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Isotope opens up submissions for 2010 minicomics award

2010 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics

Mini-comickers, ready your pens — San Francisco’s Isotope comics store is once again opening submissions for its annual Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics.

Entries will be accepted until Oct. 1, with the winner receiving not only the shiny post-modern piece of metal as seen on our right, but also the full support of comics retailer, musician and PR maven James Sime.

Previous winners include Joshua W. Cotter (Skyscrapers of the Midwest), Danica Novgorodoff (Slow Storm, Refresh Refresh) and Will Dinski (Fingerprints). Winners have gone on to be published by independent comic publishers like AiT-PlanetLar, AdHouse Books and Top Shelf Productions, as well as major book publishing houses like First Second Books.

Full details, and a healthy press release, can be found after the break:

SAN FRANCISCO (August 31st, 2010) San Francisco comics retailer James Sime, proprietor of Isotope – the comic book lounge, announced today that submissions for the 2010 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics will be accepted until October 1st at midnight.

“It’s my favorite time of year, when we get an opportunity to help spotlight a creator who is toiling in the underground making something wonderful,” said Sime, “I consider whoever wins this award to be the comic industry’s Miss America for the year, and it’s my job to get their work out there to the comics press and reviewers. And I’m proud to say that often winning this award has helped these folks get noticed and published by some of the best publishers in the industry. So don’t be shy… I know that many of you out there are hand-crafting some mini-comics brilliance, let us help share that work with the world!”

The Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics has helped bring attention to the likes of Joshua W. Cotter, 2004′s winner who has just had a new printing of his brilliant SKYSCRAPERS OF THE MIDWEST from AdHouse Books, and 2006′s winner Danica Novgorodoff who now has two amazing graphic novels out from First Second Books, including SLOW STORM and REFRESH, REFRESH. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect, last year’s winner Will Dinski was quickly scooped up by Top Shelf and his new original graphic novel FINGERPRINTS goes on sale this September 15th.

The five comic professionals who will serve as this year’s Isotope Award judges include:

Jann Jones – Former Editor at DC Comics and Viz Media. The driving force behind some of the best all-ages comics of the 21st century, including BILLY BATSON & THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM and TINY TITANS.

Brett Warnock – Co-publisher and art director of Top Shelf Productions. Last year Brett secretly used his judging of the Isotope Award as an opportunity to scout new talent… and we don’t mind if does it again this year!

Ed Luce – Author, artist of the brilliant WUVABLE OAF series. His “Scott Pilgrim of Gay Comics” is our absolute favorite self-published book right now. Read more about it at www.wuvableoaf.com.

Kirsten Baldock – The Isotope’s Special Projects Director. Kirsten is also a Librarian, bartender, and the author of the SMOKE AND GUNS graphic novel with Fabio Moon.

James Sime – Proprietor of Isotope – the comic book lounge in San Francisco.

To enter this competition, simply send five copies of your mini-comic to Isotope’s address (326 Fell St. San Francisco, CA 94102) before the October 1st deadline. The award will be given out at the grand ceremony during APE AFTERMATH at the Isotope in conjunction with San Francisco’s ALTERNATIVE PRESS EXPO. Because of the nature of this award, the winner will be contacted in advance and must be present at the Isotope at 9 PM on Saturday, October 16th for the award presentation ceremony.

For more information contact the Isotope at (415) 621-6543 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (415) 621-6543      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or at isotopeaward@gmail.com

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