The podcast of the superfun Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men panel I did at the Rose City Comic Con has gone live! Check it out here!
Had a blast on that panel. Realized I’ve written a heck of a lot of X-Books over the years — X-Men Phoenix Endsong, X-Men Phoenix Warsong, Magneto Testament, Astonishing X-Men, X-Treme X-Men, Storm… even Alpha Flight with Fred Van Lente, which is kind of X-Adjacent. And we talked about a ton of those books! Especially Magneto and X-Treme X-Men.
Jay and Miles are very, very funny and the audience was incredible. Enjoy!
Dynamic Forces asked me about the new STORM book – and I spill a little about the possible importance of Hank McCoy.
Unleash the Fanboy asked me about Storm, Hercules, the gay romance in X-TREME X-MEN, and what I’d do if I weren’t writing comics. Here’s an excerpt:
You’re trying to learn about and understand people from all different backgrounds and places and tell stories that connect in some way and help people … When we’re writing, we’re struggling to understand the world, you know what I’m saying, and sharing that experience will hopefully help other people as they’re making those same kinds of efforts. This sounds a little silly but because you don’t want to overplay what we do in creating pop culture, but there’s a way that stories bring people together, you know what I mean? That’s what makes us human. Storytelling is probably the most intensely human thing that we do. It’s something maybe that humans do that nobody else does.
“Magneto Testament,” a miniseries telling the story of Max Eisenhardt, a German Jewish boy struggling to save his family from the rise of the Nazis and the Final Solution, has been named one of the Greatest X-Family Stories of all time by readers of Comic Book Resources.
“Magneto Testament” was written by yours truly with art by Carmine Di Giandomenico, colors by Matt Hollingsworth, and letters by Dave and Natalie Lanphear, covers by Marko Djurdjevic, assistant edited by Alejandro Arbona, and edited by the great Warren Simons. Working on the book was one of the most intense experiences of my career and I’m hugely grateful to Warren for giving me the opportunity. Many thanks to CBR and all the readers who mentioned it.
“Magneto Testament” and “Red Skull Incarnate” writer Greg Pak will participate in a one-day graphic novel workshop at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, VA, on June 8. Click here for all the details.
The graphic novel also includes historical notes and pointers, even adding a section to use the story as a text book. It’s more than just a comic book, I should say. It allows us to see the monstrous side of humanity by using something familiar to us.
David Pepose has conducted what may be the longest interview ever of filmmaker and comics writer Greg Pak for his “Writer’s Workshop” column at Newsarama. Here’s an excerpt:
I should say this too, all this stuff I’m saying is stuff that I know, but that I have to struggle everyday to actually implement it, you know what I mean? [Laughs.] It’s an ongoing struggle to have the discipline to make these stories work the way they really should. To cut out the stuff that doesn’t belong, and to invest the stuff that should be there with real emotional truth rather than manufactured shortcuts, and to find the most dramatically compelling fashion to tell the story rather than just the easiest way to tell the story. These are ongoing challenges that I wrestle with every single day, trying to do the best I can and trying to figure out better ways to do it.
The users of Comic Book Resources’ X-Men Forums have voted on their favorite books of 2009, and “Magneto Testament” has been named the Best Mini-Series of 2009. Here’s a blurb:
Magneto’s past is often glossed over, without much focus, as concentration camps aren’t exactly a subject that’s explored in depth in all ages comics that often. Greg Pak, though, wanted to go there, and help to explore what it is that makes a guy like Magneto who he is, giving him his truest, most definitive origin story ever.