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In case you need cheering up:

18 Days is being reprinted by Dynamite Entertainment. Still a hardcover, though, and still only $25. In case you missed it the first time, here's your second chance. This book is gorgeous.

This Sheltie has very particular taste in music. As Shelties tend to have very particular tastes in everything.

Feferi hugs all the trolls. This is one of the most beautiful pieces of Homestuck fanart. Ever.
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Thing the first: [ profile] kamdensl's doujin came in the mail today! Yaaaaay! And it included a freakin' awesome print of the Thompson sisters.

The book itself is completely awesome - especially in the way that the story switches in tone and setting from OH GOD NIGHTMARE FUEL to zomg angst to lol funny to d'awwwwww shippy moment without ever once being jarring about it. The story is refreshingly non-cheesy and the artwork is lovely and expressive (I particularly like the way that Kamden draws facial expressions). The ending is pitch-perfect, too. You can order your own copy here.

Thing the second: As promised, pics of Mukesh Singh's 18 Days.

Behind the cut. )
Aaaaaaand finally...

First batch of SE spoilers @ Hatomune

To absolutely nobody's surprise, Tezca is back. I don't think that this even deserves a spoiler cut because, you know, seriously. Seriously.

Non-important plot points: 1. Kid finally gets his new jacket. 2. Shioko has no idea whether Tezca's new head is supposed to be a mouse or a squirrel and looking at her drawing of it *I* have no idea either.

Important plot points: I've read over this five times and honestly I think I'm either misinterpreting the Japanese or Ohkubo has just dethroned Kubo as one of the most infuriating/hilarious manga author trolls of all time, so I'm going to hold back on posting anything until I can see the raw for myself. Or I see another Japanese source that confirms any of this.

Oh Index, you octopus-punning pantless-barbecue-loving evil mastermind, you!

ETA: More spoilers now in the comments.

ETA 2: Three new color illustrations are up at the GanGan website. There's also new wallpaper and SE stationary uploaded, too.

ETA 3: A large, textless version of this month's cover illustration is now available on GanGan Online.

ETA 4: [ profile] iijyanaika just posted pics of the pages from chapter 82 and Not! in the comments here. They're not readable but at least you can see what the action looks like. Gracias!
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More coherent post coming later. But some initial reactions:


2. The cover says "Grant Morrison's 18 Days." Mukesh Singh's name is nowhere on the cover. Yeah, uh, I'm just going to come out and say this: Among the small target audience actually interested in this book, I don't think that any of us are buying it because of Grant Morrison's involvement. Mukesh Singh's artwork is the real selling point on this book and I wish that Liquid had capitalized more on that.

3. Oh my god, the actual screenplay part of the book is kind of deliciously terrible.

4. In the very back of the book there is some written commentary by Mukesh Singh about some of the paintings. It's very telling Singh's few short paragraphs of writing are much more insightful, interesting, and true to the Mahabharata than all of Grant Morrison's 100 pages of brain droppings combined. For example, Singh describing a painting of Krishna: "Krishna is not Rama. He wears his godliness on his sleeve yet is more of an idea man than an idealistic one."

5. Now that I have the entire book and can tell who all of the characters are, I'm completely in love with Singh's character designs. He has awesome designs for all of the Pandava brothers, and when he draws Karna with his armor off it is so tragically apparent that Karna is related to the Pandavas that it's heartbreaking. I will say, however, that I am not terribly fond of Singh's decision to give Krishna pointy ears and long white hair, because now he just looks like an elf.

Probably a longer post coming later.
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18 Days is available on Amazon for a sweet discounted price of only $17 for a hardcover edition with 120 pages of Mukesh Singh artgasm. A 47-page preview is available for free on Scribd.

I am looking forward to enjoying the Mukesh Singh artwork almost as much as I am looking forward to laughing really, really hard at the "Grant Morrison writes about the Mahabharata" sections of the book. Actual quotes from the preview pages:

Snark behind cut. )

Meh, enough snark for now. The artwork by Mukesh Singh is OH MY GOD ABSFUCKINGLUTELY MINDBLOWINGLY GORGEOUS and makes the entire book worthwhile, especially if you ignore the pages full of Grant Morrison's braindroppings.

Wait, that book was listed on Amazon all the way back in July?! How did I miss that until now?! Oh yeah, the semester from hell. That's why.

Meanwhile! The Liquid Comics website is showing new artwork for Ramayan 3392 AD in several places (check out the front page and the Ramayan gallery under "Titles"), yet no new issues are available on either the Liquid website or on Scribd. Hmmm. Yet Liquid is apparently finishing some of Virgin's unfinished projects, as Buddha was finally completed last summer and is now available in graphic novel format.

Liquid is releasing all of the old Virgin titles on more digital devices now. For the iPad, you can now get the entire Ramayan 3392 series for $9.99, some parts of Reloaded for free, and all five issues of The Tall Tales of Vishnu Sharma for $4.99. Of course you can still download good old-fashioned PDFs of all of the previous titles plus the entire rest of Liquid's line from their Scribd website and import the comics to your e-reader that way, too. ;) Which is how I got Devi on my iPad right now.

UNIVERSAL FORMATS: DOIN' IT RIGHT. Thank you, Virgin/Liquid! Manga publishers, are you paying attention?!

Speaking of Virgin Comics alums, Abhishek Singh is up to awesomeness, with art shows in New Delhi and Los Angeles.
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At Newsarama.

Oh thank God for that interview. At least Grant Morrison sounds like he knows what he's talking about this time.

Also, yaaaay cover reveal! Arjuna and Karna are front and center on the cover of the book.

Uh, wow. Arjuna has a lot of hair.
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1. 14 new full-color preview paintings from 18 Days. What a shame that this is never going to be made into a proper comic book. There's no way that the animated series is ever going to look this good. (I'm growing less and less enamored of the Liefeld-esque character design for Karna the more that I see it. But that's my only complaint about the artwork so far.)

Speaking of the Mahabharata...

2. Polyamory for writers. Great thinky-thoughts post, and the comments are great too.

Speaking of fannish things...

3. This person is offering pretty artwork commissions for dirt cheap! Just passing along the plug for a friend of a friend, since I know that some of y'all reading this might be interested.

Speaking of artwork...

4. A Lovecraft-inspired artwork exhibition! I love love love that painting on the promotional flier.

Speaking of the Great Old Ones...

5. Bad thoughts bad thoughts bad thoughts bad thoughts. Soul Eater facehugging snark courtesy of Shioko.

Speaking of things that are probably only funny to Soul Eater fans...

6. This is the current front page of the Shocker Toys website. Scroll down, find the SDCC limited edition Mallow figure for Big Daddy, and then check out whom he is listed right next to. (Capped for posterity.)
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Via Saurav Mohapatra's twitter:

An advertisement for 18 Days printed in The Boys #42.

So the book is going to be just Grant Morrison's script, not a proper comic?

Both the advertisement and the 18 Days website claim that an animated version will be available in "Spring 2010":

18 Days will be available in Full Hi-Def and in a variety of formats: 2 x 90 minute TV movies, 6 x 30 episodes, extended 200 minute DVD release and as 18 x 10 minute web episodes. It will be supported by on-line and console gaming products, mobile content and other L&M licenses.

18 Days will be available in Spring 2010.

Yeah, sure. I'll believe it when I see it.

(Still nervous about Grant Morrison's involvement. Hey, you know what's really, really awesome? Grant Morrison writing the current Batman storyline with Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne. You know what's really, really NOT awesome? Everything else that Grant Morrison has ever written having to do with mining other cultures for stories, pretty much ever.)
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From the PR: 18 Days takes one of the most enduring tales of the East and places it in the capable hands of Grant Morrison, one of the greatest storytellers of the West.

A HA HA HA HA HA HA no. But Mukesh Singh is doing all of the artwork, so no matter what Morrison does to the story it is utterly impossible for this project NOT to rock. Thus is the awesome power of Mukesh Singh.

From the Beat writeup: The original — a classic Indian myth telling of three great warriors and their cataclysmic battles — is the world’s longest epic poem at more than 1.8 millions words, so there was certainly a lot of source material.

...Three? Only three? Is it going to be Krishna, Arjuna, and Karna? But what about Bhima?! What about Drona and Bhisma?!?! What about the Original Woobie, Ashwatthama?!?! What about Abhimanyu?!?! Inquiring minds want to know!

Pretty pictures are preeeeeeeeetty.
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...only now, the title has been changed to "18 Days." (Warning: trailer autoplays!) Frankly I think that the new name is a huge improvement over "MBX."

Oh hey look it's a shiny new website! By which I actually mean "shiny new URL" instead of "shiny new website," since this is the exact same website, no change whatsoever, that Virgin Comics used to host. Although the trailer is new-ish... Well, there's a little bit of new footage, and a lot of new narration, but it's still basically the same trailer that we saw a year ago, waaaaay back in August 2008. Man, has it really been that long?

Whether this is going to rock or suck, I will say that the 90's comic book version of Karna still looks freakin' awesome.

Of course, my usual reservations about Grant Morrison writing anything other than Batman or Superman applies here, especially in light of his recent epic Japanese!culture!FAIL. But we'll see. The "Notes from Grant" section has some lulzy passages, but nothing that's actually pinging my fail-dar yet. Then again it's the exact same "Notes from Grant" that I read in August last year, so I dunno. I think maybe I'm willing to forgive a lot of simplification, dumbing-down, and overselling (a "psychedelic Lord of the Rings" ORLY GRANT?!) considering that the three-headed Morrison/Perspective/Liquid Comics monster is trying to sell this story to an audience of (presumed white) comic book fanboys, who are extremely unlikely to be at all familiar with the source material or original culture. But then again I'm a white girl, so none of these sins are mine to forgive in the first place.

If I could give one piece of armchair-quarterback advice to the three-headed monster, however, I would say this: Stop assuming that your only target audience for this project is white and/or male.

Putting shirtless dudes in your trailer was a good start.

(It's nice to know that the whole KMHK "I'm sure that this tiny strap of leather across my shoulder will protect my entire chest from this incoming rain of deadly arrows!" school of warrior fashion is still alive and well.)
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That's all folks.

Also here, here and here. Edited to add: Val's take, Newsarama, Comic Forums, Brian Hibbs addresses Virgin's failure to properly market their Indian titles, Tom Spurgeon makes a Kali Yuga joke, Dirk Deppey makes with the intellectual masturbation, and then we have BLOGWAR!!

Edited again: Heidi's lengthy analysis. And finally, Gotham Chopra speaks, but about the Virulents movie deal and not about any of Virgin's actual comics. Arrrrrrrrrgh.

Aw geez. I can't believe that Dirk Deppey and I expressed a similar opinion about something. That makes me feel like I need to take a shower.

I wonder if MBX will go through, since it was half of a Perspective Studios project anyway.

I mean, it's always interesting to see another Western-influenced version of the Mahabharata, especially one that I assume was targeted at Western audiences. Worst case scenario is we end up with another Hamletodhana and the Amazing Multicolored Diversicast, but I don't think that's likely with Grant Morrison doing the writing. The more likely outcome is "delightfully batshit insane," rather than "overwrought and far too full of itself."

Well, anyway, this probably means that The Tall Tales of Vishnu Sharma is never going to get a trade. That's a pity. It was such perfect-for-libraries comic. (And also it makes me selfishly sad because I much much much prefer trades to floppies. I do not like keeping too many floppies in my comics collection. Argh.)
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Lots of material and notes from Grant Morrison uploaded.

(*reads notes*)

Uh, [ profile] zhinxy, what was that you said about Grant Morrison going crazy?

About the time that he started describing the Gita as a "Singularity" (capital S) in space and time, my brain melted.

Here are my reactions, in no particular order:

--Narration will start with Gita and then intersperse 18-day war with flashbacks to pre-war storyline. Okay. That's a solid approach. Dunno if you want to smack Western viewers in the face with the Gita right away, though.

---Set in 10,000 BC. Ummmmmmmm. Bharat is Pangea. Attempts to include references to Biblical floods. (Um, okay.) Elephants are actually mastadons with plated armor and "gas masks." Mastadons. Drona wears battle armor. Oh, god, please don't tell me the "battle armor" is the giant robots in the preview.

---Click on "Concept Art." Oh Jesus Christ ILU Mukesh Singh. But who are these people? Arjuna is immediately identifiable because a) he's labeled and b) GANDIVA. Nobody else is labeled. Two characters frequently appear with Arjuna, one big and badass, the other older with a constipated expression on his face. Probably Bhima and Yudhisthira. OH HEY I FOUND KARNA he's the dude with the giant cyborg arm and the earrings. I think. Where is Krishna? Where is Duryodhana? I only see one identifiable elder, is he supposed to be Bhisma or Drona or what?

---Teaser trailer is still the same one posted on the Perspective Studios website.

---Behind the Scenes. Okay, they're using motion-capture animation to capture real martial arts fights. This looks potentially awesome. Some guy says it will be "contemporary and psychedelic." You've got some tough competition from Ekta in the "psychedelic" category, guys.

PS - I ordered the MBX Sketchbook from the Virgin Comics store last month. If experience has taught me anything, I'm sure that I'll be seeing it show up sometime in November.

Mmmmm. Must watch more Ektabharat episodes. The power of Nakula's hair compels me.
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Go to Perspective Studios, click on "Our Work," then on the screenshot of the bearded scarred dude.

Initial reactions:


Um, guesses as to who the second featured character, the one with the staff/whip, is? My first thought was "staff = Yudhisthira," but I dunno. I mean, if you were making a preview of your cool sci-fi version of the Mahabharata and you could only feature two characters, would freakin' Yudhisthira be one of your top picks? Probably not. My second guess would be Bhima, but dude, where's the giant smashy-mace? I want to see BHIMA SMASH, not BHIMA ELEGANTLY DANCES AND DELICATELY STABS THINGS.

The cityscape backgrounds look amazing.

Generic background music is generic.

So, internets. When are you going to make with the Grant Morrison sketchbook scans?

Edited to add: A little bit of MBX-related chatter in this coverage of the "Spirit of the Superhero" panel.

And yes, that's basically the only internet coverage of any of Virgin's SDCC presence that I've been able to find so far. Not that I'm complaining about the deluge of Watchmen coverage, though. Because hot damn does Dr. Manhattan have a finely-sculpted blue ass.
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1. Stunning Catwoman doll by Takara:

Click for high-res

Part of the Cool Girls line.

2. Grant Morrison will be giving out an MBX Sketchbook to the lucky bastards at SDCC.

Not like I'm dying to see the character designs and his personal notes, or anything. (*dies*)
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From the Virgin Comics email newsletter:

We've also got Grant Morrison--yes, the Grant Morrison--teaming up with us for an online animated series, MBX! A bold new take on the Indian epic the Mahabharata, Grant has updated the legendary millenias-old tale to a future only he could envision. Better stock up on popcorn 'cause MBX breaks out on the web later this year!

Link with promotional images:

Now can anybody tell me what's going on in that one promotional image?

Also, this makes me nervous:

For that reason, the style of animation they are using for these web shorts is appropriate. Devarajan said that the shorts will utilize 3D Motion Capture for the animation. He described it as "almost a video game-type look."

I have yet to see a single use of 3D Motion Capture that doesn't suck.

Well, no, I stand corrected. Motion capture when used to animate CGI characters in live-action movies works well. (See: Gollum.) But when used in animated movies? It still just looks too weird to me. I mean, Polar Express and Beowulf... (*shudder*) Way too deep in the uncanny valley for my tastes.

Also, this means that they're going to be using human actors, right? I really really hope they get a mostly Indian cast.

So, in sum: Grant Morrison is helming a futuristic cartoon version of the Mahahbarata where instead of chariots we're getting SPACE MOTORCYCLES, apparently.

This can only end up awesome.

ETA: Ooop, forgot to check my flist before I posted this. [ profile] goldenflames scooped it first.

ETA 2: Okay so from the preview trailer it looks like they're using cartoony/stylized character designs, and using the motion-capture technology to replicate real martial arts. That looks fantastic, and I take back everything that I said about the uncanny valley. I was afraid that they were going to use the motion-capture CGI to try to replicate "realistic human" facial features, but since they're not doing that, the end result looks pretty cool, actually.