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Thursday, July 26, 2007

The SF Bay Guardian Readers Have Spoken
The Isotope: Best of the Bay 2007

As if Toast! wasn't reason enough to be happy this week, the latest issue of the SF Bay Guardian is out and it's got my eyes welling up with joy!

Famous the world over for offering the best independent reporting of news, culture, and entertainment, the Guardian honors the city's best each year with an annual Best of the Bay awards. And we here at the Isotope know that in the greatest city on Earth it is a huge honor to be chosen by the Guardian's readers as the cream of the city's crop.

Hopefully, you'll all forgive me for getting a bit sappy...

You kind and wonderful people show us so much love and affection and I hope you know that I absolutely adore you for helping make our unique take on the comic book shop and comics culture a success. So thank you San Francisco (and the SF Bay Guardian) for showing my comic book store fantasy so much love over the years and making all my wildest dreams a reality. It means more to me than I could ever truly express.

Now quick, go check out these blasts from the past before I rot your teeth with all my syrupy sweetness.

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Lots to get Excited About @ this Friday's Awards
& My One Last Final Word on the Nominations

Tomorrow's the big night, so let's talk about the Eisners, shall we?

For the uninitiated, the Eisner Awards are the comic industry's highest honor and the annual ceremony is something of an Oscars-like star-studded extravaganza. There just isn't anything bigger in the biz.

This year I was chosen to be one of the judges of these prestigious awards, along with my fellow judges Whitney Matheson, Chris Reilly, Jeff VanderMeer , and Robin Brenner. Back in April we were each flown into San Diego, put up in a truly palatial hotel, and spent one hell of a grueling weekend of nomination choosing. So grueling, in fact, that it quite literally put one of us in the emergency room!

So, you know what... if you don't like the nominations this year, you know who to blame! Oh, and I think you're utterly wrong so I'm not buying your first round next time we go out. Just so you know.

Personally, I'm really proud of the nominations we came up with, the diversity of books and publishers, and the sheer number of "firsts" my fellow judges and I are responsible for. For the first time ever the awards now have a dedicated manga category, also the first time in Eisner Award history Stan Lee is nominated for new work, and even I was surprised to hear that we had nominated a record number of female cartoonists this year (24 total). Heck, even legendary Eisner critic Kim Thompson couldn't complain this year!

And as unlikely as some may think it is I didn't have much of anything to do with either of our Isotope Mini-Comic Award winners getting the Eisner nod, Josh Cotter and Danica Novgorodoff, I even opted out of voting on their books. But I *am* telling you right now... I've got a feeling Danica is taking home the gold!

I've written about my experience judging these awards twice before, but for those who want a candid behind the scenes look at how the nomination process works and want to hear the full story about the hair-raising trip to the emergency room, you're definitely going to want to check out the following links.

READ: Pulse Interview w/ 2007 Eisner Judges
LISTEN: Kryptographics Podcast Interview w/ Reilly & Sime
OBSERVE: 2007 Judges Panel In Their Natural Habitat


Presenting @ This Year's Eisner Ceremony
Isotope's Kirsten Baldock and James Sime

That's right, Kirsten and I will be up on stage under the spotlight presenting three of these awards tomorrow night. We'll be handing out the awards for Best Lettering, Best Coloring, and Best Anthology. What an honor!

Other presenters include the legendary Neil Gaiman, Eric Powell, Alison Bechdel, Sergio Aragones, Whitney Matheson, Bill Morrison, the hilarious Brian Posehn, Reno 911's Tom Lennon and Ben Garant, and the lovely Jane Wiedlin of Go-Gos fame!

Do I actually tell you this one is "not to be missed?" Yeah... I didn't think so. See you there!

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Isotope Enforcer Jared Guenther
Brings It All to a Dead Stop

It always makes me happy when members of the Isotope staff step up to the comic creating plate to make their voices heard. Especially when they all prove to be so incredibly talented as my staff is (don't give me that look, I can't help it if it's true)!

Following in the footsteps of Ryan Yount and his wonderfully silly pirate comic Scurvy Dogs, Tristan Crane's award winning gender-bending graphic novel How Loathsome, and Kirsten Baldock's graphic novel about warring gangs of heavily armed cigarette girls Smoke & Guns... this week sees the release of yet another member of the IsoStaff's foray into graphic novel fiction.

Dead Stop, written by Jared Guenther and drawn by Slave Labor Publishing's Daniel Warner, stakes it's comic book claim to the back pages of Black Diamond #3 and injects a rapid-fire shot of high-octane life and death on the lawless roadways of the future. I know there are a lot of Jared fans out there who are definitely going to want to track this sucker down.

Nice job Jared, and congrats!

UPDATE: Jared's first review is in, and it's good!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché
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Buffy Season Eight #5
Immortal Iron Fist vol 1 TPB
Supernatural Law: Wolff & Byrd: The Movie one-shot

Jared Guenther - Enforcer
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Johnny Ryan's XXX Scumbag Party TPB
Batman #666
Paolo Parente's Dust #1

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Hellboy: Darkness Calls #4
Black Diamond #3
Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon TPB

James Sime - Proprietor
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Love & Rockets vol 2 #20
Grendel: Behold the Devil #0
Batman #666

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Indulge yourself in 100 photos from last weekend's wonderful Mike Carey in-store bash. We got some great shots from the event thanks to our amigo DangerBob.

check 'em out here

Included for your viewing pleasure in this set are Carissa Koo's awesome poloroids, thanks so much for sharing them with us, Carissa!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Last Saturday night we threw what I will always remember as one of my favorite events.

My staff and I all got to see a lot of really cool new-to-SF people that I personally can't wait to see more of, have cocktails with one of the industry's greatest talents, and everyone got an excuse to share our collective love for wonderful comics together. Truly, a wonderful 8pm to midnight! And Mike Carey did so much more than just live up to his reputation as one of the nicest and most fun people in the comics industry to spend time with... he reminded us all why we love throwing and our guests love attending these kind of events so much.

It is with great pride and a manly tear that my staff and I got to read Mister Carey's thoughts about his trip to the SF Bay Area and our event on his blog at, reprinted here for your reading convenience... and because it made us all so happy!

And then day three. Not just a signing this time - a signing party. And not at a comic book store - at Isotope, the comic book lounge, on Fell Street. Oh man, I can’t begin to tell you what this was like. Huge crowd, fantastic atmosphere, unforgettable experience. James Sime used to be a barman at one stage, and he has a bar built into the store for the events he runs. He also has a collection of toilet seats on which all his guests have done sketches, and an exhibit of incredible costumes made by Kirsten Baldock (who wrote the wonderful Smoke and Guns for AIT/Planetlar - buy it now!). Doctor Strange has to be my favourite, but Lady Blackhawk is also very cool.

The party went on until well after midnight, and was still in full swing when I left. I signed loads of books, and met loads of people. I don’t want to name names, because I’m bound to leave someone out, but Jesus, what a welcome. Actually, what the hell, I will name names: James and Kirsten obviously, Ash, Josh, Adrienne of the Sequential Tarts, Jim, Carissa, Jeremy and Jason of Night Shade Books, Matt Silady, Mike Choi (who’s doing an issue of X-Men with me), Sean, Sara, Corky… Those are some of the people who put the evening right up there among the highest highlights of the tour - and made me feel like I was at home, among friends, just kicking back and having a great Saturday night.

James, thanks again for the hospitality. It was a total, total blast.

(snif)! 'Scuse me, I think I've got something in my eye...

It's quite honestly times like this that make me fall in love my job all over again. Thanks for the very kind words, Mike... and do please come back and visit us again soon!

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

To Do Tonight:

For your event attending convenience, here's where the Isotope is located, and here's a map of available Isotope SF public transportation options.

And for our East Bay amigos, here's a handy walking from BART to Isotope map. Bring your ID and your significant other. Familiars welcome!

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The Amazingly Diverse Works of Mr. Carey
Are What Your Bookshelf Hungers For

When I set out to craft this communique missive on the glory that is Mike Carey, I thought to myself, "I'll show folks the prolific wonder that is Mike Carey with a selection of my favorites." Boy was I in for a surprise when I realized just how many Mike Carey favorites I have...

Well, what the heck. Instead of chopping this list down, let's just take a look at a massive selection from the huge pile of books this teacher-turned-author makes!

The Devil You Know
416 pages from Grand Central Publishing for $24.99

The just-released first novel by Carey is everything you could hope for in an urban supernatural noir thriller. Down and out freelance exorcistisms, ghosts that bind animal flesh to themselves to form ghastly human shapes, a haunted London hall of records, and a protagonist best described by one reader as "a hybrid of Johnny Rotten and Mike Hammer."

Carey delivers all the supernatural noir you've come to love in Hellblazer and Lucifer, and pumps it up to an all new devilish level. Nice!

Hellblazer: All His Engines
128 pages from Vertigo for $14.99

Yes, one of my all-time favorite Carey books!

Blazened across the top of the cover of this stand-alone Hellblazer original graphic novel is a Neil Gaiman quote that reads "Mike Carey has written the quintessential Constantine story. If you want to see what the fuss is really about you should read this book." Couldn't have really said it better myself, could I?

174 pages from Minx for $9.99

This coming of age tale of a Korean-American girl in L.A. is Carey's addition to the marketed-towards-teenage-girls Minx line. This book serves up great teenage romance and family drama... and seasoned with a healthy helping of kick-ass martial arts action!

A great book for boys and girls of all ages.

X-Men #200
64 pages from Marvel for $3.99

It's the Marvel big summer mutant cross-over that all the kids are excited about. Carey has been rocking the house hard on this series since he came aboard, out-pacing his contemporaries with a keen eye for everything we require in our X-Books (yes, even Brubaker!)

This X-Men #200 written-by-Carey kick-off issue dropped some pretty big bombs on the X-Men universe which will no doubt be causing lots of angst, tears, and epic frustration for months to come. Ah yes, what more could we ask for?

Crossing Midnight Vol 1: Cut Here
128 pages from Vertigo for $9.99

Twins born on either side of the midnight hour, one a warrior-princess-in-training under a demon master, and a father with mob problems, are at the beastly heart of this japanese horror story.

Not like anything else out there anywhere. Definitely worth checking out for those who want something different on their bookshelves.

Faker #1
24 pages from Vertigo for $2.99

Wow, this first issue was harsh!

Carey and Isotope-favorite artist Jock drag us kicking and screeming back to the midwest for a dirty, filthy look at Minnesota college roommates and the strange mystery that surrounds them. Plenty of resurfacing repressed memories, students that no one remembers, roommates who claims to be non-existant... and lots of lies lies lies! My staff and I are quite honestly all in anticipation of the next issue to find out more.

96 pages from 2000ad/Rebellion for $12.99

The UK punk rock scene from the late 1970s and early 1980s delivers pure thrill-power overload.

My first exposure to Carey's work was in the pages of the eternally-beloved 2000ad with this story and I enjoyed it so much I've followed his work ever since.

Lucifer Vol 1: Devil in the Gateway
160 pages from Vertigo for $14.99

The cream of the crop of Carey's amazing body of work has to be the Lucifer series.

And alright, I'll admit it... I actually didn't fall in love with this series until volume 2. The true beauty of this series is somehow, amazingly, it gets exponentially better with each subsequent volume. And when I say "better" I mean knock-you-on-your-ass awesome. You might not know it yet, but you've been waiting for a comic like Lucifer all your life! Seriously.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

The coupons for the latest magnum opus from Warren Ellis,Doktor Sleepless, are starting to flood in. Read Ellis' pitch, take a look, and read a sample script here to see if you, too, can't live without it!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Celebrating this Saturday's glorious in-store event:
Mike Carey @ the Isotope

Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché
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Monster Attack Network TPB
Spirit #8
World War Hulk #2

Jared Guenther - Enforcer
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The Goon #19
Super Villain Team Up: MODOK's 11 #1
Repo #2

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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The Programme #1
Levitation TPB
Shazam: Monster Society of Evil #4

James Sime - Proprietor
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The Programme #1
Black Cherry TPB
Space Pinchy TPB

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Must-Read Last Look @ Civil War
Alternate Endings & So Much More

Over at the Blogarama famed industry troublemaker, amusing Scotsman, and Isotope amigo Graeme McMillan points us towards a really interesting behind-the-scenes look at Marvel's epic event of 2006 Civil War.

Mark Millar's original pitch is available for your process junkie fix, along with insightful editorial notes from Joe Quesada and Tom Brevoort. Some of the details revealed prove to be pretty facinating. It's interesting to see where the pitch deviates from the printed page, the original plans for the glorious return of Marvel's Norse god of thunder (too bad they messed that one up!), and you're sure to laugh out loud when you hear about the gamma-irradiated surprise Millar wanted to serve up for the big slam-bash ending. Seriously?!

All in all, it's a really great peek behind the wizard's curtain at how comics are made. Thanks for pointing it out, Graeme!

Tom Brevoort's Civil War Memorial


Another Sign of the End Times
Monster Bands Make All-Out War

It's Gwar vs. Lordi... to the death!

It's no secret that we here at the Isotope enjoy a little over-the-top entertainment thrown in with our live music, which is why it's pretty easy to find me when crazy bands come to town. I'll be right down front every time. In fact, I'll be doing that very thing this evening!

And what great timing, because the Gwar vs. Lordi gauntlet has been thrown down! Both bands plant their tongues firmly in cheek, don monsterific personas, and take Alice Cooper and Kiss inspired stageshow antics to the next level. While the differences are indeed many, the similarities apparently can't be denied, which is why Mister Lordi keeps getting asked about it in interview after interview. Sure, there's plenty of room for more than one monsterband on this planet and in the hearts of outrageous rock fans... but what could be more fun than an all-out band vs. band battle to the death? Yes!

The first shot across the bow of monsterband war was Mister Lordi's perhaps genuinely sincere claim that he had never heard of the other band of monsters before despite some pesky persistent rumors of former Lordi bandmates claiming otherwise. It was only a matter of time before Gwar made their own statement about their fellow monster-rockers (who they consider a Gwar tribute band!) in their typical style.

By bringing Mister Lordi on tour with them, cutting off his head, and showering the crowd with his blood. Every single night! Check out the footage of Lordi's decapitated head on a pole from mere nights ago. Oh no, it's an all-out monsterband war to the death! What will a monsterman do?

(sigh) Sorry, Jared! I like Mister Lordi and his band of charming, silly monsters alot. I really do! But the monsterbands have gone to war and we both know where my loyalties lie.

So I'm wearing a Gwar shirt to the Lordi show tonight.


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché

Martha Washington Dies One-Shot
Devil Dinosaur Omnibus HC
Steven Colbert's Tek Janson #1

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Devil Dinosaur Omnibus HC
Alien Pig Farm 3000 #4
Green Arrow Year One #1

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Madman #3
Tick Comic Con Extravaganza #1
Fables #63

James Sime - Proprietor

Jack Kirby's Silver Star Omnibus HC
Nexus #99
DeeVee 2007 One-Shot

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Monday, July 09, 2007

True confession: I'm really damn excited about this one!

Mike Carey is one of my favorite authors working in comics today. He's consistantly rocking on a massive variety of books, including X-Men, Crossing Midnight, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Wetworks &, and Faker, the recently released original graphic novels Re-Gifters & God Save The Queen, and Mister Carey blew our collective minds with two amazing series for Vertigo no good comic collection should be without Hellblazer & Lucifer.


The Batmobile Limo, Japanese TV, Jane Wiedlin,
SDCC, Energy Drink BBQ, & Eric Powell's Face!

Wow, I had no idea it had been that long since I last posted up one of these... bad James, bad! For those of you who like trolling the strange and unlikely corners of the internet, the Isotope Mailbag Link-a-Palooza is a collection of information superhighway roadside detritus sent in by our readers for your exploring pleasure. Be sure to pack plenty of emergency rations in case you get lost!

Isotope amigo Steve Nelson has gone completely bats for the Batmobile! First up are these three gorgeous pictures of The Bat Limo, then a link to an article about a three-way Batmobile lawsuit, and Steve also shares with us a link to the Batmobile Customizers Forum where car and Batman geeks show off their very own homemade Batmobiles. Holy hot wheels, Batman!

Heavy in Minneapolis points our browsers back to the amazing world of Bevnet, where the beverage industry turns to get their daily news, gossip, and reviews. "The fourth of July always gets America's grills cooking, and I know you guys know about Beer Can Chicken already. But do you know about Bevnet's taste test of Energy Drinks up-the-ass BBQ chicken?" Heavy, baby, you crack me up!

Shannon always makes sure we're up on the comic industry goodstuff, and just today she wrote in to give a heads-up that the full San Diego Comic Con schedule is finally up. Thanks Shannon! And while we're talking about comic industry goodness, I loved reading fellow retailer Lee Hester's write up on the early years of his shop Lee's Comics. Lee is one of my favorite people in all of comics and his look back on 25 years of retailing is great reading. Read Part One and also check out Part Two.

Reader Steven B once again rocks my in-box with the oddly wonderful. This time he's got clips from some of the greatest Japanese tv shows I've ever seen... with almost no groin damage (thanks for that Steven)! First up is the wonderful Japanese Rube Goldberg Championships, followed up by a nifty show that showcases mind-blowing creativity and more mind-blowing creativity. For those of you who like your shows a bit more physical, I absolutely loved watching this one. Television this fun makes me want to runaway to Tokyo!

I suppose some folks might think it's odd the things people send in for the Isotope Mailbag Link-a-Palooza, but me, I love the "more than just comics" stuff we get! And this one goes out to J who I gave my Big Book O' Beer to and I know will appreciate it. Reader Catherine C thinks we all should learn more about small-batch Bourbon and how it's made. She points us to a really great series of Bourbon-making videos from the Heaven Hill Distillery and a beginner's guide to Bourbon whiskey.

Just in case you always liked leather be-pants Han Solo more than Princess Leia, now R2-D2 can project anything you want. Seriously, who doesn't love some leather pants? Thanks for the link Mark!

Knowing how much my staff and I love all those slightly obscure silly characters in comics (especially the ones with gigantic heads), Isotope amigo Brian C writes in "Why haven't you linked to the M.O.D.O.K. blog yet? And where's that picture of you guys dressed up like Advanced Idea Mechanics agents?" Here you go complete with the Cosmic Cube, Brian... and for as bonus howabout A.I.M. shows Galactus where to get a snack?

Joel Gausten, who I started a correspondence with thanking him for a great little book on the Misfits I really enjoyed and has also just published a book about Prong's early years which I recently ordered, writes in to let me know he's got interviews up with Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, Public Image Limited bassest Pete Jones, and Ministry second-in-command Chris Connelly. Joel's interviews are always wonderfully informative and fascinating, so I definitely think you should check 'em out.

And let's end this massive trip around the internet by talking once more about the wonderful world of comics, shall we...?

Our South bay amigo Jeremy points us to the cost of 100 Bullets cover artist Dave Johnson's gallbladder removal, wow! Thank god he has insurance! And on a more amusing note, Isotope Enforcer Jared Guenther points out that comic artist Tony Moore has made a mask of Eric Powell's face and is telling the industry to "download, print, snip and start taking your very own pictures of THE GOON's Eric Powell in compromising positions!"

And last but certainly not least... from the you-heard-it-here-first department: the oh-so glamorous Jane Wiedlin is going to be doing the Eisner Awards ceremony this year! Seriously, what could be better?

Want to be part of a future Isotope Mailing Bag Link-a-Palooza? Send those crazy links to my address! For those who are still hungry to dig even deeper on these internet backroads, check out previous mailbag installments here, here, here, and here.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

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Seekrit Temple by Stan Heller

I can't think of a more appropriate day than today for this to show up in my in-box. Thanks, Stan!

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This week the staff is celebrating National Ice Cream Month with some of our favorite desserting confections.

Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché
Mint IT'S-IT

All-Star Superman #8
The Punisher Presents: Barracuda #5
Chronicles of Wormwood #5

Jared Guenther - Enforcer
Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Bar

Silverfish HC
All-Star Superman #8
Doris Danger: Where Urban Monsters Creep & Stomp

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
Flintstones Orange Push-Up

Silverfish HC
Black Diamond #2
All-Star Superman #8

James Sime - Proprietor
Classic Ice Cream Sandwich

All-Star Superman #8
Faker #1
Silverfish HC

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

That there American Dream has been pretty darn good to us here at the Isotope, and as new comics won't be arriving until Thursday this week, we've decided to take the day off to celebrate the good things in life.

This year we'll be doing the traditional barbeques and checking out the fireworks Isotope style... members of the staff will either be spending the day kayaking on Lake Ewok with George Lucas or spending the day riding the coasters at Great America in celebration of Ariel's 16th birthday!

Happy birthday, kiddo! In honor of your sweet sixteenth here's some pictures of things I know will make you smile:

Kitty, Pony, Bunny, Balloons, Candy, Ice Cream, and a Sad Emo Boy.

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Savoring The Future & The Moment
w/ a Bit of Nostalgia Wax-On Wax-Off

In celebration of the Isotope's Hayes Valley birthday, I decided to rewatch this video and this video we filmed just over two years ago. Wow, it's been a good couple of years, hasn't it? A really, really good couple of years!

For all of you who have been, and are, taking that sequential art journey with my staff and I, thank you so much for helping make every day a dream come true. You rock.

My promise to you: The Isotope is going to keep staying the song-belting hip-swinging young Elvis for a long, long time to come. Uh-huh!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Did someone say Autobots vs. Decepticons Transformers Beer Pong? Oh, I think they might have!

No way in hell am I going to miss that! Click flyer for more details.

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A Standing Ovation To Entertainment Weekly's
"Must List" Superstars Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

Seriously, what could be better in this world than getting to see your friends get the recognition and success they deserve?

My heart is quite literally pounding because I'm just so excited to see two of my favorite people in the entire comics industry, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, featured in Entertainment Weekly's biggest and best issue of the year... that's right! The boys from Brazil are rocking out on EW's Must List of the 100 best, the coolest, and the sexiest people to watch for in 2007!

As most of you probably know, Fabio is the artist who rocked our world drawing Isotope's own Special Projects Director Kirsten Baldock's warring-gangs-of-heavily-armed-cigarette-girls original graphic novel Smoke & Guns. And these two brothers have been continuing to blow our minds each time they put ink to bristol board on their other works such as Casanova, the multi-Eisner award nominated De:Tales, Ursula, Rock N' Roll and the up-coming The Umbrella Academy written by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance fame.

My staff and I are wiping a tear from our collective cheeks today and offering up a hearty round of applause. Personally, I couldn't be more happy to see all the love and attention these two extremely talented amigos have been getting... they definitely deserve it!

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