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Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Legendary Comic Author Marv Wolfman
Talks Isotope - the comic book lounge
Comics legend Marv Wolfman has been one of the Isotope staff's all-time favorite comic authors for nearly as long as we've been reading comics. And what's not to love? He's the man who brought the world the almighty Crisis on Infinite Earths, the greatest run ever on Teen Titans with George Perez, the 80's relaunch of Superman, and the utterly brilliant Gene Colan penciled Tomb of Dracula. And that, as they say, is only the tip of the iceberg of his many comic accomplishments.
So it's a very special thing for our staff to get to read about Mister Wolfman's trip to San Francisco for Anime Overdose on his website... and the very, very kind words he had to say about the Isotope. Read, dear friends, and enjoy!
I also went out with animation writer Ken Pontac and his wife Susan to Isotope Comics, a wonderful comic shop not far from the San Francisco Opera House. Ken is currently one of the writers on HAPPY TREE FRIENDS a show on the G4 network, and having looked at a few of the episodes on his website, I can tell you they are delightfully sick. Ken, Susan and I made our way to Isotope after a delicious dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House after we discovered they were having a party celebrating the publication of Boom! Studios new sketchbook by artist Dave Johnson. Ross Richie, an old pal from my Malibu days, is Boom!'s publisher and he seems to be putting together some truly eclectic stuff.
Isotope is more than just a store; it's a wonderfully designed lounge with multiple couches and chairs for folk to sit on and read. James Sime, Isotope's proprietor, made no attempt to fill up every last space with books to sell. Instead, he left large open spaces which makes the store feel like it's welcoming you. I wish other comic shop owners could take a look at it and rethink their own stores. Shops like this are great for the industry as they attract not only seasoned fans, but people curious about what today's comics are like. Since we publish an incredible variety of material that can appeal to comic and non-comic fans both, a professional, clean, well-designed shop is the best way of luring in new readers. Great job, James.
Marv Wolfman on the Isotope... it really doesn't get much better than that, does it? Thanks, Mister Wolfman!