San Francisco's world-famous comic book mecca, Isotope the Comic Book Lounge is the epicenter for comics coolness. The home of unique events with the industry's biggest names and some of the smallest, too. Including: Grant Morrison, Jim Lee, Eric Powell, JH Williams, Ian Gibson, MC Chris, Dave Johnson, Steve Niles, Warren Ellis, Ed Brubaker, Robert Kirkman, Darick Robertson, Erik Larsen, Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, Joe Casey, Tom Beland, Rick Remender, Brian Wood, B. Clay Moore, Brett Warnock, Adam Beechen, Andrew Boyd, Ms Monster, Eric Stephenson, Pine-am, Bill Willingham, Jason McNamara, Batton Lash, Jackie Estrada, Rob Osborne, Tony Talbert, Kirsten Baldock, JW Cotter, Danica Novgorodoff
Isotope the comic book lounge features the love for the comics with world class comic book pimps, the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics, and popular industry mixers
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Events at Isotope the comic book lounge. Included are unique events like Grant Morrison's International Guide to Living Fabulously, Eric Powell's Monster Mash-Up, Jim Lee & Lee Bermejo All-Star Opening, MC Chris performing live, Ed Brubaker Armwrestling, JH Williams Baccanalia, Brian K. Vaughan & Tony Harris Voter Registration Drive, Pine-am performing live, Steve Niles Zombiefest, Continuity Art Show, Warren Ellis Scotch Tasting, Watermelon Races with Andrew Boyd, Tom Beland Eisner Nomination Bash, Brian Wood Month, APE AFTERMATH
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Monday, October 23, 2006

You Weren't Pretty or Clever or Fancy
But We'll Always Miss You, PoundSF

It feels like we've been going to see live music at PoundSF forever. Located in what many consider the worst neighborhood in San Francisco, it was beyond question our favorite venue in the city for shows of the punk, metal, experimental, and just plain outrageous variety.

For five years The Pound's stage played host to both local and internationally touring bands too numerous to mention, many of whom made us shout with delight that such huge acts were going to be playing at such a small venue! We cherish great memories of amazing shows both inside and in the parking lot of this glorious venue (Gwar, Circle Jerks, Thor the Rock God, the Blackest of the Black tour, Kool Keith, and Cookie Mongolid to name just a few). And all of it took place in a venue so small and intimate that more than once we witnessed members of the audience reaching up and high-fiving drummers in between songs.

While freight trains rolled by the club's front door, garbage trucks dropped off the city's refuse a mere 500 feet away, and just outside The Pound's gravel-pit parking lot cars were boosted nightly, inside this tiny grubby little bar was something magical. Maybe it was the intimate surroundings or the maybe it was the venue's remoteness, but when you walked into the club you knew you were there for the same reason as every other person in the place... for the music. Boasting the most enthusiastic crowds in the city, a night at The Pound was a night to remember, and even if there was a barstool or chair to sit on PoundSF attendees weren't the types to use them anyway.

Thanks to everyone who made this place so great. PoundSF, you will be missed.