18 Days

Jun. 1st, 2010 10:28 am
sherkahn: (Shere Kahn)
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Been a while where I have been in such awe that I would just shut up and let the work speak for itself. Newsarama has such an interview and preview of things to come.

*mods, forgive me, but these pics needs to be seen large to be appreciated.

From the interview:

    "Morrison: For the 18 Days version, we took the Mahabharata’s descriptions of vimanas and astras very literally as accounts of ancient advanced technology and created a vision of the battle at Kurukshetra which combines traditional images of the Mahabharata with a kind of Vedic sci-fi approach which adds a new freshness and modernity to the story. This version is less about trying to create a historically-accurate representation of conflict in ancient India and more about emphasising a timeless, universal and mythic vision that has as much to say about the world we live in today as it does about the past. The transmission of the Bhagavad Gita at the heart of the story opens the way for a metaphorical spiritual understanding of the conflict as the war between desire and duty, the material and the spiritual, that is fought every day by every human being.

    The Gita, with its direct, no-nonsense guide to living in the odd universe we all share, is at the very heart of the story, in the sense that everything else revolves around that moment when Krishna lays it on the line for Arjuna."

Now, what makes this breathtaking is this.

This is a prime example of why we set do what we do on the board. To share work that amazed us then and can amazes us now. Up until this time I have only heard of the mythology and never read it. Now I can't wait to get off of work and head to the library to bone up on the myths before the books come out in August.

suggested tags:
title: 18 Days
publisher: Liquid Comics

creator: Grant Morrison
creator: Mukesh Singh

Date: 2010-06-01 06:04 pm (UTC)
grazzt: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grazzt
Warhammer rip-off.

All sarcasm aside, this artwork is amazing. Seriously, I've given Morrison a miss ever since RIP, but I don't know if I'll be able to pass this up.

Hmmm, should I follow sherkahn's example and read the myths first, or let this be my introduction to the stories? Decisions, decisions...

Date: 2010-06-01 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] arilou_skiff
I was going "It reminds me of something but what?" and you're right: It does look a bit like the Warhammer art-style.

Date: 2010-06-02 12:58 am (UTC)
pallas_athena: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pallas_athena
You could always watch the Peter Brook version on DVD. It's quite lovely, and in places, cracktacular.

Date: 2010-06-01 06:05 pm (UTC)
pizoxuat: From Hark, a Vagrant #202, Dude Watching With the Brontes, by Kate Beaton. (Default)
From: [personal profile] pizoxuat
That's some breathtakingly pretty art.

Date: 2010-06-01 06:31 pm (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
Man, that art just blows me away. Utterly outstanding, and the source material just defines epic anyhow.

So is this gonna be Morrison bringing his A game?

Date: 2010-06-01 07:46 pm (UTC)
cf105: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cf105
I hope so. Mind you with art like that it will still be a classic (provided the interiors look like this). This sort of subject matter with this sort of art and Morrison writing, I'm getting my hopes up that this will be his best work since all star superman.

Date: 2010-06-01 06:35 pm (UTC)
darkblade: (Default)
From: [personal profile] darkblade
I'm not too keen on bringing a "sufficently advanced technology" angle to an existing mythology but damnit it the art is just so damn pretty.

Date: 2010-06-01 08:29 pm (UTC)
majingojira: (Bagan)
From: [personal profile] majingojira
An existing mythology that has flying vehicles of varying sizes and things that sound very much like poetic descriptions of nuclear weapons.

Sci-Fi Interpretations of Hindu Mythology is practically a requirement in modern times!

Date: 2010-06-01 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] twigcollins
Did you read his Vinamarama mini?

If this is more of that, albeit srs, I say yes sir please may I have another.

Date: 2010-06-02 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] palabradot
With more kickass, less funny? I love Vimanarama, but yes please. :)

Off to point this out to my husband and go, YES. THIS IS HOW I IMAGINE EXALTED. Make it so at the gaming table, honey!

Date: 2010-06-02 01:25 am (UTC)
halialkers: (Default)
From: [personal profile] halialkers
Hindu mythology came up with both nukes and flying machines before anyone else did.

Date: 2010-06-01 06:40 pm (UTC)
stig: "It Was A Boojum..." (Default)
From: [personal profile] stig
Seems like there'll be some elements of the Ramayana in there too - there's blue-skinned Prince Rama about to kill the fiery Rakshasha King of Lanka, Ravana (third picture). Perhaps they'll reference that little myth explaining why an image of Rama's general, the monkey god Hanuman, appears on Arjuna's flag (second to last picture).

Date: 2010-06-01 07:22 pm (UTC)
darkblade: (Default)
From: [personal profile] darkblade
You mean that wasn't a misplaced Storyboard for Avatar 2?

Date: 2010-06-01 08:00 pm (UTC)
stig: "It Was A Boojum..." (Default)
From: [personal profile] stig
...I genuinely don't see where you're going with this.

Date: 2010-06-01 08:02 pm (UTC)
darkblade: (Default)
From: [personal profile] darkblade
A Blue warrior weilding magic primitive weapons fighting a partially robotic monster.

Date: 2010-06-01 08:30 pm (UTC)
majingojira: (Squirrels)
From: [personal profile] majingojira
Like most internet-made comparisons to Avatar, "Vague it up a little more, then it'll work!"

Date: 2010-06-01 08:32 pm (UTC)
darkblade: (Default)
From: [personal profile] darkblade
When it is hyped up as "the most original movie ever" by it's creator it shouldn't be so easy to make vauge comparisons to everything.

Date: 2010-06-01 08:35 pm (UTC)
majingojira: (Squirrels)
From: [personal profile] majingojira
“With ‘Avatar,’ I thought, Forget all these chick flicks and do a classic guys’ adventure movie, something in the Edgar Rice Burroughs mold, like John Carter of Mars—a soldier goes to Mars,” Cameron told me.

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/10/26/091026fa_fact_goodyear#ixzz0pdTQhwsp

I love citation :D

Date: 2010-06-02 01:27 am (UTC)
stig: "It Was A Boojum..." (Default)
From: [personal profile] stig
Yes, yes, yes, but what's the point of the joke? I mean, at its best Avatar was barely able to come close to the design innovation that occurred in the original Mahabharata, so joking about how this and the film both have blue people just seems to overestimate the quality of one and underestimate the other.

Date: 2010-06-02 01:27 am (UTC)
stig: "It Was A Boojum..." (Default)
From: [personal profile] stig
To sum up: I don't see why you think it's funny.

Date: 2010-06-01 08:08 pm (UTC)
halialkers: (Default)
From: [personal profile] halialkers
The great thing about this is that Humongous Mecha are actually right in line with the original myths. The greater thing? That the Hindus have a really badass war mythology where the Greeks had Assholes v. Complete Monsters.

Date: 2010-06-01 08:31 pm (UTC)
majingojira: (Anti Spiral Giggle)
From: [personal profile] majingojira
Indeed! Almost forgot about the Hindu Mecha.

Which I have never been able to find the proper name of or direct citation references for it, but it's memetic enough that it's there NOW.

Date: 2010-06-01 10:51 pm (UTC)
digicom: (Answers)
From: [personal profile] digicom
The word you are looking for is "vimana" (hence Morrison's earlier foray into Hindu mythology, VIMANARAMA)

Date: 2010-06-02 12:57 am (UTC)
majingojira: (WTF Guyver)
From: [personal profile] majingojira
I thought that was used exclusively for the flying machines/"Space Ships".

Date: 2010-06-02 01:27 am (UTC)
halialkers: (Default)
From: [personal profile] halialkers
Yep. And Ravana looks totally frickin' scary/badass.

Date: 2010-06-01 10:16 pm (UTC)
halloweenjack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
I don't care if there's any dialogue in this at all. With art like that, the words could consist solely of repetitions of "Christ, what an asshole" or "Doom cock!", and I'd still buy it.

Date: 2010-06-02 12:54 am (UTC)
cmdr_zoom: (zoom)
From: [personal profile] cmdr_zoom
Coming to you in 2012 from Squenix.

Date: 2010-06-02 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] twigcollins
If only current-day Squeenix was capable of this level of ability.

(... and this is where my 'Square Enix only hurts me because I deserve it' icon would be, if we were still on El Jay.)

Date: 2010-06-02 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] palabradot
I am ALL OVER THIS. Are these gonna be singles or TPBS or both? I WILL BUY BOTH i swear.

Date: 2010-06-02 02:37 am (UTC)
ar_feiniel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ar_feiniel
It will be a shame if the interiors don't match up to this artwork.

Date: 2010-06-02 07:58 am (UTC)
cloud_wolf: rearshot of robin!damian, batgirl!steph and red robin!tim (Default)
From: [personal profile] cloud_wolf
I've got to admit that my only forays in Hindu mythology is reading Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny, but this looks awesome.

Date: 2010-06-02 01:32 pm (UTC)
endis_ni: (Default)
From: [personal profile] endis_ni
Oh, I love that book. You know how there's always that one book that you offer to buy your mates when you see it in the bookshop, because you want to share something wonderful with them? That's Lord of Light for me.

My gods. That art is astonishing.

Date: 2010-06-02 08:13 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Woo - that's some DAMN pretty artwork there, all right. I think Morrison is probably exaggerating just a teensy bit regarding how this will 'do for epic fantasy what Watchmen did for superheroes' - after all, Watchmen was an original project; this is just a retelling of a story that is, what several thousand years old? - but I don't doubt it'll be good stuff, nonetheless. I don't know much about Indian mythology, but I DO know that the stuff doesn't piddle around when it comes to battles and stuff - they like things BIG.

I´ma buy this for the art

Date: 2010-06-02 08:32 pm (UTC)
jazzypom: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jazzypom
But man, Grant Morrison?

The art is astonishing, though. Crikey.

Re: I´ma buy this for the art

Date: 2010-06-03 05:02 am (UTC)
aaron_bourque: default (Default)
From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
But man, Grant Morrison?


Grant Morrison is a) pure awesome when it comes to his own ideas, b) same again with it comes to mythology and c) same again most of the time.

Date: 2010-06-03 05:01 am (UTC)
aaron_bourque: default (Default)
From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
So Mukesh Singh is the artist? Can we get him to maybe do redesigns of the New Gods?

We wouldn't have to use them, but we'd definitely be tempted to . . .

Date: 2010-06-03 10:30 am (UTC)
bradhanon: (Serious editor)
From: [personal profile] bradhanon
I grew up on Hindu-mythology comic books that my parents picked up for me at some little hole in the wall in London, because we were in England, I loved comics, and the selection was almost as bad as the selection of ice cream flavors. They were cheap, sloppy, very chunky-looking comics, with that ploddingly literalist writing style one finds in religious tracts. What kept me reading them was the fact that Hindu mythology is so awesome that even the ugly, plodding version of it reads like Jack Kirby on an absinthe bender. (Meaning no offense to any Hindus who might be reading this, of course.)

So, yeah. Kinda into this 18 DAYS idea.


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