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Isotope Award 2011

2011's Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics winner is Katie Longua! More details here.

Isotope Comics University

The Isotope proudly presents an on-going series of comic classes taught by Ed Luce, the award-winning creator of the fantastic Wuvable Oaf series. Our first round of classes are designed to help take your existing book to the next level, focusing on the ins-and-outs of guerrilla publishing and DIY printworking, practical conventioneering, inventive marketing/branding, effective merchandising, and so much more on a shoe-string budget.

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Celebrate the Olympians

Is there anything better than to see a smiling kid with a comic in their hands? Here at the Isotope we are lucky to see that every single day. We probably have more photos of kids enjoying great comics in the Isotope lounge or launching their own comic careers or starring in music videos or meeting their idols here than any other group of folks.

Of all our favorite books to put in the hands of the kiddos one of the ones we love most is George O’Connor’s gorgeous series of THE OLYMPIANS books from our friends at First Second Books. Re-exploring the Greek pantheon with style, O’Connor serves up a great mix of classic mythology and a tip of the hat to classic silverand bronze age superhero comics. Filled with all the monsters, romance and warring immortals we could ask for these action-packed, high-drama fantasy adventures are great for kids and adults alike.

So we couldn’t be happier for our first event of 2014 is a chance to get to have Mister O’Connor in to meet his fans here at the Isotope! He’ll be signing books, doing sketches and ranting about all our favorite Greek Myths with us.

George O’Connor @ Isotope
Thursday, February 6th
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Check out more about THE OLYMPIANS series: http://olympiansrule.com

See you all then!

Happy New Year!

Thanks from our entire Isotope family to yours for a truly wonderful year, you all made 2013 one of the most fun ones ever.

The Isotope will be closed on New Years Day in honor of the holiday… our staff is hoping your day is filled with many winter smiles and romance!

XOXOX

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Holiday Romance

A little holiday romance for us all c/o Roy Thomas, Gene Colan & Tom Palmer.

Doctor Strange #180 (1969).

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Expanded Holiday Hours

Happy holidays from your friends at the Isotope!

For your comic booking pleasure this year, we’ve got expanded holiday hours, all the gift certificates you could ever ask for (and yes, we can also do those over the phone, just call us), free gift wrapping and of course the world-class personal shopping experience to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones… or to celebrate Self Gifting Season!

And yes, you read that right, new comics are here on a Tuesday, Christmas Eve. It’s a true holiday miracle!

xoxox

Gift Wrapping Time

We love gift wrapping graphic novels for people, so feel free to ask and we will happily make your comic prezzies pretty for your loved ones. What could be better? Let’s get some non-denominational holiday wrapping done!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

We’ll be closed on Thursday, November 28th to celebrate the holiday with our loved ones. But don’t worry we’ll be open right up again on Friday for all your comic booking needs!

And I have to say, we here at the Isotope have a lot to be thankful for. Great comics and graphic novels, smiling faces coming in the front door, friendly creators who are as excited as we are about celebrating the artform, having the opportunity to share our passion for comics with so many, being a small part of the colorful tapestry that makes San Francisco the greatest city on Earth… but most especially we’re thankful for all the sweet, supportive people who have helped us make so many of our dreams come true. We love you so much.

xoxox

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Birthday Wishes to Steve Ditko

Each year on November 2nd here at the Isotope we offer up a celebratory toast of our collective cocktail glasses in celebration of the birth of Steve Ditko and his truly Scorpiotastic creations like Spider-Man, The Question, Mister A, The Creeper, the jaw-droppingly awesome Shade The Changing Man, and also the coolest comic character ever… Doctor Strange.

While he probably doesn’t care about such things like bdays these days, here at the Isotope we will always honor him on this his special day. Today I’m spending my off-work hours drawing an album cover for a new release by Space Station, my atomic spacerock band. What better day to let Ditko’s mad genius guide us and keep our bubble helmeted space girls full of beauty, style and sly wit?

Thank you for a lifetime of inspiration, Mister Ditko!

Happy SANDMAN OVERTURE Day!

The most anticipated comic of the decade has arrived!

Neil Gaiman, JH Williams III, Dave Stewart and Todd Klein take us on six-issue odyssey of awesomeness.

Check out more here. And for you digital readers, go ahead and grab a copy from the Isotope’s sexy Digital Store.

The Walking Dead: A Decade of Dead

In honor of the ten year anniversary of Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard’s epic series THE WALKING DEAD (congrats!) the folks at Skybound Entertainment and Hyundai put together a great 22 minute documentary with interviews by some great industry folks and fans of the book. This saw a debut at New York Comic Con last weekend and now it’s up on YouTube for everyone to enjoy!

And among the folks interviewed is yours truly, sporting my favorite purple suit. The producers were great to work with and we had a lot of fun talking about crazy Robert Kirkman stories like this one.

Check out the event invitation for the world premiere of this documentary from NYCC. The eagle-eyed among you will notice it contains zombie versions of everyone in the film, drawn by series artist Charlie Adlard. That’s me down on the bottom right hand side. Considering my secret appearance in the Tony Moore drawn volume one, it’s quite an honor to have been zombified by *both* of THE WALKING DEAD artists!


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(sigh) I wish more zombies wore ties, don’t you?

Thank You San Francisco: Best Comic Store

The SF Bay Guardian’s “Best Of…” issue has arrived and the Isotope is proud to be recognized once again, with the prestigious “Best Comic Store” award. In one of the most competitive cities in the country for comic shops, there can be no greater honor than to be chosen by the people of San Francisco as a winner for this award for our eleventh year in a row. Truly, we could not be more honored!

And we’re thrilled to see some of our favorite Bay Area places are also taking home trophies this year too! Including our very best of friends at SAUCE, our new neighbors and collaborators at SCHULZIE’S BREAD PUDDING and the SF JAZZ CENTER, as well as our other great Hayes Valley friends at SHOE BIZ, SAMOVAR TEA LOUNGE, and the fantastic LUNCHPAD. As well as some of our other SF staples we adore like the fantastic GREEN APPLE BOOKS, ZEITGEIST, BRENDA’S FRENCH SOUL FOOD, DNA LOUNGE, CHECK PLEASE! BAY AREA (see the Sauce episode the Isotope staff is in here), and our beloved BAY AREA DERBY GIRLS. Yay, derby girls! And even KARL THE FOG is taking home the well-deserved gold this year!

Check out the full list of the Best San Francisco has to offer here.

Thank you, to all of you, for showing us such love. You touch our hearts and fill our lives with happiness, San Francisco and SF Bay Guardian!

xoxox

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