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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?
NEW COMIC, ORC GIRL & GOBBO, RELEASES FROM OUTLAND ENTERTAINMENT
New Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Comic Releases on March 29, 2019
TOPEKA, KANSAS (March 29, 2019)—Orc Girl & Gobbo, a new comic series from Outland Entertainment releases on March 29, 2019. Created and illustrated by Chris Yarbrough, Orc Girl & Gobbo follows the story of an orc runt swordswoman and goblin pup, last of his hive, as they explore a world full of horrors and adventure. A fast-paced humorous action fantasy, this comic launches into a land where civilization sits on the brink of collapse and an unknown evil ravage the landscape, only known as “The Horror.”
“Orc Girl and Gobbo came to me in a dream, two years ago,” explained Chris Yarbrough. “Since then they, and the world they inhabit, have kind of taken over my mind. Almost every night when I go to sleep, I am plotting out some element of their characters, or the larger world. Frequently, this leads to more dreams, and I jot those down in the morning. I have so many stories in my head, it’s good to finally do something with one of them,” Yarbrough continued. “I think this is my best work so far, and I hope people enjoy it.”
“Chris and I have been working together for several years now—he’s one of the most talented and creative artists I’ve had the pleasure to work with, ” said Outland Entertainment’s Creative Director Jeremy Mohler. “When he brought up the idea for Orc Girl & Gobbo, I knew that Outland had to help him get it out!”
Orc Girl & Gobbo will release on March 29, 2019 and will be available online and wherever books are sold.
ABOUT ORC GIRL & GOBBO
In ancient Eld Sirrah, land of thunder, civilization is on the brink of collapse. Ravaged by a century of a terrible curse, all but the mightiest of kingdoms have turned to dust. Abandoned cities and holdfasts of the old world juts like sinister teeth, ravaged by “The Horror.” It is an age of vast frontiers, an age of redrawn maps and splintered axes. It is an age of bronze, iron, and magic. It is an age of adventure!
Such an age cannot turn without heroes, and heroes are in no short supply! Here we find an orc runt swordswoman and a goblin pup, last of his hive. Together, they will ride screaming into legend, but first their tale must be told. This is the tale of Orc Girl and Gobbo.
ABOUT CHRIS YARBROUGH
Chris Yarbrough is a middling illustrator, slacker, sometime writer, force of nature, and all around actual human person.
He’s done many things you’ve never seen, some you may have (Radiation Day). He’s crowdfunded, but he’s no stranger to running from a crowd. He’s had a pencil in his hand since he was two, and done actual useful things with a pencil since he was twenty-two. He talks to crows, but they never talk back. One time, he even ate a whole spaghetti!
Chris is not a cannibal despite anything you, or anyone you know, may have heard. And, that’s final.
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 email@example.com.
As we do every year, we’ll be out at our hometown show, Planet Comicon. We’ll have a variety of books, games, comics, and artwork on the table for you to check out!
We’ll be at booth #1925.
This year, special guest Chris Yarbrough will be joining us for the release of his creator owned comic, Orcgirl & Gobbo. You’ll have a chance to be the first to see it in print! You’ll also be able to purchase exclusive prints!
We’ll also be premiering the preview issue ofThe Jotunn War from Ian Stuart Sharpe, Devmalya Pramanik, Paul Little, and Ed Dukeshire. It’s a futuristic Viking saga set in Ian’s Vikingverse. We’ll also have his first novel, The All Father Paradox, available for sale as well.
In addition, we’ll have copies of the Apex Theropod deck building game from Herschel Hoffmeyer, Shotguns & Sorcery RPG and Omnibus from Matt Forbeck, and a variety of anthologies (Blackguards, Knaves, Kaiju Rising, Kaiju Rising 2, Mech, Hath No Fury, and Emergence) published by Outland. In addition, we’ll have the premiere of the hard cover Warlock 5 graphic novel from Cullen Bunn, JimmyZ, Jeff Edwards, Andy Poole, and Ed Dukeshire.
It’s going to be a really exciting show! Looking forward to seeing you there!
The city was bursting with people wearing badges. You could spot your kindred souls just by seeing the blue lanyards. Finding yourself in Lisbon, here in Portugal, you’d think we’d be speaking our own language, but no: from November 7-10, the first contact you’d have with ANYONE—be it the lady from the teeny tiny fruit shop to the conference speaker at the MEO Arena—would be in English.
Lisbon transformed itself to welcome the more than 50,000 geeks that made their way to Web Summit. Taking into account it was the first event of its kind and size to take place in our country, I think we behaved quite well. Yes, 3,000 attendees were left outside the main stage on opening day and that was a big shock for everyone—believe me, I had paid my ticket, was psyched to be at the opening ceremony… and stood freezing on the steps amidst the crowd watching through a screen.
But let’s not get caught up in the logistic details and cut to chase: all the tech revolution.
There were thousands of startups from every sector you can imagine: Entertainment, Health, Sports, Fashion, Socializing, Learning… What held this diverse group together was the fact that they were using new(-ish) technology. Whether touting apps made from scratch or adaptations of existing software and hardware, people showed how innovation can be achieved in the smallest of ideas.
But there weren’t only startups there. You could see and experience new ventures of household names like Microsoft, Google, or Tesla.
You always know that going to a conference (or convention) is going to test your agility. How’s your sprinting time? With the stands of companies changing on a daily basis, plus the huge number of presentations, I found myself running franticly to catch all I wanted. Needless to say, sacrifices were made.
But I managed to hear some captivating speakers on a variety of topics that truly interest me. There was time for new marketing ideas and tools at the PandaConf, tons about the importance of continuing to make relevant content for your increasingly demanding audience at ContentMakers, and more VRand AR enlightening at the TalkRobotstage, while FutureSocieties and Modum offered different views on how we can learn and teach people to be bolder and embrace tech innovation by applying new methods to old business and creative models.
All that was asked in return was that you remembered their words and took their advice into account when your time came. People want entrepreneurship to move forward embracing the technological advances we continue to conquer.
At Night Summit, when you had worn yourself out all day, it felt nice talking to the other attendees about work, yes, but more about the countries they came from and what they thought about current events—remember that a certain election happened right in the middle of the conference, so that was a topic that immediately permeated every conversation from then on.
I could go into detail at how excited I was to finally meet Paddy Cosgrave in person or how cool it was too listen to Joseph Gordon-Levitt talk about film and creativity. I was disappointed to miss an interview with Sophia, the AI robot created by Ben Goertzel—that looks disturbingly like a character out of Ex-Machina…
My head bubbled with ideas upon listening to Baobab Studios’ CEO Maureen Fan and film producer Michael Shamberg, and I got many ideas strolling down the Entertainment aisle of startups. I felt the urge to do something. To act. To be part of this moving innovative cluster of people who’ll bring you the Future, no matter what field you work in. Because in the end it will all spread through our lives, from the way we dress to how we talk to friends or how we drive a car.
Another SDCC has come and gone. And no, I wasn’t one of the lucky ones to go. Being an ocean away complicates your geek life a little bit. Even though Europe is having a boom of conventions at the moment. But I diverge! Back to San Diego and all the juicy news bits it brought to us.
From brand new comic books to expected TV series’ spoilers passing through highly anticipated movie trailers, there is always something for everyone.
My usual routine of following all the panels, scanning articles and its spoilers carefully, scrutinizing every bit of speculation at the end of each day was not strictly followed this year. My fandom attention span wasn’t at its best! Too many stuff that I have still to finish watching before sinking my teeth on all the next season details. So this meant, I was more focused on the movies than on TV series this year, for example, and have tried to run away from the panels! Sure, you can’t miss “Arrow”‘s cast bursting into song Broadway style – Hamilton’s “I’ll be Back”, if I’m not wrong. Or “Sherlock” show runners teasing the poor hungry fans. Nor Eddie Redmayne giving out wands to the crowd. However I kept my distance from panels and devoured the trailers. I have to confess that I’ve been aloof as for some crucial release dates. Not to worry, though! This trailer overload just seared all the dates onto my brain calendar! Some I was pleasantly surprised to know I was just going to wait till the end of the year while others…well, can’t they launch it already??
The great cosplay, companionship, free goodies and overall geekness overload are key to anyone attending this convention. But there’s also a big camaraderie towards the ones watching from afar! The cool people who share videos and pics not only from the big panels but also from the general environment. The rich detailed filled Twitter feeds that make you feel like you’re there in the halls. The articles, the friendly debates over the newest info and, you can’t even escape, some annoying bickering. It’s clearly a different (let’s call it…lighter) way to enjoy the con, but it’s still interesting to see how many connections are still forged through all this sharing.
Apart from all this, let’s be honest SDCC is all about meeting your favorite stars (even if it has to be from across a 64,842 square feet hall with thousands of fans inbetween) and building anticipation and hype around some – already – huge projects.
Whatever we may say, SDCC will always have a mystical aura!