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.