe Casey, is channeling sequential art legend Jack Kirby in his work – with great effect:

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The story itself is pretty straight-forward:  In a post-apocalyptic world, our hero Meric seeks revenge on the monster Two-Tank Omen, who conquered his city and slaughtered his family. Scioli brings the story to life with amazing some imagery and character designs, making American Barbarian the most epic webcomic out there.

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One can loose oneself in these hyper-dynamic images for hours, but experience has shown one Outré editor that listening to a suitable record enhances the reading experience. In this case U.S. metal records from the eighties have proved a perfect match (obviously), and he would recommend something in the vein of  Omen’s Battle Cry or Manilla Road’s Crystal Logic as a musical supplement to American Barbarian.

If you enjoy this series and want to support it financially, then you should know that it’s available as a hardcover from AdHouse Books. And on the American Barbarian page, you can also check out two other of Scioli’s online comics, Final Frontier and Satan’s Soldier.

Before we go we want to remind creators again that we’re still looking for submissions for our third issue. Details here.

Happy reading and stay creative!

Magnus & Glenn
Editors
Outré Press

Xenophobia is the theme for Outré’s 3rd issue, and we want you!

Everyone's a stranger somewhere.

Everyone’s a stranger somewhere.

xen·o·pho·bi·a

[zen-uh-foh-bee-uh, zee-nuh-]

noun
an unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange.

Origin:
1900–05; xeno- + -phobia

 

We’ve all had it, to some degree. We’re all born with it. We’ve all felt it. Against ourselves. In society. In our community. Fear of the strange, fear of what we are not familiar with permeates mankind. Thus, I bet you have a story inside you, in any shape or form, that deals with xenophobia!
From the 1st of February to the 1st of May we hold our submission doors open. Read the submission guidelines and start hammering down that eight-page script. Note that due to the lengthy “window”, we will not be able to respond before May comes, so please don’t take the silence for ignorance. We’ll go through all submissions, and everyone will get a reply.
Write a classic.

Write a classic.

So far the Outré group consists of 8 writers (four per issue) and even more artists, and the stories and talent we’re bringing to life has astounded us. Our first issue will launch before summer and we can’t wait to show the world what these talented writers and artists have done.

We welcome you all to join the Outré group and we await your submissions!

PS: If you’re an artist who would love to contribute to Outré, check out the submission guidelines!

Stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press

Calling all artists!

This week we at Outré HQ want to address the artists who are considering being a part of our second issue. We got four solid stories lined up for this  issue, which will deal with the theme of hopelessness. And as we mentioned last Wednesday, three of these are in need of an artist at this moment.

Coincidentally, these three stories revolve around women, each of them at a different stage in their lives.

The first story is about an elderly lady and how she copes with her existence  at a nursing home. This one could be considered “slice-of-life”, though the theme is very much in place throughout the whole tale.

This is also true for the second story, in which the main character is a bipolar teenage girl. There’s a touch of magic realism here too, not unlike what Neil Gaiman and other Vertigo writers brought to the table years ago.

In the third story we’re deep into the genre of post-apocalyptic fiction. Here we follow a woman in her early thirties as she tries to make sense of her place in the world after an alien invasion.

If any artists would want to take a shot at one of these 8-page yarns, do not hesitate to shoot us an e-mail with your sequential samples. And as with our first issue, we’re also looking for four different artist who would want to contribute with a stand-alone illustration dealing with the current theme.

There is no pay involved, so please don’t ask for this when submitting. What we’re offering is to  be a part of a free, high-end comics anthology on the web, which we’ll promote to as many readers as possible.

Since we’re aiming for a Christmas 2013 release with this issue, all the artists chosen would be expected to meet the deadline which is September 1. This is over six months off, so hopefully this shouldn’t be a problem.

As before, please send all submissions to outrepress2012@gmail.com.

We’re looking forward to hearing from all the eager and talented artists out there! All the best till then,

Magnus & Glenn
Editors
Outré Press

2013 – the year of the Outré!

Let’s start with you, artists, illustrators and doodlers! We want you on Outré!

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Our first issue, about responsibility will be launched later this year. Right now, a handful of artists are working together with the writers to bring the scripts to life.

But while we’re working on issue one, we also want to get going on our second issue, Hopelessness, which already has a lot of talent attached. But right now we need 3 artists to join our writers on bringing the stories to life (Our 4th story already has an artist). If you’re up for illustrating an 8-page comic script, get in touch! We’re not looking for any particular styles, and we’ll merge the right artist with the right script once we and the writer see a match. But don’t hesitate sending us your sequential samples, be they black/white or coloured or whatever finish you think is your strongest, as we only have 3 spaces.

Head over to our submissions page for more information and the contact details!

Since we’re off to such a good start, we wanted to lift the veil on the theme of our 3rd issue, (which we hope to launch at the break of 2014). Xenophobia is the theme for our third installment and the submission gates open on the 1st of February. More information closer to the date!

Until next Wednesday, stay creative!

Glenn & Magnus
Editors
Outré Press