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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

Hello everybody! It took us a while, but APEX: Collected Edition is now LIVE on Kickstarter! Thank you for being patient, giving us feedback, and sticking with us while we sorted out all the details to give this the biggest chance of success as possible. We appreciate...

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

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...
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.

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.