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
The Staff at Isotope the comic book lounge. Sexy comic nerds and so much more!
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
Pictures glorious pictures! Photos and videos of the world's most beautiful comic book store and the sexy cool people who shop here. Jim Lee. Grant Morrison. Eric Powell. PINE*am. MC Chris. Danica Novgorodoff. Alternative Press Expo. Toilet Seats.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Place Your Votes for SF Weekly's Best of the Bay
& Celebrate Why We All Love San Francisco

I opened the Isotope back in 2001, in one of the most expensive cities in the entire country, during the economic devastation of the dot-com crash, with a truly pathetic amount of start-up resources. SF had no shortage of other places to buy comics, I'd never owned or operated a business before, and there was no such thing as a "comic book lounge" except for the one in my imagination. None of this should have worked. But here we are 8 years later and the shop is still steadily growing every month despite it all. I might have more grey hairs and I've probably burned a decade off my lifespan to do it... but it worked. It really did.

Because of you.

This is a city built on dreams, on hopes, on passion, by foolhardy people just like you and me who believe if we want to make the world a better place and just try hard enough we can do just that. We can change the world around us. We can make our technology better, our social politics better, our friendships better, our goofing off better... and yes, we can even make something as humble as our comic book stores better.

Join us in celebrating the people and places that make SF great by voting in the SF Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay awards. It means a lot to small business owners like myself. As is tradition, here's a few places we adore to get you started...

Food & Drink
"Best Overall Restaurant" Sauce
"Best New Restaurant" Otoro Sushi
"Best Small Plates" La Mar
"Best Pizza" Patxis
"Best Sandwich" Ike's Place
"Best Brunch" Knob Hill Grille
"Best Late-Night Restaurant" Sauce
"Best Splurge Restaurant" Absinthe
"Best Coffeehouse" Blue Bottle Coffee
"Best Tea Shop" Samovar Tea Lounge
"Best Chocolatier" Christopher Elbow

Arts & Nightlife

"Best Movie Theatre" Balboa Theatre
"Best Museum" Exploratorium (apologies Cartoon Art Museum... here's why!)
"Best Movie Theatre" Balboa Theatre
"Best Local Zine" Peak Oil Tract
"Best Local Record Label" Prank Records or Pirate's Press
"Best Dance Club" Shine
"Best Rock Club" Bottom of the Hill
"Best Punk Club" Thee Parkside
"Best Happy Hour" Jade Bar
"Best Dive Bar" 500 Club
"Best Swanky Bar" Bourbon & Branch
"Best Dive Bar" 500 Club
"Best Jukebox" Lucky 13
"Best Indie Band" Triple Cobra
"Best DJ" DJ Bearzbub
"Best Burlesque Act" Hubba Hubba Review
"Best Drag Act" Anna Conda's Charlie Horse

"Best Used Bookstore" Green Apple Books
"Best Independent Bookstore" Borderlands Books
"Best Comic Book Store" Isotope
"Best Clothing Store (Men's)" Harry O. Menswear
"Best Local Designer" Faux Red
"Best Shoe Store" Gimme Shoes
"Best Place to Buy Vinyl" Grooves Inspiralled Vinyl
"Best Furniture Store" Inside Modern
"Best Independent Toy Store" Neon Monster
"Best Quirky Specialty Store" Costumes On Haight

Sex & Romance
"Best Restaurant to Spark Romance" First Crush
"Best Place to Meet Someone" Isotope
"Best First Date Spot" Alternative Press Expo
"Best Place to Buy Lingerie" Agent Provocateur
"Best Place to Buy Fetish Gear" Dark Garden

City Living
"Best Local Blog" SFist
"Best Tattoo Artist" Tex
"Best Tattoo Shop" Body Manipulations
"Best Street Fair" How Weird Street Faire
"Best Pet Groomer" All Creatures
"Best Salon" Hair of the Gods

Classics (Over 25 years old)
"Best Classic Restaurant" Tadich Grill
"Best Classic Bar" Vesuvio
"Best Classic Author" Dashiell Hammett
"Best Classic Activist" Harvey Milk
"Best Film Made or Set in San Francisco" Vertigo

My staff and I encourage all our friends and family to get their voices heard. Voting ends on Tuesday, June 30 @ 5pm so don't delay, get those votes in people. And... thank you with all my heart.

SF Bay Guardian 2009 Reader's Poll

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