Archive for May, 2008

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Ron Marz On Writing BEYOND

May 30, 2008

In an interview with thequarterbin, acclaimed comics writer Ron Marz discusses his approach to adapting Deepak Chopra’s Beyond, a sci-fi thriller about an American businessman in India on a desperate – and interdimensional – search for his wife.

In addition to Ron’s groundbreaking work on Silver Surfer for Marvel, Green Lantern for DC, and Samurai: Heaven and Earth for Dark Horse, he has edited Devi, The Sadhu, and Ramayan Reloaded, and continues to be a major figure in the development of our Shakti line. Here’s an excerpt of what Ron had to say about his adaptation of Beyond:

And with BEYOND you’re adapting a Deepak Chopra story?

Yeah, it’s actually a screenplay Deepak wrote, so I’m translating the screenplay into the comic format. It’s really a matter of preserving as much as I can of what’s there, and deciding on what parts we’re going to trim back on a little bit to fit everything into the comic. For the most part we’ve been able to get all the main points in, it’s just some of the details that we don’t have room for in a 22-page comic. So far I’m really happy with the way it’s come out.

I’ve read through the advance copy and one of the things I was curious about was how much of your own style and voice are you able to put into BEYOND since it is an adaptation?

Truthfully, when I took on the gig I spoke to Gotham about it. Deepak is his dad, and I wanted to make sure that I was as faithful to the material as I could be. I said to Gotham, “Look, I feel like my job is to faithfully translate what your dad wrote.” Gotham’s viewpoint was to do what I had to do to make it work as a comic story. So I’m probably being more faithful to the material than even they expected me to be.
I’m bringing to it more of my visual style than I am the dialogue because I’m trying to preserve as much of Deepak’s dialogue as possible. That’s what my job is. I’m here to serve his story, not the other way around.

To read the rest of the interview click here. To jump into the suspenseful adventure of Deepak Chopra’s Beyond, go here.

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Mukesh Singh Nominated for Prestigious Russ Manning Award

May 28, 2008

Congratulations to our very own breakthrough artist Mukesh Singh on being nominated for the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award. With his incredible work on Jenna Jameson’s Shadow Hunter, Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper, and Devi, Mukesh is quickly building an astounding resume. And the industry is taking notice!

The Russ Manning award is given to a comic book artist “who, early in his career, shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics.” The winner will be announced on July 25th at the Eisner Awards Ceremony at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. To see samples of Singh’s gorgeous artwork on Shadow Hunter check out our free widescreen digital comic. For a complete list of the nominees click here.

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Indie Rockers Heart Buddha

May 23, 2008

Seattle-based indie rockers, Death Cab for Cutie, whose new album Narrow Stairs is currently sitting atop the Billboard charts at #1, was profiled in the May 18th issue of The New York Times. We were ecstatic to learn that guitarist/keyboardist/producer Chris Walla has become enamored by the teachings of the Buddha, so much so that it drove him to criminal behavior. Ok, maybe we’re exaggerating just a little bit…

The band was staying in a hotel, and instead of the usual Bible in a nightstand drawer, “there was a book of the teachings of the Buddha,” he said. “I started reading it, and I got really into it. I felt like I wanted to keep on reading it.” So he took it with him when he checked out and “read it cover to cover three times.” But unlike most of us who feel sheepish about things we have taken, as in stolen, Mr. Walla, 32, had a chance to do something about it. The day after the interview he was scheduled to meet the Dalai Lama, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism.

You can read the entire article here.

Mr. Walla, we have a solution to help wipe your guilt away… pick up a copy of our comic book adaptation of Deepak Chopra’s New York Times best-selling novel, Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment! The first two issues are on sale now, and there’s even a free widescreen digital version of the first issue on www.virgincomics.com. We are also proud to unveil a brand new trailer for Buddha, featuring voice over from Deepak Chopra himself, and original music from Josh Allen of the Brooklyn band Meanwhiles (it’s a full-blown indie love-fest, kids!).

In honor of Death Cab’s incredible #1 record and the release of our Buddha trailer, we’re offering a $5 discount on any purchase of $10 or more at virgincomicsstore.com, with the code DEATHCAB. Offer expires on June 5th, so act fast!

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Nic Cage to Star in Werner Herzog’s Remake of “Bad Lieutenant”

May 20, 2008

According to Variety, Nicolas Cage, co-creator of Virgin Comics’ Voodoo Child, will be starring in a remake of Bad Lieutenant. Production is set to start in late summer and the film will be directed by Werner Herzog, who very well might be the coolest man alive. The only thing we’re disappointed about is that this film likely will not have any of Herzog’s trademark voiceover, which could make a compelling film out of a reading of the telephone book!

To celebrate this development, we’re offering $5 off every purchase of the Limited Edition Voodoo Child hardcover book of which only 1000 copies were printed. All you have to do is use the code WERNER.

You can also check out a recent Geeks of Doom review of Voodoo Child here.

Carey does the script for all six of these issues and really swings for the fences for each book. Each book is filled with great dialogue and excellent storytelling. Whether it is Gabriel journey to avenge his father’s death or the subplot involving two detectives and a string of kidnappings, Carey gives you the impression that he is building toward something bigger.

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Diversity in Comics: Video Interview with Saurav Mohapatra

May 12, 2008

While attending NYCC ‘08, Virgin Comics writer Saurav Mohapatra (Deepak Chopra’s India Authentic, Devi, Mumbai McGuffin), was approached by Luis Medina, a filmmaker shooting a documentary about the rising trend of diversity in comics. Check out the interview below that also features Virgin Comics Editor, Charlie Beckerman.

Be sure to also read this Squential Tart interview with Saurav as he discusses religion in comics and his upcoming projects.

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Ramayan 3392 A.D. Reloaded Review

May 12, 2008

Ramayan 3392 A.D. Reloaded

If you haven’t already caught up with Ramayan Reloaded 3392 A.D., you can get the trade paperback at our online store now. Get on board this epic journey and be sure to check out CBR’s review of the book.

There’s a thematic undercurrent in the book, emphasizing transcendence. Emphasizing that some of these characters have not reached their full potential. And that’s what the hero’s quest is always about. Growing through experience. Finding the path.

“Ramayan 3392 Volume 2” is accessible and intriguing, and the epic journey really does begin here. I hope it will continue for a long time.

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Dock Walloper #4 & Podcast with Jimmy Palmiotti

May 7, 2008

Ed Burns’ Dock Walloper #4 is on sale today and also this weeks featured item on Comixology. They have a 5-page preview and podcast with series writer Jimmy Palmiotti, which you can check out here.