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Comics Written by Greg Pak

Creator-Owned: Code Monkey Save World, The CitizenKingsway WestLos Robos, Mech Cadet YuPhantom Limb Ghostpuncher, Rio ChinoRonin IslandVision Machine

Aspen: Dead Man’s Run
BOOM: Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New YorkFireflyMech Cadet Yu, Ronin Island
Dark Horse: Kingsway West, Stranger Things
DC Comics: Action Comics, Batman/SupermanTeen Titans
Dynamite: Battlestar GalacticaJames Bond 007John WickTurok
Marvel Comics: 1602: New World, Agents of AtlasAlpha Flight, Amadeus Cho, Astonishing X-Men, Atlantis AttacksDarth VaderDoctor Strange Season One, Hercules, Hulk, Iron Man, Magneto Testament, Marvel Nemesis, Red Skull Incarnate, Silver Surfer, SkaarStar WarsStormWar Machine, Warbound, Warlock, Weapon H, Weapon XX-Men: Phoenix Endsong & Warsong, X-Treme X-Men
Valiant: Eternal Warrior

Agents of Atlas Atlantis Attacks Calendar Comics Written by Greg Pak Firefly Stranger Things

2020.01.22 – ATLANTIS ATTACKS #1, FIREFLY #13, and STRANGER THINGS: ZOMBIE BOYS in comic shops today!

Excited to have three big comics with three new stories hitting shops today!

ATLANTIS ATTACKS #1 features art by Ario Anindito, colors by Rachelle Rosenberg, letters by Joe Sabino, cover by Rock-He Lim, and editing by Mark Paniccia and Tom Groneman and tells the story of King Namor of Atlantis taking on Amadeus Cho and the Agents of Atlas, protectors of the pan-Asian portal city of Pan. Check out the preview here.

FIREFLY #13 features art by Lalit Kumar Sharma, colors by Francesco Segala, letters by Jim Campbell, cover by Marc Aspinall, and editing by Jeanine Schaefer and Gavin Gronenthal. This is the start of a brand new story arc — in which notorious outlaw Mal Reynolds takes on a new role as SHERIFF! Check out the preview here.

STRANGER THINGS: ZOMBIE BOYS is a new original graphic novel with art by Valeria Favoccia, colors by Dan Jackson, letters by Nate Piekos, cover by Ron Chan, and editing by Spencer Cushing and Konner Knudsen. The story features the young heroes of STRANGER THINGS dealing with the emotional fallout after the first season by making a horror movie with new kid Joey Kim. Preview here.

Super proud of all these books — hope ya dig! Ask your local comic shop to hold ’em for you today!

Calendar Comics Written by Greg Pak Stranger Things

2020.01.21 – STRANGER THINGS: ZOMBIE BOYS hits traditional bookstores today!

Stranger Things Zombie Boys cover

Thrilled to report that STRANGER THINGS: ZOMBIE BOYS hits traditional book stores today and comic book shops tomorrow! The book’s written by yours truly with art by Valeria Favoccia, colors by Dan Jackson, letters by Nate Piekos, cover by Ron Chan, and editing by Spencer Cushing and Konner Knudson. Here’s the solicit:

It’s spring in the normally quiet town of Hawkins, Indiana. Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and Will are still grappling with the traumatic encounters with the Demogorgon and the Upside Down in season one of the hit Netflix series. As tensions rise and fractures begin to form in the group, a new kid shows up to AV club with a Betamax Camcorder and a vision. The new Spielberg-wannabe friend, Joey Kim, wants to make a zombie horror movie based on Will’s drawings, and in the process they come to terms with the real horrors they’ve already faced.

Check out a lettered preview at the Hollywood Reporter.

Check out these advance reviews:

Otaku No Culture

Fanbase Press

And feel free to grab it from your local comic shop, your local indie book store, or Barnes and Noble!

Agents of Atlas Comics Written by Greg Pak Firefly

2019-12-18 – AGENTS OF ATLAS #5 and FIREFLY #12 in stores today!

Two big comics written by yours truly hit stores today — both huge finishes to big storylines!

Agents of Atlas #5 cover

AGENTS OF ATLAS #5 is the climax of the Portal City of Pan storyline — with big secrets revealed and a shocking ending! The story continues in ATLANTIS ATTACKS #1 next month — don’t miss it! Art by Nico Leon, colors by Rachelle Rosenberg, letters by Joe Sabino, cover by Jung-Geun Yoon.

Firefly 12 cover

FIREFLY #12 cover is the huge ending to our epic Unification War storyline! Huge twist at the end that you won’t wanna miss — to be continued in the FIREFLY: OUTLAW MA REYNOLDS book next month! Art by Dan McDaid, colors by Marcelo Costa, letters by Jim Campbell, cover by Lee Garbett.

Ask your local comics shop to hold ’em for you today!

Agents of Atlas Amadeus Cho Atlantis Attacks Comics Written by Greg Pak Wave

Pre-order ATLANTIS ATTACKS #1 TODAY!

Hey, friends! This is just a quick reminder that TODAY is the last day to pre-order ATLANTIS ATTACKS #1, written by yours truly with art by Ario Anindito, colors by Rachelle Rosenberg, and a cover by Rock-He Kim! See below for a bit of gorgeous interior art to whet your appetite!

The story continues the new Agents of Atlas saga that began in WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS with a mighty showdown with King Namor, fresh off his INVADERS series.

Wave, Marvel’s breakout Filipina superheroine, will play a big role in the story. And the series will absolutely MATTER for our young heroes — Amadeus Cho in particular. Secrets revealed! Lines crossed! Lives altered!

The series will also feature the beloved old-school Agents of Atlas from the original series by Parker, Kirk, and company!

Ask your local comic shop to pre-order it for you today!

Hope ya dig and thanks so much as always!

Do you think I can fit any more exclamation points into this post???!!!!?!?!

Comics Written by Greg Pak Darth Vader Star Wars

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

 

Agents of Atlas Comics Written by Greg Pak Ronin Island Star Wars

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!

 

Agents of Atlas Calendar Comics Written by Greg Pak Firefly

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!

Agents of Atlas Books Written by Greg Pak Calendar Comics Written by Greg Pak Firefly Planet Hulk (prose novel) Ronin Island

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!

Agents of Atlas Comics Written by Greg Pak

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!

Comics Written by Greg Pak Mech Cadet Yu

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.

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