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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Marvel.com interviews Greg Pak about “The List – Hulk”


Marvel.com Jim Beard has interviewed writer Greg Pak about his “Dark Reign: The List – Hulk” one shot coming out on October 21. Here’s an excerpt:

Pak’s joined on the one-shot by artist Ben Oliver, himself seemingly gamma-fueled and ready to tackle such an, dare we say it, incredible chapter in Osborn’s days of infamy.
“Ben’s layouts and character renditions have a kind of graceful elegance that provides a brilliant contrast to the savage action that Skaar brings to the book,” notes Pak. “I’m loving everything he’s drawing; it’s a perfect match for a story that’s half battle-of-the-brains and half just wall-to-wall smashing.”

Click here to read the whole thing — and view the amazing preview art from Ben Oliver!

2009.09.23 – “Incredible Hulk” #602

Newsarama has posted a six page preview of “Incredible Hulk” #602, written by Greg Pak with art by Ariel Olivetti.
Click here to check it out.
“Incredible Hulk” #602 hits comic book stores on September 23. Here’s the solicit info from Comixology:

Rave reviews for “Incredible Hercules” #134

“Incredible Hercules” #134, written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente with pencils by Reilly Brown, continues to garner rave reviews from all corners. Just a few excerpts:
The Buy Pile:

A fun book with great art (thanks to Reilly Brown, Nelson DeCastro and Guillem Mari) a witty script by Fred Van Lente and Greg Pak and a twist at the end that’s just about perfect, making the next issue… a must-see. Great fun.

Comics Should Be Good:

This issue is pure pleasure. The recap page mocks Oliver Coipel’s version of Thor, which is hilarious (“thipples”?), and from there, we just page after page of sheer insane delight. From Hercules believing that sunlight turns trolls to stone because he saw a documentary about The Hobbit to Alflyse’s dramatic entrance, from the Acme anvil that lands on Herc to his knowledge of Star Trek pop culture (and the elf’s rejoinder), and finally the ending, with the Warriors Three playing their ace in the hole, this is a wonderful comic.

Newsarama:

Hercules’ gregarious nature is what carries this book, as he rises to the challenge of impersonating the Norse God of Thunder: when the beautiful Dark Elf Queen Alfyse challenges the ruse, saying that his distinctive demeanor and intact hammer are suspicious, Herc simply grins. “Of course. I am Thor,” he says. “And I assure you, my…hammer works just fine.” Never change, Hercules. It’s this sort of humor that reigns for the rest of the issue, culminating in a brilliant final page.

IGN:

This is definitely one of the more humorous issues of the series to come along in a while. Heck, the last page still has me chuckling.

“War Machine” #9 preview

Comic Book Resources has posted a six page preview of “War Machine” #9, written by Greg Pak with pencils by Alan Jefferson.
Click here to check it out.
“War Machine” #9 hits comic book stores on September 16.

Randy Lander loves “Incredible Hercules” #134

Here’s the blurb:

Incredible Hercules #134 (One of the funniest (and most fun) comics I’ve read all year, Herc in Asgard is turning out to be one of the best stories this very good book has seen)

Click here to read the whole thing.
And Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog has named “Incredible Hercules” #134 the Book of the Week.
“Incredible Hercules” #134 was written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente with pencils by Reilly Brown.

2009.09.16 – “War Machine” #9

Creating a burned in time code window in a FCP 7 sequence

Another hyper-technical FilmHelp article by Greg Pak
To deliver a rough cut of my new short film “Mister Green” to the funders at ITVS, I needed to create a file with time code burned into a window along the top or bottom of the screen. There’s a nice explanation at thefilmeditor.com about how to manage the trick by:

  1. Creating a nested sequence by hilighting the video clips in the sequence and hitting Sequence > Nest Item(s)

  2. Creating a window with time code for the sequence by hilighting the new single clip representing the nested sequence and hitting Effects > Video Filters > Video > Time Code Generator

But when I’d completed those steps, I saw that the burnt in time code was several minutes off by the end of the program. The problem was that the default setting for the Time Code Generator filter is 29.97 fps, while my footage was 24 fps.
Ordinarily, I’d just double click on the clip and change the effects settings in the source window that pops up. But clicking on a nested sequence opens up a different kind of window that shows the clips within the sequence. I could not find the effects settings that had been applied to the nested sequence that way.
I ended up going to the Effects tab in the browser window. Under Video Filters > Video I found the Timecode Generator effect. Double clicking on that brought up a window that allowed me to adjust the settings. I changed 29.97 fps to 24 fps, then dragged this effect to the nested sequence. And then the numbers synched up properly.
Finally, I exported via Quicktime Compression to m4v for delivery to ITVS. Word to the wise: It’s apparently not necessary to render the sequence ahead of time — the program renders the new file as it exports.

Examiner.com digs Greg Pak’s “Battlestar Galactica”

An excerpt:

Writer Greg Pak, best known in my eyes as the man who sired the epic ‘Planet Hulk’, knows the Galactica mythos well, pitting Colonial prophecy against Cylon paranoia as well as fusing Viper dogfights with marine firefights. Adama’s exchanges with Starbuck, as well Baltar’s conversations with his imaginary Six, sound dead-on, so much so that you can hear the actor’s voices reading the lines. The greatest touch is Adama’s journal entries, which he addresses to the real Zak’s memory.

Click here to read the whole thing.
Buy the New Battlestar Galactica Omnibus from Amazon.com

Newsarama likes “Incredible Hercules” #134

Newsarama has posted an advance review of “Incredible Hercules” #134, written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente with pencils by Reilly Brown. Here’s an excerpt:

Hercules’ gregarious nature is what carries this book, as he rises to the challenge of impersonating the Norse God of Thunder: when the beautiful Dark Elf Queen Alfyse challenges the ruse, saying that his distinctive demeanor and intact hammer are suspicious, Herc simply grins. “Of course. I am Thor,” he says. “And I assure you, my…hammer works just fine.” Never change, Hercules. It’s this sort of humor that reigns for the rest of the issue, culminating in a brilliant final page.

Click here to read the whole review.
Click here to view a six page lettered preview.
“Incredible Hercules” #134 hits comic book stores tomorrow.

Preview for “Incredible Hulk” #602


Marvel.com has posted three lettered pages of “Incredible Hulk” #602, written by Greg Pak with art by Ariel Olivetti. The story features Bruce Banner and his savage son Skaar in a showdown with the Juggernaut.
Feast your eyes.
“Incredible Hulk” #604 hits comic book stores on Wednesday, September 23.

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