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APEX Kickstarter Launch Date Revisited

Hello everybody! I know that we announced the hard launch date for the Kickstarter for APEX: Collected Edition yesterday. When we announced that, we felt pretty sure we were ready to roll, but we had a significant amount of feedback on the campaign. Because of how the...

APEX Kickstarter Launch Date!

Okay folks! We finally have news. We're planning to launch the APEX: Collected Edition on Tuesday, December 10th. Here's a preview of the campaign that you can check out before launch!...

Final 20 Hours of The Jötunn War Issue 02 Kickstarter!

The Jötunn War Issue 02 just reached it's primary funding goal on Kickstarter! We're now at the final 20 hours of the campaign and we're hoping to raise funds for issue three! Thank you all so much for your continued support! The Jötunn War is a FOUR ISSUE graphic...

Apex Kickstarter Update

Hello everybody! A quick update on the status of the upcoming Apex Theropod: Deckbuilding Game Collected Edition Kickstarter. We had expected to launch the Kickstarter last week, but it took a little longer than we anticipated to get all the details in from the...

Outland Stock Art on Patreon

Hello folks! We just launched a stock art initiative on Patreon! Outland Entertainment has provided thousands of images to publishers over the years, ranging from black/white quarter page illustration to full color covers, interior artwork, and graphic design. Over...

Outland Entertainment Partners with KickCTRL

Hello folks! I know that things have been a bit quiet most of the last year, but things have been grinding along! We've been looking into ways to correct some of our past mistakes, namely, the extreme mismanagement of our crowdfunding campaigns. We KNOW we have really...

Apex Theropod Collected Edition Kickstarter

Hello everybody! We just wanted to share the news that the Apex Theropod: Deck Building Game will be launching on Kickstarter next week. Right now, we're planning to call this the "Collected Edition." This version of the game includes a new box with all new box...

Ian Stuart Sharpe on the Jotunn War Cover Process

One of the ideas that fascinates me most as an author are the symbols we use throughout history. For example, the cover of the latest issue of the Jötunn War is a pastiche of a well known WWI poster. We have subverted the Army Air Service American Eagle and added in a...

The Santa Myth…

...And Why Pit Such a Cheery Legend Against the Horror of Zombies? by John Mayer Although this very question sounds paradoxical, the horror genre has always been at its best when it injects the shocking, the gruesome, the profane, the unknown, the ugly with the...

Storytime with Ian: Who are the Jötnar?

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”. See, that’s where the Christianity has it all wrong. All good Vikings knew the real story of how it all really began. The same way it will all end. With giants. Ginnungagap was the great emptiness before there...
APEX Kickstarter Launch Date Revisited

APEX Kickstarter Launch Date Revisited

Hello everybody!

I know that we announced the hard launch date for the Kickstarter for APEX: Collected Edition yesterday.

When we announced that, we felt pretty sure we were ready to roll, but we had a significant amount of feedback on the campaign. Because of how the first two campaigns were run and the fact that not everything was delivered on time or at all, we are being extremely cautious about launching this project before everything is locked down.

There is no doubt that some of you are frustrated with the continued delays and we apologize for that – but we have to make sure that what we offer is not only the best possible product for you, but that we will get it to you in a timely manner and at the best rate possible.

To that end, we’ve adjusted a lot of the campaign based on feedback, which has required that we get new quotes on a few items. That said, we’re really, REALLY, close. We just want to make sure that everything is locked down before we press the launch button.

Again, we apologize for the continued delays.

In the meantime, please feel free to continue to comment and make suggestions! We’re taking all comments into consideration!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/apexdeckbuildinggame/795323121?ref=ag6cpc&token=0a9bf845

Thank you!

APEX Kickstarter Launch Date Revisited

APEX Kickstarter Launch Date!

Okay folks!

We finally have news. We’re planning to launch the APEX: Collected Edition on Tuesday, December 10th. Here’s a preview of the campaign that you can check out before launch!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/apexdeckbuildinggame/795323121?ref=ag6cpc&token=0a9bf845

This is a hard date – we have everything we need to launch. Thank you for being patient with us!

And by all means, let us know your thoughts!

Final 20 Hours of The Jötunn War Issue 02 Kickstarter!

Final 20 Hours of The Jötunn War Issue 02 Kickstarter!

The Jötunn War Issue 02 just reached it’s primary funding goal on Kickstarter!

We’re now at the final 20 hours of the campaign and we’re hoping to raise funds for issue three! Thank you all so much for your continued support!

The Jötunn War is a FOUR ISSUE graphic novel that takes place in the worlds of the Vikingverse and is a follow-up to the the full-fledged novel, The All Father Paradox. You can find more about The Jötunn War Issue 01 here!

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A war as old as time, where fate itself hangs in the balance.

In the Vikingverse,  the Norse rule the stars with restless fleets and an iron will. But  when the thralls rebel, turning to the artifice of Norns to help them  escape their bondage, the Natural order is thrown into chaos.

The Jötunn War has been fought across the Nine Homeworlds to  contain the threat, a battle against the stuff of ancient nightmares,  red in tooth and claw. Jötunheim is the rebellion’s last redoubt, an  indignity the Empire planned to cleanse with flame and fury.

But now Emperor Dietbald is dead, his army annihilated at Vimur  River. As the last desperate survivors rally on the planet below, the  Norse fleet prepares to rain vengeance on their eternal foe.

The Jötunn War. Go Big or Go Home in a body bag.

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We’ve brought it to Kickstarter to help fund the printing of the second issue. The second issue itself is COMPLETE. It’s a 22 page comic that is completely finished! We just need a little help getting it into print  and out into the world.

Outland Entertainment Partners with KickCTRL

Outland Entertainment Partners with KickCTRL

Hello folks!

I know that things have been a bit quiet most of the last year, but things have been grinding along! We’ve been looking into ways to correct some of our past mistakes, namely, the extreme mismanagement of our crowdfunding campaigns.

We KNOW we have really screwed things up.

What we’ve been doing this past year is assessing just how badly we have screwed up and how we can go about fixing what we screwed up. Now, we’re well aware that we’ve been pretty terrible at –

  • communication with our backers;
  • managing production timelines;
  • and delivering our products in a timely manner.

We recognize that these have been major problems of ours. There’s no excuse, outside of terrible management on our part. And we’re taking steps to fixing these problems. You know that saying –

Admitting you have a problem is the first step in fixing the problem?

Well, that’s what we’re doing. Admitting the problem and taking steps to fix it.

To that end, we’ve partnered with a company that specializes in helping to correct mismanaged campaigns (which is a category we firmly fall into). They also manage campaigns from start to finish as well, which we’ll be taking them up on moving forward.

This is KickCTRL.

KickCTRL is taking over the delivery of any and all outstanding projects we’re working on. They will also be handling the projects that we will be running in the future as well. All projects we run moving forward will be COMPLETE before we run the crowdfunding campaign, and we’ll be turning over the material to KickCTRL at the start of the campaign and they will have full autonomy on the project until it delivers.

We’re really looking forward to straightening everything out. We have a plan to deliver all outstanding material in place and KickCTRL will be starting the implementation of everything shortly. We’ll be updating the various KS pages with these updates soon.

More soon!

Santa VS Zombies Press Release

Santa VS Zombies Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Nix

gwen@outlandentertainment.com

SANTA VS ZOMBIES, ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL, LAUNCHES ON KICKSTARTER

 Adventurous world full of Christmas cheer and gore to launch April 9, 2019

 

TOPEKA, KANSAS (April 11, 2019)—A new graphic novel from Koji Steven Sakai and John Mayer called Santa VS Zombies launched on Kickstarter on April 9, 2019. This sixty-page graphic novel follows a burned-out Santa Claus who reluctantly embarks on his last chimney crawl only to find his world turned upside down by a zombie apocalypse. With the help of a crew of children and a single mother, Santa rediscovers his Christmas spirit while saving the world.

“Santa VS Zombies combines two of my favorite things…Santa and zombies,” explained co-creator Koji Steven Sakai. “If every day was a zombie Christmas I’d be happy.” Sakai’s love for zombies is evident in his prose fiction, including his debut novel Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies. Sakai is a comics veteran, and his graphic novel, 442, which follows an entirely Japanese-American regiment during World War II, was released in 2017.

“I was always the rebel as a kid, so I never pictured Santa as all cuddly, warm, and fuzzy,” said co-creator John Mayer, who has previously written novels and nonfiction. “I knew there was a guy under there who could kick some ass—I mean, he lived all those centuries—that had to take some BAD…This is my Santa!”

The Kickstarter will support printing of the graphic novel. Other stretch goals, when met, will increase the quality of the book from cover gloss finish to French fold covers and as well as hardcover editions. The Kickstarter can be supported at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/327474418/santa-vs-zombies

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ABOUT SANTA VS ZOMBIES

Meet Santa. He’s having a mid-life crisis. He hates his job and wishes he was doing anything else other than being Santa. He’s just going through the motions and that’s why he doesn’t notice the zombie apocalypse until it’s almost two late. Saved by two kids, he at first tries to get back to the North Pole only to discover that his reindeer have been eaten. On the run and just trying to survive, Santa befriends the kids and falls in love with their recently-divorced mother. Soon Santa rediscovers his Christmas spirit and does everything he can to save Christmas for the kids—even if it means his own death.

ABOUT KOJI STEVEN SAKAI

Koji Steven Sakai is the founder of Little Nalu Pictures LLC and the CEO of CHOPSO (www.CHOPSO.com), the first Asian English streaming video service. He has written five feature films that have been produced, including the indie hit, The People I’ve Slept With. He also produced three feature films, a one-hour comedy special currently on Netflix, and Comedy InvAsian, a live and filmed series featuring the nation’s top Asian American comedians. Koji’s debut novel, Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies, was released in paperback in 2015 and in audiobook in 2016; his graphic novel, 442, came out in 2017. In addition, he is currently an adjunct professor in screenwriting at International Technological University in San Jose.

ABOUT JOHN MAYER

 John Mayer is a well-published author both in fiction and non-fiction with three previous novels, two screenplays and a performed stage play. With over twenty non-fiction books published. His latest, Family Fit: Find Your Balance in Life, which was published by Healthy Learning, one of the world’s foremost publishers of instructional materials for health/wellness, fitness, exercise, sports medicine, and camp professionals.

Mayer’s day job as a clinical psychologist specializing in violent behavior has him consulting to law enforcement regularly. His 10,000 Twitter followers (@DrJohnMayer) (@jemayerbooks) look to his daily tweets for advice on psychological issues. He is an associate staff psychologist for Doctor on Demand (doctorondemand.com ) as well as a provider (Telemedicine) on DoctoronDemand.

Mayer is also a writer for a cable TV series, The System, that is currently in production with the pilot episode completed.

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.

 

THE ALL FATHER PARADOX Releases in October!

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 thousand-year-old Viking memorial there. But when things start changing and outright disappearing, Michaels realizes there is more to this old man than meets the eye. Now, Michaels finds himself swept up in an ancient god’s quest to escape his destiny by reworking reality, putting history—and to Michaels’s dismay, Christianity itself—to the Viking sword. In this new Vikingverse, storied heroes of mankind emerge in new and brutal guises drawn from the sagas:

A young Norse prince plots to shatter empires and claim the heavens…

A scholar exiled to the frontier braves the dangers of the New World, only to find those “new worlds” are greater than he imagined…

A captured Jötunn plants the dreams of freedom during a worlds-spanning war

A bold empress discovers there is a price for immortality, one her ancestors have come to collect…

With the timelines stretched to breaking point, it’s up to Churchwarden Michaels to save reality as we know it…

Find out more here!

About Ian Stuart Sharpe

Ian Sharpe was born in London, UK, and now lives in British Columbia, Canada. Having worked for the BBC, IMG, Atari and Electronic Arts, he is now CEO of a tech start up. As a child he discovered his love of books, sci-fi and sagas: devouring the works of Douglas Adams, J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and George MacDonald Fraser alongside Snorri Sturluson and Sigvat the Skald. He once won a prize at school for Outstanding Progress and chose a dictionary as his reward, secretly wishing it had been an Old Norse phrasebook. The All Father Paradox is his first novel.

Announcement: VIKINGVERSE COVER ILLUSTRATION RELEASED!

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, hellbent on studying the thousand-year-old Viking memorial there. But when things start changing and outright disappearing, Michaels realizes there is more to this old man than meets the eye. Now, Michaels finds himself swept up in an ancient god’s quest to escape his destiny by reworking reality, putting history—and to Michaels’s dismay, Christianity itself—to the Viking sword. In this new Vikingverse, storied heroes of mankind emerge in new and brutal guises drawn from the sagas:

A young Norse prince plots to shatter empires and claim the heavens…

A scholar exiled to the frontier braves the dangers of the New World to find those new worlds are greater than he imagined…

A bold empress discovers there is a price for immortality, one her ancestors have come to collect…

A captured Jötunn plants the dreams of freedom during a multi-world war…

With the timelines stretched to breaking point, it’s up to Churchwarden Michaels to save reality as we know it…

Announcements: HATH NO FURY Has Arrived in the US!

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 ASAP!

Have a wonderful Fourth of July, everyone!

Announcement: Launching New Transmedia World, VIKINGVERSE

Announcement: Launching New Transmedia World, VIKINGVERSE

Announcements

Introducing the beginning of a new transmedia project with fiction, comics, and games in development!

VIKINGVERSE

From a concept created by Ian Sharpe, Vikingverse is going to launch this fall with a novel called All Father Paradox. Here is the line art for the cover-in-progress by Jeremy Mohler:

All Father Paradox is coming in October!

Odin has escaped his doom at Ragnarok. Now, history has been thrown to the wolves.

In the All Father Paradox, Ian Sharpe reveals a parallel universe where Vikings rule seas and stars with restless fleets. In a series of interwoven sagas, a young Norse prince plots to shatter empires and claim the heavens; a newly qualified professor finds the key to new horizons but unlocks a ceaseless hunger; and a bold empress discovers there is a price for immortality, one her ancestors have come to collect.

Press Release: Announcing Knaves, A New Blackguards Anthology

Press Release: Announcing Knaves, A New Blackguards Anthology

PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Melanie R. Meadors For Immediate Release
melanie@outlandentertainment.com

Announcing Knaves: A Blackguards Anthology, Coming to Kickstarter in May!

Outland Entertainment to Publish Collection of Anti-Hero Stories

April 18, 2018, Topeka, KS—Outland Entertainment is pleased to announce they will be publishing a new collection of stories where protagonists’ moral compasses don’t always point north, and where villains are the heroes of their own stories.

Edited by Alana Abbot (Kaiju Rising 2), and Melanie R. Meadors (Hath No Fury), this collection of fourteen short stories will include authors Mercedes Lackey and Dennis Lee, Anna Smith Spark, Cullen Bunn, Cat Rambo, Shanna Germain, Anton Strout, Walidah Imarisha, Linda Robertson, Clay Sanger, Kenny Soward, Maurice Broaddus, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Toiya Finley, and Lian Hearn, with an introduction by Howard Tayler. The editors sought out some of the best authors in the business, making sure their list was as diverse and representative of their readership as possible. Outland Entertainment is dedicated to making a difference in publishing by trying as hard as they can to have everyone’s voices heard.

This anthology will be funded through Kickstarter, with backer rewards that include print and digital copies of the books, “Tuckerizations” of readers (where the author includes their name in some way in the story), copies of other Outland anthologies, and more. As the campaign funds, stretch goals such as granting a pay raise for authors and creating interior artwork for the book, among others, will be announced. Outland has had several successful Kickstarters in the past, including the recent Kaiju Rising 2: Reign of Monsters, which is currently heading to the printer and will be sent to backers immediately after. Outland’s goal is to keep the campaign as simple as possible in order to make fulfillment to campaign backers fast and streamlined.

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Outland Entertainment is a publisher of fiction, games, and comics. They also provide creative services, helping creators focus on the fun part of their job while they take care of business needs, hiring artists/writers/colorists/etc, and other things to help make projects run smoothly. You can learn more about them and their team at http:// outlandentertainment.com.