Virgin Comics, MySpace team to offer animated comic book trailers

Wed, April 9th, 2008 at 1:47pm PDT | Updated: April 9th, 2008 at 1:48pm

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CBR News Team, Editor

The animated trailer for GUY RITCHIE'S GAMEKEEPER, the acclaimed comic book from Virgin Comics' Director's Cut imprint, has been selected as featured content on MySpaceTV, the viral video community of MySpace (http://www.myspacetv.com). Concurrently, the trailer is also the Featured Video of the social networking site's comic book community, MySpace Comic Books (www.myspace.com/comicbooks).

The trailer is part of a new wave of highly cinematic trailers from Virgin Comics. "Since these stories originated from the minds of filmmakers, they intrinsically have a filmic quality to them,"says Neil Marks, Marketing Director at Virgin Comics. "So it was a natural process to create trailers for these properties that played like actual film trailers."

Animated trailers for other Director's Cut titles, such as ED BURNS' DOCK WALLOPER and JONATHAN MOSTOW'S THE MEGAS, can be viewed at www.myspacetv.com or www.virgincomics.com.

GUY RITCHIE'S GAMEKEEPER is the first Director's Cut property to be optioned by a major studio. It is currently in development at Warner Brothers, with Guy Ritchie attached to direct and Joel Silver (The Matrix Trilogy, Speed Racer) producing.

Virgin Comics and MySpace have worked together numerous times in the past, most recently on COALITION COMIX, an interactive comic book where fans collaborate on the development of a new digital comic. Helmed by Mike Carey (The Stranded, X-Men, Weston & Nicolas Cage's Voodoo Child), readers are given the opportunity to interact with Carey and vote on every element of this comic, including genre, script elements, artwork and even the font of speech and caption bubbles. The first fully colored chapter of this groundbreaking comic, titled QUEEN'S ROOK, can be read at www.myspace.com/coalitioncomix.

QUEEN'S ROOK tells the story of Peter Ruthven, an operative with the British Foreign Office who is a trained spy and killer who was born with the ability to accelerate his own metabolism into a hyper-fast state, which no other human being can match. Unfortunately, this acceleration consumes vast amounts of energy, and it can only be fuelled and sustained by human hemoglobin: Ruthven has to drink blood, vampire-like, every time he wants to use his power.

"This has been a truly unique experience," says Mike Carey. "The story and development process is constantly evolving. The flow of feedback and creative ideas is constant, opinions are diverse, and most importantly, participants are adventurous and willing to develop the most intriguing storylines. All this provides me with the best ingredients to play with."

Additional chapters of QUEEN'S ROOK will be posted in the coming weeks.

MySpace Comic Books (www.myspace.com/comicbooks) is a community dedicated to the best in comics, manga, and graphic novels. Launched in March 2007, MySpace Comic Books provides the online community with the latest comic book news and interviews and spotlights the most exciting projects, creators and events in the industry. With more than 200,000 friends, and growing, MySpace continues to see significant interest from its members in the comic book arena.

About Virgin Comics

Virgin Comics is a character entertainment company creating original stories and epic myths for worldwide audiences. The company was founded in November 2005 by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Enterprises Ltd., alongside author Deepak Chopra, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and entrepreneurs Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman. Virgin develops new stories with acclaimed filmmakers, actors and musicians including John Woo, Guy Ritchie, Terry Gilliam, Ed Burns, Nicolas Cage, Sachin Tendulkar and others. Feature films based on Virgin Comics' characters are also in the works, including an animated feature The Secrets of the Seven Sounds, Guy Ritchie's Gamekeeper (with Warner Bros and producer Joel Silver) and Virulents with FOX, directed by John Moore (The Omen, Max Payne). Virgin Comics also formed a joint venture with NBC-Universal to create new science fiction properties for graphic novels and television with the SCI FI Channel. The first title in this series, The Stranded, premiered in January 2008. www.virgincomics.com

About MySpace.com

MySpace, a unit of Fox Interactive Media Inc., is the premier lifestyle portal for connecting with friends, discovering popular culture, and making a positive impact on the world. By integrating web profiles, blogs, instant messaging, e-mail, music streaming, music videos, photo galleries, classified listings, events, groups, college communities, and member forums, MySpace has created a connected community. As the first

ranked web domain in terms of page views(c), MySpace is the most widely-used and highly regarded site of its kind and is committed to providing the highest quality member experience. MySpace will continue to innovate with new features that allow its members to express their creativity and share their lives, both online and off. MySpace's international network includes localized community sites in the United States, France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Austria, Latin America and the United Kingdom. Fox Interactive Media is a division of News Corp. (NYSE:NWS, NWS.A; ASX:NWS, NWSLV).

*Among the top 2000 domains comScore Media Metrix, June 2007. For more information on comScore Networks, please go to http://www.comscore.com

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