2021.12.29 – STRANGER THINGS: TOMB OF YBWEN #4 and FIREFLY #35 in comic shops!

In stores this Wednesday!

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!

Please feel free to ask your local comics shop to hold copies of these books for you, or pick ’em up digitally at Comixology!

2021.12.22 – DARTH VADER #19 in stores today!

Darth Vader #19 cover

DARTH VADER #19 hits comic book shops and Comixology today! Ask your local shop to hold a copy for you!

Here’s the official solicit:

W) Greg Pak (A) Guiu Villanova (CA) Ryan Stegman

DARK ORDER!

  • In the bowels of Bespin, DARTH VADER told his son he wanted to bring order to the galaxy.
  • Now Vader’s promise is put to the test as he leads an unlikely crew of heroes and assassins against the criminal organization known as CRIMSON DAWN.
  • What does “order” mean to a DARK LORD OF THE SITH? How far will he go to fight for it as the depth of Crimson Dawn’s infiltration becomes clearer? And what fate awaits the heroes who follow him into battle?

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PSA for folks with beards

Hey, friends. Here’s a quick update that has nothing to do with comics or books, but I figured was worth sharing as a public service announcement, particularly for those of you with beards.

On my birthday this August, I shaved for the first time in three years. And I discovered a small lump at the corner of my jaw. Long story short: it was a benign adenoma and after going through a series of referrals and tests, I just had it surgically removed. (Yes, BENIGN, no worries!) The extremely scientific diagram above shows you the location of the tumor (in my parotid gland, a salivary gland at the edge of the jaw) and the surprisingly long incision that was required to remove it.

The big message is that if I hadn’t shaved, I have no idea when I would have found it, and the story could have been more complicated. So if you have a beard, feel around under it from time to time!

The other detail is that if my mother hadn’t passed away this August, I probably wouldn’t have felt compelled to shave for the first time in years, and I wouldn’t have found the adenoma. Somehow feels like she’s still watching out for me.

Big hearts to all and take care out there.

2021.12.01 – DARTH VADER #18 and FIREFLY #34 hit stores this Wednesday!

Two comics written by Greg Pak hit comic book shops this Wednesday! Don’t miss DARTH VADER #18, with a cover by Aaron Kuder and Richard Isanove and interior art by Leonard Kirk, colors by Alex Sinclair, and letters by Joe Caramagna. The start of a brand new story arc with a new set of heroes and villains! Check out the preview here and ask your local comic shop to hold a copy for you today!

And don’t miss FIREFLY #34, with a cover by Bengal and interir art by Simona di Giandfelice, colors by Francesco Segala, and letters by Jim Campbell. Check out the preview here and ask your local comic shop to hold a copy for you!

2021.11.24 – STRANGER THINGS: TOMB OF YBWEN in stores today!

Stranger Things: Tomb of Ybwen #3 cover by Marc Aspinall

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

Ask your local comic shop to hold a copy for you today!

About that cupcake robot…

cupcake robot drawing

I’ve been thinking about the cupcake robot from those comics I drew a few years back, and I think I’m finally wrapping my head around why he makes so much sense to me.

It’s retrospectively so obvious… the cupcake robot doesn’t talk. But he bakes for you. Because he loves you.

And that’s one of the ongoing themes of my cookbook memoir COOKING WILL BREAK YOUR HEART. So often, we’re sending messages when we cook for others. Silent messages of care and love.

So I’m getting a better fix on the role the cupcake robot will play in the book. And I’m having a blast drawing him. So I’ve added a new reward for these last few days of the COOKING WILL BREAK YOUR HEART Kickstarter campaign!

Now you can get an original drawing by yours truly of the cupcake robot for your very own! Check out the rewards list at COOKING WILL BREAK YOUR HEART and back today if you’re intrigued!

By default, the cupcake robot will be holding a cupcake in these drawings. But I’ll offer a short list of alternate comfort foods that backers can choose from. Like maybe a fried chicken leg, or a nice, steamy bowl of soup!

Thanks so much, and big hearts, as always.

Cooking Will Break Your Heart

Last weekend for the COOKING WILL BREAK YOUR HEART campaign!

Hey, friends! We’re down to the wire! The Kickstarter campaign for my cookbook memoir COOKING WILL BREAK YOUR HEART is entering its last few days, so if you’re intrigued, please do check out the campaign and back it before it’s too late! And to whet your appetite, here are a few pictures of some of the stuff I’ve been cooking recently — the recipes for which will indeed be included in the book!

Poached eggs on toast

Some happy, healthy poached eggs on toast! In my mom’s last couple of months, she requested poached eggs and gave me some tips of how to make them — like wetting the bowl you crack the egg into so it slides out more smoothly into the pan. Probably the last thing she taught me how to cook. She liked hers a little runnier than these. But it feels good every time I make them.

Good ol’ chili on rice! I use turkey meat instead of beef or pork. Tastes great and it’s a few ticks healthier. For years, I’ve been making this with a basic combo of soy sauce, paprika, Korean coarse chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, onions, and garlic for seasoning. But I’ve been wanting a bit deeper flavor, so this time I added mirin, which was nice! I know a lot of folks add a little brown sugar. I’ll have to give that a shot.

Aggressively healthy baked chicken with asparagus

Aggressively healthy baked chicken thighs with asparagus and rice! I’ve had a tendency for years to mostly cook on the stove top — sautés, soups, and stews have been my forte. But a while back I had to cook someone a super plain, un-fried piece of chicken, which I did in the oven. And then I thought, hey, that was pretty easy. Let’s try that again, with a little more pizzaz! These thighs are seasoned with a variety of spices, including Korean coarse chili powder, smoked paprika, sea salt, garlic powder, cumin, and coriander. All delicious.

Thumbprint jelly cookies

And here are the process shots of the thumbprint jelly cookies that I shared with you earlier. A specialty of my mom and maternal grandmother. These taste like the holidays to me.

If any or all this intrigues you, please do visit the campaign and back today!

Thanks so much as always and see ya in the kitchen!

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!

 

Retro recipe cards stretch goal for COOKING WILL BREAK YOUR HEART!

Thanks so much to everyone who jumped on board my new Kickstarter project the other week. I hugely appreciate you, and I’m thrilled to report that my cookbook memoir COOKING WILL BREAK YOUR HEART has a super fun new stretch goal. If we hit 24K, I’ll send at least two professionally printed 3″x5″ index-style recipe cards to every backer who choses a physical reward! Check out the work-in-progress sample design above!

So yes, that means if you pick any physical book reward or even the stickers reward, you’ll also get at least two retro-style recipe cards if we hit that 24K stretch goal! Please do check it out and consider backing today!

The cards are inspired by my mom’s old hand-typed recipe cards, and if you have an old school index recipe card box like my mom did, they’ll fit perfectly!

Speaking of my mom’s recipe box, I finally made her thumb print jelly cookies. On her recipe card, they’re called “Linsenterchen,” which… isn’t a word! Not even in German!

But after talking with family, we figured out that this is just “Linzertörtchen,” or Linzer tarts, with a few misspellings and typos passed down over a couple of generations. Here’s what my batch looked like.

Absolutely delicious, with a great nutty flavor to the dough. The recipe calls for hazelnut, but I used pecans, and they were great. Huge burst of nostalgia and memory with every bite.

For this recipe and so much more, please do check out COOKING WILL BREAK YOUR HEART! We’re down to the last week! Dontcha dare miss it!

Writer of over 500 comic books, including PLANET HULK, MECH CADET YU, FIREFLY, and DARTH VADER