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13. Jul 2006

Pas på: Indiske superhelte overtager verden

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Eller vil i hvert fald forsøge at overtage tegneseriemarkedet, jfr. East West Magazine:
Picture this: A global pop-culture renaissance out of India. Headquartered in New York and Bangalore, a small army of writers and artists unleashes a new breed of India-infused comic books and Asian-edged animated film.These works captivate the world on a scale previously achieved only by Hollywood, Japan or rock and hip-hop. They shape new mythologies for the 21st century.

That's the vision behind Virgin Comics and Animation, a media company founded by an unlikely group of business partners: Deepak Chopra, the renowned self-help author; Richard Branson, whose Virgin Enterprises business empire covers travel, entertainment, mobile phones, lifestyle products, and, recently, space tourism; filmmaker Shekhar Kapur; and South Asian comics publisher Gotham Entertainment Group. The joint venture also includes Chopra’s son, Gotham.
Few would question India's worldwide impact on the arts and sciences, on literature and fashion and on politics and philosophy. Indian film, both highbrow and Bollywood, continues to inspire the moviemakers of many nations, so an influential wave of Indian pop-culture certainly seems possible.

Still: comic books? That's where Virgin has decided to start. Where it will end is anybody's guess — and the visionaries behind the company plan to take it pretty far.

Virgin Comics is actually three imprints, or lines, of comics. The Shakti imprint, from the Sanskrit word for “power,” will tell stories illustrated in India and loosely based on Indian myth. It debuts July 12 with “Devi,” the story of a goddess reborn as a young woman who fights crime in modern Sitapur ...
Lyder om ikke andet lovende, som om vi kunne forvente en (forhåbentlig) mere mytologiseret og intelligent superheltemyte, noget i retning af, hvad Jim Starlins Warlock var et (ikke helt mislykket) forsøg på.

Og hvilken slags superhelte har vi så i vente? Tjah,
In 2004, Jeevan J. Kang scripted and drew "Spider-Man: India," a four-issue miniseries published by Marvel Comics to coincide with the release of the second Spider-Man movie. The Indian "transcreation," as Devarajan calls it, was well-received in India, the U.S., the U.K. and elsewhere, providing some of the inspiration for Virgin Comics.

In "Spider-Man: India," the face under the famous mask is familiar – sort of. Mumbai-dwelling teen misfit Pavitr Prabhakar gains superhuman powers. This time, though, they come not from the bite of a mutant spider, but by karmic decree from a godlike being. Kang portrays the familiar villains Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus as demons of Hindu mythology. Characters use modern Hindi slang and make knowing Bollywood references (glossary thoughtfully provided) ...
Og det lyder jo umiddelbart spændende, selvom vi må håbe, man ender med at have andet end remakes at byde på.

Link (via Boing Boing).

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