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Rafael Albuquerque & Rafael Scavone!

Isotope proudly presents a very special day-long event with Rafael Albuquerque & Rafael Scavone, the Brazilian comic superstar duo behind the adaptation of the upcoming NEIL GAIMAN’S A STUDY IN EMERALD graphic novel!

Rafael Albuquerque‘s utterly gorgeous art has been one of the most beloved parts of all of our your comic reading for the past few years, from AMERICAN VAMPIRE to BATMAN to HUCK to EI8HT to UNCANNY X-FORCE to TUNE 8 to TALES OF FEAR AGENT to BATGIRL and also so many amazing comic book covers it is mind-blowing.

Rafael Scavone, is the author of ALL STAR BATMAN (with Scott Snyder), WONDER WOMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, a heart-wrenching story in WHERE WE LIVE: A BENEFIT FOR THE SURVIVORS IN LAS VEGAS, and an upcoming run on Mark Millar’s HIT GIRL. Together with Deb Dorneles, the Rafaels formed Stout Club in 2014, a comic imprint from Brazil that is revolutionizing the South American comics scene.

NEIL GAIMAN’S A STUDY IN EMERALD from Dark Horse Comics is an original comic graphic novel adaption of Neil Gaiman’s famous Sherlock Holmes short story that runs our hero, together with his ever-present partner Watson, against the nightmares of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu. Expect full-on Victorian horror, fog-choked London alleyways, horrific labs from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, hallucinogenic terrors in caves of Afghanistan, and something terrible lurking in the shadows of 221b Baker Street. Truly a story that Albuquerque and Scavone were born to tell!

Since these gentlemen are coming so far to visit the comic loving people of San Francisco for the first time, and so few North Americans have gotten the chance to meet them before, we’ve scheduled a day-long duo of awesome events for your convenience. A great daytime autograph signing session and a late night afterparty as only the Isotope can do!

RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE & RAFAEL SCAVONE @ ISOTOPE SIGNING
Saturday, July 28th 2018
2pm – 6pm
All-Ages

The Isotope’s intimate afternoon autographing session for our all-ages crowd. Sure, there will be a line for this, but here at the Isotope we’ve completely redesigned the signing experience to ensure our events are casual, fun, low pressure affairs. If you haven’t been to one before we think you’ll like the way we do things.

RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE & RAFAEL SCAVONE @ ISOTOPE AFTERPARTY
Saturday, July 28th 2018
8pm – Midnight
21+ please

Our late night afterparty features the best comic crowd anywhere on the planet, once-in-a-lifetime bespoke refreshments by master mixologist Kirsten Baldock, and amazing tunes with DJ BEARZBUB to make you smile. These events are the stuff of legend in the comic industry, here’s your chance to find out why.

We will have lots of copies of NEIL GAIMAN’S A STUDY IN EMERALD on hand but if you’d like to ensure we have a copy for you that day, please call or email hidden; JavaScript is required to reserve your copy.

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Isotope & CCA Proudly Present:

Isotope has teamed up with our friends at the California College of the Arts’ MFA in Comics Program for a weekend-long celebration with JH Williams III, the artist who blew all our minds on SANDMAN OVERTURE, BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA, DESOLATION JONES, BATMAN, and so many more jaw-dropping books.

Few artists have a more stunning body of work or have been more influential on the evolution of the artform of comics in the 21st century. Williams is also the only artist to have worked with each of the most important writers of several generations, including Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, Greg Rucka, and Alejandro Jodorowsky. Not to mention his work with two of the greatest bands ever (check out that work here and here). Simply put, we here at the Isotope we are of the opinion that Mister Williams is the single greatest artist working in comics today.

On Friday, July 13th the California College of the Arts’ MFA in Comics Program is having an-depth talk with Williams as part of their summer lecture series at their San Francisco Campus’ Timken Lecture Hall (more info here). Moderated by queer comics historian Justin Hall. Yes, we will definitely see you all there!

And on Saturday… an epic party at the Isotope! Featuring a perfectly curated setlist by San Francisco’s own DJ Bearzbub, all our favorite local creators, a whole bunch of comic-making CCA students, and all your best, comic-loving friends here at the Isotope!

Williams is a long time member of our family and we have had so many wonderful times together with him… so for those of you who have yet to get to know him… we want to bring that experience to you too. As always Jim will be happy to sign your SANDMAN OVERTURE hardcovers, PROMETHEA omnibii, BATWOMAN paperbacks, vintage CHASE comics, BLONDIE and THE SWORD albums, and anything else he’s ever worked on. And we don’t even mind if you’ve bought those things elsewhere, this isn’t about us, it’s about you and Jim getting to say “hi.”

JH WILLIAMS III @ ISOTOPE AFTERPARTY
Saturday, July 14th 2018
8pm – Midnight
21+ please

An intimate late night afterparty with the best comic crowd anywhere on the planet, once-in-a-lifetime bespoke refreshments by master mixologist Kirsten Baldock, and delightful tunes by DJ BEARZBUB. This event is a casual backstage-after-the-show vibe and gives you all an opportunity to actually hang out and get to know our guest of honor JH Williams III… the way we think an in-store appearance should truly be!

We will have lots of copies of Williams’ books on hand but if you’d like to ensure we have a copy of something for you that day, please call or email hidden; JavaScript is required to reserve your copy.

If you haven’t already, please do read our Harassment Policy. Thank you.

Ed Luce + SF Pride

Join us in celebrating SF Pride Month with one of our most favorite comic creators of all… WUVABLE OAF‘s Ed Luce!

We’ve been championing this amazing comic series since way back in 2007, and we couldn’t be happier to get to have Ed back in for another official event.

Ed will be sketching and signing his two brilliant body-positive bear-is-beautiful hardcover volumes WUVABLE OAF (back in print!) and WUVABLE OAF: BLOOD & METAL. And also the oh-so elusive brand new flipbook issue WUVABLE OAF #5 (are we still the only shop with these? We might be.)! We’ve also dug up a few copies of HENRY & GLENN FOREVER AND EVER #1 which features a fantastic Ed Luce love story featuring the cutest couple in all of comics, Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig.

And what better way to do an Ed Luce event than with a rare turn of events… we’re also stocking a bunch of variant covers featuring Ed’s art, including the Robin Hood and his band of badass queer outlaws comic MERRY MEN #1 and also Ed’s contribution to Image Comics celebrated #Pride Variant Covers, DEADLY CLASS #29 and REDNECK #3! Now we’ll admit that we’re a bit biased but objectively these are the two best ones of all of these variants, right?! Totally! Also, hey Ed, how do we get one of those great t-shirts?!

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Wuvable Oaf Launch Party 2016!

We’re sure you’ll agree with us when we say there just is no comic cooler than Ed Luce‘s WUVABLE OAF. Here at the Isotope the Cult of Oaf has been championing this amazing indie comic since way back in 2007, and we couldn’t be happier to see publisher Fantagraphics Books is sending out 2016 with a message, and in high style, with the release of the all-new WUVABLE OAF: BLOOD & METAL hardcover!

Those of you who attended our previous WUVABLE OAF Launch Party know we go all-out for all things Oaf so it was inevitable we had something secret up our collective sleeves for Ed Luce’s latest release… the Isotope is going to throw the greatest party on Earth to celebrate… of course we are!

Join us for a rare December event and celebrate with us AMERICAN BEAUTY, WUVABLE OAF STYLE!


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Fellow hardcore Oaf fans may have heard that Ed Luce is sending out packs of limited-edition WUVABLE OAF GOTEBLÜD ENAMEL PINS to each of the coolest comic shops on Earth for your retailers to give to you free of charge… well, of course we have those and will be gifting them to you with every copy of WUVABLE OAF: BLOOD & METAL (while supplies last of course)!

But because the entire world knows that the greatest Oaf fans of all are here at the Isotope we have so much more for you! Just for you fine folks the WUVABLE OAF: BLOOD & METAL hardcover comes with an original ultra-limited edition, Isotope exclusive Ed Luce WUVABLE OAF GOTEBLÜD ART PRINT on acid-free/pH neutral 100% cotton rag paper. Absolutely free of charge! I’ve been calling this piece “The Goteblüd Of Oafly Delights.”


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This exclusive Oaf print is suitable for framing and can be proudly hung on the wall above your bed to impress and delight all potential suitors…

… or you can choose upgrade your copy of your hardcover book from the vanilla cover version other places carry with this as an exclusive dustjacket and your bookshelf can experience the true magnificence that is the WUVABLE OAF: BLOOD & METAL, ISOTOPE EDITION.

These Oaf prints were made exclusively for the Isotope and are available nowhere else on Earth. And they come absolutely free! Thanks Ed!

That’s all pretty amazing, right? It gets even better! Because Isotope is the home temple of all things WUVABLE OAF, Ed Luce teamed up with sculptor Erik Erspamer to create a very special gift for the Isotope’s Cult of Oaf, the ultra-limited OFFICIAL WUVABLE OAF GOTEBLÜD ISOTOPE GLOW-IN-THE-DARK OCCULT RITUAL PENDANT. Be the talk of the next party with this perfect totem for flaunting your allegiance to the Dark Oaf God and for all your Oaftanic Baptisms and Oafccult rituals!


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These pendants are *also* free of charge for Isotope customers with the WUVABLE OAF: BLOOD & METAL hardcover, as a “thank you” from creator Ed Luce for all the Isotope Faithful’s rabid support over the years. Amazing! We couldn’t be more honored to get to put this amazing Ed Luce / Erik Erspamer original artwork around your necks at this event.

The WUVABLE OAF: BLOOD & METAL Launch Party also features the Isotope’s own Kirsten Baldock crafting her original OAF-inspired beverage creations, and San Francisco icon DJ BEARZBUB spinning his unique brand of vintage metal classics, hot b-sides, rare grooves and booty shaking beats.

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

This rare December launch party is definitely a can’t-miss event. Come and join us in raising a glass to everything WUVABLE and all things OAF, won’t you?

Ed Luce @ Isotope
Saturday, December 10th 2016
8pm – Midnight
21+ please
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Justin Hall @ Isotope

Join us in welcoming back one of San Francisco’s most important (and nicest) comic creators, Justin Hall for the release of the long-awaited HARD TO SWALLOW graphic novel! Justin is a multiple Eisner-nominated cartoonist known for editing and collecting Fantagraphics Books’ NO STRAIGHT LINES: FOUR DECADES OF QUEER COMICS, the industry’s only historical collection of LGBTQ comics, curating the world’s first museum show devoted to LGBTQ cartooning, No Straight Lines: Queer Culture and the Comics at the Cartoon Art Museum, and for his role as one of the associate professors spearheading the MFA in Comics program at the California College of the Arts.

The HARD TO SWALLOW anthology series was created by Justin Hall and Dave Davenport in 2006 with a mission statement to feature fellow upcoming queer artists like BiL Sherman, Steve MacIsaac, Brad Rader, Drub, Jon Macy, and Victor Hodge and to feature erotic comics that were great stories as well as being sexy reads. Featuring hardcore pirates, naughty werewolves, exotic locales, and all the randy studs you could ask for.

Back in 2008 the Isotope did the launch party for issue #3 of the series (we still stifle a small laugh at the folks leaving comments on this Beat article) and not long afterwards this series went out of print and was potentially lost in the sands of time. But thanks to a fantastic Kickstarter campaign last year we can put it on our collective bookshelves at last!

Join us, the amazing DJ Bearzbub, our featured guest Justin Hall and a whole bunch of our friends (of a multitude of lifestyles and persuasions) in celebrating this great day for LGBTQ creators and the San Francisco comics scene!

Justin Hall @ Isotope
Featuring DJ Bearzbub
Saturday, July 30th
6pm – 8pm. 21+ por favor!

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Are You Ready for FCBD 2016?

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 once again on San Francisco’s most glorious and massive smorgasboard of absolutely free comic reads for comic lovin’ kids of all ages!

For 2016 the Isotope is beyond proud to feature the incredibly talented brothers-in-arms team of Andrew Robertson (11 year old pixel artist) and Owen Robertson (14 year old pencil/ink artist)… sons of the incredible Darick Robertson of TRANSMETROPOLITAN and THE BOYS fame… and to get to host the world wide debut of the Robertson Brothers first ever books!

There’s not a doubt in our minds these guys are going to be taking the world of comics and video games by storm in the coming years, and we are sure you will agree. Check out the greatness:


From Andrew Robertson’s MY BOOK OF PIXEL ART sketchbook.


From Owen Robertson’s THERAPY FOR SATAN sketchbook.

Owen and Andrew will be selling their respective books, doing original sketches for the masses, and hanging out being the future rockstars that they are. We couldn’t be more excited to have them in this year for FCBD!

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. We have some surprise “security” every year and we will be keeping up our annual secret “shop boy” tradition (2014 was SANDMAN OVERTURE artist JH Williams III and 2015 was EAST OF WEST artist Nick Dragotta). Every year there’s a lot of wild speculation as to who we could be bringing in to help us run the register and drop your collective jaws. Yep, I’m sure you’re scratching your head already, because this year is a real stumper (laugh)… just who could it possibly be?!

Keep your eyes on our Twitter accounts and Instagram for more details on our mystery staffers on the day of the event.

We are also featuring on staff the amazing Katie Longua author/artist of MUNCHIES, KNOW YOURSELF ANATOMY ADVENTURE SERIES, RÖK and the anthologies 1001 KNIGHTS and CHAINMAIL BIKINI. And also Josh Richardson author of the recently released RATCHET & CLANK: OFFICIAL GUIDE BOOK. And also our latest beloved staff addition, Kate Mattingly of the Miradori Tumblr.

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 sweet to the kiddos. Thank you kindly!

xoxox

Here’s a list of the official releases: FCBD 2016 website
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Isotope Presents: Greg Rucka

Greg Rucka is the writer of so many books we absolutely love… LAZARUS, BATWOMAN: ELEGY, GOTHAM CENTRAL, QUEEN & COUNTRY, BLACK WIDOW, WHITEOUT, ELEKTRA, VEIL, WONDER WOMAN: THE HIKETEIA, BATMAN, PUNISHER, GRENDEL: PAST PRIME, THE QUESTION, STUMPTOWN… the list just goes on and on! He is also the just-announced returning author on the upcoming DC Rebirth WONDER WOMAN series which makes us very excited too!

BLACK MAGICK, Greg’s new “witch noir” series from Image Comics with the amazing Nicola Scott, is coming out in softcover format and we knew we *had to* have Rucka in to celebrate it. We’ve been waiting for just the right moment to have our first event with Greg and, thanks to the BLACK MAGICK in the air, the stars aligned perfectly. This is definitely going to be one of our best events for a long, long time.


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The BLACK MAGICK LAUNCH PARTY w/ GREG RUCKA features the exclusive BLACK MAGICK COCKTAIL GLASS, a commemorative lowball for attendees. This ultra-limited edition double old fashioned glass features the iconic BLACK MAGICK cover by Nicola Scott printed in black and white with Sapphire CG Series Inks on a 13.5oz heavy-base double old fashioned Libbey Finedge glass. Available one night only. And nowhere else on the planet ever again.

Also featuring SF’s own DJ BEARZBUB, spinning his famous brand of exotic grooves, hot b-sides, booty shaking nöyze, and rare beats.

And the man of the hour himself… Greg Rucka!

BLACK MAGICK LAUNCH PARTY w/ GREG RUCKA
Friday, April 29th 2016
8pm – Midnight

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Passes for the BLACK MAGICK LAUNCH PARTY w/ GREG RUCKA are available at the link below. Your $9.99 ticket includes a copy of BLACK MAGICK VOLUME 1: AWAKENING softcover (cover price $9.99), or a BLACK MAGICK COCKTAIL GLASS (priceless!).


BLACK MAGICK LAUNCH PARTY w/ GREG RUCKA

This event is sure to fill up quickly so grab your passes before the witching hour arrives. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you and celebrating a bewitching evening with Mister Rucka together!

Record Store Day… At Isotope!

Jamaica Dyer and Eddie Wright, the Isotope, and Record Store Day celebrate one of the world’s coolest holidays in high style… with the LAKE IMAGO comic / album release event!

LAKE IMAGO, by Eddie Wright and one of our favorite artists Jamaica Dyer, is a powerfully haunting coming of age comic about tragedy, grief and depression told in personal moments and a particularly bleak familial road trip. We’re thrilled to get to do this event for such a fantastic new work, and cannot recommend it more highly! Surreal in the vein of Charles Burns‘ brilliant BLACK HOLE, quietly personal like Sofie Campbell‘s WET MOON, and emotionally arresting like Ulli Lust‘s TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE or Craig Thompson’s BLANKETS. Here’s a fantastic review and the digital version is here so you can find out for yourself before the analog version is here on the 16th.

But it wouldn’t be Record Store Day without a record, right?

The Isotope also proudly presents the release of an original LAKE IMAGO Soundtrack EP created just for this event by heavy space drone band SPACE:1666. This EP was recorded in the appropriately effects-pedal-laden Outer Sagittarius Studios and will be released on a limited edition dead-format CD3 as well as a day-and-date digital release featuring music inspired by the book and all new art by Jamaica Dyer.

Jamaica Dyer & Eddie Wright @ Isotope
Record Store Day LAKE IMAGO Comic & CD Release
Saturday, April 16th 2016
1pm – 4pm
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Sonny Liew @ Isotope!

Isotope proudly presents award-winning cartoonist Sonny Liew visiting us for the first time all the way from Singapore!

We’re massive fans of Sonny’s gorgeous work, and love his creative team-ups with Gene Yang on THE SHADOW HERO, with Paul Levitz on DOCTOR FATE, with Mike Carey on MY FAITH IN FRANKIE, with Tommy Kovac on WONDERLAND, on the fantastic series of FLIGHT anthologies, and especially his solo MALINKY ROBOT and… the book that we think will be dominating the Best of the Year lists for 2016… THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE.

THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE is a brilliant (and totally fictional) historical biography detailing the life of an famous (faux) cartoonist as told through (falsified) excerpts of work from throughout the artist’s ‘career.’ Featuring a variety of styles from vintage newspaper strips to commercial art jobs, articles and found objects, pages of Chye’s various sketchbooks, intertwined with a glimpse of the actual history comics and also the island city-state of Singapore. Sonny’s work here is a true tour de force and already making huge ripples in the art world as well as being considered so controversial in Liew’s homeland that it has been cited for its “potential to undermine the authority and legitimacy of the Republic of Singapore government.”

The reviews for this eagerly awaited book from Sonny are universally glowing, positively gushing, and rightfully efficacious. We agree, this is definitely not to be missed!

The Isotope is honored to get to be part of Sonny’s exclusive ten-stop tour of North America for this remarkable book. Come join us for a very special celebration of one of comics best, and most unique, creators.

Sonny Liew @ Isotope
Thursday, April 7th 2016
7pm, All Ages
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THE SANDMAN OVERTURE CELEBRATION

Celebrating the greatest living comic artist working today – JH Williams III (SANDMAN OVERTURE, BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA) and the release of the biggest book of the decade, the SANDMAN OVERTURE DELUXE EDITION hardcover.

There are few people on planet Earth we love more than JH Williams III (if you like beautiful memories people share with their friends this will bring tears to your eyes) and together we’ve been quietly planning our event to celebrate the amazing SANDMAN OVERTURE for a long, long time. The Isotope staff wants you all to have a wonderful experience meeting him and for everyone to get to create amazing memories of JH Williams III’s visit together. So we’re doing a duo of events as only the Isotope can to make sure everyone has a chance to meet one of the nicest and most talented people in all of comics! First up is a casual, 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.

SANDMAN OVERTURE SIGNING w/ JH WILLIAMS III
2pm – 6pm, Saturday November 14th

This intimate all-ages autographing session is completely free of charge and open to all. We want to ensure you have a completely unique and personal experience with Jim so we’re specifically tailoring this event to let you have a real moment to sit down with him. Jim will sign your SANDMAN OVERTURE hardcovers, PROMETHEA omnibii, BATWOMAN paperbacks, vintage CHASE comics, BLONDIE and THE SWORD albums, and anything else he’s ever worked on. As always, we don’t even mind if you’ve bought them elsewhere, this isn’t about us, it’s about you and Jim getting to say “hi.” As this is sure to be a popular signing and we definitely want everyone to get time to actually talk with Jim so we kindly ask that you bring no more than 5 items for him to sign. On behalf of every one of us, thank you so much.

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SANDMAN OVERTURE AFTER PARTY w/ JH WILLIAMS III
8pm – Midnight, Saturday November 14th

An after party as only the Isotope can do! If you’ve been to a late night event 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 Jim… the way we think an in-store appearance should truly be!

Featuring the exclusive JH Williams III SANDMAN OVERTURE Print, an ultra-limited art print on acid-free/pH neutral 100% cotton rag Fabriano Watercolor Paper, lovingly printed using Epson’s archival UltraChrome inks with a lightfastness rating of over 200 years. Available nowhere else on the planet! This hand-numbered print is suitable for framing and can be proudly hung on the wall of your swank pad….

… or you can choose to upgrade your SANDMAN OVERTURE: DELUXE EDITION from the vanilla cover version other places carry by using this print as an exclusive dust jacket. And your bookshelf can experience the true glory and magnificence that is the THE SANDMAN OVERTURE ISOTOPE EDITION!

These ultra-limited, hand-numbered dustjacket/print souvenirs are completely free to attendees of SANDMAN OVERTURE AFTER PARTY w/ JH WILLIAMS III as an “Isotope loves you” to our customers and will be available one night only and nowhere else or ever again.

The SANDMAN OVERTURE AFTER PARTY w/ JH WILLIAMS III also features San Francisco’s famed DJ BEARZBUB, spinning his famous brand of exotic grooves, hot b-sides, booty shaking nöyze, and rare beats.

And of course, the man of the hour himself, JH Williams III!

Passes for the SANDMAN OVERTURE AFTER PARTY w/ JH WILLIAMS III are available at the link below. Your $24.99 ticket includes a copy of SANDMAN OVERTURE: DELUXE EDITION HARDCOVER (cover price $24.99), and a JH Williams III SANDMAN OVERTURE Print (priceless!)


http://sandman.brownpapertickets.com

This event is sure to sell out so grab your passes tout de suite. We’re looking forward to seeing you, we think you’ll all love getting to know Jim as well as we do!

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