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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.

2019.05.04 – Greg Pak to sign at Fourth World Comics in Long Island for FCBD

For the first time in my fifteen year comics career, I’ve contributed to a book that’ll be given away for free on Free Comic Book Day! No, wait, I’ve contributed to TWO books that’ll be given way for free on Free Comic Book Day!

BOOM! Studios’ WELCOME TO THE WHEDONVERSE book will include a FIREFLY story written by yours truly with gorgeous art by Ethan Young that tells an untold story about Boss Moon, the breakout antagonist of the ongoing series.

And Marvel’s MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU preview book includes some pages from the STAR WARS AGE OF REBELLION: BOBA FETT story written by yours truly with art by Marc Laming and colors by Neeraj Menon.

And if you’re in the New York area, you can get them both signed by me at Fourth World Comics, 33 RT-111, Smithtown, New York 11787, from 1-4 pm, Saturday, May 4!

 

Greg Pak’s the new STAR WARS comic book writer – and here’s a Marvel interview with Jim Beard

A couple of weekends ago at Star Wars Celebration, Marvel announced that I’ll be the new writer for the ongoing STAR WARS comic book starting with issue #68 in July and illustrated by the great Phil Noto — check out the cover above!

In the meantime, you can continue reading my STAR WARS one-shot stories as part of the STAR WARS AGE OF REBELLION miniseries. So far, the Leia, Tarkin, and Han books are out in the wild. Next Wednesday, you’ll be able to pick up STAR WARS AGE OF REBELLION: BOBA FETT #1, with gorgeous art from Marc Laming and colors by Neeraj Menon.

Aaaand now you can read an interview at Marvel.com by Jim Beard in which I talk about all these books and more! Please do check it out! Here’s an excerpt:

Marvel.com: Greg, basic question, but an oh-so important one: What’s your favorite of the ten Star Wars feature films and why?

Greg Pak: I was eight when A New Hope came out—although we just called it Star Wars back then—and eleven when The Empire Strikes Back hit. So as much as I love the new movies, and I love, love, love ’em, that first trilogy will probably always be my sentimental fave.

The Empire Strikes Back is probably at the top of my list, in part because of how mind blowing it was to see after waiting three years as a kid for the next chapter, and how shocked we were by the big choices and character moments throughout. It’s such a classic now that it’s a little hard to express how hugely risk-taking it felt at the time and how much it opened up and made possible that Star Wars mythology we almost take for granted now. And I just love so many of the acting beats in that second movie. All of Mark Hamill’s moments with Yoda in those early scenes on Dagobah are just phenomenally good—so real and so endearing and so critical for making the fantastical scenario work on a human level.

There but for the grace of God…

I’m guessing most comics freelancers mentally whisper “there but for the grace of God” when they hear about the next emergency and see the next GoFundMe go live for another comics veteran. Because even if you have health insurance, any health crisis can escalate to bankruptcy and disaster, especially if you’re a freelancer without paid sick leave.

So if you have the inclination, please consider donating to these GoFundMes for comics artist Joyce Chin, who recently suffered a brain aneurysm, and Mike Mantlo, who has gone bankrupt while taking care of his brother, comics writer Bill Mantlo.

Thanks so much for your consideration.

2019.04.17 – JAMES BOND 007 #6 in stores today!

JAMES BOND 007 #6 is in stores today! Art by Stephen Mooney and Robert Carey, colors by Triona Farrell, letters by Ariana Maher.

“If this were a film, Pak would be writing the ultimate Goldfinger reboot.” — PopCultHQ

Don’t miss it! Ask your local retailer to hold a copy for you today!

Michael Mantlo needs help to keep caring for his brother Bill, writer of MICRONAUTS and INCREDIBLE HULK — please consider helping out

Bill Mantlo’s MICRONAUTS meant the world to me as a kid and I dedicated my five year HULK run to him in INCREDIBLE HULK #635. Please consider helping his brother out now to help with is care if Bill’s work ever moved you and you have the means.

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!

2019.04.11 – 04.14 – Greg Pak’s Star Wars Celebration schedule

Hey, friends! I’m coming to Star Wars Celebration in Chicago! And here’s my schedule! Hope to see you there!

THURSDAY, APRIL 11

3:30 – 5:30 pm – signing at Wonderworld Comics

FRIDAY, APRIL 12

10:00 am – 1:00 pm – signing at Wonderworld Comics

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – signing at Wonderworld Comics

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

10:00 am – 1:00 pm – signing at Wonderworld Comics

2:30 – 3:30 pm – Marvel Comics panel at Twin Suns Stage, Room W196A

4:00 pm – Interview at the Star Wars Show stage

5:00 – 7:00 pm – signing at Wonderworld Comics

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

10:00 am – 1:00 pm – signing at Wonderworld Comics

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.

2019.03.20 – JAMES BOND 007 #5 in stores today – with SHOCKING SURPRISE!

I’m thrilled to report that JAMES BOND 007 #5 hit stores today! Written by Greg Pak (hey, that’s me!) with art by Stephen Mooney, colors by Triona Farrell, letters by Ariana Maher, and a cover by Dave Johnson! The Oddjob saga continues with Bond in jail and John Lee, our sexy Korean super agent, on a solo mission fraught with danger and romance!

The book’s already nabbed a stunning 10/10 review from AiTP.com — here’s an excerpt!

As a massive Bond fan, as well as someone who loved Warren Ellis’ Dynamite series and many of the one-shots and miniseries that followed, I think this book and its sister series (James Bond: Origin) may be the very best post-Fleming Bond media to come along in quite a few years. Somehow, this book keeps subverting expectations and getting better with each issue.

The book also features a HUGE reveal that we’ve managed to keep secret for MONTHS. If you’re a Bond fan, you absolutely, positively don’t wanna miss this issue. Ask your local retailer to hold a copy for you today!

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