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Seeking Local Cartoonists For SF Weekly

Bay Area cartoonists – let’s get your comics into the newspaper, shall we?!

Remember those wonderful Sundays you spent as a kid reading the Comics section of the newspaper? My parents never got the Sunday paper but boy do I have some fantastic memories from my grandparents’ house with that big, fat Sunday edition. Tearing past all those boring Sports and Auto and Business sections, to get to the good stuff. It’s a sad thing that there’s so little comics in the papers anymore. But the comics aren’t entirely gone yet! Speaking of which, here’s the exciting email that showed up in my in-box today from one of my good amigos over at SF Weekly:


I am putting together SF Weeky’s first comics issue and wondered if you might be interested in participating or know someone who would be… Here’s the call for submissions. Let me know if you have any questions. And of course, feel free to spread this around the comic/cartoonist cartoon community.


Well alright… Dear cartooning friends of the Isotope, here is your chance to take over an awesome newspaper with comics! You know you’ve been waiting for this chance since you were little, let’s make this happen, people!

Submissions are now open:
SF Weekly Seeks Cartoonists for 2012 Comics Issue

The Gorgeousness That Is The Mazzucchelli

Today is a day of pure, unadulterated gorgeousness. The FRANK MILLER & DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI’S DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN ARTIST’S EDITION has arrived in high Isotope style!

As many of you probably know the folks at IDW are doing a series of these gorgeous, oversized, extremely limited ARTIST’S EDITION books. Each page is full-color scanned directly from the original art so you can see all the paste-up, white-out, blue lines, margin notes, whiskey stains, fingerprint smudges and un-erased pencils. All the great stuff about original art! For you folks that like originals, these things are pretty amazing books. The print runs on these are so small that they can be very hard to get your hands on, especially if your retailer doesn’t remind you they’re coming out. We’ve even heard stories of fist fights in comic stores and have seen a lot of internet rage because people can’t get their hands on a copies of these books. On the secondary market they tend to go kind of crazy, almost immediately. DAVE STEVEN’S ROCKETEER goes for around $400 now (oh I wish I had this one – sob!), WALT SIMONSON’S THOR is selling for $250 already, and the most recent one, WALLY WOOD’S EC COMICS ARTIST’S EDITION was just going for $500. That is, until they announced a second printing on it, now it’s down to only $300. Sheesh!

If you haven’t actually seen one of these books, this video review will give you a good idea what these books are like.

And for those who haven’t read it, this is the *other* book by the BATMAN YEAR ONE team of Frank Miller & Dave Mazzucchelli, and is probably the best Daredevil story ever made. This edition is 200 pages (wow!) of pure, undiluted comic book beauty. Scanned directly from Mazzucchelli’s original art. With all the paste-up, corrections, white-out, yellowing tape, and coffee stains that we original art nerds love. And these pages are from back when they were still hand lettering all the comics too, so you can actually read this whole story in this gorgeous over-sized format.

If you pre-ordered this beauty from us, you’re in for a real comic reading treat. If you didn’t pre-order it… we’ve got a couple copies for the shelf, but believe me, you’ll want to act quickly because they’re going to go fast!

Avengers Vs X-Men gets Isotope-ized

There are few things that could make the most anticipated Marvel event of the year, AVENGERS VS X-MEN, better. This 12 issue mini-series boasts a true superstar creative team, teaming up a fistful of the industry’s best writers Jason Aaron, Jonathan Hickman, Brian Bendis, Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker with art gods Frank Cho, Johnny Romita Jr, Olivier Coipel and Adam Kubert. And c’mon, it’s the Avengers verses the X-Men, if that doesn’t get you at least a little excited, I think your Nerdjoy Receptors need a re-configuration.

So what could make it better? If it got Isotope-ized! Check out this awesome shout-out our comic writing amigo Jason Aaron managed to work into issue zero, complete with the shop’s address, over some San Francisco police scanner chatter:

And what’s that 10-30 that’s in progress?! Click through to the Official Ten-Code List from the Association of Public Communications Officers to see!

AVENGERS VS X-MEN issue #0 hits store shelves the planet over on March 28. You can indulge in an exclusive 5 page sneak peek of this issue over on CBR to see this panel in it’s full glory. And… for those of you who have been waiting for us to announce this…

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
8pm – 11pm

So which side will your friends here at the Isotope be backing? Do you have to even ask?

Gotta Love The Wuvable Oaf

I’m thrilled to get to tell you the lastest issue of my most favorite indie comic of all Wuvable Oaf has arrived at the Isotope more than a week before it’s grand release bash at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

And yes, that’s creator Ed Luce at the Isotope drafting table autographing up the first 40 copies for all of you!

I have to tell you… this is my favorite issue yet. You can really see Ed bringing his crazy characters and clever stories together in this one, it had me eagerly re-reading my collection of the whole series afterwards. This one is jam-packed with cool rock bands, snooty restauranteurs, awkward romance, petty rivalries, insane kitties, and lots of pro-wrestling hilariousness. If you’re not already a fan of “the Scott Pilgrim of Gay Comics” yet, you should definitely check Wuvable Oaf out. It’s a really, really awesome comic!

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Nonplayer is Back!

After nationwide shortages, shipping nightmares, underorders, sell-outs, eBay frenzies and the all around chaos that ensued when Nonplayer shipped last month, it has truly become one of the most talked about comics of 2011.

And with good reason, author/artist Nate Simpson delivered a truly incredible book! See a preview here and I have no doubt you will completely agree.

Finally, the second printing of that elusive first issue has hit the New Arrivals rack at 11am this morning. If you didn’t scoop one of these up before, you are definitely going to want to grab one while they’re in stock. Check out all the amazing reviews the series has been getting.

Grab it while you can!

Parking for your Super-Wheels

The biggest change for 2011 here at the Isotope is a sudden abundance of new parking to be found right here on our block. And in a city like SF that is a truly wonderful thing!

It wasn’t too long ago that the garage up the street quite literally filled every available spot with automobiles, but with the city’s metering of Fell street now we’ve always got plenty of room for you to park your Blackbirds, Bat Bikes, Quinjets, Fantasticars, and Owlships (there are quite literally 9 spots on the block as I type this)! Eventually folks will figure out that the parking situation has changed but for now… glory! Thinking about this new embarrassment of parking riches and also checking out the awesome Batgirl Scooter by Ted Naifeh inspired me to come up with a comic themed list of great ways to get around in comics.

Top Five Favorite Comic Vehicles That Aren’t The Batmobile

#5. The Supermobile

Yes, it’s one of the absolute dumbest superheroic vehicles of all. But that, dear friends, is what makes Superman’s Supermobile so awesome. This is the height of leisure, why should Superman bother flying around or use his super strength when he can sit back listening to tunes while his Supermobile does all the work? Yes, the neighbors may laugh at you for putting this in the drive… but only until your car knocks them out with those big crazy fists!

#4. Silver Surfer’s Surfboard

Fueled by nothing more than thought and The Power Cosmic, Silver Surfer’s surfboard remains one of the most snazzy ways to get around in any universe. I don’t know if they had surfing on his home planet of Zenn-La, but the amusingly-named Norrin Radd sure seems to relish in carving the cosmic and shooting the spaceways. This vehicle looks so darn fun to ride it would be worth cruising around the town wearing nothing but your silver underpants!

#3. Ghost Rider’s Motorcycle

Yes, yes, I dig motorcycles. Who doesn’t? Well this one is conjured from the very fingertips of it’s rider, made from living hellfire flames! And it can drive up a wall. With great biker styling and leaving one heck of a hot trail behind it, this should be an essential addition to any list of favorite comic book vehicles. Sadly it probably gives off quite the cloud of burning sulfer stench. While I don’t think Johnny Blaze cares too much if he reeks, stinking of rotten eggs is a bit of a turn off on this one. So the motorcycle only makes it to #3.

#2. Mobius Chair

I’m of the opinion that the best rides really make an impact. And Metron makes being a New God look downright awe-inspiring as he traverses both time and space with kicked-back, out of this world style in the Mobius Chair. I think traveling around on this is so downright swanky I was seriously hard-pressed to come up with a better choice of vehicle. Talk about turning heads, who wouldn’t want to cruise through the local drive-thru in this badboy?!

But there can only be one #1! And that is…

#1. Devil Dinosaur

When it comes to sheer coolness, no vehicle in comics can even compare to riding around on a savage 25 foot tall blood-red Kirby dinosaur like Moon Boy does. Seriously. What could be cooler?!

I’d happily swap in a whole fleet of Batmobiles for Devil Dinosaur!

UPDATE: Just for fun there’s one more addition to this list but I don’t want to spoil the surprise. You’ll find it in the pages of Brat Pack by Rick Veitch, an amazing graphic novel that fans of books like The Boys will absolutely love! That particular vehicle may not exactly be a favorite, but it is definitely the most memorable one of all.

Happy St. Patricks Day

Inspired by this thread on the Comic Geek Speak boards this year I decided that instead of braving the bartime insanities in search of horrible green colored beer… I’m getting in the spirit by ranking my Top Five Favorite Green Skinned Comic Characters in honor of St. Patrick’s Day instead. Because, really, who doesn’t love some green skinned comic characters?

#5. Beast Boy / Changeling
Like lots of folks my age it was The New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez that first got me seriously reading DC Comics. From this green-skinned hero I discovered Doom Patrol. And the rest was history! I still have my badly worn copy of this Changeling solo book from back then.

#4. The Leader
The Leader with his gigantic gamma-irradiated head and his rather awesome facial hair will always have a special place in my heart. Despite being one of the most brilliantly intelligent criminal masterminds to ever walk the Earth… somehow he just can’t manage to not get thwarted every time by the dumb as a bag of bricks Hulk every time.

#3. Jade
This gorgeous green-skinned heroine is the daughter of original Green Lantern Alan Scott and is more often seen flying through space than here on terra firma. With all that cosmos traveling you’d almost never suspect she grew up in a Milwaukee suburb. A Midwestern space girl, really is it any surprise I dig her?

#2. The Hulk
When I was a kid The Hulk pretty much fought the Army every issue. Seriously. It was always “Army come to bother Hulk, why won’t they leave Hulk alone?” issue after issue after issue! But even so, I loved them back then and I still love me some Hulk comics.

#1. Doop
Doop isn’t only my all-time favorite green-skin in comics… he’s one of my favorite characters ever! Peter Milligan and Mike Allred were in rare form when they created this most memorable Marvel character in the pages of their downright brilliant X-Force series. And then they really blew everyone’s minds with the silent issue #123. Check it out… even the script is insanely fun to read! You go, Doop, thanks for making St. Patty’s day awesome this year.

Please do drink responsibly today folks!

Who Do You Want To Meet @ WonderCon?

Wow, WonderCon is right around the corner! One of the best parts about this con is despite all the huge superstar comic creators the convention brings in, it still has a really nice, intimate atmosphere and meeting your favorite creators is usually pretty easy.

My favorite WonderCon memory is from my first one, back in 1999, and first meeting the great Dave Stevens, who was smiling behind his table and more than happy to talk about pretty girls, 80’s indy comics, old cars, pin-up art, and ray guns. One of my absolute favorite creators and he was just so nice, happy and completely accessible to his fans. Dave was the perfect introduction to WonderCon and set the tone for me ever since. Although sadly Mister Stevens has passed onto that great art studio in the sky (we miss you Dave!) here at the Isotope we’ve always attempted to emulate that friendly, intimate, make-friends-with-your-idols vibe that Dave always brought to the con. And this year we’ll be continuing that tradition with a couple of the coolest, craziest events we’ve ever done.

So let’s look at the official featured guest list… and also the Artist’s Alley listings too. Here’s the special guest list for your convenience, admittedly we’re pretty spoiled and have gotten to make friends and do in-stores for you with lots of these folks. But with a list this exciting, there’s still plenty of creators left to say “hello” to for the very first time even for us professional comic pimps. I bolded those folks’ names that I’m hoping to finally get to meet this year.

Jason Aaron
Sergio Aragonés
Berkeley Breathed
Tony Daniel
Mark Evanier
Adam Hughes
Brian Keene
Robert Kirkman
Hope Larson
Bob Layton
Paul Levitz
Jeremy Love
Francis Manapul
Carla Speed McNeil
Terry Moore
Ryan Ottley
Joe Quesada
Frank Quitely
Amy Reeder
James Robinson
Bill Sienkiewicz
Len Wein
F. Paul Wilson
Judd Winick
Marv Wolfman

And three from Artist’s Alley too:

Geof Darrow
Ted McKeever
Alex Niño

It’s shaping up to be a great year! Whatta ya think, who do you want to meet at WonderCon this year?

They have Jane Austen comics!

“Dad, dad! They have Jane Austen comics!”

Happy 9th birthday!

Making Your Holidays Simple

One of my favorite things in life is doing personal shopping, scouring the store shelves for treasures to put together the perfect selection of graphic novels for each person’s taste, and during the holidays I’m blessed to get to do it so much.

My goal when helping folks gift shop is always two-fold. First, I want to blow your friend or loved one’s mind with amazingness, hat’s probably fairly typical just about any small business you might shop at. But more important than that, I want your friend or loved one to open that present, look at you, and think one word, “Genius!” Because that is my real goal when helping people shop for gifts at the Isotope… I want to make you look like the most brilliantly genius friend or loved one they have ever met.

Just stop in and I’ll cheerfully do that exact thing for you, or for all those varied people on your holiday shopping list.

For those folks out there who can’t come into the Isotope, we’re happy to make personalized Gift Certificates for your friends and loved ones too. Just give us a call (415) 621 – 6543 and we can effortlessly make you one for any amount you’d like over the phone and email you one to put in their holiday stocking this year. And if you ask, I’ll even make you a special personal card too.

Shouldn’t everything around the holidays be as simple?

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