This was the Isotope's absolute favorite WonderCon weekend ever... and a goodly part of that is thanks to the several hundred of you who came out for our post-con bash with Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Darwyn Cooke!
Well we can't help you with those first ones, but the always fab Babs from Comic Vine (we adore her) conducts a live interview with the rather awesome Mister Layman straight from the Isotope's front door. You'll definitely want to take time out of your busy schedule to watch this great interview!
Click here to indulge your eyes in nearly 150 amazing photos from the Isotope's Blackest Night in-store event w/ Geoff Johns by the wonderful Dyami Serna, and while you're at it go ahead and watch this great interview with the man of the hour by the rather fabulous Babs from Comic Vine. You rock, Babs!
Over breakfast the Isotope staff whipped up a set of classic camera pictures for our respective dad's to pin up on their bulletin boards for Father's Day. Who doesn't love a little Lomo Minitar in their lives?
This was such a great event! Enjoy with us some of these stolen moments from the Isotope's launch party for MYSTERIUS: THE UNFATHOMABLE with author Jeff Parker, artist Tom Fowler, DJ Bearzbub, and dry ice cocktails by Kirsten Baldock.
Thanks to Jeff, Tom, DJ Bearzbub, and everyone who came out and had a great time with us. What a way to kick off 2009!
Could any of us have asked for a better event last weekend than Whitney Matheson and Tim Sale's amazing Pop Candy Meet-Up?
This was an event we'll always remember, as we jam-packed the shop with a wild mash-up of super nice Pop Candy readers, Heroes fans, and our usual fare of local comic personalities and sexy nerds and nerdettes. Whitney turned on tons of folks who are new to the world of comics to armloads of great reads while Tim wowed the crowds with jaw-dropping original inkwash sketches. The event felt a bit like watching 4th of July fireworks as people let out the "oohs" and "ahs" at our gallery which was filled with 16 pages of original art from the Heroes tv show. And the big surprise hit of the night was these jaw-dropping souvenirs and the cocktails that came in them. I'll treasure mine forever!
I honestly can't think of a better way we could have possibly celebrated two of my favorite comic people in the world. Both Mr. Sale and Ms. Matheson are two of the most fun and sincere people you could ever ask to meet and quite literally brought tears of joy to my eyes while I read their write-ups on their respective websites. Check them out:
I want to express my thanks to the wonderful crowds of cool people who came out to the event. My staff and I met so many friendly new people and from the look of my in-box they had as much fun with us as we did had having them in. Thanks to one and all!
We packed in several hundred comic loving folks and many industry superstars into the Isotope over the course of the night. What an amazing time! Additional photos by DJ Bearzbub, Storm, and the lovely newlyweds Chris Vaccaro and Maranda Lee.
I'm off to the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland for the weekend (and will also be checking out the sites and sounds of Washington DC) for a weekend of comics, creators, and culture as only those crazy East Coasters can provide. Check back to see if I can manage to take some nifty pictures on my sexy mobile device for you to enjoy while I'm gone!
Its a Truly Wonderful Blast from Comics' Past 165 Pictures from San Diego Comic Con... 1982!
As the comics internet continues to flood with reams of photos from this year's massive attendance-record shattering San Diego Comic Con (it's estimated that 140,000-150, 000 people were there this year), I'd be remiss not to point out what I think is hands-down the best con report for those of you who are still hungering for more. Yes, I'm totally biased... but can you blame me? I'm pretty sure there's a damn good picture of me in there!
But for those who have grown tired of seeing the 2007 same-old same-old, go on and spin the dial on Mister Peabody's Wayback Machine with me. Check out Alan Light's amazingly great photoset of many many pictures from San Diego Comic Con 1982! My amigo Ryan Higgins pointed this out and it really brought a smile to my face to see all those wonderful artists and authors from years past and how much these things have changed in two and a half decades.
Will Eisner w/ Jack & Roz Kirby photo by Alan Light
... and as a man who loves to rock the suits you can all probably guess how much I personally appreciate how many folks are sporting jacket and ties at this yesteryear's convention. Hey comic industry, let's bring a little bit of 1982 class back to San Diego Comic Con next year, shall we?
Triple Cobra Heats It All Up SF, the Stage, & My Camera
Although this post's title is about as sincere as the time I wrote about the indy horror flick I made, I did manage to score some great shots at last night's mind numbing glitter rock extravaganza with Triple Cobra. With no fewer than four costume changes, exploding confetti cannons, and more feathers than Big Bird would know what to do with... the band once again rocked our world!
For those of you who like those outrageously beautiful rock and roll things, check out the digital proof of Triple Cobra's glorious live excess.
UPDATE: Our friends at China Books have some interesting things to say about these pictures. And this email just popped into my in-box: Hey James - Thanks again for coming out last night. It was great to see you there. Your quote on the Isotope site was so good I had to put it on the Triple Cobra site as well. Thanks! *Attiss* Very cool!
Celebrating The Hometown Hero Mindy Owens Party in Pictures
Regular Isotope Communique readers already know all about homegrown hero Mindy Owens, the huge Runaways fan who went professional earlier this week writing her all time favorite comic and getting paid to do it!
So we'll dispense with all the jibber-jabber about how cool we think this is and about how much we love working in an industry where things like this happen, and we'll cut straight to the chase. Roll camera!
Get Your Passport Stamped United Tiki Bars of Isotope
Since the ancient days of yore, the great tiki gods above made blessed the beautiful city of San Francisco with such an over-abundance of watering holes of the tiki variety that it makes others weep with fruity cocktail and indoor rainfall envy. And so for half a decade the Isotope honors the great Island Lords by paying tribute upon the bar stools of the city's many tiki bars... the Tiki Tour
Legend tells that those who can complete the tour are granted the wonderous gift of never-hangover... but no man or woman has ever managed to master the great tour of tiki. The brave still try, as we did last night, and here is the evidence of our attempt for your viewing pleasure.