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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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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Dungeon Master of Ceremonies
Live on the Isotope Stage - 10/4

The Isotope is more than just a glorious selection of comics and graphic novels paired with a swanky lounge atmosphere. It's also home to cool creator in-store events, gallery shows, stuff you can't get anywhere else, and even the occasional awesome, intimate concert.

And next up on the Isotope stage, we proudly present the magnificent MC Chris. Hailing from Brooklyn, this helium-voiced staple of the nerdcore phenomenon is perhaps best known for his work on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021, and for brilliant songs like Fett's Vette and I Want Candy.

We're proud to hold MC Chris's first all-ages show in San Francisco ever and one of his only all-ages shows on his latest tour. Free from us to you. Definitely not to be missed!

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Sean Phillips Dishes Out 2nd Helping
For Marvel Zombies Fans

At this time of year as the days get shorter, the leaves turn blood-red, and the elongated nights impart a bone-deep chill, our thoughts naturally turn to one thing...Zombies! Indeed, our love of all things brain-ivorous is well-documented.

And speaking of things we love, if Sean Phillips didn't already make out lives better with his fantastic work on Sleeper, WildC.A.T.s, and New Statesmen, he's now slated for a second round of the comedic carnage that is Marvel Zombies. Set in an alternate universe where nearly all your favorite Marvel heroes as well as the villains have become flesh-eating living dead, Marvel Zombies is quite simply blood-spattered, brain-eating zombie brouhaha at its finest.

Shuffle on over to Sean Phillips' Sure Beats Working and witness the brain-bashing lipless eye-candy in the making! And while you're there, be sure to take a peek at Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' sure-to-be-classic Criminal... you won't be disappointed!


Thursday, September 21, 2006

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Iron Man #12
Wetworks #1
Moon Knight #5

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Birds of Prey #98
Rogue Trooper Vol 6: Realpolitik TPB
Dwight T. Albatross' The Goon Noir #1

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Astonishing X-Men #17
Shadowpact #5
Dwight T. Albatross' The Goon Noir #1

James Sime - Proprietor

Dwight T. Albatross' The Goon Noir #1
52 Week 20
Godland Vol 2: Another Sunny Delight

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Did you say an Isotope Podcast?
Well, kind of...

Can't wait for the Isotope to throw their hat into the podcasting ring? Well, dear friends, that day has truly not arrived! However, today we are going to point you toward some comic-based podcasts that we're particularly fond of.

We have been long-time fans of the tangled web of comic and pop culture conversations woven by Ron, Connor and Josh over at iFanboy in their weekly shows. Great comic discussions and the occasional embarrassing personal anecdote, what could be better? This week, along with baring his comic nerd soul, Ron reports in on his trip to San Francisco and a visit to the Isotope. Great stuff!

And while we are talking podcasts, did you know that there is an Isotope-sponsored comic podcast fueled by hand-picked comic goodness right from our shelves? Be sure to check out SFist's wonder of Internet entertainment in which your favorite comics are performed live on the air to fall-out-of-you-chair-laughing results. Don't believe us? Listen to these excerpts from Millie The Model and Agents of Atlas and see what it takes to get free comics from the Isotope!

If you're not subscribing to these podcasts, mi amigos... you're crazy!

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Some Truly Cool Things Are Created
When Comics & Quilting Collide

It's no accident that the Isotope happens to be located in such close proximity to two of San Francisco's most beloved and sexy crafty shops, the Urban Knitting Studio and Stitch Lounge, because we've always been of the opinion that there's a lot of mutual cross-over between such types of stores that celebrate the creative. And one need only take a look at all the people who come into the store gleefully carrying beautiful balls of yarn or count the number of folks who find a spot on our sofa to do some afternoon knitting to agree.

But perhaps the coolest proof of this we've seen yet came in an email today from customer David Pinch...


I don't know if you recall, but a couple of months ago I came into Isotope and bought a John Byrne X-men collection and told you I was using it to fashion a quilt. Since you said you hoped to see it when it was done I am sending you a few photos of it.

Long live Isotope.


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Amazing... congrats on a job well done David!

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Win a Great Graphic Novel
From the Fine Folks at :01

Just in case we haven't been ranting at you enough about how much we love First Second Books who publish the brilliant American Born Chinese (which we'll be launching with creators Gene Yang & Lark Pien next week), today we're doing a little pointing in the right direction to make sure the uninitiated get an opportunity to score themselves a free graphic novel from this fine, fine publisher.

Go ahead and give the link a click:

Win a Free Graphic Novel from First Second Books

While we're pretty sure you won't get to pick and choose which one you get, we suggest doing whatever it takes to add Lewis Trondheim's A.L.I.E.E.E.N., Leland Myrick's Missouri Boy, Emmanuel Guibert & Joann Sfar's Sardine In Outer Space, Eddie Campbell's Fate of the Artist, and most especially Gene Yang's American Born Chinese to your collection by any means necessary... and you do know a store that stocks and sells those books, right?

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Pride of Baghdad HC
Scarlet Traces - The Great Game #3
Martian Manhunter #2

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Pride of Baghdad HC
Doomed #3
Green Arrow #66

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Pride of Baghdad HC
Phonogram #2
Missouri Boy SC

James Sime - Proprietor

American Born Chinese SC
Scarlet Traces - The Great Game #3
Pride of Baghdad HC

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

More Copies of First-Print Lost Girls
Currently On the Shelf at the Isotope

We've all heard about the Lost Girls shortages everywhere thanks to the "virtual immediate sellout across the direct and bookstore markets" of Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie's highly anticipated, hugely controversial, and massively publicized collection of graphic novels starring Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and Wendy from Peter Pan in all their erotic fiction glory.

Here at the Isotope we've been lucky enough to get multiple shipments of the elusive Lost Girls and have been able to effortlessly take care of all our pre-orders and waiting lists in the weeks since the book's release. Nothing has made us more happy than to see people's smiling faces when they finally get their hands on an Alan Moore book that's been 16 years in the making!

Thanks to a big glorious box that just walked in the Isotope door from our publishing friends at Top Shelf, we've got some of the last first-print copies on hand. So if you're still needing one... stop on in and we'll hook you up!

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Wet Moon, Spooked, Abandoned, & More
Ross Campbell Talks Comics @ Newsarama

If you've talked to any member of the Isotope staff in the past year, there's a good chance that Jared, Ian, Kirsten, or James have ranted at you about the amazing work of Ross Campbell. We humbly suggest that the Isotope staff has excellent taste in comics (check out our launch event for American Born Chinese and judge for yourself), and quite frankly we think Campbell's got the goods.

It's no surprise to us that ushering copies of Campbell's brilliant Wet Moon graphic novels out the door by the dozen by the day is a commonplace occurrence, or that his zombie opus The Abandoned is second only to the mighty Walking Dead in popularity for those folks looking for a little flesh-chewing action. What has been something of a surprise to us is that he's not already the biggest thing in comics!

But today when we saw that Chris Arrant (who always has great taste in comics) was interviewing Campbell on Newsarama and caught the line "and an upcoming high-profile gig that he can't talk about" we knew then and there that the rest of the comic industry was about to realize that, yes indeed... Ross Campbell Is The Next Big Thing In Comics.

Check out the Newsarama interview and find out why


Monday, September 11, 2006

Remixed Comics, Awesome Sci-Fi, James Jean,
& Eddie Van Halen Finds The Cure For Cancer!

This week we're digging deep into the big bag that is the Isotope in-box and pulling forth a massive array of strange, surreal, and seductive goodies for you to indulge your browsers in. That's right, it's time wasting time again, boys and girls! It's time for the Isotope Mailbag Link-a-Palooza!

We're kicking this week off with a tasty tidbit coming in from the Isotope's best pal from Minneapolis Heavy who sends us a link to the the jaw-dropping announcement that, yes, Eddie Van Halen has developed the cure for cancer. He plays guitar, he drinks whole bottles of whiskey, and he cures cancer too! How about that?

And as if he just knew we were going to be posting about our favorite has-been rock and roll heroes of yesteryear making fools out of themselves, Thwip beams in with a mind-numbingly classic advertisment for the Journey Escape videogame. Watch and be amazed! We certainly have fond memories of the arcade version back in the day! 25 cents to kill Steve Perry? Man, did we love that game!

Another peek into the Isotope mailbag reveals David Dee who gives us the good word that there isn't just a new interview with 2005 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics winner Daniel Merlin Goodbrey over at TalkAboutComics, but that Daniel's also doing a new-every-Tuesday webcomic Brain Fist which can be found featured over on the Modern Tales site. Nice!

We've also got another gem in from Heather H. who dazzles our minds with a link to Fables cover artist James Jean's Sketchblog which is filled to over-flowing with amazing art from the master himself. If you haven't already picked up a copy of AdHouse Books' James Jean sketchbook Process Recess Heather says "you'd better!" And that's what we call great advice!

Our next mailbag grab goes out to Dennis Culver: Remember that atrocious video Isotope Enforcer Jared showed us of that Marvel Comics' parade float from 1989? Well, Mister Culver, Jared's delivering for you the video from the year before as well. Can you say "Doctor Doom's panties?" I think you can!

Larry Young points us on over to Ian Brill's blog to show us that Mister Brill has finally taken his advice and seen one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. And while it might not be as essential, the Isotope still thinks Barbarella should be next on your educational list, Mister Brill!

On the funnybook front, Isotope Bon Vivant Ian Yarborough sends us a mouth-foaming rant about how much he loves Jay Pinkerton's website which features hilarious delusions of Prince's 8-Bit Nintendo Batman Game, an ad to help you throw your voice someplace it should never go, and lots and lots of classic comic remixes. Speaking of which, you've all seen BeaucoupKevin's brilliant Just Imagine Stan Lee Creates The Watchmen, right?

Apparently dancin' fool Sean Maher (who is going to be so unhappy when he sees that video) isn't the only one who enjoys The Gourds twangified version of Gin & Juice and here's the video to prove it! Thanks Chris Reed!

While blogger extrodinaire Alan David Doane is back in our in-box with a great review of the Harvey Pekar edited anthology The Best American Comics 2006, Isotope amigo Steve Nelson is more interested in fighting which is why he's pointing our browsers towards the "hot or not" inspired Those are some great links guys!

And last but not least... Ash Aiwase writes in with nothing more than a link and the subject line "Cover of the Year." And you know what? He might be right!

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

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Saturday, September 09, 2006

China Books, First Second Books, & the Isotope
Launch What Might be the Best Book of 2006

Pardon us while we gush, but if you've seen the advance reviews you'll know we're not alone in our complete and total devotion to First Second Books' American Born Chinese. Trust us, people, it really is that damn good!

So it is with the great honor that the Isotope proudly presents a launch event celebration with Gene Yang and Lark Pein for one of the single best books we've read in a long, long time...

Want to see more of Gene Yang's brilliant and beautiful American Born Chinese? Check out the book's origins @ the blog at First Second Books, read some preview pages, or play The Monkey King's Duel videogame!

And don't forget to check out American Born Chinese colorist Lark Pein's website to see why we here at the Isotope are so excited to have these two creators in!

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It's That Time of Year Again
SF ZineFest September 9 - 10th

What better way to spend your weekend than with a two day long celebration of mini-comics, zines, handcrafted sketchbooks, and DIY workshops? For the fifth year running, this Do It Yourself convention offers SF Bay Area residents a perfect environment to get zines and minis into the hands of like-minded individuals and score yourself the latest sexy reads from the four corners of the hand-made zine and comics scene. And as is tradition, the SF ZineFest also features a sceening of the great documentary about the world of indy magazines and comics "A Hundred Dollars and a T-Shirt"

And if you're lucky... I mean really, really lucky... you'll even be able to get your hands on the ever-elusive Henry & Glenn mini-comic that dares to ask the question "What would happen if Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig lived together in domestic bliss?"

San Francisco Zine Fest
@ CELLspace
2050 Bryant Street (between 18th & 19th)
Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Thrilling Adventures of Elvis in Space
@ The 2006 SF Fringe Festival

It's that time of year again... time for the SF Fringe Fest 12 days of over-the-top and under-the-radar fresh theatre on the edge!

And while Fringe Fest offers plenty of great things to entertain you this year, you're definitely not going to want to miss what truly must be the jewel in the Fringe Fest crown for 2006... The Thrilling Adventures of Elvis in Space 2.

Check out the official pitch:

Follow the continuing exploits of Elvis, his lovable sidekick Stevie, and the Robot Charlie Hodge. When the inhabitants of Zeusus Zars ask Elvis (now Elvis Rex) to save them from a deadly disease, Elvis Rex puts aside the search for his Momma. In doing so, he discovers a shocking truth. E.I.S. 2 is a live-action-radio extravaganza combining Oedipus, 1940's radio serials and Kissin' Cousins.


The Thrilling Adventures of Elvis in Space 2
@ 2006 SF Fringe Fest

This week the staff answers the immortal question "What was the first comic you paid for with your own money?"

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant
DC: Who's Who #1
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Mystery In Space #1
Hero Squared #3
The Surrogates TPB

Jared Guenther - Enforcer
Web of Spider-Man #1
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Done to Death #2
Dr. Debunko Minis
Local #6

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
Uncle Scrooge: The Golden Fleecing
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Y The Last Man #49
Kramers Ergot Vol 6
Mystery In Space #1

James Sime - Proprietor
Daredevil #154
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The Surrogates TPB
American Splendor #1
Bec & Kawl TPB

Saturday, September 02, 2006

While the Isotope is traditionally closed on Mondays so that the staff can catch up on all those secret behind-the-scenes things that make the comic lounge the place it is, we thought this week we'd make an exception just for the fun of it.

Swing by and join us for our put-your-feet-up, smooth-stylin' deep chill-out afternoon Lounge-A-Thon, won't you?

Friday, September 01, 2006

KQED Checks Out San Francisco's Arts Scene
With the SF Comic & Cartoon Art Tour

The folks at KQED's Spark program know a thing or two about the arts and entertainment scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, and they should... it's their job. And when it comes to keeping the public's finger on the pulse of art in the city, there is none greater. With over 50,000 viewers tuning in weekly for a wide variety of segments including the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, the San Jose Ballet, the Palo Alto Mural Art Project, and even a Bay Area workshop for Space Artists' residencies and collaborations at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View.

Spark also features some great local art tours and event picks for discriminating art lovers, including the recent San Francisco Comic & Cartoon Art Tour, which includes such must-see stops as The Cartoon Art Museum, the Animator's Studio at Zeum... and also the Isotope.

From the KQED Spark website:

Recover from lunch with a visit to Hayes Valley's Isotope Comics. This innovative destination for comic book lovers has a lounge area outfitted with a comfy sofa and cushy chairs. Visitors regularly curl up here to flip through the shop's comic books, socialize and just relax. The venue is also home to the irreverent Comic Rock Stars Toilet Seat Art Museum, a permanent art installation featuring -- you guessed it -- toilet seats emblazoned with sketches by artists like Erik Larson, Donna Barr and Judd Winick who've visited the store for special events and book signings. Usually done with black indelible markets, the drawings range from silly to sexy to downright scandalous.

We highly recommend to our tried-and-true SF friends as well also those folks visiting from out of town to go check out the site, make some time to do a tour, and get yourself a little comic-lovin' culture!