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It's NOT Dark Horse, but...!

Posted On Wednesday, November 28, 2012

If this is your first time to Vantage:Inhouse -- WELCOME!  We're a self-publishing house, currently with six titles under our belt.  Here are some of our best!

 Origins Unknown: An homage series of "first-act" cliffhangers, where the
protagonists learn of a hidden heritage, destined to change their future and possibly the fate of the entire world!

Written by: Victor Dandridge
Art by: Jacob Newell

The Trouble w/Love: Apex Prime, one of the world's GREATEST heroes had a wife and a family...and THEN he fell in love.  Now, he must explain how truly human he is to the one person who should know it best -- his own son.

Written by: Victor Dandridge
Art by: Harold Edge

The Samaritan: Residents of a crime-ridden neighborhood find their lives forever changed with the arrival of a mysterious, new tennant.

Written by: Victor Dandridge
Art by: Ren McKinzie

We're also the home of artist Victor Dandridge's 8 Bit/Pixel Art designs -- with a gallery of over 400 designs of characters from comics, cartoons, anime and pop culture!  We just recently opened up an Etsy shop where you can purchase custom prints of these designs and you're always welcome to check out our Tumblr page where we debut new designs regularly!  

8 Bit Dr. Who set

8 Bit My Little Pony set

I'm truly sorry for the confusion, but I hope you enjoyed what you saw and come back (on purpose) soon!  Thanks!  

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Give the gift of 8 Bits this HOLIDAY SEASON!

Posted On Friday, November 23, 2012

Check out our new Harry Potter designs!  
Vantage:Inhouse Productions is offering custom prints of your favorite 8 bit designs from our library of OVER 400 CHARACTERS from comics, cartoons, anime and pop culture.  Printed on 80-110lbs gloss cover stock, for extended durability, each print can be outfitted with the character(s) of YOUR CHOICE!

Pricing is based on size:*

11x17" - $10 (3 for $20)

5.5x8.5" - $5 (4 for $15)

11x4.25" - $5 (4 for $15)

*Add $5 to total for shipping!

Send requests to stating character(s) desired, size and shipping address.  A payment request will be issued through, but orders will not be processed until payment has been received.


Become a $25 donor of our KICKSTARTED Forever campaign and get a 18x12" poster of one of our convention banners!  (Vol#1 - 190 designs/ Vol#2 - 191 designs)!

Unconventional #3

Posted On Monday, November 12, 2012

Originally posted at (Nov 2010)

So, we left off with the mainstream Big Two forming a sort of bicameral congress that aims to spark new and sustained readership by publishing in separate age group ranges (DC gets the 3-10 year olds and Marvel, the 10-18s).  Not too bad, right?  Radical, but kinda spiffy on paper!  But, I SAY THEE NAY!  While this does make it easier to select WHAT to buy for a potential reader, it still doesn’t automatically put books into their hands – especially not newbies.  Remember, we’re supposed to be standing up against Multi-Million Dollar Mega-Blockbuster Movies and High-Definition, Ultra Violent Video Games with VIRTUAL REAL DEATH SPASMS!  In layman’s terms, we gotta step it up!   Especially when we’re shooting ourselves in the foot – The Dark Knight is one of the highest grossing films of all time, was there an influx of new readership – not even.  Season one of The Walking Dead had one of the highest viewer ratings in all of television history – some people aren’t even aware that it’s based on a comic of the same name (probably because it’s called an AMC Original Series!).  

Now, I’m not suggesting that the mainstream’s pursuit of these “rival” mediums is bad or that in any way they should stop!  It’s an honest attempt to piggyback the marketability of their characters and intellectual properties and we need as much face-time with the consumer market as possible.  However, I do begrudge that the efforts do little to promote the comic book FORM.  Despite earning MILLIONS worldwide, people aren’t catching the bug and stalking the comic racks every Wednesday, like the best of us!  And again, I say the prominent forces against this are the mainstream’s Big Two (though the other three publishers, Image, Dark Horse and IDW would do well to follow suit!).  
Have you seen any of the DC Showcase animated shorts?  They’re brilliant, really!  They are roughly ten minute snippets that tell a complete story, but feature some of DC’s obscure and/or underappreciated characters (so far, specifically, The Spectre, Jonah Hex and Green Arrow).   But the TRUE genius (and subsequent answer) isn’t in the shows themselves, but in the twenty second opening before the feature begins!  

Very poor quality, but you get the idea...right?

We start with a shelf or display case, adorned with stickers from some of DC’s previous animated successes, before we’re weaving thru the familiar enclosed space of a comic shop.   Serpentinely weaving between an auspicious reader or two (Hi Bruce Timm!) and the phalanx of stacked shelves, until we ominously come to a lone spinner rack, that serendipitously stops on a cover featuring the forthcoming short’s star!   Did you see it?  Did you catch it?  The answer was right there -- every book, every statuette, ever poster – every single item in this fictitious store was a DC product!  Well…OF COURSE IT IS!!  We ARE about to watch a DC Comic based movie, right?!  And there it is, pretty as she pleases – a storefront, nay, MANY storefronts run FOR a publisher, BY a publisher!
You thought I liked to work in pixel art before...yeesh!

When was the last time you went to the local mall?  Don’t have one?  What about a Wal-Mart?  I’ll bet you’ve seen one of those “portable” kiosks there, right?   You know the kind – floating islands of retail, strategically placed in long corridors near exits and entrances – and what do they sell?  EVERYTHING!  From watches, to phones, to embroidery, to jewelry, to computers, to scarves, to calendars and more…but I’ve never seen one sell comics…!  Can you imagine if Marvel opened up a kiosk or two in your home town?  A small, convention booth sized place where they, for a limited amount of time (those places seem to disappear or rotate every six months or so), promote the latest books of the week to not just adorning comic fans, but the GENERAL PUBLIC!  And they’d be manned by Marvel reps (i.e. interns), who could focus strictly on the promotion of Marvel comics, characters and storylines.  Could lessen the continuity woes of backstory landslides to have someone fill in the blanks of what you need to know or at least what issues to look for to find answers.  And these things could be ANYWHERE!  Try not gravitating to a giant glowing green battery display in the lobby of your local cinema when Green Lantern comes out!  There’d be at least one day where’d I’d skip lunch in favor of hitting the kiosk near the lunch room or library at school (these ARE books and reading IS the goal, right?!)!  

And not to worry, Brodynoochies – our favorite shops would be safe and sound in this blitzkrieg of nationwide repositories.  The kiosks simply CAN’T hold much more than a week’s worth of releases, so the need for back issue storage would DRIVE folks to the “regular” comic shops
to inundate themselves with the comic swag they’ve been referred or just crave!  And there’s always the chance that the kiosk available isn’t your brand (or age group), biggity-bam -- a local comic shop like Dave’s Clubhouse is your savior! 

We can even take it a step further and have the retailers sponsor specific events (like that movie thing or Free Comic Book Day), “selling” the shop’s stock of books with a cut of the profits or some guaranteed promotions.  Might make for some pretty cool publisher/retailer relations, which can go towards signings, special edition giveaways and all kinds of other cool stuff!   

Going where the people are – that’s the key!  Even Ariel, the Little Mermaid, knew that!  Till next time…

Victor Dandridge is a comic creator from Columbus, O-H(I-O), where he self-publishes through his WizWorld Inc. imprint.  He once arm-wrestled Namor and Aquaman for dominion over Atlantis…at the same time.

Buy The Samaritan #4 TODAY!!!

Posted On Monday, November 5, 2012

The Samaritan returns TODAY!

Download The Samaritan #4 - "Lovers' Quarrel' for your KINDLE device or associated app for only $.99 at!

The Samaritan #4
Lovers' Quarrel - Intervening on a domestic disturbance,
Smith dishes out brutal judgement against both the perpetrator
AND the victim.

Written by Victor Dandridge
Art by Ren McKinzie

KICKSTARTED Forever Presents: Ol' Crazy & The 40oz of Death!

Posted On Sunday, November 4, 2012

Kickstarter has been a revolutionary tool for funding creative projects all over the world!  And despite my attempt to circumvent the time-based constraint that has become a staple of the crowd-funding game, at it's core, my KICKSTARTED Forever campaign is all about getting more V:IP projects off the ground with the help of my dedicated and growing fan-base!

The first project on the funding block is the LONG AWAITED, "Ol' Crazy & The 40oz of Death!"

Designed as a four-issue mini-series, "Ol' Crazy & The 40oz of Death" is a strange mix of blaxploitation and classic revenge!  Follow the grizzly trail of death left in the wake as self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman, "Ol' Crazy" avenges the death of a young girl at the hands of a local drug lord.

It's Afro Samurai meets Kill Bill in a grindhouse mash-up on the page!  

And coming aboard to help visualize this EPIC BIT of mayhem is Columbus, OH artist, Bryan Moss -- whose work at you can stalk at!  Though I've known Bryan for YEARS, this will be our first project together, but you never know -- could be the best thing for comics since Jack met Kirby (Lol)!

Our projected financial goal to get this book in YOUR hands is $1000.00 (USD) -- a relative small amount for self-publishing ventures, but still in need of YOUR support! But this isn't some clandestine order of operations -- here's our breakdown for how the money will be spent:

Stage One - $120: Getting Started
This initial goal will get the ball rolling for artist Bryan Moss, serving as his supply stipend AND retainer fee for the project itself.  Within a few weeks of hitting this benchmark, we'll have the foundation artwork for the series begun, including character designs, page layouts and cover mock-ups!

Stage Two - $500: Digital Ready
At this point, the interior work and covers are FINISHED and ready for digital distribution!  We're already established thru, and, so all you tech-savvy readers will be ready to read one of the coolest books to grace the digital market -- but PLEASE -- No Spoilers!

Stage Three - $700: For the Brick and Mortars
Every Wednesday is a celebrated holiday at V:IP and its all because the weekly release of comics at our local comic shop!  We want Ol' Crazy sitting right along with other mainstream titles, bucking to be added toYOUR comic collection -- so with this goal, we will DONATE copies of Ol' Crazy to interested retail outlets!  Drum up some convo and make sure your store is one of the lucky few!

Stage Four - $1000: The Whole She-Bang
If everything comes together as planned, then we'll commemorate a final release of Ol' Crazy with an VARIANT COVER EXCLUSIVE by my good friend, stellar talent and all around nice guy, L.A.-based artist, Dave Crosland!

...As things progress, we may offer EVEN MORE for your viewing pleasure -- but we DEFINITELY need your help to see any of it through.  So -- you've seen what's on deck, checkout the KICKSTARTED Forever tab and see what swag you can snag all while helping to make Ol' Crazy & The 40oz of Death happen!!

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