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2014.11.19 – “Batman/Superman” #16 and “Storm” #5 in stores today!

I’ve got two big books in stores today! Call your local store and ask them to hold you a copy or buy ‘em digitally at Comixology!

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“Batman/Superman” #16, drawn by Ardian Syaf, starts a brand new storyline that asks “Who is Superman’s Joker?” Pretty darn excited about this. Ardian’s our new ongoing artist, and he’s amazing — combining some of that fine detail of Jim Lee with the expressive character work of a Kubert. Inks by Sandra Hope Archer and David Meikis, colors by Ulises Arreola, letters by Rob Leigh, and editing by Eddie Berganza. Check out the preview here!

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“Storm” #5 features our hero cutting loose in the death fields of the Four Clans — possibly risking her own soul while finishing her dead lover Wolverine’s dangerous business. Art by the always stunning Victor Ibañez, inks by Victor and Craig Yeung, colors by Ruth Redmond, letters by Joe Sabino, and editing by Daniel Ketchum. Check out the preview here.

Hope you enjoy!

2014.11.14 – Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente sign “Make Comics Like the Pros” at Midtown Comics Downtown, NYC

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Fred Van Lente and I are signing our new how-to book, “Make Comics Like the Pros,” this Friday at Midtown Comics Downtown in NYC!

Friday, November 14
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton St, New York, New York 10038
(212) 302-8192

Come see, come see!

And like or comment on this Facebook post for a chance to get a seat at the special Q&A after the signing! Fred and I will both have nifty freebies for Q&A attendees!

2014.11.08 – Greg Pak signs comics at Alternate Universe in New Haven, CT

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Hey, Connecticut! I’m signing comics at the Alternate Universe comic book shop in New Haven this Saturday starting at 12 noon!

The signing coincides with Alternate Universe’s 25 percent off holiday sale. So dontcha dare miss it!

Greg Pak Signing!

Saturday, November 8, 12 noon

Alternate Universe

1181 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT

203-562-0108

2014.11.05 – “Action Comics” #36 and “Turok” #9 in stores today!

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Two big books out today, friends!

“Action Comics” #36, written by yours truly with art by Aaron Kuder and colors by Wil Quintana, launches the gloriously creepy new “Horrorville” storyline. Ever wonder how horror would work in a Superman story? Here’s your answer! Check out the lettered preview at the Onion’s AV Club.

“Turok: Dinosaur Hunter” #9, co-written by Paul Tobin and me, also launches a new story. Our Native American hero heads to England, where King John reveals his true face! Art by Lee Ferguson, Ruairi Coleman, and Stephen Downey. Check out the preview at Dynamite.com.

As always, ask your local comics shop to hold copies for you. Or if you buy digitally, visit Comixology today!

2014.10.25 – Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente signing at JHU in NYC!

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I’m doing a signing with the great Fred Van Lente at JHU Comic Books in NYC this Saturday, October 25, from 5 to 6 pm!

The event is at 32 E. 32nd Street, NY, NY 10016. And yes, they will have copies of “Make Comics Like the Pros,” the how-to book co-written by Fred and me!

It’s all part of JHU’s awesome Halloween ComicFest.

Check out the details here and RSVP at Facebook here.

Things I Finally Did Right in the NYCC Artists Alley

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In our book “Make Comics Like the Pros,” my co-writer Fred Van Lente provides some spectacular advice about how to work a comic book convention. This year at the New York Comic Con, I took Fred’s advice seriously and did my Artists Alley table up right for the first time. And I had my best con ever! So here’s what I did:

1. I’d printed up the “Code Monkey Save World” banner last year. But for the NYCC, I ponied up a few bucks to print a second banner featuring gorgeous Aaron Kuder/Wil Quintana art from our current “Action Comics” run. I figured folks who don’t know me probably know Superman, and might pause a few more seconds at the table if they saw his face. And they did!

2. I got vertical! In “Make Comics Like the Pros,” Fred writes about the need to stand out in a crowded con by raising your stuff up into the field of vision of passersby. So I went to Staples and bought a few clear magazine holders, which worked beautifully for displaying single issue comics and bigger books. The three-level magazine holders in particular provided a great way to catch folks’ eyes with the titles of a variety of books.

3. I sat down for an hour or two and printed actual labels for everything. At past cons, I had handwritten labels with prices of things. That’ll work, but I think the clearly printed labels helped make everything feel more professional and encouraged sales. The clear label over the “Code Monkey Save World” books reading “Based on the songs of JONATHAN COULTON” saved me from having to explain the book as often as I’ve done in the past. Multiple Coulton fans read that label and bought the book without my having to say much at all.

4. It’s a little hard to tell from the photo, but that little black box is a portable speaker through which I played Jonathan Coulton music whenever I was sitting at the table. Bouncy music subtly encourages people to linger and buy. And multiple Coulton fans heard the music, then discovered the table and bought the book.

5. For the first time this year, I brought a short box of single issues of some of my work-for-hire comics, which I sold at cover price. I ended up selling all but one issue of “Action Comics” and every issue of “Storm,” “Doomed,” and “Batman/Superman” that I brought. The experience reminds me of advice a friend gave me about Kickstarters, which was to have a reward at every price point. At my table, I had the $20 “Code Monkey Save World” and the $23 “Make Comics Like the Pros” books for the big buyers. But I also had a bunch of $3 and $4 comics for casual browsers who might just like a little something to remember the con by.

6. Fred told me that after he did a panel about making comics at a small convention in Maine, he sold all of the “Make Comics Like the Pros” books he had within a few minutes. So I ordered what I figured would be too many “Make Comics Like the Pros” books to sell at the NYCC. And I sold them all. A big part of moving those books was doing the “Make Comics Like a Pro” panel and the Nerdist Comics Panel, where I shamelessly plugged the book. Some folks bought the book from me right there after the panels; many others found me at the table later to buy the book.

7. Sets of individual comics sold pretty well. I had a few sets of individual comics of a few miniseries I did, which I bagged together and sold at a slight discount. All of those sets sold. It makes sense — it’s nice to get a little discount and it’s nice to get a whole story in a single bag.

8. I was seated next to “Action Comics” artist Aaron Kuder and facing frequent collaborators Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey, and Charles Soule. That meant if someone was looking at a copy of “Action,” I could say, “And you can get Aaron to sign it for you, too!” I think that helped move a lot of books.

And now here’s a list of things I thought about after the fact and will try to do for the next con:

1. Make a little sign saying I take credit cards. Most Artists Alley vendors these days have little Square thingies that let them take credit cards. But not all visitors realize that. A little sign would probably have increased my sales just a bit.

2. Make a sign listing my collaborators who are at the con and where they’re sitting in Artists Alley. As noted above, sitting near Fred and Charles and Aaron certainly helped move single issues. But probably a dozen other artists I’ve worked with were attending the con. If I’d had a little sign at my table noting what books they’d worked on and where folks could find them, it might have encouraged a few more sales. And it would just be good karma to point fans to the tables of my friends and collaborators.

3. Bring a sheet to cover the table. On the first day of the con, I forgot to bring a sheet. So every time I left the table, I had to spend a few minutes moving books off the table. I brought a sheet on the second day and probably saved a half hour to forty minutes over the course of the con as a result.

4. I’d thought of creating a little insert to stick into books that I sold people that listed my name and website and Twitter handle. But I forgot. I think that’s a pretty good idea and will try to do that for the next con. Seems like a good way to help turn customers into Twitter followers, which can then help keep them informed about my future work.

And, finally, a quick list of things I learned.

1. Iconic covers and #1 issues sell. If folks aren’t following the storylines and looking for specific books, their eyes get drawn to iconic covers featuring characters they know and books with a big #1 on them. So “Action Comics” #28, the book in the rack next to the short box featuring the iconic Superman flying towards us with the explosion behind him, sold out very quickly. And every time I put “Storm” #1 on the table with its gorgeous Victor Ibañez cover, it would sell within a half hour.

2. There are tons of parents roaming the con with small children — including tons of small girls. But I didn’t have a ton of stuff to offer those families. I ended up drawing with those kids a ton, which was a blast. But I’m pretty eager to see what’ll happen when I finally have hard copies of the “Princess Who Saved Herself” book I’m doing with Jonathan Coulton and the “Code Monkey Save World” team.

3. I actually paid $30 for a Facebook ad saying I was at the con and providing my Artists Alley table number. I have no idea how many people actually came to the table because of that ad. I should have asked folks. But if only a few buyers of “Code Monkey” or “Make Comics Like the Pros” came because of that ad, it was worth it. As dubious as I am of Facebook in general, I’ll probably do it again.

Another nice review of “Make Comics Like the Pros”

Watch Play Read has posted a review of the “Make Comics Like the Pros” book that Fred Van Lente and I wrote. Here’s a fun quote:

“If comic books were like babies then Make Comics Like the Pros is your What to Expect When You’re Expecting.”

And here’s the takeaway:

“A great book for the more advanced comic creator who is ready to transition from dreaming about making comics to actually making comics professionally.”

Read the whole review here. And buy the book here!

2014.10.15 – “Batman/Superman” #15, “Storm” #4, and “Turok” #8 in stores now!

Yep, I’ve got three books out this week! Collect ‘em all!

“Batman/Superman” #15 wraps up our mystically-induced-amnesia story with Batman teaming up with… Lois Lane!

“Storm” #4 shows how a goddess grieves when Ororo learns her lover Wolverine is dead. Geeked Out Nation calls it a “wonderful story.”

“Turok” #8 features the final showdown between our Native American, dinosaur-hunting hero and Genghis Khan in North American in 1210 A.D. Unleash the Fanboy calls it “utterly gripping.”

Ask your local comics shop to hold the books for you.

Or, if you buy digitally, pick ‘em up at Comixology!

2014.10.09 – 10.12 – Greg Pak’s New York Comic-Con schedule!

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I’ll be attending the New York Comic-Con from October 9 to 12! You can find me in Artists Alley, table X-9, for most of the con, selling copies of CODE MONKEY SAVE WORLD and MAKE COMICS LIKE THE PROS and signing your books. And then I’ll be on these nifty panels:

Thursday, 2 pm – Dynamite 10th Anniversary Celebration – with Gail Simone, Fred Van Lente, Frank Barbiere, Jim Zub, and Tim Seeley

Friday, 11 am – 12 noon – Signing at the Dynamite booth, 2022, with Fred Van Lente and Frank Barbiere

Friday, 4 – 5 pm – Marvel 75th Anniversary signing (Galleria, Javits 4th Floor)

Friday 7 pm – Make Comics Like a Pro – with Fred Van Lente, Colleen Coover, Carl Potts, and Andy Schmidt

Saturday 11:15 – 12 noon – Death of Wolverine – Marvel Comics – with Charles Soule, Mike Marts, Gerry Duggan, and Brian Michael Bendis

Saturday 1 – 1:45 pm – Nerdist Comics Panel with Ben Blacker, G. Willow Wilson and Heath Corson

Saturday, 3 – 3:45 pm – “Code Monkey Save World” signing at my Artists Alley table, X-9, with Ruben Bolling, Adam Koford (and Ryan Dunlavey and Fred Van Lente across the aisle at W-18)!

Saturday 4:15 – 5 pm – Champions of Justice – DC Comics – with Aaron Kuder, Geoff Johns, David Finch, Jimmy Palmiotti, Tim Seeley, Paul Levitz, Ray Fawkes, Tom King, Tony Daniel, Tom Angelberger, and John Cunningham

Saturday, 5:15 – 6 pm – “Make Comics Like the Pros” signing with Fred Van Lente and Colleen Coover, location TBA.

See you then!

2014.10.01 – “Action Comics” #35 and “Batman/Superman” #14 in stores today!

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Big day for Superman books written by yours truly!

Click here for a preview for “Action Comics” #35, with art by Scott Kolins and Vicente Cifuentes.

Click here for a preview for “Batman/Superman” #14, with art by Fabiano Neves and Marc Deering.

Ask your local shop to hold copies for you today!

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