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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Ring In the New Year
With a Blast from the Past

Should old times be forgot and never brought to mind?

Hell no!

Those of you who attented the Less Than Hero Low Rent Celebrity Bash may not remember the debauched times those were! So, with video footage recently delivered comlipents of the Pootang Wranglers, let's drink a toast for that time long past!

It's 2006, so let's get this party started!

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Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Sky Mall Catalogue
American Airlines CRJ 700 Saftey Instructions
Label of Little Bitty Booze Bottle

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Fables Homelands TPB
Catwoman #50
Conan & the Jewels of Gwahlur HC

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Blacksad the Sketch Files SC
Fables Homelands TPB
Eduardo Risso - Black. White. TPB

James Sime - Proprietor

Acme Novelty Library #16 HC
Lex Luthor Man of Steel TPB
10 One-Shot

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Sometimes the smallest rewards of all are truly the greatest. It's my hope that every day each and every one of you leaves the Isotope feeling just like this...

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

The Art of Comic Book Inking
Nexus Vol 1 HC
Ghost Rider #4

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

X-Factor #1
Judge Dredd Satan's Island TPB
Bad Planet #1

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Nexus Vol 1 HC
Hawaiian Dick: The Last Resort #3
Fables #44

James Sime - Proprietor

Nexus Vol 1 HC
Rouge Trooper Eye of the Traitor TPB
Hawaiian Dick: The Last Resort #3

Friday, December 16, 2005

Isotope Picked Best in Holiday Shopping
By the Greatest City on Earth

It was honor enough for the Isotope to have been recommended as a pick of the week back when we first opened the doors on our sexy Hayes Valley location by the fine citizens of San Francisco via the consumer review website Yelp... but to be chosen as one of the best places to do your holiday shopping? In a city that is world-famous for it's influential boutiques, celebrated showrooms, illustrious bookstores, distinguished fashionistas, prevailing storefronts of one of a kind mementos, and unique emporiums of the unusual?

Now that's something to truly be proud of!

Thank you, San Francisco, for your amazingly great taste and for showing us here at the Isotope so much love!

We are currently stocking a massive variety of sequential art entertainment perfect for every reader from every walk of life, with an additional pre-Christmas shipment of hard to find graphic novels scheduled to arrive this weekend. Don't be afraid to let our affable staff of comic savvy experts help you find that perfect comic gem for any person in your life... it's our thing, y'know, it's what we do!

And, as always, the Isotope is happy to issue in-house gift certificates over the phone for those loved ones who can't come in to do their holiday shopping in person. Call us at (415) 621-6543.

Superhero School Is In
W/ the Godfather Of Shockrock

Sure we all love poster and album cover god Coop and his excellent sense of good, clean American fun but everytime his name comes up we can't help but think about that other Coop... the godfather of outrageous rock and roll theatrics, Alice Cooper.

And now you can spend an hour hearing The Coop talk about his lifelong funnybook passion. Originally broadcast on the UK's most listened to station (BBC Radio 2) and now streaming over your internet connection, Alice Cooper offers up a passionate oral history of the comic book superhero genre with special guest stars like Roy Thomas, Big John Romita, and Stan the Man. So sit back, study your tabs for Black Juju, and relax to sixty minutes of comic book love straight from No More Mister Clean's mouth.

Alice Cooper & the History of the Superhero

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Ladies and gentlemen... Bald Is Back!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Want To Do Something Fun Tonight?
FlavorPill Suggests Sin City @ Isotope

Flavorpill, a series of free weekly email magazines that cover a handpicked selection of diverse cultural events, created locally in San Francisco, New York, London, Chicago, and LA, is featuring the Isotope's guerilla screening of Frank Miller's Sin City tonight.

Give the Isotope Events Page a read for full Sin City screening details and keep your browsers pointed towards the FlavorPill website for an amazing selection of great local events!

Vimanarama & Skyscrapers of the Midwest
Wintermen, Creature Tech, and Less Than Hero

Despite the controversy surrounding on-line comic reviews stirred up by AIT/PlanetLar publisher Larry Young, we here at the Isotope say that the art of worthy comic reviews is alive and well... at the last place you'd expect (if you hadn't already been checking them out, that is)... at San Francisco's art and entertainment blog SFist. SFist provides one new-to-comics reader's honest and always entertaining impressions, with none of that bothersome "I see what Marvel was trying to do here, but..." industry-awareness that bogs down so many typical comic reviews we read on-line. And best of all, these reviews are reaching a massive non-comic reading audience who is already interested in the many tangential siblings to the world of sequential comic entertainment: art, theater, politics, music, film, and the unique culture that surrounds us here in San Francisco. No doubt, my friends, that SFist is the ideal petri dish for tuning new people on to the world of comic books!

We can't speak for anyone else, if more comic reviews were like this we'd frequent a whole lot more review sites.

No mentally healthy person should enjoy "Skyscrapers of the Midwest," a series of books that lift you up only to throw you off a cliff. Fortunately, we don't know of any mentally healthy people, so this might be just the thing you're looking for. Each tale in "Skyscrapers" involves a glimmer of pure optimism or nobility, left alive just long enough to form an attachment...which is then crushed. The most painful story might be Going to Grandma's, in which PAGES are devoted to two kittens' evening with Grandma, carousing and feeling loved, until Grandma walks to the kitchen to get some pie and vanishes, the pies dashed on the ground and the door left ajar. "We should probably go," the older kitten says. "But I wanna wait here from gramma." "I don't think she's comin' back." "But what happened?" "I don't know." "What are we supposed to do now?" And then they get their coats on and sadly leave as our heart breaks. If you revel in the somber disappointment of trudging through a rainstorm without an umbrella, you'll probably feel a kinship with Joshua Cotter's books, which last year won an Isotope Award for Excellence in Minicomics. Just, please, don't read them while you're walking over a bridge or handling sleeping pills.

Click here for more of this week's SFist comic reviews

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Ellis Interview w/ Ian Brill
@ Publisher's Weekly

It's no mystery that the Isotope staff has been enjoying Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith's series Fell. Ellis' standalone stories have carried no small amount of punch and never before have we appreciated Mister Templesmith's art as much as we do on this series. And at a buck ninty nine a pop it's a great bang for your buck.

Those who get their Fell fix at the Isotope on Wednesday evenings will already know all about perpetual as time itself regular Ian Brill. Mister Brill is also known to comic industry observers for his extensive reviews at Comic Book Galaxy, his astute commentary in the industry opinion periodical Comics Journal, and for his always interesting webblog. And now he's talking to Fell author Warren Ellis about dollar ninty nine comics in the pages of Publisher's Weekly.

Go give it a read, won't you?

Monday, December 12, 2005

Of Heroes, Rock, & Sugar Cookies
A Photo Essay in Godhood

Iron bar bending, exploding televisions, leather pants, monster slaying, sparkly boots, muppets gone amok, gargoyle masks, guitar solos, headbanging, thunder gods, birthday spankings, cable access teevee, dancing girls, cannons that shoot sugary goodness, and space people from outer space... sounds pretty darn close to heaven to us!

Do take time out of your day to witness the Isotope's sweaty, blurry, and burly pictures directly from the center of the pit at the Thor, Cookie Mongoloid, She Wolves, Space Vacuum from Outer Space show here:

Thor @ PoundSF: A Photo Essay in Godhood

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Congrats out to Brandon of Pitman, New Jersey for coming up with the best sketch idea for JH Williams III during the Desolation Jones Bacchanalia, and for scoring this original piece. And without further ado, here's Brandon's original sketch suggestion followed by Mr Williams' completed piece:

Here's something I'd like to see:

Ingrid Bergman, smoking a cigerette at the tree of life, being drawn by Gustav Klimt while under the influence of LSD. I don't mean in the style of Klimt, but him drawing Bergman in whatever style you please.

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Giving Us Even More Reasons
To Love Isotope Customers

Don't get us wrong, when it comes to coffee the Isotope is all about the nirvana-peddling ambrosia artisans at the Blue Bottle Coffee Co. and their gourmet cups of paradisaical coffee perfection. But when we hear about a viral marketing promotion this good we gotta give it up...

Apparently Starbucks has at least one vehicle driving around the city with a cup of coffee glued to its roof. Those San Franciscans who go out of their way to try to prevent the owner of said vehicle from losing their caffeinated treat are rewarded with gift certificates for a free cup of coffee for being such good samaritans.

It's a cute guerilla marketing idea for sure (read more about it here), but what makes us here at the Isotope so happy is that what started last Thursday as a couple folks with a strange story has become something of a tsunami of free coffee infused tales from Isotope customers. Of course, we always knew that the Isotope customers were good people, but it's truely inspirational to hear how many of you have been rewarded for your kindness.

You rock Isotopians!

Ian Yarborough - by Fabio Moon

Vimanarama TPB
Love & Rockets Vol 2 #15
Supreme Power: Nighthawk #4

Jared Guenther - by Tony Talbert

Robotika #1
Gotham Central #38
Marvel Zombies #1

Kirsten Baldock - by Dave Johnson

Rock N' Roll One-Shot
Y The Last Man #40
Penny Arcade 25ยข One-Shot

James Sime - by Ryan Ottley

Rock N' Roll One-Shot
Robotika #1
The Secret Voice

Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Thunder God Strikes!
December 10th @ PoundSF

A champion bodybuilder, a b-movie star, and voted in the top 100 greatest frontmen of all time, Thor The Rock God will be bending iron bars, using his massive lung power to explode hot water bottles, and ruling the stage of the Pound SF as only the Norse god of Rock and Roll can.

But if The God of Thunder's twin battle hammers, helmet of spikes and Scepter of Atlantis don't satiate your thirst for crazy stage antics and costumed machismo, then either the great blue monster that is Isotope favorite Cookie Mongoloid with his cookie cannon and milk gun or the silver-clad posse Space Vacuum From Outer Space are sure to cure what's ailing you.

Thor @ Pound SF
100 Cargo Way (Pier 96)
Saturday, December 10

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Mutants, Mayhem & Magneto
X-Men 3 Trailer On-Line

Kelsey Grammer as the Beast? A Brett Ratner movie worth watching? The big screen introductions of X-characters Angel, Emma Frost, Jubilee, Jamie Madrox, Callisto, and Omega Red? They're certainly packing X3 with enough bells and whistles!

No matter what else they might throw at us, one thing is certain: X-Men 3 is going to continue the grand tradition of Marvel superheroes trashing San Francisco. Well, that's all fine and good for your cinematic thrills Mr. and Ms. Marvel Comics... but next time we see McMillan dressed in that Fantastic Four outfit we'll show him what for!

Click here for the X-Men 3 trailer

San Francisco Gets the Comic Goods
Thanks to Your Friends @ SFist

Did we happen to mention before how much the Isotope loves the daily finger-on-the-pulse of San Francisco culture and entertainment blog SFist? I'm pretty sure we did, but just in case we didn't make our point clear enough...

When the city of San Francisco wants to know what is happening that matters - be it great events to attend, cool locales to discover, interesting city politics to keep your eye on, delightful people to know, and a million more reasons to love the SF Bay Area - it turns to SFist. Reaching far beyond the bay with an estimated readership of 40,000 "with it" readers, SFist provides crucial reading for the culturally conscience on a daily basis.

We here at the Isotope are perpetual in our evangelism of great comic reads and of finding new ways to get those comics into the people's hands and we couldn't be more excited to get to do our part to provide hand-picked sequential art goodness for the SFist staff to read, enjoy, and review in a forum that truly transcends the typical comic industry's grasp. This week they serve up great, meaty reviews of some of the Isotope's favorite books for the comics curious. Check out what the SFist team thinks about books like Bumperboy, Astonishing X-Men, Walking Dead, Desolation Jones, and Harvey Pekar's The Quitter.

SFist on Comics

Friday, December 02, 2005

Desolation Jones Bacchanalia with artist JH Williams III now streaming live:

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JH Williams III & Isotope TV
From Tonight's Event

Time is ticking...

In a few short hours we will be beaming live our Desolation Jones Bacchanalia from the heart of San Francisco and into living rooms and offices (and yes, even bedrooms) all across the globe. No matter where you live, we're inviting you to be part of this one of a kind event.

Expect your browser to be enslaved and to be transported to the land of the beautiful future right alongside Promethea and Desolation Jones artist JH Williams III. Tune in for full details on tonight's webcast at 9pm PST.