Liquid Comics begins Playstation releases

Branson-Kapur-Chopak venture tries new platform

NEW DELHI -- Bangalore-based Liquid Comics has begun releasing a number of its comic book titles in digital formats based on Indian characters for the Sony Playstation PSP platform.

Liquid Comics is the new avatar for Virgin Comics that was launched in 2005 by founders Sir Richard Branson, director Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth”) and bestselling author Deepak Chopra. But in 2008, (THR 25 September 2008) Liquid Comics –- led by Virgin Comics’ founding management team of Gotham Chopra, Sharad Devarajan and Suresh Seetharaman –- acquired Virgin Comics for an unspecified amount.

“Digital publishing is the future and Liquid Comics’ mission is to be at the forefront of taking our comic books beyond print into numerous digital platforms,” said Liquid Comics CEO and co-founder Devarajan in a statement, adding Liquid will release new comic books at $1.99 per issue for the Playstation every week.

Titles include “Ramayan 3392 AD” a futuristic re-imagining of the great Indian epic in a post-apocalyptic setting; “Devi” created by Kapur, about a young woman battling for survival in a landscape of ancient legends, duty and fate; “Snake Woman,” also by Kapur, about a young woman Jessica Peterson who finds herself turning into a vicious snake woman, whose mission is to avenge a centuries-old wrong that was conceived half a world away, deep in the jungles of India when a snake temple was desecrated by foreigners; “Beyond,” created by bestselling author Deepak Chopra, about an American businessman whose wife mysteriously disppears during a trip to India.

In addition, Liquid's catalog also includes titles developed in association with John Woo, Guy Ritchie, Nicolas Cage and Jenna Jameson.