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Monthly Archives: October 2008

Michael Turner tribute book hits stores next week

Newsarama has posted an interview with Aspen’s Vince Hernandez about the 80 page Michael Turner tribute book that hits stores next Wednesday. Here’s an excerpt:

NRAMA: Who are some of the creators that contributed to the book?
VH: There’s an incredible cover by Alex Ross. And of course we have all of our Aspen artists, like Micah Gunnell, Marcus To, Francisco Herrera, Ale Garza, and Sana Takeda. And we also have writers who’ve worked with Aspen, like Geoff Johns and Jeph Loeb. There’s Joe Benitez, who worked with Mike at Top Cow and will be finishing the volume of Soulfire for Mike. There are some new guys in here we’ve never really worked with, like Marc Andreyko and Brad Meltzer, who we’ve worked with, but never on an Aspen story. Greg Pak had a touching story about an experience he had with Mike at a con. And all the big name artists that you can think of, like J. Scott Campbell, Joe Mad [Madureira], Humberto Ramos. And there’s a piece by Joe Quesada and a tribute by Dan DiDio. We also have Jim Lee in there. Anybody you can think of. Gary Frank is in there, and Marc Silvestri did a piece. Even people who are newcomers wanted to participate.
NRAMA: And all the money you make from this goes toward charity, right?
VH: Yep. All the proceeds from this go to the American Cancer Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Those are Mike’s two favorite charities, so we definitely wanted to honor that and make sure proceeds from the book would benefit that. So all the creators and fans are doing something in his name that helps these causes.

Click here to read the whole thing and ask your local store to hold a copy of the book for you.

Greg Pak comic book pull list for November/December 2008

The best way to guarantee you get the comics you want is to provide your local retailer with a “pull list” of the upcoming comics you wish to buy. Now, at long last, Pakbuzz is providing nifty forms to make it incredibly easy for you to create a pull list of upcoming Greg Pak comics.
Click here for a PDF form you can use to preorder Greg Pak comics for November and December from your local retailer. Just check the boxes next to the comics you want, fill in your name and contact info, and take the form to your local retailer! Ask nicely if he or she will preorder the comics for you and you’re set!
To find your local retailer, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-COMIC-BOOK.

Comic Book Resources interviews Greg Pak

Robert Taylor has interviewed writer Greg Pak for the “Reflections” column at Comic Book Resources. The interview covers all of Pak’s current books, including “Incredible Hercules,” “Skaar,” “Magneto: Testament,” and “War Machine.” Here’s an excerpt about “Skaar”:

How much has the character evolved from your first idea of him back when you created him in “World War Hulk?”
From the beginning, I knew that Skaar would be born in fire and raised by monsters before heading out into a savage world where society and government have been swept away by cataclysm and war. That’s all stayed the same—as have the big themes of exploring what heroism means in a world gone mad. But there are some elements of Skaar’s look and personality that have evolved. Originally, I envisioned the adult Skaar roaming the deserts wearing a metal faceplate. Joe pretty reasonably pointed out that we might be able to identify with the character more if we could see his face. At one point, I’d also toyed with the idea of Skaar as a more spiritual, mystic figure—someone who is consciously on a sort of dreamquest. But as we developed the book, I realized the richer dynamic would be for the people around Skaar to be pushing him on that dreamquest—while the savage Son of Hulk himself might have totally different motivations for doing what he does.

Click here to read the full interview, which also includes six page previews of “Incredible Hercules” #122 and “Skaar: Son of Hulk” #4, both of which hit comic book stores tomorrow.

George Lin, Rest In Peace

It’s with great sadness that I learned that George Lin, the programmer of the San Diego Asian Film Festival, died on October 14. George was a great colleague and friend whose gentle humor, commitment to the community, and enduring support will be sorely missed.
Please read Lee Ann Kim’s beautiful tribute to learn more about George, and see below for information about his memorial service and memorial fund.
UPDATE: Here’s George’s obituary in the San Diego Union-Tribune and here’s a Facebook page dedicated to George.
— Greg Pak

GEORGE LIN MEMORIAL SERVICE
Saturday, October 25 at 2PM
7940 Rufus Court, San Diego, CA 92129
The family asks in lieu of flowers and gifts, that charitable donations be made to the George C. Lin Memorial Fund, which will provide grants to institutions that provide scholarships to students studying film, and for pheochromocytoma research and education. Please send checks to:
The San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92106
Please write the name of the fund, George C. Lin Memorial Fund, on the memo line of your check.

Marvel interviews Greg Pak about “Magneto: Testament”

Marvel.com has posted an interview with writer Greg Pak about the “Magneto: Testament” miniseries, which follows young Magneto and his family as they struggle to survive against the Nazi menace from 1935 to 1945. Here’s an excerpt:

“The key decision was to make our hero and his family German Jews living in Nuremberg in 1935,” [Pak] says. “That made it possible for us to include things like the Nuremberg Laws, the Berlin Olympics, and Kristallnacht while staying completely within Max’s point of view. These events were important to depict because they help show the gradual but inexorable ways the Nazis’ persecution of the Jews developed. In pure story terms, that works for building compelling character arcs and drama. In historical and even moral terms, it’s critical because it makes it harder to dismiss the Nazis’ atrocities as some kind of unstoppable cataclysm—the Nazi state and the Final Solution arose through horrifically evil but utterly human means.”

Click here to read the whole thing.
And feel free to ask your local comic book store to pre-order a copy of “Magneto: Testament” #3 for you today.
“Magneto: Testament” #3 hits comic book stores on November 12.

“War Machine” 8 page preview story now viewable for FREE at Marvel.com!


On December 17, Marvel will launch a new “War Machine” series written by Greg Pak with art by Leonardo Manco. Now you can get a free taste of what’s coming from Marvel Digital Comics, which has a self-contained 8 page story by Pak and Manco now available for free online viewing!
Click here to view the comic.
And ask your local retailer to pre-order a copy of “War Machine” #1 for you today!

2008.11.26 – “Skaar: Son of Hulk” #5

“Skaar: Son of Hulk” #5, written by Greg Pak with art by Ron Garney and Butch Guice, hits comic book stores on November 26. Here’s the solicitation from Marvel.com:

The battle for Prophet Rock begins! Can Skaar seize the true power of his Oldstrong heritage? Can Old Sam, Princess Omaka, and the refugees of Sakaar survive long enough to find out? And what shocking secret could change everything once it falls from the lips of the blind Shadow Priest of Axeman Bone? More epic barbarian action as the Son of Hulk smashes through the savage planet of Sakaar!

2008.11.26 – “Incredible Hercules” #123

“Incredible Hercules” #123, written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente with art by Clayton Henry, hits comic book stores on November 26. Here’s the solicitation from Marvel.com:

“LOVE & WAR (Part 3)”
We know you’ve all been there, guys. We know it stinks. Your best bud gets a new girlfriend, and suddenly you never see him any more. And when you’re Hercules, your BFF is Amadeus Cho, and his new girlfriend is a psychopathic Amazonian princess who wants to destroy the world as we know it with an ancient Atlantean artifact… Well. That really stinks. Guest-Starring Namor the Sub-Mariner!

2008.11.12 – “Magneto: Testament” #3

“Magneto: Testament” #3, written by Greg Pak with art by Carmine Di Giandomenico, hits comic book stores on November 12. Here’s the solicitation from Marvel.com:

The harrowing saga of young Magneto’s struggle to save his family from the Nazi onslaught continues as the German army invades Poland–and our hero learns brutal new lessons and discovers new strength within himself. But even with all of his hard-won smarts and developing skills, how can one boy fight against the horrors of the Warsaw ghetto and the killing winter of 1941? It’s a poignant Marvel Knights take on the life of a young Magneto, by Greg Pak (WORLD WAR HULK) and Carmine Di Giandomenico (DAREDEVIL: BATTLIN’ JACK MURDOCK).

2008.10.29 – “Skaar: Son of Hulk” #4

“Skaar: Son of Hulk” #4, written by Greg Pak with art by Ron Garney and Butch Guice, hits comic book stores on October 29. Here’s the solicitation from Marvel.com:

A thousand years ago, the Prophet entered the desert, as hungry and broken as any who hears me now. But when he emerged, he was strong enough to save the seven clans of talking souls. Today we walk the Prophet’s Walk, so that you may find your own true power, Son of Hulk. But are you ready for the Prophet’s trials? (Plus… just who the devil is that mysterious gray faced boy in the “Shadow Tales” backup story?)

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