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Your Big Break? Portfolio Reviews at ’08 San Diego Comic-Con

July 16, 2008

Virgin Comics will be holding portfolio reviews at the 2008 San Diego International Comic-Con. If you are interested in having your work reviewed by one of Virgin Comics’ editors, please read all of the information below.

Sign-up:

Virgin Comics’ portfolio reviews will be happening ONLY on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26. Candidates can sign up for an appointment spot beginning Thursday at 9:00 am. Sign-ups are on a first come, first serve basis. Each spot will be assigned a specific time, however, we recommend that candidates show up well in advance of their appointed time. Candidates late for their appointment will have their spot given away.

Waiting List:

Only candidates who get on the sign-up list are guaranteed a portfolio review. However, there is a possibility that, dependent on time, additional candidates might be able to get reviews. Waiting list candidates should be present for the entire review period.

What you should bring:

When candidates sign up for a review, they should take and fill out a Materials Submission form. In addition to bringing the form to the review, they should also bring:

At least five images, with a selection of cover shots, interior pages, and character studies.

A current resume

The following items are optional, but highly encouraged:

Copies of some images to leave with the editors (please make sure your name and e-mail is on each page; please note that any copies left with editors will NOT be returned. Editors will NOT accept original artwork).

A cover image of one of our characters (this is a really easy way to impress us!).

A business card

Review times:

Friday, July 25

o 10:00 am – 11:30 am

o 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Saturday, July 26

o 10:00 am – 11:30 am

o 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location:

All reviews, sign-ups, and waiting lists will take place at Virgin Comics’ Booth, #2229.

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San Diego Comic-Con, Here We Come!

July 11, 2008

Virgin Comics is gearing up for yet another San Diego Comic-Con, and we’ve got a ton of exciting plans in store, including panels with Stan Lee, Grant Morrison and Deepak Chopra, exclusive goodies at our booth (#2229), and much more! Here’s a taste:

PANELS

Stan Lee and Grant Morrison talk Virgin Comics

(Thursday, July 24th, 10:45-11:45 am in Ballroom 20)

Two of the most important creators in the history of comic books team up to discuss the bold new frontiers being explored in the art of storytelling. Legendary creator Stan Lee (Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, X-Men) shares his insights on the world of comics, and presents never-before-revealed hints of his new superhero universe with Virgin Comics. Joining Stan is prolific creator Grant Morrison, contemporary comics’ most active mind, who will discuss his collaboration on Perspective Studios’ and Virgin Comics’ new animated series MBX while offering his insights on comics and engaging with Stan in a once-in-a-lifetime conversation about the long history and boundless future of their beloved medium. Virgin Comics is proud and excited to bring these two unique luminaries together for this unprecedented event.

Grant Morrison and Deepak Chopra discuss Science, Soul and Superheroes

(Sunday, July 27th, 2:45-3:45 pm in Ballroom 20)

The tradition continues! As Virgin Comics and Perspective Studios prepare to launch the new animated series MBX, series writer Grant Morrison once again teams with best-selling author and Virgin Comics co-founder Deepak Chopra to talk…superheroes! Come watch and join the ongoing conversation investigating the id, ego, superego, and spirituality of the superhero—we’re talking social theory with sound effects, four colors fused with existentialism. Two of the greatest minds of comics and culture talking…comics and culture—this is not to be missed!

uClick: Mobile Comics, featuring Virgin Comics’ Larry Lieberman

(Thursday, July 24th, 4:30-5:30 pm in Room 30AB)

GoComics, the leader in on-line and mobile comics and manga, looks at a market truly coming into its own. Panelists will discuss the evolution of comic strips and comic books in the digital age and examine new publishing platforms that make mobile viewing part of a complete comics experience. They’ll introduce new content from their partners: Stan Lee, Tokyopop, Virgin Comics, IDW, Devil’s Due, Papercutz, TMNT and more. Learn about what the future of mobile comics promises for fans and creators alike.

EXCLUSIVES

Make sure you check out Virgin Comics’ SDCC ‘08 specials for sale exclusively at our booth:

SDCC Variants: Dan Dare #7 double-sized finale featuring Dave Gibbons wrap-around cover: ink variant (limited to 500) and pencil sketch variant (limited to 250).

SDCC Exclusive: Grant Morrison’s MBX Sketchbook (limited to 1,000). Get an inside look at the highly anticipated animated series MBX, penned by Grant and produced by Perspective Studios and Virgin Comics, through a sketchbook featuring breathtaking art explorations from Mukesh Singh (Jenna Jameson’s Shadow Hunter, Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper, Devi/Witchblade), script excerpts, and more.

Lenticulars: We had a very limited number of Shadow Hunter, Gamekeeper and Dan Dare lenticulars at New York Comic-Con, and they sold out almost immediately. We’ll have a small quantity in our booth, but we can’t promise how long they’ll last.

iPod Skins: Your iPod will not be complete until it’s adorned with a Dan Dare or Shadow Hunter skin!

Autographed Items:

· Dan Dare #1 Bryan Talbot ink cover, limited to 500 copies and autographed by Garth Ennis! This came out in late 2007 when Dan Dare debuted, and these are some of the last few copies in existence. Act now, because once these are gone they’re gone FOREVER.

· Dan Dare lithographs of Bryan Talbot’s #1 cover art, signed by Garth Ennis.

· Jenna Jameson’s Shadow Hunter lithograph of Greg Horn #1 cover art, signed by Jenna.

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Meet our Editors Charlie Beckerman and Sana Amanat for a one-on-one portfolio review session. And who knows… if we’re really blown away by your work, you might just walk away with a gig. We’re ready to hire the best artist we meet with to do an upcoming cover, so bring your A-game. Come prepared with a sketch of your favorite Virgin character and get a leg up on the competition. These sessions will be held at our booth on Friday and Saturday. Details to follow.

SIGNINGS

Here’s your chance to meet two legends of publishing – Grant Morrison and Deepak Chopra – who will be signing on Sunday from 1:30-2:15 at tables AA1-AA2 (Sails Pavilion). Please note: Grant Morrison’s MBX Sketchbook serves as the ticket for Grant’s signing. Deepak will be signing any of his Virgin titles (Buddha #1 will be available for sale at the Virgin booth).

CONTESTS

Have you always aspired for comic book immortality? We’ll here is your big break!! To celebrate this fall’s debut of the highly anticipated new sci-fi/action series Nowhere Man from the creative team of Hugh Jackman, Marc Guggenheim and Paul Gulacy, we’re giving all of you a chance to be a real Nowhere Man and get drawn into an issue!! Be sure to stop by our booth to enter this once-in-a-lifetime contest.

So that’s what we’re officially announcing, but you should keep your eyes and ears open, because we just might have a few more surprises up our sleeves.

See you in San Diego!

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Gamekeeper Creator Guy Ritchie to Direct Sherlock Holmes Film

July 10, 2008

Guy Ritchie is making the leap from gamekeepers to detectives. According to Variety, the creator of Virgin Comics’ GAMEKEEPER will direct SHERLOCK HOLMES for Warner Brothers. The drama, which stars Robert Downy, Jr. in the titular role, will begin shooting in October.

Guy Ritchie is also set to direct a feature film adaptation of GAMEKEEPER for Warner Brothers with producer Joel Silver. The latest issue of GUY RITCHIE’S GAMEKEEPER Series 2 (issue #5) is available now at comic stores. Look for it on our Virgin Comics Store soon, and in the meantime check out issue #4.

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The First Ever Virgin Comics/Comic Book Gazette Sweepstakes!

July 10, 2008

Virgin Comics has teamed up with the nice folks over at the Comic Book Gazette — the Internet’s premiere comic book newspaper — to create a sweepstakes celebrating the recent release of two thrilling comic series: Deepak Chopra’s Beyond and Project: Kalki.

To enter, go to the contest site, sign up to receive newsletters from Virgin Comics and the Comic Book Gazette, and answer a trivia question based on the Beyond trailer. It’s really that simple. The five prize packs include Beyond #1($3), Project: Kalki #1 ($3), Ramayan 3392 AD Reloaded TPB ($15), Deepak Chopra Presents India Authentic Volume 1 and Volume 2 TPBs ($30), and Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper Volume 1 Hardcover ($30).

81 dollars in value. 5 engrossing comics. 3 minutes to enter. 0 reasons not to!

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The Mekon Claims #39 on Empire’s 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters – No Comment from Dan Dare

July 10, 2008

In a crippling blow to the valiant Space Fleet captain, Dan Dare’s brainy, green nemesis, the Mekon, has landed an impressive victory on Empire Online’s “50 Greatest Comic Book Characters”. Coming in at #39, the Mekon is lauded for his “nifty weapons” and “emotion-free genius” — the kind of praise normally reserved for the likes of Oppenheimer and Bohr. We can only imagine how vexing it must be for the unsung Dare not only to be envious, but to turn green because of it.

To read the full article click here. To read more about this oh so brilliant and endearing alien, visit our Virgin Comics Store.

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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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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.