Larry Hama, Christine Norrie, Greg Pak, Tak Toyoshima, and GB Tran appear at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 6-9pm!
Beyond The Funny Pages: Comics, Culture and Communication Panel
The panel focuses on applications of comic art in venues beyond entertainment — from politics to preservation of history to a new language for instruction. The panel features those who are subverting or pushing the boundaries of the form such as Larry Hama, Christine Norrie, Greg Pak, Tak Toyoshima and GB Tran. Moderated by Jeff Yang.
Larry Hama is a cartoonist, illustrator, writer, actor, and musician who has worked in the fields of entertainment and publishing since the 1960s. While Hama has worked on numerous projects, he is best known to American comic book readers as a writer and editor for Marvel Comics, where he wrote the licensed comic book series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, and created the “file cards” on the backs of the Hasbro G.I. Joe toy packages. The comic ran 155 issues (February 1982-October 1994). He has also written for the series Wolverine, Avengers, Batman, Conan, The Punisher, Blaze, Nth Man, and Elektra. He created the character Bucky O’Hare, which was developed into a comic book, a toy line and television cartoon. Most recently, Hama is the writer of the Barack the Barbarian series, a Conan the Barbarian parody starring United States President Barack Obama. For more information about Larry Hama, please visit the A/P/A Institute homepage: www.apa.nyu.edu
Christine Norrie is an artist and writer of graphic novels and comic books. Her first major work, Hopeless Savages, was an indie hit with the first series nominated for an Eisner Award. Noted books are her original graphic novel Cheat and the teen drama Breaking Up. She has been published by major and independent companies including DC Comics, Oni Press, and Scholastic Books. She is also an illustrator and designer in advertising, fashion, and print. She has created book jackets for Abrams, concepts and storyboards for Andrew Zuckerman, and art for Glamour and Courvoisier. She lives in New York City’s Greenwich Village with her daughter.
Greg Pak is an award-winning comic book writer and filmmaker best known for the feature film “Robot Stories” and comics storylines such as “Planet Hulk,” “Incredible Hercules” (co-written with Fred Van Lente and co-starring Pak’s creation, Amadeus Cho), and “Magneto Testament.” Pak was named one of 25 Filmmakers to Watch by Filmmaker Magazine, described as “a talent with a future” by the New York Times, and named “Breakout Talent” of the year by Wizard Magazine. He is currently writing “Alpha Flight” (with Van Lente) and “Astonishing X-Men” for Marvel and “Dead Man’s Run” for Aspen and Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla. For more about Pak’s work, please visit www.gregpak.com twitter.com/gregpak and gplus.to/gregpak.
Tak Toyoshima is the creator/illustrator of Secret Asian Man comics. Since 1999, Tak has been creating strips that examine race, politics, religion, Star Wars nerds and anything else that gets people’s undies in a bunch. In 2007, Secret Asian Man became the first nationally syndicated comic strip featuring an Asian American lead character when it was signed by United Features.
GB Tran is a Brooklyn cartoonist/illustrator whose new graphic memoir Vietnamerica details his family’s journey of survival through the Vietnam War and their refugee migration to the US. Vietnamerica has been featured on ABC’s World News Now, Kirkus’ “12 Can’t-Miss Graphic Novels of 2011″, and Amazon’s Top 25 Adult Summer Reads. The book, which Library Journal describes as “Engaging, challenging, and disturbing, Tran’s family memoir belongs in all public and academic libraries”, has also recently earned GB a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in nonfiction literature. For a preview of Vietnamerica, additional comics, and his illustration work, visit gbtran.com.
Jeff Yang began reading and collecting comics at the age of eight, and hasn’t allowed distractions like adulthood, marriage and fatherhood to deter him since. He wrote the column “Asian Pop” for the San Francisco Chronicle for six years, and penned a series of acclaimed and bestselling books — Eastern Standard Time; I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action (the action icon’s official autobiography); Once Upon a Time in China; and, most recently, the seminal graphic novel collection Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology. He began his career as founding editor and publisher of the pioneering Asian American periodical A. Magazine and as a cultural critic for New York’s alternative weekly the Village Voice. He can frequently be heard as a contributor on NPR’s Tell Me More, PRI’s The Takeaway, and other public radio programs. His column can be found at: www.sfgate.com/columns/asianpop/archive/
A/P/A Institute at NYU
7th Floor Gallery, 41-51 E. 11th Street, New York, NY
Marvel takes San Diego by storm this July during Comic Con International! Marvel will be in full force to provide an exclusive look into all things Marvel (Booth #2329)! No one can compare to what Marvel has planned because we’re running a veritable cornucopia of panels that will span the four daylong event. If you’re a True Believer (and we know you are) you can’t afford to miss out on these exclusive Marvel panels! Trust us no fan will be disappointed because whether you’re a lifelong Marvelite, or a casual fan there will be something for you to enjoy.
Thursday, July 21st
10:15 – 11:15 AM MARVEL: BREAKING INTO COMICS THE MARVEL WAY – You have the talent. You have the imagination. You have the “Go get ‘em Tiger” determination that would make the Bullpen proud. But where do you go from there? Discover the next step in your budding comics career with world-renowned talent scout C.B. Cebulski, Skottie Young (Ozma of Oz), Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), and Marvel SVP of Brand Planning & Communications Mike Pasciullo, as they give you all the right pointers towards getting a foot in the door at Marvel Comics. Discussing all entry points across every department, this can’t miss panel is must for all Marvel hopefuls! Room 6DE
1:00 – 2:00 PM MARVEL DIGITAL: WHAT’S NEXT?! COMICS…AND BEYOND! – Join members of the Marvel Digital Media Group for the first word on Marvel digital comics, casual games, original streaming video productions, social media outreach and the future of Marvel’s ever-expanding digital endeavors. Room 7AB
4:30 – 5:30 PM MARVEL: NEXT BIG THING – The Marvel Universe is where the biggest comic stories happen—so wouldn’t you like to be the first to know what we’ve got planned? Get the latest news on Marvel’s plan for their biggest heroes and villains, with some surprises along the way! Join panelists Greg Pak (Incredible Hulks), Jonathan Hickman (FF), Jim McCann (Marvel Zombies Christmas Carol), Nick Spencer (Ultimate Comics X-Men), Editor in Chief Axel Alonso and more as they answer all your burning questions while giving you a sneak-peek at the future of Marvel! Room 6DE
Friday, July 22nd
12:30 – 1:30 PM MARVEL: YEAR OF THE X-MEN – The bonds of brotherhood have been broken between Cyclops and Wolverine, as their feud reaches its boiling point – tearing the X-Men apart in X-Men: Schism. But after the dust settles, what’s next for the X-Men and their allies? Enter X-Men Regenesis, where we answer all your questions and reveal exclusive details about what’s next! You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Writers Marjorie Liu (X-23), Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force), Chris Yost (X-Men: First to Last) and Editor in Chief Axel Alonso are on hand to lay out what’s going on with the X-Men for this all-new, all-DEADLY panel! Room 6DE
1:45 – 2:45 PM MARVEL: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AVENGING FRIENDS – Spider-Man’s riding high after hitting the Big Time, but it’ll all come crashing down this summer in Spider-Island! It’s the fight of his life and we’ve got an in depth look inside the event that changes the course of Peter Parker’s life. But ol’ Web-Head isn’t the only New Yorker with a major storyline this summer! Daredevil makes his return, Punisher wages a new war, Venom explores the dark side of saving the world and more of your favorite heroes are back with a vengeance! Sit down with our spectacular panel of creators, including Zeb Wells (Avenging Spider-Man), Rick Remender (Venom), Mark Waid (Daredevil), Greg Rucka (Punisher), Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), Senior Editor Steve Wacker, Editor in Chief Axel Alonso and more as they lay the groundwork for New York City’s greatest heroes. And don’t forget to grab your exclusive Daredevil pin – only at this panel! Room 6DE
4:30 – 5:30 PM MARVEL TELEVISION PRESENTS: ANIME ON G4 – Marvel Television and G4 take your favorite characters – Iron Man, Wolverine, The X-Men and Blade – to Japan to tell their stories in a whole new way, beautifully animated by the anime masters at Madhouse. Also, watch a never-before-seen episode with Marvel’s Head of TV, Jeph Loeb and surprise guests! Plus, get a sneak peek at The X-Men’s explosive first episode. Room 6BCF
Saturday, July 23rd
10:30 – 11:30 AM MARVEL TELEVISION PRESENTS – Marvel’s Head of TV, Jeph Loeb, brings the inside scoop on Marvel’s latest series that take your favorite heroes from page to screen. Get a first look at the premiere of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes season 2, a sneak peek at a certain ULTIMATE webslinger, and a few other surprises from Marvel Television. Room 6BCF
12:30 – 1:30 PM MARVEL INTERACTIVE: MARVEL VIDEO GAMES – Learn all about Spider-Man: Edge of Time, X-Men Destiny, Captain America: Super Soldier, Super Hero Squad Online, Super Hero Squad 3DS and uDraw, Marvel Pinball and the Marvel Universe MMO. Also, find out some exciting new details about the future of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and other Marvel games via exclusive trailers, surprise reveals, and Q&A with the game creators from some of the industry’s top publishers. Room 6A
2:45 – 3:45 PM MARVEL: CUP O’ JOE – This is it, Mighty Marvel fans- the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full of surprises panel you wait all year for, and it’s here! Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing with surprise guests. You never know who will show up, but you better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about! Room 6BCF
Sunday, July 24th
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM MARVEL: WOMEN OF MARVEL PRESENTED BY OXYGEN
Forget Spider-Woman & Emma Frost, meet the real Ms. Marvels of the comic world! Join women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel to hear what it’s like working as a woman in comics today. These ladies are busting through the four-color ceiling! Guests include host Grace Randolph (The Weekly Watcher), writer Marjorie Liu (X-23), artist Christina Strain (Runaways) and more, brought to you by Oxygen. Room 5AB
12:30 – 1:30 PM MARVEL: FEAR ITSELF – The biggest comic book event of the year has everyone talking—but just want comes after it concludes? We’ve got the exclusive news here, with the big announcements that’ll change the future of the Marvel Universe—and set your favorite characters in exciting new directions. Be the first to know the biggest news of the weekend as the creators behind the comic blockbuster event answer your questions and leave you cheering! Join Senior Editor Steve Wacker, Senior Vice President C.B. Cebulski, Nick Spencer (Iron Man 2.0), and more for the news you can’t miss. Room 6DE
And to learn more about the Amazing Spider-Man and Ghost Rider, Spirit of Vengeance films, check out Sony’s panel on Friday, July 22nd at 2pm in Hall H!
Do yourself a favor True Believers, head on over to the San Diego Convention Center July 21st to the 24th. No fan can miss out on the fantastic line up of superstar talent, exciting panels, and loads of top secret information that Marvel will be dishing up in San Diego!
Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on the Marvel Events App and events.marvel.com, the best way to get exclusive videos, real-time announcements from the convention floor and up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, and signing schedules of all your favorite Marvel creators!
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Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente sign at Golden Apple Comics on Wednesday June 15th from 6-8pm.
**JUST ADDED**: Alexander Irvine and Christos Gage!!
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Greg Pak signs at Criminal Records on Saturday, May 21 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Pak will also give out free copies of the “Vision Machine” trade paperback.
From http://www.gregpak.com/ -
“Greg Pak is a filmmaker and comic book writer best known for directing the award-winning feature film “Robot Stories,” writing the epic “Planet Hulk” and “World War Hulk” comic book storylines, and co-writing (with Fred Van Lente) the fan favorite “Incredible Hercules” series for Marvel Comics. He was named one of 25 Filmmakers to Watch by Filmmaker Magazine, described as “a talent with a future” by the New York Times, and named “Breakout Talent” of the year by Wizard Magazine.”
1154-A Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Phil Jimenez, and Mark Paniccia sign Alpha Flight on Thursday, June 9th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm.
Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton St, New York, NY
Tak Toyoshima posts on his blog:
I’m excited to come down to NYC for the New York City Asian American Student Conference held Saturday, April 16 at NYU. I’ll be on a panel with Greg Pak (Planet Hulk, Robot Stories, Incredible Hercules) that will be moderated by Jeff Yang (Asian Pop, Secret Identities). I’m psyched to work with Greg and Jeff again. The event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! So register online now and join us as we talk about superheroes and geek out
Writer Greg Pak is giving away free copies of his graphic novel Vision Machine to anyone who donates a minimum of $20 to any charity assisting in the Japan tsunami relief effort.
He writes in his newsletter: The latest reports from Japan estimate 25,000 dead or missing from the earthquakes and tsunami. After thinking over ways to help raise relief money, I’ve come up with what I hope is a simple plan. Here’s how it works:
Donate $20 to any charity doing relief work in Japan.
Then send an email with your US mailing address to email@example.com.
In your email, tell me what charity you donated to and confirm that you are 18 or over. (And sorry for limiting it to US mailing addresses — little to complicated for me to mail large numbers of packages overseas right now.) And I’ll send you a free “Vision Machine” trade paperback!
The charity is your choice. $20 minimum donation. If you tell me you donated, I’ll believe you and send you a trade – honor system, folks!
Finally, please include your Twitter handle in your email if you’d like a shout out online!
So far, we’ve raised $707 for Japan relief. I’d love to hit $1000 by the end of Friday. You can follow along at http://twitter.com/gregpak — I’ll post updates as donations come in.
Many thanks for your consideration and generosity!
Writer Greg Pak speaks at the Students for Free Culture Conference at 11:20 am on Saturday, February 19 in New York City. He’ll also give away copies of the “Vision Machine” trade paperback to all attendees.
The conference will be held at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University
251 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012
Greg Pak and ChrisCross sign on February 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jim Hanley’s Universe.
Jim Hanley’s Universe
4 West 33rd St, New York, NY 10001