The Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and we’re thrilled that our friends at SCI FI Channel walked away with 16 nominations for Tin Man, Battlestar Galactica and Stargate Atlantis! Very exciting!! The full list of nominations can be found here. We’re looking forward to the day that we can post an Emmy nomination for The Stranded . But until it hits the airwaves on SCI FI Channel (a two hour pilot in development as we speak, written by Mike Carey), you can stay up to date with the comic book series. Issue #5 is in stores now, and the trade paperback is due out later this month, but you can pre-order it now.
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Free Comic Book Day is inviting comic book fans to create their own mini commercials on why they love comic books and Free Comic Book Day, with the most creative commercial winning a $250 gift certificate to their favorite comic book store. Check out http://www.youtube.com/user/FCBD08 for more info.
We at Virgin Comics are already proud sponsors of FCBD, but we want to take our involvement one step further. For anyone that features any Virgin Comics title in their video, we’ll send you free copy of the limited edition Hardcover collection of Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper Vol. 1 ($30 value, only 1,500 were printed). All you have you do is send a link to your YouTube video to email@example.com with “FCBD” in the subject. Please include your mailing address. This is not a random drawing. EVERYONE that sends us a video which showcases a Virgin Comics title will win a free book. We do have limited supplies, so if we get an overwhelming response and run out of Gamekeeper books, you will get a prize of comparable value.
Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. Free Comic Book Day is being held on Saturday May 3rd this year. For more information go to www.freecomicbookday.com and be sure to pick up Virgin Comics’ Dan Dare/The Stranded flip-book. Get a preview here.
When Virgin Comics and SCI FI Channel joined forces last year to create a comic book imprint, our grand mission was to create stories that would not only thrive as comic books, but also as television projects. Well. we’re beyond thrilled to announce that The Stranded, the first SCI FI/Virgin collaboration, has officially been picked up as a 2-hour pilot by SCI FI Channel.
But the REALLY exciting part… Mike Carey, who writes The Stranded comic, has been brought on board to script the pilot! Creating the opportunity for a comic book writer to work on a television project is something we couldn’t be happier about. Mike is equally thrilled and had this to say: “From day one, working on The Stranded has felt like being at a nexus point of creativity. Virgin and SCI FI created the platform, and then supported the book and the creative team through all the stages of development. This feels like something we all own, and we all love. I can’t wait to take it forward to its next incarnation.” We agree!
The third issue of The Stranded hits stores on March 26th. The first two issues are sold out in most comic book stores, but you can still buy them at www.virgincomicsstore.com.
TALL TALES OF VISHNU SHARMA: PANCHATANTRA – ON SALE 2/13
Written by Samit Basu
Art & Cover by Ashish Padlekar
SOME OLD STORIES NEVER LOSE THEIR BITE…
The tales of Vishnu Sharma have barely begun and already he’s been kidnapped by talking animals, had a near-death experience with a homicidal boy wizard, and now he’s expected to walk INTO a book called the Panchatantra, the ancient collection of Indian fables of which Vishnu is supposedly the guardian. If that weren’t enough, when Vishnu is pulled inside the pages of folklore and fantasy, death and oblivion seem all too real. This fairytale is more like a nightmare, where “THE END” is something he desperately wants to avoid.
JOHN WOO’S SEVEN BROTHERS #5 – ON SALE 2/13
Created by John Woo
Written by Ben Raab & Deric A. Hughes
Art by Edison George
Cover by David Mack
Don’t miss this heart-pounding final chapter of JOHN WOO’S SEVEN BROTHERS!
Having tapped the very essence of the Seven Brothers’ powers, Li Jiao has become a seemingly unstoppable force. But the Brothers’ secret weapon, Ronald and his Dragon alter-ego, are still missing. As Jiao uses his newfound aptitude for destruction to settle a score, can the Seven Brothers bring down the renegade monk before he makes good on his promise to avenge his father’s death?
RAMAYAN 3392AD RELOADED #4 – ON SALE 2/13
Written by Shamik Dasgupta
Art& Cover by Jeevan Kang
Variant Cover by Luke Ross
Captured by a violent tribe, Rama and his brother Lakshman are thrown into the dungeons, whileSeeta is imprisoned in a harem. Facing almost certain death, Rama is offered a chance to escape but does he dare trust an enemy with his life and the lives of his comrades? Plus, a Seeta backup story by Ron Marz and Luke Ross!
JENNA JAMESON’S SHADOW HUNTER #1 – ON SALE 2/20
Created by Jenna Jameson
Written by Christina Z.
Art by Mukesh Singh
Cover by Greg Horn
From the mind of Jenna Jameson, NY Times Bestselling author and iconic entertainer and written by Christina Z (WITCHBLADE) comes a dark talef one woman’s struggle with forces beyond ordinary perception. In this Special Oversized issue, star artist Mukesh Singh (GAMEKEEPER) illustrates the beginning of the saga. A young, orphaned, beautiful woman attempts to make a life for herself in the big city. As she grapples with mundane problems like making rent and a creepy manager at work, something deeper brews; a nagging suspicion that her life is not her own. Seeking answers (not to mention extra cash) she enrolls in a past life regression experiment which seems to ignite visions of a demonic past that no one can explain.
Then comes the titillating and strangely dangerous power she’s not sure she can control, and a mysterious guy with the sword who just won’t leave her alone. It’s one hell of a day for our heroine, especially when she discovers who her real father is.
SPECIAL 40 PAGE OVERSIZED ISSUE FEATURING 32 STORY PAGES.
JONATHAN MOSTOW’S THE MEGAS #1 – ON SALE 2/27
Created by Jonathan Mostow
Written by John Harrison
Art & Cover by Peter Rubin
ALL MEN ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL!
From the visionary director of Terminator 3, Jonathan Mostow, we enter the world of The Megas. Beautiful. Powerful. Better. They’re everything you’ve ever wanted to be. But at the heart of this dystopic society lies a regime struggling for control over a populace that may just be tired of being inferior. Agent Jack Madison finds himself in the middle of a maelstrom as he struggles to solve a crime and come to terms with a truth he’s not ready to face. Not to mention a mysterious symbol and the seeds of rebellion.
THE STRANDED #2 – ON SALE 2/27
Written by Mike Carey
Art by Siddharth Kotian
Variant Cover by Christopher Moeller
Continuing the first book in the groundbreaking new Virgin/SciFi line, created and written by acclaimed novelist/comics writer Mike Carey (X-MEN, The Devil You Know)!
What if your past, everything you knew, was a lie? A mysterious assassin called Janus knows…and he’s determined to kill the Stranded one by one before they can learn of their true, extraterrestrial origins. Now Tamree, their protector, races against time to awaken them to their true nature and powers. But Janus holds a secret weapon: his inhuman companion, Dzin — whose connection to Tamree may doom the protector’s mission before it’s even truly begun.
Featuring a painted cover by fan-favorite artist Christopher Moeller (LUCIFER, Magic: The Gathering, IRON EMPIRES).
DAN DARE #4 – ON SALE 2/27
Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Gary Erskine
Cover by Garry Leach
Variant Cover by Glenn Fabry
It’s the last stand on Port Napier as Dan Dare and the colonists find themselves nearly overrun by the onslaught of Torr, vicious killing beasts. Trying to hold them off until they can be rescued, what they don’t know is that the entire royal navy has been thrown into disarray by the disappearance of the Prime Minister back on Earth. As Peabody attempts to piece together the puzzle—and the government—Dan and Digby brace themselves for total annihilation, hoping for a miracle.
SADHU: THE SILENT ONES #5 – ON SALE 2/27
Written by Saurav Mohapatra
Art By Manikandan
Cover by Jeffrey Spokes
The second Sadhu saga reaches its stunning climax! 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!
DEEPAK CHOPRA PRESENTS INDIA AUTHENTIC #10 – ON SALE 2/27
Created by Deepak Chopra
Written by Saurav Mohapatra
Art by Virgin Studios
Cover by Siju Thomas
“At first, I shed tears at the massacre of my kin at the hands of a ruthless king. The Axe mocked me. I felt the anger well up in my heart, screaming to be unleashed. The Axe encouraged me. I tried to veer myself away from the path of vengeance. The Axe whispered in my ears. Once, I was a scholar, a man at peace with his soul. But now who I am is long gone. I have vowed to rid the earth of my enemies. The man I used to be is dead, his identity washed away in a deluge of retribution. Once, there was a hermit named Rama, now there is only The Axe.”
Virgin Comics and Deepak Chopra present as part of the INDIA AUTHENTIC series, a look at the metamorphosis of a peace loving hermit named Rama into one of the most feared warriors on the planet. When a tyrant massacres his family, Rama picks up the Axe and vows to rid the earth of Kings.
Witness the rage and fury of a man pushed too far as he embarks on a bloody campaign and the thirst for vengeance transforms him into the very thing he set out to fight.
1. It’s a five-issue miniseries launching the new Virgin/SciFi line.
2. It starts from a very simple premise: What if everything you knew about your life was a lie? From there, it spins out a wild web of a narrative about aliens exiled to Earth and given false memories — to protect them from an enemy that won’t stop until they’re all dead.
3. Issue #1 is online as a widescreen digital comic at www.virgincomics.com/stranded.html
4. It’s written and created by Mike Carey, the acclaimed writer whose work spans such diverse comics as X-Men, Lucifer, Re-Gifters, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Crossing Midnight, and Voodoo Child. THE STRANDED is his own creation, and he’s really let his imagination run wild.
5. It’s the first joint venture between comics powerhouse Virgin Comics and TV powerhouse SciFi. And this isn’t just some sign-a-contract-and-take-the-money deal; SciFi has been very closely involved in every aspect of the book. They’re very serious about developing new, exciting concepts through the medium of comics, and interacting with them has given all of us a new perspective on our work. When you write and edit comics most of the time, it’s easy to take certain things for granted…to assume that everyone will understand various shortcuts and visual conventions. SciFi’s outside perspective has really helped us putting together a book that works for comics fans and non-fans alike…without dumbing anything down. (I hope!)
6. It features stunning art by Siddharth Kotian (Eat the Dead), with covers by Marc Silvestri, Greg Horn, and Chris Moeller. Which means it’s a great-looking book all around.
7. It’s the first comic book I’ve edited in five years, following my long stints at Vertigo and Marvel Knights. And I have to say: This is one of the best first issues I’ve ever worked on. If you invest $2.99 in THE STRANDED #1, you’ll get a complete introduction, meet a variety of fascinating characters, thrill to two action scenes…and by the end, you’ll know exactly what we’re about. That’s thanks to everyone involved, but most especially to Mike Carey, who hit one out of the park right away. Thanks, Mike.
8. It’s only the beginning for the Virgin/SciFi line. Keep watching the skies!