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BW&R Episode #77!

Posted On Wednesday, August 26, 2015

We've got a NEW episode of Black, White & Read ALL OVER!  It was SUUUUUUCH a good week for books -- I can't even deal.  Can't.  Even.

Check it out...





Here's what was on the talking block:

Civil War #3 (Marvel) - Charles Soule (w) and Lenil Yu (a)
Hank Johnson: Agent of Hydra (Marvel) - David Mandel (w) and Michael Walsh (a)
Godzilla in Hell #2 (IDW) - Bob Eggleton
Fight Club 2 #4 (Dark Horse) - Chuck Palahniuk (w) and Cameron Stewart (a)

Honorable mentions:

Old Man Logan #4 (Marvel) - Brian M. Bendis (w) and Andrea Sorrentino (a)
Lando #3 (Marvel) - Charles Soule (w) and Alex Maleev (a)
Superman #43 (DC) - Gene Yang (w) and John Romita Jr. (a)
Ant-man's Last Days #1 (Marvel) - Nick Spencer (w) and Ramon Rosanas (a)

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 vantageinhouse@gmail.com.

-Victor Dandridge

(re)Introducing...Origins Unknown: Who pt.2

Posted On Friday, August 14, 2015

Earlier this year, I posted about the updates I had enacted for Origins Unknown, both on a visual basis and where it stood, conceptually within the growing V:IP Universe.  As I stated then, the books really seemed to lack the visual appeal that some of the other titles maintained and it hurt sales tremendously because of it.  So, now, we've had a few months with the new cover (and boasted Secret Origins-like position of the series as a whole) and I can tell you that while sales have boosted, but the cover's created a NEW problem for consideration.

When laid out across the table, I have to admit, the new cover for Origins Unknown looks GREAT!  Granted, the new design called for leaving behind the tag-line that defined the series: "You can't be what the world needs until you know what you are."  But it really stood out well and drew the attention of many potential readers.

Updated to reflect the "WHO" theme of the volume.
But that's where the biggest problem laid.

They'd be very earnest in coming to check out this vibrant, bright cover, so proudly (and prominently) featuring its female lead.  But when they began to flip through the pages, you could almost see the dismay on their faces as they looked into...a black and white book...:(

Obviously, I'd hate to believe fans to be so discerning, but I had to admit the possibility that we would've moved even more units if the interiors held any sort of the colorful splash that the cover initiated.

I only had the intention of coloring Somewhere I Belong, so the coloring style had to be something that would serve, not only the story, but the interest of the book.  Too dynamic and I'd HAVE TO get the rest of the book colored; not enough and well...I might as well have left it black and white.  So, with that thought in mind, I went on a feverish search for a solution and I found it in the pages of Marvel's Hawkeye!  The muted colors (by Matt Hollingsworth) was exactly what I was looking for -- a range of operation that was easy to look at, but interesting.  And it wasn't too domineering -- Jacob's line, while very thin and delicate on this issue, were still the hard selling point and should be protected (if not projected) above anything else.

And here's the final result!






































And it just so happens, I finished production on these just as this review from Chris Ventura of Dark Avenger went live on YouTube (subscribe to his channel!):


Well...like I said in that first post, we ARE following up with three NEW stories (Pursuit of Happiness, No One Believes Me, and I Make Her Say), which will likely see publication next year.

But the best news of all...




...wait for it...







JACOB IS COMING BACK TO DO THEM!!!

That's right -- my right hand for the Origins Unknown project is laying down some serious awesome.  Check out some of the sketches he's sent me already...










Episode 75!!!! #BlackWhite&ReadAllOver

Posted On Thursday, August 13, 2015

Watch me!!!



75 Episodes!!  How did this happen?  And so much fun STILL!

While we didn't make a HUGE deal of it (aside from the AWESOME dance party at the beginning!), I've gonna confess that I'm INSANELY proud of what we've accomplished with this show!  We're having fun -- like ALL THE FUN -- and it shows with every filming!  A tremendous thanks goes to Ryan and Shelby for their brilliance and interest!  (You guys have brought me along on a tremendous ride!!)

This week's reads:
Phonogram The Immaterial Girl #1 (Image) - Kieron Gillen (w) and Jamie McKelvie (a)
Lando #2 (Marvel) - Charles Soule (w) and Alex Maleev (a)
Secret Wars #5 (Marvel) - Jonathan Hickman (w) and Esad Ribic (a)
Walking Dead #145 (Image) - Robert Kirkman (w) and Charlie Adlard (a)

Honorable Mentions:
String Divers #1 (IDW) - Chris Ryall (w) and Nelson Daniel (a)

A-Force #3 (Marvel) - Marguerite Bennett (w) and Jorge Molina (a)

Trill League #0 - Anthony Piper (w/a) -- You NEED this book (its wack)!  I LOVED everything about it (Hot Gar-Bage)!
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