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Grant Morrison & Kevin Smith

Just this week on his latest podcast, nerd celeb Kevin Smith sits down for the second part of a really great one-on-one interview with beloved comics shaman Grant Morrison. They talk Batman, Buddhist meditation, ANIMAL MAN Morrison cosplay, childhood influences, DOOM PATROL, mutants, music videos, Frank Miller’s DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, and Grant’s exciting new comic work. And they also nerd out about the mind-bending Vegas convention that Grant, Isotope and our amigo Ron Richards threw together, MorrisonCon. Those of you who attended with us probably feel the same manic energy as Grant does when trying to describe that weekend to Kevin Smith, I’m sure we’ve all found ourselves attempting to rattle off as many crazy mad memories as can be mustered in a single breath! Can’t blame him for feeling a bit flabbergasted by how truly awesome that weekend actually was… (laugh) love it!

You’re definitely going to want to give this a listen right away:

PART ONE: KEVIN SMITH INTERVIEWS GRANT MORRISON

PART TWO: KEVIN SMITH INTERVIEWS GRANT MORRISON

Thanks for the lovely Isotope shout-out, Grant!

xoxox

UPDATE: Now it can be spoken about: Those of you who listened to the podcast already knew about DC’s big news before the media got it. Congrats to you!

Eulogy For A Hellblazer

Vertigo’s long-running series HELLBLAZER is coming to an end, and that makes us very sad.

Featuring comics most charming leading man, John Constantine, a black magic con-artist created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, John Totleben and Rick Veitch, HELLBLAZER has been published continuously since January 1988 and boasts an undeniable assortment of the greatest creative talent working in comics the last 30 years. With memorable runs from authors like Garth Ennis, Paul Jenkins, Warren Ellis, Mike Carey, Brian Azzarello, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Denise Mina, and a returning-to-glory Peter Milligan all drawn by a dream-list of amazing artists like Simon Bisley, Mark Buckingham, Richard Corben, Steve Dillon, Marcelo Frusin, Jock, David Lloyd, Leonardo Manco, Sean Phillips and John Ridgway.

Our comics reading just won’t be the same without our monthly crawl into the dark world this series has so effectively delivered for so many years. It’s been depressing to see how poorly DC has handled the series, to be honest. So many of the classic runs have gone out of print and never returned, because nobody wants to read Garth Ennis and Warren Ellis comics, right? (shakes head). And even when they managed to come up with clever marketing ploys to help promote a great new run on the series… they just didn’t bother to tell anyone. Did you know that DC gave away a HELLBLAZER trenchcoat covered in original Simon Bisley artwork at Comic Con last year? Yeah, neither would we… if we weren’t there to see it happen. Seriously, what was the point?!

DC is relaunching the book with a more sanitized, continuity-friendly new PG-rated version and I guess that’s kind of nice. But unless it motivates the company to re-release some of those old, out of print runs I just can’t feel excited about any of it. This whole thing is just sad, sad news for comics.

But who knows? Constantine has a knack for getting himself into the worst situations possible and doing something amazing at the very last second… here’s hoping he can cheat death just one more time.

Now It Can Be Told

An entire comic convention curated by superstar comics author Grant Morrison… and it’s created by your friends from the Isotope and Ron Richards from iFanboy?

Featuring a hand-picked special guest list of UMBRELLA ACADEMY’s Gerard Way, FANTASTIC FOUR’s Jonathan Hickman, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN’s Frank Quietly, BATWOMAN’s JH Williams III, BATMAN INC’s Chris Burnham, and four more guests still to be announced?

No, you’re not dreaming!

Want to know more? Click and see what amazingness we have up our sleeves for you.

Official Website for MorrisonCon
Announcement & Interview w/ Comic Book Resources
WIRED Magazine talks to Grant about MorrisonCon
Comics Alliance really “Gets It” when it comes to MorrisonCon

All hype aside… this is going to be jaw-dropping.

Photos: Grant Morrison @ Isotope by Sonia


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More gorgeous photos, this time by Sonia Harris from Grant Morrison SUPERGODS Celebration presented on August 6th 2011.

Direct Link to Photos Here

Photos: Grant Morrison @ Isotope by Dyami


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Gorgeous photos by Dyami Serna from Grant Morrison SUPERGODS Celebration presented on August 6th 2011.

Direct Link to Photos Here

Grant Morrison @ Isotope

It is the news you’ve been waiting for… Grant Morrison returns to the Isotope!

In celebration of Grant’s upcoming SUPERGODS: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human non-fiction hardcover from Spiegel & Grau, the man himself and we here at the Isotope will rocking San Francisco’s collective worlds with an event of truly mythological proportions!

SUPERGODS explores the history of fictionalized super-powered beings from their inception at the dawn of the 20th century to today, examining the quite profound affect these icons have had on worldwide cultural movements, the political climates that drove their emergence and evolution, what these spiritual touchstones mean for the modern age, and where (with their help) humanity goes from here. From the four ages of superheroic zeitgest and beyond, Grant anatomizes superhero history all the while synthesizing a memoir of his own personal journey, one of a writer’s dedication to this epic, near-century-long narrative and of a dimensional pioneer who found a way to penetrate the superworld… and to come back with its stories.

So come, join us in welcoming Grant Morrison back to San Francisco in the highest of high style! We are truly honored to get to host him here at the Isotope once again.

As always, we want as many of you to get to know Grant as well as we do, so we’re hosting a daytime signing event for the under 21 crowd, and also an epic celebration that night for the folks who like our bring-your-ID after dark events. And yes, for that over 21 crowd, we will be rocking your worlds with another completely new ultra-limited edition commemorative glass (check out the Grant Morrison Pint Glass we made with the help of Cameron Stewart from our event in 2006)… take a peek and revel in the glory of the Grant Morrison SUPERGODS Commemorative Lowball with best-of-both-worlds artwork by the brilliant Sonia Harris and the amazing Cameron Stewart (Cameron Stewart artwork courtesy of Mister Stewart and the fine folks at Arthur Magazine). As per Grant’s publisher’s request, these events are for folks who purchase a copy of SUPERGODS, which posed a unique challenge for us to accommodate both our styles of events… and also the crowds that will no doubt be wanting to join us! With that in mind, we’re thrilled with the solution we’ve devised, simply bundling a copy of SUPERGODS with every pass and keeping that price at exactly the cost of the awesome items you get to take home with you. Nice!

ALL AGES SUPERGODS SIGNING w/ GRANT MORRISON
(UPDATE: This event is now sold out)
2pm – 5pm, Saturday August 6th
A daytime all-ages autographing session with Grant Morrison that is open to all! To attend this event, please select the Daytime Signing option. Your ticket will include a copy of the SUPERGODS hardcover ($28 cover price). As per his publisher’s request, you may also have Mr. Morrison sign up to 2 additional items.

SUPERGODS CELEBRATION w/ GRANT MORRISON
(UPDATE: This event is now sold out)
8pm – 12am, Saturday August 6th
Celebrating the release of Mr. Morrison’s latest and his return to SF with a 21+ event as only the Isotope can do! To attend this event, please select the SUPERGODS CELEBRATION option. Your ticket will include a copy of the SUPERGODS hardcover ($28 cover price) and also an exclusive Grant Morrison SUPERGODS Commemorative Lowball cocktail glass (priceless!).

Don’t delay… we can only accommodate so many folks without completely killing Grant (and none of us want that), and these events are sure to fill up quickly!

UPDATE: Both of these events are now sold out, at maximum capacity, and no more passes will be issued. Congrats to everyone who got passes in time and can attend!

See you Saturday!

Documenting Grant Morrison

While we’re still waiting for those first screenings of the Lemmy documentary to start hitting theaters (coming this December), we can all get our fill of documentary words of wisdom later this week when Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods gets it’s first public showing right here in SF.

Directed by Patrick Meaney, the film celebrates the life and the work of visionary creator behind magnificent and metaphysical comic works like The Invisibles, All-Star Superman, Batman: Arkham Asylum, We3, and Final Crisis by delving into Grant’s early days growing up in Scotland, the start of his career in comics, the crazy years of the ’90s as his life and his comics became enmeshed, and his recent synthesis of social darkness and personal troubles into great high-art pulp sequential art.

A host of Grant’s collaborators and friends sit in the interview chair, including Frank Quitely, Warren Ellis, Geoff Johns, Mark Waid. Phil Jimenez, Cam Stewart, Frazer Irving, Jill Thompson, and many more.

Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods
@ the Roxie
October 8th – 13th
Tickets here

www.grantmorrisonmovie.com

Duty Now For The Future!

With SEP10 orders due this upcoming Monday, it’s time to point your browsers toward those pull-lists for a little duty now for the future time, friends. But don’t stress, your amigos here at the great hallowed halls of the Isotope are here to be your personal tour guides to the world of the future of comics. Just look at that picture of Batwoman there on the left, you know we’re going to steer you true!

It’s simplicity itself to search the future by hardcover, trade paperback, and softcover. Or you peek at the future by publisher if you’d prefer, check out what Oni Press has up their sleeves. Or AdHouse Books. You can see what Dark Horse, Marvel, Image, and DC have coming up. And even a look into the future of Vertigo.

I’m sure you all know how much I want to make sure every single person coming in the Isotope door leaves here with the things that fill their lives with joy, and that’s why myself and my amigos at Comixology have put so much time into building something to make sure you can all do that. And have your days filled with pure, undiluted funnybook joy!

There is truly some exciting things in your future, including Chew vol 3, Batman Inc. #1, and Walking Dead vol 13, and the long-awaited Planetary vol 4 softcover. And also some stuff you might overlook…

Don’t sleep on Grant Morrison and Rian Hughes‘ amazing Yesterdays Tomorrows, Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen‘s long out of print Shockrockets, San Francisco native Serena Valentino‘s return to comics with a relaunch of Nightmares & Fairy Tales, one of Pete Milligan‘s best works The Extremist, and Rick Remender‘s rather awesome (and gorgeous) The Last Days of American Crime softcover.

And don’t miss out on Henry & Glenn Forever, the not-quite-wedded-bliss story if Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig lived together. So, so good!

Don’t hesitate, a bunch of these indy creators need your orders or they may not get distributed at all. I can tell you that last month Isotope Support Staffer Jason McNamara was *very* thankful for your pre-orders, which (knowing how many we ordered) I’m sure made a huge difference to his distributor. Please do the same for this month’s pack of awesome comic creators… and help me, Storm and Kirsten ensure we;re getting you everything that makes you happy!

And don’t forget to place your orders for Batwoman #0 and this too!

SEP10 orders are due by this next Monday, any orders placed after that not guaranteed. Here’s your link to this world of goodness:

Click here and place your orders by Monday, September 27th

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The most INTERESTING man in comics

In an industry like comics, which is full to over-flowing with interesting characters both inside the books and outside of the comic book pages, it’s not easy to decide who “the most interesting man” of all really is… but our friends from the Comic Geek Speak podcast messageboard have attempted to do just that in a heated discussion thread.

Not the most talented. Not the most creative. Not the most awarded. But the most interesting.

As you can probably expect a number of great gents are brought up. Including such gods of comics as Steve Ditko, Dr. William Moulton Marston, Alan Moore, Wally Wood, Charles Schulz… and (gasp) even yours truly! Heated discussions ensue, leaving two creators standing head and shoulders above the rest, but the discussion ends in a tie. Curses!

So with apologies to our beloved Grant Morrison who will have to settle for the runner up prize… it’s time to break the stalemate by casting a vote of my own.

The “Most Interesting Man In Comics” goes to famous comics innovator, escape artist & magician, publisher, historian, musician, sharp-dresser, and production artist on Raiders of the Lost Ark

The legendary Jim Steranko!

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