Valiant Entertainment will join this year’s Warped Tour

“This is definitely the most integrated collaboration of anything we’ve ever done. Show Full Article Musicians, especially the ones we work with, seem to have an affinity for video gaming and comic books, so once they start seeing the art I think they’ll get really excited. Them being able to be out on the road with us will allow us to put some cool stuff together. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them ask to get a couple guitars laminated with this art.”
To hear Valiant and Warped executives tell it, this partnership was a natural fit. “One of the things Kano told   us he was really excited about, was he felt this was a great fit because the Warped Tour is so eclectic in the music they bring to their tour, and Valiant is very eclectic in the kinds of characters we have and the genres we tap into,” Valiant CEO   Dinesh Shamdasani says. In fact, Valiant is even planning a custom Keep a Breast-focused   comic starring Faith, set to launch sometime during the tour. We have to talk to Kevin about these things.”
Valiant’s appearances on the tour will also benefit the company’s ongoing charitable partnership with the nonprofit Keep a Breast Foundation, dedicated to educating   young people around the world about breast health and support. As shown in the initial poster by Valiant artist Kano (above), the tour’s wide range of music is a good match for Valiant’s own diverse array of characters, who range from the nanite-enhanced killing machine Bloodshot to the body-positive telekinetic superhero Faith. Valiant’s robust arsenal of comic book superheroes – including Bloodshot, Faith, Ninjak, X-O Manowar, and more – will feature heavily on Warped merchandise and posters as part of this year’s “comic book” theme. “We’ve been talking to other artists in our stable and they’re all incredibly excited. The Warped Tour has 41 dates this year, set to begin June 16 in Seattle and end Aug. “We’ve never had a comic partner for the artwork before,” Warped founder Kevin Lyman tells EW. Valiant will bring a mobile comic book art installation and appearances by major comics creators to select stops on the tour, but both partners are hard at work figuring out new ways to bring their collaboration to tour stops and help fans participate. We’ve been talking about how we can build a live element into what we do – potentially create a comic book cover live at the Warped Tour and maybe photograph it there so fans can share the experience in stores. In an unprecedented partnership, the Vans Warped Tour is teaming up with Valiant Entertainment for this year’s festival. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, March 22 at 10 a.m. 6 in California. local time, and the full lineup will be released later that day at 6 p.m. Everyone knows the Warped Tour, some of them have been to it, so they’re all vying to come out and do something there. Though this is the Warped Tour’s 23rd year, it’s the first time a comic publisher has joined the touring roster like this. EST.