Greg Pak: Comics

2023-01-11 – DARTH VADER #30 in stores today!

Don’t miss DARTH VADER #30, in stores today, witten by Greg Pak with line art by Luke Ross, colors by Federico Blee, letters by Joe Caramagna, and cover art by Rahzzah!

Here’s the solicit blurb:

ALL HER SHADOWS! During their terrible battle at Padmé’s tomb on Naboo, the Queen’s most devoted handmaidens were no match for the fury of Darth Vader. So as they are about to face the Dark Lord again, the handmaidens have prepared. But so has Vader. Who will triumph in the rematch? And what dark price will that victory exact?

Check out the preview at ComicBookDispatch and ask your local retailer to hold a copy for you today!

Giant MECH CADETS book collecting MECH CADET YU #1-12 coming in May!

Mech Cadets cover

I’m thrilled to report that BOOM is releasing a giant book called MECH CADETS that will collect issues #1-12 of the MECH CADET YU series written by yours truly with art by Takeshi Miyazawa, colors by Triona Farrell, Jessica Kholinne, and Raul Angulo, and letters by Simon Bowland!

In 2023 Netflix will launch an animated series based on the comics called MECH CADETS. Ask your local comics shop to order the MECH CADETS collection to get ready for the show!

For more about the book, read the article at ICv2.

35MM LOVE LETTER and why this book about analog photography is entirely relevant for comics creators

Italy, 1985. 35mm photo taken by Greg Pak.

So here we are in the last 12 hours of the 35mm Love Letter campaign, and I’ve been thinking about this analog photography memoir and how-to book and why it might be relevant for my fellow comics creators and readers. And I have some big ideas!

35mm Love Letter will tell the story of how I developed (and continue to develop) my eye for images and story through analog photography. And that means the analysis of individual images in the book will be entirely relevant to anyone interested in reading or making comics.

35mm still photography is often compared to movies because of the shared aesthetics of the physical medium of film. But I’d argue that the act of capturing a story in still images with a 35mm camera is actually more akin to comics than moviemaking.

Check out the image above — a picture I took as a teenager in Italy in 1984 or so. I love this image for several reasons that relate directly to comics.

First, the framing is just great visual storytelling in a single frame — working as a wide establishing shot with the building and street in the background while also placing characters and action in the foreground that move the “story” forward.

There’s also great use of secondary figures on the left and right to fill out the scene and add dimension and character without distracting.

And finally, the motion blur from the low shutter speed on the foreground characters sells ACTION and MOVEMENT in a still image.

All of these elements work tremendously well in photography and comics. So the thousands of 35mm photographs I took over the years helped train me for comics, and all the photos I’m taking these days further develop my eye and expand my notions of what’s possible.

So yeah, I’ll be writing about this kind of stuff in the book. So if you’re interested in comics, I’ve got a strong feeling that this book will be right up your alley.

I’d be honored for you to check it out and back it. Here’s the link — thanks so much for your consideration!

Sneak peek of City Boy, a brand new DC Comics character co-created by Greg Pak and Minkyu Jung

City Boy sneak peek art by Minkyu Jung

I’m thrilled to share a sneak peek of CITY BOY, a brand new DC Comics character co-created by artist Minkyu Jung and yours truly! City Boy will appear for the first time in the WILDSTORM 30th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL on November 30 and then in LAZARUS PLANET: LEGENDS REBORN on January 31.

I’ve had the idea for this character rolling around in my head for over a decade. It’s been a thrill to develop him with brilliant editor Jessica Chen and artist Minkyu Jung. He’s a special little troublemaker and we love him — can’t wait for y’all to meet him!

MECH CADET YU #1 to be reprinted and given out for free on Free Comic Book Day

Mech Cadet Yu #1 cover, line art by Takeshi Miyazawa

Thrilled to report that MECH CADET YU #1, the first issue of one of the best comic book series I’ve ever written, will be reprinted and given out for free as the MECH CADETS 2023 FCBD SPECIAL on Free Comic Book Day!

The book was written by yours truly, drawn by Takeshi Miyazawa, colored by Triona Farrell, and lettered by Simon Bowland. The series is being adapted by Netflix into an animated series called MECH CADETS, which will debut some time in 2023.

For the full details, check out the BOOM press release!