Category Archives: Princess Who Saved Herself

A picture book based on the beloved Jonathan Coulton song that’s one of Kickstarter’s top grossing children’s book projects of all time. Written by Greg Pak with art by Takeshi Miyazawa, colors by Jessica Kholinne, and letters by Simon Bowland.

Buy a signed copy today at the Greg Pak Shop!

The book has also been picked up for distribution by BOOM! Studios and can be bought — with a new cover! — through Bookshop.org or your local bookstore or comic shop.

And check out the sequel, THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS!

THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF gets picked up by BOOM for distribution – please pre-order by 4/19!

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!

2020.05.24 – Adventure Theatre MTC hosts Greg Pak for an online storytime and comic strip workshop for kids!

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.

Read more about it here, and check out the little video teaser here!

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.

PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS now available for pre-order on Backerkit!

If you missed the Kickstarter campaign for the PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS children’s book, have no fear! You can now pre-order the book at Backerkit!

Check it out!

The book is written by Greg Pak and Jonathan Coulton with art by Takeshi Miyazawa, colors by Jessica Kholinne, and letters by Simon Bowland.

The original PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF book celebrated a scrappy kid who stuck up for herself but was always able to open the circle and find reconciliation with the monsters and witch she came into conflict with. We absolutely love that story of determination, bravery, and understanding.

But what happens next, when our heroine discovers that the witch she befriended miiiiight not be such a great friend after all?

THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS tackles the kind of tricky personal conflict that kids — and adults — grapple with every day in the real world.

PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS Kickstarter ends TODAY at 12 noon ET!

Hey, friends! The Kickstarter for the PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS children’s book ends in just a couple of hours, at 12 noon ET!

If you haven’t had time to check it out, please do take a peek and back it before it’s too late! Co-written by me and Jonathan Coulton, art by the great Takeshi Miyazawa and Jessica Kholinne, letters by Simon Bowland! About an awesome girl who has to grapple with the challenge of having a mean friend! It’s gonna be awesome!

And here’s some brand new art from Takeshi Miyazawa and colorist Jessica Kholinne to tempt you!

 

Don’t make the dragon cry! Back the PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS today! Just 24 hours left!

So this is it, friends! The last 24 hours of the Kickstarter campaign for THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS children’s book! It’s been an incredible ride. We’re currently at $88,000, more than double our initial ask and just $12,000 from a stretch goal that will unlock 10″ x 13″ mini-posters for every backer who orders a physical reward.

So please do consider checking out the Kickstarter and backing the project today!

THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS tells the story of our heroine, Gloria Cheng Epstein Takahara de la Garza Champion, as she grapples with the fact that her new friend, the wicked Queen, is still kind of mean! What do you do when one of your friends treats your other friends badly? Well, read this book and find out how one awesome girl handles things!

This is the kind of big, fun, but emotionally honest children’s book I’ve always loved, and artist Takeshi Miyazawa and colorist Jessica Kholinne are doing spectacular work bringing it to life. Check out this gorgeous new page that’s just come in:

If you’d like to learn more, please do check out the interviews with me and Jonathan Coulton at:

Comicon.com

Bookriot

Multiversity.com

And here’s that handy link to the Kickstarter once again! Thanks so much for your consideration!

THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS children’s book Kickstarter is LIVE!

Absolutely thrilled to announce that the Kickstarter for THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS children’s book is now live!

In 2015, internet superstar musician Jonathan Coulton and I ran a Kickstarter for The Princess Who Saved Herself, a children’s book based on Jonathan’s beloved song that told the story of princess Gloria Cheng Epstein Takahara de la Garza Champion, an awesome kid who lives with her pet snake and plays rock ‘n’ roll all day to the huge annoyance of the classical guitarist witch who lives down the road.

The book was drawn by the great Takeshi Miyazawa, colored by Jessica Kholinne, and lettered by Simon Bowland, and it remains one of the projects I’m most proud of in my entire career.

And now we’re making a sequel!

The original book celebrated a scrappy kid who stuck up for herself but was always able to open the circle and find reconciliation with the monsters and witch she came into conflict with. We absolutely love that story of determination, bravery, and understanding.

But what happens next, when our heroine discovers that the witch she befriended miiiiight not be such a great friend after all?

The Princess Who Saved Her Friends tackles the kind of tricky personal conflict that kids — and adults — grapple with every day in the real world. I love this project and everyone who’s working on it and hope you’ll check out the Kickstarter and spread the word!

 

New Humble Bundle benefitting the Hero Initiative includes FOUR Greg Pak books

I’m thrilled to reveal that four of my books are part of the “Heroes of Indie Comics” Humble Bundle that benefits the Hero Initiative!

The Hero Initiative is a tremendous charity that helps out comics creators in need. Humble Bundle is a website through which you pay what you want for cool bundles of digital stuff with a percentage going to charity. You can even set exactly how much of your contribution goes to charity when you check out.

The “Heroes of Indie Comics” Humble Bundle includes ABC DISGUSTING, CODE MONKEY SAVE WORLD, THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF, and KICKSTARTER SECRETS. I’m super proud of all those books and now you can get ’em dirt cheap, along with a slew of other books from folks like Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey, Jeff Lemire, Jill Thompson, Jimmy Palmiotti, and many more!

Please do check it out here and contribute today!