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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

All-Star Superman #5
Solo #12 Brendan McCarthy
The Gremlins - The Lost Walt Disney Production HC

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Rotting In Dirtville TPB
Doc Frankenstein #5
The Boys #2

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

The Boys #2
Solo #12 Brendan McCarthy
All-Star Superman #5

James Sime - Proprietor

Solo #12 Brendan McCarthy
Doc Frankenstein #5
Rotting In Dirtville TPB

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Legendary Comic Author Marv Wolfman
Talks Isotope - the comic book lounge


Comics legend Marv Wolfman has been one of the Isotope staff's all-time favorite comic authors for nearly as long as we've been reading comics. And what's not to love? He's the man who brought the world the almighty Crisis on Infinite Earths, the greatest run ever on Teen Titans with George Perez, the 80's relaunch of Superman, and the utterly brilliant Gene Colan penciled Tomb of Dracula. And that, as they say, is only the tip of the iceberg of his many comic accomplishments.

So it's a very special thing for our staff to get to read about Mister Wolfman's trip to San Francisco for Anime Overdose on his website... and the very, very kind words he had to say about the Isotope. Read, dear friends, and enjoy!

I also went out with animation writer Ken Pontac and his wife Susan to Isotope Comics, a wonderful comic shop not far from the San Francisco Opera House. Ken is currently one of the writers on HAPPY TREE FRIENDS a show on the G4 network, and having looked at a few of the episodes on his website, I can tell you they are delightfully sick. Ken, Susan and I made our way to Isotope after a delicious dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House after we discovered they were having a party celebrating the publication of Boom! Studios new sketchbook by artist Dave Johnson. Ross Richie, an old pal from my Malibu days, is Boom!'s publisher and he seems to be putting together some truly eclectic stuff.

Isotope is more than just a store; it's a wonderfully designed lounge with multiple couches and chairs for folk to sit on and read. James Sime, Isotope's proprietor, made no attempt to fill up every last space with books to sell. Instead, he left large open spaces which makes the store feel like it's welcoming you. I wish other comic shop owners could take a look at it and rethink their own stores. Shops like this are great for the industry as they attract not only seasoned fans, but people curious about what today's comics are like. Since we publish an incredible variety of material that can appeal to comic and non-comic fans both, a professional, clean, well-designed shop is the best way of luring in new readers. Great job, James.


Marv Wolfman on the Isotope... it really doesn't get much better than that, does it? Thanks, Mister Wolfman!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Your Computer's Desktop Just Got Cooler, Babe...
The Weekly Comics Shipping List Direct to You


When it comes to finding out what comics are making their way onto the Isotope shelves each week you could always check the distributor's site, but everyone knows that can be a chore. What if someone developed a handy tool to hunt that information down for you and present it right on your desktop in an easily browsable and searchable format each week? Well we don't know what anyone else would say, but here at the Isotope we'd call those people who invented such a thing "genius."

With that in mind let us introduce you to genius John Roberts who invented the very cool dashboard widget known as iCOS or "iComicsOnSale." Providing weekly shipping updates beamed directly to the convenience of your desktop, this little morsel of brilliance gives you instant satisfaction and keeps you abreast of what comics are being released each week.


(click to enlarge these iCOS screenshots)

Go check out Mister Robert's website and download yourself this handy little piece of software. And while you're there, be sure to check out the preview of the iCOS Widget 1.3 with full pull-list capability. Very, very nice!

iCOS: iComicsOnSale for your Mac or PC

Seven Days of Comic Heaven
c/o Ash Aiwase & Sean Maher


While it's always great for us here at the Isotope to get some good press or have nice things said about us, what really makes our eyes mist over is when we see members of the Isotope family going out there and making the world of comics a better place to be.

And this week we're beaming about our boys Sean Maher and Ash Aiwase going all-out and taking some disappointing news about a few titles being late, turning it into a love-fest for some really terrific books like Phonogram, The Losers, Dwight T. Albatross's The Goon Noir, and the what's-sure-to-be-great The Immortal Iron Fist, and getting some big love from Newsarama for doing it.

Click on over to take a look at how Sean and Ash are making the world of comics nice... and be sure to stick around to see Ash deliver the goods with an exclusive first-look at Joe Casey and Charlie Adlard's up-coming original graphic novel Rock Bottom. Definitely drool worthy!

Ash & Sean Make The World of Comics a Better Place to Be

Thursday, August 24, 2006

It's Free, It's All-Ages
It's Geekfest 2006!


As if the city of San Francisco didn't already offer you enough reasons to make you cut your momma's apron strings, quit your unfulfilling job, rent a moving truck, and risk hell and high water to get to live in SF Bay Area... here's one more: Geekfest.

Scraping the underbelly of the Bay Area rock and punk music scenes, this series of free, all-ages shows have kept SF, Oakland, Richmond and beyond discovering new music and rocking since the mid-nineties. By-passing all the typical informational channels Geekfest organizers embrace the chaotic DIY esthetic to it's fullest by choosing bands only on a "first come, first serve" basis and by going so far as to keeping band schedules during their day-long concerts a secret. Check out the latest flyer for a list of bands participating in 2006.

Great times, terrific bands, and a cool all-ages free concert format... what's not to like? Promoted only by word of mouth, keep your finger on the underground pulse of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene by dialing in to the perpetually updating hotline.

Geekfest 2006
August 24 - 27th
For more info call: (510) 223 - 7688
Geekfest @ MySpace

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Kraven's Last Hunt HC
Action Philosophers #6
Batman #656

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Batman #656
The Portent #4
Wonder Woman #2

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Jack of Fables #2
Astonishing X-Men #16
Supermarket #4

James Sime - Proprietor

Promethea Vol 5 TPB
Supermarket #4
Wonder Woman #2

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The Mighty Peter Milligan's Return to Glory
w/ New Original Series from Wildstorm & Vertigo


Grant Morrison famously called him "the best looking author in comics" but anyone who has encountered one of Milligan's many masterpieces knows to appreciate the Irish virtuoso for his frightfully beautiful writing.

Boasting a body of work that includes a James Joyce and John Steinbeck inspired futuristic gangster epic in Skreemer, an odd, self-consciously neurotic band of mutant "heroes" out for fame and riches in X-Force, a taut psychological spy thriller starring one hell of an unreliable narrator in Human Target, an ode to loveable cannibal families everywhere in The Eaters, a surreal journey into the psychedelic toilet of an otherworld in Sooner or Later... and perhaps the greatest postmodern superhero comic ever made in Enigma.

While Milligan may not have impressed many fans, critics, or even members of the Isotope staff with the majority of his work over the past couple years (although we desperately loved X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl), we've always felt that Milligan worked best stretching his wings on eccentric and original ideas of his own making... and that a return to Milligan glory could be just around the next corner.

With the leaked news of two new original Milligan books in the works, The Program from Wildstorm and The Bronx Kill from Vertigo, we here at the Isotope suspect that next corner is coming up fast. And that either sooner or later... you'll love Peter Milligan!

Alan Moore, Fake Comic Ads, Zombie SF, Gwar TV
Criminal Blogs, Wimpy Superheroes & Isotope Soap


Apparently people are noticing the increased Isotope Communique productivity recently because our mailbag is overflowing with more entertainment goodness than we know what to do with... so what better time to launch a new semi-regular feature: Isotope Mailbag Link-a-Palooza? Prepare your browsers, people, for some truly inspirational time wasting!

First up, Isotope Enforcer Jared nearly punches us in the head for not yet linking to Slave Pit TV Gwar's weekly on-line television show which has been featuring some great behind-the-scenes looks at the band's costume workshop. And just to prove he's no one-link-wonder, Jared also clues us in on this video of Marvel Comics' parade float in 1989 featuring Melba Moore. After seeing this video Jared tells us "I think I may have turned to DC if I saw this in '89."

Trip from Sauce (our favorite restaurant anywhere, but you already knew that didn't you?) writes in with a hilarious link to the Top Ten Un-Manliest Superheroes and asks the immortal question "But who made them experts?" to which we reply "It's on the internet isn't it? They must be experts!"

Author Ed Brubaker and blog maestro Alan David Doane drop us a tandem lines to let us know about the new blog dedicated to Brubaker & Phillips' up-coming Criminal and about this chuckle-inducing fake Criminal ad. If you've read Isotope favorite Sleeper by Brubaker & Phillips you'll know why we're all so excited about their up-coming project!

Isotope regular Emily Stackhouse fills our actual mailbox with a letter letting us know the DC Comics stamps are now available here in SF while Promethea and V For Vendetta fan Heather H. commands we rush over to YouTube to watch this terrific 10 part Alan Moore interview. A tip of the Isotope scotch glass out to Heather and Emily for keeping us in mind!

Brian Walsh aka The Party Cow made sure we had an advance heads-up about the latest San Francisco zombie flash mob, which just so happened to coincide with Kirsten's birthday so we ended up missing out on the brain-eating fun. But thanks to Victor for bringing in his photos from the event. Beware of the flesh eaters Apple Store!

And last but not least David Donaldson writes in to tell us to turn those browsers back towards YouTube for the recently re-discovered Geza X "Isotope Soap" video. Those of you who are tuned into the west-coast hardcore scene will know Geza as the legendary producer on some truly great albums from Dead Kennedys, Avengers, The Germs, and Black Flag. The video's a rough show but it's absolutely great to see them performing that ultra-catchy song we'd long since forgotten about... and plus, Geza's got some crazy-cool hair!

Want to be part of a future Isotope Mailing Bag Link-a-Palooza? You know where to send those emails, right?

Monday, August 21, 2006

First Five Winners Announced In
Darick Robertson's Beat Down


In one of the most popular launch promotions since the legendary Ed Brubaker Armwrestling Challenge, artist Darick Robertson and the Isotope helped spread the word of last week's release of The Boys with an epic competition of truly ass kicking proportions... The Boys Beat Down!

Everyone has a favorite superhero and Darick offered a chance for ten lucky winners to get to win an original sketch of a member of The Boys kicking their favorite superhero's backside. Hundreds of fans from across the globe flooded the Isotope email to enter this unique competition and during last Wednesday's in-store Darick burned up the Isotope drafting table by making those requests come alive before the eyes of those in attendance. The winning sketches will be mailed out to these five lucky fans, with five more sketches to follow in the next few weeks.

See the event and Darick doing these sketches live @ YouTube by clicking this image:


Or select the scans below to enlarge and see who won them:


Of Course Civil War is late
Thor Is Busy Rocking SF!


We know you've all been patiently awaiting more Thor in your monthly funnybook score, and while your friends at the Isotope can't do anything to speed up the proposed publishing schedule, we can help you get your Norse God of Thunder fix tonight...

The Mighty Thor Returns to San Francisco!



He's a world-champion bodybuilder, b-movie star, and one of the greatest icons of rock godliness to ever walk Midgard. And he hits San Francisco tonight with a live show you won't want to miss. See Thor the Rock God bend steel, battle mythical monsters, and find out why he's been voted in the top 100 greatest frontmen of all time. See our pictures from last year for first-hand proof!

If Thor rocking the stage isn't enough for you, be sure to come early and check out Thor's absolurtely brilliant opening acts. Including the outrageous alien space-glam pioneers Zolar X and Mr Bungle co-founder Trey Spruance.

Thor the Rock God @ 12 Galaxies
2565 Mission Street
Monday, August 21st

Thor @ MySpace

Saturday, August 19, 2006



(pictured here with Little G as designed by Dave Johnson and sculpted by Jared Guenther)

Friday, August 18, 2006

Wizard Magazine Loses Content
Strike While the Iron is Hot!


Most comic fans have already heard about the six week delay of Marvel's super summer blockbuster Civil War and many inter-related titles like Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Avengers. We here at the Isotope certainly aren't happy about delayed books that inconvenience or disrupt the reading enjoyment of our customers, and yes, we've read the messageboards, so we know It's a real bad thing.

But while the industry is in an uproar about this latest outrage your friends at the Isotope have been thinking about what a great and unique opportunity this presents for independent comic creators and publishers. Because surely Wizard Magazine and industry news sites that get a majority of their content from Marvel Comics have also come to the conclusion that a six-week delay in the comics also means a six-week delay in those spoiler-laden articles about the twists and turns of the Civil War storyline.

And if Wizard isn't running those articles next month... they're going to need to run something else, aren't they? After all, you can't have a magazine without content, can you? So we're encouraging all our indy comic creating and publishing friends to contact Wizard and those industry news sites and take this unique opportunity to get their books some press!

And for Marvel: We know you've heard a million of 'em over the past couple days, but here's one more idea to help avoid this situation in the future.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

This week's pictures were taken just after the staff each tried a Mickey's Stinger

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

The Boys #1
Iron Man #11
The Savage Brothers #1

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

The Boys #1
The Savage Brothers #1
Catwoman #58

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

The Boys #1
The Psycho TPB
Casanova #3

James Sime - Proprietor

The Boys #1
Nexus Archives HC Vol 4
Wasteland #2

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

He Controls the Horizontal
We Control the Vertical


Have you noticed artist Darick Robertson's complete media dominance this week? The Isotope has.

From the Pensacola News Journal's series of podcast interviews to Newsarama's latest interview to the Fanboy Radio episode dedicated to him to all the bloggers excited to get his work in their hot little hands... Darick Robertson is everywhere!

But of all the Robertson news that's out there, the one that has all the people talking is the Isotope's in-store with him tomorrow night... and the coolest comic promotion you've seen in a long, long time:

Got a Favorite Superhero? Wanna See 'Em Get a Beat Down by THE BOYS?

Time is ticking down, so get those suggestions in!

Surprise, It's Hugo Award Nominated
Author of Doctor Who "Father's Day"


While the Isotope is closed on Mondays to give the staff a chance to catch up with all the extra behind the scenes work that makes the comic book lounge run... we know that the shop can be something of a mecca for the comics tourist and travelers. So some Mondays we'll throw the rules away, unlock the front door, and invite our out of town friends in.

This week we had a surprise visit from British comic and television author Paul Cornell, in from London and on his way to WorldCon to attend the prestigious Hugo Awards for the nomination of his truly incredible Doctor Who episode "Father's Day." Aside from his glorious television career, and some great 2000ad stories, Paul is also writing the upcoming Kevin Walker drawn Pete Wisdom series from Marvel's MAX line.

Click to enlarge and check out the fantastic addition Paul did for our Comic Rockstars Toilet Seat Museum... a Pete Wisdom & Doctor Who cross-over!



The Isotope sends out best wishes to Mister Cornell this week at the Hugo Awards!

British Police Consider "Instant Justice"
The Slippery Slope Starts Here


Judge Dredd, the cautionary science fiction comic that began in 1977 which depicted a violent world of the future where the police force is empowered to dispense instantaneous justice on the city's citizens, took one step closer to reality today as British police announced that they are in talks to give police the authority to skip the courts and "impose instant justice for anti-social activities."

The proposed changes include bureaucracy-less powers banning teenagers from city centers, gangs from meeting and gathering, and authorizing the ability for police to seize and crush cars driven by those repeatedly driving without registration, insurance, or license. Now we've read enough comics to know what comes next, and unless someone's going to tell us the world is going to drawn by Ian Gibson, Brian Bolland, or Brett Ewins... somebody needs to get some comics to these people, quick!

Full story @ BBC News here

Monday, August 14, 2006

Got Favorite Superhero?
Want to See Them Get a Beat-Down by THE BOYS?


San Francisco, CA - In celebration of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's upcoming Wildstorm series THE BOYS about a group of CIA agents who police the superhero community artist Darick Robertson wanted to do an in-store event... but not just any event. He wanted to do something special for comic fans the world over. He wanted to do something that would reflect the rough-and-tumble spirit of THE BOYS and give him an excuse to draw all his favorite superheroes in action.

Phoning up San Francisco's Isotope - the comic book lounge, the shop that made unique and outrageous in-store events and promotions famous, Darick got the store's enthusiastic proprietor James Sime on the line and asked him one simple question, "James, who's your favorite superhero?"

"Uh, Doctor Strange, I guess," was Sime's reply.

"Well, how would you like to see Doctor Strange get a hole punched right through his skinny head by one of THE BOYS?" Robertson quipped back... and a truly unique in-store and promotion was born.

Everybody's got a favorite superhero, and chances are if you've been following comics for any period of time you've seen the iconoclast artist Darick Robertson drawing them. Whether it was in Robertson and Greg Rucka's controversial WOLVERINE re-launch, or JUSTICE LEAGUE with Mark Waid, or cleverly hidden in the backgrounds of Robertson and Warren Ellis' TRANSMETROPOLITAN, Darick Robertson has left his mark on nearly every major comic book icon of the last fifty years. And to help launch THE BOYS in high style Robertson will be choosing ten lucky winners, from anywhere on the globe, and drawing them an original sketch of their favorite superhero... getting a brutal beat-down by one member of THE BOYS.

"Getting to be part of the festivities is easy, just send us an email and you're entered!" Isotope Special Projects Director Kirsten Baldock said, "But because we're going to be mailing these sketches out to the winners, everyone needs to make sure they include their name and mailing address. And most importantly, when you send those emails in make sure you include your favorite superhero's name in the following sentence '(character's name) is my favorite superhero, and I want to see him or her beat down by THE BOYS!' Send those emails in to isotopepromotions@gmail.com"

With the release of THE BOYS mere days away and an Isotope in-store celebration this Wednesday, comic fans are going to want to get their entries in as soon as possible. "Darick's going to be doing five of these drawings during our event so if you come to our launch party you can watch as he draws them in person," Sime said in his best radio DJ voice, "But we realize most folks aren't in the SF Bay Area so the following Monday we'll be presenting a video from the event on the Isotope website... everybody gets to see as Darick makes the carnage come alive before your very eyes!"

As if fans needed more reason to come to the launch event at the Isotope in person, Robertson's decided to sweeten the deal by choosing one attendee to be drawn into an upcoming issue of THE BOYS. "I want people to come out and see me during this event so I'll be bringing my camera and we're going to pick one person to be featured in the book itself! It's every comic fan's dream!"

"Getting to have Darick draw your favorite superhero get beat up is just so sick and twisted, who wouldn't be excited to be part of it?" said Sime with a laugh, "It might be Batman getting his back broken all over again, or Captain America getting his hand shoved down the garbage disposal, but think about how lucky you'll feel when you get to hang that one of a kind piece of Darick Robertson artwork with your favorite superhero getting knocked the heck out... all in the spirit of THE BOYS and all part of the fun of it!"

So Mister and Missus Comic Fan, get thinking about who your absolute favorite comic book superhero is, find the sense of humor to put their name in the sentence: (character's name) is my favorite superhero, and I want to see him or her beat down by THE BOYS! include your name, your mailing address, and send your entries by Wednesday August 16th to isotopepromotions@gmail.com

"I love superheroes, but this is just too fun of an idea not to do!" said Robertson, "So who you people got? Spider-Man? Batman? Matter-Eater Lad? Lobster Johnson? Aunt May possessed by Captain Universe? Bring 'em on and watch 'em get beat down by THE BOYS!"

THE BOYS by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson from Wildstorn is in stores on August 16th 2006

Rip Into Your Favorite Toy Dolls Tracks
w/ Guitar Lessons, Olga Style


This one goes out to Ariel and all the rest of the Isotope's guitar playing amigos in need of some beginning of the week axe-slinging inspiration...

If you've ever walked into the front door of the Isotope and heard the hilarious and hyperkinetic tunes of The Toy Dolls burning out of the soundsystem, you'll know why this unrelenting three piece band has such a huge following everywhere and is so well loved by our staff.

Olga, the guitar wielding genius who makes the term "punk guitar god" sound not quite so funny after all, is offering up free web-based guitar lessons in quickly downloadable segments. Go ahead, learn those lightning quick fret fingering techniques Olga is famous for, and hear some truly great tunes while you're at it. Or you can just sit back and watch as Olga rips through the classics on the world's smallest amp. Great stuff!

We suggest Dougy Giro, She Goes To Finos, Yul Brynner Was A Skinhead, Glenda & the Test Tube Baby, and of course... Nellie The Elephant.

Play Guitar With Olga

Ed Talks Isotope Favorite Sleeper
And Gets Us Giddy for Criminal


We've long been big fans of Alan David Doane's extensive series of bite-size creator interviews 5 Questions.... Doane knows how to get our favorite comic creators talking about the things we care most about, all the while leaving the interview padding and blubber to the other guys. And it's a well known fact that the Isotope's love for author Ed Brubaker knows no bounds.

So what could be better than a combination of the two with a focus on the hotly anticipated Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips original-crime-noir-set-in-San-Francisco series Criminal?

Check it out here: 5 Questions for Ed Brubaker

Friday, August 11, 2006

This week's pictures inspired by the art of Darick Robertson

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Scarlet Traces - The Great Game #2
Cracked Magazine #1
X-Factor HC

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Kickback HC
Scarlet Traces - The Great Game #2
X-Statix Presents: Deadgirl TPB

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Fables #52
Secret Six #3
Elric - Making of a Sorcerer #4

James Sime - Proprietor

Scarlet Traces - The Great Game #2
X-Statix Presents: Deadgirl TPB
Marvel Zombies HC

We're All About An Emond Tribute
But No Credit? No Effing Way!


It's well known that we here at the Isotope are huge fans of New Zeland artist Martin Emond and the clothing company he started with fellow artist Simon Morse and lifelong friend Steve Hosley; Illicit Streetwear. Although Marty's passed on, it's great to see the company that he and his pals started doing so well and Emond's work getting so much attention these past few years. But the latest attention Marty's work has been getting doesn't make us none too happy. Because it's uncredited.

Here's some side-by-side screen shots of Marty's Rolling Redknuckles work, along with shots from Pink's latest video:







In a recent interview with ABC News, Illicit rep Steve Hosley is quoted as saying "It's not fair that Emond was not recognized for his work... Emond was living in Los Angeles and probably met the people who made the video... people probably knew what a huge talent Emond was but none of them had the guts to use his art and pay him properly."

And for that, here's a collective "up yours" out to Pink's video director. As well as some love to Isotope's Illicit pals Steve and Tanya who continue to keep the legacy and memory of Marty's work alive.

Throw Up Your Goats: Martin Emond Memorial

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

In celebration of the launch of Darick Robertson & Garth Ennis' new 5 year long epic from Wildstorm Comics The Boys...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Yelp's Nish Nadaraja Rules the Style Section
With a Whole Lotta Isotope Love


Nish Nadaraja, SF taste-maker and director of marketing at the awesome consumer review website Yelp, knows a thing or two about the best that San Francisco has to offer. After all, it's his job to find the hottest, sexiest, and downright tastiest places to go and people to know in the city.

So where does this consummate consumer of urbanite cool go for his kicks in the greatest city on Earth? Read this article from last Sunday's edition of the San Francisco Chronicle to find out...


click to enlarge


A tip of the Isotope scotch glass out to everyone at the SF Chronicle, photographer Mike Kepka, staff writer Aidin Vaziri, and to our man Nish for showing us so much love!

Monday, August 07, 2006

The Boob Tube - Who Needs It?
Dave Johnson @ Isotope on YouTube


Crashing through your browser and kicking your tv set to the curb once more, the Isotope brings you world premiere web-based entertainment for those of you who couldn't, didn't, or were just too afraid to attend last weekend's epic Dave Johnson's Cataclysmic In-Store.

Simply click the Reverend Johnson's forehead to play... and for those of you who are wondering, yes, that is comics legend Marv Wolfman in attendance!



For Mister Greenberg who asked that we scan the Red-Son-Superman-Meets-Castro sketch Dave Johnson did for you so you can show off to your amigos, we'll go one better. Here's your sketch for all the world to weep with envy over, emblazoned on the Isotope's front page!


(larger version available on the click-through)

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Dave Johnson @ Isotope
Tonight 8pm - Midnight


Yes, dear friends, comic lovers, and those-who-know-best, the imminent arrival of the most-revered Dave Johnson is neigh upon us!

Crawl out from under thy rocks, abandon thy plans, and quit thy Earthly jobs so that you may bear righteous testament as the mighty one scrawls veritable masterpieces before thy very eyes. Drool with mouth moistness uncontrolled as the original artworks from the multiple award winning 100 Bullets cover artist blankets the Isotope in its glory. Repent and attend so that you may instruct thy future generations that you experienced true mightiness in thy lifetime.

Dave Johnson's Cataclysmic In-Store
Tonight - Saturday, August 5th
8pm - Midnight

Break Out The Cornonas
Local Boy Goes Exclusive


By far the most interesting news to come out of Wizard World Chicago is DC signing an exclusive contract with Brian Wood. The Isotope staff and customers spent a whole heck of a lot of time with Bri when he lived here in SF and we all had a great time throwing a month long in-store event with him and participating in crazy Brian Wood promotional events that helped spread the gospel of Brian's work throughout the industry like wildfire.

While the thought of no more Bri Wood indy books from AIT/PlanetLar like Channel Zero, IDW like Supermarket, or Oni Press like Local does indeed bring a small frown to our faces... we think the exclusive DC contract is a really great move for both Brian and for Vertigo. We're excited to see what the next two years will bring and are full of smiles to see our boy doing so well career-wise.

So on behalf of the Isotope staff and customers... congrats Brian!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Dave Johnson 2006 Sketchbook - Isotope Edition
Punisher #36
Kingdom Come Absolute Edition

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Dave Johnson 2006 Sketchbook - Isotope Edition
Done to Death #1
Agents of Atlas #1

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Dave Johnson 2006 Sketchbook - Isotope Edition
Finder - Five Crazy Women TPB
Mouse Guard #4

James Sime - Proprietor

Dave Johnson 2006 Sketchbook - Isotope Edition
Agents of Atlas #1
Leading Man #2

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Mark Millar Goes On Record
In Support of Moustached Heroes


It's no surprise to the staff here at the Isotope that soon after outlawing moustaches among the elite of Egyptian society in 1800 BC, the Pharaoh Teqikencola saw his empire begin to crumble. Because while fashions may come and fashions may go the glory of the moustache has stood the test of time, and it's power is unmistakable.

Throughout time, moustached faced heroes of both fact and fiction have found themselves hoisted on the pedestal of historical greatness and even those who have championed a bare lip esthetic have turned to the power of the moustache in their time of need. And we're not talking scraggly faced hippies here, whose fear of the razor is well documented... we're talking about the proud wearers of the mighty moustachio. With true heroes like Abraham Lincoln (who grew one while writing the Gettysburg Address which is no doubt why children are still reading it in schools today), The Tick, and even Isotope Proprietor James Sime preaching the gospel of the moustache, it was only a matter of time before one of the industry's top creators decided to make a stand.

And what a stand it was! Civil War and Ultimates writer Mark Millar goes on record in support of comic heroes with moustaches, and the industry is forever rocked by the impact.

"As much as I hate BKV and everything he believes in, I support superheroes with moustaches and am really looking forward to this book." - Mark Millar re: The upcoming Dr. Strange series by RE: Brian K. Vaughan & Marcos Martin

A hearty round of Isotope applause out to Mark Millar for telling it like it is! As the groundswell of moustached heroes support grows in the wake of Millar's announcement, we suggest you bare-faced gentlemen out there choose a style, put some Gogol Bordello on the sound system, and get growing!