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Monthly Archives: February 2011

2011.03.13 – Greg Pak on comics panel at the SFIAAFF

Greg Pak will be on a panel about comics at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival at 12:30 pm on March 13, 2011. Here’s the description:

THE “ISSUES” ISSUE: DECODING RACE AND THE AMERICAN IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE IN COMIC BOOKS
One of the first published graphic novels illustrated deeply personal experiences against the backdrop of an immigrant community in the Bronx. More than 30 years later, the themes from “A Contract With God” still resonate with media makers and readers of comics. Race and racism, cultural melding, and generational conflicts continue to play an essential role in comic-book narratives. In this exciting panel, guests from multiple disciplines will discuss how the American immigrant experience has colored their own work, and how representation in comics is a crucial part of the media landscape at large.
Featuring: Hellen Jo (Cartoonist and comic Book Writer, “Jin & Jam #1”), Greg Pak (Filmmaker and comic Book Writer, ROBOT STORIES, “Planet Hulk,” “Vision Machine”), Alex Rivera (Filmmaker, Sleep Dealer), Gene Yang (Illustrator and comic Book Writer, “American Born Chinese”)

For more details and to buy tickets, visit the official website.

Massive Greg Pak interview at Newsarama’s “Writer’s Workshop”

David Pepose has conducted what may be the longest interview ever of filmmaker and comics writer Greg Pak for his “Writer’s Workshop” column at Newsarama. Here’s an excerpt:

I should say this too, all this stuff I’m saying is stuff that I know, but that I have to struggle everyday to actually implement it, you know what I mean? [Laughs.] It’s an ongoing struggle to have the discipline to make these stories work the way they really should. To cut out the stuff that doesn’t belong, and to invest the stuff that should be there with real emotional truth rather than manufactured shortcuts, and to find the most dramatically compelling fashion to tell the story rather than just the easiest way to tell the story. These are ongoing challenges that I wrestle with every single day, trying to do the best I can and trying to figure out better ways to do it.

Click here to read the whole thing.

2011.02.19 – Greg Pak and “Vision Machine” at the Students for Free Culture Conference in NYC

“Vision Machine” writer Greg Pak will speak at the Students for Free Culture Conference at 11:20 am on Saturday, February 19 in New York City. He’ll also give away copies of the “Vision Machine” trade paperback to all attendees. For more information, visit http://conf11.freeculture.org/programme/.

Joe Dante to direct Greg Pak’s “Monster Love”


“Monster Love” concept art by Atilio Martin, colored by Dan Kanemoto
Legendary director Joe Dante (“Gremlins,” “The Howling”) has picked his next project: “Monster Love,” a horror script written by Greg Pak.
For more, read the interview at CBR’s Spinoff Online.

2011.03.12 – Greg Pak and “Vision Machine” on SXSW Interactive panel

Comic book writer Greg Pak will give out free copies of his “Vision Machine” graphic novel and speak at the “Open Wide: New Models for Public Media” panel at SXSW Interactive on March 12 at 12:30 pm.
For the full scoop, visit the official SXSW website.

Post a remix, get a free “Vision Machine” trade paperback!


Want a “Vision Machine” trade paperback but can’t make one of the public events where we’re giving them away?
We’ll send free “Vision Machine” trade paperbacks to the first 50 folks who post remixes of the comic or other work inspired by the story or characters!
The first free “Vision Machine” trade goes to Stephen Morrow, who just posted the amazing image of Jane that you see above.
So draw a “Vision Machine” related picture, write a story or poem, remix the actual book, or create any other derivative work inspired by the book or characters… then ping @gregpak on Twitter with the link.
“Vision Machine” is released under a Creative Commons license allowing noncommerical derivative work of this kind – for the full scoop, click here. Your remixes/derivative work should credit Pak Man Productions be released under the same Creative Commons license.
So have fun! We’re looking forward to seeing the links!
Please note: You must be 18 or older for us to send you the book.

“Robot Stories” premiered seven years ago today


By Greg Pak
Seven years ago today, my scrappy little independent sci fi feature film “Robot Stories” premiered at the Cinema Village in New York City.
Buy the DVD from Amazon.
Watch it on Netflix.

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