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Saturday, September 29, 2007

For your event attending convenience, here's where the Isotope is located, and here's a map of available Isotope SF public transportation options.

And for our East Bay amigos, here's a handy walking from BART to Isotope map. Bring your ID and your significant other... Kirsten's making some Bat-themed cocktails tonight!

On Tap For Tonight @ the Isotope
The Man, The Legend, The Artwork

Tonight is the night, my amigos... the Isotope becomes ground-zero for Planet Earth's only month-long original art gallery showcasing of every single slackjaw-inducingly gorgeous page and cover from JH Williams III's amazing panel-shattering Batman arc with Grant Morrison.

Meet the man, and maybe even score yourselves one of these original pages...

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The Isotope Communique is hosting a daily virtual museum of JH Williams III Batman original artwork. Read about it here or feast your eyes and see yesterday's art page here.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

I don't need to remind you again about tomorrow's in-store event with this genius of comic art, do I? Didn't think so...

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The Isotope Communique is hosting a daily virtual museum of JH Williams III Batman original artwork. Read about it here or feast your eyes and see yesterday's art page here.

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The Goon Creator Does It Billy Idol Style
With a Change in Pace of Fantasy & Taste

Everybody knows how cool we here at the Isotope think the fantastically talented Goon author/artist Eric Powell is, which is why we threw him this super kick-ass event when he came to visit us. Yeah, that Powell, he's cool alright.

But as I was watching his latest video celebrating the relaunch of his website I got to wondering... is he really cooler than Billy Idol? Sure Powell's brought us all a lot of joy both with his funnybooks and his crazy antics at the Eisner Awards this year... but then again, Billy Idol did that hot Christmas album last December. Hmmmmm.

It was just about the time when I was starting to weigh the relative merits of Powell's frankly incredibly wonderful issue of Action Comics #855 against Idol's equally nifty skunk pelt jacket when Powell broke out his best sneer and launched into a hyper-testosteroned version of Idol's Flesh For Fantasy on video. Whoa!

Go check Powell out on his website and decide for yourselves who is cooler. And be sure to check back next week when he starts running a five-part documentary on the obsessions and explosions that inspired his up-coming magnum opus The Goon: Chinatown.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Best Weekend All Year Long
So Much To Do, So Little Time!

Wow, what a phenomenal weekend we're going into here in SF! I've seen a whole lot of folks in from out of town in the past two days so if you're in from out of town... "welcome" and I'm giving you all a high-five for having excellent timing!

So, what's going down during the best weekend all year long in the greatest city on Earth?

SF Love Parade & After-Party - We all know that San Francisco is without a doubt America's most open-minded city, so it was naturally the first choice to host the American version of Berlin's world-famous Love Parade. This massive parade and street party down the city's main thoroughfare of Market Street and culminates in a gigantic outdoor festival at the end of the route. Right out in front of city hall (that's how we do it in San Francisco, baby)! Not to be missed.

ArtCar Fest 2007 - The largest congregation of crazy, beautiful, goofy, and brain-meltingly outrageous ArtCars on the entire coast! You haven't truly lived until you've cast your peepers on jaw-dropping automotive glories like Ripper the Friendly Shark, Cowasaki, The Mirror Image, and the gothic majesty of the you-have-got-to-see-it-to-believe-it Carthedral. There just isn't anything more wonderful than seeing these beauties rolling down SF streets.

6th Annual Docfest - San Francisco's famed documentary film fest is one of my favorite reasons to snuggle down into a movie theater seat, scarf popcorn by the handful, and get hypnotized by the silver screen. This year's flicks include American Scary which answers all those burning questions you have about great TV horror hosts and hostesses of yesteryear, Luchando a flick about sex-working hustlers in Cuba's gay underground, What Would Jesus Buy? a cross country anti-consummerism bus ride with Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, El Mechanico Loco the highly praised look at a punk rock hotrod racing team, and the downright awful sounding Absolute Zero, a flick about a railway worker freezing to death trapped inside a refrigerated cooler car full of animal carcasses. I'll definitely be checking out a few of these!

Folsom Street Fair - The quintessential San Francisco street fair! This event is always one of the most fun of all of the crazy events we have here in SF, and this year the organizers have upped the ante with the addition of an "erotic artists' alley" full of some of our favorite local comic creators including Justin Hall, Steve MacIssac, and Drub. I've gotta give the Folsom Street Fair a standing ovation for showing so much appreciation to the art form of cartooning this year. Nice!

And lest we forget the very best thing happening all weekend...

JH Williams III @ the Isotope - Oh, I'm completely biased, I know! But seriously, who wouldn't want to come to the world's sexiest comic book store to meet one of the greatest living masters of the comics artform? One look at Mister Williams work on Promethea, Desolation Jones or his current run on Batman will get you just as mouth-foamingly manic about his art as we all are!

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The Isotope Communique is hosting a virtual museum of JH Williams III Batman original artwork. Read about it and see more art here.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Isotope Brings a Feast for Your Eyes...
An Original Page Every Day for 36 Days

In celebration of the Isotope's month-long gallery showing of JH Williams III's gorgeous Batman original artwork (and in honor of #669 hitting on our new arrivals rack today) I'm going to be sharing with you readers of the Isotope website 36 days of glorious, glorious art!

These aren't high quality scans (far from it) they're fairly crummy photographs, in fact. I am of the opinion that no scanner or camera can truly do these pages justice anyway. Oh okay, I'll admit it... I really just want you people to stop in to my funnybook shop and see these pages with your own two eyes as they hang in our gallery from September 29th on through October 31st. And to attend the opening reception too.

Consider what you see here as an amuse bouche, bite-sized morsels of wonderfulness to wet your collective appetites. Those of you out there who are spoiler sensitive might want to avoid looking too closely. And with that I say... enough talk, let's bring on that art!

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We're all so excited about our up-coming in-store with JH Williams III that we've got his work on our minds...

Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché
Current favorite JH Williams III comic Seven Soldiers #1

Criminal #9
Punisher MAX Annual One-Shot
Spirit #10

Jared Guenther - Enforcer
Current favorite JH Williams III comic Batman #669

Batman #669
The Killer HC
Daredevil Vol 1: Hell Today TPB

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
Current favorite JH Williams III comic Promethea Vol 2

Batman #669
Madman Vol 1 TPB
Criminal #9

James Sime - Proprietor
Current favorite JH Williams III comic Desolation Jones

Batman #669
Revere: Revolution In Silver HC
Criminal #9

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

That's Right, We're Playing Favorites...
And Celebrating 10 Years of Greatness!

Everybody knows that I have more than just a business relationship with a whole bunch of different comic publishers in this industry, I'm amigos with several of them. So maybe it's wrong of me to pick favorites. After all, we're all friends here, right?

Well, screw it... Top Shelf Productions, the folks who bring us The Ticking, Unlikely, Box Office Poison, Lost Girls, Surrogates, Death By Chocolate, 110 Percent, Owly, From Hell, Big Clay Pot, the wonderful Blankets, and the I'm-telling-you-this-is-the-book-of-the-year Super Spy, are my favorite funnybook publisher of all.

"Why is that" you might ask?

Not only have these folks served up great new talents to the industry and beautifully put together amazing reads year after year (as well as some great margaritas for folks here at the Isotope) but I am continually impressed with all the things they do to make sure retailers like myself are feeling the Top Shelf love. For example, check out what showed up with the UPS driver this afternoon...

In celebration of their ten year anniversary, they've sent out to retailers like myself a bunch of 264 page graphic novel samplers, completely free of charge, for me to give away to you fine folks. And then we can all revel in the glories of their up-coming books as well as take a taste of classics from yesteryear! And look, they've even labeled one as the "store copy" to make sure overly generous comic selling folks like my staff and I all get to read it. Now that's just pure, 100% good marketing. And hooking the industry up with a great present like this is pretty damn classy too!

Drop me an email if you're an independent comics fan and would like a copy, or you can get one from them directly. And while you're at it, why not drop a note to the people who made this all possible. Some "happy birthday" wishes, perhaps?

I love you Top Shelf!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Yar! In celebration of Talk Like A Pirate Day, we ran ourselves through the Pirate Name Generator, ran down to Walgreens to pick up a $5.99 Pirate Kit... and picked out all our favorite comic booty and piratey supplies for a perfect day of seven seas sailing!

Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché
"Pirate Izzy the Cash-Strapped" says his favorite Pirate Delicacy be this.

Captain America Omnibus HC
World War Hulk #4
JLA/Hitman #1

Jared Guenther - Enforcer
"Pirate George the Disgruntled" says his favorite Pirate Accessory be this.

Terror Inc #2
Gutsville #2
Doctor 13 Architecture & Mortality TPB

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
"Hackin' Eve Bones" says her favorite Pirate Cargo be this.

Umbrella Academy #1
Ex Machina #30
Finder: Sin Eater HC

James Sime - Proprietor
"Keel-Haulin' Rupert Jones" says his favorite Pirate Band be this.

Umbrella Academy #1
Doctor 13 Architechture & Mortality TPB
Programme #3

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Isotope is ecstatic to be ground-zero for Planet Earth's only month-long original art gallery showing of every single page and cover from JH Williams III's amazing panel-shattering Batman arc with Grant Morrison. Including the yet-to-be-published Batman #669! If you haven't seen these pages already I can promise you that your jaw will drop when you do...

Mark your calendars for our massive opening reception bash with the man himself on Saturday, September 29th. Starting at 8pm and going through to the midnight hour. And yes, pages of Mister Williams' beautiful artwork will be available for purchase!

Ahhhh... it's good to be part of the Isotope family, isn't it?

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The lunch boxes we all wish we could have brought to school when we were youngsters...

Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché
Click to enlarge "Dinner With The Devil"

Spider-Man: Fairy Tales #4
Suicide Squad #1
Groo 25th Anniversary One-Shot

Jared Guenther - Enforcer
Click to enlarge "Hunger of the Griffleback"

The Un-Men #2
Hellboy Vol 7: The Troll Witch and Others TPB
Bad Planet #3

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
Click to enlarge "Badminton Feast of Death"

Fables #65
Jack of Fables #14
Hellboy Vol 7: The Troll Witch and Others TPB

James Sime - Proprietor
Click to enlarge "Eating Machines"

Nightly News TPB
Green Lantern #23
Confessions of a Blabbermouth Softcover

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Here at the Isotope we're always keeping our eye out for the hot new talent out there. Here's two comic creators to watch out for!

Rahim R. and Basie S.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

This week the IsoStaff is taking the time to bang our heads and throw up our goats with some good ol' fashioned metal. Rock with us all week long, won't you?

Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché
Current Favorite Metal Song:
"The Trooper" by Iron Maiden

Sentences: The Life of MF Grimm HC
Captain America: The Chosen #1
Buffy Season Eight #6

Jared Guenther - Enforcer
Current Favorite Metal Song:
"Better" by Guns & Roses

Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus #1
Process Recess 2 Softcover
Infinity Inc #1

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
Current Favorite Metal Song:
"Nitro Burnin' Funny Bong" by Gwar

Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus #1
Faker #3
Action Philosophers #9

James Sime - Proprietor
Current Favorite Metal Song:
"Zombie Hunger" by Saint Vitus

The Boys #10
Sorrow #1
Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus #1

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Oh, Curse You UPS and Your Vacation-Time!
Labor Day Bumps Books Back a Day

While it might sound nice in theory for the US to have a seven-day Labor Day vacation like they do in China, but honestly, that wouldn't work for my staff and I here at the Isotope. Frankly, we're all a bit too in love with manning the shop 'round these parts for that much leisure. And more importantly...

We need our comics!

With that in mind, let's ponder together all the happiness this week's is sure to bring with a look inside Comic-Santa and his helpers weekly bag of goodies, shall we?

It's impossible to not get excited about the new debuts tomorrow... Lobster Johnson & the Iron Prometheus, , Rick Remender's hot new horror mini-series Sorrow, Peter Milligan and Max Fiumara's fairly excellent looking Infinity Inc, and a good one for us Tony Stark fans in Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin (which has a slamming Rocketeer tribute cover you won't want to miss).

For the graphic novel crowd we've looking at the fabulously beautiful Laika original graphic novel, the long-awaited DMZ vol 3: Public Works softcover (why aren't there more of these out already? Please, DC?), an incredibly brutal Punisher MAX Vol 8: Widowmaker softcover, and the beyond-essential-reading-you-must-have-this-on-your-bookshelf Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus Vol 2 hardcover.

But just because it's a great week for new series and graphic novels doesn't mean there isn't plenty of on-going series hitting this week to bring a smile to all our collective faces. Howabout the latest issue of one of my favorite series running today The Boys, Mike Carey and Jock's utterly great Faker (check out that awesome cover!), more sexy sleuthing in Madame Mirage, the second issue of Warren Ellis' Doktor Sleepless, the beginning of a we're-crossing-our-fingers-they-don't-eff-this-up "One More Day" Spidey arc in Amazing Spider-Man, a kick ass new issue of Scalped, more cool Action Philosophers, or the next installment of the quite frankly brilliant Buffy Season Eight?

And that's just scratching the surface here!

Go ahead and click those links for lots of previews, reviews, and interviews... and check out the full shipping list for much, much more!

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba, & Dave Stewart
From Script to Pencils to Finishes to Glory

I have to confess to being a bit... um, skeptical... when I heard that Gerard Way lead singer of the band My Chemical Romance was going to be taking the comic world by storm. That is, until I heard brilliant Brazillian artist (and twin brother of the artist who drew Kirsten's book) Gabriel Ba was going to be drawing his book.

Because seriously, I'm on board with anything that Gabriel Ba is on!

And I have to say, once I got a chance to read some of the up-coming Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite book thanks to a Free Comic Book Day sneak peek I became a believer, brothers and sisters. This Gerard Way fellow can write! And I'm excited for his book!

Check out this great peek behind the wizard's curtain from scripts to pencils to inks to coloring to the finished page and become a believer too.

Umbrella Academy at Dark Horse Comics

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