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Valiant and Hastings Team Up to Teach the Craft of Comics

Posted on September 3, 2015 at 8:23 am by Tyler Waterman

Love comics, but wish you knew more about what went into making them? Or are you familiar with the process, and looking for a chance to break into the business yourself? Valiant is teaming up with major retailer Hastings to offer the chance to do both!

Valiant will be live-streaming four workshops nationwide in Hastings locations throughout September and October, each focused on one of the major components in the comic-making process. (No love for letterers is a bit disappointing, considering bad lettering will kill a book that’s great everywhere else, but nice to see inking and coloring getting some respect.) Everyone who attends will receive a free The Craft of Comics workbook, and after the program ends, fans can enter the Craft of Comics Contest, where one lucky winner will get his own work published in an upcoming Valiant title.

All in all, it’s a very cool idea, and a great way to pick the minds of some of Valiant’s extremely talented creators. Will you be attending one (or all) of these workshops? Let us know in the comments, and good luck in the contest!

Hastings and Valiant Entertainment Team for “The Craft of Comics” – A Weekly Workshop Hosted Live Nationwide
Win Your Chance at the Ultimate Prize…Become a Valiant Comic Artist

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Hastings stores across the nation have joined forces with award-winning comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment for “The Craft of Comics” – a groundbreaking comic book workshop live-streaming with live audience Q&A for four weeks this fall. The month-long in-store event will launch Saturday, September 19th and continue every Saturday through October 10th.

Broadcasting live into more than 140 Hastings locations nationwide, each installment of “The Craft of Comics” will feature a live tutorial with an all-star Valiant creator as they detail the practice and principles underlying one of the four key disciplines involved in the creation of comics: writing, penciling, inking, and coloring.

Each Hastings guest will receive a free exclusive “The Craft of Comics” workbook produced by Valiant Entertainment to create and refine their skills over the course of the four-week workshop. Inspired guests can then enter “The Craft of Comics” contest, where one lucky contestant will emerge victoriously and earn immortal bragging rights by having his or her work published in an upcoming Valiant comic.

Creators scheduled to stream live during the workshop include:

WEEK ONE – WRITING:
James Asmus (Writer, Quantum and Woody)
September 19th at 6pm ET (5pm CT, 4pm MT, 3pm PT)

WEEK TWO – PENCILING:
Clayton Henry (Artist, Archer & Armstrong)
September 26th at 5pm ET (4pm CT, 3pm MT, 2pm PT)

WEEK THREE – INKING:
Ryan Winn (Inker, Divinity)
October 3rd at 5pm ET (4pm CT, 3pm MT, 2pm PT)

WEEK FOUR – COLORING:
David Baron (Colorist, Bloodshot Reborn)
October 10th at 7pm ET (6pm CT, 5pm MT, 4pm PT)

Contact your local store that will be participating in these events regarding streaming times and other details. Come ready for fun weekends of learning invaluable comic skills and experiencing your exclusive chance to become a published comic book artist! Visit www.goHastings.com/Valiant for more information.

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About Hastings

Hastings is a leading multimedia entertainment retailer that combines the sale of new and used books, videos, video games and CDs, as well as trends and consumer electronics merchandise, in a superstore format.

About Valiant Entertainment

Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 81 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Today, the company’s characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. In 2015, Valiant announced a multi-picture deal to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films. Visit Valiant online at ValiantUniverse.com.

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