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Terrificon 2016: Wade Wilson, Crafting Jokes, and Life After Comics with Fabian Nicieza

fabianWhilst covering Terrificon at Mohegan Sun this past weekend I had the total joy to speak with the original voice behind the masked man who is never afraid to use it, the Co-Creator of the Merc with a Mouth himself: Fabian Nicieza.

He was nice enough to take the time to talk to me about the property right now that is hotter than a super spicy chimichanga: Mr Wade Wilson, the one the only and sometimes lonely Deadpool.

Graphic Policy: First off thank you for taking the time out to speak with me today.

Fabian Nicieza: Oh my pleasure.

GP: So, Deadpool. What do you think of that guy?

FN: I think he’s a boon to civilization and mankind as we know it. (laughs) I think that in an age where the two presidential candidates have about 80 percent disapproval ratings, we need more people like Deadpool in charge.

GP: (jokingly) Oh absolutely I’d put him on my cabinet for sure.

FN: A cabinet? I think he should be Lord Emperor of the World.

GP: Wow. Ambitious there.

FN: Just think of the things that could happen if that were the case.

GP: When you do write Deadpool, where does your inspiration come from? Where do you get Wade’s humor? 

FN: I’ve got to be honest it comes as a stream of conscious release of anything that is built up inside me. It certainly varies. It could be my thoughts on cultural events or societal events throughout the day. It could be pulling a kernel out of my butt from something that happened 35 years ago. I mean it’s interesting that the older I get, the harder some of those references become. To me it doesn’t make sense for Deadpool to be pulling out a reference from a 1975 TV show unless you’re around the age of 55. Wade isn’t 55 he’s let’s say in his late thirties. So you have to frame it in that context. Then again the freeing part is it’s Deadpool. So as a character chances are pretty good that on a lonely binge for several months he’d watch every episode of the 1950’s ever, so you know and take that with a grain of salt.

GP: As a creator the cool thing is this character allows you to poke fun at all the tropes out there whether it’s a positive or a negative. I have to ask though as wacky and out there as Wade Wilson is, has there ever been a scene or a joke that you tried to pass by your editor that just wasn’t going to fly, for any reason?

FN: No not from a story stand point, since I’m not a current Deadpool writer. A current Deadpool writer tries to create a comedic story that he fits into. An older writer of Deadpool, who Co-Created the character like myself, tries to get the comedy out of comedy out the story that he’s already in. Okay, so I wrote a very straightforward Marvel Universe character, who happened to be insane and who happened to interpret everything through his own personal filter. So with that in mind, I don’t think to put Wade Wilson in a classic illustrated parody. I don’t think to have him fight the ghosts of dead presidents and it’s not a knock or taking away from how the guys handle him today. It’s just how the book editorially has decided that is stronger. Which is fine, they have the complete right to do that. It’s just not how I do it. For me my problems wasn’t with editors, it was usually with legal because you run off so many jokes and so many things he (Wade) says and you know that five of them, someone is going to have a problem with. Often I would have an issue with an editor that they didn’t get a joke. It could be that it’s their own particular knowledge of history or references. In one particular situation it was her age, since she was 20 years younger than me so she’s not going to get certain things. My outlook was always though, if you get every single joke I wrote in a Deadpool comic, then I did not do a good job. You’re not supposed to get every thing he says because as the reader you should not have the same exact thought wavelength as him y’know?

GP: Right because he’s so out there, and we shouldn’t share the same mind of things..

FN: Right, exactly. If you get even half of them, I’m fine with that. When you’re telling 35 jokes in a 22 page comic, we shouldn’t expect the reader to get every single reference.

GP: Did you think there was anything they could have done different for their handling of Wade for the movie?

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FN: Yes, they could have cast me as Ryan Reynold’s stunt double in any scene he was in with Morena Baccarin. That they could have done differently. Other than that, I think the movie’s success both critically and commercially is a testament to how well of a job they did handling the character.

GP: Any hope we’ll get you as a cameo in Deadpool 2?  

FN: No I think that putting me on screen is detrimental to the film. I think they studios would automatically give it an NC-17 rating if this face were on screen or anything like that.

GP: At this point do you have a dream project that you would like to work on, non-Deadpool related?

FN: No not particularly. To tell you the truth I’ve done this for 30 years, so I am slowly phasing myself out of comic books in general. As a writer I do other stuff. So as far as comics is concerned I don’t have a dream project. I mean I’ve written almost everything. If you asked me at 9 years old that would I like the chance to write almost every single character for Marvel or DC, I’d say oh yeah, I’d like to take that career. I’ve done it and that’s exactly where I stand.

GP: Absolutely. A sterling career has been made. I appreciate the chat. Much continued success.

FN: Certainly and you too.

 

A fun brisk chat with the original voice inside Wade Wilson’s head. I definitely see where he gets the “mouth” part from, not sure about the “merc” part though. I guess that’s a story for another time. One thing is for sure their will always be plenty of Deadpool stories. I liked Mr. Nicieza’s recommendation of the Lord Emperor title. Wade for sure is on his way to becoming the Supreme Being of the Marvel Universe. He still has the rest of the Universes to go.

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* Wolverine even paid homage to Deadpool’s daddy during this interview. Logan knew it was the right thing to do. Plus Wade probably owes him gas money.

Flame Con 2: LGBTQ Activism in Fandom and Beyond Panel

At Flame Con 2, I moderated the LGBTQ Activism in Fandom and Beyond Panel talking about how fans are organizing to make fandom more inclusive AND using their love of pop culture to win campaigns in the world beyond! Panelists included Jackson Bird (Chief of Muggle Relations at the Harry Potter Alliance), Nicole Gitaua (Geeks Out), and J. A. Micheline (Writer).

Learn more about the Harry Potter Alliance and Geeks OUT!.

Boston Comic Con 2016: Talking Harley Quinn with Amanda Conner

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For every action, there is a reaction. Well, one might ask why in a star-studded convention that featured William Shatner, John Barrowman and numerous television and film alumni, that why was the longest line of each day for writer/artist: Amanda Conner? That’s simple right now she is at the helm of the hottest property in the comic book world.

Add that to the fact that Amanda Conner just so happens to be one of the nicest people across this or any Multiverse and the picture becomes as clear as Susan Storm’s wardrobe. I was thankful enough that she took time out of her very busy schedule, and I mean that as a gross understatement (seriously I’ve seen amusement parks with shorter lines) to talk about everyone’s favorite maniacal she-devil turned anti-hero phenomenon: Harley Quinn.

Graphic Policy: So hello, it’s very nice to talk to you today. As you probably guessed I’d like to talk to you about what brought you here today, Harley Quinn.

Amanda Conner: Yes. (laughs)

GP: Did you ever think that a character who started off so simple, was going to bring all this about?

Amanda Conner: No, we had no idea. When Jimmy (Palmiotti) and I said yes to writing and for me, writing and drawing the covers to Harley Quinn just thought “Oh this is going to be a lot of fun” but we never thought it was going to explode the way it did. So we are pleasantly surprised, to say the least.

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GP: I’d say we are all pleasantly surprised. Who were your artistic influences when you guys decided to hop on Harley Quinn? Because she had been done before. What style held inspiration over you?

Amanda Conner: That’s right. Well, definitely Bruce Timm! We were trying to have somewhat of the look Bruce, gave her and at the same time modernize her a bit. It was important that we bring her back to her original personality and love of life and of course death (laughs). As far as other artistic influences for her, I’d have to say it was more movies than anything else. I drew from movies like Fight Club and stuff like that. I guess it’s a cross between Bruce Timm, Fight Club, and Tank Girl maybe.

GP: That’s a pretty interesting inspiration mix right there.

Amanda Conner: Ha ha, yeah we think so.

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GP: Do you have a favorite Harley story yourself?

Amanda Conner: Oh geez there are a lot of them. A lot are my favorites. Y’ know one of my favorites, I’m going to actually go with one that isn’t my own. I can’t remember the name of it but it was one of the Christmas specials, where Harley and Poison Ivy kidnap Bruce Wayne and Ivy uses her lipstick to put Bruce under a spell to take them shopping. That was so fun!

GP: That was a great one. It was actually the Batman Adventures Holiday Special and Bruce Timm did that one. It’s classic. It’s fantastic.

Amanda Conner: Yes that’s definitely one of my favorites.

GP: As a matter of fact, Paul Dini did that one too.

Amanda Conner: Yup.

GP: Speaking of Paul Dini, that’s someone who gives you guys great praise for how you handle Harley and the character. Coming from that source what does that mean to you?

Amanda Conner: Oh we are so flattered by that. It’s so nice to have a nod of approval from the guys who are her (Harley) “dads”. They are the ones who created her.

GP: Pretty much. Absolutely. It’s amazing the level of success that you’ve added to her already booming popularity. It’s also very cool that the Harley Quinn fans see brought to life in the movie Suicide Squad, is essentially your interpretation of Harley. 

Amanda Conner: Yeah well we are hoping so. We thought she (Margot Robbie) did a fantastic job. We were lucky enough to meet her last week and she asked us “Am I doing a good job?” We were like “Yeah you’re doing a good job! You’re doing a great job!”  (laughs) 

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GP: Oh she certainly is. I would think that everyone in this line would agree.

Amanda Conner: I’d say so too.

GP: Last thing. I would just like to let you know, I have done a lot of these before and from a personal standpoint, I just have to say I have spoken to a lot of people today and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s because of people like you, that you have ensured that this will continue to grow and go on.

Amanda Conner: Oh wow. Thank you so much. That is so wonderful to hear.

GP: Well I thank you for your time and see you in the funny pages.

Amanda Conner: Thank you!

 

There it is. If the golden rule has taught us anything, it’s treat people the way you’d want them to treat you. With that being said, with weekends like these, I think it’s safe to say Amanda Conner has earned herself a lot of warm receptions for many years to come. A creator who has a love for the property that she is a part of and even more respect for the fans she does it for. Class act all the way and certainly one of Comicdom’s finest acts. Where does she take Harley and company next? Stay tuned…

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*Graphic Policy would like to take the time to thank Amanda for signing the Harley Quinn action figure we donated to the patient folks in line. We have no doubt it found a nice and appreciative home.

Valiant Blasts into Baltimore Comic-Con 2016 with Exclusives, Panels, Signings, and More!

From Friday, September 2nd through Sunday, September 4th, Valiant Entertainment is taking over Baltimore Comic-Con 2016 – and they’re bringing along a squadron’s worth of convention-only exclusives, signings, programming, panels, and more!

All weekend long, join Valiant inside the Baltimore Convention Center at Booth #2008 and find out why Valiant has racked up an unprecedented 50 Harvey Award nominations by perusing a complete selection of Valiant trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for their critically acclaimed and award-winning titles! But that’s just the start of your Valiant Universe experience! For the entire weekend, Valiant will give away FREE complimentary copies of the Faith #1 Second Printing! Packed with the beginning of Faith’s best-selling ongoing series debut and the bonus “The Future of Valiant” Sneak Preview flip book – spotlighting an all-new wave of ongoing series, prestige format projects and standalone events from the largest independent superhero universe in comics – you won’t find a more exciting giveaway anywhere else!

And, available only in Charm City, don’t miss the Generation Zero #1 Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Variant – featuring the awe-inspiring artwork of fan-favorite artist Wook-Jin Clark! Experience the latest “Future of Valiant” series here as New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente and blockbuster artist Francis Portela deploy the breakout stars of Harbinger Wars into their most dangerous mission yet: high school!

Valiant is also offering fans at Baltimore Comic-Con 2016 the chance to join in the celebration of X-O Manowar (2012)’s 1,000,000th copy sold with the X-O Manowar 1,000,000th COPY COMMEMORATIVE SEAL. Fans who purchase or provide copies of X-O Manowar #49 (any cover) at the Valiant booth (#2008) will be afforded the opportunity to have their copy embossed with an official Valiant 1,000,000th copy seal – designed in honor of X-O Manowar’s legendary achievement and forever commemorating a new milestone in Valiant history – free of charge!

Plus, get ready for signings throughout the weekend from an all-star cast of special guests, including writers Fred Van Lente and B. Clay Moore!

The action continues on Friday, September 2nd at 2:30 p.m. in Panel Room #339-342 with Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here – a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters! You seen the reviews, you’ve heard the buzz… Now find out why Valiant Entertainment has taken fans and critics by storm as the most acclaimed comic book publisher! Join us here for a one-of-a-kind introduction to the largest and most acclaimed independent superhero universe in comics! From X-O MANOWAR and FAITH to BLOODSHOT REBORN and DIVINITY, get the stories behind Valiant’s biggest heroes and find out where to jump on board right here with an in-depth tutorial that’s perfect for new fans!

But that’s not all! Peek into the unbelievable stories charging towards your favorite superheroes on Saturday, September 3rd at 1:30 p.m. in Panel Room #343-344 for Valiant: The Future of Valiant and Beyond! With a record-setting 50 Harvey Award nominations, Valiant Entertainment is the most acclaimed publisher anywhere in comics today. Now, find out what’s next for powerhouse series like FAITH, GENERATION ZERO, BRITANNIA, BLOODSHOT U.S.A., HARBINGER RENEGADES, SAVAGE, and DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE right here with an all-star cast of panelists including Fred Van Lente (GENERATION ZERO) and B. Clay Moore (SAVAGE)! The future of Valiant starts here with an exclusive round of news and announcements – only at Baltimore Comic-Con!

Then, hang onto your ballots, because Valiant’s weekend in Baltimore is going to hit the stratosphere on Saturday, September 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency for the 29th Annual Harvey Awards! For the second year running, Valiant will attend the Harvey Awards as the single most-nominated publisher with critically acclaimed titles including BLOODSHOT REBORN, DIVINITY, THE VALIANT, and may more! With 50 nominations in nearly every category, including “Best Writer,” “Best Artist,” “Best New Series,” “Best Continuing or Limited Series,” and “Best Single Issue,” Valiant is once again leading the pack – and we want you there to celebrate with us!

Finally, stay tuned for a soon-to-be-revealed surprise from Valiant and the Certified Guarantee Company (CGC) that will make its official debut at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con!

VIZ Media Plugs in With Super Mario Adventures and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

SuperMarioAdventuresVIZ Media at Otakon announced that they’re preparing to deliver two fresh doses of video game-inspired manga excitement as it announces the acquisition of the publishing rights for the classic series Super Mario Adventures, as well as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the latest manga title inspired by the beloved ‘80s-era video game title.

Super Mario Adventures is set for release in October of this year; The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is scheduled to launch in March 2017.

New VIZ Media Manga Publishing Acquisitions:

SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES · Available October 2016

Long out of print, this stunning, full-color graphic novel features a story by Kentaro Takekuma and art by Charlie Nozawa, and will become available once again for the first time in more than 20 years!! Super Mario Adventures, inspired by the bestselling Super Mario™ video game franchise, is a collection of comics that originally ran in Nintendo Power™ magazine in 1992-93.

The peril-plagued Princess Toadstool is kidnapped by the diabolical deadbeat Bowser™ but super plumbers Mario™ and Luigi™ hatch a plan with their new friend Yoshi™ to rescue her. Are the Super Mario Bros’ plans a pipe dream? Can they stop the Koopa King before he forces the Princess to be his bride?!

 

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS · Available Spring 2017

The newest series from THE Legend of Zelda manga creator Akira Himekawa continues the fantastic adventures inspired by the video game of the same name and is set for an English debut in March 2017.

Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards’ power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, Princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light.

VIZ Media also publishes the bestselling The Legend of Zelda manga series and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Small Press Expo Announces the 2016 Ignatz Award Nominees

George HerrimanThe Small Press Expo (SPX) has announced the 2016 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his

The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry. This year’s Ignatz image is by 2015 Promising New Talent winner, Sophia Foster-Dimino.

The nominees for the ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Tony Breed, Summer Pierre, Keiler Roberts, C. Spike Trotman and J.T. Yost., with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX. The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 9:30 P.M.

ComiXology will again be sponsoring the Ignatz Awards.

Congrats to all of the nominees and good luck!

The 2016 Ignatz Award Nominees


Outstanding Artist

  • Daniel Clowes for Patience
  • Ryan Heshka for Mean Girls Club
  • Kevin Huizenga for Ganges
  • Noah Van Sciver for Disquiet
  • Tillie Walden for The End of Summer

Outstanding Anthology or Collection

  • Beverly by Nick Drnaso
  • Beyond: The Queer Sci Fi and Fantasy Anthology edited by Sfé R. Monster and Taneka Stotts
  • The Complete Wimmen’s Comix edited by Trina Robbins
  • Killing And Dying by Adrian Tomine
  • Step Aside Pops by Kate Beaton

Outstanding Graphic Novel

  • Hot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt
  • Nod Away by Josh Cotter
  • Sick by Gabby Schulz
  • Soldier’s Heart by Carol Tyler
  • Trashed by Derf Backderf

Outstanding Story

  • The Hunter by Joe Sparrow
  • Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine
  • “Megg & Mogg In Amsterdam” from Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam and Other Stories by Simon Hanselmann
  • My Hot Date by Noah Van Sciver
  • “Shrine of the Monkey God” by Kim Deitch from Kramers Ergot 9

Promising New Talent

  • Kevin Budnik for Handbook
  • Maia Kobabe for Tom O’Bedlam
  • Sara Lautman for The Ultimate Laugh, Grape Nuts
  • Carolyn Nowak for Radishes
  • Tillie Walden for I Love This Part

Outstanding Series

  • Cartozia Tales edited by Isaac Cates
  • Demon by Jason Shiga
  • Ganges by Kevin Huizenga
  • Megg & Mogg & Owl by Simon Hanselmann
  • Powdered Milk by Keiler Roberts

Outstanding Comic

  • As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman
  • Be Good by John Martz
  • Fantasy Sports No. 1 by Sam Bosma
  • Patience by Daniel Clowes
  • “Shrine of the Monkey God” by Kim Deitch from Kramers Ergot 9

Outstanding Minicomic

  • The Experts by Sophie Franz
  • Laffy Meal by Pranas T. Naujokaitis
  • Maps to the Suns by Sloane Leong
  • Radishes by Carolyn Nowak
  • The Unofficial Cuckoo’s Nest by Luke Healy

Outstanding Online Comic


SPX will be held Saturday, September 17 from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, September 18, noon-6PM at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $15 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday and $20 for both days.

DC Super Hero Girls Gets All Sorts of New Toys

At San Diego Comic-Con DC Super Hero Girls was front and center in many ways with lots of new toys on display and making their debut. Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Batgirl are about to get a whole bunch of friends (and toys based on them).

Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet made its debut. It’ll be available from Mattel this fall.

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Starfire joins the line and flies on to shelves.

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The superheroes get a new size with mini Super Hero Vinyls that features them on their signature items.

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Hot Wheels character cars inspired by the characters in DC Super Hero Girls will be rolling out.

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Finally, Wonder Woman gets a plush figure!

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This is just some of the items that’ll become available over the next months.

BOOM! Studios Heads to Baltimore Comic Con with Exclusives, Talent, and Panels

BOOM! Studios is excited to announce it will exhibit at the 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con, which will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, during the weekend of September 2-4.

BOOM! can be found at booth number #2001 and will host writers and artists Cory Godbey, James Asmus, Goñi Montes, Hope Larson and Matthew Daley all weekend.

The publisher will have two convention exclusives available for purchase at its booth: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #6 and Kong of Skull Island #1. Both covers are illustrated by Dominike “Domo” Stanton, who is a guest of Baltimore Comic-Con.

In addition, the convention will have two BOOM! Studios exclusives available for sale at its merchandise booth: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special with a cover by Eric Powell, and Skybourne #1 by Frank Cho. Both artists are also guests of the convention.

Other BOOM! Studios creators also appearing at Baltimore Comic-Con include Jeremy Bastian, Veronica Fish, JG Jones, Paul Jenkins, Justin Jordan, Jerry Gaylord, David Petersen, Matthew Dow Smith, Charles Soule, Brian Stelfreeze, James Tynion IV, and Mark Waid.

BOOM! will also host the following panels at Baltimore Comic-Con:

BOOM! Studios: Discover New Worlds
Saturday, 9/3/16, 2:45-3:45pm, Room 343-344
Love reading compelling, forward-thinking comics? Interested in finding out how multiple-award-winning top 10 publisher, BOOM! Studios, has spent over a decade committed to telling great stories and nurturing talent? Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing) discusses with creators Hope Larson (Goldie Vance), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), James Asmus (Kong of Skull Island), and Frank Cho (Skybourne) how they explore the ever-changing comics landscape, their newest stories, and the types of projects needed in the industry.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: It’s Morphin Time!
Sunday, 9/4/16, 1:30-2:30pm, Room 343-344
In January, BOOM! Studios launched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a new comic book series based on Saban Brands’ hit ’90s live-action children’s TV series about a group of ordinary teenagers who “morphed” into superheroes to save the world from evil. Join Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing), cover artist Goñi Montes, and Editor Dafna Pleban as they talk about the series, the spinoff Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual, and the everlasting popularity of these “teenagers with attitude.”

 

BOOM! Studios and its creators are nominated for 19 Harvey Awards, whose winners will be announced during a ceremony and banquet held during Baltimore Comic-Con on Saturday evening, September 3rd.

Valiant, CGC and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Celebrate 1 million copies of X-O Manowar

XO_ONE-MILLION_CGC-COPYValiant Entertainment, the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum head to Cadmus publishing plant in Richmond, VA to celebrate the 1,000,000th copy of X-O Manowar sold since the series’ 2012 debut. The 1,000,000th copy will be removed directly from the presses today at Cadmus by Valiant representatives during the printing of the upcoming X-O Manowar #49 and subsequently entrusted to CGC’s renowned team of preservation experts for grading and encapsulation. The one-of-a-kind, 1,000,000th copy – totaling all copies of X-O Manowar sold across print and digital in the United States and abroad since 2012 – will then be placed on display at Baltimore Comic Con 2016 before entering the permanent collection of the Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, MD alongside the world’s rarest and most valuable comic books.

Valiant will also be offering fans at Baltimore Comic-Con 2016 the chance to join in the celebration of X-O Manowar’s 1,000,000th copy sold with the X-O Manowar 1,000,000th Copy Commemorative Seal. Fans who purchase or provide copies of X-O Manowar #49 (any cover) at the Valiant booth (#2008) will be afforded the opportunity to have their copy embossed with an official Valiant 1,000,000th copy seal – designed in honor of X-O Manowar’s legendary achievement and forever commemorating a new milestone in Valiant history – free of charge.

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Valiant’s 2016 Convention Tour Expands to 8 More Conventions

Valiant has announced additional dates for the Valiant 2016 Convention Tour – a months-long, nationwide celebration coming soon to a town near you! Continuing at Toronto’s Fan Expo Canada, Valiant’s one-of-a-kind convention set-up is getting ready to roll into Baltimore; Portland; New York City; San Antonio; and more:

Thursday, September 1st – Sunday, September 4th
Fan Expo Canada

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, CA

Friday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 4th
Baltimore Comic-Con 2016

Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

Saturday, September 10th – Sunday, September 11th
Rose City Comic Con

Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 14th
GameStop Expo 2016

Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

Saturday, September 17th  – Sunday, September 18th
Buffalo Comicon

Buffalo Niagra Convention Center
Buffalo, NY

Thursday, October 6th – Sunday, October 9th:
New York City Comic-Con

Jacob Javits Center
New York, NY

Friday, October 28th – Sunday, October 30th
Alamo City Comic Con

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

Friday, November 11th – Sunday, November 13th
NC Comic Con

North Carolina Convention Center
Durham, NC

The year’s industry-leading celebration of your favorite superheroes takes flight in Toronto, CA at Fan Expo Canada 2016! From Thursday, September 1st through Sunday, September 4th, join Valiant at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for a weekend packed with programming, merchandise, and the best-reviewed comics in the industry!

Visit Booth #838 all weekend long to find out why Valiant has captured the nation’s biggest headlines and highest praise – including an unprecedented 50 Harvey Award nominations – with a complete collection of trade paperbacks and hardcovers featuring Valiant’s world-class roster of superheroes and villains! Then stick around for a universe of high-flying merchandise, including t-shirts and collectibles featuring X-O Manowar, Faith, Bloodshot, and more!

Plus: Get the inside scoop on the most celebrated superhero universe in comics on Friday, September 2nd at 3:45 PM in Room #717 with Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here ­– a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters! You’ve seen the reviews, you’ve heard the buzz… Now find out why Valiant Entertainment has taken fans and critics by storm as the most acclaimed comic book publisher! Join us here for a one-of-a-kind introduction to the largest and most acclaimed independent superhero universe in comics! From X-O MANOWAR and FAITH to BLOODSHOT REBORN and DIVINITY, get the stories behind Valiant’s biggest heroes and find out where to jump on board right here with an in-depth tutorial that’s perfect for new fans!

Then, peek into the unbelievable stories charging towards your favorite superheroes on Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00 AM in Room #713 for Valiant: The Future of Valiant and Beyond! Valiant Entertainment is the most acclaimed publisher anywhere in comics today… Now, find out what’s next for powerhouse series as the future of Valiant starts here with an exclusive round of news and announcements – only at Fan Expo Canada!

As Valiant continues to skyrocket towards the top of the charts, the road to this year’s most exciting announcements, exclusives, and can’t-miss comics begins right here with one of the biggest shows of the year, only at Fan Expo Canada!

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