Archive for March, 2008

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Shekhar Kapur to Direct for “New York, I Love You”

March 27, 2008

After the success of the film, Paris, je t’aime, which brought together acclaimed filmmakers to create short films in homage to the City of Lights, the love is now spreading to New York.  With New York, I Love You, 12 filmmakers will direct shorts illustrating the universal theme of encountering love within the five boroughs of New York City.  Sadly, the late Anthony Minghella planned on directing a segment. His friend and one of Virgin Comics’ Chief Visionaries Shekhar Kapur will be helming the segment.

As Shekhar stated on his blog, “Two days before Anthony Minghella went in for an operation on a tumor they had just discovered, Anthony called me to see if I would direct a short he had written. I will direct the film now—with Anthony in my heart and in presence of his soul.” Read the entire blog entry here.

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Deepak Chopra’s BUDDHA #1 and Dave Stewart’s ZOMBIE BROADWAY in stores today

March 26, 2008

Deepak Chopra's Buddha #1

“Awake. Seek truth. Stumble. Begin again.” This is the simple yet profound message from Buddha, the man who reached enlightenment and was raised to the rank of an immortal. Hitting comic shops today is Deepak Chopra’s Buddha #1, the comic book adaptation of his New York Times bestseller. Experience the life of the Awakened One as adapted by Joshua Dysart (Violent Messiahs, Swamp Thing, B.P.R.D.) and lavishly illustrated by Harshavardan Kadam.

Dave Stewart's Zombie Broadway

Also hitting stores today is Dave Stewart’s Zombie Broadway. When a zombie plague ravages New York City leaving only a couple thousand survivors, the government plans to bomb the city (in spite of the humans still living there) to get rid of the infestation. That is, until the mayor realizes that zombies react positively to… show tunes?! Hence, a Broadway musical starring zombies is staged in a last-ditch attempt to bring peace to the city. Will it be a standing ovation or curtains for us all?!

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Hugh Jackman’s Nowhere Man

March 25, 2008

As reported on the front page of today’s Variety, Hugh Jackman and writer Marc Guggenheim (Wolverine, Amazing Spider-Man) have teamed up for Hugh Jackman’s Nowhere Man, Virgin Comics’ latest project under our Voices imprint, featuring comics from iconic celebrities and creators like Jenna Jameson, Dave Stewart, Duran Duran, West Coast Customs and others.

Look for the debut of Hugh Jackman’s Nowhere Man later this summer.  Check out the full story at Variety.

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“Religion in Comics” Panel with INDIA AUTHENTIC Writer Saurav Mohapatra

March 24, 2008

Saurav Mohapatra, writer of Deepak Chopra’s India Authentic, will be part of a panel at Boston University on 4/13 to discuss religion in comics.

As its planners prepare the weekend-long schedule of scholarly presenters, the “Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books & Graphic Novels” conference already has a number of top comic book creators coming to Boston University next month. On Sunday, April 13th, conference attendees will get to take part in a Creator Q&A with Saurav Mohapatra (India Authentic), Steve Ross (Marked!), Archaia Studios Press publisher Mark Smylie (Artesia Besieged), and G. Willow Wilson (Cairo).

The five panelists, representing a wide variety of faiths and works, will join conference co-chair A. David Lewis (The Lone and Level Sands, Some New Kind of Slaughter) in an open discussion of religion, creativity, and the comic book medium. “I’m delighted not only that they’ve all accepted our invitation,” says Lewis, “but that they also represent a wonderful cross-section of spiritualities. They nicely embody the diversity we are eager to explore in the medium with ‘Graven Images.’”

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Shekhar Kapur on CNN: Talk Asia

March 21, 2008

Shekhar Kapur, director of the Oscar-winning Elizabeth and one of Virgin Comics’ Chief Visionaries, will be on CNN: Talk Asia over the weekend to talk about his films, passions, and inspirations. Click here to get the show times or submit questions for him to answer.

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Mike Carey’s THE STRANDED to Become a SCI FI Channel Television Pilot

March 20, 2008

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.

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Inside Virgin Comics with Gotham Chopra: Audioshocker Interview

March 19, 2008
A few weeks ago, someone forwarded me a link to a Nick Marino’s and Neal Shyam’s audioshocker podcast in which, amongst other things, they shared their thoughts on some of our books. At best, their reviews could be described as a mixed bag. That said, there was also clearly an intrigue around some of what we were doing and that caught my attention. So I decided to do what any big deal entertainment executive would do, I commented on their site and requested that they guys have me on their show to answer their questions. The good guys that they are, Neal and Nick invited me in to their show and the following link will take you right into our candid conversation about all things Virgin Comics.

Cutting to the chase, the gist of the interview centers on the business of comics and the huge challenges that all of the publishers are facing. In this brave new digital world, selling comics at the comic shop isn’t an easy task and yet it remains the most critical entry point for any publisher trying to establish a real presence in the industry. Sure you can come up with all sorts of dotcomics and slick up your trades for the mass market but first and foremost you have to charm the comic geeks if you hope to survive. In a world crowded by Superheros and Super-Heros, that’s no easy task. And yet, here we are, two years later, kicking and screaming, and hopefully, making our presence felt.

Anyone who’s got a taste of Virgin Comics knows that our books are split into two buckets, our “Indian stuff” and our “celebrity stuff.” Without going into all the detail that the interview does, the summary is that we’re trying to be original. We recognize the unique medium of comics, and how they can be used to incubate original ideas and stories. While we are always respectful of the comic itself, knowing that it’s an artform unto itself, we also know that it’s a great medium to nurture stories that can go on to live on film, tv, as video games, or online. Anyone that’s tracked us at all knows that so far so good here at Virgin. We’ve been able to create some distinctive books and managed to get them in the pipeline with some larger media companies to now evolve them as films, games, etc. That part of the process we don’t really control, though if requested, we’re happy to offer our two cents.

So without further adieu, check out the interview and let us know what you think. Aside from continuing to build out this company, our agenda is also to make the process as transparent as possible. Because, in our humble opinion, it’s not just the stories that we are creating that we hope are interesting and engaging, but the story about building the stories, that may be the most interesting. But that’s just my opinion. Why don’t you be the judge.

Gotham Chopra

Link to the interview with Gotham: http://www.audioshocker.com/2008/03/18/podcast-episode-023