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Mech Cadet Yu

A janitor’s kid bonds with a giant robot and joins the elite Sky Corps Academy — who face an invasion of monsters from outer space! Written by Greg Pak, art by Takeshi Miyazawa, colors by Triona Farrell, letters by Simon Bowland, published by BOOM! Studios.

MECH CADET YU makes the 2019 YALSA “Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers” nom list!

MECH CADET YU, written by yours truly with line art by Takeshi Miyazawa, has made the Young Adult Library Services Association’s “Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers” nomination list!

Check out the full list here.

Stanford Yu makes CBR’s “20 Heroes Who Are Barely Making Rent” list

Kind of inordinately pleased about this — Stanford Yu, the kid janitor hero of MECH CADET YU, clocked in at #5 in CBR’s list of 20 comic book heroes “who are barely making rent.”

Check it out!

MECH CADET YU wins the Ringo Spirit Award!

I’m thrilled to announce that our MECH CADET YU comic book series won the Mike Wieringo Spirit Award at the Ringo Awards at the Baltimore Comic Con last night!

The award is given to the book the judges believe most lives up to the spirit of fun and joy that Mike Wieringo’s work epitomized. It’s a huge honor and I’m overwhelmed, proud, and very, very grateful.

Massive thanks to the creative team, Takeshi Miyazawa, Triona Farrell, Jessica Kholinne, Simon Bowland, and Raul Angulo. Massive thanks to our amazing editors Cameron Chittock and Eric Harburn. Massive thanks to everyone at BOOM! who have supported the book so much, including Arune, Mel, Filip, Ross, and Stephanie. And massive thanks to Jeff, Parry, Keith and Jerry, the editors of the SHATTERED Asian American comics anthology where the earliest version of the story first appeared.

And of course, thanks so much to all the readers and reviewers and retailers who have given the book so much love. Without you, this never, ever could have happened.

2018.09.12 – MECH CADET YU #12! Check out the preview!

MECH CADET YU #12, the last issue of our epic series, hits comic book shops on September 12, 2018!

Check out the gorgeous preview pages below, drawn by Takeshi Miyazawa with colors by Raúl Angulo and letters by Simon Bowland!

This is the big, emotional climax to everything we’ve been building since issue one. Huge thanks to everyone who’s supported the book — we’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible good vibes and it’s all thanks to you that our little four issue miniseries got to become a twelve issue epic!

Ask your local comic shop to hold MECH CADET YU #12 for you today!

2018.04.04 – MECH CADET YU #8 hits comic shops! Check out the preview!

MECH CADET YU #8, written by yours truly with art by Takeshi Miyazawa, colors by Triona Farrell, and letters by Simon Bowland, hits comic shops this coming Wednesday! Read on for a lettered preview of the issue and ask your comic shop to hold a copy for you today!

2018.02.07 – MECH CADET YU #6 in stores this Wednesday!

MECH CADET YU #6 hits comic shops this Wednesday! The book’s written by yours truly with art by Takeshi Miyazawa, colors by Triona Farrell, and letters by Simon Bowland and continues the story of a group of young cadets and their giant robots taking on the alien monsters known as the Sharg.

Check out the preview below and ask your local shop to hold a copy for you today!

 

2018.02.11 – Greg Pak does Kids’ Book Club and signs comics at Comix Experience in San Francisco!

 

Hey, I’m doing a kids’ book club event and a signing at the Comix Experience comic book shop in San Francisco this coming Sunday, February 11!

Check out the store’s Facebook page for the details!

See you soon, Bay Area!

2018.01.10 – MECH CADET YU Volume One Collection and issue #5 in stores TODAY!

BIG NEWS! The first collected trade paperback of MECH CADET YU and issue #5 both hit comic book stores today! So in one day, you can get all 110 pages of the story so far! Call your local shop and ask ’em to hold copies for you!

MECH CADET YU tells the story of Stanford Yu, a janitor’s kid who bonds with a giant robot and joins the elite Sky Corps Academy. It’s written by yours truly with art by Takeshi Miyazawa, colors by Triona Farrell, and letters by Simon Bowland, and it’s the best reviewed book I’ve written in… well, maybe, ever. Issue #5 has already gotten a 9.5/10 review from AiPT — check it out!

The series has also been tapped for a bunch of “Best of 2017” lists — check out a few below!

Bleeding Cool

Geeks of Color

Panel Patter

Den of Geek

Comicon

SyFy

And if that’s not enough, check out the preview pages for issue #5 below!

The best things I wrote in 2017

We’re coming to the end of 2017, and I’m ready to kvell a bit. Here’s a list of the work I’m the most proud of in 2017. Hope ya dig!

MECH CADET YU tells the story of a janitor’s kid who bonds with a giant robot and joins the elite Sky Corps Academy. Drawn by Takeshi Miyazawa with colors by Triona Farrell and letters by Simon Bowland, the book was originally approved as a four issue miniseries. But because folks like you went nuts for it, BOOM! Studios upgraded it to an ongoing series!

I’m not supposed to say which children are my favorite. But you guys, MECH CADET YU is my favorite. I absolutely love working on the book, I love all my creative collaborators, and I love our kid heroes and all their robots and all the monsters and mystery surrounding them. Ask your local comics shop to order the first trade paperback and issue #5 for you today — both hit stores on January 10!

The PLANET HULK PROSE NOVEL came out in October, and it’s my very first prose novel! I loved every minute of working on this book and I won’t lie — I think it’s pretty great.

If you loved the original PLANET HULK comics, the prose novel’s full of extra development and revelations and a bit of a shocker of an ending that you won’t want to miss. If you’ve never read a Hulk comic in your life, I humbly propose that this novel might be a great introduction to the massive emotion and glory of the character.

And holy cow, you can get it for JUST TWO DOLLARS right now for the Kindle!

TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #15, drawn by the great Mahmud Asrar with colors by Nolan Woodard and a stunning cover by Stonehouse, may be one of my favorite single issue comics I’ve ever written. It starts the “Big Apple Showdown” storyline, which is most infamous for featuring what I’m pretty sure is the biggest team-up of Asian American superheroes ever seen in mainstream comics.

I adore my editors for letting me follow this crew of heroes around as they perform at an Asian American bone marrow registry awareness benefit, get Korean barbecue, fight over the check, and sing karaoke before defending New York from an alien invasion. I love it for the diversity within diversity, with Asian Americans of different backgrounds and generations discovering their conflicts and similarities. And I absolutely love Mahmud’s and Nolan’s gorgeous art, which brings out all the emotion, action, and sheer fun of the story.

And you can buy the collected digital volume (which also includes a two-issue story co-starring the great Jeremy Lin) for a scandalously discounted price of just $2.75 at Amazon/Comixology today!

Smash Pages interviews Tak Miyazawa about MECH CADET YU and designing robots

Smash Pages has interviewed my buddy and frequent collaborator, artist Takeshi Miyazawa! It’s a great interview that touches on his introduction to comics and his current work on MECH CADET YU. Here’s a cool excerpt:

You’ve been drawing comics for years and you’ve drawn robots over the years. Do you want to talk about how you designed the Robo Mechs for the series and how to give their own design and personality?

Like any kid from the ’80s, Transformers and Gobotswere properties I was obsessed with. Throw in some Gundam and old-school robot anime, stir it up, and that’s about where my brain is at with robots and robot design.

For this book, I paid particular attention to the generational aspect of the mechs in the world of Mech Cadet Yu. Skip Tanaka is the first to bond with a robot, therefore, his robot is square and blocky like an old Volvo. A real workhorse. The later robots that come to Earth become sleeker and more specialized in their strengths. Olivetti’s mech is a huge bruiser type while Sanchez’s mech has razorlike fins and sharper features. The man-made mech that Park controls is all angles and edges, something completely foreign to what we are used to seeing. So, playing with the various contrasts has been a great way to differentiate each mech from each other.

Read the whole interview here, and be sure to ask your local retailer to order you MECH CADET YU #5 and the first collected trade paperback, both in stores on January 3!

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