Danica Novgorodoff Interview A Comic Pimp Not to Miss!
This week's installment of Isotope Proprietor James Sime's weekly Comic Pimp column at ComicBookResources.com features an interview with the lovely and talented Danica Novgorodoff.
Find out more about her critically-acclaimed award-winning mini-comic "The Late Freeze," how she got her foot in the door as a designer for First Second Books, and what Ms. Novgorodoff did when a well known comic creator told her that she wasn't ready for comics.
Here at the Isotope we believe that the best way to show our appreciation for those folks who help make life excellent is to surprise them with something unexpected and exciting.
As with any surprise you never know when or what we will do but chances are if you're one of our regulars we've gifted you a stack of graphic novels out of the blue, made something neat because we knew you specifically wanted to have it, surprised you by bringing in your favorite creator for an in-store event and made sure you got the royal introduction, put something elusive and hard to find in your file, or took you out for dinner and drinks when you least expected it.
This is one such story, blatantly pilfered from Sean Maher's Quality Control blog.
What I've got for you today is massive, massive love for James Sime, Kirsten Baldock and everyone at the Isotope for tracking this puppy down and hooking me up on my New Comics Day with the best gift ever:
The faithful and well-read among you will of course recognize the artwork of the brilliant Mr. David Petersen, creator of my new favorite series, Mouse Guard. This is original artwork (from the cover, no less) for the sold-out Mouse Guard Sketchbook! I mean: HOLY SHIT!
Words fail me. The owner of my local comics shop noticing a new favorite book of mine, tracking down the cover art, contacting the artist, buying it and having it shipped to the store all as appreciation for my patronage? Un-fucking-believable. I guess it just goes to show that when you share the love, as I try to do every day, sometimes it comes back to you even bigger than you sent it.
This gorgeous page couldn't possibly go on my wall fast enough, save that my good pals over at AiT/Planet Lar hooked me up first with the scan and a beautiful frame.
God bless America, the Isotope, Mouse Guard, and us, everyone.
Three Bands Enter, One Band Leaves At Amnesia's Battle of the Airbands
Put down your Guitar Hero controller and don't forget to grab a pair of panties on your way out the door because you'll definitely want to throw them at least one band at Amnesia's Battle of the Airbands tomorrow night.
Featuring legendary airbands ALL AIR with members of the SF Karaoke Mafia, OATES & ALL with Uni and her airbackup band, AIR TO THE THRONE with airified members of Rococo Risqu and The Humans... and celebrity judge Chez LeMay. Not to be missed!
Battle of the Air Bands @ Amnesia 853 Valencia St Tuesday, April 25th 8pm sharp!
We were so excited by all the love Eric Powell showed us in the latest issue of The Goon we unearthed our video footage of the event for Eric and all of you to enjoy. Featuring DJ SamSupa, the mouth-wateringly lovely cable access horror hostess Ms. Monster, and the man of the hour himself... Eric Powell!
Eric Powell's Monster Mash-Up Now Featured in The Goon #17
Not only is Eric Powell's The Goon one of those perpetual objects of the entire Isotope staff's obsessions, but anyone who attended our Monster Mash-Up celebration featuring Mister Powell will tell you he's a terrific guy to boot. And man, what a kick ass time we had that night!
Mister Powell has honored the evening with a huge write-up in the latest issue of The Goon, featuring the Isotope, Ms. Monster, DJ SamSupa, and the world's scariest Southern death metal band Dumusujul! And while we already know that chances are you already own the issue, we're posting this letters page tribute for all our friends who read this excellent series in trade paperbacks only.
Click the two pages to enlarge... and by all means, indulge!
Easter Sunday: Badasses & Big Wheels In a High Speed Race Down Lombard
If you've been to San Francisco chances are you've seen the death defying grade, cobblestone roadway, and endless switchbacks of SF's world famous Lombard Street.
And even if you haven't thought about it, good thing that someone decided an annual death defying plunge on the back of a second hand Big Wheels was just what Lombard needed. How could the Isotope resist attending and cheering on the brave men, women, and children who put their lives at risk during the annual BYOBW?
Here at the Isotope we know that being chosen as the winner of the annual Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics means much more than just getting a cool trophy and a friendly pat on the back. As always, this award is about exposure... and we're thrilled to see the first batches of reviews for 2006's winner Danica Novgorodoff's beautiful mini "A Late Freeze" are starting to roll in and each is up packed to the rim with love. But don't take our word for it, read the reviews for yourself!
"Novgorodoff combines a marvelous design sensibility with equal portions of absurdity and romance... a really marvelous example of an illustrated narrative" - David Welsh at Precocious Curmudgeon
"Heartbreaking, but in that rare way that actually makes you feel better" - Sean Maher @ Quality Control.
"An odd, almost-wordless love story about a robot and a bear (and a frog) with full-color, expressive art." - Slave Labor Graphics' Jennifer De Guzman @ SLG Blog
"Something that's well worth looking out for. Excellent." - Graeme McMillan @ Savage Critic
"Vast empty spaces with small figures that are deceptively simple, silent sequences filled with emotion, and gorgeous attention to world-building and design are used to great effect without a clear derivation." - Kevin Church at BeaucoupKevin
"Her mini is definitely a beautiful object with exquisite design" - Oni Press' James Lucas Jones @ The Engine
The 2006 Isotope Award Goes To Danica Novgorodoff's A Late Freeze
She's an artist, author, painter, photographer, designer, mini-comic creator... and now Danica Novgorodoff has joined the ranks of the winners of the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics!
Danica's work captured the hearts of our award judges with a slickly quiet mini about the love affair between a bear and a robot. Smart, elegant, and utterly heartbreaking, A Late Freeze is the kind of story that makes you fall in love with comics all over again.
And in person this firecracker from NYC made quite the unforgettable impression on the hundreds in attendance for APE AFTERMATH.
Congrats out to Ms. Novgorodoff for a well-deserved win!
Start Your Weekend with a Little Romance Project: Romantic from AdHouse Books
Rounding out the week-long Legal Download Fest Adhouse Books publisher, Chris Pitzer, has lovingly provided us with 11 pages of primping and prepping to get you all ready for the passionately anticipated, Project: Romantic.
And fear not our free preview loving friends, the love doesn't end there! Don't forget to tune in next week Monday when we resume our regular download schedule and continue to serve up more exclusive looks at some tasty back of the catalogue treats.
Project Romantic by Various 288 Pages of Pure Romancce for $19.99 From AdHouse Books this Summer
It's Time to Get the Talent A 4 Issue Series from Boom!
Continuing with our week-long Legal Download Fest the Isotope brings you the latest morsel from the great folks at Boom! Entertainment. Talent is the brainchild of Bram Stoker Award winning novelist Christopher Golden, novelist Tom Sniegowski, and artist Paul Azaceta. Pitched to us by publisher Ross Ritchie as "for the Lost crowd" this book definitely catches our attention...
When all the passengers of Flight 654 die in a horrific crash except one, survivor Nicolas Dane discovers he has been granted the memories and skills of those who have passed on. But will these new talents and past lives be a blessing or a curse?
Talent by Chris Golden, Tom Sniegoski, & Paul Azaceta 32 Full Color Pages for $3.99 From Boom! Entertainment this May
Super Powered Booze Chimp Returns From Silent Devil in June
Continuing our week-long Legal Download Fest we bring you another tasty treat for your Wednesday! And with the Isotope staff out entertaining our friend Heavy from Minneapolis until the wee hours last night, we can totally get behind a book like Furious Fist of the Drunken Monkey this morning.
Starring Chip, a lazy, surly, booze-addled chimpanzee with a cosmic power glove from beyond the stars, Furious Fist of the Drunken Monkey always delivers the laughs with an off-kilter eye on slacker lifestyle in a world of superheroic action. With this latest mini-series author/artist Rich Stahnke uncovers secrets from his stumbling protagonist's past, and brings "nineties nostalgia" to the forfront with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Simply big stupid fun in all it's glory!
Furious Fist of the Drunken Monkey: Origin of the Species by Rich Stahnke 24 Color Pages for $2.95 From Silent Devil Productions this June
Obsession, Housewives, and Boy Bands From Tony Consiglio and Top Shelf
Continuing the week-long Legal Download Fest here at the Isotope we bring to you an utterly irresistible release from a certain comics publisher who will be shaking margaritas at this year's APE AFTERMATH (but you already knew that, didn't you?), 110 Percent from Top Shelf Productions. Friends of the mini-comics scene will know the brilliant Tony Consiglio from his awesome work on Double Cross and Lowjinx and we couldn't be happier to get a over-sized dose of his work here.
In this latest book Consiglio tells the story of Cathy, Sasha, and Gerty three friends who could care less what the demographics say about middle-aged housewives... they are completely obsessed with the pre-fab studs of the boy band 110 Percent! But can their friendship survive a brush with the objects of their obsessions?
A tale of duplicity, larceny, treachery, and fanatical boy band fixation!
Shaking Up APE AFTERMATH Top Shelf Publisher Brett Warnock
Along with co-publisher Chris Staros, Mister Brett Warnock fills comics stores and bookshelves the world over with some of the best comics the industry has ever seen under the banner of Top Shelf Productions. Known as the home of industry-defining cartoonists like Craig Thompson, Alex Robinson, Renee French, Jeffrey Brown, Scott Morse, and many, many more. If your bookshelf isn't stuffed to over-flowing with books like Blankets, Bughouse, American Elf, From Hell, Box Office Poison, Creature Tech, or The King you are simply missing out on the good stuff in life.
And speaking of the good things in life, in celebration of the Alternative Press Expo the Isotope will be featuring special guest Brett Warnock going where no one has gone before... behind our bar! Join us as Mister Warnock mixes up his famous margaritas for the Top Shelf Happy Hour from 7pm until 8pm, won't you?
For more on Top Shelf Productions and their excellent line of comics and graphic novels please visit:
B. Clay Moore & Jeremy Haun Turn on the Action in Oni's New Book
Leading off the Isotope's week-long Legal Download Fest is a book we've been waiting anxiously for many, many moons now: B. Clay Moore & Jeremy Haun's Leading Man. This is Oni Press' first full color mini-series since The Nocturnals and it looks like it's absolutely going to be worth the wait!
Nick Walker isn't just Hollywood's hottest actor. When he's not romancing starlets and dodging the tabloids he moonlights as the nation's most top secret super spy. Tons of smart humor, lots of beautiful people, and more action on the set and around the jet set than you'll know what to do with! Yep, that's right... You're going to want to read this.
The Leading Man by B. Clay Moore & Jeremy Haun 32 Full Color Pages for $3.50 From Oni Press this June
A Week-Long Celebration of the Future of Comics w/ Previews from Oni, Top Shelf, Adhouse & More
There can be no denying that your amigos here at the Isotope are having a blast showing you all our exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming books, and truly our in-box has been over-flowing with enthusiasm, thanks, and pre-orders! If you missed our most recent weeks worth of PDF downloads you can check out our first-looks of Skyscrapers of the Midwest #3 here, Continuityhere, Blurred Visionhere, and The Red Diarieshere.
In celebration of the overwhelming response we're going to be doing something a little special as we lead up to the Alternative Press Expo and the awarding of the 2006 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics this weekend... and that's a week-long Legal Download Fest featuring books from the fine folks at Oni Press, Top Shelf, Silent Devil Productions, Boom! Entertainment, and AdHouse Books.