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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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Read Deepak Chopra’s BEYOND #1 Online for FREE!

June 11, 2008

The first issue of Deepak Chopra’s Beyond has been summed up perfectly in Comics Bulletin’s 4-bullet review: “This is a great first issue of a new series — the characters and their personalities are introduced without being too heavy-handed, the dilemma of the plot is posed, the world is explored. Honestly, this feels like it might turn out to be some of Ron Marz’s best work.  I am surprisingly pleased with this new series, and I’m actually looking forward to buying the second issue. That’s not something I can say very often with new comic series, unfortunately, so I’m always thrilled when it happens.”

The feedback on this issue has been so overwhelmingly positive from fans, reviewers and retailers alike that we’ve underestimated the demand and it’s been selling out in stores across the country!  Since we’re only a few weeks away from Beyond #2 hitting comic shops on June 25th, we decided the fastest way to meet the increasing demand for this issue is to post the entire issue online FOR FREE on our MySpace page.

Beyond follows a brutal physical and spiritual journey of a desperate husband searches for his missing wife while on vacation in India, and is based on an original science fiction story by Deepak Chopra, and adapted by Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Witchblade, Samurai: Heaven & Hell) and illustrated by Edison George.  You don’t want to miss this opportunity to get on board now with the story that Augie De Blieck Jr. at Comic Book Resources says “… piles on the mysteries at a breakneck pace, giving us exotic locales and beautiful art to keep our eyes excited.”

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INSIDE VIRGIN COMICS: SEPTEMBER

September 11, 2007

Is it September already? Is the summer already gone? Wow—that was fast. Here at Virgin Comics, we’ve had a summer full of excitement, celebrating our one-year anniversary, finding new partners to play and create with, and building out our business so we have stuff to celebrate at our two-year anniversary and beyond.

Along the way, we’ve also been asking the oh-so-existential question: “who are we?”You see, it’s not just our own corporate adolescence we are dealing with, it’s also the fact that, you, our audience, and even some of our partners, are asking that question in an effort to figure us out. We get that our projects aren’t exactly classifiable into one overarching category. We generate stories that stem from great Asian mythos (Ramayan 3392 AD, Devi) and then tap into the creative minds of some of the coolest filmmakers and creators on the planet (Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper, Dave Stewart’s Walk In), churning out a fusion of eastern, western, and admittedly bizarre elements of storytelling. See, we’re obsessed with funky stories and funky creative partners and resist anything that puts us in a box. So as we continue down this path of self-discovery, we search for more ways to expand our creative horizons to further perplex, inspire and excite our audiences, our partners and ourselves.

In that spirit, we’ve partnered with Studio 18, one of India’s premiere film and television studios to create a line of graphic novels, as well as animation, games, and movies that cater to the teen horror genre. We thought it would be fitting to expand on our crazy fictional fantasies and delve into the wildly horrific, dark and twisted world of thrillers. For centuries India has enchanted the world with its entrancing and spiritually-minded stories, so it’s about time we turned up the freak factor.

Eat the Dead, included in the following pages as a sneak peek, is the first from our India Horror imprint, the premiere of our truly “graphic” graphic novels. It’s a story about what lurks in the shadows of our pasts, what happens when our karmic duties defy the laws of “humane” nature, and the dark deeds one must do to rectify their wrongs. And then, there’s also one crazy looking beast of a woman who’s not interested in playing nice. I won’t tell you more, because it’s wrong to ruin a great story, but I can say that this comic is a true testament to what we represent here at Virgin Comics… you’ll never know what to expect next.

See you on the inside….

—The Chief
and the Virgin Comics Editorial Team

Eat the DeadEat the Dead

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Pulp Secret Video Blog on Virgin Comics

June 11, 2007

http://www.pulpsecret.com/episode/PSR_20070611

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What’s out in June?

June 5, 2007

Devi #12

Devi # 12

She is Tara Mehta, avatar of the DEVI, a celestial warrior who hosts the essence of an entire pantheon. Forever torn between the divine and the human, she has found some semblance of peace in devoting herself to making a better world. But all that is about to change. As ancient specters of Armageddon awaken from their slumber, and the countdown to a final cataclysm begins, Tara comes face to face with her most formidable opponent: herself.

The Silent Ones #1

Sadhu – The Silent Ones # 1

In the 19th century, when the sun did not dare set on the British Empire, James Jensen went to India as a soldier in Her Majesty’s Army. Losing his family to betrayal and brutal violence, Jensen became a SADHU, a mystic warrior who must walk the spiritual path to salvation. As the latest chapter of the saga begins, emptiness rules James Jensen’s heart, and he wanders aimlessly. His travels bring him to the Kumbh Mela, an epic gathering of mystics, where deadly enemies and shadowy allies lie in wait. But an even bigger surprise awaits James, as he learns that a loved one might still live!

Shekhar Kapur’s Snakewoman: Tales of the Snake Charmer #1

Shekhar Kapur’s Snakewoman: Tales of the Snake Charmer #1

Jessica Peterson’s life used to be ordinary. And then, suddenly, it wasn’t. In the blink of an eye, she went from dive-bar waitress to reincarnated goddess, the “Snake Woman”. Since then, things have never been more different. She hunts and is simultaneously hunted by the 68, a secret society composed of the reincarnated souls of the British explorers who desecrated the snake-goddess’ temple in the jungles of India over 300 years ago. James Harker, head of the 68, has been secretly mentoring Jessica, but now she rejects him and his world, hoping to escape her murderous tendencies and reclaim the direction of her life. But as the modern-day incarnation of her ancient mate comes to the fore, will she be able to turn her back on destiny? Don’t miss the beginning of this NEW MINISERIES. Perfect for new readers!

Ramayan 3392AD Reloaded #1 (Jeevan Kang Cover)

Ramayan 3392 A.D. Reloaded #1

The epic tale Ramayan 3392 A.D. has just been reloaded! The quest of the hero Rama, his loyal brother Lakshman, and the beautiful Seeta has just begun, with the original creative team now guided by comic impresario Ron Marz. This issue marks a jumping-on point for readers, and sees the beginning of a regular series of character-driven back-up features, penned by Marz and drawn by a series of superstar comics artists. In this issue, Marz and Michael Avon Oeming (Powers, Red Sonja) tell the tale of Rama himself, while in the lead feature the wounds Rama has suffered in battle have left him at death’s door, and only a miracle can save him. If Rama perishes … so does the world’s hope.

Deepak Chopra’s India Authentic #2: KALI

Deepak Chopra’s INDIA AUTHENTIC #2: KALI

Virgin Comics presents as part of Deepak Chopra’s INDIA AUTHENTIC, the story of the most primal and feared aspect of the Indian Mother Goddess, the legend of Kaali.

She was born in a crimson haze. She bathed in the blood of a thousand hearts, devoured a million creations and smeared on herself, the ashes of infinity…and then she slept.

When Rakta Veej the Blood Demon and his unstoppable army of bloodspawns lay siege to Amaravati, the City of Gods, the Gods desperately invoke the slumbering Vampiric spirit of Kaali the Destroyer to fight their battle. But once the battle is done, will Kaali stop there? Or will her primal instincts cause her to turn on the Gods themselves.

Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper #1 (Extended Edition)

Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper #1: Extended Edition

Enhance your experience of Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper with this special extended edition of Gamekeeper #1! As Brock’s past comes back to haunt him, he is sucked into a web of politics, science, money and death… Will his animalistic instincts be enough for him to survive? Go behind-the-scenes and get an exclusive look at the making of Gamekeeper #1, including original script pages from Andy Diggle and artist layouts of key scenes. With a special variant ink cover by John Cassaday, you won’t want to miss out on this extraordinary special edition!