Official Press Release
San Jose, CA (February 6, 2003) - Ghosts and goblins and beasties, oh my! Uninvited guests are bad enough. When they turn out to be demons and ghouls from unknown dimensions, they're real trouble. This is the predicament Wren, the sassy and fearless heroine of SLG Publishing's new quarterly series, Outlook: Grim by new talent Black Olive, finds herself in as she must face off against supernatural forces that she accidentally invited into her home. The ghoulies definitely have wicked intentions, but they completely lack social graces, and Wren is more annoyed than terrified. Will she rid her house of these uncouth invaders? Or will she spend the rest of her life with ghosts rummaging through her unmentionables and beasties taking a soak her bathtub?
Issue one of Outlook: Grim, the debut comic book series from writer/artist Black Olive, will be published in May 2003. A fresh look at silly spookiness, Outlook: Grim is a series that Editor-in-Chief Jennifer de Guzman Belew feels will appeal to readers of SLG Publishing comic books like GloomCookie and Little Scrowlie, as well as attract new readers.
"Outlook: Grim has what looks like a dark surface, but it's wonderfully light-hearted and clever, free of anything like cynicism," she said. "Wren is a smart, fun character who will draw readers into her adventures with some rather unusual - and unwelcome - houseguests."
"Black Olive" is the pseudonym of a well-established illustrator who currently resides in Los Angeles. She has brought imagery to many publications, including Amplifier Magazine, Graphics Classics, The Progressive, Bitch Magazine, and Computer Gaming World.
"I am very honored to have Outlook: Grim published by my heroes at Slave Labor Graphics," she said of the upcoming publication of her work. "If I could fulfill one dream with this book, it would be to have at least one child cry themselves to sleep at night after reading it."
The 24-page, black-and-white first issue of Outlook: Grim will be released in May 2003 and will retail for $2.95. SLG Publishing will be supporting the release with a special retailer promotional package that includes an Outlook: Grim poster, bag stuffers, postcards, and a small preview.
Established in 1986, SLG Publishing is a San Jose, CA-based publisher of comics books and graphic novels. Operating under its imprints slave Labor Graphics and Amaze Ink, SLG Publishing has distributed the work of such notable cartoonists as Jhonen Vasquez, Roman Dirge, Evan Dorkin and Lawrence Marvit. More information about the company can be found at its website at www.slavelabor.com.