Official Press Release
SAN FRANCISCO (February 6, 2003) Retailer James Sime presented the First Annual Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics this weekend to Rob Osborne for his book 1000 STEPS TO WORLD DOMINATION. "Rob's talent is undeniable," said Sime, "Everyone here at the Isotope couldn't be prouder to present him with our First Annual Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics. His comics are damn good; his passion for the artform is second to none, and Rob carries that trophy like a champ."
Competition for the award was fierce. Topping out with just under a hundred different mini-comics, the submissions were received from as far away as London, England and as close to home as down the street. "I knew we were going to get a good response for this award," Sime said, "Despite being one of the most creatively vibrant segments of our industry, mini-comics simply don't get enough recognition. I wanted to do my part to shine the spotlight on these unsung heroes."
Kirsten Baldock, member of the judge's panel and Special Projects Director for Isotope: the comic book lounge said "I really enjoyed Rob Osborne's storytelling nuances and his quirky humor.1000 STEPS is a great book. I was really impressed with the high caliber of mini-comics we received overall. It made for several days of great reading, but made the selection process particularly arduous. There were a lot of submissions that made Rob work hard for that trophy."
Rob Osborne didn't have much time to bask in his glory; he was determined to return to Gilbert, Arizona and get to work on more comic books. Contacted by telephone for his thoughts, Osborne said, "Its unbelievable! I went to APE with the expectation to just make some good contacts, and I thought that submitting my book for consideration was a good exercise in hope. When James took me aside at the convention to tell me I had I won, I was completely blown away."
"I've been to the San Diego ComicCon; I stood in those lines like everyone else to get my portfolio looked at. And for breaking into the comic industry… from what I've seen that just doesn't work, there are a lot of really talented people out there who aren't getting jobs making comics. I decided to let those people stay in those lines wasting their time, but me, I was making comics."
"Comics are my passion and I knew I had to make my own no matter what. I had to make the comics and I had to get them into the hands of the people. The first thing I did to get 1000 STEPS TO WORLD DOMINATION out to the public was taking it down to my local comic shop. The owner wasn't in that day so I left one copy of each and left a note saying 'I would love to get these in your store let me know what you think?'"
"The staff said we'll put that on his desk. The next Wednesday I went in, and my books were on the new arrivals rack. This is a sign that he wanted to carry my book. So I left him five more of each and a thanks for the shelf space. When I finally hooked up with the owner, he told me he pulled my books out of the trash! He fished them out and put them on the shelves. Now he carries my book and that gave me the confidence to enter them in the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics."
Next for Osbourne is issue three of 1000 STEPS TO WORLD DOMINATION and from there looms his ultimate goal… conquering the world through comics. "I'm just getting started," said Osbourne.
Isotope - the comic book lounge is the former Comics & Da-Kind established in San Francisco in 1982. Comic book impresario James Sime took over operations in June of 2000, and recently upgraded the shop with a new name and attitude in November of 2002. Isotope – the comic book lounge is a purveyor of fine new and vintage comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, manga and other imported comics, as well as unique toys and memorabilia.
For more information about Isotope – the comic book lounge, visit The Isotope Forum.