Archive for July, 2008

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Virgin Comics’ Comic-Con Panels

July 29, 2008

San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, and what a blast it was! If you couldn’t make the trek, fear not: you can still savor the best of our Virgin Comics panels.

Comic Book Resources has posted a terrific overview of “The Spirit of the Superhero” panel, where comic legend and writer of the new Virgin Comics/Perspective Studios animated series, MBX, Grant Morrison riffed with bestselling author and Virgin Comics Chief Visionary Deepak Chopra about the palliative role of superheroes in uncertain times. Both notables drew parallels between popular comic book characters, like Superman and Batman, and spiritual icons, like Buddha and Jesus:

“Superman’s a secular, sci-fi attempt to create a picture of the higher being.” But, said Morrison, in Superman “we have made something that is capable of saving us.” Until Superman, Morrison pointed out, heroes were all soldiers or cowboys. Superman was something vastly different. And “Superman is a symbol from the 20th century that speaks to the 21st century,” he said. Not only is he physically and mentally superior, but “Superman has the compassion of the Buddha,” said Morrison.

The connection between Superman, Batman, Buddha, and Jesus, according to Chopra, is thematic: “The theme is redemption. And resurrection. And death.” “In order to get yourself to a higher level of existence,” he said, “you have to let something die.” Chopra went on to explain the inherent duality in all life–citing the final scene in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” as an example of how all things need their opposite. “If you had only creativity and evolution, you would have no universe,” he said. “If you had only destructive forces, the universe would dissipate into a black hole.” Chopra clarified, “you need the tension between the two forces.”

“Jesus is the redeemer,” he added. “So is Buddha.” He said the message of the superhero is “keep winning, but don’t win.” The struggle is everything.

To read the full article click here. To learn more about Buddha, the comic book adaptation of Deepak Chopra’s New York Times bestseller, go here.

After you’re done reading about the spirit of the superhero, be sure to watch the panel featuring Stan Lee and Grant Morrison:

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Summit Entertainment Rakes Up THE LEAVES

July 29, 2008

Virgin Comics’ new one-shot, The Leaves, has been raked up and bagged for a feature film adaptation by Summit Entertainment. The supernatural action-thriller tells the story of Max Mellick, a NY surgeon who, at a friend’s funeral in India, is told by a seer that he will bring about the end of the world. In a desperate search for answers, Max goes on the run; but can he, let alone any man, outrun fate? You’ll have to read to find out!

The Leaves was written by Kevin J. Walsh, who will also pen the screenplay. Virgin Comics’ CEO Sharad Devarajan and Creative Director Gotham Chopra will produce. Look for this exciting thriller soon on our Virgin Comics Store.

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Deepak: The Happiness Guru?

July 21, 2008

Undoubtedly, we live in trying times: a war in Iraq, a tubing economy, energy woes left and right, and a crumbling spiritual infrastructure. Seeking consolation, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tracked down bestselling author and Virgin Comics’ Chief Visionary, Deepak Chopra, for words of wisdom. After recently duking it out with Guru Pitka of The Love Guru, Deepak goes toe-to-toe with happiness guru, J.P. “Gus” Godsey, author of “How to Be Happy Everyday”. It’s the mythological and spiritual teachings of the past versus ice cream trucks… what makes you happy?

To watch the video, click here.

To hear more from Deepak, be sure to visit our YouTube site for a series of interviews with Deepak about Virgin Comics and the exciting titles he’s helped create. We’ve provided a sample clip below. Enjoy!

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SCI FI Channel Racks Up Emmy Nominations

July 17, 2008

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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Be A Real Nowhere Man Contest

July 17, 2008

To celebrate the release of this fall’s new sci-fi/action series Nowhere Man, we’re launching our Be A Real Nowhere Man Contest where we’re giving five lucky winners the chance to be a real Nowhere Man and get drawn into an issue!! Not only will you get yourself immortalized in comic book history, but creators Hugh Jackman, Marc Guggenheim and Paul Gulacy will sign the issue in which you appear. Ten runners-up will receive a copy of Nowhere Man #1 signed by Hugh Jackman.

Will you be a government agent? A bad-ass assassin? You’ll have to enter to find out!

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Your Big Break? Portfolio Reviews at ’08 San Diego Comic-Con

July 16, 2008

Virgin Comics will be holding portfolio reviews at the 2008 San Diego International Comic-Con. If you are interested in having your work reviewed by one of Virgin Comics’ editors, please read all of the information below.

Sign-up:

Virgin Comics’ portfolio reviews will be happening ONLY on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26. Candidates can sign up for an appointment spot beginning Thursday at 9:00 am. Sign-ups are on a first come, first serve basis. Each spot will be assigned a specific time, however, we recommend that candidates show up well in advance of their appointed time. Candidates late for their appointment will have their spot given away.

Waiting List:

Only candidates who get on the sign-up list are guaranteed a portfolio review. However, there is a possibility that, dependent on time, additional candidates might be able to get reviews. Waiting list candidates should be present for the entire review period.

What you should bring:

When candidates sign up for a review, they should take and fill out a Materials Submission form. In addition to bringing the form to the review, they should also bring:

At least five images, with a selection of cover shots, interior pages, and character studies.

A current resume

The following items are optional, but highly encouraged:

Copies of some images to leave with the editors (please make sure your name and e-mail is on each page; please note that any copies left with editors will NOT be returned. Editors will NOT accept original artwork).

A cover image of one of our characters (this is a really easy way to impress us!).

A business card

Review times:

Friday, July 25

o 10:00 am – 11:30 am

o 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Saturday, July 26

o 10:00 am – 11:30 am

o 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location:

All reviews, sign-ups, and waiting lists will take place at Virgin Comics’ Booth, #2229.

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San Diego Comic-Con, Here We Come!

July 11, 2008

Virgin Comics is gearing up for yet another San Diego Comic-Con, and we’ve got a ton of exciting plans in store, including panels with Stan Lee, Grant Morrison and Deepak Chopra, exclusive goodies at our booth (#2229), and much more! Here’s a taste:

PANELS

Stan Lee and Grant Morrison talk Virgin Comics

(Thursday, July 24th, 10:45-11:45 am in Ballroom 20)

Two of the most important creators in the history of comic books team up to discuss the bold new frontiers being explored in the art of storytelling. Legendary creator Stan Lee (Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, X-Men) shares his insights on the world of comics, and presents never-before-revealed hints of his new superhero universe with Virgin Comics. Joining Stan is prolific creator Grant Morrison, contemporary comics’ most active mind, who will discuss his collaboration on Perspective Studios’ and Virgin Comics’ new animated series MBX while offering his insights on comics and engaging with Stan in a once-in-a-lifetime conversation about the long history and boundless future of their beloved medium. Virgin Comics is proud and excited to bring these two unique luminaries together for this unprecedented event.

Grant Morrison and Deepak Chopra discuss Science, Soul and Superheroes

(Sunday, July 27th, 2:45-3:45 pm in Ballroom 20)

The tradition continues! As Virgin Comics and Perspective Studios prepare to launch the new animated series MBX, series writer Grant Morrison once again teams with best-selling author and Virgin Comics co-founder Deepak Chopra to talk…superheroes! Come watch and join the ongoing conversation investigating the id, ego, superego, and spirituality of the superhero—we’re talking social theory with sound effects, four colors fused with existentialism. Two of the greatest minds of comics and culture talking…comics and culture—this is not to be missed!

uClick: Mobile Comics, featuring Virgin Comics’ Larry Lieberman

(Thursday, July 24th, 4:30-5:30 pm in Room 30AB)

GoComics, the leader in on-line and mobile comics and manga, looks at a market truly coming into its own. Panelists will discuss the evolution of comic strips and comic books in the digital age and examine new publishing platforms that make mobile viewing part of a complete comics experience. They’ll introduce new content from their partners: Stan Lee, Tokyopop, Virgin Comics, IDW, Devil’s Due, Papercutz, TMNT and more. Learn about what the future of mobile comics promises for fans and creators alike.

EXCLUSIVES

Make sure you check out Virgin Comics’ SDCC ‘08 specials for sale exclusively at our booth:

SDCC Variants: Dan Dare #7 double-sized finale featuring Dave Gibbons wrap-around cover: ink variant (limited to 500) and pencil sketch variant (limited to 250).

SDCC Exclusive: Grant Morrison’s MBX Sketchbook (limited to 1,000). Get an inside look at the highly anticipated animated series MBX, penned by Grant and produced by Perspective Studios and Virgin Comics, through a sketchbook featuring breathtaking art explorations from Mukesh Singh (Jenna Jameson’s Shadow Hunter, Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper, Devi/Witchblade), script excerpts, and more.

Lenticulars: We had a very limited number of Shadow Hunter, Gamekeeper and Dan Dare lenticulars at New York Comic-Con, and they sold out almost immediately. We’ll have a small quantity in our booth, but we can’t promise how long they’ll last.

iPod Skins: Your iPod will not be complete until it’s adorned with a Dan Dare or Shadow Hunter skin!

Autographed Items:

· Dan Dare #1 Bryan Talbot ink cover, limited to 500 copies and autographed by Garth Ennis! This came out in late 2007 when Dan Dare debuted, and these are some of the last few copies in existence. Act now, because once these are gone they’re gone FOREVER.

· Dan Dare lithographs of Bryan Talbot’s #1 cover art, signed by Garth Ennis.

· Jenna Jameson’s Shadow Hunter lithograph of Greg Horn #1 cover art, signed by Jenna.

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Meet our Editors Charlie Beckerman and Sana Amanat for a one-on-one portfolio review session. And who knows… if we’re really blown away by your work, you might just walk away with a gig. We’re ready to hire the best artist we meet with to do an upcoming cover, so bring your A-game. Come prepared with a sketch of your favorite Virgin character and get a leg up on the competition. These sessions will be held at our booth on Friday and Saturday. Details to follow.

SIGNINGS

Here’s your chance to meet two legends of publishing – Grant Morrison and Deepak Chopra – who will be signing on Sunday from 1:30-2:15 at tables AA1-AA2 (Sails Pavilion). Please note: Grant Morrison’s MBX Sketchbook serves as the ticket for Grant’s signing. Deepak will be signing any of his Virgin titles (Buddha #1 will be available for sale at the Virgin booth).

CONTESTS

Have you always aspired for comic book immortality? We’ll here is your big break!! To celebrate this fall’s debut of the highly anticipated new sci-fi/action series Nowhere Man from the creative team of Hugh Jackman, Marc Guggenheim and Paul Gulacy, we’re giving all of you a chance to be a real Nowhere Man and get drawn into an issue!! Be sure to stop by our booth to enter this once-in-a-lifetime contest.

So that’s what we’re officially announcing, but you should keep your eyes and ears open, because we just might have a few more surprises up our sleeves.

See you in San Diego!