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Sometimes It Takes A Bad Idea For The Future To Be Bright…

If you missed the news, the new comic book company Bad Idea released the first press release identifying how they intend to release their comics. I’ll put a link to the Graphic Policy article here that’ll give you more detail if you haven’t read it, but effectively what we’re looking at is a company who intend to ignore the current distribution method in comics, so Diamond, and instead self-distribute to twenty hand-picked stores (with intention to increase that to fifty by the end of the year). There will be no digital comics, there will be no trade paperbacks. There will also be no variant covers, with each comic being limited to one per customer.

This news has been met with anger, disappointment, optimism, excitement and every other reaction you’re thinking right now that’s going to come from comic fans shocked that they probably won’t be able to get the comics at their regular stop with some stating that it’s a bad idea to go this route. I’ll admit to being disappointed by the news in the press release until I read this interview on Multiveristy Comics with Dinesh Shamdasani, Warren Simons and Hunter Gorinson. The three are all former Valiant employees who were forced out or left after the investment firm DMG purchased the company. After the quality of the Valiant books under their watch, I was intrigued and excited by what they may have up their sleeves with Bad Idea

The above interview with the three reminded me of one of the most exciting things in comics – the hunt for a certain issue. It isn’t a coincidence that I have been slowly building various runs of comics without using online retailers; because hunting in bins has an appeal for me that I can’t quantify.

Dinesh hinted during the interview that the comics will be available online, though perhaps not officially, and he danced around the sad truth that people pirate comics and unfortunately that is a reality these days. It shouldn’t be, but that’s a rant for another day.

By selecting just twenty shops (to start) to sell their comics, Bad Idea is encouraging those of us (yes us, because I know damn well I’ll be one of them) to find ways to get the issues. The list of shops won’t be a secret, which implies the shops must be willing to ship the comics to those outside of reasonable driving distance, which will, in turn, drive the business of certain shops. If Bad Idea becomes a phenomenon then this could, in turn, drive people into comic shops that otherwise wouldn’t step into our world.

I understand the anger and disappointment people are feeling, though. I understand that you want to be able to order these books as you would your normal pull list. But being free of Diamond’s rigid distribution system means the creative teams are free to tell a story in 27 pages or 33. It means they can be late if the book isn’t ready without rushing out a subpar issue that won’t satisfy the fans. It means more money in the pockets of the people putting out the books.

By circumventing the traditional methods of distribution Bad Idea has gotten themselves a lot of people talking about a company who has barely revealed a full page of comics. They’re a company with some of the very best writers and artists who have been given the freedom to create what I’m sure will be some of the best comics we’ll ever read. You may or may not agree – but I have faith in Dinesh Shamdasani, Warren Simons, Hunter Gorinson and the amazing talent that they have accrued around them. I will find a way to get these books because I have faith in the people putting them out, and I want to support them – and at the very least the fact I have to work to get them is strangely exciting for me.

If you just want to read the books, you’ll find a way. But if you want to be a part of what could be the next step in comics… it may just take a Bad Idea for the future to be bright in comics.


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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.

Preview: Shadowman (2018) #2

SHADOWMAN (2018) #2

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Lettering by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC (FEB181885)
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES (FEB181886)
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (FEB181888)
Shadowman Icon Variant by BEN TEMPLESMITH (FEB181889)
Pre-Order Edition by RAÚL ALLÉN (JAN182006)
Blank Cover Also Available (FEB181887)
Editor WARREN SIMMONS
Assistant Editor BENJAMIN PETERSON
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale APRIL 25th

Baron Samedi calls!

Jack Boniface has only just returned home to New Orleans…but the Deadside won’t let him stay gone! From across the veil of life and death, the malignant presence of Baron Samedi – a ravenous voodoo deity bent on consolidating power at all costs – now seeks to infiltrate the mortal plane and claim the legacy of Shadowman for himself! But even as Jack and Alyssa marshal a defense to Samedi’s inhuman agenda, a monstrous new force – driven by killer instinct and a rabid hatred of the Shadowman – is about to turn the Big Easy’s back alleys into a hunting ground…

“FEAR OF THE DARK” stalks forward as superstar writer Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One) and incendiary artist Stephen Segovia (NINJAK) bring a hard-hitting reckoning of magic and might to Valiant’s must-read new series launch of 2018!

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #13

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #13 

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Ryan Bodenheim
Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover A by Lewis Larosa (JAN182024)
Cover B by Giuseppe Camuncoli (JAN182025)
Interlocking Variant by Ariel Olivetti (JAN182026)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by Howard Chaykin (JAN182027)
Pre-Order Edition by Ryan Bodenheim (OCT171928)
Editor: Warren Simons Assitant Editor: David Menchel
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale MARCH 28th

This means war!

The alien-armored warrior called X-O Manowar once commanded the most formidable army the alien world of Gorin had ever known. Now, his comrades have been forsaken, his crown has been commandeered, and his power has been rejected by the very subjects he once ruled. But he still has his sword…and a never-ending furnace of fury drawn from deep within…

The end of X-O Manowar’s year-long conquest at the farthest reaches of the Valiant Universe draws near – and a powerful new beginning awaits – as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (ETERNITY) and astonishing artist Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead) unleash the final reckoning of “VISIGOTH”!

Preview: Shadowman (2018) #1

SHADOWMAN (2018) #1

Story: Andy Diggle Art: Stephen Segovia
Color: Ulises Arreloa Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover A by Tonci Zonjic (JAN182001)
Cover B by Renato Guedes (JAN182002)
Interlocking Variant by Juan José Ryp (JAN182003)
Shadowman Icon Variant by Travel Foreman (JAN182003)
Brushed Metal Glow-in-the-Dark Variant by Tonci Zonjic (JAN182005)
Pre-Order Edition By Raúl Allén (JAN182006​)
Editor: Warren Simons Assistant Editor: Benjamin Peterson
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MARCH 28th

DON’T FEAR YOUR DEMONS… FIGHT THEM!

Orphaned as a child and raised on the margins of society, Jack Boniface never knew his place in the world. Until he discovered it waiting for him… in a darkness far older than the reign of men…

Unbeknownst to him, Jack was fated to become the next in a long lineage of Shadowmen – mortals bound to violent voodoo spirits of immense power – that could safeguard our world against incursions from realms beyond.

For years, he struggled to control the loa’s murderous urges – a battle he eventually lost.

But now, after years of self-imposed exile, the man once known as Shadowman is returning home to sharpen the weapon within…and unleash a reckoning on the evils of our world that will soon send shockwaves through heaven and hell alike…

In the epic tradition of X-O MANOWAR and BLOODSHOT REBORN, Shadowman storms to the forefront of the Valiant Universe – more powerful, more terrifying, and more relentless than ever before – in an adrenaline-fueled ongoing series from superstar writer Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One, The Losers) and high-octane artist Stephen Segovia (Action Comics)!

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #7

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #7

Written & Art by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by JEFF LEMIRE and RENATO GUEDES
Lettering by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by JEFF LEMIRE (JAN182007)
Cover B by RAÚL ALLÉN (JAN182008)
Cover C by RENATO GUEDES (JAN182009)
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE (JAN182010)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by BOB LAYTON (JAN182011)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
Editor WARREN SIMONS
Assistant Editor BENJAMIN PETERSON
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale MARCH 7th

Master storyteller Jeff Lemire takes the helm for the year’s most terrifying, most memorable special issue – told entirely in PITCH-BLACK DARKNESS!

Deployed into the demonic realm called Deadside in search of a cure for his ailing infant daughter, Bloodshot has lost the one sense he needs most to navigate the land of the dead: his sight. Blinded with only his four-legged ally, Bloodhound, to aid him, Ray Garrison must fight onward as one man against the darkness – even as he is beset from all sides by a horde of inhuman entities that crave only death, suffering, and slaughter…

Told in total darkness from Bloodshot’s point of view, “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD” enters uncharted territory with a seminal experiment in storytelling written and staged by Eisner Award-winning visionary Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Animal Man)!

Valiant Announces #ValiantSummit

valiant summitValiant Entertainment and Twitter have announced the first-of-its-kind #ValiantSummit – an exclusive panel presentation streaming live from Twitter headquarters in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday, June 30th at 3 pm EDT/12 noon PDT. Join writer Robert Venditti, writer Jen Van Meter, Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons, and Director of Marketing, Communications & Digital Media Hunter Gorinson for an hour of news, announcements, and live Q&A, streaming exclusively on the Periscope app at @ValiantComics.

New to Valiant comics? Then start here with a round of Valiant 101 as the #ValiantSummit panel presents a comprehensive introduction to Valiant’s groundbreaking superhero universe and the origins of its greatest heroes, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Ninjak, Divinity, and more. Then, the first official #ValiantSummit continues with revelations about the publisher’s upcoming Book of Death summer event series by writer Robert Venditti and artists Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite; exclusive first word on upcoming series and special events coming in late 2015 and beyond; and questions and answers, live from fans around the world submitted via Twitter.

Periscope is a live video streaming app for iOS and Android. Simply download the Periscope app, create a new user log-in or use your Twitter log-in credentials, and visit @ValiantComics to watch the #ValiantSummit panel presentation live from San Francisco.

Valiant is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015 and bringing out all the stops with fun announcements, and innovative marketing initiatives like this one. It’s great to see the company embracing technology like this and using it to get the word out and create some excitement.

Valiant Entertainment Promotes Executive Editor Warren Simons to Editor-in-Chief

Warren SimonsValiant Entertainment has promoted Executive Editor Warren Simons to the position of Editor-in-Chief. Simons joined Valiant in 2011, and has overseen the relaunch of the resurgent publisher’s comic book line with an array of best-selling, critically acclaimed series including X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, Unity, Rai, and more.

In his new role as Editor-in-Chief, Simons will continue to preside over all day-to-day operations of Valiant’s editorial department, and manage Valiant’s growing editorial team. Additionally, Simons will also continue to edit a stable of Valiant’s flagship series and special projects, including Rai, Unity, Harbinger, X-O Manowar, and this summer’s Armor Hunters crossover event.

Simons spent seven years at Marvel Entertainment, revitalizing some of the publisher’s classic properties to great critical and commercial success. Simons’ credits during this time included Invincible Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Immortal Iron Fist, and Sensational Spider-Man – titles which garnered numerous Eisner and Harvey Award nominations.

During his tenure at Valiant thus far, Simons’ co-architected the hugely successful revival of the Valiant Universe – the third largest library of its kind in comics – beginning with X-O Manowar #1 in 2012. Selling in excess of 50,000 copies, the issue ranked as one of the year’s best-selling new series from an independent publisher, and was followed in quick succession by the “Summer of Valiant” – a slate of new ongoing titles, including Harbinger, Bloodshot, and Archer & Armstrong, that each debuted to rave reviews and sold-out status.

After multiple awards and nominations, including a 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Publisher of the Year, Valiant forged even farther in 2013 with the debut of its first crossover event, Harbinger Wars, and the release of Unity #1 by writer Matt Kindt and artist Doug Braithwaite – the year’s highest charting debut  issue from a non-premier publisher with sales in excess of 70,000 copies. Just this past May, Valiant followed up with “Valiant First” – an all-new line of titles led by the smash-hit ongoing series, Rai, and its biggest crossover event to date, Armor Hunters.

Congrats Warren!

 

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