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:
Iâ€™d had an eye on Rhodey for a while — Iâ€™d written an alternative version of him into the â€œ1602 New Worldâ€ miniseries and had tried to work him into a couple of other projects over the years. And Iâ€™d been researching the Holocaust for the â€œMagneto Testamentâ€ miniseries, which had led me to read about more recent genocides and atrocities. The new â€œWar Machineâ€ series seemed like a perfect place to tackle a character Iâ€™d always loved while exploring difficult questions of war, interventionism, and violence in the name of justice.
As the year draws to a close, Greg Pak suggests a few possibilities for charitable giving that might be of particular interest to comic book fans in his latest “Pak Talks Comics” column for BrokenFrontier.com, complete with handy links and addresses. Click here to read the column — and Happy New Year!
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.
Greg Pak’s latest “Pak Talks Comics” column is up at BrokenFrontier.com. 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 — â€œIncredible Herculesâ€ #126, which hits comic book stores in February 2009, will include a story called â€œThe Search for Kirbyâ€ that involves — you guessed it! — the search for Kirby! Iâ€™m particularly thrilled to report that Takeshi Miyazawa, the brilliant artist who illustrated the very first Amadeus Cho story back in â€œAmazing Fantasyâ€ (v2) #15, is on board for this new tale. I just saw the layouts, and theyâ€™re every bit as subtle, funny, and moving as weâ€™ve come to expect from Takâ€™s work.
In his latest BrokenFrontier.com “Pak Talks Comics” column, Greg Pak shows off his contribution to the Hero Initiative’s Hulk cover benefit. Check it out.
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In his latest “Pak Talks Comics” column for BrokenFrontier.com, Greg Pak interviews Randy Lander, the proprietor of Rogues Gallery Comics and Games in Round Rock, Texas. Click here for Part One of the interview and check back tomorrow for Part Two.
UPDATE: And Part Two is up!
The latest “Pak Talks Comics” column has gone live at BrokenFrontier.com — this time featuring six colored, lettered preview pages from “Warbound” #3, along with commentary by writer Greg Pak. Pak also answers a few Hulk-related reader questions. Click here to read the article and click here to submit your questions for future columns.
Writer of over 500 comic books, including PLANET HULK, MECH CADET YU, FIREFLY, and DARTH VADER