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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 2012 w/ Naifeh + Ambrose!

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event at comic shops the planet over. Here at the Isotope we will once again be featuring a massive selection of absolutely free comic reads for comic lovin’ kids of all ages… and this year we’re thrilled to announce special guest stars Ted Naifeh (of COURTNETY CRUMRIN fame) and Adrianne Ambrose (author of the awesome FRAGGLE ROCK series) autographing copies of Archaia Publishing’s absolutely free original hardcover anthology featuring their brand new JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH story!

We’re thrilled to have Ted and Adrianne in and to get to bring all of you the creators behind the most talked-about FCBD offering in the history of the holiday! What could be cooler? Take a peek at this book’s beauty and then come meet the author and artist, we think you’ll love them…

FCBD w/ Ted Naifeh & Adrianne Ambrose
Saturday, May 5th 2012
11am – 3pm

And while we’re talking about FCBD, do you remember that glorious FCBD comics feast we treated you to last year? We hope you’re all done reading those gigantic stacks we hooked you up with by now and are ready for more mind-bogglingness this year!

Courtney Crumrin @ Noise Pop

Do enjoy our webcast footage of Ted Naifeh and This Can’t End Well performing a live version of Ted’s award winning graphic novel COURTNEY CRUMRIN & THE NIGHT THINGS from Oni Press.

Performed before a truly packed house for San Francisco’s beloved indie music festival, Noise Pop, and truly a shining moment for the first-ever Noise Pop Culture Club. I think you will all really enjoy watching it and seeing what Ted and his merry band of fabulous musicians, actors and sound effectians brought to wow us with.

Apologies for the somewhat rough nature of the camera work and the times when we lose video. We had two professional video crews covering this event as well so there will certainly be better footage released soon… but I thought you’d all enjoy seeing our unpolished live webcast capture of this amazing performance.

COURTNEY CRUMRIN live w/ Ted Naifeh & This Can’t End Well from theisotope on Vimeo.

Thanks to Ted, the band, Noise Pop and to Dyami Serna for helping make all of this possible.

Courtney Crumrin Live

Webcast footage of Ted Naifeh and This Can’t End Well performing a live version of Ted’s award winning graphic novel COURTNEY CRUMRIN & THE NIGHT THINGS from Oni Press.

Performed before a truly packed house for San Francisco’s beloved indie music festival, Noise Pop, and truly a shining moment for the first-ever Noise Pop Culture Club. I think you will all really enjoy watching it and seeing what Ted and his merry band of fabulous musicians, actors and sound effectians brought to wow us with.

Apologies for the somewhat rough nature of the camera work and the times when we lose video. We had two professional video crews covering this event as well so there will certainly be better footage released soon… but I thought you’d all enjoy seeing our unpolished live webcast capture of this amazing performance.

Thanks to Ted, the band, Noise Pop and to Dyami Serna for helping make all of this possible.

Courtney Crumrin Comes To Life

One of the things I’ve been most excited about this year is that Kirsten, Dyami, Josh and I are getting to put together so many unique and exciting events with the help of some of the best comic book folks on the planet. We have an incredible line-up this year for Isotope’s Noise Pop Invasion… Templesmith! Silady! Hall! Dyer! Martin! Cagle! Luce! Many More!

But few 2011 events have ignited my sense of wide-eyed wonder more than this one… Courtney Crumrin Live!

Author/artist Ted Naifeh is bringing his award winning series of spooky graphic novels from Oni Press to life on a Noise Pop stage this coming weekend as a full-scale olde timey radio play pro­duction. Featuring the insanely talented Star St. Germain as Courtney, Ted’s dapper team of vocal artists, and the amazing string-informed neo-electric-skiffle band This Can’t End Well. Be there for the very first Courtney story with voice actors/live foley, hilarious fictional commercials, and gorgeous visuals by Mediapathic.

You’re not going to want to miss this!

Isotope & Noise Pop Present
Courtney Crumrin Live
Sunday February 27th
1pm sharp
Public Works Gallery
161 Erie st @ Mission

(The brilliant Dyami Serna and I are hard at work to get this webcast for all you folks who can’t afford a trans-Atlantic flight to be here in person. Watch this space for more info!)

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!

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