A school bus is forced off a cliff by a vehicle in pursuit of a legendary woodland giant. Secrets are revealed when it’s young passenger, a boy known for his inability to speak, commands the giant to help in an unknown language. Exposed as link between our world and another, the boy must choose to stay or journey to a place on the periphery of human consciousness– the world of the Outliers.
32 page comic book offset printed on French Dur-O-Tone Newsprint paper in two colors. Cover letterpress printed with silver ink on Pop-Tone Hot Fudge paper. Dust Jacket printed 4-color on Dur-O-Tone Butcher paper.
The first edition of The Outliers #1 sold out in a few days of its release. It is still available on the collectors market and digitally.
Alternative Comics, 2013
Digital ISBN: 978-1-934460-21-4
Diamond Code: JUN130716
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“The Outliers is a careful exploration of our prejudices and jingoistic attitudes, not to mention the fact that you just never know what’s going on behind the scenes with most people. Johnson is able to effectively evoke mood and place, on the fringe between a sense wonder and a sense of discovery.” -Justin Giampaoli, Thirteen Minutes
“…the packaging on this puppy is the best thing I’ve seen EVER. Tsu, the book’s main character is mute, yet Johnson is masterful in his ability to fascinate and intrigue the reader by Tsu’s connection with all the mysterious goings-on around him, including what appears to be a friendly big foot. Artwork wise? Masterful. Few are the times I’ve felt story and art meshed so well together, and this is one of those times. READ THIS BOOK.” -Chip Reece in Stash My Comic’s Best Comics of 2013
“The story’s already shaping up to be a mystical monsterfest, a cryptozoologist’s dream come true, and – especially with Johnson’s detailed art bringing his fantastic, original narrative to paneled life – it’s a story comics-lovers will look forward to experiencing the rest of.” -Wayne Alan Brenner, The Austin Chronicle
“This is why I love indie comics.” -Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin
“You won’t go wrong if you want to check out The Outliers.” -Andy Hunsaker, Crave Online
“It’s an engaging book and, if you can find it, one worth picking up.” -Dan Seitz, Uproxx
“It’s gorgeous and it’ll tug on your heartstrings.” -Vince Ostrowski, Multiverity Comics
“I’m sold on this curious artifact.” -Justin Crouse, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find
“With great induction to his world and an exciting cliffhanger, all I can say is ‘more, please.’ Spoiler Alert, but we’re probably looking at one of the best books of the year. Grade A+.” -Justin Giampaoli, Thirteen Minutes
“Without a doubt, reading The Outliers was the most fantastic comic book experience I’ve had all year.” -Kevin Cortez, Drawn Words
“If you’re looking for a new, interesting, beautifully printed book. One that feels like a X-Files episode crossed with Grimm’s Fairy Tales, with a touch of Paul Zindel, then this book is for you.” -Chuck Suffel, What’cha Reading?
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