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Valiant Launches 25th Anniversary Convention Tour at Emerald City Comicon 2015!

VALIANT_25th-Anniversary-Con-Tour_Art-by-Tom-FowlerThis year, Valiant is taking the silver anniversary celebration of the largest independent universe in comics on the road to visit more than a million fans in the US and Canada throughout 2015!

Valiant is proud to announce the Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour – a months-long, cross-country celebration coming soon to a town near you! Beginning with Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon 2015 (ECCC) in March, the Valiant anniversary tour will be coming soon to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Calgary, and more of North America’s most exciting comic book and pop culture conventions, including:

Friday, March 27th – Sunday, March 29th:
Emerald City Comicon 2015

Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, WA

Friday, April 3rd – Sunday, April 5th:
WonderCon 2015

Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

Thursday, April 16th – Sunday, April 19th:
Calgary Expo 2015

Stampede Park
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Saturday, April 18th – Sunday, April 19th:
LA Times Festival of Books

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Friday, April 24th – Sunday, April 26th:
C2E2 2015

South Building at McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

Thursday, May 14th – Sunday, May 17th:
AC Boardwalk Con 2015

Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ

Saturday, May 23rd – Monday, May 25th:
Denver Comic Con 2015

Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

Thursday, May 28th – Sunday, May 31st:
Phoenix Comicon 2015

Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, AZ

Saturday, June 6th – Sunday, June 7th:
Special Edition: NYC 2015

Pier 94
New York, NY

Thursday, June 25th – June 28th:
Florida Supercon 2015

Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami, FL

*More dates to be added all summer long!*

The can’t-miss anniversary celebration of the summer begins in Seattle, WA at Emerald City Comicon 2015 (ECCC)! From Friday, March 27th through Sunday, March 29th, join Valiant at the Washington State Convention Center for a weekend packed with programming, special guests, and ECCC exclusives that can’t be found anywhere else!

Visit Booth #1803 all weekend long to revisit 25 years of Valiant history with a complete collection of trade paperbacks and hardcovers featuring the indelible heroes, volatile villains, and world-class creators that shaped Valiant into one of the most celebrated publishers in comics history.

Valiant will also be debuting two ECCC-only offerings for sale, beginning with the NINJAK #1 ECCC Exclusive Variant – featuring an all-new, never-before-seen cover by fan favorite artist Ian McGinty (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors)! Pick up the sold-out first issue of Valiant’s latest smash-hit ongoing series right here at ECCC – then get it signed by series writer and New York Times best-selling author Matt Kindt each day at the Valiant booth!

Plus: also debuting at ECCC, don’t miss the BLOODSHOT REBORN ECCC Exclusive Print! Before BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 hits shelves on April 15th, pick up this exclusive, limited edition print by artist Mico Suayan and colorist David Baron, and get it signed by Suayan, Baron, and series writer and New York Times best-selling author Jeff Lemire each day at the Valiant booth!

New to the Valiant Universe? Then join a panel of Valiant staff and creators on Friday, March 27th at 4 pm in Hall C (TCC 301) for Valiant 101: The Story Starts Here – a step-by-step panel presentation detailing the origins of X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Ninjak, Dr. Mirage, and more of Valiant’s top heroes and villains.

Then, on Saturday March 28th at 6pm in Hall C (TCC 301), get the inside track on all of Valiant’s silver anniversary plans with the Valiant: 25th Anniversary Celebration! From epic events of THE VALIANT to the launches of NINJAK and BLOODSHOT REBORN, find out what’s coming next for the Valiant Universe’s greatest heroes with an all-star panel presentation featuring writers James Asmus (QUANTUM AND WOODY MUST DIE!), Matt Kindt (NINJAK, DIVINITY, RAI), Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Jen Van Meter (THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE), artist Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN), and Valiant Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani!

Honoring Valiant’s historic place in comics history, the road to the next 25 years begins right here with an exclusive round of news and announcements, only at Emerald City Comicon 2015!

And look for new dates to be added to the Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour all summer long!

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

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DIVINITY #1 Skyrockets to Second Sell-Out, Returns With Third Printing In April!

DIVINITY_001_COVER_THIRD-PRINTINGValiant is proud to announce that DIVINITY #1 (of 4) – the acclaimed FIRST ISSUE of the new prestige format VALIANT NEXT limited series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, RAI) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis) – has sold out at the distributor level for the second time and will return to store shelves on April 22nd alongside DIVINITY #3 (of 4) with the DIVINITY #1 (of 4) THIRD PRINTING! The sci-fi saga of 2015 begins here with an new cover design for the spectacular all-new limited series that Wired calls “one of the most exciting, ambitious titles Valiant has published.”

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that…changed him. Long thought lost and erased from the history books, he has suddenly returned, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity – one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. Now the rest of the world’s powers must decide for themselves – will the enigmatic DIVINITY offer his hand in friendship or will Earth’s heroes find themselves helpless against the wrath of the divine?

The second must-read series to be released in the “Valiant Prestige” format, the sold-out DIVINITY #1 (of 4) THIRD PRINTING comes complete with deluxe matte-laminate card stock covers, custom-designed end sheets, and exclusive back matter featuring never-before-seen notes and artwork by Matt Kindt – all with no advertisements and a standard $3.99 cover price!

Plus, the visionary sci-fi epic of the year continues on March 18th in DIVINITY #2 (of 4). A new god has made his presence known to the world, and the heroes of Earth find themselves at the mercy of the being only known as DIVINITY!

The age of DIVINITY is now! On April 22nd, return to the first moments that forever changed the landscape of the Valiant Universe in the DIVINITY #1 (of 4) THIRD PRINTING. Start here as Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine introduce Valiant’s newest major character in the sci-fi adventure that has amazed fans and critics:

“Matt Kindt’s new creation is a giant leap forward for Valiant…[with] a debut that marks a creative high point for the publisher.” – The Onion/AV Club

“DIVINITY #1 pushes the scope of Valiant ever further… A beautifully designed introduction and one that plays to all of Kindt’s strengths as a writer.” – ComicBook.com

“Valiant has been providing fans with some great new books and this is one of them…[DIVINITY #1] is a real success.” – Comic Vine

“A true and worthwhile expansion of Valiant’s footprint, both in the publishing world and the fictional world contained within it.” – Comic Book Resources

“DIVINITY #1 is a keeper…and keeps reminding comic book fans why they need to dive in to the Valiant Universe.” – Unleash the Fanboy

“Yet another fantastic jumping-on point… If you haven’t dived aboard [Valiant] already, you’re really running out of excuses.” – Big Comic Page

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

DIVINITY #1 (of 4) THIRD PRINTING [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (JAN158294)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale APRIL 22 (FOC – 3/30/15)

DIVINITY #2 (of 4) [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (JAN151649)
Cover B by TOM MULLER (JAN151650)
Variant Cover by RAFA SANDOVAL (JAN151651)
Variant Cover by DIEGO BERNARD (JAN151652)
Variant Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151653)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale MARCH 18 (FOC – 2/23/15)

DIVINITY #3 (of 4) [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (FEB151664)
Cover B by TOM MULLER (FEB151665)
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL (FEB151666)
Variant Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (FEB151667)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale APRIL 22 (FOC – 3/30/15)

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Valiant Joins SC COMICON 2015 with X-O MANOWAR’s Robert Venditti, Lewis LaRosa, Brian Reber, and More! Plus: Exclusive Merchandise and a Very Bloodshot Blood Drive!

SC-ComiCon_2015_ValiantPrintThis March, Valiant is bringing the best reviewed line-up of titles anywhere in comics today to SC ComiCon 2015! On Saturday, March 21st and Sunday, March 22nd, join Valiant inside the TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina for a weekend packed with giveaways, creator signings, exclusive merchandise, and special events you won’t find anywhere else!

Visit Valiant at Booth #600 to take home a complete library of trade paperback and hardcover collections for X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Quantum and Woody, and many more of Valiant’s top titles! And don’t miss an all-star team of X-O Manowar creators, including writer Robert Venditti, cover artist Lewis LaRosa, and colorist Brian Reber, signing an SC ComiCon-exclusive X-O MANOWAR: DEAD HAND print, showcasing LaRosa and Reber’s riveting artwork from the series’ latest smash-hit story arc. Get it signed at the SC ComiCon merchandise booth on Saturday and Sunday!

But that’s not all! Visit the SC ComiCon merchandise booth to grab another Valiant milestone in the making – an SC ComiCon-exclusive t-shirt, featuring all of Valiant’s greatest heroes by Eisner Award-nominated superstar Butch Guice!

“Having been a Valiant fan since the inception of the company, I am thrilled to have Valiant have an increased presence at SC Comicon this year!” said Robert Young, the founder of SC ComiCon and founder and owner of Greenville’s Borderlands Comics and Games.

Last but not least, SC ComiCon attendees can become the hero behind countless saved lives throughout the weekend by donating blood at the Blood Connection inside the TD Convention Center. Each donor will receive a complimentary BLOODSHOT REBORN t-shirt, featuring the stunning artwork of red-hot artist Mico Suayan, on behalf of Valiant and SC ComiCon.

We’ll see you at SC ComiCon!

For tickets, directions, and more, visit SCComiCon.com.

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.


DMG and Valiant to Bring Largest Independent Superhero Universe to Movie Theaters Worldwide

The Nine-Figure Deal Establishes an Unprecedented Partnership for Feature Film Financing, Distribution and Licensing in China and Beyond

Valiant_Character Poster_web-ready(New York, NY and Beijing, China, March 9, 2015) – Valiant Entertainment – the award-winning comic book publisher with a library of more than 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and more – and DMG Entertainment, the Beijing-based leader in global entertainment, today announced a new partnership to span motion pictures, television, publishing, and licensing that will culminate in the big screen debut of Valiant’s universe of characters in theaters around the world.

In conjunction with this new partnership, DMG has made an eight-figure (USD) series C round of equity investment into Valiant, which the company will use to further its efforts in international publishing, film, television, licensing and beyond. DMG has dedicated an additional nine-figures (USD) of film financing capital toward the production of theatrical films and television programs based on Valiant’s library of iconic superhero characters.

In total, the new agreement is the first deal of its kind brokered between an internationally based entertainment company and a leading independent publisher of comic books and graphic novels. Utilizing DMG’s expertise in international film development, production, and distribution, Valiant will begin to establish its cinematic universe in the United States, China and beyond. Current Valiant feature films in development include the previously announced BLOODSHOT from Sony Pictures in partnership with Original Film; SHADOWMAN in partnership with the Sean Daniel Company from a script by J. Michael Straczynski; and ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, also with the Sean Daniel Company from a script by BenDavid Grabinski; among others. Valiant has also already begun development on several television projects.

The unprecedented partnership between Valiant and DMG offers both companies the ability to develop and co-produce tent-pole theatrical films for distribution and release simultaneously in the United States, China – the world’s fastest growing film market with more than $4.8 billion in box office receipts in 2014 – and the rest of the world.

“Global markets, like China, offer the greatest opportunities for monetization from merchandising, licensing, as well as revenues from film and television properties. Comic superheroes are the most lucrative and sought after IP for movie franchises, so taking a stake in the last independent massive comic universe is a strategic investment for DMG that will produce movies and TV that are both appealing and relevant to a global audience,” said DMG CEO Dan Mintz. “We are excited by the opportunity to bring these incredibly engaging characters and their stories to the big screen.”

Beyond film alone, DMG and Valiant will work in concert to form China-focused licensing partnerships for Valiant’s stable of characters in areas such as Chinese language publishing, animation, online gaming, toys, apparel, live events, theme parks, and more, with a focus on bringing Valiant’s iconic heroes to new audiences in China and Asia-Pacific.

DMG Entertainment has a proven track record of introducing celebrated superheroes to the Chinese/international marketplace. In 2013, the Beijing-based studio and production company co-produced and co-financed Marvel Studios’ IRON MAN 3 – the highest grossing foreign film of 2013 and sixth highest of all time in China­. DMG is currently co-producing high-octane thriller AUTOBAHN, starring Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Felicity Jones and Nicholas Hoult; and the extreme actioner POINT BREAK, directed by Ericson Core; both films will hit screens worldwide in 2015.

“Valiant’s iconic stable of intellectual property and world class management team coupled with DMG’s unmatched skill with entertainment brand building in China make a formidable partnership,” said Valiant Chairman Peter Cuneo. “We will look forward to introducing some of the most popular superheroes of all time to the world’s fastest growing market across all media forms.”

“Audiences in China and the rest of the world are hungry for heroic stories that they can more easily relate to…and with the international box office accounting for the biggest piece of the total gross, the time is right for a truly international superhero franchise. DMG will bring its unique global perspective to the task of transforming the Valiant Universe into the first international comic-movie universe,” said DMG President Wu Bing.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, Valiant is one of the most successful comic book publishing companies in the history of the medium with more than 81 million comics sold and a library of more than 2,000 distinct characters. Established by a brain trust of legendary comics creators – including former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter; seminal Iron Man writer and artist, Bob Layton; and the visionary writer and illustrator of Wolverine: Weapon X, Barry Windsor-Smith – Valiant’s heroes and villains inhabit the largest independently owned superhero universe anywhere in comics.

Re-established in 2005 as Valiant Entertainment with a best-in-class management team that includes Chairman Peter Cuneo, CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, COO & CFO Gavin Cuneo, President of Licensing, Promotions & Ad Sales Russell A. Brown, Publisher Fred Pierce and Vice Chairman Jason Kothari, the company returned to great commercial and critical success in 2012, winning a Diamond Gem Award for Publisher of the Year and numerous industry awards and accolades. To date, Valiant’s titles consistently rate among the best reviewed in comics.

“Today marks one of Valiant’s biggest milestones yet with a huge step towards bringing the Valiant characters to the big screen and forging the foundation of the first truly international cinematic universe,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “By bringing Valiant’s biggest heroes to theaters around the world in concert with our new partners at DMG, we look forward to making Valiant not only an iconic name in comics, but global entertainment as well.”

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About DMG

DMG is a global entertainment and media company with diverse international holdings across motion pictures, television, music, gaming, creative management and entertainment-themed properties, as well as offering advertising, marketing and brand communications services. DMG Entertainment, the company’s entertainment division, makes movies and television shows, along with music promotion, licensing and merchandising, cinemas and gaming with a focus on telling stories that appeal to global audiences with operations in North America/Hollywood and Asia/China. DMG Entertainment’s films include the record-setting blockbuster IRON MAN 3, the critically acclaimed sci-fi hit LOOPER, and the techno-thriller TRANSCENDENCE; along with some of China’s highest-grossing films including NO MAN’S LAND, FOUNDING OF A REPUBLIC and GO LALA GO!. DMG Entertainment is currently working on the high-speed thriller AUTOBAHN, starring Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley and Nicholas Hoult; and Point Break, directed by Ericson Core, for release in 2015.
DMG Entertainment China [SHZ: 002143] publicly traded on the Shenzhen stock exchange.

About Valiant Entertainment

Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong and many more. Established in 1989, Valiant has sold over 81 million comic books, and today its characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. 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. Visit them online at ValiantUniverse.com.

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“DMG is a force in China. This partnership will bring Valiant’s iconic characters to the Chinese marketplace in a fashion unprecedented in the world of superheroes and comics to date. DMG will introduce Valiant’s universe to Chinese audiences and, in the process, enhance the appeal and relevance of our characters to the fastest growing marketplace for entertainment in the world,” said Gavin Cuneo, COO & CFO for Valiant Entertainment.


Veteran Artist Scot Eaton Joins Joshua Dysart to Fight “BROKEN ANGELS” in IMPERIUM #5 – An All-New Story Arc Beginning in June!

IMPERIUM_005_COVER-A_KANOValiant is proud to announce that veteran artist Scot Eaton (X-Men: Legacy, Battle Scars) will join New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER, Unknown Soldier) for a riveting story arc beginning in IMPERIUM #5 – the FIRST ISSUE of BROKEN ANGELS, coming in June! The next shocking volume of the latest hit series from VALIANT NEXT, BROKEN ANGELS will introduce the latest superpower to Toyo Harada’s growing legion of monsters and malcontents…one they must capture from a technologically advanced enemy stronghold secreted deep beneath the Indian Ocean.

Toyo Harada will create utopia…he just needs the right weapons first! The most powerful man in the world has collected an assembly of monsters, killers, and super-villains…and now he’s set his sights on the last asset his team needs: the renegade Project Rising Spirit scientist called Broken Angel. The only thing standing in his way – an army of enhanced soldiers…guarding a top-secret, highly fortified facility…deep underwater! The impossible heist begins here!

IMPERIUM is a daring breakaway from anything you can find elsewhere in comics today, even at Valiant,” said Valiant Editor Alejandro Arbona. “We’re extremely proud of Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite’s first arc, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome the talented Scot Eaton into the fold for BROKEN ANGELS. Scot is the perfect choice to follow Doug’s masterful turn on this title, and he’s already hitting his stride with a new series of covers for BROKEN ANGELS. IMPERIUM was already one of a kind, but it’s about to evolve and get even bigger.”

This summer, red-hot creators Joshua Dysart and Scot Eaton join forces to realize Toyo Harada’s vision of a better world by any means necessary in BROKEN ANGELS, an all-new jumping-on point beginning in IMPERIUM #5! Featuring covers by Kano (THE DELINQUENTS, Gotham Central), Scot Eaton (Black Panther), CAFU (UNITY), Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER), and Sina Grace (Burn the Orphanage), start reading here this June to find out why IMPERIUM is one of the year’s most acclaimed new series:

“A fascinating examination of the effects super powers might have on the real world… It’s worth paying attention.” – Wired

“✮✮✮✮✮…Smart and entertaining, gorgeous yet gruesome, and character-driven yet large in scope…[IMPERIUM] is more than worthy of your $3.99, people.” – Comic Vine

“✮✮✮✮½…Writer Joshua Dysart really has cooked up something special here to behold… An enthralling ride…” – Bloody Disgusting

“✮✮✮✮½…A fantastic kick-off… Perfect for long time fans as well as those who are new and just want to check out a quality comics.” – Graphic Policy

“✮✮✮✮…Valiant Entertainment once again delivers an incredibly strong first issue of a new series, as it almost always does… New readers will find themselves wanting to stick around.” – Comic Book Resources

“✮✮✮✮…Dysart and Braithwaite are exploring fascinating ideas in IMPERIUM… Another accessible, interesting, and unique entry point into the ever expanding Valiant Universe.” – ComicBook.com

“✮✮✮✮…Eye-popping and energetic… There’s a sense of mystery to IMPERIUM that’s admirable and gutsy…” – Newsarama

“✮✮✮✮…Twists and turns are coming our way, so if you haven’t picked up [IMPERIUM], now’s the time to get on board…” – Major Spoilers

“”✮✮✮✮…Masterful… IMPERIUM, easily, is another win for Valiant and comic fans everywhere.” – All-Comic

Plus: don’t miss the VALIANT NEXT initiative continues throughout the spring as Valiant’s biggest most demanded heroes leap into action alongside all-new, never-before-seen characters for a brand new wave of must-read releases:

IMPERIUM #3 by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite on April 8th
BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan on April 15th
NINJAK #2 by Matt Kindt, Clay Mann and Butch Guice on April 22nd
DIVINITY #3 (of 4) by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine on April 22nd
IVAR, TIMEWALKER #4 by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry on April 29th

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

IMPERIUM #5 (NEW ARC! “BROKEN ANGELS” – PART 1)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by SCOT EATON
Cover A by KANO
Cover B by SCOT EATON
Cover C by CAFU
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL
Variant Cover by SINA GRACE
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | ON SALE IN JUNE!

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Valiant Unveils X-O Manowar/Bloodshot MiniMates Two-Packs – Debuting in Toys”R”Us This Month!

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This winter, two of the greatest heroes of the Valiant Universe are stepping into three dimensions for the first Valiant MiniMates two-pack – a Toy”R”Us-exclusive debut now on sale in stores nationwide and at ToysRUs.com. The alien-armored Visigoth hero X-O Manowar and indestructible commando Bloodshot make their MiniMate debut in a specially designed two-pack that comes complete with both heroes’ signature accessories, alternate parts, and an exclusive, never-before-seen Valiant comic book insert! Each Valiant MiniMates two-pack also includes a free comic book digital download offer, powered by comiXology.

“Valiant’s fans around the world have continuously requested figurines of their favorite characters,” said Russell A. Brown, President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales for Valiant Entertainment. “We are thrilled to bring two of Valiant’s classic heroes to Toys”R”Us for the first time with Valiant MiniMates, giving fans old and new an opportunity to get to know our exciting line of characters with value added offerings. And we are delighted to join the ranks of the top intellectual property characters to be represented in MiniMates form.”

“The Valiant Universe is one of the premier comic book universes, with a history of great storytelling, great character design and great artwork,” said Chuck Terceira, President of Diamond Select Toys. “The fact that it has not had more merchandise has always been a mystery to me, and when the opportunity arose for DST to create some of Valiant’s first collectible toys, we were all excited to be on board.”

Born into battle, Aric of Dacia, the fifth century Visigoth now called X-O Manowar, has never known peace. Abducted and enslaved by the savage alien empire known as The Vine, Aric finally escaped his captors after stealing their ultra-powerful X-O Manowar armor and then returned to Earth…only to find that more than a thousand years had passed in his absence. Stranded in the modern day, the most primitive man on Earth now wields the most powerful weapon in existence as X-O Manowar!

Brought back from the dead and infused with cutting-edge nanotechnology, Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit – a private contractor trafficking in violence – very well. But after defying his programming and escaping his captors, Bloodshot now fights to rediscover to the secret of his true identity – but remains haunted by the past that nearly destroyed him.

MiniMates, owned by Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, are two inches tall, with 14 points of articulation, and feature multiple interchangeable parts and accessories. They were first released in 2002, and have grown into the largest and most diverse line of block figures in the world.

Plus: coming to comic book stores this April, don’t miss the X-O Manowar and Bloodshot MiniMates Battle-Damaged two-pack – a Previews-exclusive offering featuring combat-hardened alternative looks for two of most formidable heroes from the best-selling story arcs Harbinger Wars and Planet Death!

About Valiant Entertainment:
Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, and many more. Established in 1989, Valiant has sold over 80 million comic books, and today its characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. 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. Visit them online at ValiantUniverse.com.

About Diamond Select Toys:
Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, LLC, was founded in 1999 by sister company Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Created to design unique and exciting collectibles for children and adults alike, the company has licensed a wide variety of pop culture properties to be turned into merchandise. With partners such as Marvel Enterprises, Universal Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon and Sony Pictures, Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles produces a diverse range of products, and is headquartered in Hunt Valley, MD. In 2007, Diamond Select Toys acquired select assets of the New York based Art Asylum, creators of the global MiniMates brand. MiniMates have been recognized as the #1 selling block figure in the world and were the first toys ever to be inducted into the ToyFare Hall of Fame in 2007. For more information, visit www.diamondselecttoys.com and www.artasylum.com.

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DIVINITY #1 – Valiant’s Sold-Out Sci-Fi Epic – Returns to Press with New Printing in March!

DIVINITY_001_COVER_SECOND-PRINTINGValiant is proud to announce that DIVINITY #1 (of 4) – the acclaimed debut issue of the new prestige format VALIANT NEXT limited series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, RAI) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis) – has sold out at the distributor level and will return to store shelves on March 18th alongside DIVINITY #2 (of 4) with the DIVINITY #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING!

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that…changed him. Long thought lost and erased from the history books, he has suddenly returned, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity – one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. Now the rest of the world’s powers must decide for themselves – will the enigmatic DIVINITY offer his hand in friendship or will Earth’s heroes find themselves helpless against the wrath of the divine?

The next must-read series to be released in the “Valiant Prestige” format, each issue of DIVINITY comes complete with deluxe matte-laminate card stock covers, custom-designed end sheets, and exclusive back matter featuring never-before-seen notes and artwork by Matt Kindt – all with no advertisements and a standard $3.99 cover price!

On March 18th, discover the visionary opening chapters of Valiant’s most important new character debut of 2015 in the DIVINITY #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING and DIVINITY #2 (of 4)! Start reading here to find out why critics are hailing Matt Kindt and Trevor Harisine’s sci-fi epic as a landmark moment for the Valiant Universe:

“Matt Kindt’s new creation is a giant leap forward for Valiant…[with] a debut that marks a creative high point for the publisher.” – The Onion/AV Club

“DIVINITY #1 pushes the scope of Valiant ever further… A beautifully designed introduction and one that plays to all of Kindt’s strengths as a writer.” – ComicBook.com

“Valiant has been providing fans with some great new books and this is one of them…[DIVINITY #1] is a real success.” – Comic Vine

“A true and worthwhile expansion of Valiant’s footprint, both in the publishing world and the fictional world contained within it.” – Comic Book Resources

“DIVINITY #1 is a keeper…and keeps reminding comic book fans why they need to dive in to the Valiant Universe.” – Unleash the Fanboy

“Yet another fantastic jumping-on point… If you haven’t dived aboard [Valiant] already, you’re really running out of excuses.” – Big Comic Page

Plus: don’t miss each essential new series from VALIANT NEXT! In the aftermath of THE VALIANT, VALIANT NEXT continues with five blockbuster new series, starring Valiant’s biggest, most-demanded heroes alongside all-new, never-before-seen characters, throughout 2015:

IVAR, TIMEWALKER #1 by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry in January
DIVINITY #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine in February
IMPERIUM #1 by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite in February
NINJAK #1 by Matt Kindt, Clay Mann and Butch Guice in March
BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan in April

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

DIVINITY #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (DEC148668)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale MARCH 18 (FOC – 2/23/15)

DIVINITY #2 (of 4) [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (JAN151649)
Cover B by TOM MULLER (JAN151650)
Variant Cover by RAFA SANDOVAL (JAN151651)
Variant Cover by DIEGO BERNARD (JAN151652)
Variant Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151653)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale MARCH 18 (FOC – 2/23/15)

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Valiant Entertainment Sends NINJAK #1 to London Super Comic Convention with Limited Edition Exclusive Cover by Emanuela Lupacchino in March! Plus: Panels, Portfolio Reviews, and More for Valiant’s First Ever UK Presence!

VALIANT_LSCC_PROGRAM-COVER_ANDRASOFZSKYThis March, Valiant is crossing the Atlantic for the very first time to bring its award-winning publishing line to the London Super Comic Convention (LSCC) – the United Kingdom’s largest comic book convention – for a weekend packed with Valiant programming, special guests, and exclusive convention-only releases!

From Saturday, March 14th through Sunday, March 15th, Valiant’s first-ever UK convention presence begins at London’s Excel Centre where attendees will be greeted by the official LSCC program guide, featuring an all-new cover by fan favorite Kalman Andrasofszky! Featuring Bloodshot, Ninjak, London’s own Punk Mambo and more, look for this collectible program guide spotlighting Valiant’s greatest heroes in action!

Plus: don’t miss the NINJAK #1 LSCC Exclusive Variant, featuring a stunning cover by superstar artist Emanuela Lupacchino! Kicking off the highly anticipated ongoing series for Britain’s master super-spy by all-star creators Matt Kindt, Clay Mann, and Butch Guice, pick up the red-hot first issue of Ninjak’s debut solo series at LSCC’s merchandise booth – then get it signed in Artist’s Alley by LSCC attendees Clay Mann and Emanuela Lupacchino!

On Saturday, March 14th at 11 AM, join Valiant in Panel Room 2 for the VALIANT 101: THE STORY STARTS HERE panel presentation, featuring, an in-depth introduction to heroes and creators that made Valiant one of the most acclaimed publishers in comics today. Get caught up on the origins and essential adventures of X-O Manowar, Ninjak, Bloodshot, Divinity, and more right here, as an all-star cast of Valiant staff and creators present a step-by-step examination of Valiant’s top heroes and villains. Each panel attendee will also receive a complimentary Valiant graphic novel.

Valiant is also offering one-on-one portfolio reviews for aspiring artists throughout LSCC. Visit the LSCC signing area on Saturday, March 14th at 12:45 PM and 4:30 PM, and Sunday, March 15th at 3:30 PM for personal feedback and creative insight from Hunter Gorinson, Valiant Entertainment’s Director of Marketing, Communications & Digital Media.

For tickets, directions, and more, visit LondonSuperComicConevention.com.

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

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Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela Begin “BREAKING HISTORY” in IVAR, TIMEWALKER #5 – An All-New Story Arc Coming in May!

IVAR_005_COVER-A_LIEBERA little confused by time travel? Don’t worry, these guys don’t really understand it either. So they’re BREAKING HISTORY!

Valiant is proud to announce IVAR, TIMEWALKER #5 – the FIRST ISSUE of BREAKING HISTORY, an all-new story arc for the smash-hit VALIANT NEXT ongoing series by New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and new series artist Francis Portela (Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps)! Join the series that io9 calls “impressively shocking” here on May 27th as Ivar recruits a team of the time stream’s greatest hellraisers for an eons-colliding jailbreak from the end of existence itself!

Dr. Neela Sethi, the inventor of time travel has been captured by her evil future-self (because…time travel) and imprisoned at the end of the time! As the Big Crunch rapidly unmakes the universe around her, Neela faces a choice that may give her her life’s dreams…at the cost of the very universe itself. But to save her from the threat of her own future self, all hope now lies in the hands of IVAR, TIMEWALKER! But even he can’t save us alone…

What happens when history’s most jaded time traveler puts together the best team he can find to save time itself? A combination of his estranged family, including his immortal brothers ARMSTRONG and THE ETERNAL WARRIOR; his inter-dimensional enemies like history’s most re-tweeted prankster THE LURKER; and a BLOODSHOT NANITE with one heck of an attitude problem! And that’s just the start of history’s most unexpected saviors.

“Changing history is an oxymoron, because if it’s history then it’s already happened…[but] Neela has discovered a way around that, and ways to actually change history,” writer Fred Van Lente told ComicBook.com. “So, if Neela can perfect this method changing history, she will very much break history. That’s why Ivar and his brothers…are doing this impossible break-in. They’re going to ‘break into’ time to keep her from doing this.”

The plot to save history begins here, so don’t worry! Well, maybe you should worry a little…because existence itself hangs in the balance when red-hot creators Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela present a century-shattering jumping-on point in IVAR, TIMEWALKER #5! Featuring covers by Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man), Raul Allen (Hawkeye), Clayton Henry (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG), and Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER), BREAKING HISTORY starts here on May 27th!

Plus: don’t miss the IVAR, TIMEWALKER VOL. 1: MAKING HISTORY trade paperback collection, in stores the same day as IVAR, TIMEWALKER #5! Collecting the first four issues of Ivar Anni-Padda and Neela Sethi’s adventures through time and space for just $9.99, jump on board here the very same day that the next can’t-miss story arc, BREAKING HISTORY, begins in a comic shop near you!

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

IVAR, TIMEWALKER #5 (NEW ARC! “BREAKING HSTORY” – PART 1)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A by STEVE LIEBER
Cover B by RAUL ALLEN
Character Design Variant by CLAYTON HENRY
Golden Age Variant by ROBERT GILL
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MAY 27

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The Valiant 25th Anniversary Celebration Begins in May with Monumental New Releases for Free Comic Book Day and Beyond!

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Valiant’s 25th year is going to be the biggest one yet! The silver anniversary celebration begins this May on Free Comic Book Day 2015, and continues all summer long with monumental new releases honoring Valiant’s historic place in comics history – and laying the groundwork for another 25 years to come!

VALIANT_FCBD2015_COVER_Art by Rafa SandovalIn 1990, the first Valiant comics hit the shelves and, then, the impossible happened – an upstart, independent company created a new, cohesive universe that managed to go toe-to-toe with the industry’s biggest publishers, forever changing the comics landscape in the process. Some of comics’ greatest talents – Jim Shooter, Bob Layton, Barry Windsor-Smith, and more – joined the ranks with a who’s who of up-and-comers – including David Lapham, Joe Quesada, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Sean Chen – to build one of the first true legends of the modern age of comics.

Quickly becoming one of the most recognized comic book companies in the world with more than 80 million comics sold, Valiant became the first publisher to ever approach Marvel or DC in scope and sales. In turn, Valiant’s now-classic characters – X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, RAI, and dozens more – became a pivotal force in comics fandom, reshaping the industry with a character-first approach to comics storytelling and creating what would eventually grow to become the largest independent universe anywhere in comics.

VALIANT_FCBD2015_001Now, two and half decades on from those monumental origins, Valiant is proud to announce the Valiant 25th Anniversary celebration – a months-long commemoration of the indelible heroes, volatile villains, and world-class creators that shaped Valiant into one of the most celebrated publishers in comics history. Spanning an all-star cast of Valiant’s talents past and present, this summer’s celebration of 25 years of Valiant begins on Free Comic Book Day with the Valiant 25th Anniversary Special, and will continue with all-new new releases across Valiant’s monthly publishing line in print and digital, hardcover and trade paperback catalog, and roster of licensed merchandise.
“Valiant has always been about creating stories that will stand the test of time 25 years from now, not reflecting on the successes of 25 years ago,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “As a member of the Valiant team across more than two decades, I can say that our 25th anniversary is an incredibly exciting turning point for us as one of the premier storytelling companies in comics. All summer long, we’ll be revealing glimpses of where Valiant is headed next with special initiatives in print, digital, and licensing for one of our largest and most coordinated efforts to date.”

VALIANT_FCBD2015_002“Even after two decades, many of the innovations Valiant brought to the industry shortly after its arrival in 1990 continue to be felt today,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “For the 25th anniversary, we’re celebrating that spirit of creative freedom that made Valiant such an influential force in the first place, and honoring those that made it possible for us to continue the mission of making the best superhero comics in the industry.

“Each year, we always make it known to fans and retailers that they can expect something big from Valiant on Free Comic Book Day,” he added. “Rarely are there occasions bigger than the 25th anniversary of one of the most iconic publishers in comics history. Kicking off with our Free Comic Book Day release, and continuing throughout the summer, we’re going to make Valiant’s 25th year its most exciting to date. Titles like BLOODSHOT REBORN, NINJAK, IMPERIUM, and DIVINITY are only the beginning. All summer long, we’ll be revealing a slew of surprises spinning out of our silver anniversary plans.”

The year’s can’t-miss celebration officially kicks off on May 2nd in the FCBD 2015: VALIANT 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL – featuring two all-new stories and a myriad of never-before-seen special features chronicling Valiant’s storied place in comics history! First, New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and blockbuster artist Butch Guice chronicle the devastating fallout of THE VALIANT as Bloodshot rises from the ashes to unleash a never-before-seen prelude to BLOODSHOT REBORN! Then, Valiant superstars Robert Venditti and Rafa Sandoval throw down the gauntlet for an action-packed introduction to the world of X-O MANOWAR and an all-new tale of DEAD HAND! Plus: NINJAK; IMPERIUM; DIVINITY; IVAR, TIMEWALKER; RAI; special guests from throughout Valiant’s decades-long history; and a cavalacade of special surprises!

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The Valiant 25th Anniversary celebration continues throughout the summer with a host of new offerings in May and beyond, beginning with two very special places for fans to discover Valiant’s biggest heroes! First up, don’t miss the all-new VALIANT UNIVERSE HANDBOOK: 2015 EDITION, spotlighting everything you need to know about Valiant’s heroes – who they are, what makes them tick, and where they’re headed next! Featuring highly detailed and thoroughly updated entries on all of Valiant’s most important players, discover everything you need to know about Valiant’s award-winning publishing line here — just as the 25th Anniversary celebration begins in full force!

Then, get up close and personal with the legendary origins behind Valiant’s most indelible icons in the VALIANT: ZEROES & ORIGINS trade paperback collection, re-presenting each of Valiant’s greatest zero issue introductions to X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER, SHADOWMAN, and more from a world-class cast of creators including Joshua Dysart, Matt Kindt, Lewis LaRosa, Clay Mann, Peter Milligan, Mico Suayan, Robert Venditti, and many more!

Plus: don’t miss a very special new series of Valiant 25th Anniversary variant covers by red-hot artist Rafa Sandoval showcasing a diverse cast of heroes and villains from across 25 years of Valiant history beginning in May! A special series of alternate shelf covers featuring Valiant’s ever-growing line-up of heroes new and old, look for these Valiant 25th Anniversary variant covers on your favorite Valiant titles all summer long.

May 2015 is only just the beginning… Stay tuned for even more exciting Valiant 25th Anniversary news and releases in the weeks and months to come!

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

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