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2019.03.18 – FIREFLY #15 and ATLANTIS ATTACKS #3 out today – and FREE pdfs at the Greg Pak Shop for the duration of the coronavirus crisis!

Hey, friends. Sending all the best wishes to everyone grappling with the coronovirus crisis and hoping everyone’s listening to your local authorities and staying home.

If you’re a parent/teacher/caregiver with little ones at home, I’m thrilled to announce that Jonathan Coulton, Tak Miyazawa and I have made all of our children’s books available for FREE download for the duration of the crisis. That includes ABC DISGUSTING, THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF in English and Spanish, THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS, and the PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF ACTIVITY BOOK, which is packed with games and fun and designed to be printed on a home printer.

You can find all the books at GregPakShop.com. And yes, they’re all FREE!

Free PDFs at the Greg Pak shop!

At the same link, you can also download the PDF and audiobook of my KICKSTARTER SECRETS how-to book and the 2010 sci fi graphic novel VISION MACHINE. All free!

Meanwhile, it’s new release day in the world of comic books! If you’re self-quarantined or otherwise staying at home, PLEASE STAY AT HOME! But you can still get your comics from lots of comic shops who are now offering shipping. And many shops are doing curbside drop off. Please contact your local shop and ask them about your options — comicshoplocator.com. You can also buy books digitally at Comixology.com.

The wonderful comic book writer Leah Williams is now collecting info from different comic book shops and creating an interactive map that will show you where you can get your books in the coming days. Check it out and follow her on Twitter for more!

Today I have two books in stores — FIREFLY #15, which continues the unlikely adventures of Mal Reynolds, infamous outlaw turned sheriff, and ATLANTIS ATTACKS #3, featuring the Agents of Atlas in a titanic showdown between the three great civilizations of Pan, Atlantis, and the Sirenas! FIREFLY #15 was drawn by Lalit Kumar Sharma with colors by Francesco Segala and letters by Jim Campbell. ATLANTIS ATTACKS #3 was drawn by Ario Anindito and Robert Gill with colors by Rachelle Rosenberg and letters by Joe Sabino.

I love both creative teams and am super proud of both books and I hope you enjoy them.

Please do stay safe and stay home!

2020.03.11 – STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #2 and RONIN ISLAND #11 in stores today!

Absolutely thrilled to have two big books in comic book shops today. I’m hugely proud of both STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #2 and RONIN ISLAND #11. Both books feature huge reveals in big emotional stories and I can’t wait for you to get your hands on ’em.

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #2 features the huge reveal of what’s going on with the mysterious figure on the cover. A deep emotional dive into Vader’s dark psyche as well as a ominous thriller in the making. Cover by Inhyuk Lee, interior art by Raffaele Ienco, colors by Neeraj Menon, letters by Joe Caramagna, editing by Mark Paniccia and Tom Groneman.

RONIN ISLAND #11 is the penultimate issue in the series! Everything’s coming to a head and the emotional stakes have never been higher. Art by Giannis Milonogiannis, colors by Irma Kniivila, letters by Simon Bowland, editing by Eric Harburn and Amanda LaFranco.

Ask your local comic shop to hold copies of these books for you today!

2020-02-19 ATLANTIS ATTACKS #2 and FIREFLY #14 in stores today!

Very happy to have two (count ’em, two!) big books in comic book shops today.

ATLANTIS ATTACKS #1 was written by yours truly with interior art by Ario Anindito, cover by Mico Suayan, colors by Rachelle Rosenberg, letters by Joe Sabino, and editing by Mark Paniccia and Tom Groneman. Check out a preview here and ask your local retailer to hold a copy for you today!

Firefly 14 cover

FIREFLY #14 was written by yours truly with a cover by Marc Aspinall, interior line art by Lalit Kumar Sharma, colors by Francesco Segala, letters by Jim Campell, and editing by Jeanine Schaefer and Gavin Gronenthal. Check out the preview here and ask your local retailer to hold a copy for you today!

2020-02-12 – RONIN ISLAND #10 in comic shops today!

RONIN ISLAND #10 arrives in comic book shops today, February 12. The book’s written by yours truly with line art by Giannis Milonogiannis, colors by Irma Kniivila, letters by Simon Bowland, and editing by Eric Harburn and Amanda LaFranco. Click here for the full preview and ask your local shop to hold a copy for you!

And not to brag or anything (okay, I’m bragging), here’s what Multiversity Comics has to say about the book: 

Greg Pak and Giannis Milonogiannis’s ronin saga has featured rich, rare storytelling style that really breathes and carries tons of dramatic heft in an unassuming package. Pak is one of comics’ low key best writers across the board, but he especially shines in the creator-owned arena.

2020-02-15 – 02-16 – Greg Pak signs DARTH VADER #1 in Wilmington, DE and Washington, DC!

Thrilled to announce that I’m signing STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1 this weekend at The Comic Book Shop in Delaware and Fantom Comics in Washington, DC!

Saturday – 02.15 – 2:00-3:00 pm

The Comic Book Shop – 1855 Marsh Rd, Wilmington, DE – more details here!

Sunday – 02.16 – 3:00-5:00 pm

Fantom Comics – 2010 P St. NW Ste 3, Washington, DC – more details here!

Come see, come see!

ATLANTIS ATTACKS #1 gets a second printing!

I’m thrilled to report that ATLANTIS ATTACKS #1 (written by yours truly with interior art by Ario Anindito, colors by Rachelle Rosenberg, and letters by Joe Sabino) has apparently sold out and is getting a second printing! Check out the details from PreviewsWorld.com.

PreviewsWorld doesn’t provide the new cover, but if I had to guess, I’d guess they’re using this glorious interior spread of the new Agents of Atlas team from Ario and Rachelle.

Please do ask your local comic shop to pre-order the second printing today if you’re interested!

2020.02.05 – STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1 – Check out the lettered preview!

Thrilled that STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1 is finally hitting comic book shops this coming week! In the wake of EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Darth Vader seeks revenge against everyone who hid his son Luke from him — and ends up digging deeper into his past than he’s prepared for.

Ask your local shop to hold a copy for you, and if you’re in NYC, come see me at the JHU signing!

In the meantime, check out the lettered preview pages below, with art by the great Raffaele Ienco, colors by Neeraj Menon, letters by Joe Caramagna, cover by InHyuk Lee, words by yours truly, and editing by Mark Paniccia and Tom Groneman.

Darth Vader #1 preview page 1
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Darth Vader #1 preview page #5
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Darth Vader #1 cover

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #2 preview pages – with Padmé!

If you care about Padmé Amidala, you need the new STAR WARS: DARTH VADER comic book series. Here’s the cover for issue #2 by InHyuk Lee and interior art by Raffaele Ienco and Neeraj Menon, written by yours truly. First issue in comic shops Feb 5, second issue in shops March 11! 

Ask your local retailer to hold copies for you today!

Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 cover
Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 preview page 1 - Padme and Anakin outside the arena
Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 preview page 02 - Padme and Anakin fighting monsters in the arena.
Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 preview image 03 - Padme as queen, senator, bride, and on the platform on Mustafar.

Tweaking my website and blog strategies in 2020

I launched my first website to tout my early short films approximately one million years ago in 1999 using the “members” section of aol.com. I can’t find my archive of the original index page, but I did find my splash page image, which I assure you I thought was AWESOME. ENJOY!

Greg Pak 1999 website image

Over the years, I’ve upgraded my website multiple times. First, I moved my static pages off aol.com onto to a webhosting service with my own gregpak.com url. Then I added webring code (yes! webrings!) and cgi scripts for message boards and comments and all the other stuff we did back then. I was typing up HTML for updates and indexes in chronological order — essentially hand-coding a blog before we even had the word “blog.” At some point, MoveableType popped up and I converted the site into an actual blog with automated tools for posting and indexing. Years later, I finally accepted the fact that MoveableType was gone and converted the site to WordPress, which is where we are today. For the past eight years or so, it’s been essentially the same creature, but with social media links and embedded media and a better newsletter sign-up process.

But every few years, I find myself fixing some small glitch on the site and I end up rethinking things a bit. Last night was one of those times. I had trouble sending out my latest newsletter through the MailPoet plugin (problems that I still haven’t entirely solved), and as part of the troubleshooting I started upgrading various plugins. And eventually, like a dope, I upgraded the Codium Extended theme that provides the visual backbone of my site. Unfortunately, I’d made a hundred tweaks to the Codium templates to get my site to look the way I wanted, and the upgrade overwrote all those tweaks. Huge disaster! But I was able to find a 2016 backup and was also able to grab the source code of a cached page of one of my posts from one of my browsers, so after a panicky hour and a half, I had the site back in shape.

The bonus of that big goof was that all that poking around in the guts of WordPress got me to finally wrap my head around how WordPress.com works (as opposed to WordPress.org) and try out a few new (to me) things that I hope will help get my posts out to more eyeballs.

WordPress.org is the organization that makes and distributes the WordPress software. That “org” at the end of the URL tells you it’s a nonprofit — it distributes the free software you can install on your own server to run WordPress for your own website. WordPress.com, on the other hand, is a business that sells you hosting services for WordPress blogs. I run my site on my own, so I got my software from WordPress.org. But I’m using the Jetpack services for stats and backups that I pay for and manage through WordPress.com. It’s been a while since I set everything up, so I’d kind of forgotten how this all works! But while digging back into everything, I finally educated myself about one of the other big benefits of WordPress.com. You can use your account not just to manage your blog, but to follow and read other people’s WordPress blogs!

Yes, WordPress.com and the WordPress app have very, very nice readers that allow you to follow and easily scroll through and read a bunch of blogs. The interface is great — I like it more than Feedly (a similar blog aggregator). The biggest minus is that the WordPress Reader only works with WordPress blogs, as far as I can tell. But I’ve been looking to spend less time scrolling through Twitter and more time digging into longer articles, so this is very interesting to me as a reader.

But I’m even more intrigued as a creator.

I’ve recently seen various writer colleagues on Twitter musing about blogging, thinking about diving back into it. Folks like John Scalzi never stopped, of course. But for most of us, blogging began to feel too time consuming with not enough payoff — quick posts on Twitter almost always get tons more traction than a longer blog post. But as wonderful as Twitter can be, it’s also a garbage can full of distraction, lies, and harassment. And any social network could become unusable overnight if it’s sold or if its owners decide to monetize it differently. Conversely, we own our own blogs. Until the whole system of assigning URLs and building websites gets ripped out of our hands, folks can always find us there. So anything that encourages readers to visit our independent blogs on a regular basis strikes me as fantastic.

The payoff to this long story? I’m now following blogs using the WordPress.com app and I’m going to look for ways to encourage more people to follow my own site there — and to follow it through other services like Feedly. I’ve also discovered and enabled the widget that allows people to subscribe to my website. They enter their email and WordPress will automatically send them an email whenever a new post goes live. It’s a bit confusing because I also have a newsletter that folks can subscribe to. So folks visiting my site for the first time might get a little confused about the differences. I’ll have to figure out how to explain that succinctly on the site. But for now, it’s at least one more way folks can choose to hear about my stuff — and you can try it out by entering your email right up there on the upper right of this page!

Finally taking advantage of these tools feels important, and I’m pretty darn proud of myself. But I know that nothing matters more than posting good, useful writing. When I look back over my site’s greatest hits, I’ve always gotten the most visitors when I’ve posted something special they can’t find anywhere else. The challenge for working writers is finding the time to post that special stuff when we’re grappling with weekly, daily, and sometimes hourly deadlines. I’m still figuring it out! But digging around on the tech side always makes my website feel like a fun new toy, so I’m hopeful that you’ll see more posts like this in the near future.

A last point: the massive success of of social media comes from those fun little buttons allow you to instantly share what you dig with everyone who follows you. None of the blog aggregators I’ve been looking at quite reproduce that kind of seamless sharing. So I’ll keep looking, and in the meantime I’ll continue to use my social media accounts to push my blog posts, and I’ll do better at reading and sharing blog posts from friends. And I’ll report back if anything seems to be really working!

2020.02.05 – Greg Pak signs STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1 and JHU Comic Books in NYC!

I’m signing STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1 at JHU Comic Books in NYC on Wednesday, February 5 from 6 to 8 pm!

Hugely excited about this one. The story follows the Dark Lord in the wake of EMPIRE STRIKES BACK on his mission of vengeance to find everyone who hid his son Luke from him. The book’s drawn by Raffaela Ienco, colored by Neeraj Menon, lettered by Joe Caramagna, and edited by Mark Paniccia and Tom Groneman with covers by Inhyuk Lee. Everyone’s working at the top of their game and I think this one’s turning into something very special — hope you enjoy it!

Check out previews for Issues #1 here and Issue #2 here — and see you on February 5!

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