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On the Horizon: 2017 or Bust Part Three

Posted On Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Now, we're not ditching the books completely.  We've still got a FEW copies left from last year to go through, but we ARE moving away from individual issues!  Instead, we're collecting the current runs of both Wonder Care Presents: The Kinder Guardians and The Samaritan into softbound trade paperback editions!!!  We're pretty excited, as these are the first official TPBs to come out of V:IP (our INC.lings volumes serve more like anthologies!)!





We're still a few weeks away from having them in stock, but we wait, we're offering an exclusive PRE-ORDER pricing of $10 each (plus shipping), knocking off about $3 from the cover price ($12.99)!  Place your order through DM (email, FB, IG or Twitter) and get a link to process payment through PayPal -- Payment MUST be received before order will be processed.  The final pre-order date will be JANUARY 30TH, with books expected to ship the following week!



Well, I think that's enough of an update for now.  Look for more news to be rolling from V:IP over the next few weeks!  We'll see YOU in 2017!!!


On the Horizon: 2017 or Bust Part Two

On social media, we teased a whole #VIPhaseOut campaign a while back, but we really didn't reveal anything else about it.  With it coming time to launch, I think its time to get into just WHAT we were talking about!

Since the end of 2014, we've been pushing the #FromBitsToBooks campaign, which spearheaded the transition from our 8 Bit pixel art being the focus at shows/conventions, to strictly books.  It's been a complete blast, but after 2 years, I think it's time to switch gears (especially while NEW books are currently in production)!  So, we're taking the focus off our titles (award winners though they may be) and shifting the spotlight on our growing the U Cre-8 Comics brand!




What is U Cre-8 Comics?

U Cre-8 Comics was designed as a bridge, bringing comics books to classrooms.  Officially launched in 2011, it's offered fan favorite programming in schools and conventions across the country!  

Already, we've developed some new faces for existing products, while simultaneously working on creating new ones!  Our goal is to inspire new creators -- both young and old, to explore comic book making.  Following in the footsteps of pioneers like John Buscema, Christopher Heart, and Scott McCloud, we're adding our experience and voice to the mix of "how-to's" that will surely give PLENTY of hands on practice for anyone who takes part.



Here's a sneak of one of our newer offerings we've been toiling away at.

On the Horizon: 2017 or Bust Part One

The finish line for 2016 is so close!  But despite it being the holidays, we're still in full (s)print mode, doing everything we can to kickoff the BRAND NEW directions we've got planned for 2017!  There are going to be quite a few changes, and we want to make sure you -- OUR INCREDIBLE FANS -- know what's going on and what you can expect!

So, get ready -- get set -- and GO!

We're starting 2017 off in MARVELOUS fashion!  Making our debut in Dallas, Texas we're a featured guest of the Marvelous Nerd Year's Eve show, with special guest Stan Lee!  Now, this will be my first time meeting Stan "The Man" -- a living legend, and co-creator of most of the Marvel Comics catalogue!  It will take EVERYTHING in me not to geek out on sight, but we'll see if I can maintain my cool long enough to give him a comic or few!


What book(s) would you suggest I give him?

I'll be at Table 506 and have at least one U Cre-8 Comics panel throughout the week!  You'll also be able to see my cohorts: Disney Fine Artist, Clinton Hobart (Table 503), the vivacious Brit Bliss (Booth 10), and MANY MORE!!  Check their website for tickets!






#TheReadPile/ BWARAO S3 Ep145 - Bring Back Lois & Clark

Posted On Wednesday, December 21, 2016




A week past IvX#1 and a disappointed view of Rogue One, I'm happy to report that #TheReadPile for this week's episode was ROBUST in story, characters and art!!!  While the fare might be a bit keenly from the mainstream side of life (with an "exception"(al) entry from Titan Comics), they all rocked my geeky socks off in a real big bad way!

I'm still NOT feeling the new Iron Man series -- no seriously, WHY IS SHE IN THE SUIT?! (ANGERFACE), but the storytelling was still pretty sound despite my conceptual gripe!




Let's check out the list here:

Invincible Ironman #2 (Marvel) - B. Bendis (w) S. Caselli (a)

Superman #13 (DC) - P. Tomasi/ P. Gleason (w) D. Manke (a)

Hook Jaw #1 (Titan) - S. Spurrier (w) C. Boyle (a)

Ultimates 2 #2 (Marvel) - A. Ewing (w) T. Foreman (a)

Justice League vs Suicide Squad #1 (DC) - J. Williamson (w) J. Fabok (a)





HEY!!!!  ARE YOU AN INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER???

We're coming up on our last episode of 2016 and we want to review YOUR independent title!  Drop us a line in the comments below or on our Facebook Page!!

How to: Wield an UNPOPULAR Opinion in 4 Easy Steps

Posted On Friday, December 16, 2016

I look like I know what I'm doing...right??

2016 has been an emotional year -- public opinions have churned and swayed, culminating in MILLIONS of people casting their vote in a decision that could last for generations.


No -- the Presidential Election is over and done with (well...sorta)!  I'm talking about whether or not Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was any good...or not.

And just to clear the air -- I DIDN'T.  Not really...at all.

But I'm not here to write a shredding critique (although I could!) -- instead, I think it's more prudent to pen a "how-to" guide if you, like me, find yourself on the other side of popular opinion.



STEP #1: Be HONEST

There is no rule to say you HAVE TO like something -- even something as nostalgic and pop cultural as Star Wars.  In fact, even the most fannish of fanboys (and girls -- we're all inclusive at V:IP!) can not like something without having their fandom or geek-cred challenged, diminished or the like.  So when your view of particular thing doesn't align with the greater (louder) masses, be strong in your opinion and honestly say so.  Sure, it might spark a few trollish stares (or comments if acknowledged online), but true strength in upholding your convictions -- and critiques -- no matter who's asking.

Remember, they said Vader practiced an archaic religion and it didn't stop him from force-choking ANYONE!

STEP #2: Be PREPARED

Everyone has an opinion, like #2 exit chutes.  But in this age, where we're fact checking tweets and rebutting Facebook posts with record speed, you've got to be ready to back up your opinion with some well-oiled facts and steel-laden proof.  Obviously, you CAN just not like something on the basis of just not liking it -- but that sort of dismissiveness may get your opinion (and your feelings) chucked aside just as easily.  If you want to be taken seriously, take the time to pin down exactly what you didn't enjoy about characters/scenes/story.  It makes it far less of a personal gripe and steps that much closer to the consideration of an enthusiast, if not even, a guru (if your nerdom calls for such).  And if you want to cement your status, offer substitutes for what coulda, shudda, woulda happened.

Be the Monday-Morning Jedi you were prophesied to be -- the future depends on it!


STEP #3: Be KIND

People feel VERY strongly about their favorite things.  Even if they didn't make the thing, liking it instills a sense of ownership that can make your closest friend get defensive when you level your criticisms like the 4 ton wrecking ball it should be.  But that's no reason to get rowdy!  Whether friend or foe, you have to remember that it's not their fault they don't agree -- they could've been raised on Jawas on Tattooine, where that sort of thing is overlooked, if not accepted.  Don't resort to name calling or any type of baggery to feel superior.  More than likely, that's what they're going to do and you've already proven you're better than them...ahem...(I mean) that.  Listen to their retorts -- they might have a point that could change your perspective...or reiterate every intolerable plot hole from the word GO!

And this a do or do not rule.  There is no TRY.


STEP #4: Be PATIENT

It's only a matter of time before the rest of the world comes off their nostalgia high horse and sees the movie for the horrendous affair of words and cinema you knew it to be.  Relax.  Just wait it out and you'll have proved that not only were you right all along, but you were SUPER right and should never be challenged on anything you say ever again.

Until morale changes, mandatory force chokes shall continue.  

This is a purely satirical poke.  Just laugh...it's funnier that way.  :D

The Read Pile/ BWARAO Episode S3 Ep144

Posted On Wednesday, December 14, 2016

I pride myself on the way I seem to inherently know how to balance my books.  It's like a master chef, pairing together ingredients to make for a whole eating experience.  Some times, the books I pick, I already know aren't quite to my flavor, so I'll read them first, or pepper them in behind something I REALLY want to get into.  But I always save the book I'm MOST looking forward to for last -- just in case, I need to cleanse my palette.

Oh buddy, did I need a cleansing...

But I won't SPOIL the anticipation, I'll jump RIGHT IN to this week's episode of Black White & Read and you can hear about it directly!




THE READ PILE:

Inhumans vs. X-Men #1 (Marvel) -- C. Soule/ J. Lemire (w) L. Yu (a)
Batman TMNT Adventures #2 (DC/IDW) -- M. Manning (w) J. Sommariva (a)
Gwenpool Holiday Special: Merry Mix Up #1 (Marvel) -- Many (w/a)
DC Rebirth Holiday Special (DC) -- Many More (w/a)
Reborn #3 (Image) -- M. Millar (w) G. Capullo (a)



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