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VOTE!

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It’s a cliché, but it’s true – this is the most important election of our lifetimes. Literally everything you care about is on the ballot, so please please please get out on November 8 and VOTE!

To find your polling place and other information, visit vote.org.

If you need help figuring out voter ID rules, visit voteriders.org.

Big hearts and all the best!

Great post from Andy Daly about turning from tweeting to blogging (or “twarting”)

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Andy Daly, a brilliant comic and an old acquaintance from my New York City improv days, has written a very funny and thought-provoking post about his decision to step the hell away from daily posting on Twitter in favor of blogging — or “twarting,” as he puts it.

I very highly recommend you click away from this page and go read his post right now. Then come back for more of my brilliant thoughts!

Andy does a great job of describing the social and political pitfalls of Twitter. But this passage hit me particularly hard:

It seems that after 12 years of tweeting, I have quietly trained my brain to compose tweets all the time.  In the early days of my Twitter self-banning, I kept coming up with dumb, trivial, concise notions that were designed to be shared with the world.  I kept thinking “well, maybe I’ll tweet just this one thing”, but instead, summoning really very impressive will power wouldn’t you say, I opened the Notes app on my phone and tapped my tweet in there.

I strongly suspect that as as a fellow person in comedy, Andy, like me, spent years of his youth coming up with jokes and one-liners all the time and scribbling them down in a little notebook. So Twitter was perfectly designed for us, and we were/are pretty great at it! But posting jokes on Twitter serves masters other than ourselves and can create a less than healthy dynamic of approval-seeking that Andy wryly refers to when he “praises” the site for allowing him to “most meaningfully, [attract] attention to myself whenever I needed some.”

I missed Andy’s post when he published it back in September, but strangely, right around the same time, I was undertaking a similar project, revamping this website and amping up my blogging — mostly by going into excruciating detail about my renewed obsession with analog photography.

So I love Andy’s new (old) blog, and I particularly dig the fact that he’s letting himself write both longer posts and short bon mots he’s dubbed “twarts.” I’m not going to use his terminology, because he strangely insists “twarts” is a combination of “tweets” and “darts” instead of “tweets” and “farts,” and that’s a little too classy for me. But I am going to take inspiration from him and let myself write more very short posts on this blog about whatever, because that seems like fun.

This is also inspiring me to do a bit more research into finding a good old-school blog reader. If I can get a few more cool blogs like Andy’s into a nice app, I’ll have a great place to go other than Twitter when I want to read some funny/insightful stuff, and that’ll be a good thing.

So thanks, Andy! Also please join my web ring?

Three Good Things

Many years ago, in the wake of 9/11, I set up a website called Three Good Things where, shockingly enough, I’d periodically post lists of three good things.

This year is off to a harrowing enough start that it feels like a good emotional and spiritual exercise to revive Three Good Things. So here we go!

  1. Homemade chicken broth. Made some tonight from the bones of a roasted chicken that I’d seasoned with garlic, onion, shallots, salt, garlic powder, and smoked paprika. The broth is absolutely incredible – the smoked paprika put it over the top. Not sure what I’m gonna use it for yet, but it’s already worth it for the five sips I took as it simmered.
  2. The vaccines and boosters. Yes, everything is terrible. But things would be exponentially worse without the vaccines, which decrease the chances of getting infected and, probably even more critically, vastly decrease the severity of the disease if you do get infected. Please get vaxxed, friends. And if you’re vaxxed, get boosted. I want us all to survive and thrive.
  3. The “I fucking love fingerling potatoes!” line in DON’T LOOK UP. Ridiculous and funny and deeply moving in context all at once. My favorite moment in the movie.

PSA: COVID vaccine boosters now available to all adults in NYC (who meet time requirements)!

Just found out this morning that New York City health officials have approved COVID vaccine booster shots for all adults who have been vaccinated for at least six months (Pfizer and Moderna) or two months (J&J). Check out the New York Times article here!

Then Mark Levine, the new Manhattan borough president, noted on Twitter than you can get an appointment at https://vax4nyc.nyc.gov/patient/s/!

I clicked, I filled out some forms, and a few hours later, I’ve been BOOSTED! They even gave me a sticker!

It’s a good day. Please do click on that link yourself and get that booster if you’re eligible!

 

Last day to get a VACCINATED button by donating to a mutual aid group or community fridge!

VACCINATED button

I made some cool “VACCINATED!” buttons! And I’ve been sending them as gifts to folks who donate to their local mutual aid group or community fridge. So far the campaign has raised $3,189 dollars — huge thanks to everyone who’s jumped on board!

So TODAY is the LAST DAY for the campaign — almost out of buttons. Want one of your own?

1. Donate $25 or more to a mutual aid group or community fridge.

2. Email proof of your donation & your US mailing address to helpinghands at gregpak dot com .

3. I’ll mail you a pin! (As long as supplies last! I’ve just got a few left – first come, first served!)

If you’re new to mutual aid groups, just google “mutual aid” or “community fridge” and your town’s name and you’ll probably find some! It’s all about neighbors helping neighbors through the pandemic and beyond. If you see a phrase like “solidarity, not charity,” you’re on the right track!

(And for the avoidance of doubt, donations to political campaigns, PACs, or 501(c)4s do not count for this offer. Can’t give gifts for donations to political campaigns!)

These are acrylic buttons, approximately 1.75″ x 1.33″, single pin with a rubber stopper on the back. I used Stickermule to make ’em. Really happy with the quality!

Thanks so much for donating and for getting vaccinated!

2021.04.22 – AsAm Creator Happy Hour to benefit AAAJ Chicago’s bystander intervention training

AsAm Creator Happy Hour featuring Preeti Chhibber, Amy Chu, Shing Yin Kor, Trung Le Nguyen, Greg Pak, and Randall Park

Very excited to join a bunch of my favorite people for the AsAm Creator Happy Hour panel this Thursday to raise money for the AAAJ Chicago’s bystander intervention training. Please sign up for the free event today!

From the official announcement:

Join us on Thursday, April 22 at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5pm PT for a fundraiser to support Advancing Justice | Chicago

About this Event

Join us on Thursday, April 22 for AsAm Creator Happy Hour: 60 minutes of hijinks with Asian American writers, artists, and actors talking about how they got started, what they’re working on, and where they’re going in a fundraiser to support Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago‘s bystander intervention training.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Preeti Chhibber is a speaker, freelance writer, and author of A Jedi You Will Be, Avengers Assembly: The Sinister Substitute, and featured in the forthcoming anthology Sword Stone Table.

Amy Chu is a professional writer whose works include the Netflix series DOTA: Dragon’s Blood, graphic novel Sea Sirens, and comics such as Sensational Wonder Woman, DMC, and KISS. Amy is also a former Executive Director of the Asian American Arts Alliance and Board Member of the Asian Women Giving Circle.

Shing Yin Khor is an installation artist and cartoonist exploring the Americana mythos and new human rituals. They are the author of The American Dream? and The Legend of Auntie Po.

Trung Le Nguyen is a Vietnamese American artist and author from Minneapolis. Trung has contributed work for Oni Press, Boom! Studios, and Image Comics, and recently released his first original graphic novel The Magic Fish.

Greg Pak is a Korean American comic book writer and filmmaker best known for his award-winning feature film Robot Stories and his comics Mech Cadet Yu and Planet Hulk.

Randall Park is an actor, comedian, writer, and director known for his role in the TV series Fresh Off the Boat and films including Always Be My Maybe and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

DONATE

Proceeds from this event will fund Advancing Justice | Chicago’s bystander intervention training program.

Please include “AsAm Happy Hour” in the dedication field on the donation page.

I’m donating signed comics to the Kidlit Against Anti-Asian Racism Auction Fundraiser – and you can, too!

Signed comics donated by Greg Pak to the Kidlit Against Anti-Asian Racism Auction Fundraiser

The folks at the Asian Author Alliance are organizing an auction fundraiser to help two organizations that work against anti-Asian racism — Stop AAPI Hate and Hate is a Virus. I’m donating a bundle of signed #1 comics featuring Asian and Asian American characters, including TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1, KINGSWAY WEST #1, MECH CADET YU #1, RONIN ISLAND #1, WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 (with the first appearance of Wave), and AGENTS OF ATLAS #1.

If you’re a writer or creator with books or other items to donate, please click here for more info.

If you’re interested in bidding on items, please keep your eyes on https://kaaarfundraiser.wordpress.com/blog/, where the auction will launch this Friday.

If you’re concerned about this ongoing wave of anti-Asian harassment and violence, another thing you can do is sign up for the Bystander Intervention Training sessions this March from Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Click here to find out more and sign up. I did!

Sending big love to everyone. Please do keep watching out for each other and stay safe out there.

2020.12.04 – VoteRiders event – Text Georgia voters and talk about quarantine comfort food!

VoteRiders event image - 12/4 5-7 pm

Hey, I’m moderating an incredible panel this Friday for a VoteRiders textbanking event! Help people get the ID they need to vote in Georgia AND hear an all-star AsAm panel talk about comfort food this Friday, 5 pm ET!

With Tamlyn Tomita, Preeti Chhibber, R.O. Kwon, Minh Lê, Andrea Shea, and Alex Shibutani!

It’s gonna be incredibly fun, and it’s for an INCREDIBLY important cause. Sign up today at voteriders.org/text!

VOTE

We’re down to the last two days of the most important election of our lifetime. If you’re eligible, get out there and vote. That’s it.

Visit vote.org for all the info you need to vote. Visit voteriders.org if you’re not sure what ID you need to vote or have other ID related questions. Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE, the election protection hotline run by the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition, if you need help with the process or encounter obstacles at the polls.

If you can vote early in your state, do it today, Monday. The earlier you vote, the less chance of something going wrong. Bank it!

Otherwise, vote in person on Election Day. If you’ve got an absentee or mail-in ballot that you haven’t returned yet, I absolutely recommend returning it in person because of problems with mail delays and efforts in various states to invalidate mail-in ballots received after Election Day.

A bunch of states have SAME DAY voter registration, meaning if you’re eligible but not registered, you can register at the polls and vote! If you’re in CA, CO, CT, DC, HI, ID, IL, IA, ME, MI, MN, MT, NV, NH, NM, UT, VT, WA, WI, or WY, you can register to vote on ELECTION DAY!

If you’re in MD, you can register to vote during early voting – today, Monday, is that last day for that!

Call your local county clerk to find out the rules in your area and GO VOTE!

If you’re anxious about this election, the greatest advice I can give is to not only vote, but volunteer to help GET OUT THE VOTE. Search online for your favored candidate or party. You’ll find dozens of ways to help in these last two days doing things like phonebanking and textbanking.

Contribute to comics colorist Pete Pantazis’s GoFundMe and get a FREE signed ACTION COMICS #23.2 comic book!

Comics colorist Pete Pantazis has a hard deadline in about a week to raise enough money to save his home. Please do check out his GoFundMe and contribute if you can. As an added bonus, if you donate $25 or more, I’ll send you a signed copy of ACTION COMICS #23.2, which Pete colored and I wrote! Just send proof of your contribution and your US mailing address to helpinghands at gregpak dot com (apologies — I can’t ship overseas).

I have about 20 copies of the book to give away. This is the second printing, featuring the cool lenticular 3D cover.

Thanks so much for your consideration!