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Top Shelf Happy Hour

We believe if you’re going to kick off the party of the year, you kick it off right.

So this year’s Alternative Press Expo after-party APE Aftermath starts as only the Isotope would dare… with the return of the Top Shelf Happy Hour! This annual APE celebration here at the Isotope features Top Shelf Productions co-publisher Brett Warnock behind our bar from 8pm til 9pm making his world famous hand-shaken margaritas! Come worship at the alter of Herradura Tequila with us and have your chance to schmooze with one of the best publishers in the comics industry.

And this year we’re upping the ante… not because we need to, but simply because we canThe Fatted Calf Charcuterie, San Francisco’s most beloved artisans of cured meats, pâtés, prosciutti, and jaw-dropping sandwiches, will be providing the catering for this most glorious of events.

And that, dear friends, is how we kick off APE Aftermath 2010. Whatta ya think, probably time to link to that song, isn’t it?

See you tonight!

This Saturday is APE AFTERMATH 2010!

It’s the party you’ve been waiting all year for! In celebration of the Alternative Press Expo it’s our biggest… our best… and our favorite event of the year with the return of DJ Bearzbub, and also Top Shelf Productions publisher Brett Warnock‘s fancy pants margaritas during the Top Shelf Happy Hour. We’re sure to be packing the house to the rafters and beyond with cool comic lovin’ folks again!

Of course the highlight of the weekend can be none other than APE AFTERMATH’s 8th annual Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics ceremony at 10pm featuring yours truly, our Special Projects Director (and our awesome in-house bartender) Kirsten Baldock, and this year’s winner. Who will take home the most dangerous trophy in comics this year?!

Ahh love me some APE AFTERMATH! See you there!

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.

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