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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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DASH SHAW at the Isotope!

Join us and comic creating genius Dash Shaw in celebration of his latest book BODYWORLD from Pantheon

April 27th 2010 (click here for more info)


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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Neverwhere #5
Legend of Grim Jack Vol 4 TPB
Black Panther #10

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Adventures of Red Sonja Vol 1 TPB
Chicanos #1
Hack/Slash: Land of Lost Toys #1

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Colonia Vol 2 TPB
Strange Girl #5
Cerebus Vol 2 High Society TPB

James Sime - Proprietor

Chicanos #1
Fashion Kitty TPB
Fear Agent #2

You'll Be Keeping Time...
With Ozzy's Leather Pants

You could be sitting pretty this holiday season by presenting your most beloved metal fan with an ultra-limited edition wristwatch... made from a pair of Ozzy Osborne's leather pants!

This series of celebrity leather timepieces from the Nixon LTD Rock Collection are made from donated wardrobe pieces from rockstars like Dave Navarro, Scott Weiland, Peter Frampton, and the dark godfather of metal himself. And your headbanging mate can wear that salty leather and feel good doing it, knowing that these watches are part of the MusiCares Foundation's hurricane relief fund and all the proceeds are going to help those in need.

Keep time and make it too with the warm, worn leather watchband that was once this man's pants. Doesn't it just make you feel all Christmas-y?

Ozzy's Leather Pants Watch on eBay

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

JH Williams III & the Isotope
Present World Exclusive Webcast

(San Francisco) Superstar artist JH Williams III and award winning retailer Isotope - the comic book lounge announced today an in-store event for December 2nd. But this isn't your typical comic creator in-store in some far-off city, because Williams and the Isotope are giving you a chance to win an exclusive sketch of your choosing and see it drawn live by the artist in real time from the comfort of your own home. This two-hour webcast event which will be broadcast from inside the swank Isotope lounge in San Francisco will feature live sketching, an exclusive interview with the artist, and much revelry with those who are able to attend the event in person.

"What could be more appropriate for the artist of Desolation Jones?" said Isotope proprietor James Sime, "Desolation Jones is one of the best series rocking the retail shelves right now and JH Williams III's work is the epitome of jaw-dropping, so in celebration of this great book and artist we're throwing a bacchanalia that is truly awesome! Aside from covering the Isotope walls in original art from Desolation Jones and Promethea, and projecting Mister Williams' work on our massive eight-foot screen, and cracking open the finest of adult beverages, and inviting in our friends from Dark Garden corset shop to come and party, and getting everyone in on the fun with a worldwide broadcast interview and show... we're going to hook up one lucky winner anywhere on the planet with a free sketch from the man himself that the whole world can see getting drawn live. Now, that's pretty cool!"

For those who will be attending the event in person, Sime promises a terrific time and some special surprises. "If you've ever been to the Isotope for an event you know how we do it. But in celebration of this amazing book, awesome artist, and momentous event we're taking this one to the next level and pulling out all the Isotope stops! My staff and I are ready to rock your worlds all over again with a truly legendary event, and the man of the hour, JH Williams iii, is going to be at the epicenter of it all!"

Using the latest in state of the art Macromedia technology, the Desolation Jones Bacchanalia will be broadcast in full-screen glory with both audio and video so that virtual participants will be able to get a good look at the event as well as hear what artist JH Williams III has to say about Desolation Jones and the techniques he uses to make the pages come alive. "It's amazing to have the technology to do something like this and get to interact with fans in a completely new way," said JH Williams III, "What could be cooler than to get to get to pick a winner's sketch suggestion and draw it live on international webcast from inside the Isotope in San Francisco?"

Keeping with the event's high-tech theme, eligible sketch suggestions are to be sent to the Isotope via email until midnight Pacific Time on December 1st. JH Williams III will choose the winning suggestion based on what he likes most and draw it live in front of a global audience. Both international and domestic entries are welcome, but all entries are required to include a valid mailing address so that the winning sketch can be mailed to the winner's front door.

"Mister Williams wants to hear your most brilliant, your funniest, and your most crazy suggestions so don't disappoint us, people!" said Sime, "Fire up that email, reach for the glory and the gusto and get those suggestions in. And don't forget to tune in to this once in a lifetime event to see your sketch drawn live!"

Send your sketch suggestion entries, along with your mailing address, to and tune into on Friday, December 2nd to see the live web event broadcast.

Superman & Hollywood
The Whole Sordid Affair

You simply must check out this utterly fascinating (and gag-inducing) insider's look at the outrageous 10 year development hell on multiple Superman flicks that never got off the ground.

Including Tim Burton's proposal complete with Kryptonite-bleeding Doomsdsay, Kevin Smith's Brainiac polar bear fight scene, Nic Cage's multiple hissy fits, a Superman who dies and a Krypton that fails to explode. As they say, read it and weep, people!

Superman V at the Agony Booth Forums

Thanks for the heads up, Slashdot!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Rock Hall of Fame Gets It Right for '06
Sabbath, Miles, Pistols & Blondie!

When even the fogiest of the old fogie clubhouses try to learn a new trick or two you gotta throw up your goats in appreciation. And for 2006 the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is not only making tickets available to attend the Induction Ceremony, but they are also inducting into the world of rock and roll royalty some surprising but oh-so deserving artists...

Congrats out to Black Sabbath, the Sex Pistols, Miles Davis, and the world's greatest art-rock band of all, Blondie.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website

CBR Hosts Phil Hester
Tonight @ 5pm

Members of the Isotope staff first discovered his work on the long-defunct Fringe and Taboo comics, Phil Hester has been a favorite of ours. From The Atheist to the nightmarish glory of Deep Sleeper and the industry's best forray into psychological horror The Coffin, Hester knows how to deliver the goods. And the comic gods above know copies of Mister Hester's lost treasure Attitude Lad hold a prized place in Isotope Proprietor James Sime's extensive funnybook collection!

Join Mister Hester tonight for a no-holds barred chat @ Comic Book Resources and get the inside scoop on his new Marvel project.

Click here for more info

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Games, Music, Art, Lowriders & More
Friday, December 2nd

30 bands, and 200 videogames, live graphitti art, low-rider bounce competitions, Brazillian Capoeira show, skateboarding expo, dueling breakdancers... the people who put together G.A.M.E. wanted to rock your world with a three-day event at SF's Moscone Center.

Get ready to see live music by Hieroglyphics, Meat Beat Manifesto and Romanowski, meet krylon fashionista Marc Ecko, hear the latest industry news and gossip from the gurus of Gamespot, and overindulge your videogame hunger playing in the old school retro arcade or checking out the hundreds of new games and gear on display. Your amigos at the Isotope will be sending a few lucky guests to this event with free weekend-long passes, so stop on in and let us know you're ready for Gametime!

December 2nd - 4th
4th and Howard

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Seven Soldiers: Zatana #4
Black Widow #3
Catwoman #49

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Down #1
Tales of Hot Rod Horror TPB
Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein #1

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Y The Last Man Vol 6: Girl On Girl TPB
Down #1
Cerebus Vol 1 TPB

James Sime - Proprietor

Down #1
I Can't Believe It's Not The Justice League TPB
Loveless #2

Saturday, November 26, 2005

JH Williams III and the Isotope
Friday, December 2nd

Those eagle-eyed folks who have been clicking onto the Isotope's events page probably have noticed that some pretty cool stuff has been popping up on there recently... but none more cool than the upcoming Desolation Jones Bacchanalia with superstar artist JH Williams III.

Now before we blow your collective minds telling you all about what we've got up our sleeves for the 2nd, take a moment and enjoy the event flyer.

Now go mark your calandars. This is one is one you're definitely not going to want to miss.

Friday, November 25, 2005

The Isotope's Original Indy Horror Flick
"Ash Drank My Juice, Man!"

Nothing has been more popular or caused more of a stir here at the Isotope than Jared Gunether's hand-crafted Pickled Punks. These mutant babies in mason jars are not only stomach churningly disgusting but they have proven to be the source of much entertainment since they debuted!

Inspired by Jared's handiwork and these utterly disgusting heirlooms of mutant horror, Isotope proprietor James Sime decided to film his own independent horror flick. And now this film is available for you all to enjoy...

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Weekly New Comic & Graphic Novel Profiles
@ SF's Crucial Guide to Culture & Entertainment

No doubt everyone knows that here at the Isotope we're all about spreading the love of the comics to the non-comic reading world at large, so when we tell you how proud we are to announce that we're teaming up with San Francisco's cultural epicenter SFist to provide a weekly fix of the best the comic industry has to offer you'll know why the news makes us so pleased.

The SFist website, which should be one of your first stops when you fire up your computer each day, keeps a finger pressed firmly on the pulse of the city of San Francisco, an eye focused directly on local events, cutting edge politics, nightlife extravaganzas, and the kind of Bay Area people who you definitely need to get to know, and one foot in the deep-end of San Francisco living. And SFist's staff of funny, smart, friendly, damn good looking, and "in the know" writers keep readers on the razor's edge with a crucial tool for a never-ending cultural exploration of cool things to do, sexy people to know, and brilliant places to be in the city.

And now they've got comics too!

From the SFist website, written by Mattymatt:

It was a day like any other, we recall, when Isotope Comics suddenly fell into our lap -- and then, in a blur of capes and shotguns, we were off on the wildest adventure of our lives. Isotope's a swanky/friendly joint at 326 Fell (that's Hayes-Valley-ish), where comix from mainstream to obscure mingle amongst cozy chairs, original art framed by toilet seats, and strange creatures suspended in jars of fluid. It's the kind of place where you could get utterly lost in stories and never, ever be seen again. And now, thanks to the support of the Isotopians, SFist is pleased to inaugurate a brand new weekly feature, in which we'll be bringing you news of the novelly graphic in the bay area.

Click to read the full story, get the weekly schedule, update your bookmarks, and see what the SFist crew has to say about the comics we sent them home with this week... including Isotope Special Projects Director Kirsten Baldock's Smoke & Guns and Isotope regular Manny Bello's Hench!

The Incendiary Adventures of the SuperFisters (Prologue)

Thursday, November 24, 2005

And today the Isotope is thankful for each and every one of you. Without a doubt you are the greatest extended family we could ever ask for. Here's wishing you and yours the best on a day to be thankful for what you've got.

Now go and enjoy yourselves!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

New Comics, A Brand New Club
And Best of All... Ian's Birthday

When it comes to having fun on a galactic scale, few are more proficient than the Isotope's Bon Vivant Ian Yarborough. Known for his easy Southern charm, rugged good looks, and for being a true connoisseur of the finer things in life, the Isotope's ambassador of indulgence knows more about living the good life than most people could ever hope to learn... and at the Isotope our love for him is unparalleled.

Come join us on an after-hours excursion this Wednesday night as we break in San Francisco's hottest new nightspot Shine two nights before they open their doors to the general public and help us throw Mister Yarborough a birthday to remember.

Be ready to party like a god... Mister Yarborough will!

UPDATE: For those folks who couldn't attend, Ian's birthday was an amazing bash with a terrific crowd, great tequila, and a whole lot of boogie action. Thanks out to everyone who made it in, to those who dialed in birthday phone shots with the man of the hour, and to those who wished Mister Yarborough well on-line. And special thanks to the folks at Shine... your club is gorgrous and absolutely fun. You'll be seeing a lot of us.

Here's a picture of Ian with his birthday brick of punk rock CDs (including Youth Brigade, MDC, Circle Jerks, Crucifucks, Fear, and Mystic Records Nardcore comp). Beautifully wrapped in two week old Comic Shop News.

"Comic Shop News... who knew it could be so pretty?"

New Doctor Who Mini-Episode On-Line
for Your Downloading Pleasure

Here at the Isotope we're proud to say that we absolutely dig Doctor Who. Sure, the show always was a little goofy, some characters borderline on the annoying, and the special effects have traditionally been sub-B-Movie level... but, see, that's the charm, and if you don't get it we have no choice but to feel a little sorry for you.

So it should come as no surprise that we're pointing you in the direction of the BBC's "Children in Need" fundraiser special which features brand spankin' new Doctor Who starring David Tennant and Billie Piper. Although rumored, the Doctor's apparently worse-for-the-wear companion K-9 was not part of this episode, but the BBC has announced that everyone's favorite know-it-all robotic canine will be appearing (voiced by John Leeson and with companion Sarah Jane) in a one-off episode in 2006.

But be warned! Just because the awkwardly-suited rubber monsters on that show never scared us big tough Americans one bit, we do try to empathize with our overseas friends whom it may have. So before you click that link, you might want to take the time to find a place to hide!

Watch it here

UPDATE: In other Doctor Who news (which just so happens to be not exactly safe for work, but Sven will love it) "Daleks do not do porn"

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Sneaking Backstage
On PINE*am's American Tour

Imagine if you will discovering a new favorite band who brings you so much joy you can't resist putting their album on a near endless loop. And then imagine that band coming from halfway around the world to play a show for you and your friends at your house.

That's what happened for us here at the Isotope when Japanese girl group sensations PINE*am brought their guitar-laden retro-click-pop gloriousness to San Francisco and played for a packed-to-the-rafters Isotope crowd in September. Pearched eight feet off the floor on our mezzanine stage Tsugumi (bass), Taeca (keyboards), and Chizuko (guitar) rocked and charmed the cheering masses with hours of pure, undiluted bliss and brought more than one tear to the Isotope staff's eyes.

You can check out our pictures from the event, or now you can see PINE*am's own pictures from their North American tour, including photos from Philadelphia, Atlanta, New York, Boston, LA, and even a few handfulls of backstage pictures from the Isotope...

PINE*am's 2005 North American Tour

Friday, November 18, 2005

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Seven Soldiers: Zatana #4
Black Widow #3
Catwoman #49

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Down #1
Tales of Hot Rod Horror TPB
Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein #1

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Y The Last Man Vol 6: Girl On Girl TPB
Down #1
Cerebus Vol 1 TPB

James Sime - Proprietor

Down #1
I Can't Believe It's Not The Justice League TPB
Loveless #2

It's a Bird, It's a Plane...
It's the Superman Returns Trailer On-Line

Released one day after the launch of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's utterly gorgeous, absolutely brilliant All-Star Superman (which beautifully condensed down the Superman origin to four panels and eight words and then went charging head-first into what just might be our favorite Superman stories of the last ten years) Warner Brothers Pictures has released the first trailer for this summer's Superman Returns.

We've said it once and we'll say it again, the more we see of Superman Returns the more we like!

Click Supes to check out the trailer from the comfort and convenience of your desk or laptop

Thursday, November 17, 2005

The Isotope's Toilet Seat Museum
As Seen in Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! has fascinated readers with unbelievable, extraordinary, and curious facts from around the world since 1918. Read by nearly 50 million people in more than 37 countries every single day, the strip showcases the planet's more bizarre, exciting, and unusual items and events from around the globe. And, believe it or not, creator Robert L. Ripley was the first cartoonist in history to become a millionaire through his work and the strip has the unique distinction of being the first place anywhere to publish artwork by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schultz.

The Isotope is honored to have our very own Comic Rockstars Toilet Seat Museum featured in one of the most popular and longest-running comic panels in the history of the comic artform... as well as one of our favorites!

Special Isotope love goes out to Ryan Sosa of Orlando, Florida. For more information on the fascinating world of Ripley's Believe It Or Not check out the official website.

Monday, November 14, 2005

The Temporary Sin City bar in Tokyo
Where We Want to be Drinking Right Now

Without question San Francisco is the greatest city on Earth, with everything one could want in a city world-famous for its culture, beauty, community, and even its comic stores. Certainly other cities have all sorts of coolness happening and great folks to get to meet... but even so, it isn't very often that we here at the Isotope catch wind of something that gives us a little twinge of envy.

But today we're green with envy over Tokyo's awesome Sin City bar.

Based on the utterly cool comics and the oh-so sexy movie of the same name, the Sin City Bar is a promotional gimmick that takes theme bars and great movie marketing to new heights of gloriousness. Three bars, a full kitchen, VIP rooms, and a thrice nightly self-proclaimed sexy dance show of risque proportions mix with Frank Miller's stylistic and atmospherically hard boiled world to create any comic and booze nerd's ultimate Sin City dream come true.

The long back bar, you can almost see Marv bellying up.

"Sexy Dance Show" stage where the dancers do their thing.

"Miho's Room" aka VIP suite with the heart shaped bed from the first Sin City page ever.

The middle bar. Seatless to reduce drunken barfights over who sits where.

Sadly, this bar is only going to be around through the end of the year so it's pretty unlikely that members of the Isotope staff will get to belly up to the Sin City bar ourselves. However, the Isotope staff of former and current bartenders aren't without our resources, and we did get our hot little hands on bootlegged recipe for one of Sin City's signature cocktails so for those of us who won't be going there in person we can still shake up one of these and re-read the graphic novels instead!

Sin City's Hartigan
4 oz Grey Goose Vodka
3 fresh mint sprigs (muddled in shaker)
Juice of two lemons
Three fresh blackberries
Serve in your Riedel Vinum Martini Glass for best results.

For more information on Tokyo's Sin City Bar check out the website (not in English):

The World's Most Dangerous Band
Celebrates 20 Years of Insanity in SF

For two decades those space-traveling scumdogs of the universe GWAR have been throwing the most outrageous concerts ever witnessed, battling against giant monsters and idiotic celebrities, recording albums that defy simple description, and causing untold destruction and terrorizing small animals and the weak willed alike. And in celebration of twenty years of destruction they are bringing their one-ring circus of absurdity to the parking lot of San Francisco's best low-rent live music venue PoundSF.

Like last month's excellent Blackest of the Black tour (which featured Danzig, Poland's black metal monsters Behemoth, and Chimaira who will be featured in Planet Moon's INFECTED for the PSP) GWAR will be playing under the night sky in the Pound's parking lot. No doubt the outdoor venue will be host to an unprecedented amount of blood spraying from decapitated creature's necks... and without a doubt the Isotope will be there in full force to revel in the insanity!

For a first hand look at the terrible damage that GWAR has been known to cause check out these filth-ridden post-GWAR pictures of Isotope Bon Vivant Ian Yarborough, Isotope Enforcer Jared Guenther, Isotope Special Projects Director Kirsten Baldock, and Isotope Proprietor James Sime or download the music video for GWAR's classic "Bring Back the Bomb" and witness the blood and gore soaked staff of the world's hardest rocking comic shop mixing it up stageside!

GWAR 20th Anniversary Tour
@ PoundSF
Pier 96 - 100 Cargo Way (off 3rd st)
November 15th. Doors at 5:00pm

UPDATE: For those who love blood and filth, here's some after-concert pictures of Jared Guenther, James Sime, Josh Richardson, and Kirsten Baldock.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Saturday Morning No Longer Safe for Monsters
Mike Mignola's Hellboy the Animated Cartoon

Everyone here at the Isotope considers Hellboy to be one of the most thrilling and beautiful comics of the last decade so we couldn't be more excited to hear this week's announcement that the big red asskicking demon is getting his own animated television show. One look at lead character designer Sean Galloway's cool design style and we can't help ourselves but be excited to see Hellboy's trademark humor, horror, and rough and tumble roughhousing brought to animated life. And besides... what could be better television fare than Hellboy kicking slimy undead things butts and averting ancient paranormal sacrifices to the dark gods?

To keep your finger on the pulse of Hellboy Animated be sure to check out the Production Diary Blog of the Hellboy Animated Project here. You'd better believe the Isotope will be!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Celebrating Rob Zombie
w/ The Devil's Rejects & More

For 18 years Rob Zombie has been carving out a gruesome legacy of great rock music, spooktacular comics, and low art cinema. Balancing over the top shockrock antics with a great black and white roadside drive-in movie aesthetic, Zombie offers a taste of everything the Isotope loves... horror, humor, hard rock, and a heck of a lot of hellraising. And plus, he digs Bill Moseley.

Join us as we turn November 9th into something truly special and convert our spacious comic lounge into the late night flick fest of your demented dreams. Once the sun goes down you will be witness to a rear-projected, entirely illegal, full DVD screening of Rob Zombie's most recent splatter-flick opus The Devil's Rejects as well as a collection of rare music videos from Zombie's personal vaults on the Isotope's very own after-hours widescreen guerrilla cinema.

Wednesday, November 9th
6pm - Midnight
Miss it at your peril!

For more bloodsoaked info on The Devil's Rejects point your browser this direction, won'tcha?

New Yahoo Maps Rock
& So Does the Isotope!

On November 2nd Yahoo unveiled their sexy new Flash-based online mapping system, complete with effortless scrolling that requires no page refreshes, multi-point driving directions, wi-fi hotspots, live traffic feeds, keyword-based business searches, and inherently useful info like where to find nearby ATM machines. And the culture aficionados of the Isotope staff definitely appreciate Yahoo's awesome Local Events Browser, so very sweet!

Now you can find driving directions and much more for the Isotope at 326 Fell Street by searching for the shop itself, "Arts & Entertainment - Authors and Artists," "Entertainment Venues," "Museums & Galleries," or by doing a search for "Comic Shops." And with Yahoo's recent purchase of you can bet you'll be seeing our future events listed in your local events browser... it's like living in the world of the future! And if you've been lucky enough to visit the Isotope since our move to Hayes Valley be sure to write us a Yahoo Local review.

Isotope @ Yahoo Maps

Sunday, November 06, 2005

The Isotope is Taken Over
by DC Universe on Halloween

No time of the year is more busy or more manically fun for the Isotope staff than Halloween season. And this year, with Jared's work on Ms. Monster and B-Minus Comiks horror fest at the Castro Theatre, Shock it To Me, and Kirsten's costuming extravaganza, was no exception.

But in classic Isotope style, we always leave room for the fun. Here's a little peek at what you would have seen on Halloween at the Isotope.



Lady Blackhawk


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