The BOOM Studios edition of THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF children’s book is in comic shops and book stores NOW, and writer Greg Pak and artist Takeshi Miyazawa talked with Breanna Sarpy about it! Check it out!
Got interviewed by my old friend Jimmy Aquino for his Comic News Insider podcast yesterday, and it’s already online! Feel free to check out the one hour convo here.
We talk about AAPI Heritage Month, all the various comics projects I’m working on, THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF, and more.
Working on THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF is absolutely one of the top ten highlights of my entire career, so I’m thrilled to report that BOOM Studios has picked it up for distribution to comic book shops and book stores!
The book is based on the identically named song by Jonathan Coulton, drawn by Takeshi Miyazawa, colored by Jessica Kholinne, and lettered by Simon Bowland — an absolutely stunning creative team. We funded it through Kickstarter a few years back and it’s consistently been the most popular book on my table at comic book conventions ever since, outselling the Hulk and Superman and everybody else.
The story features a princess named Gloria Cheng Epstein Takahara de la Garza Champion who loves to play electric guitar — which draws the ire of a nearby queen who plays classical guitar. And they have to work it out! Please do check out a few preview pages below — and feel free to preorder it from your local comic shop or Bookshop.org!
It’s been a while! Sending all the best to everyone during these difficult days. I’m just chiming in to let you know that I’m teaching a one hour online class about running a Kickstarter campaign this Tuesday, April 13 at 8 pm ET, and I’m donating my take from the event to Compassion Oakland, a group of volunteers who have been providing chaperones for seniors in Oakland’s Chinatown.
If you’re interested, please do register today! There are just seven slots left as I write this. I’ll be devoting a good chunk of time to Q&A, so this’ll be a great time to get practical answers to specific questions if you have them.
Thanks so much and all the best!
I recently found out about Bookshop.org, which sells books online and donates 10 percent of its profits to pool that’s divided between indie bookstores! So now I try to buy all new books online through my local indie bookstore’s website or Bookshop.org. Please do check it out!
I also found out that Bookshop.org allows anyone to create a page with links to recommended books. That’s integrated with their sales engine, so 10 percent of the profits on those book sales also go to indie bookstores. (And 10 percent goes to the creator of the list!)
So I’ve set up my own Bookshop.org page, with lists of books about writing, great books by friends, some of the best books I’ve written myself, and some of the books that made me who I am.
Please do check it out, and thanks as always!
Very happy to report that I’m doing a one hour online comics crowdfunding class this Saturday at 2 pm ET! The class will benefit the Hero Initiative, a fantastic charity that helps out comics creators in need. Here’s the official blurb:
LEARN Kickstarter Secrets!
Writer Greg Pak (Planet Hulk, Darth Vader) gives an overview of the crowdfunding process for comics and children’s books, with incredibly practical advice based on his record-breaking Kickstarter campaigns for the Code Monkey Save World and Princess Who Saved books. This is a full hour-long session that includes at least 20 minutes reserved for YOUR Q&A!
The purchase of this classroom/tutorial session ALSO gets you a FREE .pdf copy of Pak’s book, Kickstarter Secrets, which will be emailed to you prior to the session! Only 20 people will be part of this special session!The tutorial session will take place SATURDAY July 25, 2-3pm Eastern via Zoom videoconference (Zoom.us). You must have Zoom downloaded on your device (phone, tablet, or computer) to participate. Full details at Zoom.us. You will receive an invite to the meeting prior to its start.
Please do feel free to register today! The class is just $30 and we’re gonna have a ton of fun.
Thrilled to announce that Adventure Theatre MTC has invited me to do an online reading of THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF and lead a little comic strip drawing workshop for kids at 1 pm ET on May 24!
You can watch the event live on the Adventure Theatre Facebook page.
I’m thrilled to announce that my online store is now giving customers the chance to designate a local comic shop to receive a commission of half of the price of their purchases!
The COVID-19 crisis has hit comic shops hard. I’m hoping this will help put a few dollars into the hands of shop owners who have done so much for me and for thousands of creators and fans.
Please click here for more details and feel free to poke around the store and buy tons of stuff! I’ve restocked the store with loads of new rare variants and books — and even included a fun Garage Sale section with a few books I DIDN’T write!
Just type the name of a local shop into the “special instructions” field when you check out and we’ll send them half of your purchase price (minus shipping). If we can’t reach the shop you listed or if they can’t accept PayPal, we’ll send the commission to another shop on the list, selected at random, or donate it to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.
Thank you so much for your consideration, and have fun shopping!
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!
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
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
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
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
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.