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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Mission: Comics and Art, 3520 20th Street in San Francisco, will be hosting Gene Luen Yang for a signing of The Shadow Hero. Yang’s title reaches into the Golden Age of comics and shines a spotlight on the often overlooked Asian-American hero the Green Turtle. Although the Green Turtle only made it to five issues of Blazing Stories Yang saw it as an opportunity to tell the back story of this long lost hero. Featuring beautiful art from Sonny Liew the comic was initially released digitally, but dropped as a collected paperback in July. You can read more about the title here and watch a trailer here. The signing starts at 6 p.m. on August 16.

The Shadow Hero

The Bunker Issue 4Josh Hale Fialkov’s The Bunker was one of those rare comics that was a hit before it even landed on the racks. The comic, which originally launched as a successful digital title, was picked up by Oni Press in 2013 with the first issue dropping in February of 2014. In November, it was announced that Lionsgate would be adapting the comic for television. Thanks to that announcement the first few issues of The Bunker sold out before many readers could get their paws on it. This month the first four issues will be collected in graphic novel format and Fialkov will be visiting Isotope: The Comic Book Lounge, 326 Fell Street in San Francisco, on August 6 to celebrate the release. You can find the creator at the shop signing copies between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. More on the event pasted from the Isotope website:

THE BUNKER is a psych horror science fiction tale like no other. “When a group of friends discover a military survival bunker what they find will change their lives forever” is about all that can be said about the actual plot without spoiling the many surprises within. It’s a great exploration of the juxtaposition between pre-determined fate and freedom of choice, hapless young people in way over their heads, and of course a voyeuristic peek into the end of the world itself. No surprise this book has been so popular among comic fans.

Fialkov’s resume of awesome comics runs deep. From his new creator owned hit THE LIFE AFTER to his breakouts ELK’S RUN and ECHOES, to his latest Marvel work on ULTIMATE FF, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and CATACALYSM (starring the grandest planet-eater of all Galactus) to his acclaimed DC work on ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN and the sleeper star of the New52 I. VAMPIRE, to the madcap cutup humor of PUNKS with Kody Chamberlain and one of our favorite crime noir graphic novels ever, TUMOR… the man just keeps putting out fantastic reads!

We here at the Isotope are absolutely thrilled to get to have him in. We’ve known Josh for a long time, back when that mighty resume was just a mad twinkle in his eye, either 2002 or 2003 when we were buying up armloads of his hilarious POORLY DRAWN ANIMALS mini-comics at the Alternative Press Expo. Watching his career explode since then has been nothing short of glorious.

What better creator to continue our Year of In-Store Amazement with?