Comic Book/Graphic Novel

The only reason I had gone to this years Warped Tour was for a comic book vendor...

     This years Warped Tour had artwork from my favorite comic book company Valiant Comics. I decided to drive 5 and a half hours to get some free swag at their booth since they have not been at any comic conventions in the south yet.  The comic book store they were working with in Dallas bailed the last moment and they didn't have a booth so I was super upset!   Towards the end of the festival I ran into a guy wearing a Valiant T-Shirt and it was Atom! Freeman the Sales Manager for Valiant Comics.  He was a super cool dude and gave me a big ass bag of Valiant loot.  It was so much fun nerding it out with him for about 30-40 minutes about the direction Valiant is taking.

     The Warped Tour was actually rather fun. Don't get me wrong, there were a lot of really terrible bands but there were some gems in there that made the experience very much worth going to.  T.S.O.L., Watsky, Fire From the Gods, Futuristic, Valient Thorr, Hundredth, and several others made the 45 dollar entry fee worth it even before I got about 100 dollars of Valiant swag.

Graphic Novel recommendation - "The Best We Could Do" from Thi Bui

This graphic novel was a fantastic experience!  I was walking through a book store and the cover caught my eye. After flipping through the pages I immediately was intrigued by it and purchased it.  I do not want to give anything away so I will not try to sell it and tell you all about it. Below is the link to the site of the book and you can check it out if you are looking for something to read.

 

The Best We Could Do

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Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe

     Back in 1992 Jim Shooter, Bob Layton and David Lapham made my SINGLE favorite comic book issue of all time. Rai #0.  This was the FIRST publicly sold #0 comic EVER... (the official first #0 was Harbinger #0 mail-away that you had to cut coupons from books and mail off for) The issue laid down the the time line of the ENTIRE VALIANT UNIVERSE... It was like listening in on a Valiant team meeting or something... Hearing all the secrets of the Universe!  

   On June 14th Valiant will be releasing RAI #1 The History of the Valiant Universe as a map of the new Valiant Universe.  EVERYTHING Valiant Entertainment has done with Rai has been great and I highly suggest checking it out if you are looking for a Marvel or DC replacement.

More information soon to be at their official site http://www.valiantentertainment.com/