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Isotope Comics deconstructs the Ex Machina creative process


Back in 2004, James Sime of the San Francisco-based comic shop Isotope Comics teamed up with Ex Machina’s Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris for a voter registration drive where they gave away free copies of the comic and, of course, encouraged people to register to vote for that year’s election. They followed that up with an Election Day party in November, where they gave away an Ex Machina “virtual Criterion Collection styled DVD extras disc, autographed by the creators and jam-packed full of goodness,” Sime said.

Teaming up with Darren and Michelle Murata, co-founders of San Francisco’s celebrated Technology Think Tank & Digital Design Bureau we made something truly beautiful. Packed with pages upon pages of Brian’s never before seen scripts and Tony’s production artwork from start to finish, thisDeconstructing the Machine disc took viewers on a personal tour behind the wizard’s curtain in a way nothing else ever had before. And we gave them away for free to each and every person who attended our event. And also to 100 lucky fans across the nation.

With Ex Machina‘s last issue hitting stores today, Sime has taken the contents of the DVD and put them on his website. It includes interviews with the creators, behind-the-scenes tours of Jolly Rogers Studios, production artwork and lots more. Check out the site here.

What Are You Reading?

Afrodisiac cover

Afrodisiac cover

Welcome once again to What Are You Reading? Our guest this week is Van Jensen, writer of Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and the Great Puppet Theater. To see what Van and the rest of the Robot 6 crew are reading, click below.

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What are you reading?



Happy day-after-Free Comic Book Day to everyone, and welcome to another edition of What are you reading? Our guest this week is Rick Marshall, editor of MTV’s Splash Page blog. To see what Rick and the rest of the Robot 6 crew have been reading this week, read on …

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C2E2 | Wildstorm announces The Further Adventures of the Whistling Skull

The Further Adventures of the Whistling Skull

The Further Adventures of the Whistling Skull

Wildstorm announced a new project today at C2E2 by B. Clay Moore and Tony Harris –“a pulpy 1940’s noir, wartime London story” called The Further Adventures of the Whistling Skull.

“The Further Adventures of the Whistling Skull is a thoroughly modern book with dark, twisted roots. Its pulp inspirations are buried in landfills with original copies of PHANTOM DETECTIVE and WEIRD MYSTERY, but the book digs a little deeper into its characters than your grandfather’s pulps ever did,” said B. Clay Moore. “And in our world, a guy who wears a skull for a face is the closest thing to normal you’ll find.”

On his own blog, Moore added, “This book has been in the works for over two years, so I’m jazzed to start getting the word out,” he said. “You can bet I’ll be talking this bastard up a lot before it drops. Creator-owned, introducing a brand new character that Tony and I would like to run with for a long time.”

No word yet on when the series is due.

C2E2 | CBLDF, Beanworld and more

C2E2, the new Chicago convention brought to you by the makers of the New York Comic Con, kicks off tomorrow at the Lakeside Center at McCormick Place. In fact, announcements have already started rolling out in conjunction with the convention.

Here are a few more items of note if you’re attending the show. Check back to CBR and Robot 6 all weekend for news, announcements and reports from the show.


Beanworld creator Larry Marder has an offer for fans who bring either of the recent Beanworld collections from Dark Horse up to him to sign:

1010 Big Fish OFFER  copy

He’ll also be trading your homemade Beanworld sketches for his homemade Beanworld sketches.

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