Deepak Chopra Launches New Virgin GN Based on Indian Mythology

Mon, July 2nd, 2007 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

New York, NY - 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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