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Valiant to "Yes And" All Through Out Valiant Summit

Written by Gavin D. on Wednesday, May 11 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

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The publisher has been hard at work practicing character building techniques.

Source: Press Release

Valiant comics has announced their annual Valiant Summit. The even will take place on May 17th in the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. The theater, founded by comedy legends Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts, has long been home to some of the best improvisational comedy, but it has never been known for comic books.

Dinesh Shamdasani, CEO and Chief Creative Office of Valiant, said the idea came to him after participating in some entry level improv courses. "It was really great," said Shamdasani, "It really built up some cohesion. Great team building exercise and a lot of fun."

Shamdasani, with the assistance of Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons and Marketing Director Hunter Gorrison, will be leading a live streamed panel announcing upcoming comics through improvised scenes. The Outhouse was allowed to sit in and report on Valiant's improv rehearsal:

Dinesh Shamdasani and Warren Simmons stand before an empty auditorium, getting a feel for the stage. Hunter Gorrison stands to the side with a buzzer. Shamdasani explains the game to the imaginary crowd.

"Now we're going to play a game called New Choice. The ways this game works is that Warren and I will act out a scene, and whenever we say something that Hunter doesn't like he'll press his buzzer and say..."

"New choice!" cries Hunter Gorrison.

Shamdasani continued, "We will then have to say something else, and the scene will continue with the new choice."

Simmons steps forward and speaks to the room, "What we need from you is a suggestion of a Valiant title that you'd like to hear more about. Any title at all." Warren lets the silence hang before crying out, "War Mother! Great suggestion."

Simmons and Shamdasani hang their heads for a moment to signify that they are beginning a scene.

"Hey, Dinesh. How've you been?" Simmons says with a smile.

"Warren! Hey. I've been well. Just busy working." Shamdasani responds.

"Really? What have you been working on?" Simmons asks.

Shamdasani spreads a big smile across his face and says, "A new book called War Mother-"


"New choice!" yells Gorrison.

Shamdasani then breaks character and with a scowl on his face turns to Gorrison. "Dammit, Hunter! How many times have I told you? You can't 'new choice' the give!"

I later leave while the men argue over who is and isn't "Yes and"ing enough. The official press release is attached below.



With summer just around the corner, Valiant and New York's renowned Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre are teaming up for an exclusive live presentation revealing a massive round of breaking news for the largest independent superhero universe in comics!

Valiant is proud to announce its second annual live-streaming media event with #VALIANTSUMMIT 2016 – an exclusive panel presentation broadcasting live from the UCB Theatre East in New York City on Tuesday, May 17th at 2 pm EDT/11 am PDT. Featuring a slate of major news and announcements for Valiant's celebrated publishing line and more, #VALIANTSUMMIT 2016 will feature appearances by superstar writers Jody Houser (FAITH), Matt Kindt (4001 A.D., DIVINITY II), Rafer Roberts (A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and Fred Van Lente (4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER) alongside Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons, and Director of Marketing, Communications & Digital Media Hunter Gorinson.

For more than a year, readers worldwide have speculated about top-secret, oft-rumored new projects like BRITANNIA, SAVAGE and PSI-LORDS...and what's coming next for Valiant's most indelible icons: X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER, SHADOWMAN, and more. Fans got their first tease on Free Comic Book Day 2016... Now, get ready to find out the answers as an all-star panel of guests pull back the curtain on Valiant's plans for 2016 and beyond, only at #VALIANTSUMMIT 2016!

Follow all of #VALIANTSUMMIT 2016's news and announcements as they happen with an exclusive live stream on the Periscope app at @ValiantComics or via Valiant's roster of broadcast partners, including VariantComics, Comicstorian, ComicsExplained, and ComicPOP. And join the conversation on Twitter at the official @ValiantComics account or follow along with live coverage throughout #VALIANTSUMMIT 2016 from the industry's leading press outlets!

Plus: Look for a series of exclusive post-game recaps of all of #VALIANTSUMMIT 2016's events with interviews, analysis, extras, and more from Variant Comics, Comicstorian, and a host of the hottest YouTube personalities in comics today.


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About the Author - Gavin D.

Gavin Dillinger exists in a constant state of restlessness as he runs between two jobs and spends every spare moment writing articles or scripts. He has also perfected the art of being simultaneously dead tired and jacked on coffee, and is the best-selling author of When is the Right Age to Tell Your Highway It's Adopted. Gavin graduated Cum Laude from MTSU and should probably get a real job. You can follow him on Twitter or see a random thought on tumblr once every three five months.

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