If you’re a comic shop owner and would like FREE trade paperbacks of the acclaimed “Vision Machine” graphic novel to give away to your customers, email vm at pakbuzz dot com today with your shop’s address and we’ll send you a box! First come, first served.
“Vision Machine” writer Greg Pak will be at the MoCCA Festival in NYC today from 12:30 to 4 pm, hanging out at Fred Van Lente’s table and giving away FREE copies of the acclaimed “Vision Machine” trade paperback! Come say hi and grab free comics!
UPDATE 4/1/11 4:15 PM: The tally is now $4011 for Japanese relief. I’ll keep sending “Vision Machine” trades for a while yet, so keep on donating!
UPDATE: Final Japan relief report: the original goal was $1000. We raised $3142. You are all amazing. I’m still giving out free trades to folks who donate, so keep it coming!
UPDATE: Friday, 10:31 am. We just hit $1786. Love you guys. New goal: $2500 by midnight. I DON’T THINK YOU CAN DO IT! PROVE ME WRONG!
UPDATE 5: Friday, 1 am – and we’ve hit $1502! New goal – $1750 by the end of Friday!
UPDATE 4: It’s Thursday night and you’ve blown way past the $1250 goal — we’re up to $1417! Let’s make a new goal of $1500 by the end of Friday!
UPDATE 3: You guys are amazing. We hit $1037 Thursday morning. New goal: $1250 by the end of Friday!
UPDATE 2: Up to $827!
UPDATE 1: We’ve raised $707 so far — let’s see if we can hit $1000 by the end of Friday!
By Greg Pak
After a few days of trying to figure out how to help raise some dollars for Japan, I’ve come up with what I hope is a simple plan. Here’s how it works:
Donate $20 to any charity doing relief work in Japan.
Then send an email with your US mailing address to japan at pakbuzz dot com. In your email, tell me what charity you donated to and confirm that you are 18 or over. (And sorry for limiting it to US mailing addresses — little to complicated for me to mail large numbers of packages overseas right now.)
And I’ll send you a free “Vision Machine” trade paperback!
The charity is your choice. $20 minimum donation. If you tell me you donated, I’ll believe you and send you a trade – honor system, folks!
Finally, please include your Twitter handle in your email if you’d like a shout out online!
Many thanks, all the best and happy donating!
Greg Pak will sign comics and give away copies of his “Vision Machine” graphic novel at Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy in Austin, Texas, from 4-5 pm on Saturday, March 12.
The great Greg Rucka will sign from 2-5 pm at the same store.
Dragon’s Lair is located at 6111 Burnet Rd, Austin TX 78757, 512-454-2399.
Click here for more information.
Want a “Vision Machine” trade paperback but can’t make one of the public events where we’re giving them away?
We’ll send free “Vision Machine” trade paperbacks to the first 50 folks who post remixes of the comic or other work inspired by the story or characters!
The first free “Vision Machine” trade goes to Stephen Morrow, who just posted the amazing image of Jane that you see above.
So draw a “Vision Machine” related picture, write a story or poem, remix the actual book, or create any other derivative work inspired by the book or characters… then ping @gregpak on Twitter with the link.
“Vision Machine” is released under a Creative Commons license allowing noncommerical derivative work of this kind – for the full scoop, click here. Your remixes/derivative work should credit Pak Man Productions be released under the same Creative Commons license.
So have fun! We’re looking forward to seeing the links!
Please note: You must be 18 or older for us to send you the book.
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.
If you’re going to be in Park City this weekend, please come to the “Vision Machine” panel on Saturday at the Slamdance Filmmaker Summit, pick up a free copy of the trade paperback, and hear Greg Pak and Orlando Bagwell discuss the project with New York Times film writer John Anderson.
Read on for more details from the official Slamdance press release:
Today, Tomorrow and the Next 50 Years
Saturday, January 22nd
Treasure Mountain Inn
Free with registration: http://x.co/Ljfr
Last year at the first Slamdance’s Filmmaker Summit – produced with the WorkBook Project, Open Video Alliance together with the support of the good folks at IndieFlix – we started a discus- sion that centered around how we, as a film community, could help support and encourage the release of independent film. Since then, Slamdance and its partners have made big strides in this endeavor, teaming up with independent curators and micro-cinemas to support and in some cases instigate distribution. These organizations have remained firmly committed to helping filmmakers survive economically, brokering partnerships with big distributors both in theatres and on alternate platforms such as video game consoles and online. But, the truth nonetheless remains: Most people in the independent film community are having a hard time just sustaining a living and livelihood, much less thriving.
With this in mind, this year’s Filmmaker Summit will take a long hard look at the realities behind the buzzwords, as well as focusing on an examination of the future of storytelling. Crowdsourc- ing, transmedia, branded content, social media… What do these things really mean for the inde- pendent filmmaker? Do we just need to learn how to better use our new internet-era tools? Can they help us create a realistic model for a self-sustaining independent community? Or are we lost in buzz?
Slamdance, the Ford Foundation, IndieFlix and Banyan Branch are teaming up to present a day of real conversation with innovative leaders, discussing the current state of our community, next steps and how each and every independent filmmaker can take better control of their creative destiny.
1:30 to 3 > Banyan Branch & IndieFlix present the panel:
Plz Retweet: How Social Media Is Changing The Way We Make And Market Movies.
Panelists Include: Scilla Andreen (IndieFlix), Tiffany Shlain (Dir. Connected, Yelp), Brian Newman (subgenre media), Jenny Samppala (Banyan Branch), John Anderson (journalist), Lance Weiler (Pandemic 1.0)
3 to 4:30 > The Ford Foundation presents a discussion moderated by journalist John Anderson with Orlando Bagwell of the Ford Foundation and comic book scribe and filmmaker Greg Pak, whose Vision Machine graphic novel imagines the social, political, and technological changes that will transform media creation and distribution over the next fifty years.
Copies of the Vision Machine trade paperback will be given to attendees. Vision Machine can also be downloaded for free at http://visionmachine.net.
4:30 to 7 > Join us for the Ford Foundation Happy Hour reception, where our summit partners will be having one-on-one discussions with filmmakers over sponsored drinks courtesy of Dos Equis and ONE BAR.
By Greg Pak
I had a total blast doing this “Vision Machine” behind-the-scenes interview with Chris Sims for ComicsAlliance.com. Check out my true confessions about learning how to talk to colorists, adding an extra page to introduce characters better, and how we almost populated Texas with space aliens — all with exclusive work-in-progress art.
CA: You also said there were some last-minute changes to the opening sequence.
GP: If you compare the original art for the opening sequence to the opening sequence in the finished comic, you can see we added a page and tweaked the art here and there to introduce our characters better.
CA: It looks like you wanted to spend a little more time with Liz Evers.
GP: Yes, and to get a better introduction of our trio of film grad heroes. RB did glorious work throughout. But as we were nearing completion of issue #1, I realized that my script had crammed things just a bit too tight in the opening pages.
In one of her books, Maxine Hong Kingston talks about the idea that if you stare at anyone’s face in closeup long enough on the silver screen, you’ll eventually fall in love. I think the principle can apply to comics as well. Giving the readers a moment to really absorb a character is pretty key. Particularly when you’ve got three talky, wisecracking characters as your leads. I realized after reading and re-reading the intro that I never gave readers the chance to gaze into our character’s faces and kind of get to know them. We were just off to the races with hijinks and jokes, mostly in medium shot.
Again, all my fault. The original script just didn’t give enough room. So I made the big crazy decision to add a page and have RB redraw some panels.
It’s January 12 and the entire “Vision Machine” graphic novel, as well as “Vision Machine” #3, the final single issue, are now downloadable for FREE at www.visionmachine.net/download!
Grab it today and see what’s up with the book that Newsarama calls “entertaining and thrilling.”
And here’s an excerpt from the latest rave review from Brandon Schatz at Comics! The Blog:
The story by Pak is absolutely phenomenal, but it would all be for naught if his efforts were combined with an artist that didn’t match his ambition. Thank goodness RB Silva is on board, matching Pak’s crazy brain step for step, showing this world and its various realities in crystal clarity. We here at Comics! The Blog were already quite impressed with his work on the Jimmy Olsen back ups in Action Comics, and his skill here sticks to that same level. Very expressive, kinetic when it needs to be, and just perfectly framed. This guy is going to be absolutely huge one day.
Another rave review from Chris Rohling at GuerillaGeek.com:
Anyone who has any interest in comics, especially creator-owned ventures, needs to download Vision Machine and give it a read. It’s more than just an interesting experiment. It is an in depth look at the future of communication and creativity with a great script and beautiful art. And, it’s free! Download it. Read it. Tell others about it. Vision Machine is something special.