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Reclaiming Norse Mythology from the Nazis by Ian Stuart Sharpe

It is one of the most iconic scenes in modern cinematic history:  Indiana Jones is in a desperate race against the Nazis, a lone hero battling against the entire German war machine to prevent an ancient artefact of immense power from falling into the wrong hands. Of...

Interview with Ian Stuart Sharpe, Author of The All Father Paradox!

Q: What made you write The All Father Paradox? Ian Stuart Sharpe: I think it was preordained. Not in a crazy way, you understand. You just learn to spot the signs, to realize that something is off-kilter. For example, in the year 793AD, according to the Anglo-Saxon...

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ANNOUNCEMENTS Join Outland's Street Team, The Outlanders! Get sneak peeks at new releases, including fiction, games, and comics! Receive exclusive content, and be eligible to receive advance review copies of upcoming releases! If you like to help spread the word about...

THE ALL FATHER PARADOX Releases in October!

THE ALL FATHER PARADOX by Ian Stuart Sharpe Coming in October! What if an ancient god escaped his fate…and history was thrown to the wolves? Churchwarden Michaels thought it was just a run-of-the-mill crazy old man who stood in the graveyard, hellbent on studying the...

HATH NO FURY Has Hit the Shelves and E-Readers!

Mother. Warrior. Caregiver. Wife. Lover. Survivor. Trickster. Heroine. Leader.   This anthology features 21 stories and six essays about women who defy genre stereotypes. Here, it’s not the hero who acts while the heroine waits to be rescued; Hath No Fury’s women...

Announcement: VIKINGVERSE COVER ILLUSTRATION RELEASED!

ANNOUNCEMENT Official summary of ALL FATHER PARADOX along with color cover illustration! What if an ancient god escaped his fate…and history was thrown to the wolves? Churchwarden Michaels thought it was just a run-of-the-mill crazy old man who stood in the graveyard,...

Announcement: New Comic Coming from Outland Entertainment!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Announcing Riddle of the Loremaster, an all new original comic series written by Melanie R. Meadors, with art by Nicolás Giacondino! Here is a sneak peek at some of the promo art: Riddle of the Loremaster is a comic for mature readers set in a fantasy...

Women in Dark Fantasy Have Changed by Linda Robertson

In doing a bit of research looking for a dark-fantasy-related topic for this article, I sought something that I knew at least a bit about, something I felt strongly about, and something where I could add meaningfully to the conversation. Many things were considered,...

Alethea Kontis on Imposter Syndrome

Earlier this year, I met the only student Katy Kellgren ever had. He told me he just about had to bully her into being his teacher. This amazing, multiple award-winning voice actress with hundreds of audiobooks under her belt truly didn’t believe she knew anything...

Announcements: HATH NO FURY Has Arrived in the US!

Backers of the paperback and hardcover editions of Hath No Fury will be happy to learn that the books have arrived at the printer's headquarters in Chicago! Now, they just need to be sent to our head honcho Jeremy Mohler, and then they will be sent out to backers...
Gallant Knight Games: Monster Hunter International

Gallant Knight Games: Monster Hunter International

Our good friends over at Gallant Knight Games, Alan and Erin Bahr, hired us develop the cover and interior artwork for their Savage Worlds version of Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International.

We tapped Alan Gallo to illustrate the book with Paul Little on colors and Jeremy Mohler doing the graphic design and illustration for the cover!

It’s a really cool world with a ton of different creatures and situations to draw. I’d highly suggest checking it out!

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Choice of Games: The Road to Canterbury

Choice of Games: The Road to Canterbury

Choice of Games is an app developer focusing on choose your own adventure type of stories. They came to us to help develop some covers for several of their stories. What makes this interesting is that we worked on multiple layers so the finals could be generated for multiple uses. We also developed the title in addition to the art.

This was for a project called The Road to Canterbury, illustrated by Chris Yarbrough.

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Choice of Games: Tales of the Thief Taker

Choice of Games: Tales of the Thief Taker

Choice of Games is an app developer focusing on choose your own adventure type of stories. They came to us to help develop some covers for several of their stories. What makes this interesting is that we worked on multiple layers so the finals could be generated for multiple uses. We also developed the title in addition to the art.

This was for a project called Tales of the Thief Taker, illustrated by Cesar Sebastian Diaz.

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Gallant Knight Games: For Coin & Blood

Gallant Knight Games: For Coin & Blood

Our good friends over at Gallant Knight Games, Alan and Erin Bahr, hired us last year to help develop the cover and interior artwork for their full game, For Coin and Blood. We tapped Ger Curti for some strong, grim, black and white artwork, with Jeremy Mohler on cover duties!

A little about the game…

FOR COIN & BLOOD is a classically inspired d20 fantasy roleplaying game with a twist…

…a twist of the knife!

Embracing the literary genre known as “grimdark”, and inspired by stories of mercenaries, sellswords and blackguards, FOR COIN & BLOOD keeps you on your toes, as you tell stories about the terrible things that happen to people, when they head out in search of coin, passion, and revenge…

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Choice of Games: The Hero Unmasked

Choice of Games: The Hero Unmasked

Choice of Games is an app developer focusing on choose your own adventure type of stories. They came to us to help develop some covers for several of their stories. What makes this interesting is that we worked on multiple layers so the finals could be generated for multiple uses. We also developed the title in addition to the art.

This was for a project called The Hero Unmasked, illustrated by Cesar Sebastian Diaz.

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Goodman Games: Into the Borderlands

Goodman Games: Into the Borderlands

Summer of 2017, one of our long term clients, Goodman Games, approached Outland about doing some work on their Into the Borderlands project.

I like these kind of jobs a lot – I love repeat clients. I know what to expect from them and they know what to expect from me, so there’s generally a lot more trust and things just move a lot more smoothly.

For this project I brought in Chris Yarbrough, Ger Curti, Dean Kotz, and Aaron Palsmeier! Along with Keith Curtis on maps!

 

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Inhabit Media: Siuluk the Last Tuniq

Inhabit Media: Siuluk the Last Tuniq

Inhabit Media is one of the longest running clients we have. I believe I started working with them way back in 2006 and we’ve done work for them on a yearly basis ever since. I absolutely adore working with them and the Inuit folklore we often get to illustrate when we work together.

This was a fun story about Siuluk the Last Tuniq, illustrated by Rob Nix.

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Canadian War Museum: Deadly Skies

Canadian War Museum: Deadly Skies

In mid 2015 we received an invitation to make a proposal for a rather large graphic novel project for the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Canada. The project was to focus on air war during the first world war and would involve the creation of around eighty pages of comics and would require that we integrate actual artifacts from the first world war into pages.

It sounded like a lot of fun and being a bit of a history buff, definitely something I was interested in pursuing. Part of the process was creating around four pages of artwork as part of the proposal in an effort to get the gig. I tapped Lee Oaks and these are the pages we put together for the proposal.

And as luck would have it, we won the proposal! The work involved a ton of coordination with the Canadian War Museum (CWM) team, their designers, myself, and the Outland team of artists. We spent about six months hip deep in WWI material, researching, referencing, and illustrating everything.

As the art director on the project, I worked closely with the CWM team to layout all the stories, which I then turned over to Lee Oaks, Cesar Sebastian Diaz, and Andy Poole to illustrate. Layouts below –

When all was said and done, we illustrated ten separate stories about ten different, but significant, aviators during the first world war. Below are three of the ten stories we did.

The project ultimately premiered in June of 2016 as the Deadly Skies exhibit at the Canadian War Museum. The museum blew up each page we created into a 40″x40″ square panel and displayed it for the viewers to follow each story and see some of the artifacts from the war. If you head over to that link, you can preview the exhibit and see it all in action!

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Attigo Media: Post-Partum Storybook

Attigo Media: Post-Partum Storybook

Attigo Media is one of the longest running clients we have. I believe I started working with them way back in 2006 or 2008 and we’ve done work for them almost on a yearly basis ever since.

This was a storybook we did about post-partum depression, illustrated by Nathan Judah.

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Design Mechanism: Adventures in Glorantha

Design Mechanism: Adventures in Glorantha

One of our longtime clients, Lawrence Whitaker from Design Mechanism, reached out to us to help develop some artwork for their role-playing game book, Adventures in Glorantha.

I love RPG projects, RPG’s are where I came up as an illustrator, so I always endeavor to take these on when they pop up, and this was no exception.  It was a real pleasure to work with Lawrence and the project was a fun one where we got to illustrate all kinds of monsters!  What’s not to like?

I recruited two longtime fantasy RPG artists to work on this particular project, Alan Gallo and Eric Lofgren.  I wanted two artists with a strong, dramatic, black and white style for this project, both of which pulled off exquisitely.  I think they did a fantastic job!

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