Archive for the ‘Gotham Chopra’ Category

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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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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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Spotlight On The Witchblade/Devi Crossover

May 1, 2008

Check out the Wizard interview with Virgin Comics Chief Creative Officer, Gotham Chopra and Top Cow’s Publisher, Filip Sablik as they discuss the first crossover between the two companies—Witchblade/Devi.

The first issue, published by Top Cow, is on sale now and the second half of the story (published by Virgin Comics and featuring art by Mukesh Singh) will hit comic shops on June 25th.

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Should Gotham Chopra Call Guru Pitka “Dad”?

April 25, 2008

“Living on the inside of the New Age world as I have done has given me a front row seat to what truly makes a profit. I mean prophet. Destiny, Serenity, and Tranquility are not just the names of my three favorite exotic dancers in Las Vegas. They are states of awareness. Guru Pitka taught me that as well.”—Gotham Chopra

Growing up as Deepak Chopra’s son must have been a spiritually rich experience for Gotham Chopra, Virgin Comics’ Editor-In-Chief. But we were all stunned to learn that Deepak is not in fact Gotham’s spiritual guiding light. Guru Pitka, the chief rival of Deepak Chopra, is the man that has been leading Gotham on his life-long spiritual journey. Read his shocking confession here.

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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

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The Love Guru

March 10, 2008

For those of you who saw the episode of Sundance Channel’s Iconoclasts with Deepak Chopra and Mike Myers, you’re already aware of The Love Guru, Mike’s new film in which he plays the protagonist Pitka, an American raised by the gurus of an ashram in India. Under the guidance of the yogis, Pitka becomes an expert in teaching spirituality, motivation, bliss, and peace. He moves to America to break into the self-help business and manages to land a multi-million dollar assignment from the owner and coach of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. We’re really excited for this film and rumor has that our very own Gotham Chopra will be making his feature film debut in it!

 

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THE SADHU TRAILER!

October 15, 2007

Sadhus do not know love or hate, desire or fear. They are detached from all emotional ties, devoted to a spiritual journey said to unleash unimaginable powers. This is the path James Jensen is fated to tread. But he must tackle his biggest obstacle yet… HIMSELF.

Music by Livebody Productions