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!

COOKING WILL BREAK YOUR HEART cookbook memoir launches on Kickstarter!

Huge thanks to everyone who’s jumping on board the Kickstarter for my cookbook memoir, COOKING WILL BREAK YOUR HEART! The project just launched on Tuesday – please feel free to visit and back it!

So what’s this all about?

Cooking Will Break Your Heart

Over the years, I’ve posted hundreds of process photos on social media of the meals I’m cooking. And people will periodically ask when I’m writing a cookbook. Well, the answer is now! So if you’re interested in simple, straightforward recipes for the delicious food I’ve been posting with step-by-step process photographs, this is the book for you!

Process photos of cooking dduk guk.

Recipes may include miyukguk, Japanese-style chicken curry, chazuke, dduk guk, kalguksu, English breakfast, mushroom sauce over rice, kalbi, tacos, chili, omelets, poached eggs, ramen, fried chicken, Japanese-style mapo tofu, kimchi jjigae, jook, steamed fish, various vegetables and side dishes, and holiday dinners. You can see lots of photos of some of these meals on the Kickstarter campaign page!

But that’s not all!

I’m old enough that I’ve lost most of the people who cooked the most meals for me in my life. So this book will be dedicated to my beloved mother, Jane Pak, and my grandmothers Wechun Pak and Grace Riechers.

My beloved mother, Jane Pak.
My grandmothers, Wechun Pak and Grace Riechers.

Food is history and culture and family and love and joy and grief. So this cookbook will also be a memoir, packed with essays, poems, comics, and photos exploring the emotional stories behind each meal. It’ll be one of the most personal things I’ve ever written and I can’t wait to share it with you.

My mom’s old index card recipe box.

The Kickstarter just went live yesterday afternoon — here’s that link again! The cookbook is digital only, but some of the rewards include physical copies of earlier books, so if you need copies of the PRINCESS WHO SAVED books or the super rare variant cover edition of ABC DISGUSTING, this is a great place to grab it!

Thanks so much for your consideration, and all the best, as always.

Process photos of cooking kalbi.

2021.10.27 – STRANGER THINGS: TOMB OF YBWEN #2, DARTH VADER #17, and FIREFLY #33 in stores today!

Thrilled to report that I’ve got three (count ’em, three!) comics in stores today! Please ask your local comic shop to hold ’em for you today! Thanks so much!

Stranger Things Tomb of Ybwen #2 cover

STRANGER THINGS: TOMB OF YBWEN #2

Written by Greg Pak with line art by Diego Galindo, colors by Francesco Segala, letters by Nate Piekos, and cover by Mark Aspinall.

Darth Vader #17 cover

DARTH VADER #17

Written by Greg Pak  with line art by Raffaele Ienco, colors by Alex Sinclair, letters by Joe Caramagna, and cover by Aaron Kuder and Richard Isanove.

FIREFLY #33

Written by Greg Pak, line art by Simona Di Gianfelice, colors by Francesco Segala, letters by Jim Campbell, cover by Bengal.

COOKING WILL BREAK YOUR HEART cookbook/memoir coming to Kickstarter on October 26!

Cooking Will Break Your Heart

I’m thrilled to reveal that I’ve got a new project called COOKING WILL BREAK YOUR HEART that’ll hit Kickstarter on October 26! Please do visit the Kickstarter page and follow it to be notified when it goes live!

COOKING WILL BREAK YOUR HEART is a digital cookbook full of practical, easy recipes for the delicious things I love to cook – but because food is history and culture and memory and family and love and joy and grief, COOKING WILL BREAK YOUR HEART will also be a memoir that might be the most personal thing I’ve ever put out into the world as a professional writer.

I’m hugely excited about the project and can’t wait to share it with you — thanks so much for your consideration!

2021.09.29 – STRANGER THINGS: TOMB OF YBWEN #1 in stores today!

Stranger Things Tomb of Ybwen #1

Absolutely thrilled that STRANGER THINGS: TOMB OF YBWEN #1 hits comic book shops today! The book’s written by yours truly with gorgeous art by Diego Galindo, colors by Francesco Segala, letters by Nate Piekos, and main cover by Marc Aspinall. Here’s the official solicit:

It’s January 1985 the Hawkins crew survived their battle with the mind flayer, but Will and Joyce are still reeling from the recent death of Bob Newby. Will’s friends have been too busy with their girlfriends to notice how much he is struggling. After he and Mr. Clarke discover a mysterious map Bob left in a box of old nerdy memorabilia, Will rallies the crew to investigate.

Is there a secret hidden in the hills of Hawkins?

The book just garnered a rave review from AIPT Comics that says it “has all the makings of the perfect Halloween story with your favorite Netflix characters.” Read the whole thing here!

I first pitched this series over a year ago, long before the death of my mother. But the way these characters struggle with loss has special resonance for me now, and I’m tremendously grateful to the incredible creative team for making the story sing.

Please feel free to ask your local comic shop to hold a copy for you today! Hope you enjoy, and all the best.

I Cry All the Fucking Time

I cry all the fucking time

I say it with a growl so it’s funny
Like an aging hero in an ’80s action movie
Vulnerable
But still a fucking man ha ha ha ha

seriously though I cry all the fucking time.

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