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Dinesh Shamdasani Explores the World of Valiant Ent. at NY Comic Con

With attendance numbers at over a hundred thousand, New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Center is an event that is so massive that it’s easy to get completely swept up and miss some of the finer details. But we at Film Festival Traveler wanted to take the time to give you some one-on-one with some great minds from the world of comics, both old and new and we are presenting a series of video interviews with some of the talented people that make events like NY Comic Con worth going to.

New York’s Valiant Entertainment began in the early 90’s when Marvel editors Jim Shooter and Bob Layton broke away to start a new kind of comic imprint founded on independent and artistic principles by and for creators. After generating a stable of offbeat but memorable heroes like Rai, Bloodshot, Quantum & Woody, and XO Manowar, Valiant suffered some turbulent years, which included a buyout by video game developer, Acclaim Entertainment, until 2004 when Acclaim shut down.

In 2005 Dinesh Shamdasani, an entrepreneur, and former Marvel president Peter Cuneo, purchased Valiant. Shamdasani has revitalized the company and brought back favorite Valiant characters along with new creations. Unveiled at NYCC, the super-event The Valiant, coming out in December 2014 by Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera is garnering attention and is purported to be both a major story for all Valiant books, but also a good launching point for new fans.  Shamdasani has helped make Valiant rise from the ashes and he took a moment to speak with us about this all new, all singing, and all dancing Valiant Entertainment and where it’s going.

Video by Rishi Gandhi.

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