Retailer and comics creator Kirsten Baldock dropped us a note to let us know that Isotope Comics is accepting submissions for the 2008 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics. This is the sixth year they’ve given out the award; previous award winners include Rob Osborne, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and Josh Cotter, among others. You can find complete details on how to submit your mini-comic for consideration after the jump.
The awards will be given out in conjunction with the Alternative Press Expo, a really great event held in San Francisco the first weekend in November. This year’s guest list includes Jessica Abel, Paige Braddock, Megan Kelso, Matt Madden, Ethan Nicolle and Chris Ware. If you’re in the Bay Area that weekend, definitely check it out.
The art up top, by the way, is from Max Riffner’s Quick Step, which won the award last year.
Submissions Open for the 2008 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics
SAN FRANCISCO (September 10th, 2008) San Francisco comics retailer James Sime, proprietor of Isotope – the comic book lounge, announced today that submissions for the 2008 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics will be accepted until October 24th at midnight. “There is honestly nothing that makes me happier each year than to get the opportunity to help spotlight a creator who is toiling in the underground making something wonderful,” said Sime, “And 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 been the first step in launching the careers of previous award-winners including Eisner-nominated Josh Cotter (SKYSCRAPERS OF THE MIDWEST) and Danica Novgorodoff (SLOW STORM), as well as, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey (THE LAST SANE COWBOY), Rob Osborne (1000 STEPS TO WORLD DOMINATION), and Max Riffner (QUICK STEP).
The five judges for the Isotope Award represent various aspects of the comic industry including creators, retailers, and press. This year’s judges are:
Josh Cotter – 2004 winner of the Isotope Award for his mini-comic, SKYSCRAPERS OF THE MIDWEST. This Eisner-nominated series has recently been collected in a beautiful hardcover edition by AdHouse Books.
Jason McNamara – Xeric award winning author of FIRST MOON, CONTINUITY, and the recently-released THE MARTIAN CONFEDERACY.
Johanna Draper Carlson – Publishers Weekly writer, and the brilliant mind behind Comics Worth Reading. Johanna’s open-minded reviews and enthusiastic reporting set the bar for commentary throughout the industry.
Kirsten Baldock – The Isotope’s Special Projects Director. Kirsten is also a librarian, bartender, and the author of the SMOKE AND GUNS graphic novel.
James Sime – Proprietor of Isotope – the comic book lounge in San Francisco.
To enter this competition, send five copies of your mini-comic to Isotope’s address (326 Fell St. San Francisco, CA 94102) before October 24th 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, November 1st for the award presentation ceremony.
For more information contact the Isotope at (415) 621-6543 or at email@example.com