I just returned from 4 days at Comic-Con ’07 in San Diego. It was my first time at SD and it was a great experience.
I mostly hung around at the Virgin comics booth and went out and got in lines for some signings. Both Gotham and Sharad were kind enough to bear me hanging around the booth like a third wheel :). I met Deepak Chopra who signed a copy of INDIA AUTHENTIC for me.
Among others I got my copy of Queen & Country TPB signed by Greg Rucka, got signed copies of Witchblade and Cyberforce from Ron Marz at Top Cow. Since my wife is a big Tick fan and we both love TOP 10, got signed copies from Ben Edlund and Zander Canon. Picked up a ton of books, but th emost promising so far has been WASTELAND from Oni Press. Antony and Christopher the creators were kind enough to sign a copy. I also picked up TALES FROMA FARM by JEFF LAMIERE which was a very good read.
Met with G. Willow Wilson, long time e-friend finally. Willow has a graphic novel named CAIRO coming up from VERTIGO and she was kind enough to give me a signed galley copy. I read that on my long journey home and it blew me away. Watch out for CAIRO in november, it is definitely worth watching out for.
Thanks to Dheeraj Verma I was able to get the elusive Warren Elis autograph at Avatar booth. Also got my photo snapped with Jena Jameson, who is doing a comic book called SHADOW HUNTER with Virgin.
The high point though was meeting Mike Carey. I am a long time LUCIFER fan and the way INDIA AUTHENTIC #1 GANESHA is told was inspired by a story called STITCHGLASS SLIDE in Mike’s most excellent LUCIFER run. When I told him that, the nice guy that is Mike asked me for a signed copy of Ganesha :D.
I mean there are nice guys and then there are nice guys. It was great pump up for me. Thanks Mike.
I’ll be posting some pictures soon of my trip. Right now back to the grind with INDIA AUTHENTIC new arc start, SADHU #3 and DEVI #15.
Watch out for SADHU Silent Ones and DEVI #13 coming to a store near you pretty soon.
update: managed to find one photo I forgot to get my camera for the trip. so now at the mercy of friends and their upload schedules.
I am currently in india on a mini-trip
arriving in India on 18th july 2007 and coming back to US on 23rd July.
18,19,20 JUL – Hyderabad
21 JUL – Bhubaneshwar
22 JUL – Mumbai
23 JUL – Back in states…
guess i’ll be jetlagged for a week
One of my short stories TRUTH, JUSTICE, THE AMERICAN WAY AND BPO dealing with the effect of Outsourcing on Superheroes has been published at Thousand Faces, a quarterly online journal of Metahuman Fiction.
You can read the story online at http://www.thousand-faces.com/truth.htm and purchase it from LuLu.com
You can post comments at http://thousandfaces.informe.com
INDIA AUTHENTIC #3 / INDRA is out on the stands today. This tells the story of INDRA, the king of the Gods and his battle with Virithra, the serpent demon who is holding the waters of the earth hostage.
It is drawn by Satish Tayade.
Here is the solicit text
‘I am INDRA, the son of Dyaus. I am THUNDER! I am the King of Gods! Those that have stood before me have either become friends or have been crushed by my Vajra. Like Virithra, the serpent demon that held the waters of a young world hostage, and who could not be killed by any metal, or wood, or stone. I decimated him with my Vajra, crafted from the bones of the sage Dadhichi. I am the ruler of Svarga (Heaven,) master of the nubile Apsaras (nymphs,) the lord of Soma (The sweet wine of Ambrosia,) and the tamer of Airavaat, the four tusked elephant of lore. I invite you to come see for yourself the might of Indra and the splendor of Amarvati Prime, the city of Gods.’ “
DEVI #12 / AHWAAN (The Call) released today (5th July 2007). This issue has Tara Mehta, the DEVI incarnate, tackling the more mundane world of organized crime with her divine combat skills. Features a cover by Tony Shasteen and art is by Saumin Patel.
Written by: Saurav Mohapatra, Art by: Saumin Patel; Cover by: Tony Shasteen Editor : Ron Marz
She is Tara Mehta, avatar of the DEVI, a celestial warrior who hosts the essence of an entire pantheon. Forever torn between the divine and the human, she has found some semblance of peace in devoting herself to making a better world. But all that is about to change. As ancient specters of Armageddon awaken from their slumber, and the countdown to a final cataclysm begins, Tara comes face to face with her most formidable opponent: herself.
Martin Perez a social studies teacher from Phillipines is using INDIA AUTHENTIC as prizes for his students. I had the good fortune of interacting with Martin on Comic Bloc forums and then via mohaps.com.
Thanks Martin. Things like this make writing comics all worthwhile. Wish you and your students all the best in your efforts.
The goal of a series like INDIA AUTHENTIC is to bring these stories to the world and I believe efforts like this compliment the objective soundly.
If you know of any such event and news item w.r.t. INDIA AUTHENTIC / VIRGIN COMICS titles, please do drop me a line or comment on this post. I’d be delighted to hear of such stuff.
Martin’s blog entry about this can be read here