Source: Press Release
For thousands of years, the people of Earth have had to make do with a boring text version of the Mahabharata, the ancient Indian Sanskrit epic that is one of the most treasured works of human civilization and which is considered to be on par with the Bible, the works of Shakespeare, and the full DVD box set of LOST in terms of cultural and historical significance. This grave injustice has finally been rectified, as Graphic India announced today the launch of 18 Days, an original animated web series by legendary comics wizard Grant Morrison. The series debuted today with two episodes on Youtube as part of the video site's Geek Week promotion, and new installments will be released weekly throughout the year.
"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," commented Graphic India Co-Founder & CEO Sharad Devarajan in the press release, apparently completely unaware of the inherent absurdity of these statements. "There is no greater platform than YouTube to enable this story to engage with audiences around the world and we are delighted to be working with them."
Morrison has his work cut out for him. According to Wikipedia, the Mahabharata consists of over 200,000 lines or 1.8 million words, roughly ten times the length of the Iliad and Odyssey combined, or nearly 3/4 the length of the script to Morrison's epic DC super-mega-crossover event, Final Crisis, and roughly on par in terms of reader comprehension.
“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,” said Morrison in the press release. “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 retells the timeless stories of the Mahabharata for a new audience on a whole new platform.”
Well, thank Vishnu for that, am I right?
You can check out the first two installments of 18 Days below. There are versions available to watch in Hindi and Tamil as well, but let's be honest, it's fucking Morrison, you're not gonna have any idea what's going on regardless of the language. However, I'm told that the experience will definitely be enhanced by chewing the unprocessed stems of the papaver somniferum plant thirty minutes to an hour before viewing.
You Might Also Like:
SDCC: Mo Money No Problems - Marvel Announces Original Sin, Death of Wolverine, S.H.I.E.L.D. Tie-ins at Next Big Thing Panel
Comment without an Outhouse Account using Facebook
Note: while you are welcome to speak your mind freely on any topic, we do ask that you keep discussion civil between each other. Nasty personal attacks against other commenters is strongly discouraged. Thanks!
About the Author - Jude Terror
Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably. Ironically, our webmaster, whose website skills know no end, has very little understanding of social networks or how they work. Regardless, you can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, but would probably have the most luck just emailing him.
More articles from Jude Terror