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The Vinland Invasion of Jorvik

Outland’s very own Ian Stuart Sharpe went Viking with what was billed as the “Vinland Invasion” of the Jorvik Viking Festival in the UK. You might not be old enough to remember the British Invasion, but you still feel its effects. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the...

The Soulless by Kate Martin Acquired

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Gwendolyn Nix gwen@outlandentertainment.com DARK FANTASY NOVEL ACQUIRED BY OUTLAND ENTERTAINMENT Novelist Kate Martin joins Outland Entertainment family with The Soulless KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (MARCH 2, 2020)—A new dark epic...

Where the Veil is Thin Announced!

Hello folks! So, coming in February, will be a campaign for our latest anthology - Where the Veil is Thin. Featuring stories from David Bowles, Seanan McGuire, Glenn Parris, Shanna Swendson, Gwendolyn N. Nix, L. Penelope, Alethea Kontis, Linda Robertson, Grey Yuen,...

APEX LAUNCHED

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APEX to Launch January 7th!

Hello everybody! We're well aware that we've had multiple announcements for the launch of APEX: The Collected Edition on Kickstarter and apologize for that. We were excited about getting the game back out there and we made announcements prematurely. To that end, I...

Fox & Willow Acquired by Outland Entertainment

Fox & Willow, an online grim fairytale series, has been acquired by Outland Entertainment. Written by Allison Pang and illustrated by Irma ‘Aimo’ Ahmed, Fox & Willow debuted in April 2012 and has maintained a strong fanbase ever since. Following the runaway princess, Willow, and her mischievous fox spirit companion, Gideon, the overarching plot…

APEX Kickstarter Launch Date Revisited

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APEX Kickstarter Launch Date!

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Final 20 Hours of The Jötunn War Issue 02 Kickstarter!

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Apex Kickstarter Update

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The Vinland Invasion of Jorvik

The Vinland Invasion of Jorvik

Outland’s very own Ian Stuart Sharpe went Viking with what was billed as the “Vinland Invasion” of the Jorvik Viking Festival in the UK.

You might not be old enough to remember the British Invasion, but you still feel its effects. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks – cultural icons who are somehow still performing today – crashed into the American rock and pop scene, changing music for ever. The Sixties became a counter-cultural force, full of peace. Love and vitality.

Of course, it isn’t the first time Europeans have turned up on North American shores. That all started when Leif Erikson (c. 970 – c. 1020), a Norse explorer from Iceland, was blown off course, centuries before Christopher Columbus. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada.

Outland published the first novel in the Vikingverse series, The All Father Paradox, in 2018, and we choose Leif Erikson’s Day (October 9th) as the launch date.

I’m British by birth, but I also have Canadian citizenship – I always felt a sense of kinship with Leif’s wandering, and a deep fascination with the Vikings. From the freezing North to the heat of Spain; from the riches of the East to remote Vinland in the West, the Vikings travelled far, leaving their mark across the world through trading, raiding and discovery.

So, when the second book in the series was ready to publish, I wondered if I couldn’t go one better.  Not just an authorial reading in a local bookstore. The key thing for me – all these years after Erikson landed on Canadian shores – was to give something back to the Norse community, whether they wanted it or not.  I decided to do Leif’s journey in reverse. A Vinland Invasion!

The proud legacy of the Northmen is celebrated at the annual Jorvik Viking Festival, now in its 36th year, in the north of England. History fans and Viking reenactors immerse themselves in the Norse legacy, with city-wide events exploring the stories of these great travelers. There are living history encampments, talks, tours, and dramatic combat performances – not to mention mead on tap.

After a few emails, I was accepted into the Festival Fringe program, to be hosted by the Travelling Man store. I was also due to be accompanied by fellow Canadian author, Jordan Stratford of Wollstonecraft Detective Agency fame (whose own Norse novel, Winter by Winter, comes out in March 2020). Sadly, Stratford had to drop out at the last minute, leaving me to voyage on alone.

I’ll let the photographs attached to this blog speak for themselves. This year, the Festival suffered from the wiles of Loki, inclement weather put paid to the Battle Spectacular that serves as a Grand Finale. But I did get to meet a whole horde of people who are brimful of enthusiasm for the period, and who relish authenticity and adrenaline.

The question remains how to top all that when I finish the trilogy. Does Asgard take bookings?

The Soulless by Kate Martin Acquired

The Soulless by Kate Martin Acquired

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Nix

gwen@outlandentertainment.com

DARK FANTASY NOVEL ACQUIRED BY OUTLAND ENTERTAINMENT

Novelist Kate Martin joins Outland Entertainment family with The Soulless

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (MARCH 2, 2020)—A new dark epic fantasy called The Soulless by up-and-coming novelist Kate Martin has been acquired by Outland Entertainment. The Soulless presents a new twist on the traditional story of seraphs, witches, and demons by intertwining original characters into a reimagined world. When a young man of unknown origins is pulled deeper and deeper into supernatural politics and war, he must use his own power to keep everything he loves from falling into the hands of a demon god—all the while discovering the truth of his parentage.

“I am so excited to be working with Outland Entertainment to bring The Soulless to shelves everywhere!” said Kate Martin. “Of all the stories I’ve written, this is the one I am most proud of to date. I’ve been watching the work Outland has been doing, and I am thrilled that The Soulless has found a home with them.”

“I’m pleased to be able to continue growing Outland’s dark fantasy titles with The Soulless,” Gwendolyn Nix, senior editor with Outland Entertainment, said regarding the new acquisition. “Kate has created an incredibly unique and engaging world with striking characters. I can’t wait to work with her to publish this story.”

The Soulless expects a 2021 release from Outland Entertainment.

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ABOUT KATE MARTIN

Kate Martin is the author of numerous novels and short stories–some public, some secret, but almost all delving into the world of the fantastic. When not writing, she can be found either teaching dance, or–more likely–at home with her two daughters, grumpy cat, and English teacher husband. There are a lot of books in the house. Which is good, because they live in New England–where it is usually too cold, or too hot, and rarely the perfect temperature. Follow her on Instagram at @katewmartin.

ABOUT OUTLAND ENTERTAINMENT

Outland Entertainment was founded as a creative services company in 2008 by Jeremy Mohler. Since then, Outland has worked for a wide variety of clients across the world. Outland specializes in assembling creative teams and managing projects. Contact them via their site form or go to www.outlandentertainment.com. For more information, contact Jeremy Mohler at jeremy@outlandentertainment.com.

Where the Veil is Thin Announced!

Where the Veil is Thin Announced!

Hello folks!

So, coming in February, will be a campaign for our latest anthology – Where the Veil is Thin.

Featuring stories from David Bowles, Seanan McGuire, Glenn Parris, Shanna Swendson, Gwendolyn N. Nix, L. Penelope, Alethea Kontis, Linda Robertson, Grey Yuen, Minsoo Kang, Carlos Hernandez, C.S.E Cooney, Zin E. Rocklyn, and edited by Cerece Rennie Murphy and Alana Joli Abbott! Foreward by Jim C. Hines.

Around the world, there are tales of creatures that live in mist or shadow, hidden from humans by only the slightest veil. In Where the Veil Is Thin, these creatures step into the light. Some are small and harmless. Some are bizarre mirrors of this world. Some have hidden motives, while others seek justice against humans who have wronged them.

In these pages, you will meet blood-sucking tooth fairies and gentle boo hags, souls who find new shapes after death and changelings seeking a way to fit into either world. You will cross the veil—but be careful that you remember the way back.

Here’s the preview page! We welcome feedback!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1982216861/1663873173?ref=3e2w24&token=01c54bda

APEX LAUNCHED

APEX to Launch January 7th!

Hello everybody!

We’re well aware that we’ve had multiple announcements for the launch of APEX: The Collected Edition on Kickstarter and apologize for that. We were excited about getting the game back out there and we made announcements prematurely.

To that end, I wanted to talk a bit about why we’ve delayed the launch several times and address some concerns that were raised.

It is no mystery that Outland has had trouble with delivery of past Kickstarter projects. We recognize this and admit to having post-Kickstarter issues with getting our products in backers hands. With that in mind:

  1. We know we have a problem. And admitting you have a problem is the first step to fixing it, right? This is why we have engaged a completely external team, KickCTRL, who is handling management and delivery of our Kickstarter projects moving forward. This helps us tremendously – it let’s us focus on what we’re good at, the creative, and helps to ensure that each project is handled correctly and delivered in a timely manner to our backers.
  2. If you look at any of our past Kickstarter projects, you’ll see that we have not abandoned any. We’re still active and we’re still delivering any outstanding material as quickly as we can. All projects will be delivered.

In terms of delays to the launch of this project specifically:

  • Due to the issues that were present in earlier APEX Kickstarter projects, we are being extra cautious to make sure that we absolutely do not have any of the issues that presented themselves in the past. This is extremely important to us, so we decided early on to not launch until we had everything as close to sorted out as possible.
  • We had an incredible amount of excellent feedback from backers, and we wanted to make sure that we heard and made changes to the campaign based on that feedback.
  • With that in mind, we had to re-quote not only the printing of the game several times, but we had to reach out to several different fulfillment companies to make sure that we could provide the absolute best international shipping rates possible. It took weeks to get new print and fulfillment quotes, which pushed us into the holidays.
  • Ultimately, everybody wants this to be as successful a project as possible. Making sure we have the right numbers, the best shipping, and not launching in the middle of the holidays seemed like the best possible solution to give APEX the best opportunity for success.

As it stands, we have all the feedback from backers and have made changes accordingly.

We have all the numbers in.

We have engaged a fulfillment company that can provide friendly international shipping.

And now, we’re just waiting for the holidays to wrap up.

We’ll be launching Tuesday, January 7th, 2020.

Once again, our apologies for the delay on the launch. We’ll see you in January!

Thank you!

Fox & Willow Acquired by Outland Entertainment

Fox & Willow Acquired by Outland Entertainment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Nix

gwen@outlandentertainment.com

FOX & WILLOW ACQUIRED BY OUTLAND ENTERTAINMENT 

Grim Fairy Tale Webcomic Finds New Home with Transmedia Publisher

TOPEKA, KANSAS (December 19, 2019)—Fox & Willow, an online grim fairytale series, has been acquired by Outland Entertainment. Written by Allison Pang and illustrated by Irma ‘Aimo’ Ahmed, Fox & Willow debuted in April 2012 and has maintained a strong fanbase ever since. Following the runaway princess, Willow, and her mischievous fox spirit companion, Gideon, the overarching plot centralizes around uncovering Willow’s past and Gideon’s mysterious curse. Yet, fairytales, such as from “Rapunzel” to “The Two Sisters,” are interwoven throughout each adventure with just enough familiarity for readers to identify.

“Since its launch in 2012, Fox & Willow has been an amazing journey for both me and Aimo,” says Fox & Willow writer Allison Pang. “Aligning with Outland Entertainment provides us a wonderful opportunity to expand the world and its outlet potentials while continuing to send our favorite characters on new adventures and explore new fairytales from around the world. I’m excited to see where this next journey takes us, Willow, and Gideon.”

“I’ve been following this comic since it launched, and I couldn’t be more pleased that Allison and Aimo chose Outland for their print home,” says Outland Editor-in-Chief Alana Abbott. “Not only do they deconstruct traditional fairy tales in a way that allows us to explore those stories from a new perspective, but they tell a truly compelling story.”

Now working closely with Outland Entertainment, Fox & Willow plans to follow Outland Entertainment’s previous successful projects, including an upcoming Kickstarter to fund print versions of the webcomic.

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ABOUT FOX & WILLOW

Fox & Willow explores traditional fairy tales through the lens of exiled Princess Willow and her fox-spirit companion, Gideon, who frequently accompanies her in human form. In the first tale, Willow and Gideon work together to solve a murder, freeing a ghost trapped as a swan. Later issues tackle “The Little Mermaid” and “Little Red Riding Hood,” as well as exploring folktales from East Asian traditions.

ABOUT ALLISON PANG

Allison is the author of the Urban Fantasy Abby Sinclair series, the steampunk IronHeart Chronicles series and has also written several short stories and comics for various anthologies. She likes LEGOS, elves, LEGO elves…and bacon.

ABOUT IRMA ‘AIMO’ AHMED

Aimo is a professional sketch card artist who has done work for card companies such as Topps, Upper Deck, and Rittenhouse Archives on properties of Lucasfilm, New Line Cinema, and Marvel. She has a big love for comics and pretty pictures. And kitties. FAT AND FLUFFY KITTIES.

ABOUT OUTLAND ENTERTAINMENT

Outland Entertainment was founded as a creative services company in 2008 by Jeremy Mohler. Since then, Outland has worked for a wide variety of clients across the world. Outland specializes in assembling creative teams and managing projects. Contact them via their site form or go to www.outlandentertainment.com. For more information, contact Jeremy Mohler at jeremy@outlandentertainment.com.