Archive for July, 2007

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DEVI: A Living Goddess Part 2

July 19, 2007

Cover of Shekhar Kapur’s Devi #4

In a previous post we discussed the phenomenon of Nepal’s living goddess, Kumari Sajani Shakya, since we explore similar themes in our DEVI comic. On July 3rd, Kumari was stripped of her title for defying tradition and traveling to the US to promote an upcoming documentary focusing on the lives of Nepal’s child goddesses. According to latest reports, it appears that she will be reinstated since she has agreed to go through a short “cleansing” ceremony. To see pictures of the child goddess, click here.

Click here to read the entire Devi #1 in widescreen format.

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Win a Free Sadhu Vol. 1 Trade Paperback Signed by Gotham Chopra!

July 12, 2007

The Sadhu returns this month with the launch of a 5-issue miniseries, ‘The Silent Ones‘, written by Saurav Mohapatra, art by R. Manikandan, and edited by Ron Marz. Virgin Comics is giving away 10 free copies of The Sadhu Vol. 1 Trade Paperback signed by Gotham Chopra—Chief Creative Officer and writer of The Sadhu Vol. 1.

Attached below is an image of a real Sadhu—post a caption or title for the image in the comments section of this post to participate. The top ten entries will be announced on July 22, 2007.

Click here to read the The Sadhu #1: Widescreen Edition.

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© medicalmission, 2007. http://www.flickr.com/photos/95585138@N00/286458042/

 Edit: Comments have now closed and winners will be announced shortly.

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Blood, Guts, and Terrorists… Oh My!

July 6, 2007

Okay, I’m not going to pretend that our new book Virulents (see trailer link below) is going to change literature as we know it, but there is a discussion emerging around it from those that have read it or heard the movie pitch evolving from the book. The summary: two military units, one American and one Indian, collide in the Bermuda triangle-like region of Afghanistan (amidst the mountainous Hindu Kush), and are forced to team up when they confront a terrorist-cum-demon. The demon, however, has an unlikely characteristic that makes him an enemy like none these warriors have ever seen. Ultimately, when they start to understand the local lore and the enemy they are up against, they realize there is only one out…

The comic is actually conceived out of an indigenous myth—the story of the blood demon Raktaveej that terrorized the Gods so that they were forced to summon the Goddess Uma who transformed herself into the fearsome Kali to once and for all take care of his menace. There are many morals to the story, some of which, as mentioned, have made their way into ours and feel particularly relevant to the times we find ourselves in.

Namely: be wary of the wars you start and know thy enemy. Today, we’re mired in a war and engaged with an enemy that we clearly don’t fully understand or know how to overcome. We’ve demonized the enemy with the title of terrorist without fully comprehending their powers. We’ve failed to understand that for every one of them that we think we’ve destroyed, we’ve seeded a thousand more (this has direct relevance to the story). And worst of all we’ve convinced ourselves —with the help of suits that work for corporations like Halliburton and Blackwater—that if we stay the course and rely on our archaic American military tradition of more might, we’ll somehow triumph. Ever heard of Gore Vidal’s Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace?

We don’t expect to change the world with our comics. Okay… maybe we do a little. Virulents is full of blood and guts and lives off of the tagline: “What’s the one thing worse than terrorists? Vampire terrorists!!!” And the fact that it’s built upon an actual legend of the East is lost on most readers, as are some of the other implications integrated throughout it. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist or that they are not worth talking about. After all, that’s what great literature is all about…☺

Gotham Chopra
Chief Creative Officer
Virgin Comics

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Pre-order Weston Cage and Nicolas Cage’s Voodoo Child #1

July 4, 2007

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Pre-order your copy of Voodoo Child from Virgin Comic’s online store. Click here for the Ben Templesmith cover and here for the variant by series artist, Dean Hyrapiet. All orders will ship July 11, 2007.

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USA TODAY: Cage and son work comic ‘Voodoo’

July 3, 2007

Check out the link for USA Today’s coverage on Weston Cage & Nicolas Cage’s Voodoo Child (in stores July 11, 2007).

http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2007-07-02-nicolas-cage-comics_N.htm

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