The Flying V teams with the world's foremost toasted sandwich to release Valiant comics in Europe in French and Italian.
Source: Press Release
Valiant Entertainment sent out a press release yesterday announcing a partnership with Panini, a form of sandwich toasted on a specialized grill, or panini press. The partnership will create tasty synergy through a brilliant combination of exciting, innovative comics and mouth-watering, melted cheese, and will somehow result in the company exporting translated versions of its comics to Europe. Hey, we don't really understand it either, but Valiant has been on fire lately, so who are we to question their judgment?
"When first thought of the idea to translate our comics to Italian and French and release them over in Europe, I thought, 'man, I'm hungry,'" explained Russell A. Brown, Valiant's President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales. "I decided I wanted Italian, but I wasn't in the mood for pizza."
"It was like three in the afternoon," he continued, "and I thought that was really too early to have a heavy pasta dish, you know?"
Of course. The translated Valiant comics will hit Europe starting in September, with X-O Manowar by Robert Vendetti and Cary Nord and Harbinger by Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans, with more to come in the following months, assuming Europe maintains its appetite. The comics will also be available digitally, through Comixology Europe in France and Amazon and Simplicissimus in Italy. Both physical and digital versions will be toasted to golden brown perfection with just a hint of olive oil.
"I had a nice caprese panini with a little prosciutto and some parmesan," Brown interrupted, making a dramatic kissing motion with his mouth and his fingers.
"Mwaa!" he added.
Here's the press release:
VALIANT and PANINI Partner For Foreign Language Print and Digital Publishing in France, Italy, and Beyond
This fall, the greatest heroes of the Valiant Universe are taking Europe by storm!
Valiant is proud to announce that it has partnered with Panini, Europe's leading publisher of comics and graphic novels, for a new line of foreign language comics, translating Valiant's smash hit monthly series into French and Italian for the very first time.
The first Panini-published issues of X-O Manowar by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord, and Harbinger by New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart and Harvey Award nominee Khari Evans will debut in France and Italy in September/October 2013 with more Valiant series to be added to the publishing roster in subsequent months. Panini will also distribute Valiant's foreign language content digitally with both launch titles being made available as day-and-date digital releases in France via comiXology Europe, Hachette and most major French language e-tailers. In Italy, digital editions of Valiant's Italian language releases will be available through Amazon.it and Simplicissimus.
"Panini is excited at the prospect of being Valiant’s partner in bringing its array of heroes into key markets such as Italy and France, and beyond," said Panini Publishing Director Marco Lupoi. "Valiant stories are an amazing blend of action, adventure, mystery and socio-political intrigue which resonates strongly with the local comic book culture, and mix exciting modern artwork with storylines which defy genre and are able to intrigue readers with bold new storytelling ideas."
"Since day one, getting the Valiant heroes back into the hands of loyal fans in France, Italy and beyond has always been a top priority for Valiant," said Russell A. Brown, Valiant's President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales. "Panini has a fan base and hard-earned reputation that speaks for itself and, with so much quality storytelling to draw upon, Valiant's European fans can look forward to finally engaging with the all-new Valiant Universes in their native languages."
Headquartered in Modena, Italy, the Panini Group is a world leader in the collectibles and trading cards market, as well as one of the leading publishers of children’s magazines and books, comics, manga and graphic novels in both Europe and Latin America. In addition to Valiant, Panini's other international publishing partners include Mattel, Hasbro, Blizzard, Disney, Nickelodeon, Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Viz Media, Image Comics, Kodansha, and many more.
Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 1,500 characters. 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. Valiant’s current titles include X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, and Shadowman with a sixth title – Quantum and Woody – scheduled to debut this July.
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