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Monthly Archives: June 2006

2006.07.14 – “Happy Hamptons Holiday Camp for Troubled Couples” at the AAIFF in NYC

Greg Pak’s short film “Happy Hamptons Holiday Camp for Troubled Couples” screens in the “Open Your Heart” shorts program at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York City at 8:30 pm on Friday, July 14 at the Quad Cinema. Click here for more details.

2006.07.19 – Pak moderates AAIFF Works-In-Progress screening

Greg Pak will moderate the Works-In-Progress screening at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York City on July 19. From the AAIFF website:

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“Giant-Size Hulk” #1 Sells Out as Planet Hulk Continues to Roll

From the Marvel press release:

Giant-Size Hulk #1 has sold out at Diamond as “Planet Hulk” and all things Hulk continue to sizzle among fandom.
J. Caleb Mozzocco of Newsarama says, “Marvel’s “Giant-Size” format is the perfect one for Hulk stories—a character this big demands a big book, and, at 74 full-color story pages, Giant-Size Hulk #1 certainly fits the bill…with some great Hulk stories.”
Brian Ewing of IGN.com calls it a “must have…looking at the entire package as a whole, it’s a no-brainer.”
Featuring two all-new stories by Peter David and Greg Pak, one a Hulk-Champions flashback and a Planet Hulk interlude, along with a reprint of the popular Hulk: The End by Peter David, Giant-Size Hulk #1 delivered great Hulk stories all in one mind-blowing issue.
Be sure to pick up the next issue of the Planet Hulk saga in Incredible Hulk #96 as the next act of the Jade Giant’s epic begins, continuting from the events seen in Giant-Size Hulk #1.
Fans should note that some copies may still be available at the retail level.

PakBuzz Q&A: Producer Karin Chien on “The Motel”

Motel poster
“The Motel” poster

Karin Chien produced Greg Pak’s films “Robot Stories” (with Kim Ima) and “Super Power Blues.” Her latest two films, Michael Kang’s “The Motel” and Chris Chan Lee’s “Undoing,” hit theaters this week. Read on for Pak’s interview with Chien about “The Motel” theatrical release, what a producer does, and just why the heck she’s worked with so many Korean American directors.
Greg Pak: Congrats on all the recent success! Tell us a little about what you’re doing to prepare for “The Motel” opening this coming Wednesday in New York. What can people do to help?
Karin Chien:
Bring as many people as possible to see the film when it opens on June 28 at the Film Forum, and then tell everyone you know how much you love THE MOTEL!!
But, seriously, we are working with Palm Pictures on the marketing campaign, and are also doing a grassroots campaign, which involves spreading the word, via events, posters, parties, merchandise and the internet, throughout the indie film and Asian American communities. If you’re part of an organization or school or a very large family, you can invite us to speak to your group, or screen a trailer, or put up posters, or write us up in your blog. Every little bit of extra exposure helps.

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Green Days digs “Giant Size Hulk” #1

Green Days, a Hulk fan blog, has a strong review of “Giant Size Hulk” #1, which hit comic book stores on Wednesday and includes the Greg Pak penned “Banner War” story. An excerpt:

“Banner War” should prove, for anyone who’s been wondering, that Pak has the chops not only to bring the action back to Incredible Hulk, but give us some new spins on the Banner/Hulk relationship. I’m more convinced than ever that I’d like to see Pak continue after “Planet Hulk” closes its doors.

Click here for the full review. WARNING: Spoilers in the review!

Mastermind Excello, aka Amadeus Cho, wins the “Amazing Fantasy” poll!

Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada spills the beans in his “New Joe Fridays” Q&A session at Newsarama:

NRAMA: “Dash-Dot” – Whatever happened to the Marvel Poll to decide which character from Amazing Fantasy #15 would appear in their own series? Is that still planned? Who won?
JQ: The winner was Greg Pak’s revision of Mastermind Excello, a teen genius who met the Hulk in his AMFAN short story.
I think you’ll see Greg’s Excello costarring in one of his stories.

Click here for the Pakbuzz page on Amadeus Cho, aka Mastermind Excello
Click here for a page from the Mastermind Excello story from “Amazing Fantasy” #15

New “Hulk” and “Warsong” covers!


Marvel comics has released preview images of the covers for two upcoming Greg Pak comic books: “X-Men: Phoenix – Warsong” #1 and “Incredible Hulk” #98. Click on the images above to see the larger versions.

2006.06.21 – “Giant-Size Hulk” #1

View the stunning preview art! | Read the PULSE interview with penciler Aaron Lopresti!
“Giant-Size Hulk” #1 hits comic book stores June 21. The book features a “Planet Hulk” story written by greg Pak with pencils by Aaron Lopresti which falls between “Incredible Hulk” #95 and “Incredible Hulk” #96. Here’s the solicitation text from Marvel.com:

What is the untold story of the battle between one of the strangest superhero teams in the Marvel Universe and the engine of destruction known as the Incredible Hulk? See ol’ Purple Pants go toe-to-toe with Angel, Ice-Man, Ghost Rider, The Black Widow and Hercules in a story that holds a key to Post-PLANET HULK events! By legendary Hulk scribe Peter David and Juan Santacruz.
PLUS! A PLANET HULK INTERLUDE! Bruce Banner makes his first appearance on Planet Sakaar — and battles the Hulk for his body and soul! What secret is the Hulk hiding? What terrible truth does Banner reveal? And who will triumph in this ultimate showdown? By Greg Pak and Aaron Lopresti.
Also: Re-presenting the outstanding INCREDIBLE HULK: THE END by Peter David and Dale Keown.

Use the Comic Shop Locator Service to find a store near you.

Velocity Comics interviews Greg Pak

Velocity Comics of Richmond, Virginia, has launched a new interview section at their website — and their first interviewee is filmmaker and comic book writer Greg Pak, who talks about everything from Planet Hulk to Mastermind Excello to Cuckoos, baby, Cuckoos!
Click here to read the interview.

PakBuzz Q&A: Michael Kang on “The Motel”

Motel poster
“The Motel” poster

Michael Kang (whom viewers of Greg Pak’s short films may recognize as one of the stars of “Asian Pride Porn”) directed the award-winning feature film “The Motel,” which opens theatrically at the Film Forum in Manhattan on June 28. Read on for an in depth interview with Greg Pak in which Kang reveals how he worked with his child actors, what challenges he faced in making the film, and where to find his favorite motels.
Greg Pak: Give us the quick rundown on what “The Motel” is about and what kinds of audience members will particularly love it.
Michael Kang:
“The Motel” is about a kid who is growing up in a seedy hourly rate motel owned by his family. It’s basically a story about the worst possible place to go through puberty. I think it will act as a healing force for anyone that had a terrible time going through those formative years (which is most likely all of us). It’s a dark comedy in the vein of “Welcome to the Dollhouse.” It also stars Sung Kang so I think teenage girls will really like it.
GP: Any special events around the opening that people should know about?
MK:
In addition to our big premiere party being hosted by ImaginAsian, we are in the planning stages of working with groups like MK on throwing after parties every night. Basically, we think that after people see the movie, they will want to get drunk. The best way to find out about the venues and locations for these are if people sign up on our MySpace account at http://www.myspace.com/themotelfilm. There is also a podcast series of phone conversations I am having with key members of the film being hosted on the Film Forum website. We have a lot of fun stuff planned for the two weeks. Really, the best way to keep up is to sign up on MySpace or on our email list at The Motel website at http://www.themotel-film.com.

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