Basically it's a Google hangout wherein the hosts and guests talk about basketball with a special emphasis on the Houston Rockets and Jeremy Lin. Tonight's other guest is the fantastic Howard Chen from Comcast Sportsnet, whom you might recognize if you watch the Rockets games.
Many thanks to Keith Chow who hooked me up. See ya tonight!
Google and “Vision Machine” agree — in the future, people will rock their interactive augmented reality eyewear while wearing big earth tone hoodies!
Today Google released a new promotional video for Google Glass, a pair of glasses that provide the viewer with an interactive overlay on the real world.
If you're interested in how Google Glass might affect your life in the next few years, read "Vision Machine" today. "Vision Machine" is a FREE graphic novel and iPad app written by Greg Pak and drawn by R.B. Silva that explores what happens when Sprout Computers releases the iEye, a pair of glasses that lets you instantly record, edit, add special effects to, and share anything you can see or imagine.
It's a brand new world of insane creative opportunities -- and tremendous privacy and surveillance challenges.
The great writer Peter David suffered a stroke over the holidays and is now the beginning stages of recovery. His wonderful wife Kathleen has been posting updates at www.peterdavid.net, and her latest note touches on the financial strain that this event will have on the family.
The quickest way for folks like us to help out is to buy Peter's books, especially those published by Crazy 8 Books, which pay the most royalties the most quickly to Peter and his family.
Peter is a fantastic storyteller whose legendary Hulk work made a big impression on me and who has always been a fun companion at conventions and signings over the years. So of course I'm buying all these books as soon as I finish this post. Here are some quick links you can use to buy them yourself:
Donate to the family of subway victim Ki Suk Han and get a signed Greg Pak comic book
By Greg Pak
The amazing people at Korean Community Services have established a fund for the family of Ki Suk Han, the man who was murdered in the New York City subway last week.
In hopes of encouraging donations, I will send a signed comic book from any series I've written to anyone who donates more than $25 to the fund. We'll work on the honor system here -- send an email to vm at pakbuzz dot com answering the following questions and I'll hook you up:
1. Please include your Twitter handle if you'd like a shout out online for the donation. And please tell me how much you donated so I can keep track and inspire others to contribute.
2. Please specify a character or comic book series that I've written that you like so I can pick a good comic to send you. UPDATE: If there is a specific issue I've written that you're missing, let me know what it is and I'll see what I can do.
3. Please confirm that you're 18 or older.
4. Please include a US mailing address. (Sorry for not being able to ship overseas!)
Here's how to donate:
DONATIONS for the Han family can be sent to: Korean Community Services (KCS), 35-56 159th St., Flushing, N.Y. 11358. Checks should be made payable to “Korean Community Services” with the memo: “Community Fund for Mr. Han.”
Linda Lee, Executive Director of Korean Community Services, tells me that donations by check may be preferable because there are no deductions by the credit card companies, etc. But if the online system works best for you, please go for it!
Please note that the offer is first come, first served, so please donate early!
Help get Yunah Hong's Anna May Wong documentary on public television!
By Greg Pak
My friend Yunah Hong is two-thirds of the way towards funding the film footage licensing fees necessary to distribute her documentary about Anna May Wong. Check out her Kickstarter pitch below, and feel free to donate if you see fit! Just seven days left!
Read about Bill Mantlo's tragedy; donate to his ongoing care
By Greg Pak
LifeHealthPro's Bill Coffin has written a tremendously moving article about the great comic book writer Bill Mantlo, who was struck by a hit-and-run driver in 1992 and suffered traumatic brain injury. Please, go read the article, then click the button below to send your donation to Bill's brother Mike for Bill's ongoing care.
Bill Mantlo has had a huge influence on me as a writer and reader. His "Micronauts" stories blew my mind as a kid and his "Incredible Hulk" run laid the groundwork for the themes I explored my five-and-a-half year run with the character. In the afterward to "Incredible Hulk" #635, I dedicated my run to Mantlo, and a couple of months ago devoted my Newsarama column to singing his praises and letting folks know how to donate to his ongoing care.
Thank you so much, Bill Coffin and LifeHealthPro, for shining a light on someone who brought so much joy to so many people.
And here's a note from Bill's brother Mike, reprinted from that Newsarama column:
First off, I send out a big THANK YOU to everyone that has helped support Bill over these past 19 years (!). Every donation, no matter how big or small, and every card or letter is greatly appreciated. Bill's condition remains the same (he suffers severe cognitive impairments, anger, and depression), and these factors keep him very much isolated from "the outside world." Aside from my visits, and the kindness of my beautiful wife and some of the attendants at the nursing home/rehabilitation facility he resides in, his contact with other human beings is virtually non-existent. But the support and encouragement of fans, and industry professionals like yourself, helps to bring a little ray of sunlight into his dark and dreary days. When I (or my wife) engage Bill in conversation, his spirit emerges and is as strong and pure as it ever was! So, once again, I can't thank ALL of you enough!! I strongly believe in the power of practicing random acts of kindness, and with that belief I hope that ALL of your kindnesses will be returned to you many, many times over!
Cards, letters or donations to Bill Mantlo can be sent to:
26364 East Pintail Road
Long Neck, DE 19966
Please make out any checks to “Michael Mantlo” — Bill’s legal guardian.
After a few days of trying to figure out how to help raise some dollars for Japan, 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 japan at pakbuzz dot 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.)
Support Pakistan flood relief by buying signed Greg Pak comics!
By Greg Pak
According to the Daily Herald, the UN says the Pakistan flood is the largest humanitarian crisis ever.
Now you can help support Pakistan flood relief -- and get some signed comics! I'm auctioning off twenty grab bags of signed comics via eBay's Giving Works program for just $29.99 a pop. All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders for Pakistan flood relief. You get five comics in each grab bag.
Donate to Pakistan flood relief, get free signed comic book
By Greg Pak
The Pakistan floods have killed thousands and put millions in danger. According to UNICEF, 3.5 million kids are in desperate need in Pakistan. Meanwhile, donations for Pakistan flood relief have totaled less than a third of what was raised for Haiti - for a crisis with ten times as many victims.
It's incredibly easy to help. If you have a cellphone, just text "FLOODS" to 864233 to donate $10. The money goes to UNICEF.
As an added incentive, once you've donated, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and I'll send you a free signed comic book. (You must be 18 or over and I can only ship to the US.)
"Incredible Hercules" artist Reilly Brown auctions original art for Haiti
The fantastic Reilly Brown, fan favorite penciller of the "Incredible Thorcules" storyline that ran in "Incredible Hercules" #132, 134, and 136, is auctioning off some original art as part of the Heroes4Haiti initiative to benefit the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
The auctions include the first appearance of Thorcules (Herc dressed as Thor, natch) from "Incredible Hercules" #132 and page 20 from "Cable & Deadpool" #50.
The bundle includes every "Planet Hulk" and "World War Hulk" issue, the "1602: New World" mini, all of Pak's "Skaar: Son of Hulk" comics, a few "Incredible Hercules" issues that feature the Hulk, and Pak's current run on "Incredible Hulk" up to issue #606. Here's the big list:
Every Hulk-related comic book ever written by "Planet Hulk" and "World War Hulk" writer Greg Pak -- signed, plus extras!
"1602: New World" #1-5 - featuring the 1602 Banner and Hulk
"Amazing Fantasy" v2 #15 - First appearance of Amadeus Cho
"Incredible Hulk" #92-105 and "Giant Size Hulk" #1 - the "Planet Hulk" epic
"Planet Hulk Gladiator Guidebook"
"World War Hulk" #1-5
"Incredible Hulk" #106-111 - tie-ins to "World War Hulk"
"World War Hulk: Aftersmash"
"What If Planet Hulk"
"Marvel Spotlight: World War Hulk"
"World War Hulk: Gamma Files"
"Incredible Hulk" #112, "Incredible Hercules" #126, and "Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide" - "Incredible Hercules" issues involving the Hulk
"Skaar: Son of Hulk" #1-12
"Skaar: Son of Hulk: Savage World of Sakaar"
"Hulk Family: Green Genes" #1
"Planet Skaar Prologue" #1
"Incredible Hulk" #601-606 - Pak's current "Incredible Hulk" run, including the first installment of the "Fall of the Hulks" story
"Dark Reign: The List: The Hulk" #1
Black Bolt variant covers for "World War Hulk" #1
Sketch variant cover for "World War Hulk" #3
Frank 3rd printing variant for "Incredible Hulk" #106
Frank 2nd printing variant for "Incredible Hulk" #107
Garney 2nd printing variant for "Skaar" #1
McGuinness Hulk variant cover for "Skaar" #12
The special election to fill Edward Kennedy's Senate seat is down to the wire, and there's still time to vote. So if you're registered to vote in Massachusetts, please drop this blog and get to the polls!
Heroes4Haiti auction: Greg Pak sells "Planet Hulk" concept art to benefit Doctors Without Borders
By Greg Pak
Heroes4Haiti is an initiative organized by Mike Cavallaro to encourage comic book creators to sell original art, services, or books via eBay's charity tools to benefit Haiti relief.
I'm kicking in with original character design concept art that I created during the "Planet Hulk" run. There are two pieces of art being sold together. The featured characters are Miek and his "Native King" daddy and the "Green King" Hulk. These images were published in the collected edition of "Planet Hulk" -- here's your chance to own the originals! All funds received will go to Doctors Without Borders via the eBay charity system.
Heroes 4 Haiti encourages comic book creators to use eBay to raise relief money
By Greg Pak
Heidi MacDonald has just passed on word about Heroes 4 Haiti, a website organized by artist Mike Cavallaro with a plan for how comic book creators can help raise money for Haiti relief. The idea is for individual creators to create their own eBay auctions using the eBay charity tools to sell art or books. The proceeds will then go directly to Haiti relief. Creators can then post links to their auctions at the Heroes 4 Haiti site.
Sounds like a great idea and I'll try to contribute shortly.
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