Comic-Con: Grant Morrison to Launch Indian Animated Series on YouTube

Grant Morrison Headshot - P 2012

Grant Morrison Headshot - P 2012

The comic book legend has partnered with animation company Graphic India, minority owned by Peter Chernin's CA Asia, to create a web series based on the Indian epic myths of the “Mahabharata.”

Indian animation company Graphic India has announced a partnership to launch an original animated web-series, 18 Days, on YouTube with acclaimed comic book creator and Batman writer, Grant Morrison.

A reinvention of the great Indian epic, Mahabharata, the series will launch on Aug. 5 as part of YouTube’s global “Geek Week” event. To be released in English, Hindi and Tamil, the series will feature weekly episodes throughout the year for exclusive distribution on the Graphic India YouTube Channel.

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Graphic India is a comic book and animation company focused on creating mythological and superhero characters, comics and stories for the Indian youth market, published across mobile and online platforms. The venture was launched last year by media entrepreneurs Sharad Devarajan  , Gotham Chopra (son of well-known new age author Deepak Chopra) and Suresh Seetharaman as a subsidiary of U.S. comic book company Liquid Comics. In January, Peter Chernin's Asian investment arm CA Media became a joint owner in the company by acquiring a minority stake in Graphic India for an undisclosed amount.

Morrison is a veteran of the comic book world, having written for DC Comic's flagship titles Batman and All-Star Superman, along with Marvel's New X-Men and Fantastic Four. 

18 Days follows the course of the climactic war that ends the era of supergods and begins the age of man. It is the prototype for every war ever fought, wherein the biggest armies ever conceived face one another across the ultimate battlefield to decide the fate of the future.

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“A genre mash of superhero action and mythology grounded in the all-too-human passions of its warriors, villains and monsters, 18 Days will rewrite the rules of epic fantasy,” Grant Morrison said in a statement. “I'm very excited to be working with Graphic India and YouTube for the launch of my first-ever web series. 18 Days updates and re-tells the timeless stories of the Mahabharata for a new audience on a whole new platform.”

18 Days takes one of the most enduring stories of the East, the Mahabharata, which is known by over a billion people, and places it in the capable hands of Grant Morrison, one of the greatest storytellers of the West,” said Graphic India co-founder and CEO Sharad Devarajan. “There is no greater platform than YouTube to enable this story to engage with audiences around the world.”

See the 18 Days trailer below.