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Virgin Comics Brings Director's Cut Comics To Life

The animated trailer for GUY RITCHIE'S GAMEKEEPER, the acclaimed comic book from Virgin Comics' Director's Cut imprint, has been selected as featured content on MySpaceTV, the viral video community of MySpace (www.myspacetv.com).

Concurrently, the trailer is also the Featured Video of the social networking site's comic book community, MySpace Comic Books (www.myspace.com/comicbooks)

The trailer is part of a new wave of highly cinematic trailers from Virgin Comics. "Since these stories originated from the minds of filmmakers, they intrinsically have a filmic quality to them," says Neil Marks, Marketing Director at Virgin Comics. "So it was a natural process to create trailers for these properties that played like actual film trailers."

Animated trailers for other Director's Cut titles, such as ED BURNS' DOCK WALLOPER and JONATHAN MOSTOW'S THE MEGAS, can be viewed at www.myspacetv.com or www.virgincomics.com.

GUY RITCHIE'S GAMEKEEPER is the first Director's Cut property to be optioned by a major studio. It is currently in development at Warner Brothers, with Ritchie attached to direct and Joel Silver (THE MATRIX TRILOGY, SPEED RACER) to produce.

Virgin Comics and MySpace have worked together numerous times in the past, most recently on COALITION COMIX, an interactive comic book where fans collaborate on the development of a new digital comic.

Helmed by Mike Carey (THE STRANDED, X-MEN, WESTON AND NICOLAS CAGE'S VOODOO CHILD), readers are given the opportunity to interact with Carey and vote on every element of this comic, including genre, script elements, artwork and even the font of speech and caption bubbles. The first fully colored chapter of this groundbreaking comic, titled QUEEN'S ROOK, can be read at www.myspace.com/coalitioncomix.

QUEEN'S ROOK tells the story of Peter Ruthven, an operative with the British Foreign Office who is a trained spy and killer who was born with the ability to accelerate his own metabolism into a hyper-fast state, which no other human being can match. Unfortunately, this acceleration consumes vast amounts of energy, and it can only be fueled and sustained by human hemoglobin: Ruthven has to drink blood, vampire-like, every time he wants to use his power.

"This has been a truly unique experience," Carey said. "The story and development process is constantly evolving. The flow of feedback and creative ideas is constant, opinions are diverse, and most importantly, participants are adventurous and willing to develop the most intriguing storylines. All this provides me with the best ingredients to play with."

Additional chapters of QUEEN'S ROOK will be posted in the coming weeks.

MySpace Comic Books is a community dedicated to the best in comics, manga, and graphic novels. Launched in March 2007, MySpace Comic Books provides the online community with the latest comic book news and interviews and spotlights the most exciting projects, creators and events in the industry. With more than 200,000 friends, and growing, MySpace continues to see significant interest from its members in the comic book arena.

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