On Saturday, fantastic Hayes Valley comic book store Isotope played host to Ed Brubaker, who's as hot a writer in the comics industry as anyone. Recently, a story written by Brubaker made headlines nationwide (and Colbert!): the death of Marvel Comics' icon Captain America. While that erupted in a media storm, Brubaker's books don't rely on such hype -- he's just a damned good storyteller with a feel for many different genres, and an excellent command of pacing, humor, and dialogue. His other recent and current titles include Sleeper, Uncanny X-Men, Daredevil, The Immortal Iron Fist (with co-writer Matt Fraction), and his creator-owned book (with art by frequent collaborator Sean Phillips), Criminal.

Fans from throughout the greater Bay Area came to get books signed and chat with Mr. Brubaker. They enjoyed the kind hospitality of Isotope proprietor James Sime, along with some libations expertly prepared by Kirsten Baldock (who's an author in her own right). More pics of the event after the jump.

l to r: writer Ed Brubaker, Isotope proprietor James Sime