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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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Stan Lee Videos From New York Comic-Con

April 29, 2008

Stan Lee greets thousands of his fans on the way to his Virgin Comics panel:


But not everyone got a chance to meet Stan. The folks at Black20 were on a mission at Comic-Con: get an interview with Stan Lee. Click here to check out their journey, shot documentary style, through a packed convention center in pursuit of Stan “The Man”.


Stan also talks with The Comic Collective about his new superhero universe with Virgin Comics:

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STAN LEE TO CREATE NEW SUPERHERO UNIVERSE FOR VIRGIN COMICS!!!

April 18, 2008

YES, YOU READ RIGHT! We’re extremely honored to announce that Stan Lee, the living legend of comics, and creator of titles such as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Hulk has found a new home to create his next epic universe of superheroes. No one has created perennial superheroes and defined global popular culture like Stan so be sure to hear him talk in person about his groundbreaking plans with Virgin Comics that will change the world of comic books.

LA TIMES Article

Meet Stan tomorrow — Saturday, 4/19/08: 11:00AM – 12:00PM in Room 1E10-1E11


Also, the other one you’ve been waiting for. Garth Ennis (The Boys, Preacher, John Woo’s Seven Brothers) will be making his first U.S. public appearance in many years to discuss the brilliance of Dan Dare’s enduring legacy and why he needed to write this quintessential British story for readers in the U.S. In Garth’s own words, “He’s our Captain America, our Superman, our Batman, he’s all of them rolled into one. He’s the original and the best.” Joining Garth is Peter Hampson, whose father, Frank, created Dan Dare in 1950 and Larry Lieberman, Chief Marketing Officer of Virgin Comics.

Saturday 4/19 1:30pm – 2:30pm Room 1E12-13-14: DAN DARE: BRITIAN’S GREATEST HERO – What Americans Need to Know!