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

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Friday, June 30, 2006

Peaches Christ's Midnight Mass
w/ Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

If you're like the folks here at the Isotope you've been waiting anxiously for the return of Peaches Christ's spectacular of high camp and horror schlock Midnight Mass movie festival. And this year to kick off her 2006 opening weekend San Francisco's legendary mistress of midnight flicks is bringing in a special guest star to co-host... none other than the queen of horror hotties Elvira!

Of course we love it when Dave Stevens draws Elvira, and also when Mark Beachum draws her, and we like it even more when Brian Bolland draws her... but we like Elvira when she's live and in person best. So if you're planning on attending yourself, you can expect to see the Isotope crew in force out and about tonight at the Bridge Theater tonight and tomorrow.

Night of the Living Dead - Friday, June 30th
Carrie - Saturday, July 1st
Midnight @ Bridge Theatre

UPDATE: A great Peaches Christ interview just went up at SFist read it here

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Eternals Omnibus HC
Nextwave #6
Scarlet Traces HC

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Spectre #2
Mark Schultz Various Drawings Vol 2
Continuity TPB

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Mark Schultz Various Drawings Vol 2
Nextwave #6
Torpedo 1936 Vol 5

James Sime - Proprietor

Civil War Frontline #2
Continuity TPB
Loveless #8

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Day Nine (Tuesday June 27th)

Tony Talbert stops in before opening to check out the show's progress.

Additional Talbert originals are added on a daily basis.

Even the man of the hour is impressed.

Truly a beautiful sight to behold.

Find out more about this unique retrogressive gallery show here

Built for Speed or for Show?
Hell's Belle's Pinewood Derby

The Isotope is issuing a challenge to all our creative, artistic, and downright kickass SF Bay Area amigos. Get off your backsides and show us your stuff at the Hell's Belle's Pinewood Derby at SF's great epicenter for art The Shooting Gallery!

With sections for racing as well as show cars, here's your chance to put your wildest, weirdest, and most wonderful car design up against the cream of San Francisco's art scene... including Debbie Huey the beloved writer/artist of the always adored Bumperboy comic.

And if having your work showing up alongside some of the Bay Area's finest artists isn't encouragement enough to get you putting dremel tool to a hunk of pine, you can also expect to see some completely original car designs from two members of the IsoStaff, Jared Guenther and James Sime.

Spaces are limited. Register for your own pinwood racer today.

Hell's Belle's Car Club Pinewood Derby

Saturday, June 24, 2006

In the Isotope in-box this morning:

my deepest sympathies to you and your staff....

i found this while walking down the street the other day. i don't know what kind of person would draw such a thing, but you know they sell art supplies to anybody these days. it's crazy.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Let Your Voice Be Heard
Get Your Votes In Today

Here at the Isotope we're big supporters of the democratic process. We've thrown events encouraging voter registration and we've thrown events that rewarded those who vote in the past and we'll undoubtedly do so again, because getting to have your voice heard is something that we believe in.

So today we're giving you this reminder to get your votes in for the SF Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay Reader's Poll. We've been lucky enough to have been honored as SF's "Best Comic Book Store" for three year's running, thanks to people like you who took the time to fill out a ballot and show us the love. And we thank you each from the bottom of our comic pimping hearts for that!

Now we're well aware that it can be a challenge filling out the on-line form, so for those folks who need some suggestions of other folks to vote for we kindly suggest considering the following:

"Best DJ" DJ SamSupa
"Best Locally Produced TV Show" Ms. Monster Presents Hel On Ice
"Best Happy Hour" Jade Bar
"Best Dance Club" Shine
"Best Late-Night Restaurant" Sauce
"Best Splurge Restaurant" Sauce
"Best Quirky Specialty Store" Urban Knitting Studio
"Best Cover Band" AC/Dshe
"Best Place to Buy Fetish Gear" Dark Garden
"Best Place for a Haircut" Hair of the Gods
"Best Movie Theater" Castro Theatre
"Best Local Publishing House" AIT/PlanetLar

Choosing the Isotope Comic Rockstars Toiletseat Museum for "Best Museum" is completely unnecessary... but it would be funny!

The Isotope staff are hoping the city of San Francisco will recognize our unique approach to comic retailing once again, and we encourage all our friends and family to get their voices heard for 2006. Voting ends this Tuesday June 27th at 5pm so don't delay, get those votes in!

SF Bay Guardian 2006 Reader's Poll

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Day Four (Thursday June 22nd)

Window flyers.

Posters to be replaced by original art as the show goes on.

Every day a new Tony Talbert original added.

After hours Thursday night. Another page of art goes up.

Find out more about this unique retrogressive gallery show here

The Straight Dope
On Superman Returns

Ignore all the internet speculation that tells you that Superman Returns is too religious, too effeminate, too campy, too sentimental, or too costly to make... the Isotope is here to tell you that all those stories are utterly moronic.

Thanks to our Hel On Ice pals we got to see the movie this last Sunday and by the comic gods above are we're glad we did!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant
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Squadron Supreme #4
Nexus Archive Vol 3 HC
Captain Atom Armageddon #9

Jared Guenther - Enforcer
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Fear Agent #5
Ex Machina Special #2
Flaming Carrot Comics Vol 6 TPB

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Fables #50
Ex Machina Special #2
Nexus Archive Vol 3 HC

James Sime - Proprietor
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Green Lantern Corps #1
Can't Get No GN
Civil War #2

Friday, June 16, 2006

Three Weeks in Reverse
The Continuity Art Show

Like the time you decided to grab your turntable and spin your best album backwards to find out what strange and new sounds your favorite band made, the Isotope is going to be challenging your perceptions with a unique take on traditional galleries when we present our first retrogressive art show in honor of Jason McNarama and Tony Talbert's upcoming graphic novel.

The tale of a suburban misfit girl living in a futuristic pharmaceutical police state whose dreams rewrite, reconfigure, and erase reality, Continuity stands as an innovative and unique original graphic novel that is sure to twist your senses.

So in true reality-warping fashion the Isotope will, like Alica herself, be inverting reality and turning sedate art gallery conventions on their ear, re-sequencing the chain of events, and building to a landing rather than a launch. Starting next week visitors to the Isotope will be able to experience a three week long comic art gallery showing presented in reverse order with new pages of Tony Talbert's art being added daily... and cumulating in a glorious art closing on Thursday, July 6th.

Join us, won't you?

The Continuity Art Show
June 20th - July 6th
Closing reception Thursday July 6th
8pm - Midnight

Continuity from AIT/PlanetLar

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

... as Aunt May lies comatose in the hospital and Curtis Connors awaits the ISO-36 serum that might save her... Spider-Man lies trapped in the wrecked underwater stronghold of Dr. Octopus beneath tons of debris...

Buy yourself a copy of Amazing Spider-Man #33, learn from the lessons that Stan Lee and Steve Ditko were teaching, and dig down deep to find the strength you never thought you had... and do the impossible.

You've done it before and you'll do it again.

Monday, June 12, 2006

1950s Tiki Noir
Returns July 21st

It's well known that the best things come to those who wait. Well, on July 21, all of us here at the Isotope as well as loyal Hawaiian Dick fans around the globe will be getting the glorious grass skirt wearing, angry island god dodging, rum-soaked fix we've all been waiting for. And by the looks of it, the adage will hold true once again.

But you don't need to take my word for it. Here's an Isotope sneak peek, compliments of the maestros of island mayhem themselves B Clay Moore and Steven Griffen, to whet your appetite. Shake up your favorite fruity umbrella drink and sit back and enjoy!

Hawaiian Dick: The Last Resort #4
by B. Clay Moore & Steven Griffin
32 Full Color Pages for $2.95
From Image Comics
Diamond Order Code: OCT05 1739
Shipping July 21

Friday, June 09, 2006

A Horrible Dangerous Junkyard Party
In Pictures & Videos

As you already know last weekend your amigos here at the Isotope attended Cyclecide's benefit show at the Ace Junkyard... and we made it back alive!

But what happened at that Horrible Dangerous Junkyard Party anyway?

Our Photos
Our Video

And for those who want to witness the event as documented on something other than the Isotope's half-broken 2 megapixel grainy Digital Elph camera, here's a treat for you!

Mongoloid - Gut Feeling
Cookie Mongoloid - C is for Cookie
Cookie Mongoloid - Up and Down
Cookie Mongoloid - One of These Things is Not Like the Other

It's Special Guest Star Day
Saturday June 10th

This weekend the Isotope will be featuring not one but two special guest stars behind the Isotope counter!

James, Jared, Kirsten, and Anita will be busy sipping mai tais and attending GlamourCon in LA this weekend to find the answer to the question "Is this convention dedicated to all things pin-up and glamour the red lipstick and stiletto heels blast it ought to be... or is it a creepy glimpse into the world of a fan base we don't really want to get to know all that much anyway?" Whatever the answer may be, we're about to find out.

The Bon Vivant will be holding court on Sunday as usual, but ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to our dynamic duo of special guest stars who will be making all your Isotopic dreams come true this Saturday.

Stop on in and say "hi" to our featured special ops superstars this Saturday and tune in next week for a full GlamourCon write up!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

You are going to like this, dear friends.

Yo Gabba Gabba stands right at the crossroads of classic old school hip hop, the craziness of punk band The Toy Dolls, the cable-access stylings of Hel On Ice, the greatest Japanese rubber monster suit movie ever Mantango, vintage videogame sex appeal, and sugary kid's show antics of Pee Wee's Playhouse.

Go check out the trailer and listen to tunes like Party In My Tummy... and be sure to keep an eye out for a Biz Markie appearance!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Manifest Eternity #1
Wonder Woman #1
Luba's Comics & Stories #8

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Hector Plasm #1
Tag #1
Wonder Woman #1

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

De: Tails tpb
Treasury of Victorian Murder: Case of Madeleine Smith
Y The Last Man #46

James Sime - Proprietor

Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big In Japan tpb
Chicanos #8
Wonder Woman #1

Guns N' Roseaoke
Tonight @ the Isotope

We know a good thing when we hear it... so when Jared suggested we have an evening of high octane Guns N' Roses Karaoke at the Isotope, we had to set it up.

So tonight, for a one night engagement, break your best Axel Rose impersonation and stop on in to the 'tope for a little Guns N' Roseaoke. We will be spinning all your favorites along with plenty of illegal selections from the long delayed Chinese Democracy.

(corn rows, stretch pants, and cheek implants not required)

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Isotope Website Upgraded
w/ a Page of Photos & Videos

So you say you want to see pictures from the Isotope store? You want easy access to all those fabulous event videos we've been showing you these past months? Ask and ye shall receive, mi amigos!

The Isotope website mixologists have got an freshly shaken linktini lovingly poured over crushed internet ice just for you that we affectionately call "The Photos." Click on through for a delightfully chilled and intoxicating taste of the world's sexiest comic book store...

Isotope - the photos

Comic Fan Demographic Targeted
For ABC's Wife Swap TV Show

Here at the Isotope we get a lot of amusing and unexpected things in our in-box. Like recently finding out that the terriffic Caustic Truths Magazine has listed the Isotope as a official friend of the Sounds Of The Underground Tour, for example.

But this is perhaps the most unexpectedly amusing thing we've seen in quite a while...


Are you or your family comic book junkies? Do you go to comic conventions as a family? Maybe you own a store or have a huge comic book collection? If so, you could be on Wife Swap. Families featured on the show will receive a $20,000 honorarium. If you refer a family that is selected you will receive $1,000.

Wife Swap is a fascinating story of what happens when two couples see themselves and their partners in a whole new light. The New York Post says, "It should be called 'Life Swap' because it's not just the wives who learn something here. It's the families."

Potential families must live in the continental United States, but we ask that families who apply consist of two parents that have at least one child, over the age of 5 and under the age of 18, living at home full-time. To submit for the show please call 212-404-1470 or email (preferred method) a family photo and description to

If you are a family unit (two parents with children) looking for a great learning experience, I would love to hear from you today!

I am also attaching a flyer. Feel free to post it if you would like.


Charisse Manzi
Associate Producer
ABC's "Wife Swap"/RDF Media

Who ever said comics weren't a mainstream entertainment demographic?

For you collectors out there the flyer has been uploaded to the Isotope server and can be seen here. Now get wife swapping!

Monday, June 05, 2006

International Clickie Award
To Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

They just can't keep the awards out of Daniel Merlin Goodbrey's hands! This last weekend at the Stripdagen Haarlem comics festival in the Netherlands, Goodbrey was awarded the first-ever International Clickie for best webcomic worldwide.

Of course we here at the Isotope have been big fans of "the Grant Morrison of Mini-Comics" ever since Goodbrey took home our own coveted 2005 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics prize and we couldn't be happier to see his work getting even more recognition! Pictures from the International Clickie award ceremony can be found here.

For those of you who have yet to enter into the surreal world of Goodbrey's Unfolded Earth, we suggest taking a quick tour on over to his website or you could always stay right here and check out some preview pages from the book that took home the 2005 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics, Last Sane Cowboy. G'wan and give 'em a click to see why everyone loves Goodbrey's work so much:

Congrats on a well-deserved win, Mister Goodbrey!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Cookies, Death Metal, Devo
And Flaming Bicycles

Crazy bikes and those who ride them courtesy of Cyclecide! Devolicious tunes of devolution from SF's favorite Devo tribute band Mongoloid! Upside-down bass playing with Binky! Cool junk and stuff you can only find in a salvage yard! And the best Sesame Street themed metal band in the whole wide world Cookie Mongoloid!

Join us tonight as we brave the many dangers of this appropriately named extravaganza. We'll be dodging projectile cookies launched from the infamous cookie cannon, facing the metal wrath of the lovely ladies of Binky, and navagating the dark and sharp recesses of the trash heap all to benefit the Cyclecide's Pedal Powered Zepplin Project. How could ask for a better way to spend Saturday night?

Oh yes... you already know about the bike jousting and the many different and utterly terrifying homemade junkyard amusement rides, right? Okay good then.

A Horrible Dangerous Junkyard Party
@ Ace Auto Salvage Yard 2255 McKinnon ave, SF
Saturday, June 3rd

More info at

Thursday, June 01, 2006