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The Samaritan: Abridged for Younger Readers

Posted On Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Samaritan -- the BEST SELLING, award-nominated, indy, hit title from Vantage:Inhouse Productions just got even more ACCESSIBLE!  

As an African-American creator, I understand an inherited responsibility to use my projects to speak for and to the often overlooked minority readership of comics.  And though I don't aim to with every title, it has been with a measure of pride that I have successfully touted The Samaritan as a specifically 'black comic'; marketing it to those who are seeking to see themselves on the pages as viable heroes, making a difference.

But, I've always felt that the audience that may need to read it most, has been denied access due to the gritty realism of the heavy-handed language and content: urban youth.  Granted, with music and other forms of entertainment -- heck, even their very own lifestyles -- they PROBABLY have already been exposed to much of what The Samaritan has to offer.  But that doesn't mean I need to continue that cycle of familiarity.

So with the help of series artist/collaborator, Ren McKinzie, I've put together an abridged version, edited for language, but also undergoing a sort of "Machete Cut" -- nixing a whole issue and parts of another, whose content would prove a little too graphic for the intended readers.

But wait...there's more!

To further our readership goals, we're aiming to entice educators to support this title by adding follow up reading questions to the end of every chapter, highlighting the true literary merits not only for The Samaritan as a title, but comics as a medium.

If you're a teacher, librarian, administrator or parent and you'd like to receive notification for when this book will be available, feel free to contact me at

-Victor Dandridge

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