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CBR Covers Mr Williams & Blackman @ Isotope

Check out this awesome article about our BATWOMAN Celebration with JH Williams III and W Haden Blackman by our amigos over at Comic Book Resources. CBR’s Karl Keily writes-up a nice personal take on the event, snaps some terrific photos and gets a great in-depth interview with our superstars.


You should really read the whole thing, it’s a great representation of what we do and the excellent event that Mister Williams and Blackman helped us host, but Karl is currently one of my favorite interviewers in the biz. Here’s a peek at one of my a question Mister Keily asked JH Williams III from the interview:

CBR: A very distinctive aspect of your Batwoman, since her introduction in “Detective Comics,” is the way you’ve made her incredibly pale. It’s become even more extreme and noticeable in the new series. What’s going on there?

Williams: [Laughs] OK, in real life a redhead has two types of complexions. Both are extremely pale. One version is very freckled and very pale. The other type, in real life, their skin is basically like porcelain, they have almost no pigment. This was our attempt to capture that quality. As you can see, when you see shots of her, her shadows will have tone ,but her highlights are where all the paleness comes from. I’ve met tons of real redheads in my life and, in certain circumstances, you notice that the person has no skin color. They go out in the sun, they burn. It’s kinda that attempt to capture that.

In the current run, we’ve had a couple of printing issues where the colors that Dave [Stewart] did on her shadow tones, where you would see some color, turned a little bit grey or greenish or something like that, and that was not our intention. It makes her look even more white than she really is, you know what I mean? That’s something we are trying to find a way to correct. Ultimately, I kind of look at her like the actress that plays the queen in “True Blood,” who is a redhead, and the actress that plays Jessica, who is a redhead as well, if you look at their skin in that show, there’s almost no pigment. Knowing redheads in my own life, I doubt they put much make up on them to make them that pale. [Laughs]

Check out the rest of the article right ’bout here:

Celebrating Batwoman, Isotope Style!

December brings an entire month-long celebration of the most gorgeous comic being produced today, BATWOMAN, at the Isotope! With a gallery of JH Williams III’s original artwork from issue #3 on display, and two amazing creator in-store events that will rock your world!

DC Comics – The New 52 Art Tour
Featuring BATWOMAN @ Isotope
w/ JH Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
Saturday, December 3rd 2011

DC Comics celebrates the incredible creativity behind The New 52 with superstars, artwork and events at a store near you with The New 52 Art Tour!

In honor of this historical event the Isotope and DC Comics proudly present JH Williams III and W. Haden Blackman for a BATWOMAN signing, celebration, and original art installation. Meet the creators behind this gorgeous and critically acclaimed new series for a duo of once-in-a-lifetime events. Take an uncommon look at The New 52 Art Tour Portfolio, including six 11×17 sets of artwork (from script to inks to the final full-color production pages), including a three piece BATWOMAN collection. And on display for the entire month of December in the Isotope’s legendary original art gallery will be every page of JH Williams III’s hand-drawn artwork for BATWOMAN issue #3. These pages will only be displayed together for the public this one time, and nowhere else on the planet.

And for those of you who want to add some original BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA, DESOLATION JONES, SEVEN SOLDIERS or BATMAN artwork to your collections, JH Williams III will have portfolios available all day long, jam packed with some of the most gorgeous original art pages you will ever see. As always, we’re happy to do our part to help you skip scummy art dealers and overpriced galleries and to buy directly from the industry’s best artists. All proceeds go to Mister Williams.

All-Ages Autographing Session
w/ JH Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
Saturday, December 3rd 2011
3pm – 6pm

An all-ages autographing session with the creative team behind BATWOMAN! Isotope’s personal, intimate signings provide a unique fan experience by eliminating the uncomfortableness of long lines and the awkward moments of meeting your favorite creators. While you wait for your signing reservation, hang out with fellow fans in the Isotope’s posh lounge and indulge your eyes in gorgeous BATWOMAN original artwork hanging in the gallery. For those who want to peek even further behind the wizard’s curtain at the process that goes into actually creating this comic, guests will also get a rare glimpse at Williams and Blackman’s original scriptwork.

In an effort to make this as personal of an experience for everybody (and also we’ve promised Jim and Haden we wouldn’t kill them!) we do ask that you bring no more than 5 items to get signed, please. But don’t forget your camera – the Isotope staff will be on hand to help ensure you get great documentation of your meeting!

Batwoman Afterparty
w/ JH Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
Saturday, December 3rd 2011
8pm – Midnight

An after-hours 21+ celebration of BATWOMAN with JH Williams III and W. Haden Blackman… Isotope’s parties are the stuff of legend and this is one of our most anticipated in a year of amazing events! Come hang out, get personal introductions to the creators in a stylishly casual afterparty atmosphere, celebrate comics with people who love them as much as you do, and enjoy Kirsten’s array of custom designed BATWOMAN cocktails.

This event also features the Isotope’s exclusive, original JH Williams III Pirate Girl Pin-Up Highball glass made just for attendees of this event… free with every pass! See it here.

Get your afterparty tickets here. Your ticket will include a copy of the ultra-limited edition JH Williams III’s Pirate Girl Pin-Up Highball glass absolutely free of charge.

Don’t delay… we want to keep our events as intimate and personal as we can and can only accommodate so many folks. With the popularity of these two amazing creators, the awesomeness that is BATWOMAN, and the legendary reputation of Isotope’s afterparties, this event is sure to fill up quickly.

December is going to rock!

JH Williams III Does The Next Blondie Album

Let me tell you a very personal story about one of the happiest moments in my entire life.

Of all of the comic creators I’ve known over the years, I’m privileged to consider artist JH Williams III and his wonderful wife Wendy two of my closest, dearest friends. Jim is not only one of the most talented people on the planet, but he is also one of the sweetest, kindest, humble, and most sincere people I have ever met. And despite being a little quiet and a bit shy, he doesn’t seem to mind my somewhat loud and boisterous personality too much. It’s almost impossible to conceive, because I am in awe of his amazing comics, but as much as I adore his incredible work, I like the man behind it even more. And the thing I love about Jim most of all is that he’s one of those people who has that rare quality that I treasure so very much… where they seem to just sparkle.

As fellow life-long Blondie fans (AKA “fanatics” with just a touch of a healthy leaning towards the obsessive side of things) we had an instant connection. And if you ever want to see that rare quality I’m talking about just mention anything about the band, he will light up the entire room with sparkles! For years it’s been a fun little game of one-upsmanship about who was the bigger fan of Debbie and The Boys with him, especially for me back in 2009 when I was lucky enough to get backstage to meet the band after a show in Reno. Poor Jim was inundated with texts from me saying “Oh I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it yet. Did I tell you I met Debbie Harry?!” over and over for weeks (laugh)!

Last year Jim was up for a couple Eisner Awards, Best Interior Artist and Best Cover Artist, which he of course deserved to win for his amazing work on Batwoman. He asked me if I’d accept on his behalf, so I came home from San Diego Comic Con with two of those trophies packed in my suitcase. The day I finally got to give them to him was in a small hotel in Santa Rosa, where we met before going together to see a Blondie show that night, I hadn’t realized he’d never won an Eisner before (how is that possible?). Thankfully the hotel bar had a little stage that I was able to host a tiny little impromptu award ceremony for us and a confused group on onlookers. Here’s a photo of JH Williams III getting his well-deserved Eisner Awards.

Afterwards we went straight to the Blondie show. And this wasn’t just your typical concert, we had VIP passes, so this time we were all going to get to meet Debbie and The Boys. As you can imagine we were all practically vibrating in anticipation. Our meet and greet was scheduled pre-show, so we soon found ourselves backstage waiting for the band to come over to say hello to us. It was one of the most nerve-wracking waits ever. I don’t mind telling you how incredibly nervous we all were, about to talk to our collective favorite band, our life-long obsessive idols, and the most gorgeous woman on the planet. I was just hoping I didn’t say anything really stupid, or creepily confess my undying love, or break out in tears or something.

My brief meeting with the band the year previous had prepared me a bit, and fellow Blondie-obsessive DJ Bearzbub who had met the band several times before was with us too… but Jim? He was a nervous wreck. He’d brought a copy of his gorgeous Batwoman hardcover to give Debbie, lovingly sketched in, personalized, and carefully put in a plastic bag to keep it from damage on the tourbus. With trembling hands he handed it to her and stammered out “You’re… you’re… you’re… my favorite… band… ever…!”

“Oh man, Jim is dying here!” my brain screamed out, and I jumped in. I started to tell the band about what a true genius of a comic artist he is, how I’d just gotten to give him those Oscars-of-the-Comic-Industry awards because he’d swept the show, and how at conventions people flocked to get to meet him. And part way through I realized all my nervousness had disappeared. Because here I was talking about what a genius JH Williams III is and about how awesome that Batwoman comic is… something I do pretty much every day of the week. And suddenly all was right with the world. The band, who love indie art, got interested in talking about comics and comic art, Jim relaxed, and DJ Bearzbub got everybody talking about the band’s new tracks (something everyone in that room was pretty excited about). And we all got to spend some time talking to our favorite band. It was awesome.

How could it get any better than that?! Amazingly it actually does

After the show we were hanging out at the merch booth, buying CDs from the fantastic Detroit pop-punkabilly girl-group opening band Gorvette who were really, really cool. “You know what, if you don’t have other plans, why don’t you guys come hang out backstage with us and the Blondies? We’ll introduce you guys!” the drummer said with a grin. After a few we-wouldn’t-want-to-imposes they looked us right in the eye and said, “We insist!” And so… we found ourselves backstage yet again at the Blondie show! This time there was no time for any of us to build up any nervousness, gone was the formal meet and greet format and the awkwardly nervous backstage manager. Instead it was just an awesome hang-around with the nice folks from both bands.

Even better, unlike last time… Debbie and The Boys had all had a chance to open up that taped-shut plastic cover and actually seen inside that Batwoman book! And, yes, they were as impressed by his art as all the rest of us are. Backstage that second time Jim was greeted as royalty by all and almost immediately the headliners said to him “we should collaborate” which I’m sure totally blew his mind. I mentioned to Blondie guitar player, founder, and the reason I first thought wearing a necktie was cool, Chris Stein that we’d mail him some comics to read on tour. Chris is into the metaphysical so I suggested he’d probably love Jim’s series Promethea with Alan Moore. Chris suddenly blurted out, “Wait… YOU KNOW ALAN MOORE?!” Jim and Wendy were actually going to go stay with Alan at his house in just a couple weeks. It was truly a great universal nerdgasm!

There are so many wonderful little memories of that night. For me, it was one of the most magical moments ever. Hanging out backstage with Debbie and The Boys, Jim, Wendy, Kirsten, Bearzbub, and The Gorvettes, talking vintage synthesizers, stylish shoes, nerdy keytar bands, and comic books with the members of the coolest new wave band ever. I was on cloud nine. Here’s a photo.

But nothing makes me happier than to see my friends happy. And those sparkles of joy that Jim crackled with that night were truly magic.

Blondie‘s new album Panic Of Girls launched in the United Kingdom just this week. It’s pretty fantastic by the way, check out a sneak peek here and here. The superfans like us all pre-ordered the Fan Pack deluxe edition that comes with an exclusive 132 page book, which is apparently available as we speak in shops all over the UK. And in that fat book Debbie and The Boys drop this little tidbit:

“Blondie will be collaberating on visuals for their next album with J.H. Williams III, a DC Comics artist and fan of the band whose previous gems include an epic series with Alan Moore called Promethea, and the current run of Batwoman…”

I’ve been biting my tongue about this news since last August, I know Jim’s been hard at work on the next Batwoman book and the Blondies have a few world tours they need to do before they even start thinking about that next album. But since Blondie has announced it in the Fan Pack I don’t think we have to worry about keeping secret any longer this story about one happiest moments in my entire life… and a real life dream-come-true announcement for one of the nicest guys in all of comics.

JH Williams III will be doing the cover of Blondie’s next album. And probably a lot more too.

It kinda brings a tear to you eye, doesn’t it?

UPDATE: JH Williams III adds his thoughts about the news on his website here.

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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First Look @ New Batwoman By JH Williams III

Those lucky folks who managed to get a free Batwoman print by JH Williams III made exclusively for the Isotope are already enjoying his beautiful art from the upcoming series… and now here’s your chance to catch a first look anywhere on the planet at what’s coming up in this incredible comic too!

This scene from issue #1 of the next series was made as ultra-limited prints on 19″ by 13″ 19mil cotton rag velvet fine art paper, each individually autographed by JH Williams III. And they were were given out free here at the Isotope with the purchase of the excellent Batwoman: Elegy deluxe edition hardcover.

If you like this type of thing, do let us know, and keep your eyes peeled for the next one! (Now go check out this JH Williams III Wonder Woman cover at Robot6)

Exclusive Batwoman Print by JH Williams III

What could be more exciting than Greg Rucka and JH Williams III‘s amazing recent Batwoman run? How about that it comes out in a beautifully designed Deluxe Edition hardcover this week and is available at comic stores everywhere? Yeah, that’s pretty exciting!

But you know what is even more exciting?

The Isotope is going to be giving you an exclusive, ultra-limited Batwoman print on 19″ by 13″ 19mil cotton rag velvet fine art paper for free with each copy… autographed by JH Williams III himself! These prints feature an exclusive sneak peek into the future of Batwoman and (sorry, rest of the world) are available only at the Isotope.

Now that’s exciting!

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