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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.

kevin_fong_picture

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
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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.

Brett Uren headshot

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:
torsobear cover
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

Kimbiji and Tap Vale A3 print - 1

Vale A3 print - 2b

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

Writer spotlight: Ronald Montgomery

Another writer in Outré’s first issue, about responsibility, is Ronald Montgomery:

Ronald Montgomery

Who are you?
Wow, that’s the question the Vorlons ask everybody in Babylon 5. Don’t freak me out like that.

I’m Ronald D. Montgomery, a small press comics writer. I’ve written for FUBAR from Alterna Comics, the Womanthology 2012 Valentine’s Day SpecialTribal Stories from TRIBE Comics, and Horror Haikus from Black Ship Books. I have an upcoming webcomic on Greyhaven’s The Gathering website and two Greyhaven anthology stories.

Why do you write?
In kindergarten, on class bathroom breaks, I began climbing on the handrail in the toilet stall. I’d perch my arms on the partition wall to watch my classmates use the bathroom, horseplay, wash hands, line up. I was hypnotized by the final order arising from the self-directed behavior of the other kids; it was an endlessly replaying symphony of silent music. After a week, one of the boys ratted me out to the teacher, Mrs. Hooper. She busted me hard. She sent a long note home, pinned to my shirt. My father read it and told me that I was a bad kid, and that if I kept being bad, no one in first grade would like me. I cried all night.

I now see that six-year-old me was an observer of simple systems and human behavior, but for years I couldn’t figure out why I did it. In college I had a cultural anthropology class and read Marvin Harris. BING! The clothes dryer in my head told me my shirts were ready.

Writing helps me understand the world better without committing bathroom crimes. I probably should’ve been an anthropologist too.

Where can one find you?
My site: http://www.ronaldmontgomerycomics.com/blog/
My email: Ronald.Montgomery [AT] gmail.com

Ronald’s story is set in Russia during war, where malicious soldiers train a farm dog in a most hazardous game.