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Monthly Archives: November 2005

Vote now for “Mastermind Excello” at Marvel.com

Please vote for Greg Pak�s latest comic book creation, �Mastermind Excello,� in the poll at Marvel.com. If �Mastermind Excello� wins, Marvel Comics will commission a miniseries based on the character!
�Mastermind Excello� tells the story of Amadeus Cho, a genius teen on the run from a nefarious government agency. TheFourthRail.com calls it �the shining star� of the �Amazing Fantasy� comic book in which it appeared this week. Four preview pages can be viewed online at Mile High Comics.

“Mastermind Excello” week!


Today’s the release date for the Marvel anthology comic book “Amazing Fantasy” #15, featuring the “Mastermind Excello” story written by Greg Pak.
Greg Pak will appear in person tonight from 6 to 8 pm at a signing of “Amazing Fantasy” #15 at Jim Hanley’s Universe in New York City — 4 W. 33rd St. (at 5th Avenue) in Manhattan. Also in attendance will be writer Dan Slott, editor Mark Paniccia, and artist Khary Randolph.
Within the next day or so, Marvel.com will put up a poll to find out which of the characters from “Amazing Fantasy” #15 is the fans’ favorite. The winner gets a miniseries. Please vote for “Mastermind Excello”!
Rave reviews of “Mastermind Excello” can be found at TheFourthRail.com and FanBoyReview.
Four preview pages of “Mastermind Excello” can be viewed at Mile High Comics.

FanBoyReview digs “Mastermind Excello”

FanBoyReview has reviewed the anthology comic book “Amazing Fantasy” #15 and has this to say about the “Mastermind Excello” segment, written by Greg Pak:

Pak’s Mastermind Excello is the longest of the bunch, and probably the strongest.� It’s an interesting tale of the 7th smartest kid in the world trying to survive.� There’s a highly coincidential cameo, but it’s all in good fun, and makes for an entertaining scene.

“Amazing Fantasy” #15 goes on sale Wednesday, November 30. Marvel will run an online poll to determine which of the characters will get his or her own miniseries — feel free to vote for “Mastermind Excello” at Marvel.com.

“Mastermind Excello” preview online

Mile High Comics has a four page preview of “Mastermind Excello,” a comic book story written by Greg Pak for the anthology book “Amazing Fantasy” #15. Click here to view the pages.
And starting November 30, feel free to vote at Marvel.com for “Mastermind Excello” — if it wins the online poll, Marvel will commission a “Mastermind Excello” miniseries.
Finally, writer Greg Pak will appear in person at a signing in New York City on November 30 from 6 to 8 pm at Jim Hanley’s Universe, 4 W. 33rd St. (at 5th Avenue) in Manhattan. Also in attendance will be writer Dan Slott, editor Mark Paniccia, and artist Khary Randolph.

TheFourthRail.com loves “Mastermind Excello”

Don MacPherson of TheFourthRail.com has reviewed “Amazing Fantasy” #15, the anthology comic book featuring stories from six Marvel writers. Here’s what he has to say about “Mastermind Excello,” written by Greg Pak:

The shining star of this issue is Greg Pak’s “Mastermind Excello,” featuring a genius teen’s efforts to live life on the lam, out of the hands of those who would try to control him and put his brain to nefarious use. Pak cleverly compares this being of pure brains to a being of pure brawn, but despite being at opposite ends of the power spectrum, they have a lot in common. Miyazawa’s art is a great choice for the property, as the artist captures the main character’s youth and almost mischievous nature quite well. More importantly, he also manages to turn his wholly non-visual powers into a dazzling display (no doubt thanks to some direction from the writer).

“Amazing Fantasy” #15 goes on sale Wednesday, November 30. Marvel will run an online poll to determine which of the characters will get his or her own miniseries — feel free to vote for “Mastermind Excello” at Marvel.com.

“Robot Stories and More Screenplays” interview and book review at StrangeHorizons.com

Gwenda Bond interviews Greg Pak and reviews “Robot Stories and More Screenplays” this week at StrangeHorizons.com.
Click here to read the interview.
Click here to read the review.
Click here to buy “Robot Stories and More Screenplays” online at Amazon.com

Editor Mark Paniccia talks about “Planet Hulk”

In a Newsarama interview, Marvel editor Mark Paniccia talks more about “Planet Hulk,” the upcoming “Incredible Hulk” storyline written by Greg Pak. The article features several new pages of preview art from the briliant Carlo Pagulayan. Click here for the article.

In FCP, “Color Corrector” better than “Brightness and Contrast” for adjusting brightness and contrast

While working in Final Cut Pro on a new short film, I discovered that, strangely enough, the “Color Corrector” tool works far better than the “Brightness and Contrast” filter for adjusting the brightness and contrast of an image.
The Brightness and Contrast filter can be found at Effects > Video Filters > Image Control > Brightness and Contrast (Bezier). I could use the Brightness setting to lighten an image, but the image would appear washed out. And when I used the Contrast setting to fill in the blacks, the colors would begin to blow and the image would begin to look almost solarized.
The Color Corrector tool can be found at Effects > Video Filters > Color Correction > Color Corrector. Tweaking with the “Whites,” “Mids” and “Blacks” settings gave me the kind of control I needed to brighten the image and adjust the contrast without degrading the image.
System: Macintosh G4 533 MHz Dual Processor running FCP HD 4.5

Six preview pages of “What If: Submariner” now online

IGN has six preview pages of the upcoming comic book “What If: Submariner,” written by Greg Pak with pencils by David Lopez. From the article:

“Namor is the ruler of Atlantis ó but his father was a surface-dwelling human,” explains editor Mark Paniccia. “We’re using our What If? story to explore Namor’s human heritage, to imagine how his life and the course of history would have changed if he had been raised by his father on land rather than his mother in the sea.”

The book hits comic book stores on December 14. To read the full article and see the preview pages, visit IGN.

In FCP, “Color Corrector” better than “Brightness and Contrast” for adjusting brightness and contrast

By Greg Pak
While working in Final Cut Pro on a new short film, I discovered that, strangely enough, the “Color Corrector” tool works far better than the “Brightness and Contrast” filter for adjusting the brightness and contrast of an image.
The Brightness and Contrast filter can be found at Effects > Video Filters > Image Control > Brightness and Contrast (Bezier). I could use the Brightness setting to lighten an image, but the image would appear washed out. And when I used the Contrast setting to fill in the blacks, the colors would begin to blow and the image would begin to look almost solarized.
The Color Corrector tool can be found at Effects > Video Filters > Color Correction > Color Corrector. Tweaking with the “Whites,” “Mids” and “Blacks” settings gave me the kind of control I needed to brighten the image and adjust the contrast without degrading the image.
System: Macintosh G4 533 MHz Dual Processor running FCP HD 4.5

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