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Monthly Archives: January 2011

2011.02.16 – Greg Pak signs “Silver Surfer” and “Vision Machine” at JHU in NYU


Jim Hanley’s Universe will host comic book writer Greg Pak and artist CrissCross for a signing from 6 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, February 16 at 4 West 33rd Street, New York, NY.
Pak’s latest book, “Silver Surfer” #1 will be on hand for purchase and to be signed. Pak will also be giving out FREE copies of his graphic novel “Vision Machine,” first come, first served.

Centaur-Me Portraits!

By Greg Pak
Rumor has it that I’m about to start writing an internet column entitled “Centaur Corner.” So this morning I issued a challenge on Twitter for folks do draw a better Centaur-Me than the image at the right. And man, oh, man, have folks risen to the challenge! Check out these amazing images and follow the artists on the Twitter!
(And if you want to play, post your image somewhere and ping me with the link on Twitter! I’ll update this page as more images come in.)

Jeans Jacket Centaur from the amazing Stephen Morrow. Follow Stephen on Twitter and visit his website.

Tighty-whities wearing Centaur from “Incredible Hercules” and “Savage She-Hulks” artist Ryan Stegman. Follow Ryan on Twitter and visit his website.
Alex Rodriguez vs @gregpak in the Centaur Civil War on Twitpic
Alex Rodriguez vs Greg Pak in the Centaur Civil War from Caesar McMagic. Follow Caesar on Twitter.

Pak Man Productions Logo Wearing Centaur from the awesome Ben Holliday. Follow Ben on Twitter and visit his website.

Centaur-Me

By Greg Pak
Say, hypothetically, I were about to start writing an internet column entitled “Centaur Corner”… you think someone out there in Internetville could draw a better centaur-me than this?
If you’re up for the challenge, post your image somewhere and ping me on Twitter with the link.
YOU CAN DO IT!

“Mr. and Mrs. Hulk” superspy storyline coming to “Incredible Hulk” in April!

Marvel has released solicitation info about a wild new direction for the Green Goliath in “Incredible Hulk” #626 and #627, written by Greg Pak with pencils by Tom Grummet. Both books ship in April — ask your local retailer to pre-order your copies today!
Added bonus — Amadeus Cho co-stars!
Another added bonus — each book is just $2.99!

INCREDIBLE HULK #626 & #627
Written by GREG PAK
Pencils by TOM GRUMMETT
Cover by JOCK (#626) &DOUG BRAITHWAITE (#627)
Issue #627 Thor Goes Hollywood Variant by TBA
MR. & MRS. HULK, Part 1 & 2
See the Hulk as you’ve never seen him before: as an international super-spy! With Amadeus Cho as his guide, Hulk dons a tuxedo and enters into a world of espionage, only to find his opponent is…Red She-Hulk? And what happens when Betty finds a new man? Hint: it doesn’t really go over that well…especially when that man is one of the Hulk’s oldest foes!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

2011.01.22 – Greg Pak and “Vision Machine” at the Slamdance Filmmaker Summit


If you’re going to be in Park City this weekend, please come to the “Vision Machine” panel on Saturday at the Slamdance Filmmaker Summit, pick up a free copy of the trade paperback, and hear Greg Pak and Orlando Bagwell discuss the project with New York Times film writer John Anderson.
Read on for more details from the official Slamdance press release:

Today, Tomorrow and the Next 50 Years
Saturday, January 22nd
Treasure Mountain Inn
Technicolor Gallery
Free with registration: http://x.co/Ljfr
Last year at the first Slamdance’s Filmmaker Summit – produced with the WorkBook Project, Open Video Alliance together with the support of the good folks at IndieFlix – we started a discus- sion that centered around how we, as a film community, could help support and encourage the release of independent film. Since then, Slamdance and its partners have made big strides in this endeavor, teaming up with independent curators and micro-cinemas to support and in some cases instigate distribution. These organizations have remained firmly committed to helping filmmakers survive economically, brokering partnerships with big distributors both in theatres and on alternate platforms such as video game consoles and online. But, the truth nonetheless remains: Most people in the independent film community are having a hard time just sustaining a living and livelihood, much less thriving.
With this in mind, this year’s Filmmaker Summit will take a long hard look at the realities behind the buzzwords, as well as focusing on an examination of the future of storytelling. Crowdsourc- ing, transmedia, branded content, social media… What do these things really mean for the inde- pendent filmmaker? Do we just need to learn how to better use our new internet-era tools? Can they help us create a realistic model for a self-sustaining independent community? Or are we lost in buzz?
Slamdance, the Ford Foundation, IndieFlix and Banyan Branch are teaming up to present a day of real conversation with innovative leaders, discussing the current state of our community, next steps and how each and every independent filmmaker can take better control of their creative destiny.
1:30 to 3 > Banyan Branch & IndieFlix present the panel:
Plz Retweet: How Social Media Is Changing The Way We Make And Market Movies.
Panelists Include: Scilla Andreen (IndieFlix), Tiffany Shlain (Dir. Connected, Yelp), Brian Newman (subgenre media), Jenny Samppala (Banyan Branch), John Anderson (journalist), Lance Weiler (Pandemic 1.0)
3 to 4:30 > The Ford Foundation presents a discussion moderated by journalist John Anderson with Orlando Bagwell of the Ford Foundation and comic book scribe and filmmaker Greg Pak, whose Vision Machine graphic novel imagines the social, political, and technological changes that will transform media creation and distribution over the next fifty years.
Copies of the Vision Machine trade paperback will be given to attendees. Vision Machine can also be downloaded for free at http://visionmachine.net.
4:30 to 7 > Join us for the Ford Foundation Happy Hour reception, where our summit partners will be having one-on-one discussions with filmmakers over sponsored drinks courtesy of Dos Equis and ONE BAR.

“The Game” – a short story by Greg Pak, age 13

By Greg Pak
I decided I was going to be a writer at the age of nine. So throughout grade school, middle school, high school and college, I wrote constantly — first with $1.49 Shaeffer fountain pens on three hole paper in blue denim binders, later on my mom’s massive Selectric typewriter and on the Mac Plus with the awesome 50mb Total Peripherals external hard drive that I lugged back and forth from college.
While poking through boxes in storage over the last few months, I found a number of files and notebooks containing hundreds of pages of these old stories. And, unsurprisingly, most of them are kind of fun but pretty horrible. But here and there something… almost… good glimmered through. Eventually, I’m hoping to release a ebook anthology of the best of these stories with commentary as a window into one writer’s beginnings.
But in the meantime, just for kicks, here’s the best short story I wrote during my thirteenth year on the planet, when Ray Bradbury was my literary hero, people still called Asian people “Orientals,” and Defender Stargate was the most awesome video game anyone had ever seen.
Enjoy!

THE GAME
By Greg Pak
05.16.1982

“Hey, Jackie!”
A small skeletal boy ran from a large cardboard box to the tall girl.
“Jackie!” he shouted. “Are we gonna play the game today? We gonna play the game?”
“Maybe,” said the tall girl curtly.
The boy silenced and fell into step behind her. They walked on through the charred field, passing the scraggly trees and piles of broken down automobiles and derelict washing machines.
“Well, I sure hope we do,” said the small boy, kicking the cracked ground. “There ain’t nothing else to do around here. Nothin’.”
“Shut up,” said the girl.
The boy did.
Soon they reached a red car. It was only a little rusted, and its shiny paint glinted in the burning sun. It was much better off than the others around it and stood alone, like a regal king surrounded by peasants.
“David!” cried the girl. “We’re going to play the game!”
A short, fat boy threw open the car door and puffed to the side to stand at attention. A long, muscular leg passed from the blackness, fluidly followed by the rest of the boy. The brown feet lifted dust from the ground as the tall black boy shaded his face with a hand, squinting.
“Good,” he said.

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ComicsAlliance behind-the-scenes interview with writer Greg Pak about “Vision Machine”


By Greg Pak
I had a total blast doing this “Vision Machine” behind-the-scenes interview with Chris Sims for ComicsAlliance.com. Check out my true confessions about learning how to talk to colorists, adding an extra page to introduce characters better, and how we almost populated Texas with space aliens — all with exclusive work-in-progress art.
An excerpt:

CA: You also said there were some last-minute changes to the opening sequence.
GP: If you compare the original art for the opening sequence to the opening sequence in the finished comic, you can see we added a page and tweaked the art here and there to introduce our characters better.
CA: It looks like you wanted to spend a little more time with Liz Evers.
GP: Yes, and to get a better introduction of our trio of film grad heroes. RB did glorious work throughout. But as we were nearing completion of issue #1, I realized that my script had crammed things just a bit too tight in the opening pages.
In one of her books, Maxine Hong Kingston talks about the idea that if you stare at anyone’s face in closeup long enough on the silver screen, you’ll eventually fall in love. I think the principle can apply to comics as well. Giving the readers a moment to really absorb a character is pretty key. Particularly when you’ve got three talky, wisecracking characters as your leads. I realized after reading and re-reading the intro that I never gave readers the chance to gaze into our character’s faces and kind of get to know them. We were just off to the races with hijinks and jokes, mostly in medium shot.
Again, all my fault. The original script just didn’t give enough room. So I made the big crazy decision to add a page and have RB redraw some panels.

Click here to read the whole thing.
And download the entire “Vision Machine” graphic novel for FREE from www.visionmachine.net!

Entire “Vision Machine” graphic novel now online for FREE DOWNLOAD!

It’s January 12 and the entire “Vision Machine” graphic novel, as well as “Vision Machine” #3, the final single issue, are now downloadable for FREE at www.visionmachine.net/download!
Grab it today and see what’s up with the book that Newsarama calls “entertaining and thrilling.”
And here’s an excerpt from the latest rave review from Brandon Schatz at Comics! The Blog:

The story by Pak is absolutely phenomenal, but it would all be for naught if his efforts were combined with an artist that didn’t match his ambition. Thank goodness RB Silva is on board, matching Pak’s crazy brain step for step, showing this world and its various realities in crystal clarity. We here at Comics! The Blog were already quite impressed with his work on the Jimmy Olsen back ups in Action Comics, and his skill here sticks to that same level. Very expressive, kinetic when it needs to be, and just perfectly framed. This guy is going to be absolutely huge one day.

UPDATE:
Another rave review from Chris Rohling at GuerillaGeek.com:

Anyone who has any interest in comics, especially creator-owned ventures, needs to download Vision Machine and give it a read. It’s more than just an interesting experiment. It is an in depth look at the future of communication and creativity with a great script and beautiful art. And, it’s free! Download it. Read it. Tell others about it. Vision Machine is something special.

Tons of interviews with Greg Pak about Silver Surfer, Vision Machine, Chaos War, and everything else


A slew of Greg Pak interviews have gone live over the past week. Check ’em out:
Matt Adler of iFanboy.com interviews writer Greg Pak about his upcoming “Silver Surfer” comic book miniseries:

MA: The Surfer has at times had difficulty in supporting his own series; what do you think is the key to making the character appeal to a wide audience?
GP: First and foremost, we’re just trying to tell a story with a real emotional core that’s compelling on a human level. I think that’s the key to making supremely powerful, cosmic characters work for both old and new audiences — find the human contrast that makes the characters relatable and the emotional conflicts and drama that make them compelling.
At the same time, we love supremely powerful, cosmic characters because of the visceral thrill of seeing them in action and the mind-bending leaps these huge sci fi stories can take. It’s like writing a Hulk story: let’s face it — we want to see the Hulk smash. And in a Surfer story, we want to have our minds blown with some crazy cosmic madness. That’s a huge part of the fun and thrill of the genre, and we’re absolutely embracing that.

Click here to read the whole thing.
Iann Robinson of CraveOnline interviews Pak about “Vision Machine,” “Chaos War,” “Silver Surfer,” and everything else. An excerpt:

CRAVEONLINE: Do you think technology is getting out of control?
GREG PAK: Oh, technology is always getting out of control. We’re human — everything we touch goes a little crazy, right? The challenge is to take the time to think about where it’s going so we can have a shot at guiding the river rather than just being swept away by the flood. That’s the glory of speculative fiction — it gives us a safe place to prepare for the shocking changes that are inevitably coming.

Click here to read the whole thing.
The Greek website Comicdom interviews Pak. An excerpt:

I know you have been a Silver Surfer fan yourself. What has drawn you to the character as a reader?
The Silver Surfer might be the purest example of what makes Marvel great — combining massive, cosmic genre hijinks with utterly relatable emotional stories. I was blown away as a kid by the insane visual design and sci fi mythology of the Surfer and Galactus. But I was hooked by the emotional story — the sacrifice and heroism and tragedy of Norrin Radd, the man beneath that shimmering silver sheen.
For more about why I love the Surfer, check out my website for periodic blog postings on the theme: “The Surfer is Awesome.”

Click here to read the whole thing.

2011.01.12 – “Vision Machine” #3

“Vision Machine” #3, the final issue of the sci fi comic book miniseries written by Greg Pak with pencils by R.B. Silva, will be released for FREE tomorrow at VisionMachine.net and at Comixology.com.
In the meantime, check out these advance rave reviews:

“… Vision Machine is an excellent ride, a superbly crafter hi-tech thriller that gushes with Pak’s love of dialog and sense of humor.”
— Iann Robinson, CraveOnline.com
“More than just a cautionary tale, Pak writes an entertaining and thrilling story as three friends face this new digital frontier together.”
— Scott Cederlund, Newsarama
“This is top-notch comics, and I can’t recommend the entire project enough.”
— Gary M. Miller, Delusional Honesty
“… a good piece of speculative fiction…. Throughout the series, the writing has been engaging and slick, and that doesn’t stop.”
— Andrea Speed, cxPulp
“The artwork of the book is top notch, and the writing is great. It’s the kind of story that speaks to what every conspiracy theorist has discussed including government monitoring and tracking. But it’s done so in an entertaining way with a quality story, and great artwork.”
ComicBooksBoard.com

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