Walk Like A Hero

In the spiritual self-help realm, Deepak Chopra is well-known. Interestingly, his son Gotham Chopra garners recognition for a completely different kind of career: Gotham is a co-founder of Liquid Comics, which works in various digital platforms, including comics and graphic novels, animation and live-action films, some of them developed with such big Hollywood names as John Woo and Guy Ritchie. Having a hard time seeing these two men spending a whole lot of time together? On the contrary: Their new book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes: Harnessing Our Power to Change the World, which incidentally gets kudos from Marvel man Stan Lee, melds their two worlds in a particularly delightful way — by couching the father’s doctrines in terms of the son’s pop-culture milieu.

“The most iconic superhero of all, Superman, has the physical attributes of the Greco-Roman gods,” Gotham explains. “But his real power stems from his confidence, his fearlessness and his invulnerability. When he takes on his superhero persona, we try to identify these classic superhero traits and how they might resonate in modern society.” Iron Man’s true power is his ability to solve problems using intuition, Gotham adds, while characters like the Silver Surfer and the X-Men’s Rogue exercise compassion through empathy. It’s not too much of a stretch from that point to tie their stories into the more ancient tales of the Buddha.

Expect the unexpected: Deepak will offer the analytical edge, but Gotham will be the storyteller, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street. Admission to the book presentation and signing is free; for more information, visit www.tatteredcover.com.
Mon., June 6, 7:30 p.m., 2011


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