Master Fantasy Artists Charles Vess Joins the OOSA Print Shop

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The highly regarded and world-renowned fantasy artist Charles Vess will now be offering giclee prints through the OOSA Print Shop. Charles is most prominently known for his collaborations with authors and poets such as Neil Gaiman, Charles De Lint, and Ursula K. le Guin, among others. Charles has also done illustrations for Marvel, DC, and numerous other publications. Over the years, Charles has been awarded multiple Spectrum, Eisner and World Fantasy Awards and is truly an master in his filed. It's a great honor to be working with him.

(It's also super convenient that his studio is only a few miles from my house.)  

And the newest OOSA artists is... Rebecca Kirby!

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It's funny how things work out sometimes. As you know, Rebecca was our guest artist at SPX last month, but she wasn't the first person I asked to take the spot. She was the first to be able to make it given the short notice, though. And in asking her to be our guest at the show, it wasn't my intention to recruit her for OOSA, even though I love her art and had been keeping my eye on her career for a while. Her guest appearance at SPX wasn't a trial run or anything pre-planned. Heck, I hadn't even ever emailed her, talked to her, or met her in person prior to that. But, as soon as she got set up at the show, I knew she would be an awesome addition to the crew. She had worked really hard to create several new comics and prints in the short time she had to prepare for SPX, had a killer show (her first time doing a show that large), AND she took up with everyone immediately like she had known them for years (as did everyone with her). I ended up talking to the other OOSA artists who were there at the show over the weekend about having her join OOSA and they were all for it. We ended up inviting her to become part of the collective at dinner after the show on Sunday night.

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Just like all of the OOSA artists, Rebecca has a strong, unique style that can be appreciated across a wide variety of art/comics enthusiasts, a great work ethic and a positive personality. She has a really promising future in comics with secret things already in the works, and brings a wonderful energy with her that is evident both in her art and when you meet her in person. I'm excited to be working with her and for you all to get to know her.

Click HERE to check out Rebecca's OOSA bio page to learn more about her, see samples of her work, and find links to follow her online. We'll be adding prints, comics and other items to the store soon. 

SPX 2017!!!

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SPX 2017 is less than a month away, but we're already getting excited about it! As you've probably heard, Alexis Ziritt (Space Riders, Tarantula) is going to be a special guest of the show this year, so I'm sure he'll be involved in the (as of yet unannounced) programming. We'll keep you posted as to topics and times once they're released.

Also appearing at the OOSA booth will be:
  -  Head Lopper and ApocalyptiGirl artist/writer Andrew MacLean
  -  Illustrator and the School of Visual Arts MFAVN program Chair Nathan Fox
  -  Artist for the upcoming "Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me" and "Black Sun Rising"
     Rosemary Valero-O'Connell with her new comic "What is Left"
  -  And appearing at SPX for his first time, comic book creator Paul Maybury with his new comic
    "A New Terror"

We are also super excited to have Rebecca Kirby as a special guest at our table! Rebecca has done a pinups for Andrew MacLean's Head Lopper, Farel Dalrymple's new comic Proxima Centauri, and others, as well as her own zines and comics. Be sure you check out her work on Instagram (@reweki), in her shop, and of course at the OOSA booth at SPX September 16-17!! 

OOSA artist Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart, Cyanide Milkshake, Egg Cream) will also be at the show sitting with our friends at Czap Books, so be sure to swing by and visit them.

We'll be at our usual spot on the convention floor in the corner (W44-46). More details are on the way so stay tuned!!

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SDCC Special Guest Liz Suburbia

That's right! OOSA artist Liz Suburbia will be a special guest at this year's San Diego International Comic Con July 19-23. She'll mostly be hanging out at the Fantagraphics booth #1721 (publisher of her book SACRED HEART), but she will also be doing some panels. Here is her schedule:

THE SECRETS OF IMMERSIVE WORLDS
Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9
The best comics lure you into their worlds with magic, myth, minutiae, and more. It can be the smallest detail that changes you from a reader to an active participant in the story. Vince Hernandez (Aspen Comics) trades worldbuilding secrets with master storytellers Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Roxane Gay(Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Dustin Nguyen (Descender), Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart), and Marguerite Bennett (InSeXts).

TAKING COMICS FROM WEB TO PRINT
Friday July 21, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC
Cartoonists and special guests Simon Hanselmann (Megahex) and Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart) discuss their cartooning careers and the best practices for transitioning your stories to a physical format. Hear from award-winning cartoonists about the pros and cons of web versus print, tips for getting work noticed, and where to go after you make the jump. Moderated by editor Eric Reynolds.

SPOTLIGHT ON LIZ SUBURBIA
Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4
Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart, Cyanide Milkshake) sits down to discuss her work and influences with artist and publisher Kevin Czap (Czap Books, Füchi Perf), followed by a Q&A session.

CBLDF LIVE ART JAM
Sunday July 23rd 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.  
Room 5AB
Celebrate creative freedom by seeing art made right before your eyes! The CBLDF Live Art Jam brings together a panel of comics artists, including acclaimed creator of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, Sonny Liew; award-winning March artist Nate Powell; New York Times bestselling artist Chris Burnham; zine and webcomics revolutionary Liz Suburbia, and other special guests who will make art on the spot and share their perspectives on censorship and the creative process. Watch live art being created, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made during the panel! All proceeds benefit the important free speech work of CBLDF.

New releases today!

We have a couple of exciting things happening today (6/23)!

At 1:00pm EST, we will be releasing Vanesa R. Del Rey's HEART EATER limited edition print sets. Each of the 25 sets contains three signed/numbered 13x17" giclee prints and an original drawing, all in a custom printed envelope for $150. The prints will be in the OOSA Print Shop HERE.

Then at Midnight, we will be adding over 100 pages of Alexis Ziritt's original art for TARANTULA and SPACE RIDERS: GALAXY OF BRUTALITY to the store! Those pages will be listed in the "Newly Added" section HERE.

And don't forget that we only have limited quantities of Paul Maybury's A NEW TERROR ashcan and PLAYBURY sketchbook, so hurry and grab your copy before thy're gone!

HEROES CON!!!!!

The OOSA Crew will be back at Heroes Con again this year and teaming up with the Albatross Exploding Funny Book gang to take over an entire block!

We'll have a couple of debuts at the show, including Paul Maybury's new PLAYBURY sketchbook and his new comic "A New Terror". Chris Visions did a special Heroes Con cover for BABY TEETH #1 that will only be available at the show, so don't miss that. We'll also have a limited edition print set from Vanesa R. Del Rey which contains three 13"x17" signed/numbered giclee prints and an original sketch, all in a special printed envelope for $150. Plus, the group will have original art, comics, prints, shirts and more!

You can drop by the booths and see us any time during the weekend, but we'll also be on a few panels. Here is the schedule:

FRIDAY
5:00 PM
Room 207D
OUT OF STEP ARTS (OoSA)
was founded by Neil Bramlette to support and promote emerging and established artists who are not only interested in working in comics, but also have interests in other forms of visual art cultures, story development and printed matter. From mainstream to DIY/Indi comics, editorial illustration to concept development, animation and beyond - Join NATHAN FOX, ANDREW MACLEAN, ALEXIS ZIRITT, PAUL MAYBURY, LOGAN FAERBER, CHRIS VISIONS, and VANESSA DEL REY for a conversation with OOSA artists about how they defined their unique voices, maintain their art practice and get a rare glimpse into their craft, process and contribution as professional storytellers and myth makers.


SATURDAY
2:00 PM
Room 206
TEACHING COMICS SERIES: DEPICTIONS OF SOCIAL ISSUES IN COMICS
Comics are not created in a vacuum. They hold up mirrors to ourselves and our society. MICHAEL KOBRE, Professor in the English Department of Queens University, and NATHAN FOX, Chair of MFA Visual Narrative at SVA, bring their diverse backgrounds to the table as we discuss how comic books provide a unique platform to show social issues and perhaps bring about social change. Moderated by the creator of the Teaching Comics Series: SHAWN DAUGHHETEE

2:15-3:00 PM
HEROES BOOTH 1408/1410
BABYTEETH #1 HEROES VARIANT SIGNING
DONNY CATES and CHRIS VISIONS will be signing copies of the exclusive HEROESCON special variant of BABYTEETH #1 available only at the HEROES Booth 1408/1410

5:00 PM
Room 207D
ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS
Join Adam Daughhetee from the Dollar Bin as he talks to the minds behind Albatross Funnybooks: ERIC POWELL, LOGAN FAERBER, STEVE MANNION, FABIAN RANGEL JR., and JAKE SMITH


SUNDAY
12:00 PM
Room 206
MERCHANDISING
With interests in comics and comics’ culture reaching new heights, and the convention scene exploding, many of the industry’s creators have turned to merchandising their art and ideas to create a broader, more resilient income stream. Join Jason Wood (11 O’Clock Comics podcast) in a discussion with four of the industry’s most innovative merchandisers ANDREW MACLEAN, RICO RENZI, JIM MAHFOOD, and SARAH DYER to discuss how they’ve monetized their artistic efforts beyond the comic book page. 

1:30 PM
Room 203A
DIY PRESS
Chris Brennaman (www.atlantageekscene.com) talks about the challenges and rewards of self-publishing with a handful of talented entrepreneurs: ALEXIS ZIRITT, ERIC POWELL, ULISES FARINAS, CHRIS PITZER, KAMIKAZEE, and CHARLES FORSMAN

3:00 PM
Room 206
COMICS CANON—BOOKS ABOUT COMICS
Last year, we argued for over two hours about the need for a Comics Canon and what comics and creators belong. We got nowhere and it was a blast. This year we are tackling Books ABOUT COMICS. What are the ESSENTIAL—Historical Anthologies, Biographies, Analytical Essays, Histories, How-to, BOOKS on the subject of COMICS? Join moderator Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter) and our resident brain trust: CRAIG FISCHER (Appalachian State) NATHAN FOX (SVA) DANIEL YEZBICK (St. Louis CC), AARON KASHTAN (UNC Charlotte) and MICHAEL KOBRE (Queens). AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS A MUST!!! This is a GREAT way to end a weekend filled with Comics love!

OOSA at TCAF

TCAF is The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, taking place in 2017 at Toronto Reference Library and the surrounding Bloor/Yonge neighborhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more. 

OOSA artists Alexis Ziritt, Andrew MacLean and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell will be there taking part in the festivities (although Rosemary won't be tabling). Be sure you catch Alexis and Andrew's panels on Saturday.

Learning Centre, Toronto Reference Library

  • 10:00AM – Aesthetics of Sci-Fi – We can all agree that robots are the future…but what’s that going to look like? When we upload our consciouses into the cloud, what will we see? What about those trippy parts from 2001? Come and listen to some of the most stylish creators in sci-fi talk about not only the amazing advances that the future holds, but also what it’ll look like when we get there!Panelists: Wren McDonald, Ben Sears, Alexis Ziritt, Kelly Kwang, Beatrix Urkowitz. Moderator: Sloane Leong.

Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St

  • 02:45 PM – Image 25th: Designing New Worlds – Magical Monsters! Terrific Technologies! Alien Alternatives! When the realy world isn’t big enough for your ideas, sometimes you’ve got to build your own! Join Jamie McKelvie, Sloane Leong, Simon Roy, and Andrew MacLean as they discuss what it takes to design a whole new world to contain your stories.

 

Spring Convention Appearances

Catch the OOSA artists out and about at your favorite comics gatherings this spring!

FAN EXPO DALLAS - March 31 - April 2
Paul Maybury

MoCCA - April 1-2
Greg Ruth
Nathan Fox (MFAVN table)

DINK - April 8-9
Andrew MacLean

C2E2 - April 21-23
Alexis Ziritt
Andrew MacLean
Chris Visions
Logan Faerber (w/ Fabian Rangel Jr.)

TCAF - May 13-14
Alexis Ziritt
Andrew MacLean
Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (not tabling) 

 

Head Lopper wins 2016 Diamond Gem Award

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Andrew MacLean's HEAD LOPPER from Image Comics (colored by Mike Spicer) won a Diamond Gem Award for Indie Graphic Novel of the Year for 2016! A panel of Diamond product specialists selected the nominees for the Diamond Gem Awards based on each entry’s overall impact on the industry, while comics and related merchandise were chosen on the merits of their sales performance and quality from 2016. Members of the most critical segment that serves the comic book-buying public--comic book specialty retailers across the United States and worldwide--then selected the winners. (So it's kind of a big deal)

Congratulations, Andrew!

A few books to look forward to from the OOSA artists in 2017

Keep your eyes peeled for these books and more from the OOSA artists in 2017!

EGG CREAM by Liz Suburbia for Czap Books

EGG CREAM by Liz Suburbia for Czap Books

TARANTULA  by Alexis Ziritt and Fabian Rangel Jr. for AdHouse

TARANTULA  by Alexis Ziritt and Fabian Rangel Jr. for AdHouse

SPACE RIDERS: GALXY OF BRUTALITY by Alexis Ziritt and Fabian Rangel Jr. for Black Mask

SPACE RIDERS: GALXY OF BRUTALITY by Alexis Ziritt and Fabian Rangel Jr. for Black Mask

LAND OF THE DEAD by Toby Cypress and Brian McDonald for First Second Books

LAND OF THE DEAD by Toby Cypress and Brian McDonald for First Second Books

HEAD LOPPER: IN THE SHADOW OF THE TOWER by Andrew MacLean for Image Comics

HEAD LOPPER: IN THE SHADOW OF THE TOWER by Andrew MacLean for Image Comics

'NAMWOLF by Logan Faerber and Fabian Rangel Jr. for Albatros Funny Books

'NAMWOLF by Logan Faerber and Fabian Rangel Jr. for Albatros Funny Books

A NEW TERROR by Paul Maybury

A NEW TERROR by Paul Maybury

OLD TURTLE: QUESTIONS OF THE HEART by Greg Ruth and Douglas Wood for Scholastic

OLD TURTLE: QUESTIONS OF THE HEART by Greg Ruth and Douglas Wood for Scholastic

LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME by Rosemary Valero O’Connell and Mariko Tamaki for First Second Books

LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME by Rosemary Valero O’Connell and Mariko Tamaki for First Second Books

Bigger and Better in 2017

We've upgraded our printing capabilities for the OOSA Print Shop for 2017!! With our new Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2000, we'll now be able to print images up to 24" wide. This will give us opportunities to make some really special and unique giclee prints that all of the artists in the Print Shop are really excited about. Of course, we'll still be offering the 8.5x11, 11x17 and 13x19 print sizes that you're used to getting from us, as well. Look for our first foray into the larger sizes in January. 

The Print Shop will be transitioning over to the new printer during the next few weeks. As a result, we won't be printing any new prints until after January 1st. The shop will still be open for purchases, just be aware some orders may be delayed.

And don't forget that all of Chris Visions' prints will be wiped clean at the end of the year in order to make room for new work planned for the new year. Use the code "CLEAN SLATE" at checkout to get 10% off of all orders of $50 or more of Chris' prints. Click below to see what's available.

Guest Artist, OOSA Print Shop

Guest Artist prints are dead. Long live Guest Artist prints!

The Guest Artist program in the OOSA Print Shop is coming to an end this month... sort of. For the last couple of years, we've featured some truly amazing artists in the Print Shop on a monthly basis, and I couldn't be more grateful and appreciative to have worked with each and every one of them. I'm also grateful for all of you who purchased a print or helped spread the word. But, October's Guest Artist, Alison Sampson, will be the last of the era.

Starting in November, we will be doing something a little different. We will be opening up the OOSA Print Shop to a few select artists for them to use as an online storefront for their prints with no monthly rotations or time limits. I'll be handling all of the printing, order fulfillment and customer service for them. They'll have the opportunity to offer special edition prints, have choices of papers and sizes, or just print-on-demand open edition prints. It will be a unique opportunity for these artists to get their work out to the folks who want it and I'm excited to get to be a part in helping to make that happen.

The artists who will be offering prints through the OOSA Print Shop initially are as follows:

Jeffrey Alan Love

Jeffrey Alan Love

Brandon Graham

Brandon Graham

Vanesa R. Del Rey

Vanesa R. Del Rey

Nicolas Nemiri

Nicolas Nemiri

Sail

Sail

Sail already has a print available in the Print Shop, and Jeffrey Alan Love and Brandon Graham will have theirs available starting in November 1st. Other prints and maybe some new artists will be added in time after that. Be sure you are following OOSA on social media and have signed up for our mailing list to get the latest news!

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!

Liz Suburbia

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/