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Monthly Archives: December 2009

TeenReads.com gives “War Machine: Iron Heart” the thumbs up

TeenReads.com likes “War Machine: Iron Heart,” written by Greg Pak with art by Leonardo Manco. Here’s an excerpt:

While the terms of the Middle Eastern occupation in this story differ from the real world, Pak subtly compares his fictional tale with the real conflict by showing ulterior motives and dubious intentions involved with both clashes.

A techno-thriller blurred with spy agencies, Greek mythology and questionable wars, “War Machine: Iron Heart” stands as a truly unique tale of power and corruption.

Click here to read the whole thing.

Marvel announces “Hercules: Fall of an Avenger” #1

Marvel has released the cover image and solicitation for the Hercules book for March 2010 — “Hercules: Fall of an Avenger” #1. The next era for “Incredible Hercules” begins here, so ask your local comic shop to pre-order your copy today! Here’s the blurb:

When the most beloved Olympian of all time falls, who will mourn him? Acclaimed INCREDIBLE HULK artist Ariel Olivetti joins writers Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente for a two-part mini-epic that marks the end of an era and the beginning of something utterly unexpected for Hercules, the Lion of Olympus. Bring your hankies — and your golden adamantine maces — as an all-star cast including Thor, Namor, Namora, Snowbird, Alflyse, Bruce Banner, and of course, Amadeus Cho send off the Son of Zeus with shocking tales, smash-tastic action, bawdy tomfoolery, and heart-rending drama that will change the course of Marvel’s marvelous mythological milieu… forever! Plus: There are some missions that require a woman’s touch- so the rest of the Agents of Atlas hang back and let Venus and Namora go out and show their stuff!

Click here for the full story.

Pak and Van Lente and “Incredible Hercules” nominated for Newsarama’s Favorites of 2009

In Newsarama’s Comic Book Favorites of 2009 Tourney, Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente have been nominated in the Writers category and their series “Incredible Hercules” has been nominated in the Ongoing Series category.
Click here to vote for “Incredible Hercules”
Click here to vote for Pak and Van Lente

2010.01.14 – Greg Pak at “Planet Hulk” movie premiere in NYC


“Planet Hulk” comic book writer Greg Pak will attend the premiere of the animated “Planet Hulk” movie on January 14 in New York City. An excerpt from the official press release:

New York Comic Con (NYCC) and Newsarama.com have today announced a bicoastal event to take place on January 14th, 2010 at the Paley Center for Media’s NY and LA branches centered around Marvel Animation’s critically lauded and top-selling Planet Hulk saga that originally debuted to comic book fans in 2006. The event will feature an exclusive first screening of the upcoming animated film of the same name from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Marvel Animated Features as well as an opportunity to meet the talent behind both the popular comic book and the animated film during an evening that will also include limited-edition giveaways and creator signings.
Two of the architects behind the red-hot Fall of The Hulks Marvel Comics event, Jeph Loeb and Greg Pak, will attend the screenings to interact with fans and talk about major upcoming changes to the Hulk Family! For fans in LA, meet the Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated Jeph Loeb as he reveals what’s in plan for the popular Red Hulk and talks about the shocking twists ahead for Hulk. Meanwhile, in NYC, you can meet author Greg Pak, whose acclaimed work on the Planet Hulk comics inspired the animated feature! And just what’s next for Hulk’s son Skaar? Greg has the answers!

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2009.12.23 – “Incredible Hercules” #139

Newsarama has a preview of “Incredible Hercules” #139, written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, which hits comic book stores next Wednesday. Here’s the official solicitation text:

“ASSAULT ON NEW OLYMPUS,” Part 2 (of 4) Hercules leads the New and Mighty Avengers against the overwhelming forces of Hera’s New Olympus — but these are no ordinary foes our heroes face, but the gods themselves! Can the superpredator Wolverine outfox an immortal Huntsman? Can Spider-Man out-webspin the divine Arachne? Can Henry Pym outgrow the giant Argus? And with his love Delphyne Gorgon prepared to slay his mentor Athena, Amadeus Cho must make a final, fateful choice!

Click here to check out the preview!

Pak Talks Comics: Reader Q&A on filmmaking!

Welcome to Pak Talks Comics, wherein comics writer and filmmaker Greg Pak answers your questions. Click here to submit your own questions — and read on for the latest answers!
Jeffrey Thompson: What attracts you to filmmaking?
Greg Pak:
Filmmaking lets me flex every muscle in my body and brain. I grew up drawing, writing stories, doing black and white photography, and performing with school drama groups. All of those interests come together in making movies.
Also, I just plain love movies.
Finally, I love the process of filmmaking — particularly working with actors, the cinematographer, and the sound designer and composer to find the emotional core of a scene. There’s something absolutely beautiful about figuring out what a scene’s really about and being able to support that from every angle.
JT: Does a background with comics help with film making?
GP:
It actually worked the other way around for me — I started off in film and then became a professional comics writer. Then again, when I was a kid, I was drawing cartoons long before I ever had the chance to make a movie, so I guess it works that way, too.
So the answer is yes — going in both directions. Working in film definitely helped me get my sea legs in comics. I’d written dozens of shorts and a few feature films before I ever wrote a comics script. And since the basic principles of dramatic storytelling are the same, I suppose I had a pretty good foundation. Of course, there were a ton of comics-specific quirks and techniques I had to learn (and continue to learn to this day). But all that practice in thinking about how to tell stories visually was incredibly helpful.
And now, moving back into filmmaking with my latest short film, “Mister Green,” I’m finding that there are some things I’ve learned from comics that are helping me with filmmaking. I had a great time working with my cinematographer Sam Chase on the “Mister Green” set largely because the two of us found a really great vibe and in the face of some insane scheduling pressures, we were willing to take some big chances regarding the look of the picture that paid off in a big way. (That’s Sam and yours truly to the right there, thinking big thoughts on the set of “Mister Green.”)
I think working in comics, where there’s always an insane deadline that forces a constant series of nearly instantaneous creative decisions, has helped me become a little more fearless about taking the big creative leaps necessary to find beautiful solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.
Thanks for reading and click here to submit your own questions for the next column!

Colorado Springs Gazette interviews Pak, Loeb about “Fall of the Hulks”

An excerpt:

In “The Incredible Hulk,” in which a “de-Hulked” Bruce Banner has taken his half-alien, barbarian son Skaar under his wing, questions also swirl. Will Banner once again become the familiar, green-skinned Hulk? If he does, will Skaar carry out his vow to kill the Hulk?
The answers are coming in two back-to-back Hulk events — “Fall of the Hulks” and “World War Hulks.”
“They are, without exaggeration, going to provide the biggest payoffs and the biggest turning points for these characters ever,” said Greg Pak, writer of “The Incredible Hulk.”
“Fall of the Hulks” gets under way this month with a pair of one-shot specials before winding its way through the regular Hulk titles.

Click here to read the whole thing.

“Incredible Hercules” named one of 2009’s Top 10 Comics by ComicsAlliance.com

“Incredible Hercules,” written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, has been named one of the top ten best comics of 2009 by ComicsAlliance.com. Here’s the lead:

I’ve been singing this book’s praises so much that I’m actually listed on its Wikipedia page, but the fact of the matter is that this is the best comics based on mythology have been since the heyday of Walt Simonson’s run on “Thor.” Over the past two years, Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente and an amazing team of artists have not only revitalized the character of Hercules himself, they’ve also — and I’m just gonna come right out and say it– given him the best teen sidekick since Jimmy Olsen with Amadeus Cho.

Click here to read the whole thing.

Pak, Loeb, and Parker talk Hulk at Comic Book Resources

Comic Book Resources has posted its latest interview with writers Greg Pak, Jeph Loeb, and Jeff Parker about the upcoming “Fall of the Hulks” event. Today’s topic? Leonard Samson! Here’s an excerpt:

Greg Pak: The other funny thing that’s always struck me about Doc Samson is that he kind of projects this image of being a noble psychiatrist who’s going to help people. But what was one of the very first things he did when he first showed up in Hulk comics? He tried to make time with Bruce’s girl! One of the very first things he did was this hilarious splash page where you see Samson taking Betty out on the town and driving around in convertibles and going to shows. Bruce was just kind of kicked to the curb. There’s this little part of Samson where he wants something that the world hasn’t given him. On many different levels, that cracks me up.

Click here to read the whole thing.

ITVS announces Futurestates series — and Greg Pak’s “Mister Green”

The Independent Television Service has released preliminary information about the Futurestates series, which includes the short film “Mister Green,” directed by Greg Pak and starring Tim Kang and Betty Gilpin.
From the official press release:

The series, which will be made available online beginning March 2010, will consist of 11 mini-features each 15 minutes in length, created by independent filmmakers exploring diverse visions of what life might look like in an America of the future. Initially, the series will be accessible exclusively online via ITVS’s redesigned website (launching in early 2010) and be available for free—via streaming video—on the new site’s enhanced broadband video player.

ITVS worked with over 20 of today’s best and emerging indie filmmakers to complete the 11 films to make up FUTURESTATES. Contributors include acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani, whose mini-feature entitled PLASTIC BAG is narrated by the legendary Werner Hertzog, Greg Pak ‘s MISTER GREEN and Tze Chun’s SILVER SLING.

Click here to read the whole thing.
For more information about “Mister Green,” visit pakbuzz.com/mister_green.

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