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Bad Idea Expands its Idea of Stores to 50 on Launch

Bad Idea seems to have a very good idea going for them. Announced at ComicsPRO, the upstart comic publisher is expanding its first wave of participating retailers from the initial 20 to 50 stores. It begins with ENIAC #1 from Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite in May 2020.

Bad Idea has also announced at ComicsPRO that they’ll be opening registration to every participating ComicsPRO memberwho will be able to enroll on-site to become a Bad Idea Destination Store beginning today during the company’s conference roundtable sessions. Additionally, all participating Bad Idea Destination Store retailer accounts will also be offered a 60% discount and free shipping on all orders.

In order to qualify for participation, each Bad Idea Destination Store must agree to a stringent set of rules and criteria that include:

  • prominent in-store placement for Bad Idea comics
  • some truly galling and gauche promotional displays
  • and strictly enforced “limit one per customer,” street date, pre-order, pricing, and minimum/maximum order and allocation policies for all Bad Idea releases.

Failure to comply with the spirit and/or letter of the rules will result in removal from the program and a well-deserved shaming from your friends, family members, and professional colleagues.

In the event that Bad Idea’s list of approved wave one applicants exceeds 50 stores, retailers may be assigned to the next available wave of admissions. Bad Idea will be working overtime to service each and every one of its trusted retail partners and regularly admitting new stores to the program on a rolling basis. 

That means that each time a new retailer comes on board as a Bad Idea Destination Store anywhere in the world, they’ll be able to access every prior BAD IDEA release in very limited quantities, so, that way the store can start at the beginning.

Non-ComicPRO retailers who wish to participate can continue to email Bad Idea’s customer service team at hello@badideacorp.com

Bad Idea will be kicking things off on May 6th, 2020 with the historic debut of ENIAC #1 –  the monumental, 40-page first issue of Bad Idea’s prestige-format premiere from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt, artistic powerhouse Doug Braithwaite, colorist Diego Rodriguez, and Harvey Award-nominated cover artist Lewis LaRosa.

Eniac #1

ENIAC Kicks Off Bad Idea on May 6, 2020

On May 6th, the arrival of Bad Idea begins with the debut in ENIAC #1 – the oversized, 40-page first issue of 2020’s brain-swelling new series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt, artistic powerhouse Doug Braithwaite, colorist Diego Rodriguez, and cover artist Lewis LaRosa. The series is a prestige-format limited series.

At the height of World War II, the world’s most ingenious minds began a race to create a super-weapon capable of ending the war with the push of a button. One of those projects gave us the atom bomb…and another produced the world’s first supercomputer: ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer)– an immeasurably complex mathematical model that targeted the Axis war machine by calculating missile trajectories and troop deployments.

Everybody knows that. It’s real-life American history.

Or so we were told.

On August 6th, 1945, the United States dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima.

Three days later, a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki… Only President Truman wasn’t the one who gave order.

It was ENIAC.

In the Allies’ determination to end the war, they had accidentally created the world’s first autonomous machine intelligence…which had quickly deduced that one bomb wouldn’t be enough.

But ENIAC’s real plan was only just beginning…

Now, 75 years later, an encrypted countdown has just been detected in Earth’s satellite network and mankind only has three days left before ENIAC launches every weapon in the planet’s nuclear arsenal simultaneously. With few options and even less time, the Secretary of Defense has just given two covert operatives the most important mission in human history: kill ENIAC.

The series launches Bad Idea, the comic publisher with a limited release of series in a limited amount of stores. The comics will feature no variants, will not be released digitally, and won’t be collected into trade paperbacks, hardcovers, or bookshelf formats.

The comics will come in a pristinely designed, prestige-format package featuring deluxe matte-laminate cardstock covers, heavy-duty interior paperstock, and lots of pictures with little words on the inside – all for the standard $3.99 cover price.

The publisher will launch in 20 participating stores and slowly expand into about 50 by the end of the year.

ENIAC #1

Bad Idea Has Some Very Interesting Ideas for the Comic Industry

Yesterday, the new comic publisher Bad Idea was announced and teased. Today, we have more details on what to expect.

Debuting in May 2020, the publisher will release one or two single issues per month in a “pristinely designed, prestige-format package” for $3.99. There will be no variants and the issues will not be released digitally, collected into trade paperbacks, hardcovers, or other “bookshelf formats.” That means there will only be single-issue comics.

But, there’s a catch! The comics won’t be available everywhere. Instead, Bad Idea will self-distribute the series to an initial 20 comic book shop who will qualify based on “a unique system of criteria” that includes extra promotional commitments and a “strictly enforced ‘limit one per customer'” policy for Bad Idea comics, among other stipulations. More retailers will be admitted throughout the year to eventually bring that number up to around 50 stores by the end of 2020.

Megalith

The first series will be ENIAC by Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite. Other projects are coming from Marguerite Bennett, Mae Catt, Joshua Dysart, Tomas Giorello, Eric Heisserer, Jody Houser, Lewis LaRosa, Jeff Lemire, Peter Milligan, Adam Pollina, Robert Venditti, Zeb Wells, and more. In the announcement, Megalith was also teased with a cover by Lewis LaRosa. Projects have been worked on for the past year in “secret.”

First issues will usually be oversized with page counts exceeding the standard 22 pages or feature “hidden features” and other surprises not mentioned in public.

The goal is to get people into comic shops making each release an event.

Bad Idea is the brainchild of the five team members that rebuilt Valiant and developed the forthcoming Bloodshot feature film. Dinesh Shamdasani and Warren Simons will share the roles of Co-CEO & Co-Chief Creative Officer, Hunter Gorinson will serve as Publisher, Joshua Johns will serve as Director of Marketing, and Atom Freeman has returned as a Sales Consultant.

A Bad Idea is Coming to Comics

Bad Idea teaser

It’s been teased for a while but it has been officially announced that Valiant Entertainment veterans Dinesh Shamdasani, Warren Simons, and Hunter Gorinson are returning to comics in 2020. The three have kicked off a new publishing company, Bad Idea.

The announcement today included the above teaser image featuring artwork from several of Bad Idea’s projects.

Announced creators featured in the teaser and working with the publisher include Doug Braithwaite, Tomas Giorello, Lewis LaRosa, and Adam Pollina.

More details are coming soon.

Valaint Reveals Breakthrough, their 2019 Lineup

Breakthrough is a boundary-shattering lineup of new #1s from Valiant Entertainment that will serve as perfect jumping-on points for new fans while expanding the shared universe. Breakthrough offers every reader four new gateways to the rich storytelling of Valiant.

Breaking through this March is the previously announced The Life and Death of Toyo Harada– a heart-wrenching, character-driven tale about the world’s most powerful superhuman facing his final battle – coming from Eisner Award-nominated writer Joshua Dysart and a rotating cast of awe-inspiring artists, including CAFUMico SuayanLewis LaRosa, and Adam Pollina.

The Life and Death of Toyo Harada

From the twisted minds of Cullen Bunn and Adam Gorham comes the debut of Punk Mambo in April. This five-issue limited series, about a British voodoo priestess lurking just outside of New Orleans, unleashes a supernatural adventure with equal parts terror and humor.

Punk Mambo

Fallen World by mastermind writer Dan Abnett and astonishing artist Adam Pollina is a five-issue event series beginning in May that will pull readers into a captivating cyberpunk future unlike any they’ve ever seen before. In the year 4002 AD, the cyborg samurai called Rai will face an impossible battle for the fate of humanity.

Fallen World

The slate races forward with Killers from acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore and energetic artist Fernando Dagnino, a non-stop thrill ride as the deadliest superspies on the planet compete to claim the ultimate prize, coming in July.

Killers

Four new series, four boundary-breaking tales to experience. New fans will love the wide range of stories and genres, while Valiant superfans will make new discoveries about their favorite characters. BREAKTHROUGH will propel Valiant into its breathtaking second half of 2019, featuring surprises, returns, and reveals that longtime fans have been demanding!

Preview: Harbinger Wars 2: Aftermath #1

HARBINGER WARS 2: AFTERMATH #1

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover B by LEWIS LAROSA
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 26

The Valiant Universe will never be the same!

The power’s back online and the fighting is over…but who are the real victors of HARBINGER WARS 2, and what was truly lost in the carnage? For those who survived the terrible onslaught – and who must now witness the devastating aftereffects of their actions – will there ever be peace again?

As the seismic summer event of 2018 comes to a close, Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, ETERNITY) and legendary artist Adam Pollina (X-Force, SECRET WEAPONS #0) sort through the rubble of the most brutal confrontation ever felt in the Valiant Universe – and discover what lies beyond the bloodshed!

Exclusive Preview: Harbinger Wars 2: Aftermath #1

HARBINGER WARS 2: AFTERMATH #1

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover B by LEWIS LAROSA
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA

The Valiant Universe will never be the same!

The power’s back online and the fighting is over…but who are the real victors of HARBINGER WARS 2, and what was truly lost in the carnage? For those who survived the terrible onslaught – and who must now witness the devastating aftereffects of their actions – will there ever be peace again?

As the seismic summer event of 2018 comes to a close, Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, ETERNITY) and legendary artist Adam Pollina (X-Force, SECRET WEAPONS #0) sort through the rubble of the most brutal confrontation ever felt in the Valiant Universe – and discover what lies beyond the bloodshed!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 26 (FOC – 9/5/18)

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #18

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #18

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE with BRIAN THIES
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover B by JIM MAHFOOD
Interlocking Variant by VERONICA FISH
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by RENATO GUEDES
Pre-Order Edition by SHANE DAVIS
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 29th

The executioner’s blade!

Sentenced to die for crimes against the empire, Aric of Dacia and his new comrade, Sabbas, have escaped the gladiatorial arena… only to find themselves in far more dire straits! Centuries before he would become X-O Manowar, can a brasher, younger Aric – sworn to combat the Romans at any cost – outwit and outmaneuver the machinations of the planet’s most powerful civilization… even as death threatens him and the fate of the entire Visigoth nation?

Matt Kindt and Adam Pollina Pick Up the Pieces In Harbinger Wars 2: Aftermath #1 Standalone One-Shot Coming This Fall!

Valiant has revealed a glimpse into Harbinger Wars 2: Aftermath #1 – the breathtaking standalone epilogue by Eisner-Award nominated writer Matt Kindt and comics legend Adam Pollina! On September 26th, as the dust settles on the biggest comics crossover event ever attempted by Valiant, a new future for its most beloved heroes will emerge!

The power’s back online and the fighting is over…but who are the real victors of Harbinger Wars 2, and what was truly lost in the carnage? For those who survived the terrible onslaught – and who must now witness the devastating aftereffects of their actions – will there ever be peace again?

Featuring covers by Raúl Allén, Lewis LaRosa, and Felipe Massafera!

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #17

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #17

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE with RYAN BODENHEIM
Inks by BRIAN THIES
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ with ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (MAY182088)
Cover B by JIM MAHFOOD (MAY182089)
Interlocking Variant by VERONICA FISH (MAY182090)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by BARRY KITSON (MAY182091)
Pre-Order Edition by SHANE DAVIS (JAN188321)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 25th

Prisoner of war!

Shackled against his will and brought forward into the homeland of his enemies, Aric of Dacia – the war-hardened Visigoth who will one day become the unstoppable X-O Manowar – is about to encounter a staggering sight: the city of Rome! Soon, Aric will discover that the capital of history’s most ruthless empire can be far more dangerous than any battlefield… And even if he survives the hidden horrors of the emperor’s dungeon, can he withstand the all-out brutality of the Coliseum?

“BARBARIANS” continues here as the superstar creative team behind DIVINITY – New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (HARBINGER WARS 2) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (ETERNITY) – present a visionary tour de force of swords and savagery!

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