Matthew Klein named Director of Sales for Valiant Entertainment
It's always exciting when members of the comic community get big promotions, and today is no different. Valiant Entertainment have announced that Matthew Klein is their new Director of Sales. That's cool enough on his own, but my favorite detail from the story? He's a former comic shop employee. Working with Valiant as a Sales Manager for the past few years, Klein has used his knowledge of the direct market and relationships with comic shops to broaden Valiant's scope, so he seems a perfect fit for this new role.
Valiant Entertainment Adds Matthew Klein as Director of Sales
Former employee of New York’s famed Forbidden Planet comic book store joins the award-winning publisher
New York, NY (July 5, 2018) – Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce that it has named comics retailer veteran Matthew Klein its Director of Sales. Klein will oversee the publisher’s much-lauded Sales team to actively engage with comic shop owners and assist them in maximizing sales of Valiant’s titles in their stores, including the current HARBINGER WARS 2 crossover event; the much-anticipated BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME; and the recently announced VALIANT BEYOND initiative that includes FAITH: DREAMSIDE in September, BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT in November, LIVEWIRE in December, and INCURSION in February of next year.
“Matthew was with us once before and quickly showed he had a keen aptitude for Sales, from his innovative ideas to his smooth working relationships with store owners,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “I’m happy to welcome him back to lead our Sales team as we look forward to an ambitious slate to close out the year and to an aggressive publishing plan in 2019.”
Klein’s first work in comics was as a Retail Associate at Forbidden Planet in Manhattan, where he would go on to train incoming employees. He joined the Valiant team in November 2014 as a Sales Manager and worked to create awareness within the retailer community for such epic titles as BLOODSHOT REBORN, NINJAK, BOOK OF DEATH, and X-O MANOWAR (2017). While at Valiant, Klein has driven to shops and conventions all over North America, and has likely called your local comic shop multiple times. Klein has also freelanced on behalf of creator-owned projects and for Z2 Comics, and is a founding member of the theater company Reign or Shine Productions.
"I'm incredibly excited to be stepping into this role for Valiant!” said Klein. “Valiant has been, in the three years since I've been a part of this family, a leading voice when it comes to retailer relationships in the industry. Ask a retailer who works the hardest to address their needs and wants, and I would bet my salary that if they've spoken to our team, they'll say Valiant. And there's no slowing down! I can't wait for retailers and fans to see what fantastic new initiatives we have in store for them.”
Congratulations to Matthew for this new opportunity.