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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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Girl Scouts Making Comics @ Isotope

Since 2011 the Isotope has been teaching our own brand of comic making courses for adult students in our Isotope University classroom. To kick off the new year we decided to team up with the San Francisco Girl Scouts to get the knowledge of the sequential arts to next generation of comic creators. What better way to get the kind of comics we want to see in our industry by the kind of creators we want more of?

We sent two of our favorite local cartoonists Jamaica Dyer and Kaytea Petro to a recent meeting to get the girls started thinking about the possibilities and followed up last Sunday with an intensive comic making course expertly taught by DOCTOR LOLLIPOP creator Kelly Martin here at the Isotope. This was such a fun event to volunteer our Isotope University classroom for!


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I was *blown away* to hear about all the hilarious, creative, and downright amazing books the girls are working on. Quite literally, they were some of the best comic pitches I have heard (from kids or adults) in my 15 years in this industry.

More classes for these girls are planned, we can’t wait to see these books when they’re finished! Our sincerest thanks to our teachers Kelly Martin, Jamaica Dyer and Katie Petro for ensuring the future of comics is filled with awesomeness!

Jamaica Dyer PHONOGRAM Signing

Jamaica Dyer (of WEIRD FISHES and FOX HEAD STEW fame) is doing the backup story in one of the most popular comics in the entire industry, Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie‘s upcoming PHONOGRAM: THE IMMATERIAL GIRL #2. We could not be more proud of her! Come get your copy signed, meet Jamaica, and hang out with us at our Smuggler’s Cove afterparty!

Jamaica is one of the Isotope’s most beloved creators of all. And we’ve done a lot of fun events with her over the years. From Isotope in-stores with Jamaica and the San Francisco Arts Commission, to our gallery shows to our live art shows, to these awesome Sequential Reporting of the SF music festival Noise Pop for the Isotope with Spin Magazine.

Jamaica Dyer PHONOGRAM Signing @ Isotope
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
3pm – 7pm, All Ages
Afterparty @ Smuggler’s Cove
Harassment Policy

Join us for a truly smile-inducing event and truly feel the love. Isotope’s 2015 roster of events has been all about pure heart. And this is truly the icing on the cake.

Facebook invite is here.

Jamaica Dyer Live Art @ Noise Pop

Check out this great live art footage of comic artist Jamaica Dyer and superstar band HIKING rocking out at Isotope’s 2012 Noise Pop line up. This was a really great event and we’re thrilled to see such great footage from the show!

Jamaica’s latest graphic novel serialized @ MTV Geek
Jamaica @ SPIN Magazine
www.jamaicad.com

To Do This Weekend: Jamaica Dyer & Noise Pop

Artist extraordinaire Jamaica Dyer teams up with the Isotope, Noise Pop Music Festival, DJ Darragh, and indie rock supergroup HIKING (featuring members of YURPLE PONI, GINGERBREAD HOUSE, and HUBERT) for a live art/music mashup!

Performing live art from her upcoming graphic novel FOX HEAD STEW (currently being serialized here on MTV Geek), Jamaica promises an epic follow-up to last year’s gigantic Ben Templesmith / DJ SamSupa show we hosted at Noise Pop Culture Club. And HIKING tells us to expect a show where “pyramids surface, a coyote presents himself. sand stones. undo the mask, fetch water from the well. garden psalm. the moon people are walking, within time.”

This is going to rock!

Jamaica Dyer Live Art @ Noise Pop Culture Club
@ Public Works Gallery
Saturday Feb 25th at 5:30pm
San Francisco, CA
http://2012.noisepop.com

Find out more about this year’s Noise Pop + Isotope festivities here.

Noise Pop 2012 + Isotope = Awesome

It’s that time of year again, where we combine our love of spreading the gospel of comics with our love of blisteringly good live music along with our friends from the Noise Pop Music Festival!

For 20 years running, SF’s Noise Pop indie music festival has been cranking up the amps and bringing the Bay Area a live mix of international and local musical superstars, and this year truly looks to be the best collection yet! Once again yours truly will be complementing your experience and bringing you some amazing live music-centric comic art events as Noise Pop’s official “Comics Curator”… with the help of my brilliant Isotope team of Kirsten Baldock and Dyami Serna, of course. With just about every member of our staff and several hundred of our extended family involved in various bands, what better way could there be to combine our collective interests than to create a true cross-pollination of indy music and sequential art to the masses?

Last year we blew the doors off in high style, the set list we’ve got 2012 is all about rocking, and we’ve definitely got a line-up to do just that!

Isotope presents at Noise Pop Culture Club 2012

JAMAICA DYER LIVE ART & FOX HEAD STEW FEATURETTE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 2012
5:30PM–6:30PM
Public Works Gallery – Upstairs Stage

Painter, performer, animator, web cartoonist and graphic novelist Jaimaica Dyer holds the Public Works Gallery stage with a multi-media reading, art projection, and presentation of her forthcoming original graphic novel Fox Head Stew (currently being serialized on the MTV Geek website). A live mashup of reading, concert, and art show, this featurette pulls back the creative process curtain to reveal the magics behind her comic art before the Public Works audience. With a live soundtrack composed and performed by hand-picked musical guests to accompany a unique, wall-sized live art painting session.

SEQUENTIAL REPORTERS
All Week Long, All Over San Francisco
FEBRUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 26, 2012

Celebrating Noise Pop 2012 with on-site comic book reportage! Throughout the week our team of Sequential Reporters will be invading the festival’s shows, events, and after-parties to capture their personal Noise Pop experiences in visceral snapshots in single-page comic book form. From backstage interviews with artists to stageside with live bands to interactions with fellow fans to all manner of outrageous adventure. This compilation of sequential art memories will be hosted in an online graphic novel anthology for all to enjoy on www.noisepop.com.

Participating cartoonists include — Ed Luce, Katie Loungua, Beth Dean, Roman Muradov, Justin Hall, Sonia Harris, Danger Bob DeSilva, Kelly Martin, Dyami Serna, Jean Chen, Peter S. Conrad, Brie Spielmann, Josh Richardson, Mari Naomi, Matt DeLight, Janelle Hessig, and more.

NOISE POP REWIND: 2011 SEQUENTIAL REPORTERS COMIC ART GALLERY
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 2012
All Day Long
Public Works Gallery

See last year’s Noise Pop Festival through the eyes of the SF Bay’s best cartoonists with the Noise Pop Rewind: 2011 Sequential Reporters Comic Art Gallery. Featuring show reports from Yo La Tango, The Fresh & Onlys, Kid Koala, The Concretes, Aesop Rock, Shannon & The Clams, Best Coast, Social Studies, The Soft White Sixes, Nobunny, and many more.

VINYL DREAMS 2012: COMIC ART ON RECORD SLEEVES GALLERY
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 2012
All Day Long
Public Works Gallery

Celebrating the cross-pollination of music and comics… as well as the long history of famous comic artists working on album covers, Public Works Gallery hosts a unique art installation of original comic-inspired record album covers created for, and inspired by, Noise Pop attendees. Spotlighting fresh analog works by some of the most exciting outsider artists in the Bay Area and also a fistful of blank record album sleeves for attendees to join in on this interactive, DIY art gallery.

ARTISTS: Want to participate? Get a blank record album cover at the Isotope after February 10th. Just ask and it’s yours!

Isotope Award for Excellence in MIni-Comics

Now Accepting Submissions Through September 26th

SAN FRANCISCO (August 30th, 2011) Mini-comic creators, prepare your pens and fire up those xerox machines — San Francisco’s Isotope comics store is once again opening submissions for its annual Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics! Created to celebrate the thousands of unique, hand-produced mini-comics that are created each year, this annual award focuses on the utterly vital, creatively vibrant and often overlooked segment of the comic industry and the creators who make them. Award submissions will be accepted until September 26th at midnight.

“It’s my favorite time of year, when we get an opportunity to help spotlight a creator who is toiling in the underground making something magical that almost no one has seen yet… seriously, what could be more exciting?!” said Isotope retailer James Sime, “I consider the winner to be the comic industry’s Miss America for the year, it’s the Isotope’s job to get their work out there to the comics press and reviewers. And I’m proud to say that winning this award has helped some amazingly talented folks get noticed and published by some of the best and coolest comic publishers in our industry. So don’t be shy… I know that many of you out there are hand-crafting some mini-comics brilliance, let us help share your work with the world!”

The Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics has helped bring first attention to unknowns who have gone on to tremendous continued success, like the Eisner Award nominated duo of Joshua W. Cotter (SKYSCRAPERS OF THE MIDWEST from AdHouse Books) and Danica Novgorodoff (SLOW STORM and REFRESH, REFRESH from First Second Books). As well as cartoonists Will Dinski (FINGERPRINTS from Top Shelf), Max Riffner (of DRUNK ELEPHANT COMICS) who has recently been accepted into the Doctorate Program at The Center for Cartoon Studies and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey one of the architects behind the new First Comics relaunch, among other talented winners.

The Isotope Award trophy is an unmistakably stunning display of award design, standing nearly ten inches tall and made entirely from carved ebony fossil stone and brushed satin silver stainless by legendary sculpter Crowe. “Thanks to the exceptional work that has been submitted to our judges in past years, the Isotope Award is something of a symbol of leadership and innovation in the comics industry,” said Isotope Special Projects Director Kirsten Baldock, “It’s an honor to get to present one of these beautiful awards each year to a well-deserving winner!”

Five comic professionals serving as this year’s Isotope Award judges include:

Ron Richards – Co-founder of iFanboy, home of the industry’s best comic audio and videocasts for 10 years and running, and VP of External Relations at Graphicly, one of the leading digital comics companies working to help empower creators in the digital age.

Jamaica Dyer – Celebrated indie comics author/artist/animator behind WEIRD FISHES, XULUX, and DEE’S SIREN SONG. Jamaica’s gorgeous not to be missed webcomic FOX HEAD STEW series begins weekly serialization (along with extensive behind the scenes commentary) on her sketchblog on September 1st 2011. http://jamaicad.com

Jason McNamara – Xeric Award winning comic author of FIRST MOON, CONTINUITY, and THE MARTIAN CONFEDERACY graphic novels. Jason’s latest comic creation is SHORT HAND, a noir tale about a 12 year old fugitive hiding out in an old folks home and illustrated by Rahsan Ekedal of ECHOES fame, debuting at Alternative Press Expo 2011.

Kirsten Baldock – The Isotope’s Special Projects Director. Kirsten is a Librarian, bartender, and the author of SMOKE AND GUNS with Fabio Moon and the upcoming graphic novel SATISFACTION GUARANTEED with the rather brilliant Stephanie Buscema.

James Sime – Retailer at Isotope – the comic book lounge in San Francisco.

To enter this competition, simply send five copies of your mini-comic to Isotope’s address (326 Fell St. San Francisco, CA 94102) before the September 26th deadline. The award will be given out at the grand ceremony during APE AFTERMATH at the Isotope in conjunction with San Francisco’s ALTERNATIVE PRESS EXPO. Because of the nature of this award, the winner will be contacted in advance and must be present at the Isotope at 9 PM on Saturday, October 1st for the award presentation ceremony.

For more information contact the Isotope at (415) 621-6543

Noise Pop 2011 + Isotope = Awesome

Here at the Isotope we love live music almost as much as we love spreading the gospel of comics. And with just about every member of our staff and several hundred of our extended family involved in various bands there truly can be no better nexus point than right here for the cross-pollination of indy music and sequential art.

What better way could there be to combine our collective interests than to create live music-centric art with San Francisco’s wonderful Noise Pop indie music festival and some of the coolest comic creators on the planet? So yours truly will be bringing you just that as Noise Pop’s official “Comics Curator”… with the help of my brilliant Isotope team of Kirsten Baldock, Josh Richardson and Dyami Serna, of course! I humbly think the set list we’ve lined up for 2011 will truly rock your world.

Isotope presents at Noise Pop Culture Club 2011

BEN TEMPLESMITH LIVE ART w/ DJ SAMSUPA
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Public Works Gallery – Upstairs Stage

Co-creator of 30 Days of Night, Choker and Fell and famed for his work on Dead Space and on album covers for Fear Factory, Isotope and Noise Pop are proud to present international comics superstar Ben Templesmith. A cutting edge live-art demo with the artist pulls back the wizard’s curtain on the creative process, transporting you directly into the art studio and musically-infused with a wicked mix of Witch House, Hyphy and other hair-raising Bay Area beats by cut-creator DJ Samsupa. This presentation will be webcast across the globe so even author Warren Ellis may be among the first on the planet to witness as Templesmith draws live one of the most anticipated comics of the decade, Fell.

PLUS: Our in-house bash w/ Templesmith as only the Isotope can do! Saturday, February 26th 8pm.

TED NAIFEH’S COURTNEY CRUMRIN LIVE w/ THIS CAN’T END WELL
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Public Works Gallery – Upstairs Stage

A live multimedia exposition of the acclaimed Courtney Crumrin & The Night Things series of spooky all-ages graphic novels hosted by award-winning author/artist Ted Naifeh. Presented in traditional olde tyme radio play fashion, Courtney Crumrin Live fuses modern technological advancements with conventional storytelling, featuring Naifeh’s dapper team of Avant-Garde voice actors, massive rear-screen comic book panel recreations, and live foley work and music by string-informed neo-electric-skiffle band This Can’t End Well.

COMIC BOOK WORKSHOP & LABORATORY w/ MATT SILADY & JUSTIN HALL
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011
Public Works Gallery – Workshop Room

Isotope and the California College of the Arts present a workshop on comic creation with the Eisner-Award nominated duo of Professor of Comics Matt Silady (The Homeless Channel) and Comics Lecturer Justin Hall (Glamazonia). Workshop attendees will be discovering the secrets of comic art with the help of Silady and Hall and learning the simple-but-complex art of sequential storytelling while crafting original comic works for Noise Pop Culture Club’s Vinyl Dreams Gallery on blank record album sleeves.

SEQUENTIAL REPORTERS
All Week Long, All Over San Francisco
FEBRUARY 22 – FEBRUARY 27, 2011

Celebrating Noise Pop 2011 with on-site comic book reportage! Throughout the week our team of Sequential Reporters will be invading the festival’s shows, events, and after-parties to capture their personal Noise Pop experiences in visceral snapshots in single-page comic book form. From backstage interviews with artists to stageside with live bands to interactions with fellow fans to all manner of outrageous adventure. This compilation of sequential art memories will be hosted in an online graphic novel anthology for all to enjoy on www.noisepop.com.

Participating cartoonists include— Jamaica Dyer, Beth Dean, Ed Luce, Amy Martin, Matt Silady, Roman Muradov, Susie Cagle, Justin Hall, Aubrie L’rai Johnson, Karl Dotter, Sonia Harris, Greg Hinkle, Danger Bob DeSilva, Kelly Martin, Gianii Calvert, and more.

VINYL DREAMS: COMIC ART ON RECORD SLEEVES GALLERY
All Day Saturday & Sunday
FEBRUARY 26 – FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Public Works Gallery – Gaunt Gallery Room

Celebrating the cross-pollination of music and comics… as well as the long history of famous comic artists working on album covers, Public Works Gallery hosts a unique art installation of original comic-inspired record album covers created for, and inspired by, Noise Pop attendees. Our two-day celebration spotlights these fresh analog works by some of the most exciting outsider artists in the Bay Area and beyond.

ARTISTS: Want to participate? Get a blank record album cover at the Isotope until February 25th. Just ask and it’s yours!

A Nice Write-Up on Passport 2010

There’s a really great write-up at Red Letter Day Zine on the SF Arts Commission’s recent PASSPORT 2010 event, which featured our beloved Jamaica Dyer stamping passports here at the Isotope. It’s a really terrific vicarious adventure with lots of running around Hayes Valley collecting stamps from some of the best local artists SF has to offer. We’re told nearly 500 people did this event this year, and they kept us all pretty busy, so for us it’s particularly great to get a peek at what it was like for folks who attended. With lots of photos and lots of love! Check it out:

Red Letter Day Zine’s PASSPORT Report

Jamaica also has a very sweet write-up on her site on the event too, with a pretty great photo from the pre-event party too!

Jamaica Dyer’s PASSORT Report

Hanging the Isotope Gallery w/ Jamaica Dyer


Come behind the scenes with us as we hang Jamaica Dyer‘s gorgeous artwork in the Isotope Gallery in preparation for PASSPORT 2010.

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