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2023-06-23 – 06-25 – Greg Pak at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago!

Big news – I’m attending the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago as a guest of BOOM Studios! to promote MECH CADETS this weekend, and I’m also doing a DC Comics signing for CITY BOY! Come see, come see! Here’s my schedule:

Friday, June 23

6:00-6:30 pm – signing – BOOM Studios Booth 3626

Saturday, June 24

1:00-1:30 pm – signing – BOOM Studios Booth 3626

2:00-4:00 pm – GNCRT’S 2023 Magical Comics Tea – Hyatt Regency McCormick, Grant Park AB

4:30-5:00 pm – signing – BOOM Studios Booth 3626

Sunday, June 25

11:00-11:30 am – signing – BOOM Studios Booth 3626

12:00-12:50 pm – Ram V./Greg Pak – The Vigil and City Boy signing – DC Comics Booth 3520

2:30-3:30 pm – Worldbuilding panel – Chapter One Stage

Giant Build-a-Figure of Amadeus Cho featured in the new Marvel Legends series from Hasbro!

Totally Awesome Hulk Build-a-Figure from Hasbro's new Marvel Legends action figure series

This one was a surprise! As IGN reports, Hasbro has announced its new Marvel Legends action figure set — which includes a massive Totally Awesome Hulk Build-a-Figure! One body part of the Totally Awesome Hulk figure is included in the package of each of the other characters in the series — if you collect them all, you can assemble Amadeus Cho!

I’m always thrilled to see Amadeus get more love. I co-created him with artist Takeshi Miyazawa way back in 2005; his incarnation as the Totally Awesome Hulk was designed by artist Frank Cho.

Check out the IGN article for more.

I’m writing Jubilee!

I’m an Asian American writer who’s been working on Marvel comic books for nineteen years but somehow have never managed to write Jubilee — until now! Please don’t miss MARVEL’S VOICES: X-MEN #1, on sale August 16, that will feature a short Jubilee story written by yours truly!

Check out the gorgeous Bernard Chang cover above and visit the Marvel announcement for more about the full lineup of incredible creators and characters in this anthology book.

2023-06-14 – DARTH VADER #35 in comic shops Wednesday – check out the preview!

DARTH VADER #35 cover by Leinil Yu and Sunny Gho featuring Doctor Aphra at a gambling table, unaware that Vader is looming behind her

Thrilled to report that DARTH VADER #35 hits comic book shops on Wednesday, June 14! Here’s the official solicit:

VADER UNBOUND! The DARK LORD OF THE SITH has called upon the galaxy’s greatest archaeologist, DOCTOR APHRA, for help. He’s lost control of THE FORCE, and only APHRA knows what can tame his path of destruction! …But will an archaic KYBERITE weapon only lead to more devastation?

The book was written by Greg Pak (hey, that’s me!) with interior line art by Raffaele Ienco, colors by Federico Blee, letters by Joe Caramagna, and cover by Leinil Yu and Sunny Gho.

I had a tremendous time writing Doctor Aphra for the first time in this book. So much fun following the fantastic work of writers like Kieron Gillen, Simon Spurrier, and Alyssa Wong.

Comic book page from DARTH VADER #35 written by Greg Pak and drawn by Raffaele Ienco with colors by Federico Blee and letters by Joe Caramagna.

First three images are flashbacks of Vader and Doctor Aphra accompanied by this Aphra voiceover: "I activated Triple-Zero and Beetee-One for you. The best killer driods you never knew you needed. I helped you build an army of droid commandos. And I pulled off the Son-Tuul Pride heist for you. So you had all the credits you needed to do all that sneaky stuff you were doing behind the Emperor's back."

Then we cut to real time and see Aphra kneeling before Vader, pleading for her life, while Ochi snarks from the background.

APHRA: I mean, yeah, I told the Emperor what you were doing behindhis back...
OCHI: And people say I talk too much.
APHRA: ...but he liked that! Very Sith-y!
APHRA: And now I'm...
APHRA: ...I'm still alive.
APHRA: So you... need something?
OCHI: Now she gets it.
OCHI: I'm ready, boss! Just like old--

And we end with Vader activating his elctrostaff and Aphra exclaiming "Ah!"

Ask your local retailer to hold a copy for you and check out the preview today!

DC interviews Greg Pak about CITY BOY #1

Panel from CITY BOY #1 showing Cameron Kim looking down at the street and seeing into the infrastructure of the city, rendered in glowing blue lines, while saying "I got no idea what you're talking about." Art by Minkyu Jung, colors by Sunny Gho, letters by Wes Abbott. interviewed yours truly about CITY BOY #1 — check it out here! Here’s an excerpt:

I’m such a huge fan of heroes with more off-the-wall abilities and powers and I think Cameron definitely fits the bill. Can you give us a rundown of how his city-speaking powers work and what fans should expect from him?

Cameron has the ability to tap into the consciousness of any city he’s in, which gives him access to all the city’s secrets and sometimes even control the infrastructure of the city in spectacular ways. I don’t want to spoil all of the ways Cameron uses his powers, but I can say that he starts small, basically scrounging for little lost treasures to pawn, but things amp up pretty quickly and the stakes will get enormously high. I’ll also note that the cities have their own consciousness and free will, so exactly what Cameron is able to do at any given moment may depend on the nature of his bond with any given city. Lots of room for interesting dynamics!

The interview also teased an appearance by Superman in issue #3 of the series. I’m ridiculously excited about this — I wrote Superman in ACTION COMICS and BATMAN/SUPERMAN for two years and absolutely love the character. It’s been great having the chance to spend time with him again, especially with City Boy in the mix.

Are there other characters you’d like him to team-up with in the future?

One of the biggest on my list is coming up in issue #3: Superman! In terms of powers, I love that Cameron and Clark both have access to more information about what’s going on around them than is probably good for anyone’s mental health—and both have to consider all kinds of moral and ethical questions as a result. At the same time, I love that Clark’s basically lawful good and Cameron is deeply, instinctively chaotic, so their ways of dealing with the world and their responsibilities are very different. That’s all solid gold for storytelling, and I can’t wait till we can share that issue with folks!

So to complete the tease, here’s Minkyu Jung’s gorgeous, uncolored cover for CITY BOY #3, featuring the big blue boy scout himself!

Uncolored cover for CITY BOY #3 by Minkyu Jung featuring Superman descending over City Boy as City Boy tips his hat and disappears into the shadows between the bricks on the ground.

CITY BOY is written by Greg Pak (hey, that’s me!) with interior art by Minkyu Jung, colors by Sunny Gho, letters by Wes Abbott, and editing by Jessica Chen. Ask your local comics shop to hold copies for you today!

CITY BOY #1 gets rave reviews!

City Boy #1 cover by Minkyu Jung and Sunny Gho, featuring the titular character standing on the street as the city warps behind him.

Launching a brand new character in a superhero universe can be incredibly hard, so I’m thrilled to report that CITY BOY #1 is getting rave reviews in its first day of release!

CITY BOY is written by yours truly with art by Minkyu Jung, colors by Sunny Gho, letters by Wes Abbott, and editing by Jessica Chen. The book is part of Jessica’s amazing We Are Legends imprint of Asian American stories at DC Comics, and it tells the tale of Cameron Kim, a Korean American kid with the ability to tap into the consciousness of the city he’s in.

Comic Watch writes, “With great characterization, solid heart, and natural connection to the DCU, City Boy #1 is the start of something really great.”

Weird Science says, “Pak’s writing is tight, efficient, and almost melodic in its delivery. Minkyu Jung’s art presents memorable characters, dramatic composition, and gritty action.”

ComicsBeat says, “We get a solid main character, a cool new powers concept, and all the basics done right — we get a great new superhero debut comic.”

Ask your local comic shop to hold a copy of CITY BOY #1 for you today!

And feel free to check out the extensive interview AIPT did with me!