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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Comics Written by Greg Pak Turok

A few thoughts on TUROK: DINOSAUR HUNTER


By Greg Pak

Today the final issue of my run on Dynamite’s TUROK DINOSAUR HUNTER hits stores. It’s been a great experience working on the book for twelve issues and I wanted to publicly thank the folks at Dynamite for pulling me on board and letting me run wild.

When editor Nate Cosby called me up over a year ago to discuss TUROK, I tried to say no. I had a pretty full schedule and didn’t want to overcommit. But I’d loved working with Nate when he was the Assistant Editor on the Hulk and Hercules books I wrote at Marvel. And I’d had a great time working with Dynamite when I wrote the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA series for them a few years back.

But what made it impossible for me to say no was the chance to write a comic book series starring a Native American hero.

During my entire creative career, I’ve talked about the importance of representation and done my best to cast my films and comics diversely. Now here I was with what might be a one-in-a-thousand offer — getting paid to write an ongoing comic book series starring a Native American hero.

As an added bonus, Turok fights dinosaurs.

And the incredible bow on the box was that Nate and Dynamite and the licensors totally supported the big crazy idea I threw at them — that the story would be set in 1210 AD and would follow Turok as he took on invading Crusaders who used dinosaurs as biological weapons to assault his tribe on the shores of pre-Columbian Manhattan. Our second story arc followed Turok west as he faced the pterodactyl-riding daughter of Genghis Khan and the Mongol invasion of the New World. And our last story, co-written with the great Paul Tobin, featured Turok heading to England and inspiring the legend of Robin Hood.

So huge thanks to Nate and everyone at Dynamite and all of the incredible artists who worked on the book, including Mirko Colak, Takeshi Miyazaki, Cory Smith, Stephen Downey, Felipe Cunha, and Lee Ferguson.

And here are a few of my favorite moments from the series.

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From TUROK #2. Pencils by Mirko Colak. Check out who gets the “foreign language” brackets in the dialogue.

I wanted to be sure that we saw the world entirely from Turok’s eyes. So letterer Marshall Dillon rendered Turok’s (and all of the Native Americans’) dialogue normally. But we put brackets around the Crusaders’ dialogue to indicate they’re speaking a foreign language. A huge part of diversity is normalizing and humanizing people from different backgrounds. This little lettering trick felt like a good way to almost subconsciously impress the idea on every reader that we are Turok and Turok is us.

From TUROK #5. Pencils by Takeshi Miyazawa. Cahokia was a real pre-Columbian Native American city in what's now southern Illinois.
From TUROK #5. Pencils by Takeshi Miyazawa. Cahokia was a real pre-Columbian Native American city in what’s now southern Illinois.

I loved having the chance to work the city of Cahokia into our second arc – first, because it’s an insanely cool part of history, and second, because it shows the diversity of historical Native American experiences.

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From TUROK #2. Pencils by Mirko Colak.
From TUROK #2. Pencils by Mirko Colak.

Similarly, I loved the opportunity to depict a range of spirituality and differences in belief among the Native Americans in the story. As an Asian American, my teeth get set on edge whenever folks make supposedly positive generalizations about some aspect of some mythical, monolithic Asian culture. There’s a huge amount of variety within any community or culture. I wanted to reflect that in every issue of TUROK.

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From TUROK #10. Pencils by Felipe Cunha.

My schedule got a little tight as we approached the last story arc of the book, so we pulled on Paul Tobin to co-write. Paul really did the huge lions share of the work on these last four issues — and I couldn’t be happier about it. I had the initial idea of Turok heading to England and becoming the basis for the legend of Robin Hood. But Paul ran with it and pulled in details and nuances I would never have come up with on my own. Case in point: the insane scene above, in which a man fights to kill a bird with only his teeth. Paul assures me this was an actual source of entertainment in the faires of the day.

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Spectacular Mirko Colak art from TUROK #3.

And, finally, dinosaurs. With feathers. Just feast your eyes on this incredible Mirko Colak splash from the end of issue #3. Imagine getting pages like this in your email for a year.

TUROK, you were a blast. Thanks so much for everything.

Click here to buy the first collection of TUROK from the Greg Pak Shop — signed by Greg Pak!

Click here to buy the series digitally at Comixology.

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2015.02.25 – TUROK #12 in stores today!


If you ever dreamed of a story in which a Native American inspires the legend of Robin Hood in a 13th Century England overrun with dinosaurs, TUROK #9-12 are for you. Written by Paul Tobin and yours truly, with art by Felipe Cunha, Ruairi Coleman, Stephen Downey, Lee Ferguson, and more.

Issue #12 is in stores today! Check out the interview with Paul Tobin.

Ask your local comics shop to hold copies for you, or buy ’em digitally at Comixology!

Comics Written by Greg Pak Hulk

Comicosity looks back on WORLD WAR HULK


Aaron Long has written a nice look-back at “World War Hulk,” the 2007 Marvel Comics event written by yours truly with pencils by the great John Romita, Jr. An excerpt:

I loved this freakin’ book. Pak gave me a calculating war machine of a Hulk – an intelligent bruiser hellbent on revenge and I do love me some vengeance. Pak’s Hulk is more interesting to me than any iteration I have read before, and may ever again. He’s a conqueror, a champion, a leader of a people and he’s also broken hearted…and he’s still the strongest one there is.

Read the whole thing here.

And buy a signed copy of “World War Hulk” from the Greg Pak Shop right here!

Calendar Films Happy Fun Room

2015.02.25, 02.27, 03.02 – “Happy Fun Room” screens at Cinequest in San Jose!


My short film “Happy Fun Room,” starring the great Cindy Cheung as a children’s television host in a post-disaster future, screens this coming week at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose!

The film is part of “Shorts Program 1: Life Constantly Changes Us,” scheduled for Feb. 25 at 10 pm, Feb. 27 at 1:30 pm, and Mar. 2 at 10:15 pm.

Click here for details and tickets!

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2015.02.18 – STORM #8 gets great reviews, in stores now!

STORM #8, with art by Al Barrionuevo and words by me, hit comic book stores this week and has picked up some pretty great reviews. An excerpt from the CBR review by Marykate Jasper:

“Storm” is more glorious than ever, and I’m rooting hard for this series. Pak has a great sense of Ororo’s voice, and I want to hear more.”

Buy it from your local comics shop or grab it digitally at Comixology!

Also in stores this week – the STORM Vol. 1 trade paperback! Grab that at Comixology here.

Comics Written by Greg Pak Vision Machine

Your chance to get a signed copy of VISION MACHINE via

IMG_20150215_120011 is giving away 20 signed copies of my VISION MACHINE graphic novel, which was illustrated by the great RB Silva and explores a world transformed by the most powerful piece of personal technology ever created.

Check it out!

Calendar Films Happy Fun Room

2015.02.14 – “Happy Fun Room” screens for FREE at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival


If you’re in Seattle, you clearly need to spend Valentine’s Day at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, where my short film “Happy Fun Room” screens for FREE at 9 pm in the “Animated, Horror & Sci Fi Shorts” program.

Check it out!

Action Comics Calendar Comics Written by Greg Pak

2015.02.04 – ACTION COMICS #39 in stores today!


“Action Comics” #39, written by yours truly with art by the great Scott Kolins and Aaron Kuder, hits stores today! This is the conclusion to the big “Horrorville” storyline, wherein Superman, Lana, Steel, and Hiro have faced mysterious horrors in the misty cornfields and creepy farmhouses of Smallville. Find out the truth behind the horror — and the origin of the Ultra-Humanite!

Check out a big lettered preview.

Ask your local comics shop to hold a copy for you!

Buy it in digital form at Comixology!

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