San Francisco Retailer James Sime announces 'Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics'

Official Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO (January 1) San Francisco retailer, James Sime, announced today the formation of the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics.

"This is an important award for our industry," said Sime, "I've always respected the sweat, toil and raw talent that comic book creators have put into their every work, and I appreciate the folks who do mini-comics just as much. To have such a passion for making comics that they are willing to do everything professional writers, artists, publishers and distributors do… man, these people need to be recognized!"

Considering that most of the top names in comic books began their careers producing their own hand-copied comics, recognizing the talent of tomorrow couldn't be more important. Isotope Special Projects Director, Kirsten Baldock, agrees wholeheartedly. "These creators represent the future of the industry. They are the superstars of tomorrow and we're going to recognize them today."

What better way to bring attention to these unsung heroes of our industry than to offer an award for excellence in mini-comics? "There are awards for Best Monthly Comic, Best Graphic Novel, Best Anthology, Best American Edition of Foreign Material, Best Mainstream Periodical That Mentions Comics At Least Once…" said Sime. "… where is the award for Best Mini-Comic? I'll tell you. It's right here at the Isotope!"

"The rules are simple," said Sime, "and like the man says, you must be present to win. The only entry fee is five copies of your book, sent to Isotope's Special Projects Director, Kirsten Baldock, at the Isotope address. Our committee of judges will pick the winner and present the award."

"But if the Isotope is going to give out an award, we are going to do it right. Forget the pat on the back, forget the framed certificates, and forget the wall plaques. Every single year we are going to hand out a massive trophy engraved with your name and the name of your book, so that you can proudly display the award at your table at conventions, intimidate your friends and family by placing it on your mantle, mount it on your car as a hood ornament, or just install it on your porcelain throne, in the grand tradition of Oscar-winners."

San Francisco's Alternative Press Expo has been a forum for small and independent publishers in the industry for many years, therefore the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics will be presented in conjunction with this annual event. Because of the nature of this award, winners have to be present at the Isotope at 9 PM on February 1st for the award presentation ceremony.

Submissions must be received at the Isotope address by January 29, 2003.

With this first award, the Isotope staff wishes to honor those mini-comic creators who have already been toiling away in the trenches without the promise of achieving international recognition with an award, so don't worry if this is not enough time to write, draw, copy, fold, staple and send. There will be plenty of time for next year's Isotope!

"This is the Heisman trophy of mini-comics, and you deserve it!" Sime said, "Get those submissions in!"

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 at: http://forums.delphiforums.com/IsotopeLounge

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