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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Jared Guenther - Enforcer


Chicanos vol 2 TPB
Chronicles of Wormwood #1
Hellboy Animated vol 1 The Black Wedding TPB


Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director


Jack of Fables #7
Astonishing X-Men vol 3 Torn TPB
Ex Machina #26


James Sime - Proprietor


Chicanos vol 2 TPB
Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham One-Shot
Doom Patrol vol 5 Magic Bus TPB

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

A Hyper-Charged Show Not to Miss
Bottom of the Hill 1/30/07


After many weeks of us hosting outrageous shows and throwing kick ass in-store events, it's time for the Isotope staff to "get out of the house" and indulge ourselves in an event someone else put together!

And what better way to do that than with an evening of vintage synths, hyperactive guitars, and manic beats of two of the best nerd-rock bands playing today?

Mongoloid: The beautiful mutant's choice for hardest working Devo cover band today! Led by the always outrageous Loid Mongoloid, this group of sexed-up geeks deliver the superheroic showmanship of a classic Devo concert with half the cost and twice the environmental impact! Seeing and hearing is believing

Polysics: The Japanese gods of electronic punkpop! Mainlining audiences with high octane antics, this four piece from the home of Godzilla regurgitates and reinvents hyper accelerated grooves, plasticized dress codes, and computable sounds with quirky style of refreshment. Popular with both hipsters and long distance truckers who are known to pop Polysics to stay awake! Seeing and hearing is believing

We're going, are you?

Polysics & Mongoloid
@ Bottom of the Hill
233 17th Street (@ Missouri)
January 30th. Doors at 9:00pm

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The Supreme Comics Question Asked
By Newsarama Poster "InDaMix"


Keeping your finger on the pulse of the comics industry isn't for the feint of heart, here at the Isotope we slog daily through a plethora of comics related websites in search of the latest in industry news and opinion. And recently we stumbled onto what is perhaps the most monumental threads ever created on the Newsarama boards and had to share it with you all.

Kicking off with a truly grin-inspiring headline, we invite you to witness the single minded righteousness of poster InDaMix who points the finger at any comic fan who thinks anyone but Morrison wrote Watchmen and condemns them righteously. Good stuff!

"Grant Morrison seems to get more and more fans with each year, but I was wondering if anyone feels like he peaked with Watchmen? Does 7 Soldiers come close to topping it? I'm a huge Watchmen fan, but some of Grant's later stuff has underwhelmed me."

InDaMix quickly follows up on a "correction" written by another board member with:

"Moore did V for Vendetta and a lot of other good books. Morrison did Watchmen. Their names sound similar so people get confused sometimes. You aren't the first person I heard make that error."

And even a link to a Wikipedia entry:

"but isn't Wikipedia supposed to be full of errors?"

Enjoy the entire thread here

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Friday, January 26, 2007

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Jared Guenther - Enforcer


Chronicles of Conan vol 11 TPB
The Dammed #4
Savage Brothers #3


Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director


Fables #57
Criminal #3
The Complete Nemesis The Warlock vol 1 TPB


James Sime - Proprietor


The Complete Nemesis The Warlock vol 1 TPB
X-Factor #15
The Goon Noir #3

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Monday, January 22, 2007

Newsarama's JK Parkin tells the story of a comic creator doing something magical and the Isotope getting to look like geniuses in the process.

Read all about it on Newsarama here

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Making Fantasies Come True
For the Ultimate Fables Fans!


SAN FRANCISCO (January 19th, 2007) James Sime, proprietor of the award winning Isotope - the comic book lounge in San Francisco, announced today a competition that no fan of Fables will want to miss out on. In conjunction with a Saturday January 27th in-store appearance by Bill Willingham at the Isotope, ten lucky winners the world over will win an exclusive wine glass, and one grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses paid dinner at one of San Francisco's finest restaurants with Bill Willingham himself!

Entry in this competition is deceptively simple, tell the Isotope why you're biggest Fables fan in the world in five sentences or less. Could it really be that easy? "For the most creative Fables fans out there, yes it can!" Sime replied. But with so little room to make your case, the Isotope proprietor encourages entrants to make every word count, "Anyone can write a 90 words or less essay on why they're the biggest Fables fan, but it's a real challenge to do it in five sentences or less! "

A limited number of wine glasses will be made specifically for the event and for those who enter the competition. Featuring artwork by Willingham, these drinking vessels will bring true wine sipping joy to those who are lucky enough to win one, perfect for enjoying with any Fables issue or graphic novel! The Isotope will be mailing these glasses out to ten competition winners anywhere on the planet.

And one lucky San Francisco Bay Area winner and their guest will be treated to an intimate evening at one of the city's finest restaurants with the Fables author himself. "We're going to do this in high style!" Sime said with a grin, "So if you think you've got what it takes to win this, clear your Friday the 26th schedule, get your swankiest outfit, and call your best guy or gal companion. We're going to rock your world." The very idea brought a smile to author Bill Willingham's face, "The contest sounds fun, I'll be happy to go to some fancy Friday night rewards dinner with the winner!"

Send your brilliantly written five sentences or less essay on why you are the biggest Fables fan in the world to the Isotope email address before the competition deadline on Midnight (Pacific Standard Time) Tuesday, January 23rd. Be sure to include your mailing address so that the Isotope can send your wine glass right to your front door.

Those ultimate Fables fans who are in the San Francisco Bay Area and think they have what it takes to win a swanky dinner with a guest and Willingham, don't forget to mention you're in for the grand prize as well. "If you include your phone number, I'll call you personally and let you know you've won, and we can confirm your dinner reservation!" Sime said enthusiastically. "What could be better than an intimate evening of wining and dining with Bill Willingham... it's the Ultimate Fables Fantasy!"

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Fables fans, this one is going to make your hearts go pitter-patter with joy! Watch this space for more details about this event coming soon.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Jared Guenther - Enforcer


Spirit #2
Wisdom #2
First Moon TPB


Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director


Spirit #2
Wisdom #2
Y The Last Man #53


James Sime - Proprietor


Marvel Adventures: Avengers #9
First Moon TPB
Spirit #2

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Bring Your Best for the Fifth Annual
Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics


SAN FRANCISCO (January 16th, 2007) San Francisco comics retailer James Sime, proprietor of Isotope - the comic book lounge, announced today that submissions for the fifth-annual Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics will be accepted until March 15th at midnight. "In 2007 one mini-comic creator's career will be forever changed," said Sime, "So fire up your xerox machines and get ready to submit your minis for the fifth annual Isotope Award!"

The five comic professionals who will serve as judges for the Isotope Award this year include:

Danica Novgorodoff - 2006 winner of the Isotope Award for her mini-comic A LATE FREEZE. Danica is a comics author, artist and also a designer for First Second Books.

Johanna Draper Carlson - Publishers Weekly writer, and the brilliant mind behind Comics Worth Reading. Johanna's open-minded reviews and enthusiastic reporting set the bar for commentary throughout the industry.

Jason McNamara - Xeric award winning author of all-ages graphic novel FIRST MOON, PopImage columnist, & returning Isotope Award judge.

Kirsten Baldock - The Isotope's Special Projects Director is also a librarian, bartender, and the author of the SMOKE AND GUNS graphic novel.

James Sime - Proprietor of Isotope - the comic book lounge in San Francisco.

The award, a beautiful trophy sculpted by designer Crowe, made entirely from carved ebony fossil stone and satin silver, has also launched the professional comic careers of Rob Osborne (1000 STEPS TO WORLD DOMINATION), Josh Cotter (SKYSCRAPERS OF THE MIDWEST), Daniel Merlin Goodbrey (THE LAST SANE COWBOY), and now Danica Novgorodoff (A LATE FREEZE). "The attention this award has brought to our winners always brings us such joy," said Baldock, "Osborne, Cotter, and Goodbrey's minis have all been picked up by great indy publishers, and Danica Novgrodoff's A LATE FREEZE is now available through Diamond Comics Distributor. What could be better than that?"

Entry to this competition is five copies of your mini-comic sent to Isotope's address (326 Fell St. San Francisco, CA 94102) before the March 15th deadline. The award will be given out at a grand ceremony during APE AFTERMATH at the Isotope in conjunction with San Francisco's ALTERNATIVE PRESS EXPO. San Francisco’s APE convention has been a forum for small and independent publishers in the industry for many years. Because of the nature of this award, the winner will be contacted in advance and must be present at the Isotope at 9 PM on Saturday, April 21st for the award presentation ceremony.

"Get your submissions in and give yourself a chance to grab the gold and the glory that we all know you deserve!" Sime said with a smile, "And don't forget to order a copy of Danica's book on page 281 of the January Previews!"

For more information contact the Isotope at (415) 621 - 6543 or at isotopepromotions@gmail.com

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007



The Isotope staff couldn't be more excited to host an all-out ukulele hullabaloo of true greatness starring the sexified lanky god of San Francisco's live music circuit Uke Apocalypse, with titillating special guest stars Five Cent Coffee, Just Henry, and the oh-so lovely Amy Zing laying claim to the greatest songs of Prince and David Bowie's careers.

Sounds too amazingly good to actually be true? Yes, we know it does! But you don't have to trust us... witness the glory of the Uke Apocalypse with your own eyes. Life is great, isn't it?

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

(Photos taken during DangerBob's spy-laden Danger Party)

Jared Guenther - Enforcer
As international man of mystery Ricky Recall

Gumby #2
All Star Superman #6
Manhunter Vol 2: Trial by Fire TPB


Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
As dangerous double agent Natasha Killovski

All Star Superman #6
The Boys #6
Jack of Fables #6


James Sime - Proprietor
As Jack Action Man of A.C.T.I.O.N.

Iron Man: Armor Wars TPB
Jonah Hex #15
Scalped #1

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Casting an Inquisitive Eye
@ the Retailer Trade Org


Let's take a minute today to talk about ComicsPro, the comics retailer trade organization that you may have heard about elsewhere a few times. According to their website the organization consists of around 50 different retailers, large and small, from fifty different states around the country. It's still a fairly new organization, but they've definitely gotten their message out.

The Isotope is not a ComicsPro member. Not even a non-voting I'm-just-showing-my-support member.

But I'm going to write about the organization anyway, and if you're a non-member retailer like me, I urge you to take a minute of your time to hear what I've got to say about ComicsPro.

You've probably heard about this week's distribution issues with Civil War #6. Over the past few weeks record snowfalls over the Rocky Mountains and in Texas (!) have left truckloads of comics sitting in rest stops and weigh stations while comic store shelves collect dust where popular titles like Justice and Civil War should be.

West Coast readers of Civil War aren't going to be happy to hear it, but this one is getting it the worst. With only 10-15% of the placed orders making it to each comic retailer this week, getting your hands on a copy of this book before January 10th is going to be nearly impossible. For most comic shops, Isotope included, 15% doesn't even scratch the surface of those made by our various pre-order customers. And unless those retailers out there are planning on screwing over our customers by marking those issues up for $20 for a week... 15% of our ordered copies is pretty much useless. And believe you me, our distributor already knows that.

I've been having a blast reading Civil War, and it's a good seller too, but the Isotope's diverse customer base ensures that even if a competitor was to air-lift in crates of the book to sell this week to every single comic customer in San Francisco it wouldn't register as much more than a blip and a headache on our end-of-the-month totals. Even so, my customers and I want the books when we're supposed to get them. My staff and I are famous for taking great pains to make every single person who walks through the Isotope door happy, so you bet that even if that unlikely situation doesn't happen, I'm still not going to be happy telling folks I can't get them a book that my distributor is telling them is out.

Apparently phone calls to all West Coast accounts have been going out all day asking us to not sell Civil War until next week, but if that's what Diamond wanted, why did they ship any copies? And where's my phone call, wasn't I supposed to get one too? And am I going to get those confirmed two-day-air rush orders from the East Coast that I placed to take care of our pre-order customers shipped to me by Friday or are the rumors true and Diamond is going to decide to freeze all West Coast rush orders on Civil War for a week? Apparently no one knows. So we're down running our respective businesses based on rumors now? Certainly not ideal.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's amazing how few problems I have week in and week out with Diamond's distribution. And the folks have always been very nice and professional every time I've called them. And I think my rep with the company is simply wonderful. Those guys deserve a round of applause as far as I'm concerned... but they're screwing up bad on this one.

Personally, I don't think Diamond should distribute any book that has over 50% allocations to my coast if they have the option of waiting a week and filling our complete order the very next week. And for a book as popular as Civil War I feel they should have made our East Coast friends wait as well, if possible. Or perhaps they could direct ship the missing books so we'd at least be able to get them into our customer's hands as soon as humanly possible. Or at the very least I'd like for my distributor to put "Ships to West Coast accounts on January 10th" next to these titles on their shipping list... how hard could that possibly be?

But the Isotope is just one store, why should Diamond listen to what I think? With everything that divides us retailers, anyone who sells funnybooks for a living can see the need for a trade organization to make sure things like this are handled more effectively than this has been and to help get us the information we need. For us, for our customers, for the industry. This is where ComicPro comes in.

"But wait a minute, James, you're not even a ComicsPro member!"

It's true. Like many, many other retailers out there, I haven't joined this organization. I've certainly always liked the idea of ComicsPro. As a comic retailer who has to deal with the multitude of behind the scenes industry headaches every week the concept of an organized group of stores making the world in which I work a better place to be is great. But to be honest, as good as that idea sounds, the organization's message thus far has been focused primarily on getting retailers insurance, cheap credit card processing, and talk of getting exclusive chase covers made for ComicPro members. If you don't need those things or are a retailer outside of the United States who can't take advantage of those benefits... you can probably find more effective ways to spend 300 dollars each year. I certainly think I've been able to up to now.

But isn't it scenarios like this week's Civil War fiasco exactly why a retailer trade organization was created in the first place?

I think so.

And I think the ComicsPro founders think so as well. Maybe they've all been too concerned with the individual nightmares that Civil War #6 has created for them this week for the organization to speak up, or perhaps they're too polite as an organization to do a recruitment drive during these recent distribution headaches... but they should be.

It doesn't take a whole lot of imagination to see how useful ComicsPro could be next time our distributor is thinking about shrugging it's shoulders and giving us "sorry that's all we know" or a vanilla "regrets the error" message when there is a distribution crisis with the biggest book of the entire month. Could ComicsPro make all those crazy pie-in-the-sky dreams that we comic retailers have come true? Probably not. But it could definitely help Diamond make better decisions about distributing allocated books. And something as simple as seeing "Ships to West Coast accounts on January 10th" next to those books this week... that one simple thing... will make our lives and our customer's lives better. That alone is worth 300 bucks to me.

So I'm joining.

I'm signing up for full voting privilege membership and I'm going to make sure that I get my vote counted. I'm going to encourage the organization to rethink their message to non-members who don't need their insurance or credit card processing or exclusive collectable chase covers. I'm going to tell anyone who asks me why I joined why I think ComicsPro really matters. And I'm going to see what we can do about getting that damn shipping list changed.

I'm joining. How about you?

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