New OOSA shirts by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell and Liz Suburbia!

We've added two new OOSA shirt designs to the shop for pre-order! "Sun Spot" By Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, and "Old VA II" by Liz Suburbia. These original designs are printed on premium fitted Next Level Apparel tees using a water-based discharge screen printing process so the shirts are super soft and the designs won't crack or flake over time. Men's and Women's style shirts are available. The pre-order process is important to help us figure out the sizes and quantity of the shirts we need to order, so please feel free to go ahead and get your's today. Shirts will debut at the Cincy Comic Con and SPX in limited quantities and will be sent out to online buyers in late September.

Click below to order!

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Liz Suburbia's Egg Cream and the Rise of Czap Books Kickstarter

Liz Suburbia will be continuing her award-winning Sacred Heart story in her new one-person anthology series called Egg Cream with Czap Books! Right now, you have an opportunity to help make this happen. Czap books is running a Kickstarter to fund their 2017 publishing schedule which includes Liz's "Egg Cream", "Witchlight" by Jessi Zabarsky and "Don't Tell Me Not To Worry (I'll Worry All I Want)" by Kelly Kwang. The good news is that the Kickstarter campaign blew the doors off the initial funding goal in the first two days, so it's gonna happen. The better news is that you still have a chance to get lots of great stuff! Click the link to read all about it and to back the project: http://kck.st/2atMYIz

And to show our support, OOSA is proud to be teaming up with Czap Books to bring you newly added reward level which will include Liz's new Old VA II t-shirt.

The "Old VA" - $300+

Attention Liz Suburbia super-fans! Starting today, pledge $300 or more and you'll get a super-charged version of our "Lelek" goodie bag tier, including our full 2017 collection, a handful of our previously-released titles, all the merch and the jackpot: print copies of every Liz Suburbia comic we've ever printed, including many that are now long out of print! We're bringing these out of print especially for this Kickstarter, and won't be available otherwise. Out of Step Arts is also donating a handful of their new t-shirts designed by Liz for backers. This is a very special, once in a lifetime opportunity!

Liz Suburbia Minis included:
- CYANIDE MILKSHAKE #2-7
- EAT OR BE MEATBALL
- THE CRUSHER
- PRIDE
- TURBO MUTT
- IX
- XIII
- VI

Vote for OOSA to win up to $25,000 in the FedEX Small Business Grant contest!

We've entered into the FedEx Small Business Grant competition for a chance to win either a $7,500, $15,000 or $25,000 grant to help grow Out of Step Arts. Imagine, that money can help us print our own comics, expand our print shop capabilities, start our own shirt line, and more. We need your help, though!!!! Click here to vote for us to help us get in the running and then tell all of your friends to vote for us, too. You can vote once a day until June 13th. 

Tyler Q. Tucker

Tyler Q. Tucker joins the OOSA Crew

We're excited to announce that our friend Tyler "Tuck" Tucker has joined the OOSA Crew! For the past few years, Tuck has been photographing and videoing the OOSA artists at shows and putting together real quality promotional and marketing materials for us in order to support what Out of Step Arts is doing. We couldn't be more grateful for his knowledge and expertise, and we are super stoked that he's now officially part of the group! Go visit his page in the "Collective" section to see some of his pictures and videos, and be sure to say hello when you see him with us shows like TCAF, Heroes Con, SPX or NYCC this year.

http://www.outofsteparts.com/tyler-q-tucker/

More Space Riders and Head Lopper on the way!

Black Mask Studios just announced that a second volume of Space Riders titled "Galaxy of Brutality" from the creative team of Fabian Rangel Jr. and OOSA artist Alexis Ziritt will be coming soon. Get the "Galaxy of Brutality" giclee print right here while you wait!

Andrew MacLean also announced that not only will Image Comics be collecting the first four quarterly issues of Head Lopper into a single volume later this fall, but that they have picked the series up for another four issues to be published in 2017!

The future is looking bright.

Rosemary Valero-O'Connell to Illustrate Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy Crossover

As announced on The Villiage Voice's website, OOSA artist Rosemary Valero-O'Connell will be illustrating BOOM! Studios' first ever company crossover event! Rosemary has been working on the Lumberjanes comic for the last few issues, and with her style and talent, she was the perfect choice to provide the art for the Lumberjanes team-up with DC Comic's Gotham Academy. This 6-issue series will be out sometime this June. 

Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy cover by Mingjue Chen

Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy cover by Mingjue Chen

Lumberjanes #22 cover by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

Lumberjanes #22 cover by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

The Next Batch of Guest Artists Includes...

From the start, the Guest Artist program for the OOSA Print Shop has brought in unbelievable talent. I've been humbled and honored to work with everyone who's been willing to participate, and this next batch of artists is no different. Of course, you already know that February is John Lee, March is Jen Lee, April is Chris Brunner and May is Dilraj Mann, but the newest artists who will be closing out 2016 will be:

(click on the images to find out more about each artist)

February's Featured Guest Artist: John Lee

John Lee (johnleedraws.com) is an illustrator and teacher from Memphis, TN who is currently working on his MFA in the School of Visual Arts’ Illustration as Visual Essay program. Coupled with his illustration career really starting to take off with some big clients and the recent Warby Parker book 50 Ways to Lose Your GlassesJohn is also becoming know for his discussions in regards to Asian diaspora artists and their experiences with racism, immigration, assimilation, cultural spaces, appropriation, and more. You can read about some of those topics here. In fact, John will be part of the panel discussing illustration’s role in the cultural conversation and the place of the illustrator within it in the Society of Illustrators' "Stories Matter" event later this month. (Moderated by Guest Artist alumnus Richie Pope)

In keeping with the theme, John's print "War Games" is part of an ongoing series about creating Asian American cultural mythology from family stories. This print is a limited timed, numbered release that will only be available for the month of February. The prints will be numbered based on the total number of prints sold during the month. Click below to find out more and to purchase the print.

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New Art Added to the Store

We've added some new art to the store, folks. This includes the left over pieces from the Telegraph Gallery show, Ming Doyle's cover for the new John Constantine Hellblazer TPB How to Play With Fire, and some new variant covers by Chris Visions for Marvel's Star-Lord #3 and Power Man & Iron Fist #1

To find all of the new and recent stuff, just click on the "Newly Added" category in the menu over on the left.

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Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia Wins 2016 Alex Award

Sacred Heart by OOSA artist Liz Suburbia was just announced as a winner of a 2016 Alex Award by the American Library Association! Way to go Liz! 

Buy your copy of Sacred Heart here:
http://www.fantagraphics.com/sacredheart/ 

About the Alex Awards

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

 

New website design!

We've redesigned our website. Now everything is one place under the OUTOFSTEPARTS.COM banner. All of the artist info and OOSA Store options are in the menu on the left. Feel free to click around. There may be a few bugs to work out still, so please let me know if you find something that needs some attention.

Cheers!

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The 2015 OOSA Roadshow

OOSA Roadshow Come out and meet some of the OOSA artists as we travel around this September. For more information, check out our hosts' websites and follow us on Twitter, Instagram FaceBook and Tumblr.

Cincy Comic Con - www.cincycomicon.com Heroes Aren's Hard To Find - www.heroesonline.com Telegraph Art & Comics - www.telegraphgallery.com SPX - www.spxpo.com

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And the newest OOSA artist is...

Rosemary Valero-O'Connell! RVO

If you aren't familiar with Rosemary's work yet, you will be soon. She has a superb grasp on design and story telling. Her work is intelligent and heartfelt, ranging from dealing with really dark subject matters to fun pop-culture pinups. It's complex, diverse and interesting. We're are really excited to have her join the OOSA crew, because not only is she super talented with a huge career laid out in front of her, but she's also really enthusiastic about working in comics and illustration.

Oh, and did I mention that she's only 20 and still in art school at MCAD?! I found it really hard to believe after seeing her work, which seems way beyond her years. But like all of the other OOSA artists, it's not the age, the number of years you've had in comics or stories you've had published that matters. It's the talent, the uniqueness, the drive, the potential and the attitude that I look for. Rosemary is a perfect fit and we're lucky to have her as part of the collective.

Check out her website at hirosemary.com and follow her on Twitter and Tumblr for more.

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Pre-Order PUNKROCK* JAZZ: The Art of Toby Cypress

Punkrock* Jazz is off at the printers, the files have been approved for production and A Wave Blue World is ready to start taking pre-orders! The advantage of pre-ordering is that Toby will sign and sketch copies in the order that they are received. They anticipate beginning to ship them out in early May.

Pre-orders should all go out before Heroes Con on June 19-21, but for anyone going to that show, you may want to wait to get a copy of PUNKROCK* JAZZ directly from the man himself as Toby will be in attendance. Either way, you’ll soon have a copy of this fantastic new art book in your hands so you can spend countless hours pouring over Toby’s breath-taking work!

Punkrock* Jazz: The Art of Toby Cypress is hardcover, full color, 112 pages with 4 3-page gatefolds and 10 removable prints, all of only $25!

Pre-orders come signed with a quick ink sketch by Toby Cypress so be sure you get on the list here: http://awaveblueworld.com/shop/punkrock-jazz-the-art-of-toby-cypress-2/

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VAULT SALE - Nathan Fox's "The Lost Scenes" comics

TinyTown_CoverAround 2009, the Turner Classic Movies channel had an online comics series called "The Lost Scenes" that would accompany the movies they aired on TCM Underground. You know, they showed those campy old horror movies, cult classics, black comedies, etc. The comics were supposed to depict fictional scenes from the film found on the cutting room floor or made up off-camera antics. They had a whole series and Nathan Fox did several for them, as did Peter Bagge, Evan Dorkin and more.Blood-Freaks_Cover_1 For this Vault Sale, we are listing three complete Lost Scene comics from Nathan for the movies Mark of the Vampire, The Terror of Tiny Town and Blood Freak. Each comic will be sold as a set containing the full comic (3 pages each) for one price. The pieces will be available until Friday, March 13th. Appropriate, no? Visit the OOSA Store to buy them before they're gone!

And since you were kind enough to visit the website, here's a little reward just for you! Click here to download a .pdf of Nathan's Lost Scenes comic for Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

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The Year Behind/The Year Ahead

Dang! We did a lot this year. We brought Nathan Fox and Chris Visions on to the crew, we had a museum exhibit featuring all of the OOSA artists with over 50 pieces of art, released the kaBOOMbox Vol. 1 anthology with Brand New Nostalgia, opened the OOSA Print shop and started the monthly Guest Artist feature, went to some great shows, celebrated our 3rd anniversary, and overall, had a great year. Thanks to you all for sticking around and checking us out. Every purchase, word of support and interaction, whether online or in person at a show, is greatly appreciated. Totem Queen print

So what's in store for next year? Well, we're going to continue featuring monthly Guest Artists in the print shop. So in addition to the great guests like Natalie Andrewson, Richie Pope and Jim Rugg we've featured in the past, our upcoming schedule is full of fantastic artists with Ron Wimberly, Heather Mahler, Conor Nolan, Tony Millionaire, Sail, Phil Noto, Brandon Graham, Tula Lotay and Aaron Conley lined up to take us through September of 2015. You can still get Eric Bonhomme's print until the end of December, so don't let it pass you by.

The OOSA artists will be firing on all cylinders next year, too, with everyone having books out from major publishers. Andrew MacLean will have his graphic novel ApocalyptiGirl published by Dark Horse in May, Alexis Ziritt will have his comic Space Riders published by Black Mask Studio with co-creator Fabian Rangel Jr. starting in March, Liz Suburbia will have her debut comic Sacred Heart published by Fantagraphics sometime in the Fall of 2015, Greg Ruth will have INDEH published by Hachette Books, Logan Faerber will be illustrating his first published comic with BOOM! Studios, Paul Maybury will have Valhalla Mad with Image, Toby Cypress will have his art book released, and Chris Visions, Nathan Fox and Ming Doyle will continue to knock out great comics as well. 2015 will definitely be a banner year for OOSA.

As for me, I'll probably hang back a bit. I don't have any plans to add any more artist to the collective. I think OOSA is in a good place right now, so I'm just going to let it do it's thing. I'm mostly looking forward to seeing what the OOSA artists accomplish in the coming year and I hope you'll continue to stick around to see what we're up to.

Neil

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November's Featured Guest Artist: Jim Rugg

jim-rugg-street-angel-cover I really respect Jim Rugg, so it's a real treat that he's doing a print for us as a featured Guest Artist in the OOSA Print Shop. In case you didn't know, Jim Rugg makes comics, books, drawings, illustrations, and designs. His books and comics include Street Angel, Afrodisiac, the PLAIN Janes, Rambo 3.5, Notebook Drawings, and Supermag. He has exhibited drawings at iam8bit, Gallery1988, Mondo, and the Society of Illustrators. Honors include an Ignatz Award, The Pittsburgh Foundation's Investing in Professional Artists grant, and AIGA's 50 Books/50 Covers selection for best-designed books. He teaches classes in the MFA Visual Narrative program at the School of Visual Arts and co-hosts BoingBoing.net's Tell Me Something I Don't Know podcast. In short, Jim knows comics and illustration backwards and forwards AND he's a super nice fella' to boot.

Jim's print for the Print Shop is a full color giclee print on 11 x 14 inch archival 265 gsm 100% cotton paper and will be a timed and numbered edition. What does all of that mean? Well, 1) the print will be super nice, and 2) the print edition will only be open during the month of November. After the month ends and the edition closes, the prints will be numbered based on how many were purchased.

The print will be revealed on November 1st when its made available for sale in the OOSA Store, but here is an initial concept sketch (below) to give you an idea of what Jim whipped up. Be sure to follow OOSA on Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook to get notified when the print goes live.

JR Street Angel sketch