Archive for the ‘mythology’ Category

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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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Kalki Continues Cover of the Week Streak

June 23, 2008

On the heels of LINGER’s appearance on Wizard Universe‘s Cover of the Week roundup last week, PROJECT: KALKI issue #2 has scored again for Virgin Comics. In the June 18, 2008 edition of the Cover of the Week, Wizard’s Matt Cauli had this to say about the cover designed by Vivek Shinde and Ashish Avin:

“While shuffling through some covers, lo and behold I find this beauty. An Andy Warhol blast from the past style, but instead of an attractive young Marilyn Monroe, we get to feast are eyes upon baby fetuses in a variety of pantone popsicle colors. Such an eye catcher and pleaser if I’ve ever seen one.”

Written by Arjun Gaind and illustrated by Vivek Shinde, PROJECT: KALKI tells the frightening story of Avatar, a super-being created in a lab from the DNA of a mythological being. To read the article and see the cover click here. Issue #2 is on sale now and can be purchased at our Virgin Comics store.

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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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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

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Blood, Guts, and Terrorists… Oh My!

July 6, 2007

Okay, I’m not going to pretend that our new book Virulents (see trailer link below) is going to change literature as we know it, but there is a discussion emerging around it from those that have read it or heard the movie pitch evolving from the book. The summary: two military units, one American and one Indian, collide in the Bermuda triangle-like region of Afghanistan (amidst the mountainous Hindu Kush), and are forced to team up when they confront a terrorist-cum-demon. The demon, however, has an unlikely characteristic that makes him an enemy like none these warriors have ever seen. Ultimately, when they start to understand the local lore and the enemy they are up against, they realize there is only one out…

The comic is actually conceived out of an indigenous myth—the story of the blood demon Raktaveej that terrorized the Gods so that they were forced to summon the Goddess Uma who transformed herself into the fearsome Kali to once and for all take care of his menace. There are many morals to the story, some of which, as mentioned, have made their way into ours and feel particularly relevant to the times we find ourselves in.

Namely: be wary of the wars you start and know thy enemy. Today, we’re mired in a war and engaged with an enemy that we clearly don’t fully understand or know how to overcome. We’ve demonized the enemy with the title of terrorist without fully comprehending their powers. We’ve failed to understand that for every one of them that we think we’ve destroyed, we’ve seeded a thousand more (this has direct relevance to the story). And worst of all we’ve convinced ourselves —with the help of suits that work for corporations like Halliburton and Blackwater—that if we stay the course and rely on our archaic American military tradition of more might, we’ll somehow triumph. Ever heard of Gore Vidal’s Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace?

We don’t expect to change the world with our comics. Okay… maybe we do a little. Virulents is full of blood and guts and lives off of the tagline: “What’s the one thing worse than terrorists? Vampire terrorists!!!” And the fact that it’s built upon an actual legend of the East is lost on most readers, as are some of the other implications integrated throughout it. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist or that they are not worth talking about. After all, that’s what great literature is all about…☺

Gotham Chopra
Chief Creative Officer
Virgin Comics

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Deepak Chopra Launches New Graphic Novel on Indian Mythology with Virgin Comics

June 29, 2007

Prolific author launches “India Authentic” series worldwide

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New York, NY, June 20, 2007: Virgin Comics announced today that they are launching a new ongoing graphic novel series with bestselling author, Deepak Chopra.

The new series, Deepak Chopra Presents – India Authentic, will focus on retelling numerous Indian mythological stories with modern artists and writers. Each issue will be centered on the story of a different Indian god or goddess. The first issue, Ganesha, portrays the legend of India’s cherished, elephant-headed god. The series will continue with subsequent stories on Kali, Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Uma, Indra and others.

Commenting on the new series, Deepak Chopra stated, “The re-imagination of Indian mythologies and archetypes with a cross cultural flavor will ignite once again our collective yearning for achieving the impossible and embarking on a journey of mystery, magic, and adventure. It may well usher in an age that Homer never dreamed of.”

Each issue of the series will be introduced with a foreword by Chopra, describing the relevancy of the ancient myth in the context of today’s global world. Working with Chopra is a rotating team of India’s most talented young writers and artists including Saurav Mohapatra, Satish Tayade, Abhishek Singh and others.

“When I grew up, almost every child of Indian origin learned the legends and mythologies of India through comic books,” said Virgin Comics CEO & Publisher, Sharad Devarajan. “Working with an author of Deepak Chopra’s caliber allows us to recreate a series of Indian mythology comics crafted with the highest level of quality in artwork and story, bringing these cherished legends of India to audiences worldwide.”

“I grew up in Boston Massachusetts and worshiped the Red Sox and Patriots and felt bad about myself because kids teased me about believing in blue Gods with six arms. So what do I know about being authentic to India? I know I get to oversee a wildly talented group of young creators eager to tell their ‘authentic myths’ to the world and it’s exciting. And as they say, blue is the new black,” commented Gotham Chopra, Virgin Comics Chief Creative Officer.

The first issue in the series has been just released in North America with a monthly cover price of US$2.99, with a Rs.15 Indian edition following later this year. The series will also be translated into numerous languages throughout Europe and Asia later this year. The first issue in the series can be viewed in its entirety as a digital comic on Virgin Comics website at: http://www.virgincomics.com/slideshow_ganesha.asp

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DEVI: A Living Goddess?

June 27, 2007

Her name is Sajani Shakya, she is 10 years old, and is worshiped in Nepal. Sajani is considered to be a living goddess and earthly manifestation of the goddess Taleju—though some sources refer to her as the incarnation of Durga or even Kali. A recently published New York Times article, talks about Shakya’s visit to Washington D.C. a couple of weeks back. Shakya was in the US primarily to promote an upcoming British documentary, “The Living Goddess” that focuses on the young goddesses of the Nepal valley. (For more info in the Kumari Devi from Nepal, click here.)

In Virgin Comic’s story of DEVI created by Shekhar Kapur—Director of the eight-time Academy Award nominated film, Elizabeth and the critically acclaimed movies, Four Feathers, Bandit Queen, Mr. India, and Masoom—a native of the mythic Indian city of Sitapur, Tara Mehta has no idea that she is about to become the centerpiece of a divine battle between the Gods of Light that created her, and the demon Lord Bala. In a never-ending war, innocent souls are the unfortunate but acceptable collateral damage. Tara Mehta, all-too-human Goddess and reincarnation of the divine female force, begins to wonder if either side deserves to win in Sitapur—a modern city atop the ancient, mixed amongst the profane, and where the divine drifts towards diabolical!