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The Remender Report!

(Pictured: DJ Bearzbub + Rick Remender)

Thanks to everyone who came out for our awesome Rick Remender LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME event over the weekend! This was absolutely one of our most fun events of the year. Rick has long been one of our favorite people in all of comics and even after all these years and crazy success, he’s still the same sweet, hilarious, straight up guy he was way way way back at our first in-store event in 2001 (when he was an inker on AVENGERS comics).

For this event people came from all over greater the Bay Area, and also we saw a few different folks from LA and San Diego. There was even some Remender fans from Paris(!) that had successfully coordinated their visit to SF at just the right time. We also had a few just-moved-to-San Francisco people who we got to welcome to the city in high style. My favorite was the woman who kept saying “You guys have made me SO HAPPY I moved to San Francisco! SO HAPPY!” (laugh)

Rick’s daytime signing was just the size we love, with a line out the door almost the entire time, and lots of happy people grabbing their LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME pre-release copies and TOKYO GHOST Isotope Exclusive Ashcan Edition mini-comics. I couldn’t be happier to see what a positive experience all our guests had getting to talk with Rick and have their comics signed. Generous as always, Rick was happy to sign anything people put in front of him, and was even doing sketches for folks! Check this one out… and this one too!

Rick’s afterparty was, as expected, a rager with a packed house, and rightfully so! As it fell on the first of the Burning Man weekends we knew a bunch of folks would be out of town so we took a little gamble and decided not to limit the number of attendees (thankfully that didn’t bite us in the ass). Even with so many folks out of town, the party was solid with Isotope regulars and also a lot of new attendees, who were quick to dial in on the vibe of our friendly social scene, and proved to be some very fun folks to hang out with. I hope to see them again!

DJ Bearzbub spun a set that was tailored to make Rick Remender smile. It was heavy on classic generation-X hardcore tunes by Bad Brains, Minor Threat, NOFX, The Vandals, Dead Kennedys, Toy Dolls, and because we’re talking about DJ Bearzbub here, all sorts of great stuff I’d never heard before. As always, Bearzbub is truly awesome at what he does.

Kirsten was very inspired by Remender’s science fiction comics and designed her most experimental and unexpected beverage list yet. The BLACK SCIENCE was a favorite (St. George Basil Eau De Vie + Benedictine + Black Coffee + Lemon + I don’t know what else) which hit the tastebuds with layer after layer of delightful complexities. Our mixology aficionado friends were particularly impressed.

The massive stacks of LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME didn’t last the weekend and we sold a ton of Rick’s other books as well. We’d stocked up big for this event and as expected by the end of the night our huge table of Remender books was looking pretty meager. LOW, DEADLY CLASS and FEAR AGENT were also the big hits of the day. We still have some stacks of BLACK SCIENCE (which is probably Rick’s most popular book at the Isotope) but not much different than what we’d do for our weekly restock. All-in-all we could not be happier. THANK YOU SO MUCH for buying so many awesome Remender comics from us, everybody. It’s you folks that enable us to fly folks like Rick into town to hang out. And that’s fun, so THANKS!

The only complaint is I totally blew it by not scheduling our beloved house photographer to cover the event. The staff and I were just too busy all day to get any really worthwhile pictures from the event. But I *did* take this awesome one of Bearzbub & Remender together.

Thanks to everyone who came out, to the amazing Meredith at Image Comics, to our awesome Isotope staff and family, and to Mister Remender himself… in a year full of amazing events that was definitely one of my favorites!

– James

Rick Remender @ Isotope

Isotope proudly welcomes Rick Remender, author of some of our favorite creator owned books including BLACK SCIENCE, DEADLY CLASS, LOW, FEAR AGENT, STRANGE GIRL, NIGHT MARY and what is sure to be one of the best books of the year TOKYO GHOST with the always brilliant Sean Murphy. Rick also has written some of the best Marvel comics of the last decade including UNCANNY X-FORCE, WINTER SOLDIER, CAPTAIN AMERICA, AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS, THE PUNISHER, and the coolest VENOM comic ever.

When we heard that one of our favorite Remender “lost treasures” THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME was coming back into print, we had to invite Rick in to celebrate with us. Check out more about this fantastic book here. Remender is a long time friend of the shop, he co-founded the Isotope’s famous Comic Rockstars Toilet Seat Museum and was our featured guest at our very first event ever, so we couldn’t be more excited to have him back and as part of one of our most superstar-laden years ever!

We know Rick has a massive, rabid fanbase so we’re packing in two events for your convenience, a great daytime autograph signing session and a late night afterparty as only the Isotope can do. Both events feature the man of the hour… Rick Remender!

Rick Remender @ Isotope Signing
Saturday, August 29th 2015
4pm – 6pm
Harassment Policy

Our intimate afternoon autographing session for our all-ages crowd. Sure, there will be a line for this, but we’ve redesigned the signing experience to ensure our autographing events are casual, fun, low pressure affairs. If you haven’t been to one before we think you’ll like the way we do things.

Rick Remender @ Isotope Afterparty
Saturday, August 29th 2015
8pm – Midnight
21+ please
Harassment Policy

Our late night afterparty features the best comic crowd anywhere on the planet, once-in-a-lifetime bespoke refreshments by master mixologist Kirsten Baldock, and smoking tunes by DJ BEARZBUB to make you smile. Our events are the stuff of legend in the comic industry stop in and find out why.


UPDATE: The release date of the LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME hardcover slipped into next month (currently listed at 9/2/2015) but we have *great news* for our Isotope family… our friends at Image Comics worked some magic for us to ensure our weekend’s celebrations will be the Worldwide Launch of this excellent hardcover. Amazing!

But it gets better…

Every copy of LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME will be include a free, Isotope exclusive, hand-numbered bookplate made just for this event. Only 100 copies of these gorgeous bookplates will be produced, and once they are gone they are gone forever. On the tiny chance that our hardcovers do not make it in time for the event, these bookplates will reserve your copy and you can still get them autographed by Rick in person.

Here at the Isotope we’re created lots of cool stuff for you guys to celebrate our events (like this Brian K Vaughan glass and this Wuvable Oaf album earlier this year). But we wanted to do something truly special to celebrate our pal Rick and all our Rick Remender fans… and this is definitely one of the coolest things the Isotope has ever made!

The first 50 copies of LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME hardcover will come with an exclusive free “ashcan” mini-comic preview edition of Rick Remender and Sean Murphy‘s upcoming TOKYO GHOST! These ashcans have a rough, DIY, punk rock vibe that Rick and I are really excited about. TOKYO GHOST is one of the most anticipated releases of 2015 and our ashcan will be the first place much of this will be seen anywhere by anyone so we know these are going to *very* popular. You’ll be getting a sneak peek at this book almost a month early and getting one of the rarest Rick Remender collectibles ever made… from us, to you! xoxox

These look awesome together, don’t they?

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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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