Are you ready for the Post-Apocalypse Now? We are.
We here at the Isotope couldn’t be more excited about our new neighbors over at SFJAZZ, especially when they’re throwing events as exciting as this. Live jazz and live art… by Frisell and Woodring?! We wouldn’t miss this for the world!
Here’s more details from our friends at SFJAZZ:
Bill Frisell’s third night as Resident Artistic Director is a delightful live multi-media collaboration between Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers trio and influential Seattle-based cartoonist and animator Jim Woodring. For this special performance, Woodring will create live digital illustrations, projected on the Miner Auditorium video screen, to accompany and inspire the music.
Jim Woodring is an acclaimed artist and animator, known best for his character FRANK, who has appeared in a number of graphic novels and in his previous multi-media collaboration with Frisell, 2006’s Probability Cloud. The Comics Journal named two of Woodring’s creations to their list of 100 Best Comics of the Century, and his previous work with Frisell resulted in a United States Artists Fellowship.
Behind guitarist Bill Frisell’s affable demeanor there’s a steely-willed artist whose creative ambitions span the continent. Since his early days on the Downtown Manhattan scene in the mid-1970s, when he became a key collaborator with John Zorn, Frisell has steadily expanded his sonic purview, staking a claim to an ever-greater range of media, material, and musical traditions.
Bill Frisell & Jim Woodring Live @ SFJAZZ
2pm Family Matinee & 7:30pm Evening Show
SFJAZZ Center. 201 Franklin Street @ Fell
All ages. Cost: $5-10 (family matinee) $25-65 (7:30PM show)
More info here
What a great way to spend the weekend! I’ll definitely be in attendance at that Beautiful Dreamers evening show. Come join us, won’t you?
Our favorite new series of 2013 is definitely the post-apocalyptic western EAST OF WEST and we couldn’t be more excited to get to celebrate the launch of the collection with the book’s amazing artist… Nick Dragotta!
Nick’s art has dazzled us for a few years now with mystic arts and high mutant weirdness on X-STATIX PRESENTS: DEAD GIRL (with Isotope favorite Peter Milligan), explored the uncomfortable underbelly of the Marvel Universe on VENGEANCE (with another IsoFave Joe Casey), dazzled our poor little minds on FF (with yet another favorite ’round these parts Jonathan Hickman), transported us back to yesteryear on CAPTAIN AMERICA: FOREVER ALLIES (with comics legend Roger Stern), and always always brings a smile to our faces with his awesome site HOWTOONS.
Come celebrate with us! Our beloved Kirsten Baldock is crafting up a palette-stunning cocktail list based on Nick’s work in honor of the evening. Mister Dragotta promises a sketchbook-filling Four Horsemen styled evening… and we’re hoping he’ll bring in some original art for us to buy as well!
Isotope Presents: Nick Dragotta
EAST OF WEST Vol. 1 Launch Party
Saturday, September 21st 2013
8pm – Midnight
Are you ready for the Post-Apocalypse Now? We are!
Multiple award winning comic artist Dave Johnson is famous for his stunning covers on 100 BULLETS, THE PUNISHER, BATMAN, FURY MAX, DEADPOOL and hundreds more. He did full interiors on one of the best Superman stories ever SUPERMAN RED SON. He’s known his amazing animation projects including BATMAN BEYOND, LEGION OF SUPER HEROES, BEN10, FLATULENE, and even a heartbreakingly unproduced MICRONAUTS series. He hosted one of the Isotope’s craziest barcrawls ever, DAVE JOHNSON NEEDS PIRATES TIKI TOUR.
And he, along with fellow artist Dan Panosian, launched a SoCal tradition in 2005 that has spread through the country like wildfire and spawned two gorgeous hardcover collections (here and here)… THE DRINK AND DRAW SOCIAL CLUB.
And now San Francisco, it’s your turn to celebrate this fine tradition alongside the founding father and one of the industry’s best artists! The right Reverend Dave Johnson is calling out to all local artists to gather up your fistful of Rapidographs, Conté Crayons, General’s Charcoals and Prismacolors for an evening of good cheer, great tunes and amazing live art here at the Isotope. Featuring amazing Rev Dave inspired cocktails by Kirsten Baldock.
DAVE JOHNSON DRINK & DRAW SAN FRANCISCO
Saturday, August 10th, 8pm – Midnight
@ the Isotope
You drink… and you shall draw!
Let’s all celebrate the NEW SCHOOL, shall we? We’re hosting this event in conjunction with the professors and students of The California College of the Arts brand new MFA in Comics graduate program. And we’re also toasting Fantagraphics Books’ latest offering from the amazing Dash Shaw!
NEW SCHOOL explores adolescent angst, sibling rivalry, infatuation, alienation, and teenage disillusionment in Dash’s quirky bold line style with an explosion of color. This surreal, emotional coming of age opus revolves around two brothers and the setting of ClockWorld, a crazy new amusement park that recreates historical events like the Kennedy assassination in graphic detail. Weird, awesome stuff!
Before our party, don’t miss Dash doing the public speaking thing at CCA’s Comics In The City lecture series, and then come join us as the Isotope’s own Kirsten Baldock mixes up a Shaw-inspired cocktail list that is sure to dazzle! We’re looking forward to introducing you all to Dash, he’s a really fantastic guest who we love having in. Here’s a happiness-inducing write-up from last time he was here that will make you smile.
We’ll see you on the 26th, no number two pencil required!
As you’ve probably heard, San Diego Comic Con in full swing this week, definitely biggest pop culture show in the country. And SCDD has swelled to massive proportions over the last few years (130,000 in attendance) and each year we hear more and more talk that Comic Con is all about movies and video games and tv shows… but not so much the comics anymore.
But lucky for we San Franciscans that comic love that seems to be dwindling in other places is *definitely* not missing here! In fact, our friends at the California College of the Arts have been infusing the city of San Francisco through July with amazing comic creators all month long for their awesome public lecture series – Comics In The City, hosted in conjunction with their MFA in Comics graduate program.
You all know how we love those smart and unique comic events, and we couldn’t be happier to see CCA doing something really special for comic lovers here in SF this month. And as you’d expect from the fine folks behind CCA’s Comics Department, this lecture series has been incredibly well received, with the month kicking off with Cathy Malkasian and James Robinson. And we still have two more to go!
What better way to celebrate the always vibrant San Francisco comics scene as well as honor this awesome new program and it’s students? Why… with an Isotope after-party of course!
Get out your #2 pencils to block out that date on your calendar, stay tuned for more details, and get ready for the return of one of the Isotope’s favorite comic creators!
Most of you know the Isotope goes way, way back with our friends David Steinberger and John Roberts from Comixology (even back to when they were known as iComicsOnSale). Like all the best friendships, we’ve had many great times just hanging out together and we’ve also taken that mutual admiration for each other to do cool stuff together. We conceived, constructed, and tirelessly beta-tested a Comics Subscription System for Retailers and Readers that has enabled comic stores all over the planet to take amazing care of their customers and grow their businesses. And, along with the industry’s most forward thinking shops, we’ve pioneered together the fusion of analog and digital comics markets. The best of all possible worlds!
But for some strange reason, we’ve never thrown a party together. The time for that to change is now.
with Comixology & the Isotope
Tuesday, June 11th, 8pm
@ The High Dive Lounge
Embarcadero @ Pier 28 1/2
In honor of the 2013 WWDC that brought our friends to town this month and the upcoming 7th anniversary of the Isotope/Comixology friendship, let me invite you to our first official event together! We’ll be posted up Bay Side at one of SF’s most beloved old school treasures, the city’s best dive featuring the city’s best view, The Hi Dive Lounge for a nice evening of cocktails and great comic talk. Join us, won’t you?
Fans of great speculative fiction will know Lauren Beukes. Her hardboiled urban fantasy novel ZOO CITY about crime, chaotic magic, and Acquired Aposymbiotic Familiarism (aka “the Zoo Plague”) won her handfuls of acclaim, including the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award. Her Rapunzel-centric run on Vertigo’s FAIREST took us on a surreal trip into a Tokyo underworld filled with the ghosts and monsters of Japan. And her just-released time-hopping murder thriller THE SHINING GIRLS was just announced today to have been picked up for a development deal by Leonardo DiCaprio.
It’s always a true thrill to have our favorite authors and artists pop in for a surprise visit. And Lauren is one of our most beloved, so it was extra exciting to have her surprise us and autograph a bunch of FAIREST issues this afternoon. That’s right every issue here at Isotope is autographed for your comic loving pleasure! And even better, you too can get a chance to get to know this unbelievably charming/fashionable/brilliant science fiction author while she’s in from South Africa, she’ll be making a schedule in-store with our amigos at Borderlands tomorrow.
Lauren Beukes @ Borderlands Books
Friday, June 7th, 7:00pm
866 Valencia St
Great to see you, Lauren!
Free Comic Book Day is an annual event at comic shops the planet over. Here at the Isotope we will once again be featuring a massive selection of absolutely free comic reads for comic lovin’ kids of all ages… and this year we’re thrilled to announce special guest star Aidan Hernacki!
Aidan is a ten year old comic creating wunderkind, and we have the honor of debuting his talents to the industry this week, launching his new mini-comic series THE ONION BROS. ADVENTURES IN SPACE! Expect adorable free sketches from Aidan, a chance to buy original artwork directly from this child prodigy, and lots of copies of his new comic!
FCBD w/ Aidan Hernacki
Saturday, May 4th 2013
11am – 3pm
And while we’re talking about FCBD – Isotope is famous for having one of the greatest comics high-stakes, no-limits, can’t-find-anywhere-else smorgasboards in the city, and we know you’re all excited to check out what’s on tap for 2013. 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 kiddos can’t. Thank you kindly!
Here’s a list of the official releases:
Here’s your reminder… tomorrow is the day!
The Isotope is proud to get to kick off our 2013 event schedule year with a live show on our “world’s tallest stage” with this human ball of amazingly magical energy. Following in the grand tradition of the one and only MC Chris @ Isotope, Japan’s Pine*AM @ Isotope, the unsober Uke Apocalypse @ Isotope and Dame Darcy @ Isotope, our intimate concert series shows are always free of charge, packed to the gills, and only thrown when we really, really mean it. Could there be a more exciting follow-up to those amazing international acts than the amazing AKIRA THE DON?
Those of you who joined us for MorrisonCon in Las Vegas already know why Akira was Mister Grant Morrison‘s single most requested convention demand. And we cannot wait to get to introduce the rest of you to him!
But is San Francisco ready for The Man Who Cannot Be Contained?!
The epic last time Akira was in SF known around these parts as “the best weekend with the worst hangover of my life” in which The Don recorded an entire new album out of a briefcase, we were lucky enough to join him on the craziest Bay To Breakers ever experienced (topped off with Akira performing superhuman stunts and literally saving a girl’s life), and ended the three day bender of biblical proportions off by blowing the doors off the Isotope filming a music video with E-40‘s enigmatic tea-and-Ferrari-loving scion Issue.
Akira is on an Exaltation Mission and he cannot be contained! Isotope’s mixologist maestro Kirsten Baldock will be serving up a bevy of bevvys, including the legendary MorrisonCon inspired Transcendence. And DJ Bearzbub will be bringing the pre-show bodyrock on the wheels of steel. Truly SF, are you ready. for. this?
AKIRA THE DON @ Isotope
Saturday, April 20th 2013
8pm – Your Bedtime
featuring Opening Jams by San Francisco’s DJ BEARZBUB
THE DON CANNOT BE CONTAINED!