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Deepak Chopra Launches New Graphic Novel on Indian Mythology with Virgin Comics

June 29, 2007

Prolific author launches “India Authentic” series worldwide

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New York, NY, June 20, 2007: Virgin Comics announced today that they are launching a new ongoing graphic novel series with bestselling author, Deepak Chopra.

The new series, Deepak Chopra Presents – India Authentic, will focus on retelling numerous Indian mythological stories with modern artists and writers. Each issue will be centered on the story of a different Indian god or goddess. The first issue, Ganesha, portrays the legend of India’s cherished, elephant-headed god. The series will continue with subsequent stories on Kali, Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Uma, Indra and others.

Commenting on the new series, Deepak Chopra stated, “The re-imagination of Indian mythologies and archetypes with a cross cultural flavor will ignite once again our collective yearning for achieving the impossible and embarking on a journey of mystery, magic, and adventure. It may well usher in an age that Homer never dreamed of.”

Each issue of the series will be introduced with a foreword by Chopra, describing the relevancy of the ancient myth in the context of today’s global world. Working with Chopra is a rotating team of India’s most talented young writers and artists including Saurav Mohapatra, Satish Tayade, Abhishek Singh and others.

“When I grew up, almost every child of Indian origin learned the legends and mythologies of India through comic books,” said Virgin Comics CEO & Publisher, Sharad Devarajan. “Working with an author of Deepak Chopra’s caliber allows us to recreate a series of Indian mythology comics crafted with the highest level of quality in artwork and story, bringing these cherished legends of India to audiences worldwide.”

“I grew up in Boston Massachusetts and worshiped the Red Sox and Patriots and felt bad about myself because kids teased me about believing in blue Gods with six arms. So what do I know about being authentic to India? I know I get to oversee a wildly talented group of young creators eager to tell their ‘authentic myths’ to the world and it’s exciting. And as they say, blue is the new black,” commented Gotham Chopra, Virgin Comics Chief Creative Officer.

The first issue in the series has been just released in North America with a monthly cover price of US$2.99, with a Rs.15 Indian edition following later this year. The series will also be translated into numerous languages throughout Europe and Asia later this year. The first issue in the series can be viewed in its entirety as a digital comic on Virgin Comics website at: http://www.virgincomics.com/slideshow_ganesha.asp

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5 comments

  1. […] As part of sharing with my students a more contemporary take on Asian myths and legends, I am giving away five free copies of India Authentic every month! It is a series wonderfully written by Saurav Mohapatra and drawn by top Virgin talent that focuses on the origin of one Hindu god every month! Check out the Virgin Comics blog for more information on this phenomenal series!  […]


  2. Amar Chitra Katha for the NextGen? Awesome. Count me in!


  3. This entire series is fabulous! Can’t wait to get a copy of each!

    Keep up the great work.


  4. My fascination for Indian mythological tales continues unabated for the past thirty five years and more. This format reminds me of the Amar Chitra Katha comics we used to enjoy as children. Now I hope my children shall be equally mesmerised, enriched and enlightened by these charming stories.
    pratima


  5. This is truly a brilliant venture by Virgin comics to reach out to the global readers with the wonderful stories of Indian mythology. It would surely become a popular way to teach the Gen Y Indian children about the traditions and cultural heritage of their motherland…



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