New York, NY (June 19, 2019) – Valiant Entertainment is excited to announce that LIVEWIRE writer Vita Ayala will join the award-winning publisher at the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, to be held June 20-25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Centre in Washington, DC. Attendees will be able to find Ayala and Valiant representatives at the Diamond Books area, booth #3833.
The ALA Annual Conference is an annual gathering of publishers, authors, exhibitors, librarians, teachers, bookstore owners, and more to showcase new titles, products, and services. It is not open to the general public. Valiant will have sample single issues available to give away, plus Ayala will be on hand at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 22nd and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 23rd to sign copies of their title, LIVEWIRE.
Amanda McKee, a.k.a. Livewire, is a machine-controlling psiot (a human that has evolved, mind-based powers) trained by the Harbinger Foundation to be the next generation of leadership her people need. In her first solo comic book series, seeking to protect other vulnerable super-powered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout, causing untold devastation. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be…or will she be one at all? LIVEWIRE VOL. 1: FUGITIVE collects LIVEWIRE issues #1-4.
Vita Ayala will also take part in the following ALA panel on Friday, June 21st:
GNCRT Friday Discussion Forum – Social Justice and Comics
Art and Activism: The Rich History of Comics and Social Justice
Social justice in comics has a rich history and tradition that carries into the present. Creators confronting and questioning social issues and politics in graphic form brings subjects to audiences who may not have been exposed to the topics before. This panel brings comics creators together to discuss their perspectives on using comics and graphic novels as a way to address social justice topics.
Friday, June 21st
Friday Forum full runtime: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Art & Activism start time: 1:45 pm – 3:00pm
Washington Convention Center, Room 152B
For ALA tickets and more information, visit 2019.alaannual.org.
Vita Ayala is a queer, Afro-Latinx writer out of New York City, where they live with their wife and cat sons. They have written for DC, Dark Horse, Image, and Valiant Comics, and have creator-owned work through Black Mask Studios (THE WILDS) and Vault Comics (SUBMERGED). They’re non-stop, like Hamilton!
About Valiant Entertainment
Valiant Entertainment, a subsidiary of DMG Entertainment, founded by Dan Mintz, is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns and controls the third most extensive library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC. With more than 80 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. For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com. For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.