June 2013

VALIANT and PANINI Partner For Foreign Language Print and Digital Publishing in France, Italy, and Beyond

PANINI_XO_001This fall, the greatest heroes of the Valiant Universe are taking Europe by storm!

Valiant is proud to announce that it has partnered with Panini, Europe’s leading publisher of comics and graphic novels, for a new line of foreign language comics, translating Valiant’s smash hit monthly series into French and Italian for the very first time.

The first Panini-published issues of X-O Manowar by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord, and Harbinger by New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart and Harvey Award nominee Khari Evans will debut in France and Italy in September/October 2013 with more Valiant series to be added to the publishing roster in subsequent months. Panini will also distribute Valiant’s foreign language content digitally with both launch titles being made available as day-and-date digital releases in France via comiXology Europe, Hachette and most major French language e-tailers. In Italy, digital editions of Valiant’s Italian language releases will be available through Amazon.it and Simplicissimus.

“Panini is excited at the prospect of being Valiant’s partner in bringing its array of heroes into key markets such as Italy and France, and beyond,” said Panini Publishing Director Marco Lupoi. “Valiant stories are an amazing blend of action, adventure, mystery and socio-political intrigue which resonates strongly with the local comic book culture, and mix exciting modern artwork with storylines which defy genre and are able to intrigue readers with bold new storytelling ideas.”

PANINI_HAR_001“Since day one, getting the Valiant heroes back into the hands of loyal fans in France, Italy and beyond has always been a top priority for Valiant,” said Russell A. Brown, Valiant’s President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales. “Panini has a fan base and hard-earned reputation that speaks for itself and, with so much quality storytelling to draw upon, Valiant’s European fans can look forward to finally engaging with the all-new Valiant Universes in their native languages.”

Headquartered in Modena, Italy, the Panini Group is a world leader in the collectibles and trading cards market, as well as one of the leading publishers of children’s magazines and books, comics, manga and graphic novels in both Europe and Latin America. In addition to Valiant, Panini’s other international publishing partners include Mattel, Hasbro, Blizzard, Disney, Nickelodeon, Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Viz Media, Image Comics, Kodansha, and many more.

Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 1,500 characters. Since its summer 2012 relaunch, Valiant has returned to the fore as one of the most highly regarded publishers in comics, winning a 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. Valiant’s current titles include X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, and Shadowman with a sixth title – Quantum and Woody – scheduled to debut this July.

For more information, visit PaniniComics.com or ValiantUniverse.com.



BS_012_COVER_ANDRASOFSZKYValiant is proud to present an advance preview of Bloodshot #12 – the next blood-stained chapter in Bloodshot’s one-man mission to the heart of the Harbinger Wars by acclaimed writer Duane Swierczynski and legendary artist Barry Kitson!

It’s payback time! After Dr. Emanuel Kuretich freed Bloodshot from Project Rising Spirit, he promised that the answers to Bloodshot’s identity would be found inside PRS’ secret Nevada facility. He lied. Instead, Bloodshot discovered two dozen super-powered psiot children – children that Kuretich then manipulated him into setting free. Now that the kids are out and have ignited the Harbinger Wars on the Vegas strip, Bloodshot is all that stands between them and the opposing forces of Toyo Harada and Peter Stanchek. But Bloodshot hasn’t forgotten about Kuretich. And he’s about to reap his revenge.

The series that Comic Vine calls “the best big action book on the shelves” fires off a crucial turning point in the Harbinger Wars on June 19th, only in Bloodshot #12 – also featuring a limited 8-Bit Variant by artist Matthew Waite!

Then, witness Bloodshot’s first, no-holds-barred battle against Peter Stanchek and the Renegades in Harbinger #13 – in stores the same day!

For more information on Bloodshot and the rest of the Valiant Universe, visit Valiant on Facebook, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter and at ValiantUniverse.com.

8-Bit Variant by MATTHEW WAITE (APR131278)
Variant Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER (APR131279)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
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This weekend, Valiant Entertainment is heading south for HeroesCon 2013 in Charlotte, NC – the largest independent comic convention in the United States!

From Friday, June 7th to Sunday, June 9th, visit Valiant in the Charlotte Convention Center at booth #1220/1319 for a ton of special guests, signings, convention exclusives, and free giveaways! Kick off the weekend with an advance look at Quantum and Woody #1 – in stores July 10th – in the pages of the FREE Valiant Summer 2013 Preview Edition, then browse a comprehensive selection of Valiant comics, trade paperback and hardcovers.

Plus, for the first time ever, Valiant will also have a complete array of merchandise from its new partners at Cinder Block available for sale – including t-shirts, hats, buttons and more!

Then, find out everything you need to know about the next year of the Valiant Universe at the Valiant 2013: Inside the Summer of Valiant panel presentation on Saturday, June 8th at 12:30 pm in room 203B! Join acclaimed creators Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar), Justin Jordan (Shadowman), Matt Kindt (Bloodshot #0), Tom Fowler (Quantum and Woody), Associate Editor Jody LeHeup, Publisher Fred Pierce and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani for an exclusive round of news and announcements about the most exciting universe in comics.

The Summer of Valiant starts this weekend – only at HeroesCon! We’ll see you in Charlotte!

For more information, visit HeroesOnline.com/HeroesCon and ValiantUniverse.com.


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