If you read my interview with Publisher Fred Pierce then you already knew this was coming, but here are the details of the deal. I think this is huge considering how big the comic fandom is for South America and yet how over looked it is by mainstream comics. The "big two" are practically a year behind with their translations, so if Valiant can pass them I think it will be huge!
Valiant is proud to announce a partnership with HQM Editora, Brazil's premier publisher of Portuguese language comic books and graphic novels, to bring the Valiant Universe to a new generation of fans in South America.
Beginning this May, HQM Editora will launch a new, dedicated line of Valiant releases with the first serialized translations of three of Valiant's best-selling ongoing series in the pages of X-O Manowar Magazine – an oversized monthly anthology re-presenting X-O Manowar by Robert Venditti and Cary Nord; Harbinger by Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans; and Bloodshot by Duane Swierczynski and Manuel Garcia.
Compiling one issue of each series together in HQM's oversized format, the release of X-O Manowar Magazine #1 will mark the first time Valiant's monthly titles have been published in a foreign language since the publisher's much acclaimed relaunch.
After the conclusion of each series' first story arc, Harbinger and Bloodshot will spin-off into a second monthly title, Universo Valiant Apresenta (Valiant Universe Presents), spotlighting the lead-up to Valiant's first crossover event, Harbinger Wars. Trade paperback collections of each translated series are slated for release later in 2013.
"The Valiant team and HQM have been working very closely since we started planning the line. We love the idea of helping Valiant spread worldwide," said Carlos Costa, HQM Editora's Founder and Editor-in-Chief. "Valiant is hot, the type of thing HQM looks for when searching for comics to publish. They're perfect for a new audience and also offer something different for super-hero fans."
"Valiant has some of the best creators and their stories are explosive. There's no strings attached and that will attract people," said HQM Editora Executive Director Artur Tavares.
HQM Editora began publishing in 2006 with the first Portuguese language editions of Robert Kirkman'sThe Walking Dead and Invincible and, in the years since, has produced Portuguese translations of a distinguished array of titles, including Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean's Violent Cases, David Lloyd'sKickback, Todd McFarlane's Spawn, Terry Moore's Strangers in Paradise, and Dave Steven's The Rocketeer.
"Valiant has incredible worldwide recognition and a legion of fans globally," said Russell A. Brown, Valiant's President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales. "This is a perfect first step toward giving those fans the series they've been clamoring for, and the first of many international publishing initiatives that Valiant plans to unveil in the coming year."
For more information on HQM Editora, visit www.hqmeditora.com.br.
For more information on X-O Manowar, Harbinger, and the rest of the Valiant Universe, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, or at ValiantUniverse.com.