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#AAIFF2015: Comic Book Master Class with Greg Pak at Museum of Chinese in America on July 26

Amadeus Cho

Amadeus Cho

The 2015 Asian American International Film Festival is presenting a Comic Book Master Class with Greg Pak at the Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street in New York on Sunday, July 26, 2015.

For over a decade, Greg Pak has been writing acclaimed comic books featuring icons like the Hulk, Batman, Superman, and Storm — as well as creator-owned books and Kickstarter breakout hits like Code Monkey Save World and the Princess Who Saved Herself.

In this in-depth, practical master class, Pak will dive into the nuts and bolts of comic book making, using the 22 year development process of his newest creator-owned comic book as a case study.Topics will include:
  • The creative storytelling challenges and practical business considerations of moving from filmmaking to writing comics.
  • The huge joys of bringing Asian American and other diverse characters to life in comics.
  • The step-by-step work of making a comic book, from concept to story to script to art to publishing, promotion, and audience building.
  • The specific challenges of funding and publishing independent comics in the digital age — both via Kickstarter and traditional publishers.
Also featuring nifty comics-related giveaways and never-before-revealed sneak peeks from Pak’s secret, new creator-owned work!
Admission:
$12 – Regular
$7 – Student/SR
Free – ACV & MOCA Members
Tickets
Greg Pak at the #FreshOffTheBoat Viewing Party at The Circle NYC on February 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Greg Pak at the #FreshOffTheBoat Viewing Party at The Circle NYC on February 4, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

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. Current projects include the acclaimed sci-fi graphic novel and iPad app “Vision Machine” as well as “X-Treme X-Men,” “Doctor Strange Season One,” and “Dead Man’s Run.” 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.Pak’s run on Marvel’s “Incredible Hulk” was named the Best Ongoing Series of 2007 by Wizard Magazine. Pak created the character of Amadeus Cho, who won a 2005 Marvel.com fan favorite poll and co-starred for four years in “Incredible Hercules.” Pak has written numerous Marvel miniseries, including “Magneto Testament,” which IGN named the Best Miniseries of 2008, and the top-selling “X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong”. Pak also wrote the “Battlestar Galactica” series for Dynamite.

Pak’s feature film “Robot Stories,” starring Tamlyn Tomita and Sab Shimono, played in 75 festivals, won 35 awards, screened theatrically across the country, and is now available on DVD from Kino. Pak’s feature screenplay “Rio Chino” won the Pipedream Screenwriting Award at the IFP Market and a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship. Pak wrote the screenplay for the feature film “MVP,” which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Pak’s short film “Fighting Grandpa” has won 20 prizes, including a Student Academy Award, and has played in over 50 film festivals. Pak’s comic shorts “Asian Pride Porn” and “All Amateur Ecstasy” were among the most viewed films at AtomFilms.com and can now be seen on the Pakcast YouTube channel. His shorts “Mouse,” “Po Mo Knock Knock,” “Cat Fight Tonight” and “The Penny Marshall Project” have won awards and screened in dozens of film festivals around the world. Pak’s most recent short film is “Mister Green,” a science fiction story starring Tim Kang and Betty Gilpin that was funded by ITVS for its upcoming Futurestates series.

Pak studied political science at Yale University, history at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and film production at the NYU graduate film program. For the latest about Greg Pak’s work, visit gregpak.com and twitter.com/gregpak

To learn more about the full schedule of events, visit http://aaiff.org/2015.

Festival Ticket Information
Tickets for general admission are $14. Tickets for seniors (65+), students and handicapped (must present valid ID) are $12. Tickets for ACV members and Community Partners are $10.50. Tickets will be available for purchase on the AAIFF website on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. For Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Events, please check website for ticket details.

General Festival Information
The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is a presentation of Asian CineVision. The festival is a celebration of inspiring Asian and Asian American works in film and video from innovative artists around the world. AAIFF 2015 takes place July 23-August 1, 2015 in Manhattan and Queens. Manhattan venues include: Cinema Village East (181-189 2nd Avenue); Asia Society (725 Park Avenue); Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street); Queens venues include: Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Astoria); Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main Street, Flushing); and Flushing Town Hall (13735 Northern Boulevard, Flushing).

About Asian CineVision:
Asian CineVision (ACV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit media arts organization devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American film and video.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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Other articles by Lia Chang:
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Award-winning Filmmaker Jennifer Phang’s Sci-Fi film ADVANTAGEOUS starring Jacqueline Kim, Ken Jeong and Samantha Kim, available on Netflix and iTunes
Q & A with Jose Llana, the new King of Siam in LCT’s Tony Award-Winning Revival of The King and I
Photos and Video:’The Visit’ Broadway cast performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble with Chita Rivera, John Kander, Graciela Daniele and Co.
Drumhead Magazine: Living Colour Drummer Will Calhoun, Photos by Lia Chang  
Photos: #EmptyMet Tour with Chief Digital Officer Sree Sreenivasan
China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition Extended through September 7 at Metropolitan Museum
Photos:Lunch with Tony Winner Lea Salonga and George Takei, Stars of ALLEGIANCE
Coming to America through The Angel Island Immigration Station
Crafting a Career

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.
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