What Do I Need to Know About Valiant Comics or "Why Does That Goat Have Laser Vision?"
Inside a Comics Writers' Retreat: "Who's There, What Gets Done, and Why Haven't You Answered Our Question about the Goat?"
"What Are You Even Talking About, What Does This Have to Do With the Goat From Before?"
The 2015 Valiant Retreat was held in New York City, where Valiant is headquartered and hosted its publishing and editorial team and writers from all over the country.
As they don't see each other very often, and they were also spending a weekend in New York City, some of them may or may not have made references to being a little hungover.
"I Haven't Read Comics In A While — Why Start Again Now? (and Why Valiant?)"
The Valiant Universe is still new enough and small enough that you could catch up on ALL of it if you wanted to.
Valiant is a Universe Where Anything Can Still Happen.
There are a bunch of Valiant #1 issues on comics stands right now.
Your local comic shop can help you find more — and if you haven't been in a comics shop in a while, you can find the one nearest you by punching your zip code into comicshoplocator.com. Comic book arcs are collected into trade paperbacks, or "trades," that usually contain four to six issues, comprising a complete story. (These are sometimes also referred to as graphic novels, which isn't totally accurate, but anyone who corrects you is just being difficult.)
If an individual comic book is like one episode of TV, then a trade paperback is a binge-watch.
The first volume trade paperbacks of most Valiant titles are less than $10 on Amazon. That's a complete story told over four issues of comics in a bookshelf-friendly paperback that fits in your messenger bag.
comiXology is iTunes For Comics On Your iPad.
Right down to the goofy capitalization of their name. If you have an iPad or Android tablet (or whatever), you can set up an account at comixology.com and download a comic for your commute that morning, just like you would a podcast.
The comiXology app for the iPhone also breaks panels down for "guided viewing" — breaking down the individual panels and word balloons so that you read them in the correct sequential order for maximum clarity and effect. Basically it's the perfect training wheels for non-comics readers whose eyes go out of focus when they look at a double-page spread of everyone punching everyone and have no idea what order they're supposed to read the word balloons in.
Another great option is the Humble Bundle — a pay-what-you-want DRM-free digital comics seller that curates "bundles" of themed comics (like say 110 digital issues of Valiant comics). Your payment is split, however you choose, between the publishers, the operators of Humble Bundle and selected charities, like WaterAid and The Red Cross. It's like something out of a utopian future.
Digital comics also means keeping your home free of clutter (although comics on your coffee table remain the world's best conversation starter and, probably, aphrodisiac).