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Greg Pak began his run on “Action Comics” in November 2013 with issue #25. The first collected volume, “Action Comics: What Lies Beneath,” is now available in hardcover. Buy a signed copy from the Greg Pak Shop!

2013.12.04 – “Action Comics” #26, “Code Monkey Save World” #2, and “Batman/Superman” #6

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Hey, friends! It’s a huge New Comics Day for me — with “Action Comics” #6 and “Batman/Superman” #6 hitting stores and “Code Monkey Save World” #3 available on Comixology! I’m super proud of all of these books and really hope you’ll check ’em out. Here’s why:

ACTION COMICS #26 features Superman taking on a mysterious invader from below the Earth with the help of childhood friend (and present-day adventuring electrical engineer) Lana Lang. Also introducing a brand new adversary called the Ghost Soldier! Aaron Kuder pencils and inks, and he’s just amazing. Aaron and I are working hand-in-hand on this book every step of the way. I’m writing the scripts plot-first, meaning I send him a detailed, panel-by-panel outline with no dialogue. Then he does layouts and we get on the phone to talk through the whole thing image by image. In the end, I write all the dialogue while looking at the finished art. It’s an intense, intimate, and hugely fun way of working and I like to think it’s helping us tap into something special. Hope you agree!

Check out the preview here. Then ask your local retailer to hold you a copy or buy it digitally at Comixology!

Here’s an excerpt from Aaron Long’s review at Comicosity:

Pak took the reins of the iconic Action Comics with the issue 25 Zero Yeartie-in and gave the young Man of Steel a great voice that we haven’t seen in the Superman books of the New 52. That voice continues in issue 26 as Superman fights an unknown alien creature from the depths that hits his empathy buttons, which Pak explores brilliantly. Pak skillfully introduces a new threat worthy of Superman, introducing intrigue and a lot of plot threads to play with going forward. Pak’s voice for Superman, as both Clark & his super-half, is absolutely fantastic and there was an overwhelming feeling that struck me as I read this comic: I want to read this guy. I *like* this guy.

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BATMAN/SUPERMAN #6 continues the Mongul/Toymaster storyline that began last issue, with art by the brilliant Brett Booth. The story involves an alien conquerer using a networked fighting game to tap into the strategic skills and fighting spirit of millions of gamers in order to defeat our heroes. Brett’s doing a spectacular job of capturing the mighty mayhem as well as the underlying humor of the scenario. We’re also doing a crazy horizontal layout thing that you don’t want to miss. Check out the preview, then ask your local retailer to hold you a copy or buy it digitally at Comixology!

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Finally, CODE MONKEY SAVE WORLD #2 is the second issue of the Kickstarter-funded graphic novel based on the songs of Jonathan Coulton. A supervillain/monkey team up — and in this issue, we get the Skullcrusher’s secret origin! YOU WANT THIS. Art by Takeshi Miyazawa, colors by Jessica Kholinne, letters by Simon Bowland. Check out the preview and buy it digitally at Comixology!

Russ Burlingame at Comicbook.com calls it “a beautifully-rendered, cleverly-written comic that’s as much fun as anything else you’ll read this year.”

Thanks for reading – hope you enjoy the books!

2013.11.06 – “Action Comics” #25 and “Batman/Superman” #5 in stores now!

“Action Comics” #25 and “Batman/Superman” #5 hit stores on Wednesday!

Here’s what the critics say:

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“Damn, this is one super comic.” — IGN

“Pak and Kuder are a great choice for ‘Action Comics’.” — CBR

“One of the best single issue stories of any Superman-related comic in recent memory.” – Multiversity Comics

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #5

“This is a great issue, and is a throwback to what we loved about Worlds’ Finest of yesteryear.” – Weird Science

“Pak shows us what makes them so different yet illustrates the friendship they’ve formed.” – ComicVine

“Action Comics” #25 preview images from Aaron Kuder!

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This November, artist Aaron Kuder and I will be the new creative team for “Action Comics” starting with issue #25. DC Comics has just released some of Aaron’s incredibly beautiful art from the issue — check it out!

And then please preorder the book with your local comics shop! Seriously, preorders are huge — if you like something in comics and want it to stick around, the absolute best thing you can do is call your local shop and ask them to order a copy for you.

Thanks so much!

2013.10.10 – 10.13 – Greg Pak’s New York Comic Con Schedule!

I’ll be at the New York Comic Con all four days this year, in Artists Alley Booth K1 and at the various events listed below. Can’t wait – it’s gonna be a blast and I hope to see you there!

(Please note that I have a few more events pending confirmation and will update this page over the next few days.)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Autographing
Location: Booth #2028

6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
New York Times OUT and Geeks Out present LGBT and Allies in Comics Panel
Location: 1A14
Speakers: Dan Parent, Daniel Ketchum, Greg Pak, Rich Bernatovech, Marjorie Liu
Description: The New York Times OUT and Geeks Out join forces to present a panel where LGBT characters and their allies will be discussed by comic book professionals. We will be discussing their use in mainstream comics, independent/creator-owned comics and comic book movies. Moderated by New York Times Book Review Staff Editor, Jude Biersdorfer

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Signing
Location: DCE SIGNING AREA Table EE1

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Signing, Epic Props/Secret Identities Booth
Location: Booth 2010

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
DC Comics – Superman Panel
Location: 1A22
Speakers: Charles Soule, Greg Pak, Tony Daniel, Tyler Kirkham
Description: The Last Son of Krypton is one of the most recognized pop culture icons of all time, and this year, as he celebrates his 75th Anniversary, Superman is set to soar to new heights! Come by for a panel on what makes The Man of Steel the hero that he is with the writers and artists that bring him to life!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Autographing
Location: Booth # 2010

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Valiant Comics: Must Read Valiant
Location: 1A01
Speakers: Dinesh Shamdasani, Fred Van Lente, Greg Pak, Hunter Gorinson, Matt Kindt, Robert Venditti
Description: MUST READ VALIANT. You’ve heard the buzz. You’ve read the reviews. Now, with UNITY just weeks away, join an all-star panel of Valiant creators and special surprise guests to find out why VALIANT is the MUST READ publisher of the year. X-O Manowar and the dawn of UNITY. The shocking surprises that lay in wait for SHADOWMAN ETERNAL WARRIOR’s next savage quest, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG and the mad, mad, mad fallout of SECT CIVIL WAR. Things getting (even more) complicated for QUANTUM AND WOODY. It all happens right here with an exclusive round of news and announcements, only at NYCC!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Code Monkey Save World – Inside the Graphic Novel Kickstarter
Location: 1A03
Speakers: Greg Pak, Jonathan Coulton, Sean Chen, Drew Westphal
Description: Comics writer Greg Pak (“Batman/Superman,” “Planet Hulk”) and internet superstar musician Jonathan Coulton discuss their graphic novel “Code Monkey Save World,” Kickstarter’s highest grossing original comics project ever. Learn how they ran the campaign and get a sneak preview of finished pages! Also, free stickers!

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Dynamite 10th Anniversary Celebration
Location: 1A08
Description: Dynamite celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2014. Join a panel of superstar creators and Dynamite’s editorial staff, and find out what surprises they have in store for next year! What’s the latest updates on projects by J. Michael Straczynski, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, Mark Waid and Peter Milligan (just to name a few)? What explosive stories will be told in the upcoming series TWILIGHT ZONE, BOB’S BURGERS, ASH AND THE ARMY OF DARKNESS, and more? And – most importantly – get ready for a whole new wave of mind-blowing announcements and 2014 SECRETS REVEALED!

“Zod” Villains Month book preview! Art by Ken Lashley, script by Greg Pak

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DC Comics has released a couple of gorgeous colored pages from the “Zod” book I’m writing and Ken Lashley is drawing. The book’s full title is “Action Comics #23.2: Zod,” so I guess it’s technically my first issue of “Action”! 😉

The book hits stores in September. Ask your local retailer to order a copy for you today!

For more Villains Month previews, visit CosmicBookNews.com.

“Action Comics” #25 cover art and interview!

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Kiel Phegley at CBR interviewed me about “Action Comics” #25, which hits stores in November, and how it ties in to Scott Snyder’s amazing “Batman Year Zero” storyline. And check out that amazing Aaron Kuder cover art!

An excerpt:

“We’re going to see a young, cocky Superman testing his limits by taking on what might be the most powerful opponent he could ever find. In short, for the first time, Clark begins to think he might be an actual force of nature. We’ll see if he’s right.

“I also loved the idea of launching my ‘Action’ run with a story set in the past. It’s a great way to start the character at the beginning and lay out some of the big themes we’re thinking about in a big way. And the nice capper is that Scott Snyder’s one of my favorite people in comics and I was thrilled by the chance to come over and play in his backyard.”