Isotope Award for Excellence in MIni-Comics

Now Accepting Submissions Through October 1st

SAN FRANCISCO (August 17th, 2010) San Francisco comics retailer James Sime, proprietor of Isotope – the comic book lounge, announced today that submissions for the 2010 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics will be accepted until October 1st at midnight.

“It’s my favorite time of year, when we get an opportunity to help spotlight a creator who is toiling in the underground making something wonderful,” said Sime, “I consider whoever wins this award to be the comic industry’s Miss America for the year, and it’s my job to get their work out there to the comics press and reviewers. And I’m proud to say that often winning this award has helped these folks get noticed and published by some of the best publishers in the industry. So don’t be shy… I know that many of you out there are hand-crafting some mini-comics brilliance, let us help share that work with the world!”

The Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics has helped bring attention to the likes of Joshua W. Cotter, 2004’s winner who has just had a new printing of his brilliant SKYSCRAPERS OF THE MIDWEST from AdHouse Books, and 2006’s winner Danica Novgorodoff who now has two amazing graphic novels out from First Second Books, including SLOW STORM and REFRESH, REFRESH. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect, last year’s winner Will Dinski was quickly scooped up by Top Shelf and his new original graphic novel FINGERPRINTS goes on sale this September 15th.

The five comic professionals who will serve as this year’s Isotope Award judges include:

Jann Jones – Former Editor at DC Comics and Viz Media. The driving force behind some of the best all-ages comics of the 21st century, including BILLY BATSON & THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM and TINY TITANS.

Brett Warnock – Co-publisher and art director of Top Shelf Productions. Last year Brett secretly used his judging of the Isotope Award as an opportunity to scout new talent… and we don’t mind if does it again this year!

Ed Luce – Author, artist of the brilliant WUVABLE OAF series. His “Scott Pilgrim of Gay Comics” is our absolute favorite self-published book right now. Read more about it here.

Kirsten Baldock – The Isotope’s Special Projects Director. Kirsten is also a Librarian, bartender, and the author of the SMOKE AND GUNS graphic novel with Fabio Moon.

James Sime – Proprietor of Isotope – the comic book lounge in San Francisco.

To enter this competition, simply send five copies of your mini-comic to Isotope’s address (326 Fell St. San Francisco, CA 94102) before the October 1st deadline. The award will be given out at the grand ceremony during APE AFTERMATH at the Isotope in conjunction with San Francisco’s ALTERNATIVE PRESS EXPO. Because of the nature of this award, the winner will be contacted in advance and must be present at the Isotope at 9 PM on Saturday, October 16th for the award presentation ceremony.

For more information contact the Isotope at (415) 621-6543 or at email hidden; JavaScript is required

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  5. Chris Albrecht

    Hello,

    I’m writing to see if there are any other specifications/requirements to enter our submission for the Isotope Excellence in Mini-Comics Award, other than what is listed on the web site.

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    Thank you,

    -Chris Albrecht

  6. James Sime

    Chris,

    Nope, no other requirements/specifications than needing 5 copies for my 5 judges. And, as there is only one trophy awarded, we ask that the winner attend our award ceremony 10/17/10 (otherwise that would be a pretty sad ceremony). I will also send you this info to your email in-box. Best of luck to you and everyone else. Can’t wait to see them all!

    – James

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  13. Michael Slatky

    Hey James, I popped into your store today. Great place & you were VERY helpful. I left you a promo card of my illustrated works. (The ImageKind link has better & more up to date reproductions.) Anyhoot, A few friends and I have rented a table at SPX this year. We’re called 1RODHWY & we’ve a few splinter groups under that title (mine being “Dogs’ Minds in Asphalt.”) Our stuff will be printed and launched online within the next few weeks & months. I’ll shoot you another email when that happens and eventually we’d like to present you our stuff for possible consideration towards your store.

    Thanks again, hope to hear from you and possibly see you at SPX this year, provided you make it.

    – Michael

  14. Michael Slatky

    Hey James, I popped into your store today. Great place & you were VERY helpful. I left you a promo card of my illustrated works. (The ImageKind link has better & more up to date reproductions.) Anyhoot, A few friends and I have rented a table at SPX this year. We’re called 1RODHWY & we’ve a few splinter groups under that title (mine being “Dogs’ Minds in Asphalt.”) Our stuff will be printed and launched online within the next few weeks & months. I’ll shoot you another email when that happens and eventually we’d like to present you our stuff for possible consideration towards your store.

    Thanks & hope to hear from you and possibly see you at SPX this year, provided you make it.

    – Michael

  15. James Sime

    Michael,

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see more!

    – James

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