Sometimes, there just aren't enough hours in the day! As I got my final preps together for Wizard World Reno, I found like NO TIME to write my PoV post yesterday -- AAAAAND as you can see, am barely squeaking by for today. But alas, it's my own fault for doing soooo much! Without further ado -- here's a quick run down of what's been happening!
Back in 2012, I launched "On the Horizon," a brand-centric, digital magazine. Taking cues from Wizard mag, Previews and CLiNT, it was a marketing platform that I thought would be remarkable in building awareness of Vantage:Inhouse and its products, my convention schedule and anything else I could think of. Unfortunately, we only ran publication for that year -- the workload of it all a bit TOO cumbersome to advance with at the time. But, bringing it back has been nestled in my mindscape for some time and like an itch I couldn't reach, just wouldn't go away!
So, I'm bringing it back! Work has already begun on our "Year Book Issue" that will herald its relaunch in the first quarter of 2015 -- my goal is to keep the party moving every 2-3months, but we'll see how well that works out.
In the meantime, I did some reworking of our third issue, "Brick & Mortar" the first to serve as a specific ordering platform for shops and retailers. I've got a few accolades to add in, but for the most part, this is what the book will look like!
I'm having a few test copies printed up to hand out to some of the shops out west, this weekend! Take a gander and go to YOUR comic shop and tell them you want the V:IP Treatment RIGHT NOW!
One shop you WON'T have to beg to get V:IP on the shelves is Comic Town in Columbus, OH! Ryan [Seymore] and I go waaaaaaaaay back and he's been astoundingly supportive of my endeavors. So, when he asked me to partner up with him on a weekly review series, "Black, White & Read All Over," it was kind of a must that I join the party! We've filmed most of the year, but like a L-O-S-E-R, I'm just not giving it a weekly nod on my page (Boooooo, Victor!).
On this week's episode, we were flabbergasted by the sheer BEAUTY of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's Pax Americana #1 (DC Comics). It may seriously be the best comic of the year, even though it is CLEARLY not for the casual comic book reader. I can't recommend it enough for those already initiated.
In fact, I was so smitten by the idea, Ryan and I did a live-tweet session about it this morning! We nuanced. We geeked. We gushed! We even got the attention of Nathan Fairbairn, series colorist -- him chiming in was definitely a highlight! If you get a chance, jump onto twitter and check the #PaxAmericana -- feel free to throw out some observations of your own!
Another bit off my to-do list was to finalize my considerations for the 'Dare to Compare' campaign I want to showcase my books through. In a nutshell, I'm comparing my current run of books against relatable, previously published titles/characters. I figure, to give, both retailers and buyers, an honest gauge on if they'd be interested in reading our books is a great way to build trust in our brand. We're not going anywhere for some time and we want to make sure people know to expect great things from us!
Right quick, before I sign off -- I want to give a round of applause to ALL of the 2014 SPACE Prize nominations! Though I haven't read a lot of the work that was nominated, I'm always impressed by the caliber of talent that show always attracts! And for my FELLOW FINALISTS -- That's right, V:IP has earned a finalist position for the THIRD YEAR IN A ROW -- CONGRATULATIONS! I know competition will be stiff, but there's nothing like going up agains the cream-of-the-crop to really test your mettle! Thanks to Bob Corby for all his hard work to make S.P.A.C.E. a better show than it was the year before!
Well, that's about it -- the next time you hear from me, I'll be under the twinkling lights of Reno, Nevada! Until then -- buy some comics!
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