The joy in what I do is mostly creativity. I think creativity is an ecstatic impulse that we all have. And there’s nothing more joyful than having a moment of creative insight and actually creating . . . or rather manifesting or incarnating your creative insight into actual, physical reality. The struggle is part of the creative process, and it’s very enjoyable to have the struggle. Without the struggle, there would be no joy in creativity. The one thing that is not enjoyable is if you get attached to the outcome. And if you’re constantly looking for approval and you are not immune to criticism, then you are in trouble and you will continue to be struggling and never find the creative impulse.
Archive for February, 2008
The nominations are now open for the 2008 Eagle Awards and among other Virgin titles, our very own Dan Dare is in the running in multiple categories! Be sure to cast your vote for Dan Dare in Favorite Color Comicbook – American, Favorite New Comicbook, Favorite Comics Hero and Favorite Comics Villain (for The Mekon).
Also, don’t forget to nominate your other favorite Virgin Comics titles and creators. You’ll find the following Virgin talent listed in the pull-down menu of nominees in various categories, but don’t forget that you can write in ANYBODY.
Favorite Comics Writer: Garth Ennis, Mike Carey
Favorite Comics Writer/Artist: Bryan Talbot
Favorite Comics Artist: Pencils: Michael Gaydos
Favorite Comics Artist: Inks: Gary Erskine
Favorite Colorist: Laura Martin
Too bad they don’t have a category for sexiest demon slayer…
Jonathan Mostow, director of Terminator 3 and U-571, talks about his latest creation for Virgin Comics’ Director’s Cut line, The Megas.
“The great thing about the graphic novel medium is you can draw it. I can sit there and try to explain it to you, but when you see the image I think it has a kind of certain power to that image,” Mostow says. “I get to communicate what’s cool about the idea and compelling about the idea in a way that’s more compelling than writing about it or a phone call with me talking about it.”
That was especially key when the underlying concept is as abstract as it is in “The Megas.” “The idea is an intellectual idea and if you start to explain it people think it sounds like a thought experiment from some eighth-grade social studies class,” he says. “But if you draw it, if you see the White House re-envisioned as a palace, and you see these iconic architectural archetypes like the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument re-imagined as trappings and symbols of power of a monarchy, there’s some thing very compelling about those images that I think can create an emotional feeling the viewer or reader.”
Head over to Variety’s Bags and Boards blog to read the entire story.
From the visionary director of Terminator 3, Jonathan Mostow, enter the world of The Megas.
Beautiful. Powerful. Better.
What would life be like if America wasn’t a democracy? What if our founding fathers were a group of powerful men from a unique race whose only purpose was to ensure the continuity of their own reign? Fast-forward 230 years to today, and we have found ourselves entrenched in a totalitarian society, where inferior commoners are governed by the powerful “Megas”.
The Megas follows Detective Jack Madison’s race-against-the-clock investigation to uncover secrets behind the mysterious sex-fueled suicide of a Prince in The Megas royal family. Meanwhile, the King is on his deathbed and society is bracing for the inevitable chaos that will surely ensue once he dies. As one controversial truth after another is revealed, Detective Madison finds himself entrenched in lies, corruption and power struggles.
Buy Issue #1 from the Virgin Comics Store to get free shipping on this book.
In this issue, James Jensen, the British soldier who became a mystic warrior, and his mysterious ally Trishanku launch an all-out attack on the stronghold of the Silent Ones in a desperate effort to save Jensen’s son. But even as they breach the outer defenses of the cult’s fortress, Jensen and Trishanku realize that the devious Grand Mistress has sprung a trap that might forever change the very fabric of this world and beyond!
Thanks to all for participating in the Shadow Hunter blog contest and exclusive Dan Dare newsletter contest last week. Based on the tremendous response, the newsletter contests are going to be a regular feature so to get your chance to win comics and other exclusives by signing up for the Virgin Comics Newsletter. Here are the lucky winners!
Dan Dare contest:
Shadow Hunter contest:
Jenna Jameson’s Shadow Hunter has been getting a lot of online coverage and sites have had varying approaches to Jenna’s comic. Here are some of our favorite headlines so far:
Jenna Jameson and Richard Branson’s Mound of Goodness
Check out Jenna Jameson’s Shadow Hunter trailer featured as Video of the Day at AskMen.com.
The fans have spoken! Jenna Jameson’s Shadow Hunter #1 is selling out in comic shops around the country. The Greg Horn cover in particular seems to be the toughest to get a hold off. But have no fear, we still have copies at the Virgin Comics Store, as well as the other two variants and limited edition lithographs.
Since its Friday and we’re feeling generous, the first 3 fans to send an email to email@example.com with “Shadow Hunter” in the subject win all three covers of Shadow Hunter #1.
(Contest open to US residents only. Please include your address in the body of the email)
Also, there is still plenty of time to enter the Shadow Hunter FAMILY FROM HELL contest. All you have to do is submit videos, pictures, or stories explaining why your family is from hell, and the grand prize winner will be drawn into the graphic novel edition of Jenna Jameson’s Shadow Hunter by acclaimed artist Greg Horn. No word yet on how badly the winner’s butt will get kicked by the Shadow Hunter! Other prizes include Jenna Jameson-signed lithographs and a collection of graphic novels from Virgin Comics.