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On the Horizon 2/28/11...

Posted On Monday, February 28, 2011

Welcome back, folks! Did you have a good weekend? I gotta admit, I certainly did! After the cover shoot for The Samaritan, I got to hang out with artist, Ren McKinzie for a while -- we talked about everything from comics, to kids, to boxing (the latter resulted in some instruction that STILL has my back sore!!! Lol!). It was truly an AWESOME time that carried over into the WEE hours of the morning.

Saturday was rather full too! Had a sit-down meeting with my friend, writer/director Sheldon Gleisser, whose looking to produce some of his original projects as comics. I'm not even gonna lie -- I would LOVE to get some of those properties under the V:IP label -- he's one of the most innovative voices I know for concepts and his characterizations will engulf you!

That evening, I made the trip out to Beavercreek, OH, where I met up with a few local creators from central/south-central Ohio and we sat around talking up what was coming down the pike for the lot of us. It was really like a little family reunion (because we ARE a close-knit group)and I can guarantee some AWESOME things are in store for you readers!

But enough about then, lets focus on what's coming up for V:IP this week!

I've gotten a lot of positive feedback on the daily posts and they WILL continue(I'll be posting a new time sketch set this evening!). I love the challenge they present and I'm going to see about bringing some other creators in on the fun!

I did get a strong stride on the 3rd installment of The Samaritan, with most of the page breakdowns in place and just needing to go in for the dialogue. Ren's sent me pages of the first book and I've started lettering those -- LOVING EVERY BIT OF IT! (Seriously, Ren has TRULY stepped up his already extensive skill, sensitivity and storytelling on this one!).

The layouts for Omnibus #2 feature, Chronicles of Legend are nearing completion -- this new method, while seemingly time consuming, TRULY has shaved off a TREMENDOUS amount of production time! I can see myself sticking with this and tweaking it to better fit my schedule and style. I've also started layouts for Strongman Legion Plus -- What?! What's that you ask? What's the Strongman Legion?! Stay tuned and it will be ANSWERED!

With a lot of things nearing completion, we're already getting started on the next wave of projects from V:IP! This week's big deal is plotting for "Spectrum," my homage to Green Lantern! My goal is to have that all outlined by week's end and can give out a few more details about its production!

Hey -- are you doing anything this Sunday?! Sure you are -- you're coming to visit me at Buckeye Con hosted by Jeff Harper Comics at the Fort Rapids Water Resort! I'll be on hand with a few promotional items and would LOVE to see some of your friendly faces! After that -- its all prepping for C2E2!

Time for me to get back to the drawing table -- between my writing chores, drawing duties and editing tasks, there's barely enough time to go 'round as is! Thanks for stopping by!

Victor Dandridge
Vantage:Inhouse Productions

Behind the Curtain 2/25/11

Posted On Friday, February 25, 2011

Shwew! What a week, right?! Challenging myself to keep up a daily post schedule was both a blessing and a curse. While I can pat myself on the back for actually doing it, it did keep me away from the daily grind of writing and art for my books. Over the weekend, I'm going to try to find a way to reconcile that time management gap!

Though I still haven't finished the 3rd chapter of The Samaritan, I can say that Ren has done some PHENOMENAL work that has me jazzed up to get to work on it(its actually my goal for the rest of the evening)! He's taking risks with his style and technique, putting his spin on the story beats and it's all working together GLORIOUSLY! Not to put the cart before the horse, but I'm already thinking about our next project together and hope we can get started on that SOON!

Just earlier tonight, we had the photo shoot for the cover and I'm on pins and needles waiting to see how AWESOME it is! I BIG THANKS goes out to Lindsay Rodgers, the cover artist for this one -- she's going to blow your socks off with this piece (I guarantee it!) and while I'm at it, I owe another big shout out to our model, my dad, William Hunt!

I DID manage to fit in some work on Omnibus #2, doing my best to finish up these layouts in Bryan Hitch fashion (Check out his book, "Bryan Hitch's Ultimate Comic Studio" to see what I mean!)! It might seem redundant, but I feel more free in my work and that's adding to my production. *I've posted a preview of one of the pages below!

Well, that about sums up my week -- a few missteps(not finishing The Samaritan OR getting a final design on the Daddy Packs), but a lot of good work is in the can! While I keep my nose to the grindstone, I'm gonna bid you all a good nite and a great weekend!

You're Invited!

In order to better prepare for the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Summer Reading Program, I'd like to do a trial run of my presentation and my friends at Comic Town and the Comic Book Connection Intiative have graciously agreed to host and sponsor the first go round. If you have a young person in your life (preferrably ages 8+) with an interest in comics, drawing or both, I invite you to take part in the presentation and follow up Q&A!

Where: Comic Town
1249 Morse Rd.
Columbus, OH 43229

When: Saturday March 12th, 2011

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Project:Rooftop 2/24/11

Posted On Thursday, February 24, 2011

Just updated our Deviantart page with a new piece! Today's challenge: SUPERBOY!

8 Mins Presents...2/23/11

Posted On Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Check out the brand new 8 Mins feature, "A Moment's Compassion." Based on a true event, I dare you NOT to be moved by this heartwarming story!

Look for the first collected volume, featuring all of the weekly posts from 2/23-5/25/11, this June, from Vantage:Inhouse Productions!

*For more 8 Mins tales, visit

5 Lines 2/23/11

Just made a new update to our Deviantart page! Today's challenge: HAWKEYE!

Shape Up 2/22/11

Posted On Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Just updated our Deviantart page with a new daily exercise! Today's challenge: WOLVERINE!

I got it Covered!

ANNOUNCING: The INCREDIBLY talented, local fine-artist, Lindsay Rodgers is lending her CONSIDERABLE skill for the cover piece of The Samaritan! This is her first foray into the world of comics, but I'm certain she's gonna make a BIG SPLASH!!! Work starts this weekend and the final piece should be done in time for C2E2!

If I were EiC (2/22/11)

I must admit, I’m kinda man-crushing Jonathan Hickman’s run on the Fantastic Four. While comicdom at large is still hung up on the death/no-death of member, Johnny Storm (The Human Torch), Hickman had me from the word go, after I randomly picked up a copy of FF #572.
It was his portrayal of Reed Richards that did it – I can’t say I’ve ever been a fan of the often brilliantly aloof scientist, family man and team leader; the lack of cohesion of his two worlds (as a man of science and husband/father) always betrayed how smart Reed is truly supposed to be. But Hickman found a unique voice for that – Reed doesn’t accidentally forsake his family in pursuit of his work, he actually does it on purpose – not out of some strange disdain, but out of something as common as Spider-man: With great power comes greater responsibility. And even better, this rendition of Reed, as a near carryover from the run before, finds a way to make time for his family as well – in fact, it become a potential story beat just how much Reed is going to have to sacrifice in the name of the greater good.

Almost arrogantly, I confess I feel a resonance with Reed, a man blessed/cursed with so much insight that he can imagine a prolific future AND the means to achieve it. Here’s a man, albeit a fictional one, who can stand toe-to-toe with the fragile and cosmic alike, finding beauty, strength and merit within it all – that’s the kind of man I aim to be, both as a creator and a father. In fact, it was Reed’s speech to the attendees of the Singularity Convention in issue #579 that solidified my plan to leave my cushy job as a State employee for the wonderfully sporadic, if not tumultuous life of a self-publisher:
"Because there is the a fire called discovery burning within me...and I won't go back in the cave for anyone."

I think there’s another superhero-scientist that Hickman could breathe new life into: Dr. Ray Palmer, DC’s The Atom!
Despite having a long history in the DCU, The Atom hasn’t quite gained the notoriety of other heroes who’ve the same longevity or affiliations. He’s been relegated to near B-List, if not C-List levels and needs the hearty revive that plagued the Fantastic Four for YEARS! As Hickman has already shown, he can handle the jargon of scientific ideas, both complex and astonishing – and with The Atom, the infinite world of the infinitesimal is just as rife with potential threats and adventures as the known universe. And considering the recent emotional upheaval in Ray’s life (The last few years has seen his ex-wife turn a murderer and his induction into the Green Lantern mythos as a member of the enigmatic Indigo Tribe), I’m more than confident that Hickman can find a comfortable medium, shuffling back and forth between the different facades for some of the best story beats in the character’s history.

Timed Sketch Challenge 2/21/11!!!

Posted On Monday, February 21, 2011

Just a bit on the wire for the daily post, but as promised, the first Time Sketch piece has been added to our Deviantart page. Today's challenge: HAWKGIRL!

What's on the Horizon...(2/21/11)

Welcome to our first weekly update, (there was almost a theme-song involved -- be afraid, be VERY afraid) where you'll get the scoop on what's coming up this week from Vantage:Inhouse Productions! This is going to be a practice in open production forums, detailing the PLANNED events and being able to check back in a few days to see how well we stayed on schedule. Its different, surely, allowing for our flaws and all to be on display, but if we're going to offer a new perspective on creating comics and more, then we can aim for no less!

So let's see, where to start...ah yes -- THE U CRE-8 COMICS LINE!

With the Columbus Metropolitan Library's summer reading program just around the corner, I've decided that I should do some trial runs to make sure the process and my presentation are up to snuff! I've already got 2 of the city's most prominent shops agreeing to host(ComicTown and Packrat Comics), with sponsoring by the Comic Book Connection Initiative -- final plans will be made this week, with an official announcement by the end of the week!

The next installment of The Samaritan is underway! I should be finished with issue 3 by this Friday (2/25) and will be fully back on schedule! I'm considering sharing the script for the first two issues with a few more of my writing friends to see if I can't get some reviews/critiques posted.

I'm finishing the layouts for the first half of Omnibus #2 -- we're returning to the world of Chronicles of Legend and starting up a new tale very near to my heart, The Seventh Divine! My goal is to have this book ready for Gem City Con (4/5), which doesn't give much room for adjustments, but I LOVE to challenge myself!

After my daughter found a potentially fatal flaw with the Daddy Packs (the original packaging was a plastic bag), I've gone back to the drawing board on it and have come up with a BRILLIANT way of using a single sheet of paper to hold everything together. Actually, I can't claim such brilliance was uninspired, I got the idea from the children's menu at Bob Evans -- what can I say, the answers are around if you only look for them! But with this new design comes some more interactive play and the launch of a new "board" game, "Save the City!"

There's so much more to share, but I've droned on enough already and as you can see, there's plenty of work to do around here! I better get to mine before the boss comes around!

Victor Dandridge

...Now Serving Daily...!

Posted On Sunday, February 20, 2011

There are 3 conceptual goals for Vantage:Inhouse Productions in 2011: The 3-Abilities -- Marketability, Accessibility and Dependability! In an effort to really drive home the last two, I'm moving to a daily posting schedule of content. That's right, sports fans -- you can get a DAILY DOSE of Vantage:Inhouse comic-booky goodness!

But this isn't just random bits, we're spewing here -- we've got a full blown schedule!

We'll begin with a weekly update, where you'll get the 4-1-1 on what's coming up for Vantage:Inhouse. It may be the work schedule for the week, it may be more (like upcoming EVENTS and CONTESTS!) -- but it will be THE news hub for all things V:IP!

-- Linking up thru our page on, I'll be doing a series of timed drawings, ranging from 10-30mins, challenging myself to gain speed and accuracy in my work!


-- Our first weekly feature article, where I'll be playing a little "Thursday Morning Quarterback," commenting on books and creators currently in the industry and noting some of the dream projects I'd put together if I were Editor-in-Chief!

-- Having a bit of a laugh with design, I'm going to challenge myself to draw a prominent character using a basic shapes! Its a little elementary, but should prove for some fun ideas!

I'm finally returning to my 8-Mins project, a series of vignettes that chronicle individuals during the last 8 minutes of Earth! I'll be posting a new story every week and will collect the first volume for publication in June!

-- I learned of this game thru a video of comic legends John Romita and his son, JRJR -- the idea is to have someone make 5 indiscriminant lines on a sheet of paper and for the artist to make a drawing out of them -- I'm SOOOO enlisting my kids to help with this one!


-- I'll be the first to admit my shamelessness!
This daily dose, inspired by ProjectRooftop, the site that showcases artist reinterpretations of classic comic and pulp characters, will feature my ideas for some of my favorite characters!

Finishing out the week, will be the special feature, "Behind The Curtain," where we'll showcase behind-the-scenes/early production materials and interviews of creators from current/upcoming V:IP prjects!

I think that's a healthy bit of action, don't you?! Come back soon because the fun starts tomorrow, Feb. 21st and it won't stop till the cash-cows come home!!

Victor Dandridge

Every obstacle is an opportunity in disguise...

So...I'm going over the production schedule of The Samaritan with artist, Ren McKinzie and I discovered that we're GROSSLY behind schedule!!! The plan, as originally intended, was to release the series in 7pt vignettes, the first 2 as digital books thru The 3rd piece was to premiere in a collected edition, featuring parts 1-3, at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). Unfortunately we haven't completed the books to start the Issuu releases yet and the collected edition is simply out of the question -- alas...

"...the best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry..."
-John Steinbeck

But rather than lament and be upset that the original plan isn't working out, I find it FAR more beneficial to find plausible solutions for something else and that's EXACTLY what we've done!

Announcing: The Samaritan Book 1 -- featuring Chapters 1 and 2 of the series, with words by Victor Dandridge and art by Ren McKinzie. This 16pg, b/w will be available at C2E2 for the low price of JUST $2! And each purchase comes with a complimentary copy of The Samaritan:Sourcebook -- a Half-Print RENdition introducing you to characters of The Samaritan!

Sometimes, you've gotta go back to the drawing board, but it usually yields better results!

...Form Arms and Body, and I'll form -- THE HEAD!

Posted On Saturday, February 19, 2011

I sounded a bit tentative before, but I can HAPPILY announce that Harold Edge has signed on to bring his INCREDIBLE pencils to The Trouble w/Love! Already he's begun production (check out his designs for feature character APEX PRIME!):

Already he's putting his own stamp on the character!

I'm also pleased to announce that colorist Ryan Carter is gonna bring Harold's pencils to life with his AMAZING coloring talent! I've worked on a book with Ryan before and I can fully attest that you are all in for an enormous treat!

So the players are set and the work is already underway -- stay tuned for more news for The Trouble w/Love and more, coming soon from Vantage:Inhouse!

Going E-Class!

Posted On Thursday, February 17, 2011

The sitting charts for C2E2 are up and I'm going all George Jefferson -- I'm moving on up to the "E" Side! We're running almost dead center with some AWESOME talent on either side of us -- time for the Row-E ROLL CALL:

E1 - Comic Social Club
E2 - Lee Kohse
E3 - Dirk Manning
E4 - Ashton Gallagher
E5 - Daniel Khanna
E5 - Gordon Purcell
E6 - Justin Cermak
E7 - Ren McKinzie
E8 - Mike Dolce
E8 - ME!
E9 - Darla Ecklund
E9 - Jessica Hickman
E10 - Nathan Lueth
E10 - Seamus Burke
E11 - G.W. Fisher
E12 - Hilary Barta
E13 - Adam Hughes

As you can see, I'm with some GREAT company and I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Investing in Success...

Posted On Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A while back, my best friend, Danny told me that he and some co-workers were gonna start up a button business. I remember, being like, "buttons...wha?!" not being aware of how popular the little collectibles could be to so many audiences. In the years since, MUTANT CACTUS has had some amazing successes as a button manufacturer, starting out with their own designs and branching off in to vintage pieces, logo/event branding, and custom series lines. Even I've gotten onto their bandwagon, teaming up with them to do a line of buttons based on my 8 Bits designs! Now, I've taken that team up a step further by becoming an OFFICIAL SPONSOR!

They've done a TREMENDOUS job in making a name for themselves and I want to see that drive continue and evolve into something even greater! Keep a close eye out for them because I've got a feeling they're going to surprise us all even more -- AND SOON!

Welcome Back! (As if we never left)...

Posted On Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hello! Welcome to the first posting for Vantage:Inhouse Productions (formerly WizWorld Inc) - as you can see, there's still LOADS of work to be done to get everything back upto speed as we transition into our new home (please excuse the mess), but make no mistake, we're still working to give you our BEST creative output possible! A BIG thanks to you for making the trek over and come back soon as we have even more announcements in store and you don't want to miss a single one!

Valentines Tees Now Available!!

Posted On Thursday, February 3, 2011

Only for the month of February, the 8 Bit Valentines are available as custom tee-shirts, EXCLUSIVELY thru! Give your love the gift of COMIC BOOKY GOODNESS -- possibly the BEST gift since the invention of CHOCOLATE!

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