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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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Think they’re checking out The Sadhu comic?

February 27, 2008

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As seen in the Times of India

Don’t miss the climatic Series 2 finale of Virgin Comics’ Sadhu: The Silent Ones #5, on sale today.

 

In this issue, James Jensen, the British soldier who became a mystic warrior, and his mysterious ally Trishanku launch an all-out attack on the stronghold of the Silent Ones in a desperate effort to save Jensen’s son. But even as they breach the outer defenses of the cult’s fortress, Jensen and Trishanku realize that the devious Grand Mistress has sprung a trap that might forever change the very fabric of this world and beyond!

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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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AUGUST PREVIEWS

August 3, 2007

Check out what’s out this month from Virgin Comics and let us know what you think or will be picking up. Click on the images for a bigger size.

DEVI #13 (August 22, 2007)

Her past was Tara Mehta, powerless young woman in the big, bad city of Sitapur. Her present is DEVI, super-powered reincarnation of an ancient celestial warrior fighting to make the world a better place. It is her future that is uncertain, as she encounters a darkness within herself that threatens to consume her, a loved one who returns from the dead possessed by a spirit of apocalypse, and a hated enemy who becomes an uneasy ally.

Tara has sworn to make Sitapur a safer place and starts using her powers to take on the Sitapur underworld. But the strain is taking its toll on her. Nothing makes sense in Tara’s life anymore as the lines between DEVI and Tara start to blur. Meanwhile, Kratha, the razor-clawed assassin, returns to make good on her contract to kill DEVI.

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WESTON & NICOLAS CAGE’S VOODOO CHILD #2 (August 8, 2007)

Gabriel Moore’s life should have ended almost 150 years ago—and in some ways, it did—but he was brought back by John Messenger, to the world of post-Katrina New Orleans. As he closes in on his human enemies, his path once again runs across Detective Robert Julien’s murder investigation, with violent results. But Gabriel is being hunted in his turn, by the most powerful of the voodoo loas, and Baron Samedi has his own terrifying ways of dealing with the risen dead… Don’t miss this latest installment from the creative minds of Nic and Weston Cage, and scripted by Mike Carey!

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GUY RITCHIE’S GAMEKEEPER #4 (August 22, 2007)

As Brock begins to piece together the mystery behind the death of Jonah Morgan, his own mysterious background is brought further to light. And now he is out of his element on the streets of Amsterdam, and has to put this new, urban environment into his own language of the wild in order to survive. Yet, as he closes in on his prey—the shadowy figure seemingly at the center of his quest—even his animalistic intuition can’t prepare him for the harshest twist yet in this electrically charged tale.

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DEEPAK CHOPRA’S INDA AUTHENTIC #4: UMA (August 8, 2007)

“One life claimed by tragedy, one birth consumed by the flames of separation, I have been given a second chance by destiny, a second birth, a new life, to redeem myself and reclaim the love of my life.

I am UMA, the all-mother. I too am Shakti, the power divine and this time I shall move mountains, march into the very mouth of hellfire to reunite with my love, my liege, Lord Shiva, God of Gods.”

Virgin Comics and Deepak Chopra invite you to a timeless lovestory of epic proportions that transcends even the barriers of death and rebirth. Relive the legend of Uma, the benevolent mother goddess and her undying love for Lord Shiva.

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SADHU: THE SILENT ONES #1 (August 15, 2007)

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.

RAMAYAN 3392AD RELOADED #1 (August 22, 2007)

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.

Alternate cover by Michael Avon Oeming.

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Sadhu Contest Winners

July 22, 2007

Thank you all for participating in the recent Sadhu contest. Based on the response we would like to make this a regular feature of the blog so make sure to subscribe to our RSS feed or via email (get each post directly to your inbox) to stay informed. Given that San Diego comic-con is next week, there will be tons of signed stuff and special editions to give away when we come back. Also, because of the convention, winners packages will go out only next week.

Congratulations to the following 10 winners of Virgin’s first blog contest:

  • Sam Ghosh
  • Danny Warren
  • Hannibal P.
  • leonmallett
  • Johnny Espino
  • Ben Mitchell
  • RJ Perry
  • Contest Blogger
  • Doug
  • Seth Rosenblatt
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Win a Free Sadhu Vol. 1 Trade Paperback Signed by Gotham Chopra!

July 12, 2007

The Sadhu returns this month with the launch of a 5-issue miniseries, ‘The Silent Ones‘, written by Saurav Mohapatra, art by R. Manikandan, and edited by Ron Marz. Virgin Comics is giving away 10 free copies of The Sadhu Vol. 1 Trade Paperback signed by Gotham Chopra—Chief Creative Officer and writer of The Sadhu Vol. 1.

Attached below is an image of a real Sadhu—post a caption or title for the image in the comments section of this post to participate. The top ten entries will be announced on July 22, 2007.

Click here to read the The Sadhu #1: Widescreen Edition.

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 Edit: Comments have now closed and winners will be announced shortly.

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Ron Marz: Working at Virgin Comics

June 27, 2007

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Click here to read Ron’s recent interview with Newsarama. It explains his role as editor, the plans for Devi, and the relaunches of Sadhu and Ramayan 3392AD. Also, click here for the interview when Ron Marz joined Virgin Comics.

Click to view larger versions of the covers (L-R): Devi #14 cover by Luke Ross, Ramayan 3392AD Reloaded #3 (Variant Cover) by David Peterson.