Greg Pak: Pak Talks Comics

Pak Talks Comics: Inside the engine of “War Machine” #1

Greg Pak’s latest “Pak Talks Comics” column for Broken Frontier features an inside look at the creative decisions behind “War Machine” #1 — along with some hints of what’s coming up in “War Machine” #2 and beyond. Here’s an excerpt:

I’d had an eye on Rhodey for a while — I’d written an alternative version of him into the “1602 New World” miniseries and had tried to work him into a couple of other projects over the years. And I’d been researching the Holocaust for the “Magneto Testament” miniseries, which had led me to read about more recent genocides and atrocities. The new “War Machine” series seemed like a perfect place to tackle a character I’d always loved while exploring difficult questions of war, interventionism, and violence in the name of justice.

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Pak Talks Comics: Interview with David “Get Your War On” Rees!

In the latest “Pak Talks Comics,” Greg Pak interviews David Rees, the creator of the brilliant, angry, harrowing, and hilarious “Get Your War On” comic strip and web video series. As an extra bonus, the interview includes four BRAND NEW GYWO COMIC STRIPS! Click here to check it out. And here’s an excerpt:

GP: You once promised to stop making “Get Your War On” comics when Bush leaves office. Is that still the plan? If so, what’s next for you?
DR: Just this morning I realized I have no post-GYWO plan, and that maybe this isn’t the best time to quit the one career I’ve ever had — seeing as how the entire financial system is collapsing and soon we’ll all be subsisting on a diet of roadkill and dryer lint. But for now, yes, I look forward to quitting GYWO when Bush leaves office. Maybe I can get a job burning books in his presidential library.
GP: You’ve been traveling like a madman to promote your new book. Any advice for other independent writers/artists for setting up and conducting a good book tour?
DR: Cultivate a desire to sleep on sofas. If you can’t manage that, write a huge bestseller, so you can stay in hotels while on tour.
GP: What are the best experience and worst experiences you’ve had while on the road with the book?
DR: Best experience: Meeting people and making friends!
Worst experience: Pegging my self-esteem to audience size at readings. THIS IS A DANGEROUS GAME.

Click here to visit the GYWO website and click here to buy “Get Your War On: The Definitive Account of the War On Terror, 2001-2008.

Pak Talks Comics: Reader Q&A

Greg Pak’s latest “Pak Talks Comics” column is up at Here’s an excerpt:

Scott H.: Now that Herc and Amadeus are back on Earth, will we see Amadeus searching for the real Kirby?
GP: Funny you should ask — “Incredible Hercules” #126, which hits comic book stores in February 2009, will include a story called “The Search for Kirby” that involves — you guessed it! — the search for Kirby! I’m particularly thrilled to report that Takeshi Miyazawa, the brilliant artist who illustrated the very first Amadeus Cho story back in “Amazing Fantasy” (v2) #15, is on board for this new tale. I just saw the layouts, and they’re every bit as subtle, funny, and moving as we’ve come to expect from Tak’s work.

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Pak Talks Comics: Reader Q&A about Cho, Hulk, Emma, Magneto… and Squirrel Girl? has posted Greg Pak’s latest “Pak Talks Comics” column, featuring Reader Q&A about everything from Amadeus Cho to Magneto to where Squirrel Girl was during “World War Hulk.” Click here to read the column, and click here to submit your own questions for future columns.