FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
OUTHOUSE TO LAUNCH "ALTERNATIVE FREE COMICS DAY" EVENT TO PROMOTE INDEPENDENT COMICS
The website will promote and distribute free digital comics for publishers and creators unable to participate in Diamond's big event.
Columbus, OH - Following up on reports that Diamond, through its elite shadow council, the Free Comic Book Day Committee, has rejected several small publishers from offering their comics as part of the annual Free Comic Book Day promotion, semi-satirical comic book website TheOuthousers.com announced plans to hold its own free comic book event. Titled "ALTERNATIVE FREE COMICS DAY," The Outhouse will use the event to promote and distribute free digital comics for publishers and independent creators who were unable to get their comic featured in Diamond's event. The Outhouse has purchased and plans to develop AlternativeFreeComicsDay.com to facilitate the event.
"Free Comic Book Day is a great promotion that connects with readers around the country," explained Outhouse webmaster Jude Terror from his doomsday bunker on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio. "But it's too exclusive, and it looks like it might be getting even more difficult to get your comics featured in Diamond's official offerings. We aim to serve the publishers and creators who don't have the resources to pass muster for the Free Comic Book Day Committee, whatever those actually are."
Terror went on to explain that he knows that many independent creators have great relationships with local stores, and that participation in the event does not require refusal to participate in local Free Comic Book Day events. Instead, the online event will offer worldwide reach that compliments the efforts of local stores, which have always supported independent creators, and the website will also proudly promote comic shops that feature independent creators in their store.
"The shops are cool by us," Terror explained, pumping his fists in the air and making a determined face. "This is about the big corporate comics distribution monopoly, and its requirements that favor big publishers over smaller ones. Fight the power! Yeahhhh!"
Using its infamy and the awesome powers of sensational Yellow Journalism, The Outhouse will help spread the word about great comics by featuring them in articles on its website, connecting them with the podcasts that contribute to The Outhouse, and ultimately offering digital comics provided by publishers and creators for free download, both individually and as a bundle. The site also plans to explore potential partnerships with other comics websites interested in helping to promote independent comics (hit us up, friends!). The best part is, no one needs any money to get involved, because digital distribution is essentially free!
"I've been working here on The Outhouse for close to a year, and have published over 60 in-depth articles revolving around independent creators," said Crystal O'Rourke, who writes an ongoing column for The Outhouse as The Indie Huntress. "When Jude approached me on the idea of putting together a Free Comic Book Day specifically for independent creators, I was beyond ecstatic. For too long, independent creators have struggled with getting their material seen. With this new event being hosted by The Outhouse, the same weekend as Free Comic Book Day - it will allow creators a chance to be seen and heard with their books. Think of the visibility and readership to be gained. The connections that you can make as creators amongst each other. Furthering your reach through cross promotion. So, take a moment and go check out Alternative Free Comics Day on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and stay tuned for more."
"Our website is often farcical, but this is no joke," Terror added. "We really will do this. We have a web server, we have an in-house programmer and graphic designers, and we have an audience. For once, we're going to put all of that to a good use."
If you're an independent comic book creator or publisher interested in participating in ALTERNATIVE FREE COMICS DAY, bookmark AlternativeFreeComicsDay.com, like Alternative Free Comics Day on Facebook, and follow @TheOuthousers on Twitter for updates, coming in the next few weeks.
About The Outhouse
The Outhouse is a semi-satirical comic book news site that has, for some reason, become one of the most trusted names in comic book news. With a tradition of standing up to authority, the site prides itself on always supporting the underdog. Follow us on Twitter at @TheOuthousers or Facebook at TheOuthousers. Daily updates of comic book news, reviews, interviews, podcasts, and satire can be found at www.theouthousers.com.