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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!

2019.05.08 – WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #1, BOBA FETT #1, and RONIN ISLAND #3 all in stores this week!

Big week! I’ve got three books hitting comic shops this Wednesday. Ask your local retailer to hold copies for you today!

WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #1read the preview here!

A WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN! As Sindr, Immortal Queen of Muspelheim, and her legions of Fire Demons march on Asia, it’s time for a new band of heroes to unite to protect the Pacific Rim. Having brought together a ragtag team of heroes to defend the Earth from an alien invasion in the past, can Amadeus Cho reassemble his “protectors” — Shang-Chi, Silk and Jimmy Woo to save the world from incineration? And where is Kamala Khan? And just who are Crescent, Io and Luna Snow??? Featuring Marvel’s newest heroes from China, AERO and SWORD MASTER, and a mysterious new Filipino heroine named WAVE!

Written by Greg Pak, art by Gang Hyuk Lim, colors by Federico Blee, letters by Clayton Cowles, cover by Billy Tan.

STAR WARS AGE OF REBELLION: BOBA FETT #1read the preview here!

THE HUNTER’S HEART! As the implacable bounty hunter who tracked down HAN SOLO, BOBA FETT earned his reputation as one of the greatest villains in the galaxy. But what happens when Boba Fett picks up the trail of an actual villain? Find out what kind of heart — if any — beats under that MANDALORIAN armor!

Written by Greg Pak, art by Marc Laming, colors by Neeraj Menon, letters by Travis Lanham, cover by Terry and Rachel Dodson.

RONIN ISLAND #3read the preview here!

Though the Island’s shelter provides protection, Hana can no longer watch the slaughter on the mainland and leaves her home with General Sato to save the Shogunates’s civilians. Kenichi reluctantly joins her, with his own motivations for the island’s protection in mind.

Written by Greg Pak, art by Giannis Milonogiannis, colors by Irma Kniivila, letters by Simon Bowland.

2019.04.10 – TARKIN #1, LEIA #1, and RONIN ISLAND #2 in stores today!

I’m thrilled to have three big books in comic shops today!

If you’re a Star Wars fan, please don’t miss STAR WARS AGE OF REBELLION: GRAND MOFF TARKIN #1 and STAR WARS AGE OF REBELLION: LEIA #1. Both are one shots that tell in-continuity stories about those lead characters, shedding new light on classic turning points in the movies.

LEIA #1 was beautifully drawn by Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Will Sliney, and Marc Deering, with vibrant colors by Tamra Bonvillain and letters by Travis Lanham, and cover by Terry and Rachel Dodson. Here’s an excerpt from the 5/5 ComicBook.com review:

…this book offers a thrilling adventure that feels fully in line with the Leia we’ve come to know and love, all while filling in a missing chapter in the character’s journey to rescue Han.

TARKIN was drawn by Marc Laming with colors by Jordan Boyd and Neeraj Menon with letters by Travis Lanham and a cover by Terry and Rachel Dodson. Here’s an excerpt from the 5/5 ComicBook.com review:

This book is a must-read for fans of Tarkin or the original movie in general, delivering an all-new perspective of a beloved character who you’ll never look at the same again.

Ronin Island #2 cover

And don’t miss RONIN ISLAND #2, with art by Giannis Milonogiannis, colors by Irma Kniivila, and letters by Simon Bowland. RONIN ISLAND was recently upgraded from a five issue miniseries to a full twelve issues due to the incredible support of readers and retailers — come see what the fuss is all about! Here’s a blurb from the five star Comics Bulletin review:

Ronin Island #2 is the rare, perfect situation where a great writer finds the right art team to breathe life into his script. It was clear that Pak, Milogiannis, and Kniivila had a vision after the first issue, but upon finishing up this installment it’s evident that they’re creating something truly special. Now extended to a 12-issue maxiseries, Ronin Island is a true, all-ages adventure with elements of action, horror, and heart that should not be missed.

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

2019.03.29 – 03.31 – Greg Pak at Wondercon in Anaheim!

Thrilled to report that I’m a guest of Wondercon this weekend in Anaheim, California! I’ll be at table F10 in Artists Alley all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so come on by to get your comics signed and pick up new comics like RONIN ISLAND #1 and the sold-out FIREFLY #1 and books like THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF!

I’ll also be on the panels below, which include a spotlight panel where I’ll show off new art and sneak previews! For more about the Wondercon schedule, visit the official website.

Pak Talk! Spotlight on Greg Pak
Friday, March 29
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Room 209
Comics writer and WonderCon special guest Greg Pak (Planet Hulk, Star Wars, Ronin Island, Firefly, James Bond 007, New Agents of Atlas) reveals secrets from his 15-year career in comics, previews never-before-seen art from upcoming books, and answers all your questions!

BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours
Saturday, March 30
11:00 am – 12 noon
Room 207
Discover your new comic book obsession at WonderCon, and the panelists guarantee you’re going to find it at this panel! Panelists Greg Pak (WonderCon special guest, Firefly, Ronin Island, Mech Cadet Yu), Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Lilah Sturges (The Magicians: Alice’s Story), C.B. Lee (Ben 10), Carly Usdin (The Avant-Guards), Delilah S. Dawson (Sparrowhawk), Sina Grace, and Matt Gagnon (editor-in-chief, BOOM! Studios) plan a jam-packed, interactive panel featuring the most acclaimed creators in comics as they discuss the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box, and KaBOOM! with surprises for everyone in the audience. Moderated by Filip Sablik (president of publishing and marketing, BOOM! Studios).

Magical Comics for Kids
Sunday, March 30
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Room 208
As a kid, everything is magical, and magic is believable. Bringing magic to life expands young minds, and these comics creators are experts at sprinkling that fairy dust. Mary Bellamy (Faux Facts and Ah Heck!!), Alina Chau (The Nian Monster), and WonderCon special guests Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Greg Pak (The Princess Who Saved Herself), and Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn) share their tips and tricks and a little hint of magic.

Super Asian America
Sunday, March 31
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Room 200B
From Amadeus Cho to Kamala Khan, Asian superheroes are powering their way into mainstream stories from the page to the stage. But they can’t do it without help from the Asian American heroes behind the scenes. Racebending.com hosts a no-holds-barred discussion of the state of pop culture’s Super Asian America with superstars author Paul Krueger (Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge), reporter Rebecca Sun (The Hollywood Reporter), actor Osric Chau (Supernatural), and comics creators Christina Strain (Runaways) and Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu). Moderated by Dariane Nabor.

New RONIN ISLAND art and interview!

I’m still totally blown away by the tremendous response to RONIN ISLAND #1, which hit stores last week. Thank you so much to everyone who’s spread the word — and huge thanks and high fives to artist Giannis Milonogiannis, colorist Irma Kniivila, letterer Simon Bowland, and editors Cameron Chittock, Amanda LaFranco, and Eric Harburn!

Check out the gorgeous issue #2 cover above, with line art by Giannis. And brand new interview with Giannis and me has just been published at Comicon.com. Here’s an excerpt:

Hannah Means-Shannon: How appealing was it to bring together cultural groups who during this period might otherwise have been enemies? (Japan, China, Korea) What does that add to the story from a creative perspective?

Greg Pak: This was always one of the key hooks for me. I was hugely excited about the prospect of telling a samurai story in and of itself — I just love the genre. But when I knuckled down and thought about what I could personally bring to this kind of story as a writer, I found myself thinking about the Asian diaspora, the way folks with family origins in so many different countries come together — or don’t come together — in America and elsewhere. And I thought about the possibility of exploring that kind of thing in a period samurai story, and I got very excited. I’m always excited about stories that dig into diversity within diversity, the very specific ways in which folks within a community grapple with both their similarities and differences. So this idea of telling a samurai/ronin story with Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Thai characters was hugely exciting.

Giannis Milonogiannis: Visually speaking, it’s exciting and refreshing to get to research clothing, weapons, vehicles and so on from a such a wide variety of cultures. Combined with the fantasy elements of the various creatures, the world Greg has given us to design is a joy to work with and a really fresh setting.

HMS: Thinking about the idea of building a new society on a hidden island, I’m reminded of theories of Utopias and the pros and cons of trying to start a new society from scratch. What are the good things and the difficult things about this enterprise for our characters?

GP: I’m intrigued by the way a massive crisis can bind people of different backgrounds together. And concurrently, how certain divisions can endure even when everything else seems to have changed. So in RONIN ISLAND, we have an ostensibly egalitarian community in which people from China, Japan, and Korea have come together in order to survive. At its founding, the community relied on everyone in the face of crisis — democracy and equality of opportunity was the only way forward. But a generation down the line, certain class and racial divisions remain. Everyone’s ostensibly got equal opportunities, but in practice, some folks have inherited much more. So there’s meaty stuff to explore there about the way an idealistic community struggles to live up to its own ideals.

Read the whole thing here!

And if you’re intrigued, please do ask your local comic shop to preorder issue #2 for you — the preorder deadline is March 18!

2019.03.06 – RONIN ISLAND #1 in stores today!

Thrilled about RONIN ISLAND #1 finally hitting comic book shops today, and huge thanks to everyone who’s picking it up and spreading the word! The book’s drawn by Giannis Milonogiannis with colors by Irma Kniivila, letters by Simon Bowland, and editing by Cameron Chittock and Amanda LaFranco and tells the story of a pair of young warriors thrust into crisis when their 19th century pan-Asian island community is confronted by an invading army — and a terrifying, mutated threat.

The reviews are blowing my mind — check ’em out!

“Pak brilliantly balances these elements in a concise and entertaining comic. Indeed, fans of stories like Momotaro (Peach Boy) will gravitate to RONIN ISLAND for its lush storytelling and illustration. However, the comic offers excitement for all.” — Comicsverse

Ronin Island #1 is a devastating strong opener of an issue. No panel is wasted, no narrative beat feels unused. It’s a quick, rapid-fire page turner that slowly invites the reader into the world and shines a little more light each time your eyes devour the stellar storytelling and beautiful art.” — Black Nerd Problems

Ronin Island starts as well as anything I’ve ever read.” — The Brazen Bull

Please do ask your local retailer to hold a copy for you today!

Please pre-order RONIN ISLAND #1 today!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m writing RONIN ISLAND, a new creator-owned comic for BOOM drawn by the brilliant Giannis Milonogiannis with gorgeous colors by Irma Kniivila and sweet letters by Simon Bowland — and the final day to preorder with your local comic shop is this coming Monday, February 11! Here’s the solicit:

After a mysterious attack wipes out the major cities of 19th century Japan, Korea, and China, survivors from all three lands find refuge on a hidden island and build a new society. Hana, the orphaned daughter of Korean peasants, and Kenichi, son of a great samurai leader, have little in common except for a mutual disdain for the other. But these young warriors will have to work together when an army invades the island with shocking news: there is a new Shogun and the Island is expected to pay fealty in exchange for protection from a new enemy…a mutated horde that threatens to wipe out all humanity.

I’m super proud of the book and very much hope you’ll check it out. For more about the series, check out the interview at Sequential Tart. And you don’t have to take my word for it — check out what Central Maine’s Editors Note comic shop had to say!

Please do keep scrolling for some gorgeous covers and interior art from the team. And please do call your local comic shop today and ask them to preorder the book for you!

     

 

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