Greg Pak: Silver Surfer

Free Greg Pak Marvel books at Comixology!

By Greg Pak
A bunch of my books are part of the Marvel #1 digital comics giveaway at Comixology right now. The site’s pretty bogged down, so it might be tricky to download everything, but it appears that you can nab the following:
“Red Skull” #1
“Silver Surfer” #1
“Dark Reign: The List: Hulk”
“Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Clash”
“Planet Skaar Prologue”
“Skaar Son of Hulk” #1
“Iron Man: House of M” #1
“War Machine” #1
“Chaos War” #1
“World War Hulk” #1
“World War Hulk Prologue” (includes the Amadeus Cho origin story, I think)
“World War Hulk: Aftersmash” #1
“Herc” #1
“X-Treme X-Men” #1
“X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong” #1
“X-Men: Phoenix – Warsong” #1
Good luck, and enjoy!

2011.02.16 – Greg Pak signs “Silver Surfer” and “Vision Machine” at JHU in NYU

Jim Hanley’s Universe will host comic book writer Greg Pak and artist CrissCross for a signing from 6 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, February 16 at 4 West 33rd Street, New York, NY.
Pak’s latest book, “Silver Surfer” #1 will be on hand for purchase and to be signed. Pak will also be giving out FREE copies of his graphic novel “Vision Machine,” first come, first served.

Tons of interviews with Greg Pak about Silver Surfer, Vision Machine, Chaos War, and everything else

A slew of Greg Pak interviews have gone live over the past week. Check ’em out:
Matt Adler of interviews writer Greg Pak about his upcoming “Silver Surfer” comic book miniseries:

MA: The Surfer has at times had difficulty in supporting his own series; what do you think is the key to making the character appeal to a wide audience?
GP: First and foremost, we’re just trying to tell a story with a real emotional core that’s compelling on a human level. I think that’s the key to making supremely powerful, cosmic characters work for both old and new audiences — find the human contrast that makes the characters relatable and the emotional conflicts and drama that make them compelling.
At the same time, we love supremely powerful, cosmic characters because of the visceral thrill of seeing them in action and the mind-bending leaps these huge sci fi stories can take. It’s like writing a Hulk story: let’s face it — we want to see the Hulk smash. And in a Surfer story, we want to have our minds blown with some crazy cosmic madness. That’s a huge part of the fun and thrill of the genre, and we’re absolutely embracing that.

Click here to read the whole thing.
Iann Robinson of CraveOnline interviews Pak about “Vision Machine,” “Chaos War,” “Silver Surfer,” and everything else. An excerpt:

CRAVEONLINE: Do you think technology is getting out of control?
GREG PAK: Oh, technology is always getting out of control. We’re human — everything we touch goes a little crazy, right? The challenge is to take the time to think about where it’s going so we can have a shot at guiding the river rather than just being swept away by the flood. That’s the glory of speculative fiction — it gives us a safe place to prepare for the shocking changes that are inevitably coming.

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The Greek website Comicdom interviews Pak. An excerpt:

I know you have been a Silver Surfer fan yourself. What has drawn you to the character as a reader?
The Silver Surfer might be the purest example of what makes Marvel great — combining massive, cosmic genre hijinks with utterly relatable emotional stories. I was blown away as a kid by the insane visual design and sci fi mythology of the Surfer and Galactus. But I was hooked by the emotional story — the sacrifice and heroism and tragedy of Norrin Radd, the man beneath that shimmering silver sheen.
For more about why I love the Surfer, check out my website for periodic blog postings on the theme: “The Surfer is Awesome.”

Click here to read the whole thing.

The Surfer is Awesome Exhibit #003

Fantastic Four #57, December 1966. Written by Stan Lee. Pencils by Jack Kirby.
May you always walk in sunshine… and have the Surfer in the room when you bump into Doom.
“Silver Surfer” #1, written by Greg Pak with pencils by Stephen Segovia, hits comic shops in February. Ask your local store to pre-order a copy for you today!

Newsarama interviews Greg Pak about his new “Silver Surfer” book

Newsarama’s Albert Ching has interviewed writer Greg Pak about the new “Silver Surfer” book that debuts in February. Here’s an excerpt:

Nrama: Obviously you’re a fan of the character — what is it about him and his place in the Marvel Universe (and comics history in general) that you find appealing?
Pak: The Silver Surfer may be the most original character in superhero comics. No one had ever seen anything like him when he first appeared, and he remains an internationally recognized icon to this day. My earliest memories of the Surfer come from reading a battered trade paperback of “Son of Origins” over and over again. I think what compelled me was that intense combination of sacrifice, heroism, tragedy, romance, and mind-blowing cosmic adventure. And there was the sheer audacity of putting a silver dude on a surfboard — and making it AWESOME.

Nrama: Finally, I know it’s still early, but what can you say about working with artist Stephen Segovia thus far?
Pak: Stephen’s a dream. He’s unleashing the cosmic like you won’t believe. But he’s totally got the grace and quiet reserve that the Surfer so often displays. He’s doing particularly amazing work with some of the seemingly mundane but emotionally powerful moments in the book. There’s a panel of two people kissing in issue one that’s just gorgeous — completely naturalistic and all the more beautiful and romantic because of it.

Click here to read the whole thing — and ask your local comics shop to pre-order “Silver Surfer” #1 for you today!

The Surfer is Awesome Exhibit #002

By Greg Pak
Yes, that’s the Silver Surfer rocking a trench coat and scarf in “Silver Surfer” #5, April 1969, one of my favorite Surfer issues ever. The story features the African American physicist Al B. Harper, one of the very few humans to befriend the Surfer in those early days, and a character I’d love to bring back, if I could find the barest excuse.
But let’s just focus on this single panel for a moment, pencilled by the brilliant Sal Buscema. Everything about this image is awesome. The wild incongruity of the Surfer wearing clothes plus the fact that he’s totally rocking his ensemble AND cruising through the stratosphere with his HANDS IN HIS POCKETS?
Just one more example of that insane combination of untrammeled cosmic imagination and everyday mundane detail that makes the character so compelling and endearing.
Did I mention today how much I love the Surfer?
“Silver Surfer” #1, written by Greg Pak with pencils by Stephen Segovia, hits comic shops in February. Ask your local store to pre-order a copy for you today!