Dark Horse has a killer book called “Mandala” that has missed mass-popularity for some reason. I hadn’t heard about the book until producer Kevin Foxe (The Blair Witch Project) contacted me to reveal the news that he will be adapting it into a digital live-action series. After some investigation, “Mandala” has all the ingredients to be a hit, coming from writer Stuart Moore (former editor at Vertigo) with art from Bruce Zick (Disney and Pixar concept artist). I have no idea why word hasn’t spread about “Mandala”, but it’s definitely a book you should be reading.
Foxe tells that they are currently working on the script for the adaptation and the team is working on a second graphic novel.
Foxe says of the series, “this is not a comic as much as it is a wake up call for all of us to change the world. think matrix, but after you take the red pill (or blue pill, if you so choose) what do we do to get out of the matrix?”. “Mandala” is full of metafictional goodness and crosses genres constantly. A simple comparison to The Matrix doesn’t do it justice in my opinion. It’s an entirely different beast because it manipulates the medium of comics.
They are also doing some social media scavenging to promote the book. If you sign up for their facebook app and help recruit “the 144,000”, you can actually read the entire first graphic novel for free. I’m surprised more companies aren’t doing this. It spreads the word and gets people to read the book.
Still not convinced? Check out the trailer.