Comic Critique recently released their Year In Review awards, and we’re proud to announce that Virgin Comics was well represented. We’re especially excited about winning the Rookie Juggernaut Award!
Rookie Juggernaut Award: Virgin Comics
If we’re nearing an Indian Century then a Virgin Age of Comics will fit right in. Grounded in the culture of the country the world is watching and wise to the essence of comics quality, the folkloric goldmine and pantheon of talent this company had to draw on positioned it well for an extensive young line of non-spandex adventures that feel both rooted and refreshing. Few imprints have offered so much diversity so fast, from the Val Lewton-esque ancient-curse tragedy Snake Woman and the metaphysical martial-arts saga The Sadhu to the resourceful comedic Matrix variation Walk In, the vampire war-comic Virulents, the geopolitical thrillers 7 Brothers and Gamekeeper, the Prohibition melodrama Dock Walloper and more. Started by badboy billionaire Richard Branson and heavily involving maverick mystic Deepak Chopra, the company’s got a compelling story to tell behind the scenes too.
Colorist of the Year: Mukesh Singh
We’re in a golden age of comics colorists — the ease and capacity of computers allow for a lot of automatic and anonymous perfection, but innovators like Dave Stewart, Lee Loughridge, Michelle Madsen and Laura Allred have harnessed high technology for true personality and possibility. Even in this company artist-colorist Mukesh Singh took a leap in a clearly new direction on Virgin Comics’ Gamekeeper. Painted comics typically don’t escape the single-image stasis of the old pulp and paperback covers they seem to homage, but if, as has rightly been said, Gene Colan “paints with a pencil,” Singh drew with a paintbrush, fully working up his line with a rare kinetic fluidity and suffusing scenes with cinematic color fields which materialized moods and transported characters (and readers) in ways that made the most of the medium’s devices while never seeming to manipulate their effects.
And the multi-talented writer of Dock Walloper won the Inker of the Year…
Inker of the Year: Jimmy Palmiotti
There’s all the artists who ink themselves, or digitally reproduce their pencils and paints. Then there’s Palmiotti, period. No inker has ever preserved and reinforced the strengths of so diverse a range of artists’ styles, at such volume and quality. Why do we even have the category anymore?
This was the icing on the cake for what was a tremendous year for Virgin Comics. We launched a joint imprint with SCI FI Channel (The Stranded was the first release), Guy Ritchie’s Game Keeper and Virulents are now in development with Warner Brothers and Fox, respectively, and Sony Online Entertainment is turning our Ramayan 3392AD franchise into a massive multiplayer online video game. All in all, a good year!
We have a lot of exciting plans for 2008. Stay tuned… you’re not going to want to miss this!!!