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STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1 coming this February, written by Greg Pak with art by Raffaela Ienco!

I’m beyond thrilled to reveal the cover and solicit for STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1, a new series starting in February 2020, written by yours truly with art by Raffaele Ienco and covers by Inhyuk Lee!

It’s been a massive joy to work on this book. We’re tackling what I think is the most compelling and unexplored period of Vader’s life — the moment after EMPIRE STRIKES BACK when he grapples with Luke’s refusal to join him on the Dark Side. We’re getting the chance to dig into some shocking corners of Vader’s past and present — taking this story to some pretty astounding places. And Raffaele’s interiors and Inhyuk Lee’s covers are already blowing my mind.

Please do ask your local retailer to add it to your pull list if you’re interested!

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1

GREG PAK (W)
RAFFAELE IENCO (A)
COVER BY INHYUK LEE
VARIANT COVER BY RAFFAELE IENCO
VARIANT COVER BY TONY DANIEL
VARIANT COVER BY MIKE DEL MUNDO
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK VARIANT COVER BY:
CHRIS SPROUSE
MOVIE VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE

“JOIN ME, AND TOGETHER, WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY
AS FATHER AND SON!”

THE TRAGEDY OF DARTH VADER CONTINUES

In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader infamously reveals his true relationship to Luke Skywalker and invites his son to rule the galaxy at his side. But Luke refuses — plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud City rather than turn to the Dark Side. We all remember Luke’s utter horror in this life-altering moment. But what about Vader? In this new epic chapter in the Darth Vader saga, the dark lord grapples with Luke’s unthinkable refusal and embarks on a bloody mission of rage-filled revenge against everything and everyone who had a hand in hiding and corrupting his only son. But even as he uncovers the secrets of Luke’s origins, Vader must face shocking new challenges from his own dark past.

Writer Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco unleash Darth Vader on his dark quest of vengeance and discovery this February! With covers by InHyuk Lee!

40 PGS. / Rated T / $3.99

 

2019.11.13 – STAR WARS #74, RONIN ISLAND #8, and AGENTS OF ATLAS #4 in stores today!

Big day today! I’ve got three books in comic book stores — STAR WARS #74, RONIN ISLAND #8, and AGENTS OF ATLAS #4!

STAR WARS #74, drawn by Phil Noto with letters by Clayton Cowles, is the penultimate chapter in our run. The three different threads of our story come together as our heroes scramble to entrap Vader himself! Featuring the Wookiee/Sith fight you’ve always wanted!

RONIN ISLAND #8 features art by Giannis Milonogiannis, colors by Irma Kniivila, and letters by Simon Bowland. This remains one of my favorite projects I’ve worked on this decade, and the emotional stakes ramp up again in this issue for Hana and Kenichi. In a rave review, Fanbase Press says:

In issue number 8, a character is faced with having to make a difficult choice, and they don’t just continue on unaffected by it; they stop, and the reader is allowed to live in the character’s emotions. It’s a beautiful moment, and one of the reasons I love Ronin Island.

You can read the whole review here.

AGENTS OF ATLAS #4 features art by Nico Leon and Pop Mhan, colors by Rachelle Rosenberg, and letters by Joe Sabino. I love the little character moments that Nico and Pop are rendering so beautifully in this book. Don’t miss Wave and Sword Master finally getting paid and Isaac flirting with Raz! And yes, we’re getting up into major cliffhanger action here — with big ramifications for the upcoming ATLANTIS ATTACKS series!

Ask your local comic shop to hold all these comics for ya! Thanks so much!

 

2019.10.16 – FIREFLY #10 and AERO #4 in stores today!

Got two big books in comic shops today! Ask your local shop to hold ’em for you now!

FIREFLY #10 (with art by Dan McDaid, colors by Joana Lafuente, and letters by Jim Campbell) features a terrifying escalation of the second Unification War and an ending splash I’ve been waiting to reveal for MONTHS. Check out a preview here!

And AERO #4 continues Lei Ling’s story in the main feature from Zhou Liefen and Keng — with big reveals about Sea Hunter in the Wave/Aero story co-written by me and Alyssa Wong with art by Pop Mhan, colors by Federico Blee, and letters by Joe Caramagna! Check out a preview here!

2019.10.18 – 10.20 – Greg Pak at the Baltimore Comic Con!

Big news! I’ll be a guest at the Baltimore Comic Con this weekend, signing and selling books at table 212 in Artists Alley all three days! I’ll have trades of various Hulk and other superhero books and THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS as well as collector’s copies and special variants of a bunch of single issues, including FIREFLY, AGENTS OF ATLAS, AERO, SWORD MASTER, STAR WARS and a bunch more!

I’ll also be speaking on the Breaking Into Comics panel at 2 pm on Friday in room 345-346.

For tickets and details, visit https://baltimorecomiccon.com/.

See you soon!

New, rare variant covers at the Greg Pak Shop!

If you’re a collector who likes rare variant covers, this is your lucky day! I’m offering a limited number of signed variants of recent comic books at the Greg Pak Shop, including:

Visit the Greg Pak Shop and grab ’em now before they sell out!

The pitch document for MECH CADET YU

This post was originally published at my Writing About Writing Comics Patreon. If you’re interested in more of this kind of practical comics writing advice, please do back the Patreon!

A backer asked for an example of an outline that I used to pitch a comic book series to a publisher. So here you go! Read on one of the early outlines I submitted to BOOM! Studios for the series that eventually became MECH CADET YU.

But first, a little background.

I’d done a ten page story called “Los Robos” with artist Takeshi Miyazawa and letterer Simon Bowland about a kid and his giant robot for the SHATTERED Asian American comics anthology back in 2012. And at the time, I also wrote an outline for a 10 issue LOS ROBOS comic book series. Tak and I strongly considered launching a Kickstarter for LOS ROBOS, but instead we partnered with Jonathan Coulton to do the CODE MONKEY SAVE WORLD Kickstarter.

But I always hoped to get LOS ROBOS off the ground as a series, so when BOOM! editor Cameron Chittock approached me at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con and asked if I might have something that might make sense as a BOOM! book, I hooked him up with the 10 page story and that big outline. He loved it and wanted to do it. But he needed a shorter document to send up the chain internally at BOOM! So I hammered out the document below. And and after a little more discussion and back and forth, that’s pretty much what sealed the deal.

A few things worth noting about this document…

1. It’s pretty short! In Microsoft Word, it’s just two pages! If I’m writing a working outline for an approved series, I don’t necessarily think short is a massive virtue — I prefer getting all my beats down so I know what’s happening in detail issue by issue. But for an initial pitch document like this, two pages might be just right. You want to hook folks who don’t know anything about the project very quickly with your high concept, make them feel something emotionally, and give them a sense of the fun plot developments and twists. If you hit them with ten pages of extreme detail at this preliminary stage, they might never get through it.

2. The pitch actually includes three pitches. There’s the one-liner, helpfully labeled “The Hollywood One-Liner,” a paragraph labeled “The Set Up” which lays out the basic premise, and then a longer description of the story. That’s actually similar to the way I’d pitch a story in person. Set the stage with a one liner, then lay things out a bit more with a paragraph, then dive in for more fun detail and emotional story. It’s a step-by-step method that makes it easy for readers to digest — and makes it easy for them to describe the story to others, which is critical, because they need to be able to sell it to others in house and later to distributors and media.

3. The section labeled “The Personal Story” is essentially the bare-bones outline of the first issue of the series. But I labeled it “The Personal Story” here instead of just “Issue One” because I wanted to signal to the reader that here is where I’m going to tell you about our hero and why you should care. This isn’t the only way to do this, of course. Sometimes in other pitch documents I’ve had a “One-Liner” section with the simple description of the plot and then a “What It’s Really About” section where I briefly state the big emotional arc or theme. For PLANET HULK, that “What It’s Really About” section included the words “A monster becoming a hero.” Here, I think words like “Stanford’s the outsider, brand new to the school and its culture, trying to prove he has what it takes to make it” serve a similar purpose in selling the emotional arc. So there are many different ways you can lay out that emotional story. I’ve just learned it can be critical to find someplace to label it and spell it out, because when push comes to shove, that emotional story is often the deciding factor in making people care enough to green light the project.

LOS ROBOS

A pitch for a comic book series written by Greg Pak with art by Takeshi Miyazawa

10.27.2015 – by Greg Pak – @2015 Pak Man Productions

THE HOLLYWOOD ONE-LINER

Harry Potter meets Pacific Rim.

THE SET UP

For reasons known only to themselves, giant robots from outer space descend upon a mountain in Los Robos, Arizona, once a year — and bond forever with the first human children they encounter. The military, suspicious of the robots but keenly aware of their usefulness, has formed the elite Sky Corps Academy to train young cadets to become giant robot pilots, using their Titan Robos to defend the world from any crisis — including a recent influx of mysterious, terrifying monsters from outer space dubbed the Sharg.

But this year, a Titan Robo picks the wrong kid…

THE PERSONAL STORY

A boy named STANFORD YU works with his mother as a janitor at the Sky Corps Academy. He’s just there to clean up and fix things. But he can’t help but be thrilled by the traditions and ceremonies of the school — and dazzled by the dream of bonding with a Titan Robo.

As our story begins, Stanford’s left to clean up while the school’s top three cadets go to meet this year’s incoming Titan Robos in the great bonding ceremony. But one damaged, underdog Titan Robo never makes it to the mountain — and instead crashes in the desert, where Stanford finds it and helps it fix itself. Stanford points the robo toward the mountain, but the robo just extends its giant hand. The robo’s picked Stanford!

A cadet named PARK, the privileged son of a general and one of the three chosen cadets, demands Stanford’s robo. But the robo’s already bonded with Stanford — and now the janitor’s kid becomes a member of the Sky Corps!

Meanwhile, Park’s father equips his son with a man-made Titan Robo — the military’s attempt to reverse-engineer the technology of the robos but ensure the product is completely under human control.

So Stanford and Park enter the Titan Robo training program, each struggling to bond with and control their strange robots and prepare for war with the Sharg. Stanford and Park are both outsiders with something to prove. Park’s the rich kid, overlooked by the “real” robos, trying to prove he still belongs. Stanford’s the outsider, brand new to the school and its culture, trying to prove he has what it takes to make it.

But Stanford and Park drive each other crazy. Can these two misfits make it through the academy and join the Sky Corps? Or will their rivalry destroy them both — along with their giant robot friends?

THE BIGGER PLOT

As training begins, the Sharg strike — and the cadets are thrust into war and intrigue!

Just before the cadets face their first big skills test with their robos, Park sabotages Stanford’s robo in order to get him kicked out of the Corps and down to the robo maintenance crew. But during the test, the Sharg strike the school! The cadets face their first battle — and begin to grasp how high the stakes are. Stanford and Park demonstrate their talents — Stanford’s a whiz at fixing things and adjusting on the fly; Park’s a killer tactician. They take a small step toward mutual respect as they work together to protect the school and survive.

But their trust in each other and the very institution of the Sky Corps is tested when the Sky Corps headmaster forbids any student from direct involvement in future battles — but their instructor, Captain Skip Tanaka, invites them to secret, unauthorized training sessions. Both Stanford and Park are determined to learn everything they can to prepare for war and prove themselves — but Park’s uneasy about training with Skip behind his father’s back and Stanford worries that Park will rat Skip out to his father. Meanwhile, each boy is learning more about his own robo — bonding more fully with it while also realizing there are things about the robos’ origins and motivations that they still don’t understand at all.

Where do the Titan Robos and the Sharg come from? Why do the Titan Robos bond with children in the first place — and what secret motivations might they really have? And as a man-made robo created by the military, how far can Park’s robo be trusted? As Stanford and Park dig into these mysteries about their closest friends, they uncover a plot masterminded by Park’s father to dismantle the Titan Robos and use their power sources to fuel a completely man-made weapon for a final battle with the Sharg!

With everything they know about their world turning on its head and different sides claiming their loyalty, each boy must come of age, weighing all they’ve learned about trust, reason, love and duty as the final crisis looms.

2019.10.03 – 10.06 – Greg Pak at the New York Comic Con – NEW: artist Nico Leon to sign with Greg on Sunday!

BIG UPDATE: AGENTS OF ATLAS artist Nico Leon is in town and will join me for a signing at NOON on Sunday at B-22 in Artist Alley!

Excited to report that I’ll be selling and signing books all four days of the New York Comic Con in Artist Alley, table B-22!

If I’m not at my table, I’ll be at one of the following events:

Thursday, October 3

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm – Writing for Comics Like the Pros Panel  1C03

Friday, October 4

11:00 am – 11:30 am – Marvel INCOMING On-Stage Signing – Marvel Booth #1354

1:45 – 2:45pm – Lucasfilm Publishing – Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away Panel – 1A21

Sunday, October 6

12 noon – Signing with AGENTS OF ATLAS artist Nico Leon! – B22 in Artist Alley

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm – Super Asian American Panel – 1A02

2019.09.21 – Greg Pak, Minh Lê, and Jade Feng Lee at Fantom Comics in Washington, DC – TODAY at 2 pm!

Thrilled to be on my way to Washington, DC for a Q&A and signing at Fantom Comics TODAY at 2 pm! If you’re in the DC area, please do come see!

The event is co-sponsored by OCA and will also feature great comics creators Minh Lê and Jade Feng Lee in a conversation about Asian Americans in comics.

From 2-4 pm, 2010 P St NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC.

For all the details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/417992899073948/

2019.09.20 – Greg Pak speaks at the Korean Cultural Center in NYC

Excited to be speaking on Friday, September 20, at the Korean Cultural Center in New York City about my work in comics! The event is free with an RSVP — click here for more!

2019.09.04 – AGENTS OF ATLAS #2 in stores today!

I continue to be blown away by the support folks have given to all of our AGENTS OF ATLAS-related books, including SWORD MASTER, AERO, and of course AGENTS OF ATLAS. The second issue of AGENTS OF ATLAS just hit stores today, and I hope you’ll check it out if you have the chance.

Here’s what ComicBook.com‘s Matthew Aguilar had to say about the latest issue:

…a topical take on how we view borders and territory that grows in mystery and intrigue with every issue, especially on the last page of this one, and I for one am totally sold on sticking around to find out what’s really going on. Actually, you could say I’m sold on the Agents of Atlas. Period.

The book’s drawn by the great Nico Leon with an assist by the great Pop Mhan, with gorgeous colors from Federico Blee and lovely letters from Joe Sabino.

Ask your local comic shop to hold a copy for you or buy it in digital form at Comixology!

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