1602 Greg PakAll-around Renaissance guy Greg Pak, the fiercely independent writer-director who has been touring for the better part of three years with his sharp and innately human sci-fi omnibus feature, Robot Stories, is picking up where all-around Renaissance guy and MirrorMaskwriter Neil Gaiman left off in his lauded comic book series, 1602. Pak's 5-issue series, entitled 1602: New World, also puts Marvel's greatest superheroes in 17th century Elizabethan England, and is in stores now. Robot Stories has catalogued over 30 awards, and was released on DVD earlier this year by Kino International. MirrorMask is in select cities today, and Pak's next film, the short superhero rumination, Super Power Blues, is making the festival circuit.

You can check out our interview with Neil Gaiman here, or read a review of his MirrorMaskhere.