Greg Pak has written or co-written three STRANGER THINGS middle grade graphic novels. ZOMBIE BOYS, THE BULLY, and the upcoming ERICA THE GREAT (co-written by Danny Lore). All these books were drawn by Valeria Favoccia, colored by Dan Jackson, and lettered by Nate Piekos.
Over the past few years, I’ve written or co-written three middle grade Stranger Things comic book stories that have now been compiled in one big volume called the Stranger Things Afterschool Adventures Omnibus — which hits comic book shops on October 19!
The stories include “Zombie Boys,” “The Bully,” and “Erica the Great,” the last of which was co-written by Danny Lore. Dan Chan drew the cover, Valeria Favoccia provided line art, Dan Jackson colored, and Nate Piekos lettered.
All of these stories were a blast to write and all have a ton of heart, telling stories in between pivotal moments and seasons of the show. Please do feel free to check out the preview pages and ask your local comic shop to hold a copy for you today!
The book was written by yours truly with interior art by Diego Galindo, colors by Francesco Segala, letters by Nate Piekos, and a lovely cover by Kyle Lambert (which you can read about more on Kyle’s site).
Writing this book meant a lot to me — on the surface, it’s a hugely fun ’80s treasure hunt, but under the surface it’s about grappling with bereavement, and it’s all heart, all the time. I loved working with editors Spencer Cushing and Konner Knudsen and the entire creative team and am so gratified the book’s resonated with readers.
Here’s the official solicit:
It’s January 1985, and the Hawkins crew survived their battle with the mind flayer, but Will and Joyce are still reeling from the recent death of Bob Newby. Will’s friends have been too busy with their girlfriends to notice how much he is struggling. After he and Mr. Clarke discover a mysterious map Bob left in a box of old nerdy memorabilia, Will rallies the crew to investigate. Collects the four-issue miniseries.
Thrilled to report that STRANGER THINGS: ERICA THE GREAT hits comic shops today! Written by Danny Lore and yours truly with art by Valeria Favoccia, colors by Dan Jackson, letters by Nate Piekos, and cover by Ron Chan!
From the official blurb:
In this middle grade foray into the 80’s-nostalgia hit series from Netflix, when Erica’s frenemy loses track of her mother’s prized parakeet, the two will have to work together to return the bird safe and sound, or deal with the consequences. They learn that even the toughest and smartest people need a little help now and then.
STRANGER THINGS: TOMB OF YBWEN #4, written by yours truly with art by Diego Galindo, colors by Francesco Segala, and letters by Nate Piekos. This is the climax to the miniseries and one of my favorite of all the comics I wrote this year. Do not miss out!
FIREFLY #35 is the penultimate issue of my three year FIREFLY run, drawn by Simona Di Gianfelice with colors by Francesco Segala and letters by Jim Campbell. Big, big emotional payoffs are coming, friends. Hope ya dig!
STRANGER THINGS: TOMB OF YBWEN #3 hits comic shops and Comixology today! Here’s the solicit from Dark Horse Comics:
With fourteen inches of snow on the horizon and the boys already frozen to the bone, tensions run high! Will, desperate to unravel the secrets left behind by a young Bob Newby, presses on after finding the entrance to a mysterious abandoned mineshaft. Meanwhile, Mr. Clark searches for the boys, but can he find them before something terrible happens?
“The definitive companion piece to the nostalgia-filled Netflix hit!” -Infinite Earths
Absolutely thrilled that STRANGER THINGS: TOMB OF YBWEN #1 hits comic book shops today! The book’s written by yours truly with gorgeous art by Diego Galindo, colors by Francesco Segala, letters by Nate Piekos, and main cover by Marc Aspinall. Here’s the official solicit:
It’s January 1985 the Hawkins crew survived their battle with the mind flayer, but Will and Joyce are still reeling from the recent death of Bob Newby. Will’s friends have been too busy with their girlfriends to notice how much he is struggling. After he and Mr. Clarke discover a mysterious map Bob left in a box of old nerdy memorabilia, Will rallies the crew to investigate.
Is there a secret hidden in the hills of Hawkins?
The book just garnered a rave review from AIPT Comics that says it “has all the makings of the perfect Halloween story with your favorite Netflix characters.” Read the whole thing here!
I first pitched this series over a year ago, long before the death of my mother. But the way these characters struggle with loss has special resonance for me now, and I’m tremendously grateful to the incredible creative team for making the story sing.
Please feel free to ask your local comic shop to hold a copy for you today! Hope you enjoy, and all the best.
Excited to report that starting this September, Dark Horse is publishing a four issue comic book miniseries called STRANGER THINGS: TOMB OF YBWEN, written by yours truly with line art by Diego Galindo, colors by Franceso Segala, letters by Nate Piekos, and covers by Galindo, Marc Aspinall, Kyle Lambert, and Irvin Rodriguez!
Here’s the official blurb:
It’s January 1985. The Hawkins crew survived their battle with the terrible Mind Flayer, but Will is still reeling from the recent death of Bob Newby. Will’s friends have been too busy with their girlfriends to notice how much he is struggling. However, Will finds a way to bring the team back together again when he and Mr. Clarke discover a mysterious map Bob left in a box of old nerdy memorabilia. Will rallies the crew to investigate and they find more than they could have imagined. Stranger Things: Tomb of Ybwen explores grief and friendship all while capturing the Stranger Things’ sense of adventure.
“I’m so thrilled to be working with such an amazing team on a story that combines classic ‘80s treasure hunt hijinks with impending natural disaster and a high-stakes emotional story as Will grapples with the aftermath of the death of Bob Newby,” Pak said in a press release. “Diego, Francesco, and Nate are capturing the wonder, danger, and emotion in every page and every panel. And as always, it’s a thrill to be working on a story that fills in key emotional context for our heroes while giving unexpected characters a chance to really shine. I’ll just say if you like Mr. Clarke, you’re gonna LOVE this book!”
Huge high five as always to our Dark Horse editors Spencer Cushing and Konner Knudsen.
This November, Dark Horse will publish STRANGER THINGS: ERICA THE GREAT, a middle grade graphic novel written by Danny Lore and yours truly with line art by Valeria Favoccia, colors by Dan Jackson, letters by Nate Piekos, and cover by Ron Chan.
Super excited by this one — we’re following Erica Sinclair as she grapples with conflicts with friends and family while leading her own Dungeons and Dragons campaign. As the official solicit says, it’s the story of “an ambitious, bossy, brilliant ten-year-old dealing with boredom and the complexities of maintaining friendships through tough times.”
Excited to report that STRANGER THINGS: THE BULLY, a new middle grade graphic novel that ties into the hit Netflix show, hits stores today! Written by yours truly with art by Valeria Favoccia, colors by Dan Jackson, letters by Nate Piekos, cover by Ron Chan, and editing by Spencer Cushing and Konner Knudsen.
The bullies of Stranger Things try to uncover the mystery of Eleven’s psychic powers in this scary all-ages graphic novel! Troy has been having nightmares about El ever since she embarrassed him in front of the school and broke his arm in season 1. Feeling powerless and anxious, Troy is determined to prove that what happened between him and El is only some form of trickery. That is until he and James encounter demodogs!
o Perfect for younger readers!
o Takes place during season 2 of Stranger Things.
o Seasoned comic writer Greg Pak explores what drives Stranger Things’ bullies.