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Isotope Award 2011

2011's Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics winner is Katie Longua! More details here.

Isotope Comics University

The Isotope proudly presents an on-going series of comic classes taught by Ed Luce, the award-winning creator of the fantastic Wuvable Oaf series. Our first round of classes are designed to help take your existing book to the next level, focusing on the ins-and-outs of guerrilla publishing and DIY printworking, practical conventioneering, inventive marketing/branding, effective merchandising, and so much more on a shoe-string budget.

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The Isotope Communique
Daily news and updates by Personality James Sime and the Isotope Staff
Inspirational Moments

Today is a day filled with inspirational moments.

Is there anything more fantastic than when, suddenly, everything falls perfectly and neatly into place like the universe had always planned it exactly that way and was just waiting for you to figure it out? This is one of those times. The artwork featured here by the amazing Steve Bryant (of ATHENA VOLTAIRE fame) perfectly captures that feeling right now. Flying high, for the future.

Today is a day to be inspired by beautiful humans who make beautiful things.

Post Apocalypse Now

Our favorite new series of 2013 is definitely the post-apocalyptic western EAST OF WEST and we couldn’t be more excited to get to celebrate the launch of the collection with the book’s amazing artist… Nick Dragotta!

Nick’s art has dazzled us for a few years now with mystic arts and high mutant weirdness on X-STATIX PRESENTS: DEAD GIRL (with Isotope favorite Peter Milligan), explored the uncomfortable underbelly of the Marvel Universe on VENGEANCE (with another IsoFave Joe Casey), dazzled our poor little minds on FF (with yet another favorite ’round these parts Jonathan Hickman), transported us back to yesteryear on CAPTAIN AMERICA: FOREVER ALLIES (with comics legend Roger Stern), and always always brings a smile to our faces with his awesome site HOWTOONS.

Come celebrate with us! Our beloved Kirsten Baldock is crafting up a palette-stunning cocktail list based on Nick’s work in honor of the evening. Mister Dragotta promises a sketchbook-filling Four Horsemen styled evening… and we’re hoping he’ll bring in some original art for us to buy as well!

Isotope Presents: Nick Dragotta
EAST OF WEST Vol. 1 Launch Party
Saturday, September 21st 2013
8pm – Midnight

Are you ready for the Post-Apocalypse Now? We are!

Thinking About Yesterday & Tomorrow

Today is a day of happy reflection.

Few artists fill my world with inspiration more than Fabio Moon of DAYTRIPPER, CASANOVA and BPRD: VAMPIRE fame. This above scene is from a book that is very near and dear to our hearts here, Fabio’s and our very own Kirsten Baldock’s graphic novel SMOKE & GUNS.

Today is a day to be inspired by beautiful humans who make beautiful things.

Dave Johnson Brings Drink & Draw to SF

Multiple award winning comic artist Dave Johnson is famous for his stunning covers on 100 BULLETS, THE PUNISHER, BATMAN, FURY MAX, DEADPOOL and hundreds more. He did full interiors on one of the best Superman stories ever SUPERMAN RED SON. He’s known his amazing animation projects including BATMAN BEYOND, LEGION OF SUPER HEROES, BEN10, FLATULENE, and even a heartbreakingly unproduced MICRONAUTS series. He hosted one of the Isotope’s craziest barcrawls ever, DAVE JOHNSON NEEDS PIRATES TIKI TOUR.

And he, along with fellow artist Dan Panosian, launched a SoCal tradition in 2005 that has spread through the country like wildfire and spawned two gorgeous hardcover collections (here and here)… THE DRINK AND DRAW SOCIAL CLUB.

And now San Francisco, it’s your turn to celebrate this fine tradition alongside the founding father and one of the industry’s best artists! The right Reverend Dave Johnson is calling out to all local artists to gather up your fistful of Rapidographs, Conté Crayons, General’s Charcoals and Prismacolors for an evening of good cheer, great tunes and amazing live art here at the Isotope. Featuring amazing Rev Dave inspired cocktails by Kirsten Baldock.

DAVE JOHNSON DRINK & DRAW SAN FRANCISCO
Saturday, August 10th, 8pm – Midnight
@ the Isotope

You drink and you shall draw!

Dash Shaw @ The Isotope

Let’s all celebrate the NEW SCHOOL, shall we? We’re hosting this event in conjunction with the professors and students of The California College of the Arts brand new MFA in Comics graduate program. And we’re also toasting Fantagraphics Books’ latest offering from the amazing Dash Shaw!

NEW SCHOOL explores adolescent angst, sibling rivalry, infatuation, alienation, and teenage disillusionment in Dash’s quirky bold line style with an explosion of color. This surreal, emotional coming of age opus revolves around two brothers and the setting of ClockWorld, a crazy new amusement park that recreates historical events like the Kennedy assassination in graphic detail. Weird, awesome stuff!

Before our party, don’t miss Dash doing the public speaking thing at CCA’s Comics In The City lecture series, and then come join us as the Isotope’s own Kirsten Baldock mixes up a Shaw-inspired cocktail list that is sure to dazzle! We’re looking forward to introducing you all to Dash, he’s a really fantastic guest who we love having in. Here’s a happiness-inducing write-up from last time he was here that will make you smile.

We’ll see you on the 26th, no number two pencil required!

Comics In The City

As you’ve probably heard, San Diego Comic Con in full swing this week, definitely biggest pop culture show in the country. And SCDD has swelled to massive proportions over the last few years (130,000 in attendance) and each year we hear more and more talk that Comic Con is all about movies and video games and tv shows… but not so much the comics anymore.

But lucky for we San Franciscans that comic love that seems to be dwindling in other places is *definitely* not missing here! In fact, our friends at the California College of the Arts have been infusing the city of San Francisco through July with amazing comic creators all month long for their awesome public lecture series – Comics In The City, hosted in conjunction with their MFA in Comics graduate program.

You all know how we love those smart and unique comic events, and we couldn’t be happier to see CCA doing something really special for comic lovers here in SF this month. And as you’d expect from the fine folks behind CCA’s Comics Department, this lecture series has been incredibly well received, with the month kicking off with Cathy Malkasian and James Robinson. And we still have two more to go!

Jason Shiga – Friday, July 19th
Dash Shaw – Friday, July 26th

What better way to celebrate the always vibrant San Francisco comics scene as well as honor this awesome new program and it’s students? Why… with an Isotope after-party of course!

Get out your #2 pencils to block out that date on your calendar, stay tuned for more details, and get ready for the return of one of the Isotope’s favorite comic creators!

Isotope + Music Video = Magical

Check out this magical music video from the central Connecticut based indy hip hop star ILLUS, featuring the Isotope and lots of beautiful SF locations.

Known for his uplifting, thought-provoking, “boom-bap HIPHOP for the people” and has been recording music and illustrating comics since 1991. We love his positive groove and DIY ethic. And is makes us happy knowing that can-do attitude has resulted in over 250,000 records sold with no label or traditional airplay. This song, “Magical,” is off his latest album FAMILY FIRST. Grab it on the iTunes store here.

Happy Holiday from Isotope to You
It Is A Wuvable Pride Weekend

In honor of Pride Weekend we’re celebrating with local cartoonist & SF indy comics icon Ed Luce.

We’ve got a worldwide exclusive version of his comic with shiny “foil ink” covers that Ed has been calling the WUVABLE OAF #1: PINK FOR PRIDE CHROMIUM EDITION, and we’re also carrying two of his limited edition HENRY & GLENN prints, including a classic and also a brand spankin’ new print. Check them out:

HENRY & GLENN: THE NEWLYWED GAME

HENRY & GLENN: GHOST B.C. – OPUS WEDDINGONYMOUS

Check out more at www.wuvableoaf.com. These items are all limited availability, so grab ‘em while they’re hot. And have a great Pride Weekend!

Paul Pope Sneak Peek!

We’ve all been patiently awaiting Paul Pope’s long-rumored epic adventure BATTLING BOY like over-anxious kids on Christmas Eve… and 2013 is the year!

Monsters from another multiverse are terrorizing the dystopian sprawl of Arcopolis, an alternate Earth city full of dystopian sprawls, talking animals, and retro-futuristic ray guns. And with the planet’s greatest bastion of heroic derring-doo no longer among the living, it’s up to the 12 year old son of a demigod to save the day.

BATTLING BOY is the first of two volumes in Paul’s giant 400-page opus (to be adapted to the big screen by Brad Pitt’s production company with Michael Chabon), this is Paul’s first major work since his 2006 Eisner Award winning BATMAN: YEAR 100, and continues his gorgeously unique European comics infused with Jack Kirby and Manga artstyle seen in 100% and HEAVY LIQUID.

The first volume arrives early this October but you lucky folks can check it out right now, thanks to an advanced preview copy gifted to us by publisher First Second Books this week.

Stop on in and we’ll show you this gorgeous new book!

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