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Free Comic Book Day Brings a Free Sample of the Comic That Inspired “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

Writer/director Luc Besson’s upcoming sci-fi flick Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) is based on the classic French comic book series  Valerian and Laureline by  Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières. So, what better way to promote the movie than offering a free comic with a preview story for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017?  STXfilms, EuropaCorp, and Cinebook are giving away a 32-page comic book that includes a sample classic story  from  Valerian and Laureline as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes content from the upcoming film.

Cover of the Free Comic Book Day tie in to Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Cover of the Free Comic Book Day tie-in for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

The film’s release and the free comic coincide with the 50th anniversary of the debut of  Valerian and  Laureline. Make sure you hit your local comic book shop on Free Comic Book Day (Saturday, May 6, 2017) and grab yourself a copy. That way, you’ll be ready when the film comes out July 21, 2017.

Valerian - Letter
A letter from writer/director Luc Besson

An exclusive comic book featuring the stories that inspired the upcoming film Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets will be available to fans around the world for free at local comic book stores, on Saturday, May 6, 2017 as part of “Free Comic Book Day,” it was announced today by STXfilms, EuropaCorp, and Cinebook.

In anticipation of the July 21st film release of Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, this 32-page, free issue will feature a preview of the story from the comics that inspired the film, as well as exclusive, behind-the-scenes content from the highly anticipated, summer film developed and produced by EuropaCorp and distributed in the United States by STXfilms.

The original ground-breaking French comic series of Valerian and Laureline published by Les Éditions Dargaud, was created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, and inspired a generation of artists, writers, and filmmakers. Valerian and Laureline  ran for 43 years and is collected in 23 volumes. This year, the series is celebrating its 50th anniversary coinciding with the feature film’s release in July.

“It gives me incredible joy to finally bring to the big screen, 50 years later, the work of comic book creators Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières that originally sparked my imagination and set me on this incredible journey,” said writer/ director Luc Besson. “I look forward to introducing a new generation of fans to the adventures of Valerian and Laureline.”

About  Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets  is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevigne, Clive Owen with Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, and Rutger Hauer. The film is produced by Virginie Besson-Silla. In theaters July 21st!

STXfilms thanks Cinebook and Bliss on Tap who were instrumental in bringing this preview issue to fans on Free Comic Book Day. The 32-page preview issue will be printed at its original, European size. Check with your local comic book shop for more details. Availability is limited. For more information, please visit www.FreeComicBookDay.com.

Paul Cardullo
Paul Cardullo is a North Carolina indy filmmaker and horror fan. His tastes range from art-house horror to low-budget schlock to indie gems to Slovenia killer hillbilly flicks. When not watching films, he helps make them. From actor to boom operator to doughnut wrangler, he makes himself useful wherever he can. Paul believes it is sometimes necessary to suffer for one’s art. He has endured being covered in [censored], having [censored] thrown at him, and spending over a year with muttonchops and a 70’s-style mustache. When not being abused for the sake of his craft, Paul works on computers and watches as many obscure (and not so obscure) movies as he can fit in.
Paul Cardullo
Paul Cardullo is a North Carolina indy filmmaker and horror fan. His tastes range from art-house horror to low-budget schlock to indie gems to Slovenia killer hillbilly flicks. When not watching films, he helps make them. From actor to boom operator to doughnut wrangler, he makes himself useful wherever he can. Paul believes it is sometimes necessary to suffer for one’s art. He has endured being covered in [censored], having [censored] thrown at him, and spending over a year with muttonchops and a 70’s-style mustache. When not being abused for the sake of his craft, Paul works on computers and watches as many obscure (and not so obscure) movies as he can fit in.