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
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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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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Triple Cobra
@ Bottom of the Hill 2/25/06

If you can't remember when your rock and roll concerts came adorned with gaudy guitar solos, feathers, fishnets, karate kicks, stage splits, and scantily clad dancers in furs then you're either too damn young or you're too damn old. The band's name is Triple Cobra and they are bringing the majesty and glory back to riotous rock with a triumph of sonic soundscapes and phantasmagoric entertainments.

Come see the madmen and women of SF's hottest band tonight as they tear up the craggy Bottom of the Hill stage along with the three-piece heroes of Habitforming and Oakland's post hardcore Outline Kit.

Triple Cobra
@ Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th Street
Saturday, February 25th

Big Love for the Isotope
"Top Five Coolest Indy Shops"

Wizard Magazine, the industry's biggest source for news, information, and white-hot hype, knows a thing or two when it comes to funnybooks. Their recent article on independent comics and where to get them featured some "top five" love for the Isotope...

Top 5 Coolest Indie Shops
The best stores to sate your indie jones

Isotope – San Francisco, CA

From zany launch parties for new titles to guerilla viewings of comic films and back around to its very own award for mini-comic of the year, Isotope goes above and beyond to give its customers more bang for their buck. Don't just buy your comics there, read 'em in their stylish lounge or rub elbows with creators who stop by for their own comic fix. Hit up for schedules, commentary and more.

full article here

Thanks for the heads up Mr. Maher

Friday, February 24, 2006

Not From 1975 or 1994
... But in 2006!

Sony Pictures released a new teaser image from the up-coming Spider-Man 3 movie yesterday which further adds fuel to the growing theory as started by Larry Young of the third Spidey flick featuring a clone storyline. Those with a long wall-crawling history will know of the convoluted history Spider-Man has with clones, going back to the original mid-70's storyline written by Gerry Conway and re-appearing in 1994 for a convoluted two year long Clone Saga storyline/mess. The 90's version is commonly considered the worst Spider-Man storyline ever written, and blamed by many industry pundits to be the straw that broke the horse's back and nearly put Marvel out of business in 1996.

So why do your friends at the Isotope think that Sony Pictures would dare do a clone storyline in their blockbuster Spider-Man 3? As they say, "Follow the Money!"

With star Tobey Maguire rumored to be tired of doing action movies and also commanding a massive paycheck for any future projects thanks to the success of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 and co-star Kirsten Dunst's statement regarding spider-flicks that "three's enough" Sony Pictures is in a tight spot for any upcoming additions to the franchise. And have even gone so far as to hire actress Bryce Dallas Howard to play Spidey's love-interest Gwen Stacy.

What does happen to the Spider-Man franchise when Toby and Kirsten leave? Will Sony Pictures choose to leave all those millions of dollars on the table by not making a fourth film? Or will they try their hand at the risky proposition of replacing their lead and hope they don't get the spectacular failure that the Batman franchise was? Or will they try something else? Something that the fans should have seen coming miles away, but didn't?

Here's that teaser image from Sony. And oh look, it features a black costumed Spider-Man!

Fan speculation is hot on the mystery villain being Venom, but we don't think so. Certainly Venom would be a bankable baddie, but it would require some streamlining of the character's origin (which is almost as convoluted as the 90's clone storyline) and no one wants a redesign on Venom's already kick ass costume. And wouldn't it be smart money to save the fan-favorite character for the fourth Spidey flick, give your new lead actor an attendance bump with the comic fanbase?

So why has Sony chosen to confuse movie-going audience with an all-new Spidey costume? And speaking of confusing, why hire Topher Grace for an as-of-yet unannounced role when the guy bears so much physical resemblance to your lead? That would be stupid!

Oh yeah... unless you're doing clones!

San Francisco = Crazy Genius
Turning Doggie Doo Into Fuel

Just about anyone who lives, works, or visits San Francisco will tell you this is the greatest city on Earth. Not just because SF has amazingly beautiful weather nearly 365 days a year, or because it remains a hot-bed of forward thinking social revolutionaries, or because it boasts some of the world's greatest restaurants, bars, and boutiques, or because it's the nerve center for technological advancement, or because there's so many cool things happening in all the time, or because it's people are so joy-inducingly friendly...

Sure, there's a whole lot of reasons to love the city by the bay. But we here at the Isotope have to tell you that one of the most beautiful aspects of this fine city is it's ability to find solutions to ages old social problems and turn them into something great for the good of the city and human civilization the world over.

Turning crap into something wonderful is a way of life in SF (which is why you don't find those crappy attitudes here you might find other places) and here at the Isotope we really like the latest example of that...

San Francisco: Not content to simply wallow in fecal waste like other cities

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

"No stinking president's birthday is gonna stop us from putting the new comics in your hands today!"

Wednesday February 22nd at the Isotope features these sexy new comic releases, and many more. You know where to find us...

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Mobile Independent Funnybooks
A Cartoonist's Pot O' Gold?

We here at the Isotope have been ranting about the future of independent comics and mobile technology for some time now. Because it doesn't take a rocket scientist, dear friends, to see the cross-cultural prospects or the utter simplicity of converting books like Debbie Huey's Bumperboy, Rob Osborne's 1000 Steps to World Domination, and Ross Campbell's Wet Moon to the format. For indy comic creators the promotional tour-de-force of having your work popping up daily on cell phone screens everywhere seems like a true slam-dunk. Not to mention the potential financial boom for indy comic creators that creating downloadable content for the sixty million new cellular phones sold in 2005 alone.

And when one starts to consider the possibilities of comics entertainment on mobile phones in the hands of a creator like the 2005 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics winner Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, who is already ahead of the curve with his interactive hypercomics... once you start to consider what is inside that pandora's box of comic entertainment... the thought of indy creators and downloadable cell phone content providing starts to get really, really interesting.

But how does an indy comic creator get their work onto those cell phones? That's really the million-dollar question, isn't it?

Fortunately for you indy comic creators out there that while the other comic news sources are sleeping on the story, your friends at the Isotope read more than just the funnybook sites. The answer to that million dollar question is right here, my amigos...

From PRWeb Offer for Independent Comic Artists to Publish Titles as Barefoot Mobile Comics on Nokia Series 60 Platform. Barefoot Software is now accepting submissions from Independent Comic Artists for new service

Visit and click "Are You An Artist?" for more information

Monday, February 20, 2006

As documented by SF guerilla photo journalist Atticus Wolrab. See his other pictures here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

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Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #2
Angry Youth Comix #10
Batman Year 100 #1

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Jared Guenther - Enforcer

X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #2
Planetary Brigade #1
Batman Year 100 #1

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Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #2
Kid Eternity TPB
Supermarket #1

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James Sime - Proprietor

X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #2
Losers #32
Darling Cheri HC

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

On behalf of the entire Isotope staff I wanted to send out a letter of appreciation to all of you who attended our events over the weekend. Telling you we had a blast hanging out with all of you doesn't even begin to cover it, and the staff and I have been gushing with love for our guests (honored and otherwise) who helped us make our first Grant Morrison and Eric Powell in-stores truly monumental and special. Nothing could be more rewarding to my staff and I than to see so many people who really understand and appreciate the casually intimate atmosphere that Isotope events are built upon. And for me personally, it's about as good as life can possibly get to see so many of you having such a great time celebrating two of my favorite comic creators and getting an opportunity to get to meet so many really cool people who love comics as much as I do.

Friday night was an event that I will never forget and one that absolutely lived up to its title of "Grant Morrison's International Guide to Living Fabulously." Cos celebrating the good things in life in the most fabulous manner possible is exactly what we did! The house was packed with interesting and exciting folks who helped us make the whole event an evening verging on utter perfection, and I know Grant and Kristan felt the same. Grant was, as everyone can tell you, thrilled to get to talk comics with you all and was having what was quite obviously a fantastic time. As expected, I didn't get to talk to Grant very much during the event, but I did get to hear him telling some really funny behind the scenes stories, and I know many of you got to hear some juicy details about some of his upcoming projects. Those of you who were lucky enough to score one of the 200 Grant Morrison pint glasses that we had that night can give your selves a pat on the back for being so darn brilliant, because aside from the few I set aside for our staff, our families, and for promotional "thank you" gifts... those suckers are gone! I can tell you from talking to them on Sunday that Grant and Kristan were completely blown away by the love you all lavished upon them that night... and thanks to all of you. those two had such a great time we can certainly expect to see our new friends from Glasgow returning to the Isotope soon!

Saturday night saw the legendary "Eric Powell's Monster Mash-Up" with DJ SamSupa, horror hostess supreme Ms. Monster, and the author/artist of THE GOON... Eric Powell himself! This event had a crazy manic energy that was just infectious, and just like the previous night everyone was really excited to get to hang out with our honored guest. I about shed a tear when Eric rolled in the door with his awesome Dark Horse Comics crew to a thunderous and never-ending round of applause which left Eric with an ear to ear grin... and maybe just a little overwhelmed. This was the night that the featured guests of WonderCon showed up in force and it seemed like everywhere I looked there was another creator of some comic that I love having a great time at the Isotope with all of us and all of you. The gallery featuring Powell's original art pages was certainly the talk of the night, and I can't tell you how many times I heard one of you tell Eric how much you all love and appreciate what he does. Once DJ SamSupa started spinning the mashups the roof practically blew off the place, with so much bootie shaking it quite literally wore the industrial strength paint off our floor. Also quite literally, by this time the ratio of ladies to gentlemen skewed pretty drastically to four-to-one, which Eric seemed pretty happy about, but makes me think I should try to make sure I promote my next Eric Powell event to a few more men (laugh)! Eric's pals from Dark Horse Comics were blown away by the awesome atmosphere and night DJ SamSupa, Ms. Monster, my staff, and most especially all of you helped to make... and for that I couldn't be more appreciative. Those of you who were out of town that weekend should fear not, because I have it on excellent authority that Mister Powell will also be returning to the Isotope in the not-so-distant future.

I know, I know... I'm gushing here! But, man, I just couldn't be happier have gotten to have such a great weekend celebrating the wonderful world of comics with you all. I'll be assembling the Grant Morrison and Eric Powell videos over the next couple weeks for your on-line watching pleasure so if any of you have video clips or photos of yourselves, your friends, or our special guests from the events that you'd like to be in the respective videos please send them my way. I'd love to make these videos as representative of the fun time we all had this last weekend as possible, and that means it includes all of you. Send those to james@isotopecomics or drop of a cd or dvd at the shop.

And again, on behalf of myself, the Isotope staff, and all our guests... thank you.


Thursday, February 09, 2006

From WonderCon to Isotope
Getting There Couldn't Be Easier

If you're reading this website, chances are that you're planning on visiting the Isotope for one of our hot events this weekend. We here at the Isotope understand that if you're in from out of town getting around the city of SF can be challenging at times. But worry not, our amigos from out of town! Truly, getting from the convention to the hallowed halls of the Isotope couldn't be simpler!

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For your convienience, the Isotope is located mere blocks from Market Street, Van Ness Ave (aka Highway 101), and one of the most famous streets in the entire world... Haight (home of Amoeba Records, Kid Robot, and other delights). To help you get around the fine city consult the SF public transport trip planner at, consult our easy BART to Isotope map, and download this handy printable public transport route map to help you get to the Isotope's from door with ease.

San Francisco Public Transport to the Isotope

Who loves ya, baby?

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Available No Where Else...
The Grant Morrison Pint Glass

The rumors are true!

In honor of our February 10th in-store extravaganza with Grant Morrison we will be offering a small selection of ultra-limited pint glasses to our guests. Available on a first come first serve basis, these liquid beverage transportation vessels are specifically designed to ease the worries of the world and return you to the time when you had a blast celebrating comics with Grant and us.

And forget paying an arm and a leg for a one of a kind heirloom, the Isotope is offering these glasses at ten dollars each so that everyone who wants one can get one. Those who were lucky enough to score one of the Isotope's much sought after Warren Ellis Scotch Tasting Glasses or one of our Ed Brubaker Armwrestlethon Sleeper t-shirts will know how serious we are when we say "once it's gone it's gone."

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And because we love our regular crowd of sexy comic geeks and want to reward those who we get to see each week, we are giving our regulars a first shot at the glory that is The Grant Morrison Pint... a preview of 48 glasses will be available during new comics day of Wednesday, February 8th.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Morrison + Powell + You =
A Rocking WonderCon Weekend!

Whoo-boy! Has WonderCon stepped it up this year.

The San Francisco comic convention which runs from Friday February 10th to Sunday the 12th features a shiny new location, some new Star Wars teasers, a great masquerade ball, a Future of Comics Retailing panel with Isotope proprietor James Sime, and a bucketload of great special guests including Mike Allred, Greg Rucka, Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, Mark Waid, and many more. Truly, this is the year to attend, so get your advance tickets now.

Here at the Isotope we celebrated the convention in years past with an annual tiki-themed party we called Wonder-Kon-Tiki (Check out flyers from '02, '03, '04, and '05). But the time has come to switch up the routine, reinvent the approach, shatter the expectations, and to forge ahead with the newness. Because here at the Isotope we love that which is new. And no doubt if you've been watching this website recently you already know just how sweet the newness really is!

Friday night features the one and only Grant Morrison for a little celebration we have lovingly named Grant Morrison's International Guide to Living Fabulously, an evening of ultra-stylish revelry inside the world's sexiest comic book store with the magnetic Grant and the gorgeous Kristan. Saturday night we're amping up the energy for Eric Powell's Monster Mash-Up and getting our body groovin' action on with San Francisco horror hostess supreme Ms. Monster, twenty thousand grooves of live mash-up goodness from Oakland's own DJ SamSupa, and the creator of one of the Isotope's all-time favorite comics The Goon.

Mark your calendar's now, brothers and sisters, and don't forget to bring your ID!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Vertigo Pop Tokyo #1-3
Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big In Japan #1-4
Flash Time Flies One-Shot

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big In Japan #1-4
Vertigo Pop Tokyo #1-3
Green Lantern Will World TPB

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big In Japan #1-4
Green Lantern Will World TPB
Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #192-196

James Sime - Proprietor

Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big In Japan #1-4
Happydale: Devils in the Desert #1-2
Vertigo Pop Tokyo #1-3

A Very Sad Day
RIP Seth Fisher

"I draw the world the way I see it, and it seems really detailed to me." - Seth Fisher

Well, that has to be the worst news we've gotten in a long, long time. Seth Fisher the artist who brought us treasured comic book gems like Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big In Japan, Green Lantern: Will World, and Vertigo Pop Tokyo has passed away.

In his all-too brief time with us Fisher blazed a pop-psychedelic trail all his own and through his mind-blowing artwork and his unforgettable con appearances taught us as an industry perhaps the most important life lesson of all... how to live just a little bit more. We will never forget his friendly and chaotic charm, his funky rockstar style, his undeniably awesome experiments in chest hair, or the truism that one look at a Seth Fisher comic and funnybooks were made magical again.

Go read Adrienne Rappaport's interview with Seth for Sequential Tart, play the Flowering Nose flash game, or visit Seth's website and bask in the glory that the industry will never forget.

Here's to you Seth.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Your Saturday Night Is Already Planned
Eric Powell's Monster Mash-Up

What could possibly be better than a monsterific Saturday night of zombie bootie shaking inside the world's sexiest comic book shop surrounded by a full gallery of original art from one of the best books on the market accompanied by an undead set of horror themed tunage by Oakland's finest DJ with the award-winning creator of The Goon?

Absolutely nothing.

The Isotope invites you to indulge in twelve thousand grooves worth of mash-up madness from Oakland's own DJ SamSupa, meet San Francisco's favorite cable access horror hostess Ms. Monster, and hang out with the man of the hour himself... Eric Powell!

Eric Powell's Monster Mash-Up
Saturday, February 11th 2006
21 and over, please
8pm until way past your bedtime