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DASH SHAW at the Isotope!

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

April 27th 2010 (click here for more info)


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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

(What will the Isotope staff do with their new sonic screwdrivers?)

Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché

Superman Confidential #4
Silent War #3
Adam Warren's Empowered TPB

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Batman Snow TPB
Unique #1
American Space Ninja (In Space) mini

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

American Space Ninja (In Space) mini
Houdini the Handcuff King HC
Alice in Sunderland HC

James Sime - Proprietor

Alice in Sunderland HC
American Space Ninja (In Space) mini
Game Keeper #1

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Celebrating The Hometown Hero
Mindy Owens Party in Pictures

Regular Isotope Communique readers already know all about homegrown hero Mindy Owens, the huge Runaways fan who went professional earlier this week writing her all time favorite comic and getting paid to do it!

So we'll dispense with all the jibber-jabber about how cool we think this is and about how much we love working in an industry where things like this happen, and we'll cut straight to the chase. Roll camera!

Check out the rest of the photos from this event over on Brian K. Vaughan's board in a thread we like to call The Greatest Story in Comics.

You go, Mindy!

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Justin Hall Brings 80's Gay Porn
& Toilet Seat Artwork Together

Chances are if you've attended an Isotope event you've met Justin Hall, author/artist of Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super Tranny (pictured at left), True Travel Tales and the hilarious mini-comic Only in San Francisco. One of the busiest folks we know, Justin packs his schedule with trips to exotic locales all over the globe, curating cool gallery shows, volunteering with Prism Comics, writing for great magazines about discovering new cartoonists in far-off lands, and making some wonderful funnybook reads.

This morning Justin stopped into with two fistfulls of his amazing gay pirates + giant Japanese monsters + leathermen porn comic Hard To Swallow, and one of our all-time favorite additions to the world-famous Comic Rockstars Toiletseat Museum.

Find out more about the legendary film career of 80's gay porn star Jon King here on Wikipedia, and check out Justin Hall's comics here at All Thumbs Press.

UPDATE: Justin has posted about the seat over on his website and included the lore and legend of how the museum got started. Check it out

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Author Mindy Owens autographs her first issue...

... and is crowned "Queen of Comics"

Mindy Owens @ the Isotope

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Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché

Punisher: Barracuda #2
Conan #38
Runaways Saga one-shot

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser TPB
Spirit #4
Birds of Prey #104

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Spirit #4
Army @ Love #1
Runaways Saga one-shot

James Sime - Proprietor

Runaways Saga one-shot
DC Showcase: Hawkman vol 1 TPB
Army @ Love #1

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Hometown Gal Does The Runaways
Because Mindy Owens is Awesome

Ever notice how Mark Wahlberg keeps making movie after movie about true stories of fans who make the bigtime by becoming the lead singer of their favorite band or a wide receiver for their favorite football team? Those Wahlberg films might have a similar theme, but frankly, we don't care. Those are the kind true stories that touch all the world's hearts and bring a tear to the eye of anyone who ever had a dream.

With that in mind, let us tell you the true story of Mindy Owens, a comic fan whose inspirational story is the stuff of major motion pictures. Since the series inception, Mindy has loved the Runaways comic. And has proven time and again why she is why she is the biggest Runaways fan on the planet with evangelism and enthusiasm to spare.

When popular original series author Brian K. Vaughan decided to leave the series and Marvel announced that they were going to replace him with none other than Joss Whedon it looked to us here at the Isotope that the series was going from strength to strength... and that was before we knew who was writing the issue in-between these two legendary authors.

You guessed it, it's Mindy Owens!

Debuting her first comic work with this week's Runaways Saga, Ms. Owens isn't only writing her all-time favorite comic book, going professional at the biggest comic publisher in the industry right out of the gate, and cashing that Marvel Comics paycheck with the picture of Spider-Man on it that comic fans the world over covet... but she's also getting a big bash thrown in her honor right here at the Isotope!

Come and join us and celebrate the launch of this homegrown hero's first book, won't you?

And while we're on the subject of people who are awesome, we suggest taking a listen to the title track from the new Dollyrots album "Because I'm Awesome."

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics
The Final Seconds Countdown Has Begun!

Today was an amazing day of submissions for the 2007 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics, with every single brand of mail carrier we've ever heard of bringing those last minute packages in the front door.

As the clock clicks into the 7pm hour we're playing the final track of London Calling for the night, snapping off the lights, setting the alarm, and locking the front door of the shop. So if you've still got minis to bring us, don't swing by the shop, come meet us out at the lovely Jade Bar located on Gough at Mcallister st.

We'll be hanging out having cocktails and great cheer with some of the sweetest comic-lovin' bartenders we've ever had the pleasure to meet. Stop on in and bring your minis. We'll buy you a drink. But be warned, you've only got until Midnight... if this was a Die Hard movie you'd be John McClane racing against the explosive detonator stopwatch right now.

See you at the Jade!

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There's No Replacement for Displacement
This Pony Has Horses Under the Hood

In 2003 Image Comics launched The Walking Dead, a fantastic black and white comic featuring lots and lots of zombies. The series was a runaway hit, catapulting author Robert Kirkman into comics stardom and kicking off a seemingly endless wave of other comics featuring shambling brain-hungry deadies. And in the following years so many zombie books have appeared on the market they've had to fight for more than just shelf space.

We can hear you out there asking "What does all this have to do with muscle cars?"

The recent announcement of three great looking new series that pay homage to high speed automobiles and the glorious pre-1973-oil-embargo rides of yesteryear (Black Diamond, Gearhead, & High Speed Angel) has prompted an interesting discussion over on the ComicGeekSpeak forums... could muscle cars be the next big thing in comics?

As we took a moment to ponder this question, thoughts of Isotope proprietor James Sime's beloved only car he's ever owned (his always beautiful-but-not-always-running '65 Mustang) and the only other car he's ever coveted (a 1970 Dodge SuperBee) danced in our heads.

Will summer 2007 kick off years of high-octane V8 comics filled with gas-guzzling vintage automobiles? Are muscle cars the new zombies?

Oh good lord do we hope so!

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Has definitely been seeing things like this:

Oh Civil War, you make us all so darn creative!

See more of those great Civil War propaganda poster remixes at Shane Bailey's Near Mint Heroes.


Thursday, March 15, 2007

One Evening + Five Tiki Bars
= Hilarious Video Footage

Ladies and gentlemen, now you can witness with your own two eyes recently declassified footage from the Isotope's WonderCon weekend Tiki Tour with Adam Beechen and iFanboy. Perhaps out best tour of SF tiki bars yet, we packed every island themed retreat we hit, made dozens of new friends and compatriots, and burned through the city streets with a crew of cool comic nerds and nerdettes running 40 deep.

Check out the footage from the evening too see some hilarious fruity drink enhanced freudian slips, lots of great Polynesian drinking joints, and your friends from Isotope and iFanboy having one hell of a great time! The boys were also kind enough to jam-pack their WonderCon report with interviews with David Mack, Matt Wagner, Matt Silady, Phil Jimenez, Judd Winick, Mindy Owens, and our featured Tiki Tour guest Adam Beechen.

But trust us... you're going to want to watch this video for our Cultural Attaché Josh Richardson's Captain America rant alone.

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Brilliant, Mister Richardson. Simply brilliant.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

2006 Isotope Award Winner Goes Big
Danica Novgorodoff in Stores Now!

The best news we've had to report all year long is Danica Novogorodoff's fantastic A Late Freeze is in comic stores the world over today.

Danica's quiet but beautifully elegant mini-comic love affair between a bear and a robot took home last year's Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics, blew our collective minds, and made all the critics gush with love. You rock, Danica!

Combine this great news with the fact that submissions for the 2007 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics are due this week and our mailbox is filling to the brim with great comics... it's moments like this makes you fall in love with comics all over again.

Check out a preview of A Late Freeze here and pick up a copy from the Isotope or from any comics retailer with Diamond order code JAN07 3653.

Ah... life is good, isn't it?

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(You can tell Buffy Season 8 is out, can't you?)

Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #1
Spider-Man Reign #4
New Avengers #28

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Chronicles of Wormwood #2
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #1
Damned #5

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

A Late Freeze
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #1
King City TPB

James Sime - Proprietor

A Late Freeze
2000ad prog 1526
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #1

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Hometown Boy Makes Good
Homeless Channel in Your Future

When we got into this crazy world of comic retailing it was with three missions:

#1 - Invent the most beautiful comic store in the universe.
#2 - Create great memories for people who love comics.
#3 - Help infuse the comic industry with new creative voices.

While parts one and two are something we're proud to say we've been able to accomplish, seeing so many of our extended family breaking into the world of comics is certainly one of the most gratifying things of all.

So today we're going to take the time out to celebrate Matt Silady our latest homegrown hero to join the growing ranks of those folks around these parts "going pro." In five short years there's been quite a few, from our regular visitors Mindy Owens, Andrew Boyd, Jason McNamara, Tony Talbert, Joe Keatinge, and Manny Bello, to staff members Tristan Crane, Ryan Yount, Josh Richardson, and Kirsten Baldock, to our mini-comic award winners Danica Novgorodoff, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Joshua W. Cotter, and Rob Osborne.

Not even on comic store shelves yet, Matt Silady's Homeless Channel has been garnering some high praise and generating no small about of press. Here's an excerpt from a recent Pop Syndicate interview Mister Silady did that makes us smile:

How were you "discovered?"

It happened around the time that I was inking the second chapter. Before trying my hand at comics, I was an 8th grade teacher. One of the many things I loved about teaching was the constant swirl of human interaction on a day-to-day basis. Making comic books is a very isolated activity. I was complaining about going a little stir crazy all alone in my studio to James Sime, owner of Isotope Comics in San Francisco, and he said, "why don't you ink the second issue in the shop?" So, for the next several weeks I crossed the Bay and made my way downtown and inked. They set me up in the loft area overlooking the store and it was great. I got to talk comics all day with the staff and customers while I was working. All I had to do was dodge a few random objects being thrown in my general direction from time to time.

Now, the AiT/Planet Lar worldwide headquarters are located right next to the loft area above the Isotope. I knew Larry and Josh Richardson were working in there at the same time I was inking. Mostly, I just tried to stay out of their way. But Larry walks up behind me while I'm working one afternoon and says, "hell, I'll publish that." Honestly, I couldn't tell if it was a compliment, an offer, or a wise-ass remark. That night, I tell the story to my girlfriend. She asks me if I asked Larry if he was serious and I said, no, I was too nervous to really respond. Of course, she points at me and tells me I need to go down there, march into his office, and find out if he really meant it. The next day, I knocked on his door and when I asked if he was just joking around or not, he tells me he was totally serious. He'd already seen the first chapter and he said he loved the progress I was making with the new pages of art.

It was pretty surreal. And cool. Very, very cool.

Aw, Matt... you're making us mist up over here!

Check out the full interview & preview pages from our latest homegrown hero right here. You'll be glad you did.

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Friday, March 09, 2007

Your One Week Notice Has Been Served
For 2007 Isotope Award Submissions

Fritz Lang had his movie. Valentina Tereshkova had her rocket. Teddy Roosevelt had his gun. Elvis Presley had his swingin' hips. Hedy Lamarr had her code. Samuel Adams had his beer. Evel Knievel had his motorcycle.

You... you have your mini-comic.

Hand stapled, folded, and xeroxed shoestring art pieces of pure sequential art love have been pouring in the Isotope front door in the hands of our mail carriers for weeks now, and as the frantic final hours to submit your work to enter the 2007 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics tick down we're sending out our traditional warning to all you last-minute types out there.

You've got seven days left to get your submissions in, follow in the footsteps of past winners Danica Novgorodoff, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Joshua Cotter, and Rob Osborne, and get a chance to grab that big brass mini-comic ring. The time is now.

As always, we'll still be taking submissions up until midnight this Friday evening (March 16th). From 11am until 7pm the Isotope will be open and available for anyone making those last-minute drop-offs, and from there we will continue taking submissions until the witching hour at Jade Bar mere blocks down the street.

We're an easy group to pick out of a crowd, but for handy reference here's who to look for:

Need more info about how to make or why to make mini-comics? Check out this and this. More Isotope Award info here.

There can only be one champion who gets to walk home with our fifth annual award this year... and looking at what's in already the competition is definitely going to be tight. Best of luck to all!

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

(Photos taken during the great Freezepop Billiards & Booze Tournament. March 7th, 2007.)

Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché

Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness #1
Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil #2
Punisher #45

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

DC Showcase: House of Mystery vol 2 TPB
Authority #2
The Secret #2

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Criminal #5
Fall of Cthulhu #0
Age of Bronze #25

James Sime - Proprietor

303 TPB
Authority #2
Thor: The Eternals Saga TPB

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Erotic Electronic Automatons
Freezepop's Sexy Nerd Pop

Freshly popped from electro-pop beat cooker straight to your cerebral cortex, Freezepop fuels up hip dancefloors with boogie inducing whisps of beautiful vibrophonic grooves. Plug into the vocoder voices and bubbling synths backed up by thumping post-punk rhythms and cool new wave beats. The people shall rejoice.

Dose your evening with ultra-freshness tonight!

Freezepop w/ Sutro & Subimage
@ Elbo Room
647 Valencia Street @ 17th St
March 7th. Doors at 9:00pm

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The Fanboys' Latest Videocast Features
Kirsten Baldock's Smoke & Guns

Another iFanboy post?!

With our two big events this weekend being co-sponsored by our amigos at iFanboy we've a had a lot of folks asking us just what the heck Ron, Conor, Josh and crazy intern Patrick are up to over on their website that's so wonderful that we'd let them co-sponsor two big parties with us. Well, we think that once you check out the pod-and-videocasts these gentlemen are producing, you'll like these guys as much as we do.

To get your Isotope-centric episodes, check out their WonderCon wrap-up, or you can listen to their "live" podcast recorded from upstairs at the Isotope featuring podcast-virgin guest co-host James Sime... who had no idea he was going to be on the show and hopes he didn't make an ass out of himself!

Or better yet, watch iFanboy's review of our Special Project Director Kirsten Baldock's original graphic novel Smoke & Guns.

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

J.M. DeMatteis @ Isotope
Saturday, March 3rd. 8pm

If you didn't make it out on last night's Tiki Tour with Adam Beechen and the guys from iFanboy, we have to tell you that you really missed out. That was immense!

But the weekend festivities aren't over just yet. On tap for later tonight is the event that will surely be one of our biggest bashes all year long, J.M. DeMatteis @ the Isotope! We're going to be packing the shop wall to wall with sexy nerds and nerdettes for one of our six hours post-convention celebrations that are the stuff of comic industry legend.

Mister DeMatteis will be hanging out, rubbing shoulders with industry muckety-mucks, signing books, telling stories, and generally soaking up the abundant love. If you like this industry legend's work as much as we here at the Isotope do, we think this will be a night you'll always treasure.

Remember to pack your ID because Josh will be checking them at the door!

Here's a handy map for all you folks from out of town.

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