Archive for the ‘Shakti’ Category

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Deepak Chopra’s India Authentic: Eagle Awards Update

March 18, 2008

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about Virgin Comics titles and creators that are in the running for Eagle Awards in various categories.  We’re really excited to announce that due to an overwhelming number of write-ins, Eagle Awards has taken notice and nominated Deepak Chopra’s India Authentic (“INDIA AUTHENTIC” to vote) to the Favourite New Comicbook category.

Nominations close on March 22nd so keep those votes coming in.  Remember… even if you don’t see your favorite Virgin Comics title in the pull-down menu, write it in the text box.  Let’s keep the Virgin Comics momentum going strong!  The shortlist of final nominees will be announced on March 31st.

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Devi/Witchblade #1 Crossover Event

March 7, 2008

 

Devi/Witchblade #1

We’re beyond excited to announce our first-ever crossover in partnership with Top Cow Productions. Two of the most bad-ass women in comics unite when a murder investigation takes NYPD Detective Sara Pezzini, the bearer of the mystical Witchblade, to India. There she crosses paths with Devi, goddess incarnate and protector of Sitapur in part one of this momentous crossover event. If they can survive their initial meeting, the two women will confront a powerful common enemy, and discover that this is not the first time an incarnation of Devi and a bearer of the Witchblade have met.

Issue #1 comes in April from Top Cow, featuring the powerhouse team of Ron Marz (Witchblade, First Born) and Eric Basaldua (The Darkness, Hunter-Killer). Newsarama just posted an exclusive preview. Check it out now!

Look for the other half of the Devi/Witchblade crossover from Virgin Comics, coming soon!

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Think they’re checking out The Sadhu comic?

February 27, 2008

SadhuTOI
As seen in the Times of India

Don’t miss the climatic Series 2 finale of Virgin Comics’ Sadhu: The Silent Ones #5, on sale today.

 

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!

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THE SADHU TRAILER!

October 15, 2007

Sadhus do not know love or hate, desire or fear. They are detached from all emotional ties, devoted to a spiritual journey said to unleash unimaginable powers. This is the path James Jensen is fated to tread. But he must tackle his biggest obstacle yet… HIMSELF.

Music by Livebody Productions

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Sadhu Contest Winners

July 22, 2007

Thank you all for participating in the recent Sadhu contest. Based on the response we would like to make this a regular feature of the blog so make sure to subscribe to our RSS feed or via email (get each post directly to your inbox) to stay informed. Given that San Diego comic-con is next week, there will be tons of signed stuff and special editions to give away when we come back. Also, because of the convention, winners packages will go out only next week.

Congratulations to the following 10 winners of Virgin’s first blog contest:

  • Sam Ghosh
  • Danny Warren
  • Hannibal P.
  • leonmallett
  • Johnny Espino
  • Ben Mitchell
  • RJ Perry
  • Contest Blogger
  • Doug
  • Seth Rosenblatt
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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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 Edit: Comments have now closed and winners will be announced shortly.

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INSIDE VIRGIN COMICS: Ramayan Reloaded

June 28, 2007

In Hollywood, movie studios refer to their big summer blockbusters as their “tent-poles.” These are the movies, ala Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Shrek, on which production budgets can far exceed the $100 million mark, with marketing budgets to match, and are expected to make that much in their opening weekend. The scale of the whole business has become so massive that these blockbusters, you’ll notice, are now almost entirely sequels, remakes of familiar titles (The Dirty Dozen is in the works), or built off of big brands (Transformers). The point is that building a new “franchise,” as they call it in the biz, is virtually impossible because, to enter the game, you’d better come with a  big wad of cash and be prepared to lose it all.  That’s a pretty tough sell.

Thank God the comics industry plays by a different set of rules! At Virgin Comics, we like to say that money is no issue because, in a sense, we don’t really even have budgets. As a creator, if you want to create the Universe on page 3 and blow it up on page 4, so long as you can make that organic to the story, I’m all for it. In Hollywood, they’d run the numbers first, price out the scene and it’d be more than likely that it would never happen.

The re-launch of our series Ramayan 3392 AD is our equivalent of the tent-pole movie. The scale of the story is massive. The Universe of the story is massive. The main characters themselves are Gods–hence they are massive. In turn, to produce it, to “reload it” as we say, we needed massive talent. That’s why we’ve brought in story editor Ron Marz to guide a creative team that includes stalwart Shamik Dasgupta (the original series’ writer) and Virgin titan Jeevan Kang (artist on Spider-Man India and John Woo’s Seven Brothers). We know that Ramayan 3392 AD, which is based on India’s seminal 3,000-year-old myth, is not an easy story for the unexposed reader. It’s full of exotic character-names and settings, and a different type of story-telling than much of what you’ll see at your local comic shop.  But that is what makes it so special–it is a legendary tale of honor and sacrifice, tragedy and amazing triumph told through a different lens that, we think, our readers will find themselves connecting with despite the newness of it all.

We’ve crafted the reload as a fresh beginning, so that new readers can come aboard now and not feel lost. We encourage you to go back and read the “prequels,” if you will, out in trade paperback this summer.  But we also assure you that not doing so won’t get you lost in the matrix. And here comes the interesting twist of fate, Hollywood is waking up to it. Some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest seem to have got their hands on our crazy comic Ramayan 3392 AD. I know too well the perfect storm of scenarios that is required to get a movie made in Hollywood, so I am not making any predictions, but watch out Spider-Man 8 and Pirates 5– our Blue Boy (read the book and you’ll get the reference) may be showing up at a theater near you very soon.

Gotham Chopra
Chief Creative Officer
Virgin Comics

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