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Wuvable Oaf Party @ Isotope

WUVABLE OAF!

WUVABLE OAF!

WUVABLE OAF!

We’ve been yelling our love for this indie comic from the rooftops since way back in 2007 and now at long last we can finally hear that, yes, everyone else is yelling it too!

There are few things more special than getting to witness the success of one of our best friends, and seeing the industry truly embrace the kind of books we love and that the Isotope’s shelves are famous for. When Fantagraphics Books got behind local superstar Ed Luce to make his dreams come true of a WUVABLE OAF hardcover from one of the most important publishers in all of comics, we all knew it was inevitable… we were going to throw the greatest party on Earth to celebrate!

And that is what we will be doing! In honor of Ed this one has a lot of extra bells and whistles. First up, we will be debuting these fantastic bookplates by Ed made just for the Isotope.

As well as two very special Isotope OAF swag surprises that even Ed didn’t know about until today…


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Not a mixtape! OAF HYSTERIA is an original Oaf album featuring two completely new songs written and recorded just for this event!

DEATHTRAP AMERICA – Wuvable Oaf

Straight off a national tour bus with Faster Pussycat, the underground punk sensations DEATHTRAP AMERICA exploded into the studio for us to create a truly rocking Wuvable Oaf soundtrack theme song! This catchy punk theme will bring a smile to your face and really make you hope for an Oaf cartoon someday! When you get a chance, check out these guys when they play, they’re as incredible live as they are in the studio. Check out www.deathtrapamerica.com for more details on this awesome band.

This song was recorded by Ralph Spight of the NorCal hardcore punk legends Victims Family at San Francisco’s Nerve Center Recordings. We are honored to have gotten to work with Ralph and DEATHTRAP AMERICA on this project!

SPACE: 1666 – Moonbase OAFa

Heavy space doom band SPACE: 1666 turns in a heavy, sludgey, drone metal instrumental Side B. Inspired by old sci fi tv, classic doom bands of New Orleans and Olympia, WA, “Moonrise OAFa” sounds like the soundtrack for a science fiction Oaf story from a yet to be made future Oafanthology. Recorded in the appropriately effects pedal laden Outer Sagittarius Studios.

This two-song cassette EP is hand numbered and features room for Wuvable Oaf creator Ed Luce to sketch in your copy. Only 60 copies of this tape are being produced. And available nowhere but the Isotope!

But even if you can’t attend our event you don’t have to miss out… thanks to the generosity of these musicians we can share these Oaf tunes with all you! Stream & download the album here:

WUVABLE OAF – Oaf Hysteria: the digital cassette download


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One of a kind WUVABLE ED Munny figure painted by MUNCHIES creator Katie Longua!

Now you can have a cute Ed Luce of your very own! Hand painted and felted by Katie Longua this vinyl inaction figure comes with a hand made box by James Sime and also features original side art by Ed himself! This truly one of a kind Oaf collectible is autographed by all the artists and will be raffled off at our event on the 20th.

It is also the most adorable collaborative art keepsake that the Isotope has ever been a part of. Our hats are off to the amazing Katie Longua for her incredible painting and felting work!

As if all that wasn’t exciting enough our Wuvable Oaf Party also features the Isotope’s own Kirsten Baldock crafting her original OAF-inspired beverage creations, and San Francisco’s beloved DJ BEARZBUB spinning his unique brand of metal classics, hot b-sides, rare beats and booty shaking nöyze.

And, of course, our featured guest… Ed Luce!

We think this is going to be one of our best events ever. Come and join us in raising a glass to this great day in comics, won’t you?

Ed Luce @ Isotope
Saturday, June 20th 2015
8pm – Midnight
21+ please
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Facebook invite is here.

Free Comic Book Day Is Here Again!

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event at comic shops the planet over. And here at the Isotope our FCBD celebrations are truly the stuff of legend, feast your eyes! We will once again be featuring San Francisco’s most glorious and massive smorgasboard of absolutely free comic reads for comic lovin’ kids of all ages!

And we’re proud to announce our featured comic creator special guest star, the single most jaw-droppingly talented 10 year old comic artist we have ever seen, Ethan Castillo!

First of all… you must check out Ethan’s art! Here, here, here, here and here will give you a taste of what this incredible 10 year old comic artist is up to. You may have seen him rubbing elbows with all your favorite artists at the conventions and doing sketches for the celebs. Or perhaps you’ve happened upon his very active DeviantArt page or had your brainbox rattled looking at his Spider-Man centric Instagram.

Stuff like this (yes, seriously):

Ethan will be doing sketches and hustling his amazing sketchbook starting right when the doors open and the madness hits, 11am. We invite you in to meet him and have your minds totally blown by this talented young artist!

The day-long celebration also features San Francisco’s very own DJ BEARZBUB, spinning his favorite blend of extra-exotical b-sides, booty shaking nöyze, and rare, rare beats to keep your Free Comic Day shopping grooving!

And because Free Comic Book Day has just gotten *so* busy here at the Isotope over the last few years we’ve actually had to bring in some additional help. Those of you who attended last year may remember our secret “shop boy” was none other than SANDMAN OVERTURE artist JH Williams III! This year we continue the tradition with a completely new “shop boy” to help run the register alongside myself and Josh. And also an all-new “security staff” to make sure everything is running smoothly (bring your kids and your cameras). We’re very excited to get to introduce you! Keep your eyes on our Twitter accounts and Instagram for more details on our mystery staffers on the day of the event.

With such a great day lined up for all of you, let me leave you with a final parting thought about what we think really makes FCBD so special…

We do indeed continue to have the most generous, high-stakes, no-limit, can’t-find-anywhere-else explosion of free reads in SF but we do ask that you keep in mind that here at the Isotope we believe Free Comic Book Day is all about the kids, and even the mighty Isotope’s supplies are limited, so before you over-indulge yourselves, remember… every free comic you scoop up is one the kids can’t. So please be nice to the kiddos. Thank you kindly!

xoxox

Here’s a list of the official releases: FCBD 2015 website

Realize Your Comic Book Dreams

There are few things in life more rewarding than sharing your knowledge and helping enable others to achieve their dreams, and it was with this conviction in our hearts that we first launched the Isotope University back in 2011 with instructor and co-founder Ed Luce of WUVABLE OAF fame. There are other places to learn creative writing and cartooning, so we developed a curriculum unique only to us which focuses on practical, real world comics industry knowledge to equip students for success in creating and selling comics. These classes have proven to be very popular and hosting more is constantly in demand.

So it is with great pleasure that we announce brand new classes for the Isotope University… coinciding with the first annual San Francisco Comics Fest, a multi-venue comics week featuring fun events all over the Bay Area including the Cartoon Art Museum, the SF Public Library, and several SF Bay Area comic stores (we think this event sounds particularly awesome).

We’re excited to present these first new classes of the revamped Isotope University during SF Comics Fest as we think they bring a unique voice to the proceedings and we could not be more excited about the truly amazing instructors we have to teach them!

MASTERING CROWDFUNDING WITH ALEX WOOLFSON

Alex Woolfson, the author behind the hit queer superhero series THE YOUNG PROTECTORS and the yaoi science fiction graphic novel ARTIFICE, is one of the most successful users that we have ever seen of the crowdfunding services Kickstarter and Patreon to fund his comic book dreams. With the help of an ever-growing fanbase Alex has been able to professionally print his graphic novels, create thousands of dollars of steady income each month, and even quit his day job to create comics on a full time basis! Alex’s students will get to learn how crowdfunding works, gain smart strategies on what to include (and not include!) on their Kickstarter and Patreon pages, glean insights from the crowdfunding successes and mistakes of others, and best of all “learn how to promote your project without annoying all your Facebook friends.”

MASTERING CROWDFUNDING WITH ALEX WOOLFSON
Tuesday, May 5th 2015
6:00pm – 7:30pm
All Ages

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Class size is limited for this FREE event.
Reserve your spot starting @ Noon, Sunday April 19th!

WRITING FOR COMICS WITH DEVIN GRAYSON

The Isotope could not be more honored to be working with the amazing Devin Grayson! She’s written a good chunk of the greatest BATMAN comics ever made, a favorite BLACK WIDOW run, the uncannily prescient science fiction / fantasy cyberpunk series USER, and we’re pretty convinced that it was Devin’s legendary five-year arc on NIGHTWING that made him into one of DC Comics’ most beloved characters. More recently her work has been seen in the WOMANTHOLOGY collections and also on Dynamite Comics’ LEGENDS OF RED SONJA series. She also happens to be one of the industry’s most important LGBT+ advocates going back to a time when our industry just didn’t have very many of those.

Learn script creation and character development from one of comics’ best storytellers. This class will inspire and prepare students with Devin’s very own “tips for creating scrutable scripts, charming characters and serialized stories.”

WRITING FOR COMICS WITH DEVIN GRAYSON
Saturday, May 9th 2015
2:00pm – 4:00pm
All Ages

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Class size is limited for this FREE event.
Reserve your spot starting @ Noon, Sunday April 19th!

Our hearts are bursting with joy to get to feature these wonderful instructors who are such important voices in shaping our industry and dedicated to continuing to push the community of comics forward. We are truly blessed to have Devin and Alex bringing their immense talents and so many years of hard-won experience to share. Their generosity is a true inspiration.


“Nothing is too heavy for those who have wings”

Charming and Delightful

People often ask how the Isotope selects our events.

Each year our goal is to paint a year long masterpiece and every brushstroke on the canvas must have meaning, even if only to us. So much in life is designed to be endlessly reproducible, manufacturable, re-creatable. Our goal is to make things that are none of those things. And if we’re doing our jobs right? Each event should tell you who we are, what we value, & the message we are trying to convey without having to utter a single word.

This charming article on our recent event with the delightful Paolo Rivera & Joe Rivera event really understands who we are and why we do what we do.

Interview: Comic Errand Leads To Encounter With Amazing Family Duo Of Paolo and Joe Rivera

Paolo Rivera & Joe Rivera!

The Isotope staff couldn’t be more excited to get to host this New Comics Wednesday evening event for our customers!

Featuring the incredible Eisner Award winning penciling genius of Paolo Rivera and his very own familial inker supreme Joe Rivera, the father / son duo behind some of the best comics and covers in the comics industry today. Including SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP, BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE, ACTION COMICS and also the absolute best run on DAREDEVIL of the past decade.

Come meet the Riveras with us! We will be celebrating the conclusion to their new prestige format limited series THE VALIANT with them. Seriously, what could be cooler than seeing these two smiling gents together here at the Isotope?

Paolo Rivera & Joe Rivera @ Isotope
Wednesday, March 25th 2015
5:30pm –
All Ages

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Brandon Graham & Emma Rios @ Isotope

We know you’ve all heard about our Brian K. Vaughan SAGA celebration this Friday already. But we here at the Isotope have yet another great surprise up our besuited sleeves. In the grand Isotope tradition we are serving up an “instant event” of super-sized proportions for your weekend enjoyment!

Emma Rios – One of the industry’s best! She draws so many of our favorite titles, including PRETTY DEADLY, CAPTAIN MARVEL, DOCTOR STRANGE SEASON ONE and the truly stunning COIL: A CLONE STORY (check it out here).

Brandon Graham – Author / artist of KING CITY, MULTIPLE WARHEADS and the Image Comics science fiction juggernaut PROPHET.

Emma and Brandon will be rocking the Isotope’s drafting table with twin Sharpie action! Hanging out, sketching, signing, and having a great Saturday afternoon with us. These two artists represent everything we think is exciting about the future of comics. Stop on by and show these amazing creators some well-deserved love!

Brandon Graham & Emma Rios @ Isotope
Saturday, January 10th 2015
1pm – 5pm
All Ages

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2015 is off to a great start… !

Brian K. Vaughan SAGA Celebration!

We’ve been quietly working on this one since last February and could not be more excited to finally get to announce it. And what an event to kick off 2015!

Brian K. Vaughan, author of SAGA, Y THE LAST MAN, PRIVATE EYE and more will be returning to the Isotope for the first time since 2004 for an epic event… two events, in fact! As SAGA is one of the most popular books in the entire industry we know his visit is going to be *very* popular and the Isotope staff wants you all to have a wonderful experience meeting him and for all to make amazing memories of Brian’s visit together. So we’ve decided on doing a duo of events to make everyone happy! First up is a daytime signing event for the under 21 crowd, and then an epic celebration later that evening for the folks who like our mix and mingle, bring-your-ID, after-dark events.

SAGA SIGNING w/ BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
3pm – 6pm, Friday January 9th

An all-ages autographing session completely free of charge because we love you! As always the Isotope believes in crafting a unique experience with our signings, giving everyone a chance to sit down for some one-on-one time at the drafting table with your favorite creator. This is sure to be a popular signing and we definitely want everyone to get time to actually talk with Brian so we kindly ask that you bring no more than 3 items for him to sign. On behalf of all of us, thanks in advance!

SAGA AFTER-PARTY w/ BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
8pm – Midnight, Friday January 9th

A 21+ event as only the Isotope can do! If you’ve been to an after-hours party at the Isotope before you know the great atmosphere and amazing crowd that will be turning out for this. This event has a casual backstage-after-the-show vibe and gives you all an opportunity to actually hang out and get to know Brian… the way we think an in-store appearance should truly be!

Each attendee of the SAGA AFTER-PARTY will be given, for free, our exclusive Brian K. Vaughan SAGA Cocktail Glass, an ultra-limited highball created exclusively for this event by BKV, Fiona Staples and the Isotope. We believe in making our events truly once-in-a-lifetime so these commemorative glasses the Isotope creates for attendees are truly rare, fewer than 200 are ever printed and afterwards we always destroy the screens and production is finished… available one night only and nowhere else on the entire planet ever again.


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This event also features some secret special guests we’re not allowed to talk about, Isotope’s entertainment alchemist Kirsten Baldock‘s original works, and San Francisco’s beloved best on the wheels of steel, DJ BEARZBUB, spinning his unique brand of SAGA-inspired exotic grooves, hot b-sides, booty shaking nöyze, and rare beats.

And, of course, our featured guest himself… Brian K. Vaughan!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at this duo of special events and truly giving you an experience with Brian that you will never forget, let’s kick off the new year together!

Please read our Harassment Policy, thank you.

UPDATE: The SAGA AFTER-PARTY event is now at maximum capacity. Sorry to those who missed out. To the rest of you… see you there!

Savage Dragon Celebration w/ Erik Larsen!

Celebrating a true milestone in comics… SAVAGE DRAGON issue 200 with legendary creator and Image Comics founder Erik Larsen!

Larsen will be rocking the Isotope drafting table, signing comics and doing free sketches. We will have three varieties of SAVAGE DRAGON issue 200, including the Kirby/Larsen variant and also those awesome blank covers for him to scrawl on.

This event will also be featuring several dozen pages of Erik’s massively over-sized original art to blow everyone’s collective minds. Wait till you see these! You definitely won’t want to miss this unique once-in-a-lifetime “Storytime with Erik Larsen!”

APE AFTERMATH with Paul Pope

By the most popular or popular requests, the Isotope is proud to bring Alternative Press Expo 2014 weekend to a true climax with our second-of-two APE Aftermath bashes… with the multiple Eisner Award winning cartoonist, painter, multi-media artist, fashion designer, DJ, and true America icon Paul Pope!

Pope exploded on the scene with the new comics energy indie hit THB here in the states and the crazy-cool SUPER*TROUBLE in Japan. His work also includes the stunning BATMAN YEAR 100, HEAVY LIQUID, ESCAPO, 100%, and of course, the book we will be celebrating… BATTLING BOY and the released-that-very-week BATTLING BOY: THE RISE OF AURORA WEST.

Sure to be the talk of the weekend (who wouldn’t want to party with Paul Pope?!), our event features San Francisco’s famed spinner of tunes DJ Bearzbub and bespoke cocktails based on Paul’s comics by Kirsten Baldock. This is going to be a good one!

Paul Pope @ Isotope
Sunday, October 5th 2014
8pm – Midnight
21+ please

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APE AFTERMATH 2014 also features the one and only Ed Piskor on Sunday 10/4 !

UPDATE: We’ve regretfully had to cancel this event. Paul is sick and had to fly back home. We will make this one up on another date, sorry to disappoint folks!

In the history of the Isotope we’ve never had to cancel an event before… but THIS flyer? THIS creator? It’s kind of perfect. (laugh)

APE AFTERMATH with Ed Piskor

The Isotope is honored to be kicking off our annual Alternative Press Expo APE AFTERMATH celebrations with Eisner Award nominee and New York Times best selling cartoonist Ed Piskor!

Known for his historical graphic novel explorations like the fictional look at the early world of computer hacking WIZZYWIG and also THE BEATS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY with comics legend Harvey Pekar, Piskor’s most recent works are exploding in popularity and also his most funky-fresh in the flesh boks to date… HIP HOP FAMILY TREE, documenting the birth and history of the early rap scene.

In honor of Mister Piskor we will be throwing a truly old school themed bash with SF’s own DJ Grandmaster Bearzbub getting the party jumping with the best pre-1986 bodyrocking beats and Mixologist Kirsten Baldock serving up her unique maxin’ and relaxin’ libations based on Piskor’s latest works. For your uprocking needs, be sure to prepare your crew with this great resource. And don’t be shy about to breaking out your freshest gear… we suggest your furry Kangol buckets, your favorite Puma track-suit, your Carrera Porsche 5620 shades, and your Adidas shell-toes. See you then, b-boys and b-girls!

Ed Piskor @ Isotope
Saturday, October 4th 2014
8pm – Midnight
21+ por favor

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APE AFTERMATH 2014 also features the one and only Paul Pope on Sunday 10/5 !

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