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In Honor of Princess UGG

Isotope is sacred ground for this first of our two PRINCESS UGG celebrations of epic proportions with two-time Eisner Award nominee author/artist Ted Naifeh!

Following up in the footsteps of his celebrated COURTNEY CRUMRIN and POLLY & THE PIRATES works, his latest series completes a triptych of Oni Press awesome, and proves once again why Naifeh’s unique brand of distinctly beautiful comics are truly the pride of the industry. Summoning a fresh cauldron of epic fantasy adventure, Naifeh’s coming of age yarn both rejects many of the trappings of traditional Disney-ified YA princess fantasy while celebrating all the cool stuff the genre promises. PRINCESS UGG is truly the finest breed of Best New Releases of 2014 AD.

Starring Warrior Princess Ülga, a wild young barbarian with an axe-swinging taste for adventure and action, finds herself shipped off for tribal duty… can even she survive the nightmare-inducing terrors of the fine ladies’ finishing school? Or will that rebellious glint in her eye and her sharpened steel end up spelling doom for all?

Grab your Viking helmets and ride your woolly mammoth steeds to come join us for this daytime all-ages event launching PRINCESS UGG in high Isotope style!

Preview PRINCESS UGG here.

Free Comic Book Day 2014 @ Isotope

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, Aidan Hernacki!

A true sequential art phenom at 11 years old, Aidan’s celebrated ONION BROS comic saw it’s debut here at the Isotope last year with THE ONION BROS: ADVENTURES IN SPACE, a hilarious action adventure romp, which has been endorsed by none other than Tom Hiddleston (yep, LOKI) himself. For 2014 Aidan is bringing new printings and also debuting his latest self-published opus for our Free Comic Book Day masses ONION BROS: VAMPIRE HUNTERS!

Like last year Aidan will be doing free sketches and also making his one of a kind original art production pages available for those of us with fine taste in originals & who want to pick up some of work before he gets too famous. As always, Isotope has a strict policy of never taking a cut of our featured creator’s finances during our events, no matter who they may be… so any money you spend on Aidan’s comics and original artwork will go straight into his pocket where it belongs.

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. This year, aside from myself and Josh, we are also going to be featuring some extra ordinary “security” to make sure everything is running smoothly (bring your kids and your cameras!) and we will also have a new special “shop boy” to help run the register. We’re very excited to get to introduce you! Keep your eyes on our Twitter accounts and Instagram for more details on our “shop boy” and “security” staffers on the day of the event.

With such a great day lined up for all of you, one parting thought about what 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 2014 website

Celebrate the Olympians

Is there anything better than to see a smiling kid with a comic in their hands? Here at the Isotope we are lucky to see that every single day. We probably have more photos of kids enjoying great comics in the Isotope lounge or launching their own comic careers or starring in music videos or meeting their idols here than any other group of folks.

Of all our favorite books to put in the hands of the kiddos one of the ones we love most is George O’Connor‘s gorgeous series of THE OLYMPIANS books from our friends at First Second Books. Re-exploring the Greek pantheon with style, O’Connor serves up a great mix of classic mythology and a tip of the hat to classic silverand bronze age superhero comics. Filled with all the monsters, romance and warring immortals we could ask for these action-packed, high-drama fantasy adventures are great for kids and adults alike.

So we couldn’t be happier for our first event of 2014 is a chance to get to have Mister O’Connor in to meet his fans here at the Isotope! He’ll be signing books, doing sketches and ranting about all our favorite Greek Myths with us.

George O’Connor @ Isotope
Thursday, February 6th
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Check out more about THE OLYMPIANS series: http://olympiansrule.com

See you all then!

Doctor Lollipop @ APE AFTERMATH!

This, dear friends, is an event I’ve been wanting to host for two very long years and finally that day has come!

In honor of the Alternative Press Expo this weekend we’re kicking our traditional annual batch up a notch… DOCTOR LOLLIPOP style!

Ms. Kelly Martin is one of our all-time favorite San Francisco comic creators and her DOCTOR LOLLIPOP comic fills our hearts with sparkles and smiles. And we couldn’t stop bouncing for joy we heard that the amazing people behind one of the best cartoons ever ADVENTURE TIME were going to be adapting her comic with full participation from Ms. Martin as an animated feature for CARTOON HANGOVER!


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Kelly got to help be part of the casting process and we couldn’t be more happy she helped pick the amazing Rose McGowan as the voice of Coco!


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What better time to get to throw a big, crazy APE AFTERMATH featuring Ms. Martin and her amazing comic creation! Featuring stylish grooves curated by DJ Bearzbub! And in honor of our love for everything Doctor Lollipop, our resident mixologist Kirsten Baldock will be serving up her pinkest cocktail ever!

APE AFTERMATH
Featuring Ms. Kelly Martin

Saturday, October 12th
8pm – Midnight 21+

This year is going to be mind-blowing!

The Future Will Be Aromatic

c/o Isotope bartender Kirsten Baldock for the EAST OF WEST party with Nick Dragotta this weekend.

Are you ready for the Post-Apocalypse Now? We are.

Jazzing with Jim Woodring & Bill Frisell

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.

Preview this great Frisell-Woodring collaboration here

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
Saturday, 9/14/13.
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?

Post Apocalypse Now

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!

Dave Johnson Brings Drink & Draw to SF

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!

Dash Shaw @ The Isotope

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!

Comics In The City

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!

Jason Shiga – Friday, July 19th
Dash Shaw – Friday, July 26th

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!

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