Archive for the ‘Buddha’ Category

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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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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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Have We Found Virgin’s #1 Fan?

July 9, 2008

Adam McGovern of ComicCritique.blog may be in contention for Virgin Comics’ number one fan. This comics connoisseur recently posted an article describing his favorite Virgin Comics titles and how they have evolved the medium. Here’s what he had to say about some of our more recent titles:

Deepak Chopra’s Buddha

BUDDHA is the ambitious adaptation of Chopra’s novel on the legendary holy man, and is one of the best comics being produced today. The eloquent script adaptation by Joshua Dysart encapsulates crystalline truths with zero smugness, and the otherworldly (and, by turns, all-too-worldly) art by Harshvardhan Kadam is a rare achievement of sensory wonder without empty spectacle.

Beyond

BEYOND, conceived by Chopra, written by Ron Marz and drawn by Edison George, is a contemporary thriller with BOURNE-style suspense but a subtext of uneasy global-trade relationships between American industry and an India balanced between ancient spiritual understandings and emerging material opportunities. Chopra’s concept of a topical yet page-turning tale is as strong here as his soul & sorcery balance is in BUDDHA, and Marz’s ear for extraordinary tensions among everyday people is keen, with intricate yet energized art from George.

Project: Kalki

There’s a grand, depressive poetry to Arjun Gaind’s writing, and artist Vivek Shinde is set to join John Paul Leon and Paul Azaceta in the pantheon of meaningful, moody gloom. The book details the probable end of the world, but there’s now one more good reason to hope it doesn’t happen too soon.

Dan Dare

DAN DARE may be the first fully Obama-era comic, with establishment believers fighting to restore competence and common sense from the feckless usurpers they look so much better than. People marvel at the restraint and honor of this comic given writer Garth Ennis’ often squalid oeuvre, but, after brilliantly cataloguing how bad we can be and how wrong things can go, he’s tackling the even tougher terrain of envisioning what just rule might look like.

To read the full article click here. Any of the above titles can be purchased online at our Virgin Comics store.

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Newsarama on Deepak’s Buddha and More

June 19, 2008

The New York Times best-selling author and spiritual thinker Deepak Chopra recently sat down with Cliff Biggers of Comic Shop News in an article posted on Newsarama. Deepak spoke about his involvement in the founding of Virgin Comics, how Buddha relates to superheroes, and the possibility of adapting his upcoming book Jesus: The Story of the Man Who Would be Christ as a comic book.

To read the full article go here. If you’d like to watch the trailer or read a free widescreen digital comic of Deepak Chopra’s Buddha click here. Issues 1-3 of Deepak Chopra’s Buddha are available now at comic shops everywhere and at our Virgin Comics store.

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Deepak versus Pitka

June 5, 2008

Who knew Enlightenment could be so divisive? Guru Pitka has been called a poor man’s Deepak, a sham, an impostor who makes a mockery of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, and most “isms” in general. Now, he is calling out Virgin Comics’ very own guru, Deepak Chopra, in an online popularity contest. Although we at Virgin Comics personally feel that Deepak and Pitka are really one in the same, both part of the absolute universe, we’d still like to know: Who do you love? Vote 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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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?!