3:30 AM Tuesday December 23rd Update - Sorry for the delay, but a nasty flu kept this one from going up on Monday. James sent over a large batch of new videos as well as a sampling of new images to check out. Also included is a wrap up of the event from James below. - JW
At 12:52 AM Ed Brubaker said his final goodbyes andwalked triumphantly out the door of the Isotope. Forover twelve and a half hours he had taken on allcomers, autographed hundreds of comics, and ensuredthat his name would live on in infamy forever more inthe hearts and minds of all who were lucky enough toattend.
By all accounts, it was a highly successful andmemorable in store event. The crowd was so dense attimes as to make it difficult to get to the bathroom,despite the holiday obligations and absence of many ofthe Isotope's regulars. Of the seventy-five copies ofthe Sleeper trade paperback that I had in stock thatday, only a few copies remain. So few, in fact, thatat 11:00 in the evening, Isotope Special ProjectsDirector, Kirsten Baldock, hastily grabbed herself acopy and stashed it away for safe keeping.
Those challengers who came late in the course of theevent thinking they'd have an easy win over a tiredBrubaker were sorely disappointed. And as the videosprove, those challengers who talked the biggest fightwere treated most mercilessly by the iron arm of EdBrubaker. And the list of challengers was long!Fifty-two men and women brought all of their steelagainst the famed author, but few of them broughtBrubaker defeat. With only a few losses on his rightand undefeated on his left arm, Brubaker stands as achampion among champions. And he was such a graciouswinner as to give away free comics even to those wholost their bouts.
Brubaker was even accepting challenges from fellowcomic creators. DEMO and Couriers author, Brian Wood,went toe to toe in a match that had the assembledthrong screaming and shouting with excitement.
In his box of free comics and graphic novels, Edjokingly included a Spanish Language version of hisfirst Catwoman trade paperback. Little did he know howprophetic that would turn out to be. Three differentmasked Lucha Libre wrestlers showed up to challengehim for armwrestling dominance (although I would besurprised if any of them knew enough Spanish toactually read that particular copy of Catwoman). El Giagante made a tremendous entrance complete withan introduction from referee, Jared Guenther, aparting of the crowd, and booming theme music.Brubaker easily put El Giagante's arm to the table,but he was later dealt a narrow defeated by thespastic wrestler known as El Freakazoid. The thirdmasked wrestler, El Diablo Blanco was defeated sothoroughly that Brubaker even went so far as to unmaskhim.
Between bouts, while Ed gave his arm a rest, manymembers of the crowd took the opportunity toarmwrestle each other, including a match with Donny"Get Them Pants Off" Pusawong, whose intensityunnerved all in attendance. Several "Battle of theSexes" matches broke out, but it was the Women'sArmwrestling Championship that generated the mostcrowd enthusiasm.
But the true highlight of the evening was the actionpacked half hour that none will ever forget, startingwith an appearance by none other than ISW superstar,Count Dante, who whipped the crowd into a frenzy withinsults and braggadocio. For several long minutes,Dante ran his big mouth before Ed Brubaker finallyended his reign of annoyance with a vicious chair shotto the back and a swift kick to the backside. Dantewas last seen weeping and crawling pathetically forthe exit. As if this didn't thrill the crowd enough,Dante's exit was quickly followed up by the appearanceof an agent of the evil criminal and scientificorganization, Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM). This AIMagent threatened a day of reckoning and swore to putan end once and for all to Brubaker's winning streakand his comic writing career. But even the power ofthe cosmic cube couldn't make the AIM agent's threatstrue. Brubaker defeated the evil scientist with hisleft hand while continuing to enjoy his cocktail withhis right.
Despite the frenzy of activity, Ed also somehow found the time to talk to his fans, autograph comics, addhis own creation to the Isotope's world famous Comic Rock Stars Toilet Seat Museum, and to participate with his fellow Wildstorm creators in the Jim Lee Coup D'Etat Internet Drive By.
I would like to extend my thanks to all who attended, all the special guest stars who made an appearance,the Isotope staff for keeping the crowd well lubricated and from mobbing the event arena, and Ed Brubaker himself, a true champion among men!
The latest videos from the event:
And the last batch of pictures:
12:45 PM Sautrday December 20th Update - More pictures and video are in from the Brubaker Armwrestlethon up at the Isotope. Included in this batch of video is Ed Brubaker taking on Brian Wood. Who is the strongest of the two? You'll have to watch and see. Plus, James tells me there's even more video and pictures from the event to come, so we'll be doing a Sunday update as well. - JW
First, the new videos:
- Video 5
- Video 6 - Brubaker vs Andrew "Scurvy Dogs" Boyd
- Video 7 - Brubaker vs Andrew "Scurvy Dogs" Boyd
- Video 8 - The Challenge!
- Video 9 - Broob vs. Wood
- Video 10
- Video 11
- Video 12
- Video 13
- Video 14
- Video 15 - Thumbwrestling
- Video 16 - The first female arm wrestler signs up
- Video 17 - Man vs. Woman!
- Video 18 - El Gigante makes his grand entrance.
5:45 PM Update - This will be the last update for Friday, but check back on Saturday afternoon for another update filled with the goods from the event. For this update we have two write-ups from individuals who attended the event, another video of the action in the store plus a handfull of more pictures.
Muscles flex and strain. Teeth grit and the grip tightens. The rain falls on a dark day in San Francisco's sunset district, but Ed Brubaker continues to hold his own in the arm wrestling madness at the Isotope's day long Sleeper trade release event. From Isotope regulars to random passers by, everyone is anxious for a piece of what Brubaker has to offer, both creatively and physically. Standing strong with more wins under his belt than losses, Brubaker is still gracious enough to sign comics between wrist iceings. But the question remains, how many more must fall before Brubaker stands victorious atop the mound of defeated comic fan boys. How many more must fall...
And our second entry for today.
Considering who I'm writing about, I felt that a little Noir was in order…
It was a wet day, the kind of dripping gray that makes you wish you were drinking. Oh wait, I was. Sliding into Isotope, I was welcomed by a cold beer and a cool cat. Sime. James Sime. My pusherman, my pimp. Holler.
After catching up with scurvy Ryan Yount and that other guy, I made my way back into the bowels of his establishment. The kind of smoky backroom just begging for a fight. It wouldn't be disappointed.
I was handed a legal waiver and another beer. Tipping my glass with one hand and signing with the other, I was ready to go. The flier didn't disappoint. There he was, waiting. Sleeper's Ed Brubaker. I was terrified, but couldn't let it show. Anyone who could write such cold-blooded fiction would smell my terror. I smiled as we were belted in place, Sime's Goons making sure I couldn't bolt. Suddenly I wished I had read that waiver before I signed. I had a feeling if I went down here, I'd find myself kicked into a stupor somewhere in the Outer Sunset.
This was it.
1, 2, 3.
It was over almost before it began. I just sat there in disbelief, staring at my arm.
You know, I expected a writer to have a firmer grip.
And here are the latest video and pictures.
4:30 PM Update - And even more pictures from the event happening right now up in the City by the Bay. Plus, video of Brubaker winning, loosing and unmasking! - JWVideo 1