Ed Luce drawing the next issue of WUVABLE OAF on the Isotope drafting table as we speak.
In the decade I’ve been working here in the comics industry one thing has been made abundantly clear… it can be an extremely difficult for an indie comics creator to make any kind of living off of their work. And I’m of the opinion that if there were more indie folks out there making just a little bit of money off their hard work (instead of losing it as is typical) we’d have even more great comics to enjoy.
Which is why we asked Ed Luce, creator of “Wuvable Oaf” comic and teacher at the California Collage of the Arts, to create the Isotope University with us here at the Isotope. I’ve had the distinct pleasure of getting to watch Ed create a nice little comics empire for himself over the years with smart professionally printed publications, brilliant down and dirty DIY handmade specials, clever marketing, amazing merchandising, and an exacting meticulousness to his career management which is downright jaw dropping. Not only do I enjoy his comic immensely, but seeing how expertly he’s brought his great comic work to an even greater audience and managed to make it help pay his rent is truly a thing of beauty. We have to teach other people how to do this!
This fall’s classes are now open for enrollment. As this is our second year of Isotope University, Ed has his sessions refined for maximum usefulness. I’m beyond thrilled to report how amazingly well our 2011 students have been doing for themselves and am really proud of what we’ve seen produced by those folks. And I want to see more great comics made… by you!
This intensive, five Saturday workshop will cover a wide range of topics essential to successfully self-publishing your own comics project, including Comic Design & Construction, Printing Processes, Merchandising, Social Media/Promotion and Conventions. And you’ll be sourcing valuable comics creating career info from special guest lecturers such as Ron Richards (tastemaker behind popular fansite iFanboy.com and editor of Image Comics’ “Hell Yeah” series), MariNaomi (acclaimed author of “Kiss & Tell, A Romantic Resume Ages 0-22“, published by Harper books), Alex Woofson (creator of the hugely popular “Artifice” web comic and also a true Kickstarter campaign maestro), Justin Hall (editor of “No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics” from Fantagraphics Books, as well as his own “Glamazonia” and “True Travel Tales” books and fellow CCA professor), and also yours truly, James Sime of the Isotope and MorrisonCon.
Fill out an application and get yourself enrolled here:
Isotope University 2012 Fall Semester
We made all this for you, locally-based indie comics creators, to help empower your work and make creating comics into something that you can actually afford to do with your lives. I truly can think of no more useful series of classes for indie comic creators offered anywhere else. I can’t wait to see what awesome things you create… let’s get to making comics, people!
It’s the comic tour that’s rockin’ the nation!
Isotope welcomes the cartooning duo of Tom Neely and Ed Luce along with the Igloo Tornado Roadcrew in celebration of all-new issues of the indie hit comic book mini-series HENRY & GLENN FOREVER & EVER!
Continuing the domestic saga of Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig’s “what if?” comic adventures as committed life partners, cat lovers, and cult rock ‘n roll gods. This first issue sees our heroes working out, fending off the advances of a demonic Lita Ford, dealing with satanic neighbors Hall and Oats, attending couples counseling and (of course) Fresh Step shopping.
Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever launch party @ Isotope
w/ Tom Neely & Ed Luce
Saturday, June 9th, 2012
8pm ’til the Witching Hour
Isotope’s famous mixologist Kirsten Baldock will be cranking up your tastebuds with bespoke adult beverages based on her favorite Henry and Glenn classics, and this event also features DJ Bearzbub on live soundtrack duties. Expect plenty of Rollins Band and Danzig tunes!
It’s that time of year again, where we combine our love of spreading the gospel of comics with our love of blisteringly good live music along with our friends from the Noise Pop Music Festival!
For 20 years running, SF’s Noise Pop indie music festival has been cranking up the amps and bringing the Bay Area a live mix of international and local musical superstars, and this year truly looks to be the best collection yet! Once again yours truly will be complementing your experience and bringing you some amazing live music-centric comic art events as Noise Pop’s official “Comics Curator”… with the help of my brilliant Isotope team of Kirsten Baldock and Dyami Serna, of course. With just about every member of our staff and several hundred of our extended family involved in various bands, what better way could there be to combine our collective interests than to create a true cross-pollination of indy music and sequential art to the masses?
Last year we blew the doors off in high style, the set list we’ve got 2012 is all about rocking, and we’ve definitely got a line-up to do just that!
Isotope presents at Noise Pop Culture Club 2012
Painter, performer, animator, web cartoonist and graphic novelist Jaimaica Dyer holds the Public Works Gallery stage with a multi-media reading, art projection, and presentation of her forthcoming original graphic novel Fox Head Stew (currently being serialized on the MTV Geek website). A live mashup of reading, concert, and art show, this featurette pulls back the creative process curtain to reveal the magics behind her comic art before the Public Works audience. With a live soundtrack composed and performed by hand-picked musical guests to accompany a unique, wall-sized live art painting session.
All Week Long, All Over San Francisco
FEBRUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 26, 2012
Celebrating Noise Pop 2012 with on-site comic book reportage! Throughout the week our team of Sequential Reporters will be invading the festival’s shows, events, and after-parties to capture their personal Noise Pop experiences in visceral snapshots in single-page comic book form. From backstage interviews with artists to stageside with live bands to interactions with fellow fans to all manner of outrageous adventure. This compilation of sequential art memories will be hosted in an online graphic novel anthology for all to enjoy on www.noisepop.com.
Participating cartoonists include — Ed Luce, Katie Loungua, Beth Dean, Roman Muradov, Justin Hall, Sonia Harris, Danger Bob DeSilva, Kelly Martin, Dyami Serna, Jean Chen, Peter S. Conrad, Brie Spielmann, Josh Richardson, Mari Naomi, Matt DeLight, Janelle Hessig, and more.
NOISE POP REWIND: 2011 SEQUENTIAL REPORTERS COMIC ART GALLERY
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 2012
All Day Long
Public Works Gallery
See last year’s Noise Pop Festival through the eyes of the SF Bay’s best cartoonists with the Noise Pop Rewind: 2011 Sequential Reporters Comic Art Gallery. Featuring show reports from Yo La Tango, The Fresh & Onlys, Kid Koala, The Concretes, Aesop Rock, Shannon & The Clams, Best Coast, Social Studies, The Soft White Sixes, Nobunny, and many more.
VINYL DREAMS 2012: COMIC ART ON RECORD SLEEVES GALLERY
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 2012
All Day Long
Public Works Gallery
Celebrating the cross-pollination of music and comics… as well as the long history of famous comic artists working on album covers, Public Works Gallery hosts a unique art installation of original comic-inspired record album covers created for, and inspired by, Noise Pop attendees. Spotlighting fresh analog works by some of the most exciting outsider artists in the Bay Area and also a fistful of blank record album sleeves for attendees to join in on this interactive, DIY art gallery.
ARTISTS: Want to participate? Get a blank record album cover at the Isotope after February 10th. Just ask and it’s yours!
Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy taking down the JH Williams III gallery of original BATWOMAN art that the Isotope had proudly been displaying since the end of last year. And once we did, what could we possibly hang next? I mean, seriously, how do you follow up a show with artwork from one of the greatest DC Comics ever produced?!
Here’s how – with work from my absolute favorite self-published comic being made today… Ed Luce’s WUVABLE OAF!
If you haven’t checked out the beauty that is WUVABLE OAF yet, you definitely should. I like telling people it’s the “Scott Pilgrim of queer comics” as this series is simply chocked full of charming art, smile-inducing awkward romance, hilariously hip jokes, great moments of killer rock and roll, and downright loveable characters. It definitely gets my highest recommendation!
And here at the Isotope you can come see Luce’s original Oaf production pages, hand-painted canvases, never before seen Kerry King Rawk Gawdz art, & (of course) those Henry & Glenn prints that everybody loves so much.
Check out these and more of Ed’s photos from the gallery hanging over the weekend over on the Oaf Tumblr Blog.
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!
See more Oaf at: wuvableoaf.com
Here at the Isotope we love live music almost as much as we love spreading the gospel of comics. And with just about every member of our staff and several hundred of our extended family involved in various bands there truly can be no better nexus point than right here for the cross-pollination of indy music and sequential art.
What better way could there be to combine our collective interests than to create live music-centric art with San Francisco’s wonderful Noise Pop indie music festival and some of the coolest comic creators on the planet? So yours truly will be bringing you just that as Noise Pop’s official “Comics Curator”… with the help of my brilliant Isotope team of Kirsten Baldock, Josh Richardson and Dyami Serna, of course! I humbly think the set list we’ve lined up for 2011 will truly rock your world.
Isotope presents at Noise Pop Culture Club 2011
BEN TEMPLESMITH LIVE ART w/ DJ SAMSUPA
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Public Works Gallery – Upstairs Stage
Co-creator of 30 Days of Night, Choker and Fell and famed for his work on Dead Space and on album covers for Fear Factory, Isotope and Noise Pop are proud to present international comics superstar Ben Templesmith. A cutting edge live-art demo with the artist pulls back the wizard’s curtain on the creative process, transporting you directly into the art studio and musically-infused with a wicked mix of Witch House, Hyphy and other hair-raising Bay Area beats by cut-creator DJ Samsupa. This presentation will be webcast across the globe so even author Warren Ellis may be among the first on the planet to witness as Templesmith draws live one of the most anticipated comics of the decade, Fell.
PLUS: Our in-house bash w/ Templesmith as only the Isotope can do! Saturday, February 26th 8pm.
TED NAIFEH’S COURTNEY CRUMRIN LIVE w/ THIS CAN’T END WELL
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Public Works Gallery – Upstairs Stage
A live multimedia exposition of the acclaimed Courtney Crumrin & The Night Things series of spooky all-ages graphic novels hosted by award-winning author/artist Ted Naifeh. Presented in traditional olde tyme radio play fashion, Courtney Crumrin Live fuses modern technological advancements with conventional storytelling, featuring Naifeh’s dapper team of Avant-Garde voice actors, massive rear-screen comic book panel recreations, and live foley work and music by string-informed neo-electric-skiffle band This Can’t End Well.
COMIC BOOK WORKSHOP & LABORATORY w/ MATT SILADY & JUSTIN HALL
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011
Public Works Gallery – Workshop Room
Isotope and the California College of the Arts present a workshop on comic creation with the Eisner-Award nominated duo of Professor of Comics Matt Silady (The Homeless Channel) and Comics Lecturer Justin Hall (Glamazonia). Workshop attendees will be discovering the secrets of comic art with the help of Silady and Hall and learning the simple-but-complex art of sequential storytelling while crafting original comic works for Noise Pop Culture Club’s Vinyl Dreams Gallery on blank record album sleeves.
All Week Long, All Over San Francisco
FEBRUARY 22 – FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Celebrating Noise Pop 2011 with on-site comic book reportage! Throughout the week our team of Sequential Reporters will be invading the festival’s shows, events, and after-parties to capture their personal Noise Pop experiences in visceral snapshots in single-page comic book form. From backstage interviews with artists to stageside with live bands to interactions with fellow fans to all manner of outrageous adventure. This compilation of sequential art memories will be hosted in an online graphic novel anthology for all to enjoy on www.noisepop.com.
Participating cartoonists include— Jamaica Dyer, Beth Dean, Ed Luce, Amy Martin, Matt Silady, Roman Muradov, Susie Cagle, Justin Hall, Aubrie L’rai Johnson, Karl Dotter, Sonia Harris, Greg Hinkle, Danger Bob DeSilva, Kelly Martin, Gianii Calvert, and more.
VINYL DREAMS: COMIC ART ON RECORD SLEEVES GALLERY
All Day Saturday & Sunday
FEBRUARY 26 – FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Public Works Gallery – Gaunt Gallery Room
Celebrating the cross-pollination of music and comics… as well as the long history of famous comic artists working on album covers, Public Works Gallery hosts a unique art installation of original comic-inspired record album covers created for, and inspired by, Noise Pop attendees. Our two-day celebration spotlights these fresh analog works by some of the most exciting outsider artists in the Bay Area and beyond.
ARTISTS: Want to participate? Get a blank record album cover at the Isotope until February 25th. Just ask and it’s yours!
Comics and punk rock are two sides of the same DIY art coin, and the creative cross-over between the two movements is a truly glorious one. So it’s great to see that the December issue of the seminal zine Maximum Rock N’ Roll is devoted to that very topic.
Guest editor Janelle Hessig from Tales of Blarg steps in as guest coordinator and brings with her comics creators like Jamie Hernandez, Gary Panter, Mimi Pond, Ed Luce and also a huge host of original punk rock comics from the wonderful Cristy Road, Josh Bayer, Avi Spivak, Kaz, and many many more. This issue definitely will bring a smile to your punk and comic lovin’ face!
Available here at the Isotope (of course!), good record stores, and also from the official website.
Get ready for one of my favorite weekends all year… it’s time for SF Zine Fest!
It’s no secret how much I love the mini-comics and zines, and there are few things that I think are cooler than San Francisco’s own DIY festival devoted to celebrating zines and mins. Jam-packed with the best local talents and also always some really neat folks from out of town, SF Zine Fest is definitely one of my favorite comic-centric cons anywhere.
To kick off the celebrations, tonight the Cartoon Art Museum is hosting the official pre-event with live readings by a great selection of indy creators. Including awesome folks like Susie Cagle, John Porcellino, Jamaica Dyer, Ed Luce, Isotope Award winner Jonas Madden-Connor, and featured special guest Jesse Reklaw. (more info here)
Hope to see all of you out checking out San Francisco’s great indy comic scene with me this year!