THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF gets picked up by BOOM for distribution – please pre-order by 4/19!

Working on THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF is absolutely one of the top ten highlights of my entire career, so I’m thrilled to report that BOOM Studios has picked it up for distribution to comic book shops and book stores!

The book is based on the identically named song by Jonathan Coulton, drawn by Takeshi Miyazawa, colored by Jessica Kholinne, and lettered by Simon Bowland — an absolutely stunning creative team. We funded it through Kickstarter a few years back and it’s consistently been the most popular book on my table at comic book conventions ever since, outselling the Hulk and Superman and everybody else.

The story features a princess named Gloria Cheng Epstein Takahara de la Garza Champion who loves to play electric guitar — which draws the ire of a nearby queen who plays classical guitar. And they have to work it out! Please do check out a few preview pages below — and feel free to preorder it from your local comic shop or Bookshop.org!

Pak and Kumar team up for a Hawke & Kong story for the DC Festival of Heroes anthology book!

DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration, cover by Jim Lee

Thrilled to report that I’ve written a team up story with Connor Hawke and Kong Kenan for the upcoming DC FESTIVAL OF HEROES: THE ASIAN SUPERHERO CELEBRATION anthology book!

The story’s drawn by the amazing Sumit Kumar with colors by Romulo Fajardo, letters by Steve Wands, and editing by Jessica Chen and Andrea Shea. Absolute dream team all ’round.

Please feel free to ask your comic shop to preorder the book, which hits stores on May 11. Other contributors include Gene Luen Yang, Amy Chu, Bernard Chang, Ram V, Minh Lê, Trung Le Nguyen, Sarah Kuhn, and so many other amazing creators.

Click here to read more about the book at Major Spoilers!

2021.04.13 – Kickstarter Secrets online class this Tuesday at 8 pm!

Sign in page image for "Learning Kickstarter Secrets" event.

It’s been a while! Sending all the best to everyone during these difficult days. I’m just chiming in to let you know that I’m teaching a one hour online class about running a Kickstarter campaign this Tuesday, April 13 at 8 pm ET, and I’m donating my take from the event to Compassion Oakland, a group of volunteers who have been providing chaperones for seniors in Oakland’s Chinatown.

If you’re interested, please do register today! There are just seven slots left as I write this. I’ll be devoting a good chunk of time to Q&A, so this’ll be a great time to get practical answers to specific questions if you have them.

Thanks so much and all the best!

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.

2021.01.13 – DARTH VADER #9 in stores today!

Darth Vader #9 cover by Aaron Kuder

DARTH VADER #9 hits comic book shops and Comixology today! Interior art by Raffaele Ienco, colors by Neeraj Menon, letters by Joe Caramagna, cover by Aaron Kuder.

Here’s the solicit:

THE ASSASSIN RETURNS!

In his search for vengeance in the depths of MUSTAFAR, DARTH VADER has seized the mysterious key to the EMPEROR’S greatest secret.

But the key itself needs a key – which only the deadly assassin OCHI OF BESTOON seems to have. Vader and Ochi are in for the fight of their lives with the fate of the Emperor in the balance – but how much of this is all PALPATINE’S plan?

And what happens when the SITH LORD and the SITH ASSASSIN start to figure that plan out?

Check out a lettered preview here!

2020.12.23 – FIREFLY: BLUE SUN RISING #1 in stores today!

Firefly Blue Sun Rising #1 cover

FIREFLY: BLUE SUN RISING #1 hits comic shops today, written by yours truly with interior line art from Dan McDaid, colors by Marcelo Costa, letters by Jim Campbell, and covers by Nimit Malavia, Christian Ward, and Lorenzo De Felici.

The book concludes an epic year of storytelling about the Serenity crew’s conflicts with the Blue Sun corporation, and we pulled out all stops for this one with big changes and big emotional moments.

Check out the preview here and ask your local shop to hold a copy for you today!

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!

2020.11.11 – DARTH VADER #7 in stores this Wednesday!

DARTH VADER #7 hits comic book shops and Comixology this Wednesday!

Here’s the official solicit:

PAIN LEADS TO ANGER AND ANGER LEADS TO AN ELEMENT FROM EPISODE IXX!
o As DARTH VADER battered and broken by the EMPEROR as punishment for his rebellion, drags himself across the blasted surface of MUSTAFAR with vengeance on his mind!  
o But can he survive the onslaught of a certain mysterious SITH ASSASSIN?  
o And how will his world change when he learns his enemy’s GREATEST SECRET?!!
Rated T

The book’s written by yours truly with interior line art by Raffaele Ienco, colors by Neeraj Menon, letters by Joe Caramagna, cover by Daniel Acuna, and editing by Mark Paniccia and Tom Groneman.

Check out the preview at StarWars.com and ask your local retailer to hold a copy for you today!

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.

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