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C2E2 2016: Valiant Announces 15 Creator Exclusives for 2016 and Beyond

VALIANT_LOGOAward-Winning Publisher Reveals Industry’s Most Prestigious Roster of Exclusive Talent with Doug Braithwaite, David Lafuente, Trevor Hairsine, Mico Suayan, and Many More

In advance of C2E2 2016 in Chicago, IL, Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce 15 newly signed or extended exclusive agreements with a star-studded roster of creative talent – in total amounting to the largest and most acclaimed stable of publicly disclosed exclusive artists anywhere in comics today.

Featuring key members of award-winning and critically acclaimed creative teams behind titles such as A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, BLOODSHOT REBORN, DIVINITY II, NINJAK, WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR, X-O MANOWAR, and more, Valiant’s unprecedented announcement of more than a dozen top comics creators ensures that these seasoned talents will continue to produce comic book work for Valiant Entertainment in 2016 and beyond and reinforces Valiant’s commitment to producing the most high-quality comic book storytelling anywhere in the industry today.

“Since Valiant returned to publishing in 2012, we’ve emphasized two goals above all others: to make the best and most accessible comics anywhere on the stands, and to foster the most creator-friendly environment possible for the amazing collections of writers, pencilers, inkers, colorists, and letterers that call Valiant home,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “In the intervening years, many have attempted to duplicate the ethos behind Valiant’s approach and few, if any have, succeeded. Today’s announcement only reinforces what our fans, critics, and creators have known all along: that Valiant has assembled one of the most formidable teams in recent memory and that Valiant’s dedication to excellence is matched only by the vision of our creators.”

“It has taken patience, teamwork, and many late nights to make Valiant into one of the industry’s driving forces, but, from our first issue onward, we’ve been exceptionally fortunate in one regard: each and every one of our creators treats their respective title as their number-one priority, not the third or fourth most important project they might happen to be working on that week,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “That dedication has paid off many times over. Each one of the names you see before you today has, at one point or another, been an instrumental force in shaping Valiant’s success. But the best is still yet to come. On the heels of a blockbuster year in 2015, we’re gearing up for even bigger surprises in 2016 – and this breathtaking line-up of creators are just a few of the names that will be manning the front line.”

Valiant’s newly announced list of exclusive creative talent includes:

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Raul Allen, artist

Current Project:

WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR – “LABYRINTH”
Beginning May 2016

Previous Credits:

BLOODSHOT REBORN, NINJAK, Hawkeye

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David Baron, colorist

Current Projects:

DIVINITY II
Beginning April 2016

BLOODSHOT REBORN – “BLOODSHOT ISLAND”
Beginning June 2016

Past Credits:

BOOK OF DEATH, THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE, The Authority, JLA

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Diego Bernard, artist

Current Project:

NINJAK – “THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE”
Beginning April 2016

Past Credits:

UNITY, X-O MANOWAR

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Doug Braithwaite, artist

Current Project:

NINJAK – “OPERATION: DEADSIDE”
On Sale Now

Past Credits:

ARMOR HUNTERS, IMPERIUM, UNITY, Journey into Mystery, Justice

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CAFU, artist

Current Project:

RAI – “4001 A.D.”
Beginning May 2016

Past Credits:

UNITY, X-O MANOWAR, Action Comics, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents

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Khari Evans, artist

Current Project:

IMPERIUM – “STORMBREAK”
On Sale Now

Past Credits:

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, HARBINGER, Carbon Grey, Immortal Iron Fist

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Robert Gill, artist

Current Project:

4001 A.D.: SHADOWMAN
Beginning July 2016

Past Credits:

BOOK OF DEATH, X-O MANOWAR, Batgirl

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Trevor Hairsine, artist

Current Project:

DIVINITY II
Beginning April 2016

Past Credits:

DIVINITY, ETERNAL WARRIOR, X-O MANOWAR, Ultimate Six, X-Men: Deadly Genesis

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Clayton Henry, artist

Current Project:

4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR
Beginning May 2016

Past Credits:

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, HARBINGER, HARBINGER WARS, IVAR, TIMEWALKER, Incredible Hercules, Uncanny X-Men

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David Lafuente, artist

Current Project:

A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG
Beginning March 2016

Past Credits:

New Mutants, Pasty Walker: Hellcat, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man

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Lewis LaRosa, artist

Current Project:

BLOODSHOT REBORN – “THE ANALOG MAN”
On Sale Now

Past Credits:

Amazing Spider-Man, Immortal Iron Fist, PunisherMAX

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Pere Perez, artist

Current Project:

TOP SECRET
Coming Soon

Past Credits:

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, IVAR, TIMEWALKER, UNITY, Action Comics, Batgirl

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Brian Reber, colorist

Current Projects:

BLOODSHOT REBORN – “THE ANALOG MAN”
On Sale Now

A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG
On Sale Now

Past Credits:

HARBINGER, UNITY, X-O MANOWAR

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Juan Jose Ryp, artist

Current Project:

WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR – “PRELUDE TO LABYRINTH”

Past Credits:

IMPERIUM, NINJAK, Clone, Wolverine: The Best There Is

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Mico Suayan, artist

Current Project:

BLOODSHOT REBORN – “BLOODSHOT ISLAND”
Beginning in June

Past Credits:

HARBINGER, Moon Knight, The Punisher, Thor

Find out more about Valiant’s blockbuster roster of exclusive talent on Saturday, March 19th at the VALIANT: 4001 A.D. AND BEYOND panel presentation – only at C2E2 2016!

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblrInstagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

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About Valiant Entertainment:

Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 81 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Today, the company’s characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. In 2015, Valiant announced a multi-picture deal to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films. Visit them online at ValiantStore.com.


C2E2 2016: DEATHMATE Stands Revealed as Jeff Lemire & Mico Suayan Descend on BLOODSHOT ISLAND – Beginning in BLOODSHOT REBORN #14 in June!

BSRB_014_COVER-A_GIORELLOThis summer, DEATHMATE strikes…as superstar creators Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan launch Bloodshot into the most punishing confrontation of the summer!

In advance of C2E2 2016 in Chicago, IL, Valiant is proud to announce “BLOODSHOT ISLAND” – an all-new, four-part trial by fire beginning this June in BLOODSHOT REBORN #14! Jump on board one of the most acclaimed series in comics here as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Old Man Logan, Descender) and blockbuster artist Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) reunite for a relentless run through the jungle that will bring Project Rising Spirit’s nanite-infused soldier head-to-head with fellow Bloodshots from decades past and the secretive killing machine driven to eliminate them each one by one – a calculating engine of destruction simply known as DEATHMATE!

Stranded on a mysterious desert island with no recollection of how he got there, Bloodshot is running for his life! But as he tries to make sense of his surroundings, he’s quickly discovering that this is no ordinary tropical paradise… Surrounded by decommissioned relics of the same bloodstained project that created him – World War II Bloodshot, Cold War Bloodshot, Vietnam Bloodshot, and other antiquated experiments – Bloodshot is about to find out where Project Rising Spirit sends it old soldiers to die…and then rejuvenate and die again! Can this seasoned band of killers trust each other long enough to survive the threats that lie in the jungle around them…and unlock the secret at the heart of the island’s existence before they’re each permanently retired? And just what is the sinister force called DEATHMATE that now hunts them at every turn…and what is its untold connection to the life Ray Garrison left behind?

“DEATHMATE isn’t an event or a crossover – she’s much, much more. This is an all-new character, created by Jeff Lemire for BLOODSHOT ISLAND and brought to life with a brilliant design by Jeff, Mico Suayan, and David Baron,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “The secret of her creation and purpose is a central mystery to BLOODSHOT ISLAND – and, in the very first issue alone, she cements herself as Valiant’s newest A-level threat. Moreso than anything that’s come before, BLOODSHOT ISLAND is Jeff and Mico firing on all cylinders for what is sure to be BLOODSHOT REBORN’s biggest, most action-packed storyline to date. But it’s not just bullets and Bloodshots… By the time the smoke clears, the mythology behind one of Valiant’s most popular and enduring heroes – and his importance to the broader Valiant Universe – will be forever changed by the revelations that lurk within the jungle of BLOODSHOT ISLAND.”

Featuring the return of blockbuster artist Mico Suayan to the pages of BLOODSHOT REBORN for the first time since the series’ sold-out launch in 2015, BLOODSHOT ISLAND is the next epic culmination of writer Jeff Lemire‘s long-term plans for Valiant’s most indestructible man-at-arms. Picking up in the direct aftermath of BLOODSHOT REBORN’s current story arc, “THE ANALOG MAN,” “BLOODSHOT ISLAND” represents many months of work for Suayan, whose hyper-detailed interior artwork for the series’ best-selling debut became an instant sensation and spurred widespread critical acclaim.

Superstar creators Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan send Bloodshot screaming into the biggest, most suspenseful jumping-on point of 2016 when “BLOODSHOT ISLAND” takes on DEATHMATE in June! Featuring covers by a battalion of comics’ biggest talents – including Tomas Giorello (Superman/Batman), Ben Oliver (The Multiversity), Kano (Swamp Thing), Stephen Segovia (Ultimate Comics Avengers), Clayton Henry (HARBINGER), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), Darick Robertson (The Boys), and Eisner Award winner Jeff Lemire (Essex County), the showdown of the summer begins this June, right here in BLOODSHOT REBORN #14!

Plus: Find out more about what BLOODSHOT ISLAND holds for DEATHMATE on Saturday, March 19th at the VALIANT: 4001 A.D. AND BEYOND panel presentation – only at C2E2 2016!

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant Merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com

BLOODSHOT REBORN #14 (ALL-NEW ARC! “BLOODSHOT ISLAND” – PART 1)
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by MICO SUAYAN
Cover A by TOMAS GIORELLO
Cover B by BEN OLIVER
Cover C by KANO
Cover D by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Valiant x CGC Variant by CLAYTON HENRY
Interlocking Variant by RYAN BODENHEIM
Variant Cover by DARICK ROBERTSON
B&W Sketch Variant by TOMAS GIORELLO
Valiant Linewide Variant by JEFF LEMIRE
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+| COMING IN JUNE!

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Valiant Entertainment Joins SC Comicon 2016 with Special Guests, Exclusives, Panels and One-of-a-Kind Gallery Exhibition

A&A_001_SCCC-EXCLUSIVESouth Carolina’s #1 Comics Event to Host “The Vault of Valiant,” the First Official Gallery Exhibition of Valiant Artwork, on Site at Greenville’s TD Convention Center.

This spring, the award-winning publisher behind the largest and most acclaimed independent superhero universe in comics is headed to the Palmetto State for SC Comicon 2016!

From Saturday, April 2nd to Sunday, April 3rd, Valiant Entertainment will be joining SC Comicon, the Upstate’s premier comics and pop-culture convention, at Greenville, SC’s TD Convention Center in Booth #910 for a weekend packed with creator signings, star-studded panel presentations, convention-only exclusives, and a first-of-its-kind gallery exhibition that can’t be found anywhere else!

“I have been a Valiant fan since its inception,” said SC Comicon Founder and Borderlands Comics & Games Owner Rob Young. “We at SC Comicon are thrilled to have Valiant as an integral part of our show this year, featuring variant comics, figures and even an exclusive drink cup!”

First up, Valiant is joining forces with Greenville’s own Borderlands Comics & Games to present the A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 SC COMICON 2016 EXCLUSIVE VARIANT – this is a limited edition, exclusive printing of the first issue of Valiant’s latest ongoing hit series with an all-new cover by red-hot artist Meghan Hetrick (Batman Eternal)! Visit Borderlands, the official SC Comicon store, to pick up your copy of this Valiant milestone-in-the-making as writer Rafer Roberts and superstar artist David Lafuente send Archer & Armstrong packing into the pages of the spring’s most anticipated new series!

Next up, look for signings and appearances from some of Valiant’s greatest talents all weekend long, including cover artist Meghan Hetrick (A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG); artist Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN); colorist Brian Reber (BLOODSHOT REBORN, NINJAK); writer Rafer Roberts (A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG); artist Wilfredo Torres (QUANTUM AND WOODY); and New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR, WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR)!

Then get locked and loaded for the BLOODSHOT URBAN VINYL FIGURE SC COMICON EXCLUSIVE VARIANT from CKRTLAB Toys! Based on Eisner Award-winning artist Paolo Rivera’s stunning rendition of Bloodshot in the pages of the critically acclaimed series THE VALIANT, this exclusive collectible captures all the rugged power of Valiant’s top commando at 5.5 inches tall with six points of articulation! Featuring a brand-new design with Bloodshot’s signature holsters and a battle-damaged eye, no collector or completist can afford to miss this arresting interpretation of Bloodshot –available only at SC Comicon!

Plus, for the first time ever, SC Comicon is pulling back the curtain in Booth #906 to reveal THE VAULT OF VALIANT – a first-of-its-kind gallery retrospective showcasing the breathtaking original artwork that made Valiant one of the most successful publishers in the history of comics. Spanning Valiant’s 25-year history, THE VAULT OF VALIANT will feature more than 40 rarely seen covers and pieces of interior artwork from a legendary roster of artists past and present. No fan will want to miss this specially curated look inside Valiant’s prestigious history, only at SC Comicon 2016!

But that’s not all… Get ready to join a star-studded line-up of Valiant staff and creators for two must-see panels at SC Comicon 2016! You’ve heard the buzz… You’ve seen the reviews… Now find out where to start with Valiant’s award-winning superhero universe on Saturday, April 2nd at 12:00 pm in Room #203 with the “VALIANT 101: NEW FANS START HERE!” panel presentation. From X-O MANOWAR and BLOODSHOT to FAITH and DIVINITY, jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters.

Then the action continues on Sunday, April 3rd at 1:00 pm for the biggest crossover event of the year in Room #203 with the “VALIANT: 4001 A.D. AND BEYOND” panel presentation! Join Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR, BOOK OF DEATH), and rising star Rafer Roberts (A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) as Valiant takes you inside the epic showdown between Rai and the forces of New Japan in 4001 A.D.! Plus: don’t miss all the news that’s fit to print for Valiant’s biggest series of the year, including A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, BLOODSHOT REBORN, DIVINITY II, FAITH, NINJAK, X-O MANOWAR, and many more!

We’ll see you at SC Comicon!

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About SC Comicon:

Hosted by Greenville’s own, Borderlands Comics & Games, SC Comicon is the Upstate’s premier comics and pop-culture convention. This family-friendly event has something for fans of all ages—from the top creators in comics and celebrity guests, to games, toys and collectibles, and cosplayers…plus plenty of events and contests for the kids. For tickets, directions, and more, visit SCComicon.com.

About Valiant Entertainment:

Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 81 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Today, the company’s characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. In 2015, Valiant announced a multi-picture deal to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films. Visit them online at ValiantUniverse.com.

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Valiant and Swyft Media Unveil the Official ARCHER & ARMSTRONG Digital Emoji Pack – Coming Soon for iOS and Android!

VALIANT_A&A_EMOJI_001Before A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 slams into stores everywhere on March 16th, Valiant Entertainment’s award-winning superhero adventurers are leaping off the comic book page and into their very own emoji keyboard!

Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce the release of the all-new Archer & Armstrong digital emoji sticker pack – created in collaboration with Swyft Media and debuting on the Valiant Heroes Emoji App on April 1st! Just in time for the launch of Archer & Armstrong’s new smash-hit ongoing series, celebrate the return of one of the most legendary duos in comics history by downloading this exclusive, one-of-a-kind digital sticker pack as a FREE, limited-time addition to Valiant’s emoji application in the iOS App and Google Play stores.

Now, for the first time ever, fans everywhere can add a fearless new element to their mobile messages and express themselves with a whole new range of emotions as only Archer & Armstrong could! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and maybe you’ll even team up with an adventuring immortal to prevent the world’s next great cataclysm…and make it home in time for Happy Hour!

“Archer & Armstrong are two of the most beloved characters anywhere in the Valiant library and with good reason,” said Russell A. Brown, Valiant’s President of Licensing, Promotions & Ad Sales. “Their heart, heroism and humor have earned them dedicated fans all over the world, and Swyft Media has perfectly captured each of those qualities with the emoji art of this digital sticker pack. No reader will want to miss this hilarious way to communicate with fans old and new.”

As the latest addition to the Valiant Heroes Emoji App – currently available for iOS and Android – the Archer & Armstrong digital sticker pack is fully compatible with Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Viber, LINE, Skype, WhatsApp, and more, as well as standard texting and SMS. Standard text and data rates may apply.

MEET ARMSTRONG: Since the ancient city of Ur, this immortal adventurer has spent the last 7,000 years drinking and carousing his way through history alongside some of the greatest merrymakers the world has ever known.

MEET ARCHER: A sheltered teenage martial arts master and expert marksman who was raised for a single purpose – to kill the devil incarnate. Little did he know that this undying evil was actually Armstrong (he’s actually a pretty good guy…once you get to know him) and, since hitting the road together, these two have become great friends and even better partners.

NOW: Archer is about to set off on his most dangerous mission yet – a quest into the mystic reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to liberate his friend and comrade from the clutches of the mad god Bacchus! Imprisoned in Armstrong’s satchel for centuries, Bacchus now commands a legion of monsters, goblins and golems bent on escaping back into the world of man and enacting revenge on their captor… Can Archer single-handedly combat the godly embodiment of intoxication himself – and rescue his best buddy – without becoming lost amongst Armstrong’s endless repository of bizarre artifacts and historical oddities in the process?

The answers await on Wednesday, March 16th in A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new monthly series from rising star Rafer Roberts and superstar artist David Lafuente! Then join the adventure of a lifetime and download the Valiant Heroes Emoji App with the all-new Archer & Armstrong digital sticker pack – available for FREE in iOS App and Google Play stores on April 1st, 2016!

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About Valiant Entertainment:

Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 81 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Today, the company’s characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. In 2015, Valiant announced a multi-picture deal to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films. Visit Valiant online at ValiantUniverse.com.

About Swyft Media:

Swyft Media helps brands and advertisers become a part of the world’s largest conversation by creating and distributing branded content that consumers want, love and share with friends across a wide variety of mobile apps. To date, Swyft has worked with more than 300 popular global brands such as 1-800Flowers, MillerCoors, Sony, Interscope Records and SEGA to create deep consumer engagement through branded emoji and keyboards. The combination of Swyft’s mobile marketing platform and expertise helps brands and advertisers drive highly engaging, measurable and amplified campaigns, with the ability to reach nearly three billion consumers worldwide. Through its relationships with approximately 60 application partners, Swyft boasts one of the largest opportunities for brands to reach younger consumers in a way that feels natural and unobtrusive. For more information, visit: www.swyftmedia.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Swyft Media Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE).

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblrInstagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

 

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Valiant Blasts into WonderCon 2016 with Exclusives, Panels, Signings, and Much More!

A&A_001_WONDERCON-VARIANT_HUTCHISONFrom Friday, March 25th through Sunday, March 27th, Valiant is charging into WonderCon 2016 – and we’re bringing a load of convention-only exclusives, signings, programming, and panels to celebrate!

All weekend long, join Valiant in downtown Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center at Booth #2004 for a first-hand look at the most acclaimed superhero publisher in comics with a complete selection of Valiant trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for critically acclaimed and award-winning titles, including X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT REBORN, DIVINITY, IMPERIUM, BOOK OF DEATH, NINJAK, RAI, and many more!

Plus: Available only at WonderCon 2016, don’t miss the A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 WONDERCON EXCLUSIVE VARIANT – featuring the artwork of Megan Hutchison (Liberator)! Red-hot writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man) kick off the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s next blockbuster series here with “IN THE BAG” – an insane rescue mission sending Archer into the depths of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to free his roguish partner from an ages-old enemy…but only if he can fight his way through a mind-bending maze of history’s greatest lost treasures first!

Pack an extra sharpie for signings throughout the weekend from an all-star cast of special guests, including rising star Jody Houser (FAITH) and acclaimed colorist David Baron (BLOODSHOT REBORN)! And don’t miss the truckload of brand-new Valiant merchandise cruising into Los Angeles, including t-shirts featuring X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER, and ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, tote bags, infant snapsuits, and more!

The action starts on Friday, March 25th at 1:30 p.m. PT in Panel Room #152, with Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here – a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters! You’ve heard the buzz… You’ve seen the reviews… Now find out where to start with Valiant Comics! From X-O MANOWAR to NINJAK to THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE and ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, jump on board here with a fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters…and find out for yourself why Buzzfeed calls Valiant “a universe full of your new favorite superheroes”!

Then, fight for the future with Valiant’s most ambitious crossover event yet on Saturday, March 26th at 1:30 p.m. PT in Room #515B for Valiant: The Summer of 4001 A.D.! This summer…the future of Earth will be decided in the stars when Valiant presents the blockbuster crossover event of the year in 4001 A.D.! Now, get primed for the epic showdown between Rai and the forces of New Japan right here at WonderCon with an exclusive panel presentation from an all-star cast of Valiant staff and creators! Plus: don’t miss an all-new round of news and announcements for ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, BLOODSHOT REBORN, DIVINITY, FAITH, NINJAK, X-O MANOWAR, and more!

But we’re not done yet! Join us for a special panel that no aspiring creator can miss on Sunday, March 27th at 2:00 p.m. PT in Panel Room #515A, for the Valiant: Crafting Comics Spotlight! From pitches all the way to the printed page, find out how Valiant’s superstar creators and crack editorial team create the award-winning series behind the largest independent superhero universe in comics today! Join Publisher Fred Pierce and special surprise guests as they go behind the scenes to reveal the secrets to developing and editing hit series like BLOODSHOT REBORN, DIVINITY, FAITH, X-O MANOWAR, and many more. No fan or aspiring creator will want to miss this illuminating guide to the fundamentals of crafting comics like a Valiant pro!

We’ll see you in the Golden State!

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblrInstagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

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Valiant Previews: A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 | WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #5 | IMPERIUM #14 – On Sale March 16th!

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Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover A by DAVID LAFUENTE (JAN161737)
Cover B by KANO (JAN161738)
Cover C by TREVOR HAIRSINE (JAN161739)
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Variant Cover by RAFER ROBERTS (JAN161742)
Variant Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ (JAN161743)
B&W Sketch Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE (JAN161744)
Blank Cover also available (JAN161741)

GET SMASHED…OR BE SMASHED! Valiant’s (somewhat) dynamic duo are going “IN THE BAG” for AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES from rising star Rafer Roberts and comic book superstar David Lafuente!

Meet Armstrong: Since the ancient city of Ur, this immortal adventurer has spent the last 7,000 years drinking and carousing his way through history alongside some of the greatest merrymakers the world has ever known.

Meet Archer: A sheltered teenage martial arts master and expert marksman that was raised for a single purpose – to kill the devil incarnate. Little did he know that this undying evil was actually Armstrong (he’s actually a pretty good guy…once you get to know him) and, since hitting the road together, the two have become great friends and even better partners.

Now: Archer is about to set off on his most dangerous mission yet – a quest into the mystic reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to liberate his friend and comrade from the clutches of the mad god Bacchus! (Okay, so, Armstrong went into the satchel himself to get a bottle of whiskey that he kinda misplaced and got stuck. It’s like the Amazon warehouse of arcane treasures in there…and he doesn’t exactly have a maid service.)

Imprisoned in Armstrong’s satchel for centuries, Bacchus now commands a legion of monsters, goblins and golems bent on escaping back into the world of man and enacting revenge on their captor… Can Archer single-handedly combat the godly embodiment of intoxication himself – and rescue his best buddy – without becoming lost amongst Armstrong’s endless repository of bizarre artifacts and historical oddities in the process?

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+| On sale MARCH 16

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WRATH_005_COVER-A_JIMENEZWRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #5 (“PRELUDE TO LABYRINTH” – PART 1)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by PHIL JIMENEZ (JAN161746)
Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (JAN161747)
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by CLAYTON HENRY (JAN161748)
Variant Cover by SEAN CHEN (JAN161749)

ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “PRELUDE TO LABYRINTH” – PART 1!

His wife has been murdered. His son has been kidnapped. As The Eternal Warrior sets out on his greatest challenge yet, an old enemy rears his head. How will his ancient rivalry with Gilad change The Eternal Warrior’s future forever?

The road to LABYRINTH starts here with the FIRST ISSUE of a special two-part prelude from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH) and blockbuster artist Juan José Ryp (NINJAK)!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MARCH 16

 

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Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS
Cover A by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (JAN161766)
Cover B by CAFU (JAN161767)
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (JAN161768)

“STORMBREAK” – PART 2! Toyo Harada has brought war to the Foundation Zone…and Livewire and H.A.R.D. Corps are manning the frontline!

To his enemies, Harada is a despotic madman with a messiah complex. But to countless refugees and subjects of tyranny, Harada has been a savior and a benevolent provider. Now his world-changing Foundation Zone has grown faster than even he planned for. With diseases to cure, mouths to feed…and all of humanity to save…Harada will go to war against former allies and longtime enemies. At stake? The resources he needs for the Foundation Zone to succeed. In the balance? Everything Harada has ever built and fought for.

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MARCH 16

 

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First Look: BLOODSHOT REBORN #12 – Jeff Lemire and Lewis LaRosa Bombard “THE ANALOG MAN” in April!

BSRB_012_COVER-A_BODENHEIMThirty years from today, the world’s most dangerous man now borders on obsolete… Does the hero once called Bloodshot have enough firepower left to bring order to a world of chaos?

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of BLOODSHOT REBORN #12 – the next turbo-charged chapter of “THE ANALOG MAN” from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Old Man Logan, Descender) and blockbuster artist Lewis LaRosa (The Punisher)! On April 20th, the most explosive series on shelves today goes to war…as two of Valiant’s most hardened heroes invade the fortified walls of Los Angeles 2046 in search of the secrets that transformed our world into a post-apocalyptic wasteland!

Motivated by the latest in a never-ending barrage of tragedies, Bloodshot is teaming with his old friend and ally, Ninjak, to take down the marauding bands of Shadowmen that roam the landscape and the deadly X-O Manowar armor-drones that fly high above it. But Bloodshot is not the technologically advanced warrior he once was… Can he overcome the onslaught of Los Angeles’ bleeding-edge “goo-tech” defenses that assault him at every turn? And just who is the Man in the White Tower…and how he is responsible for this extraordinarily dangerous world of tomorrow?

On April 20th, jump on board here and find out why fans and critics are calling “THE ANALOG MAN” a stunning achievement for one of the most acclaimed series in comics today:

“★★★★★… [BLOODSHOT REBORN] deserves the full attention of the comic book community. It is a literary and visual masterpiece that succeeds in every possible way at entertaining readers and fans.” – All-Comic

“★★★★★…[Valiant is] THE best publisher in the comic industry today. If that seems like a bold statement, pick up this book and see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.” – Outright Geekery

“★★★★★… Valiant is doing superheroes better than any other publisher… Start THE ANALOG MAN on your pull list – today. It is worth it. So worth it.” – Fox Force Five News

“★★★★½ … [BLOODSHOT REBORN] has some absolutely stunning artwork to go along with Lemire‘s talent… An absolute blinder of a story. This is well worth the price of admission.” – Graphic Policy

“★★★★½ … [BLOODSHOT REBORN] has added layers of complexity that other franchises have taken years to achieve…Truly sensational…” – Big Comic Page

Presented in the deluxe, ad-free VALIANT PRESTIGE format with high-grade card stock covers, custom-designed end sheets and exclusive backmatter, the next gear-stripping act of “THE ANALOG MAN” starts here in BLOODSHOT REBORN #12 – featuring covers by Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis), Jeffrey Veregge (Red Wolf), Tula Lotay (The Wicked + The Divine), and Roberto de la Torre (THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE)!

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BLOODSHOT REBORN #12 (“THE ANALOG MAN” – PART 3)
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover A by RYAN BODENHEIM (FEB161896)
Cover B by PHIL JIMENEZ (FEB161897)
Cover C by JEFFREY VEREGGE (FEB161898)
Variant Cover by TULA LOTAY (FEB161899)
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (FEB161900)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale APRIL 20 (FOC – 3/28/16)

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Valiant Storms C2E2 2016 with Exclusives, Panels, Parties, and Much More!

A&A_001_VARIANT_C2E2-COOK_FINALFrom Friday, March 18th through Sunday, March 20th, Valiant is storming the gates of the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo 2016 (C2E2) – and we’re bringing along an armada of convention-only exclusives, signings, programming, panels, and the official debut of the ARCHER & ARMSTRONG AMERICAN PALE ALE with Arcade Brewery!

All weekend long, join Valiant inside Chicago’s McCormick Place at Booth #317 to find out why Valiant is already one of 2016′s hottest publishers with a complete selection of Valiant trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for critically acclaimed and award-winning titles including X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT REBORN, IMPERIUM, BOOK OF DEATH, THE DEATH-DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE, RAI, and many more!

Plus: Valiant is proud to debut the A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 C2E2 EXCLUSIVE VARIANT – featuring the artwork of Katie Cook (My Little Pony)! Red-hot writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man) kick off the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s next blockbuster series here with “IN THE BAG” – an insane rescue mission sending Archer into the depths of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to free his roguish partner from an ages-old enemy…but only if he can fight his way through a mind-bending maze of history’s greatest lost treasures first!

Get ready for signings throughout the weekend from an all-star cast of special guests, including Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR), red-hot writer Rafer Roberts (A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG), and acclaimed colorist David Baron (BLOODSHOT REBORN)! And don’t miss the boatload of Valiant merchandise sailing into Chicago, including t-shirts featuring X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER, and ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, official Valiant tote bags, and more!

Then, the action starts on Friday, March 18th at 1:45 p.m. CT in Panel Room #S405b, with Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here – a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters! You’ve heard the buzz… You’ve seen the reviews… Now find out where to start with Valiant’s award-winning superhero universe! From X-O MANOWAR and BLOODSHOT to FAITH and DIVINITY, jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters…and find out for yourself why Buzzfeed says “Valiant Comics is a universe full of your new favorite superheroes”!

Then, get smashed or be smashed with Valiant’s next hit ongoing series on Saturday, March 19th at 12:30 p.m. CT in Room #S402 for the Valiant: A&A – The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong Spotlight! The most demanded duo in the Valiant Universe is back in stores everywhere this month in A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1…and, now, writer Rafer Roberts is taking center stage at C2E2 to reveal the sordid life and times of Valiant’s immortal roustabout adventurer and his infinitely naive marksman partner! Get the inside track on the hottest new series of the spring here with an exclusive one-on-one Q&A with the brains behind A&A’s all-new adventures!

But we’re not done yet! On Saturday, March 19th at 2:45 p.m. CT in Panel Room #S405b, join us for VALIANT: 4001 A.D. AND BEYOND! This summer…the future of Earth will be decided in the stars when Valiant presents the blockbuster crossover event of the year in 4001 A.D.! Now, get primed for the epic showdown between Rai and the forces of New Japan right here at C2E2 with an exclusive panel presentation from an all-star cast of Valiant staff and creators! Plus: don’t miss an all-new round of news and announcements for ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, BLOODSHOT REBORN, DIVINITY, FAITH, NINJAK, X-O MANOWAR, and more!

But hang on to your bottomless satchels…because the festivities are just getting started! On Saturday, March 19th, Valiant is throwing the biggest bash of the weekend with the C2E2 2016: ARCHER & ARMSTRONG AMERICAN PALE ALE OFFICIAL RELEASE PARTY! From 7  to 11  pm CT at the Headquarters Beercade’s River North location (213 W. Institute Pl., Chicago, IL 60610)!, Valiant is cracking open its first-ever collaboration with Arcade Brewery to celebrate the senses-shattering debut of A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1!

Co-sponsored by Valiant Entertainment, Arcade Brewery, Threadless, and non-profit Hope for the Day, the first 200 party-goers will receive a strictly limited A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 ARCADE BREWERY VARIANT and get the chance to have it signed on-site by writer Rafer Roberts! Each attendee will also be entered in a door prize drawing for a bottomless satchel full of A&A treasures galore, including a complete set of Archer & Armstrong trade paperbacks, a one-of-a-kind sketch cover by A&A’s own Rafer Roberts, official Archer & Armstrong swag, and much more!

We’ll see you in the Windy City!

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Valiant Previews: NINJAK #13 (“OPERATION DEADSIDE”) – On Sale March 9th!

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Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE with JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (JAN161758)
Cover B by MATT HALEY (JAN161759)
Cover C by CLAYTON HENRY (JAN161760)
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT (JAN161761)
Variant Cover by RYAN LEE (JAN161762)

SHADOWMAN VS. NINJAK! Who will live…and what will be left of them?

As Ninjak and Punk Mambo uncover the truth about the land of the dead, Shadowman makes his final move to finally wrest control of the uncanny parallel dimension called Deadside! The terrifying, intense, and heartbreaking return of a Valiant icon comes full circle as master storytellers Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite deliver OPERATION: DEADSIDE’s riveting finale!

Plus: another chapter of THE LOST FILES chronicling Jack Boniface’s missing days, featuring art by Juan Jose Ryp!

$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale MARCH 9

 

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Valiant and Arcade Brewery Announce ARCHER & ARMSTRONG AMERICAN PALE ALE – Debuting at C2E2 2016!

A&A_APA_003_VARIANT-COVERInspired by Valiant’s Award-Winning Heroes, Arcade’s Latest Comics-Inspired Collaboration Kicks Off with an Official Release Party During Chicago’s Leading Pop Culture Event

Valiant Entertainment and Chicago’s own Arcade Brewery are proud to announce a first-of-its-kind collaboration for Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale – a refreshing craft APA set to debut this March during C2E2 2016! Just as Valiant’s award-winning adventurers prepare to mount a star-studded return with an all-new ongoing series in A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 this March, Valiant and Arcade are gearing up to unveil a delectable new libation inspired by comics’ premier pair of history-shattering heroes and their upcoming journey into the infinite reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel!

One’s an immortal libertine with a lust for the finer things, the other is a teetotaling ex-assassin with a heart of gold…and now Arcade is perfectly embodying their dysfunctional partnership with a medium-bodied ale like no other! Hopped with Columbus, Chinook, Palisade, Cascade and Mandarina, Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale builds on a light malt profile to create a complex and wonderful citrus/tangerine character. Clocking in at 7.0% alcohol by volume, Arcade’s first Valiant-inspired ale has all the fight of a long night out with Armstrong…but is slightly sweet enough to keep Archer in the game too!

Featuring a label emblazoned with the artwork of Valiant-exclusive superstar David Lafuente, Arcade’s brand-new APA creation will make its official debut on Saturday, March 19th at the C2E2 2016: Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale Release Party – from 7 to 11 pm CT at Headquarters Beercade’s River North location (213 W. Institute Pl., Chicago, IL 60610)!

Co-sponsored by Valiant Entertainment, Arcade Brewery, Threadless, and non-profit Hope for the Day, the first 200 party-goers will receive a strictly limited A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 ARCADE BREWERY VARIANT by artist Jay Fabares and get the chance to have it signed on-site by writer Rafer Roberts! Each attendee will also be entered in a door-prize drawing for a bottomless satchel full of A&A treasures galore, including a complete set of Archer & Armstrong trade paperbacks, a one-of-a-kind sketch cover by A&A’s own Rafer Roberts, official Archer & Armstrong swag, and much more!

Portions of the proceeds from the night will be donated to Hope for the Day supporting their suicide prevention outreach and mental health education projects. RSVP online at Facebook or Eventbrite.

Following in the footsteps of Arcade’s past comics-inspired collaborations with some of the industry’s most popular and well-respected creators, including Jason Aaron, Darwyn Cooke, Tony Moore, Jimmy Palmiotti, and more, Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale is a limited release and will be available in Chicago area bottle shops. See a map of locations at ArcadeBrewery.com/Beers or buy online at West Lakeview Liquors, The Beer Temple, and Binny’s Beverage Depot.

Then, jump into the adventures of Valiant’s (somewhat) dynamic duo with an all-out assault on the senses in A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s next flagship series from red-hot rising star Rafer Roberts and superstar artist David Lafuente! The debut story arc – “IN THE BAG” – starts here on March 16th as Archer descends into the infinite depths of his partner’s bottomless satchel to rescue Armstrong from an age-old enemy…and battles his way through an upside-down world of arcane architecture, lost treasures, and strange creatures bent on making our world their own!

MEET ARMSTRONG: Since the ancient city of Ur, this immortal adventurer has spent the last 7,000 years drinking and carousing his way through history alongside some of the greatest merrymakers the world has ever known.

MEET ARCHER: A sheltered teenage martial arts master and expert marksman who was raised for a single purpose – to kill the devil incarnate. Little did he know that this undying evil was actually Armstrong (he’s actually a pretty good guy…once you get to know him) and, since hitting the road together, these two have become great friends and even better partners.

NOW: Archer is about to set off on his most dangerous mission yet – a quest into the mystic reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to liberate his friend and comrade from the clutches of the mad god Bacchus! Imprisoned in Armstrong’s satchel for centuries, Bacchus now commands a legion of monsters, goblins and golems bent on escaping back into the world of man and enacting revenge on their captor… Can Archer single-handedly combat the godly embodiment of intoxication himself – and rescue his best buddy – without becoming lost amongst Armstrong’s endless repository of bizarre artifacts and historical oddities in the process?

Find out in A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – on sale March 16th!

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About Valiant Entertainment:

Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 81 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Today, the company’s characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. In 2015, Valiant announced a multi-picture deal to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films. Visit them online at ValiantUniverse.com.

About Arcade Brewery:

We love beer, art and community. With our Public Brew series, we ask our community to come up with the beer name, label artwork, and even suggest attributes of the final beer. We are also collaborating with amazing comic book artists and writers to bring label and packaging design to a whole new level of awesomeness. We are currently working with the talented Tony Moore (The Walking Dead), Eisner-nominated writer Jason Aaron (Scalped, Wolverine, PunisherMAX), and graphic artists SEIBEI and Matthew Skiff. We got all kinds of other fun stuff planned too, so stay tuned. Arcade Brewery…From Conception, To Consumption™

About Hope for the Day:

Hope For The Day (HFTD) focuses on suicide prevention and mental health education through self expression platforms to achieve outreach, education, and prevention. It’s ok not to be ok, have hope.

Hope For The Day’s vision is to bring communities together in order to shed light on the unfortunate topics of depression and suicide. We wish to share the deeply personal connection creativity can have in fostering an environment of positive change to the suffering. We view art and music as a highway to the heart; two things that have allowed humanity to express our emotions for milennia. We wish to reduce suicide rates while inspiring and empowering those who need help, to get help. Most importantly, we have the vision to use creative expression as a medium to educate communities while simultaneously striving to prevent suicide.

About Threadless:

You are Threadless. You make the ideas, you pick what we sell, you’re why we exist.

Everything we do gives you, and all the creative minds in the world, more opportunities to make great art. We started printing on t-shirts and then we realized tons of products make great canvases. We seek out these canvases, so you can continue to make and pick the best art. The weird art. The geeky art. The beautiful art. And every time you buy from us, you’re supporting great art too.

We love helping art unknowns become art totally-knowns, which is why every single one of our products carries an artist’s name. We support our artist community in every way possible, whether it be through our our annual creative awards, our commission-based award system, or simply by tweeting their name to the world. Lots of our artists have even gone on to start their own companies, and we believe that’s a success.

We’re based in Chicago and have been since we opened our doors in 2000, and we couldn’t love our hometown more.

 

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