Outland recently announced that they had brought in writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Harrow County) to create a shared universe based on Barry Blair’s Aircel comics of the 1980s and 1990s (see “Cullen Bunn to Create Shared Universe for Outland Entertainment”).
Distribution of Outland titles via Diamond will begin in late 2021 or early 2022, and the first set of releases will include two of the Aircel titles, Warlock 5 and Dragonring, as well as the British import Hopeless, Maine (once published by BOOM! Studios) and print editions of two webcomics, Travis Hanson’s The Bean and Allison Pang and Irma “Aimo” Ahmed’s Fox & Willow.
Outland began publishing comics and games in 2017 and distributes their books and graphic novels through IPG and their games through Studio2 Publishing. “Getting our comics and graphic novels into comic shops is really the last piece of the distribution puzzle that we’ve been working on for several years,” said Outland founder Jeremy D. Mohler in a statement announcing the deal.
Comics Experience started as an online comic school in 2007 and began publishing creator-owned comics through IDW in 2014 (see “IDW to Publish Comics Experience Titles”). Earlier this year they launched Comics Experience Publishing (CEX), which will continue to publish creator-owned work.