(sigh) Evel Knievel is Dead And I Will Definitely Miss Him
Yes, I realize he was just some star-spangled poor-man's Elvis who sat on top of a motorcycle and jumped it over busses to many of you.
But not to me.
Evel Knievel was, and will forever be, an incredibly influential person in my life. As a boy I looked up to the real-life superhero and as an adult I've found inspiration in his passionate, hardboiled, and maybe even slightly insane way of life. He was a true American hero, an industry creator, a rebel, a mad visionary, and one hell of a daredevil stunt jumper. Sure, he never made it across the Snake River Canyon but I couldn't respect him more.
He wasn't afraid to take a fall, bust himself up bloody, and get back up to do it all over again. He said what was on his mind despite the consequences that paralyze and silence others. He ignored the thousand little "competitors" nipping around his heels because he was too busy breaking his own world records to care. He always tried to make the world around him just a little bit better, despite his all-too human flaws. He was a man who wore his heart on his sleeve and proved time and time again that with hard work, dedication, and a perseverance you can make doing the impossible a way of life.
Today's news of Evel's death came as quite a shock to me. Yesterday I'd picked up a touch of that bug that's going around and spent the night with a mild case of the shivers and the fever dreams. One of these dreams had Knievel in it, no doubt triggered by that awesome recent picture of him and Kanye West, so I decided to lead off my day with a Twitter post of my favorite Knievel quote... only to find out a few hours later that he had died. It's made for a pretty surreal day.
Post-Thanksgiving Bumps Shipping Dates Books Arrive Nationwide This Thursday
(sigh) It's true. The chaos of holiday shipping bites us in the backside once again and we're not scheduled to see new books arrive nationwide until this Thursday.
You'd think considering where the Family Sime originally hails from that I'd be thrilled that new comics were coming out on the day named after the Norse god Thor... but honestly, I just can't really get behind waiting an extra day to get my funnybook fix. Sorry Thor!
But in good news...
While our weekly books aren't in, for some odd reason my rush restock shipment from the same distributor wasn't affected by this strange holiday shipping anomaly! Could this be the trickery of Loki himself or is there some other explanation? Well whatever the case, many of you amongst the Isotope faithful have special treasures we've procured for you to indulge yourselves with!
And in even better news... we've circumvented the perpetual back-order plane of Diamond Distribution and travelled to the primordial realm of Niflheim to wage battle with the giant Ymir in order to get you that which has proven impossible for man or beast to get their hands upon. Yes, it's true. We had to work outside the system and battle the heavens themselves, but we have copies of the much-sought-after League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier back in!
So if your name is on the sacred tableau of greatness, expect to see an email telling you so in your email in-box today. Your copy will be in the Isotope's hermetically-sealed vault awaiting your return.
Now, off to the longhouse for a much-deserved morning feast!
Sweet Kisses From the Urbantic Chaperon Gridskipper's Comic Lover's Guide to SF
Wow, it's been so insanely busy at the shop that I've been meaning to post this for weeks now. Thank you to each and every one of you who have kept the store jumping and the Isotope Communique a virtual ghost-town recently. I love you all.
Now, let's get to talking about those oh, so kind folks at Gridskipper, shall we?
On those days when yours truly dreamily fantasizes about dropping off the face of the Earth for an extended roadtrip to discover strange wonders in new cities, I always turn to the perpetually-updated urban travel guide that is Gridskipper.
We're honored to get featured on the site yet again, this time in their Ultimate Comic Lover's Guide to SF, along with the Cartoon Art Museum, the wonderful Kinokuniya Bookstore, WonderCon, our friends at Comic Outpost, that super-swell Giant Robot store, the east bay's Comic Relief, and many other fine comic-centric SF locales.
The Isotope will be closed today in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. And while we're busy filling our plates with turkey and stuffing and butter-slathered mashed potatoes with good friends, family, and loved ones... we're also taking the day and thanking our lucky stars above for the people and the things that make our lives wonderful.
And today I'm giving thanks to all of you. For being as passionate as you are about the Isotope and for giving me the gift of making all my wildest hopes and dreams come true. Thank you.
I'm also giving thanks to the good fortune I have been blessed with to be friends with so many friendly and creative people. You inspire me and make every year more exciting than the last. Thank you.
And to the city of San Francisco. For being the beautiful and bizarre cultural land of milk and honey where all us dreamers, eccentrics, zealots, thinkers, and weirdos can truly feel at home. Thank you.
And to the wisdom and support of my wonderful family. I live my life by the hard-working, straightforward, bacon-loving, heart-on-my-sleeve, Midwestern values they raised me with. And I couldn't be more thankful to have such great people teach me to see what things are truly important in this world. Thank you.
And I'm also giving thanks to Joel Patterson. For setting up his fleamarket table in the park all those many years ago and selling me my first comic. Thank you.
The Isotope is proud as can be to introduce the wonderful Matt Silady as the newest member of the Isotope family. And to welcome Matt officially onto our staff, we're going to do it up right... in high Scott Pilgrim style!
There Really is No Such Thing As "Excessive Celebration"
Can it really be true? Do new comics actually come in on time this week despite a Monday holiday? And is it possible that we're talking about are some of the best books all year long all coming in on the same day? Really?
Wednesday, November 14th will go down in memory as one of the greatest "new arrivals" days ever and we here at the Isotope are going to be celebrating all day long! And with a week as jam-packed with long awaited wonders as this one has, there really can be no such thing as celebration that is excessive.
All-Star Superman #9, Ex Machina volume six, Green Arrow/Black Canary #2, Welcome to Tranquility #12, Brit #3, Mice Templar #2, new printings of Wanted, Thor #4, the Mindy Owens penned Ultimates Saga, World War Hulk #25, X-Factor #25, the long, long awaited final issue of The Athiest, Courtney Crumrin & the Fire Thief's Tale, Meat Cake #16, Queen & Country volume 8, the Shooting War graphic novel and many, many more great reads!
Of course, I've saved my two favorites for last...
This year I'll be celebrating my birthday weekend with a task that few before me have dared to attempt... a full-on, weekend-long tour of every tiki bar in Las Vegas!
The Isotope's twice yearly SF tiki tours are truly the stuff of legend and I fully expect one of America's craziest cities not to disappoint! For those who like such things you can follow my live-intoxicated-reporting on my Twitter feed and check out the gore or glory first hand with photos over at Flickr here.
While I'm off killing brain and liver cells, taking care of all your comic book reading needs will be the Josh Richardson you've all come to know and love on Sundays and for this Saturday the Isotope will be featuring comic artist and author Matt Silady. Many of you know Matt already from his graphic novel The Homeless Channel and as one of our favorite event attendees. Stop on in and show Matt some love, por favor!
As for me, the bags are packed and it's time to find out if my tiki bar training regimen has been intense enough to handle Vegas. I'll be shutting the shop down an hour early this evening to catch my flight and I hope you can all forgive me for 60 minutes. That is, if I survive the weekend. Wish me luck!
Cool Shirts, Kooky Vinyl Toys, Crazy Pillows, & More The Rickshaw Stop Hosts Gama-Go's Annual Sale
Hooray, it's that time of year already!
Right down the street from the Isotope front door, The Rickshaw Stop is once again hosting the glorious Gama-Go super annual sale this coming Saturday. The Gama-Go company is responsible for wonderful things like Deathbot Shiva t-shirts, Ninja Kitty wristbands, Panda-monium hoodies, wiener dog purses, designer vinyl toys, and cool utterly ridiculous pillows like this and this and this (you can tell I like those pillows, can't you?).
No doubt you've seen many of these nifty Japanophile shirts on sexy nerds and nerdettes out and about the SF day-and-night life, and here's your chance to scoop up all sorts of hot nerdy fashions for yourselves. After you're done stocking up, swing by the Isotope and show us what you scored, won't you?
Gama-Go Shop Till You Drop @ The Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell St @ Van Ness Saturday, November 10th
It's no secret how much the Isotope staff and I miss Seth Fisher. Not only did he make all of comics more fun with his amazingartwork, and his crazy-cool chest hair experiments, but he was one of the most genuinely nice people we've ever had the pleasure of meeting.
I honestly don't know anyone who met the man who wasn't bowled over by Fisher's friendly, trademark chaotic charm and bring-tears-to-your-eyes generosity (check out this birthdaycard he made for me). His death shocked us all, and the comics industry is definitely a lesser place without him.
It is with tremendous joyful pride that I get to tell you today that the Isotope will be bringing you fellow fans more Seth Fisher comics!
Our friends at Secret Headquarters have printed up a limited number of gorgeous new never-before-seen Fisher books as a fund-raiser for Seth's son's educational fund, and are also throwing a really great gallery exhibition of Seth's work (you should really go to if you can). The fine SHQ gentlemen are following in the generous Seth Fisher spirit and are making these new books available to a few of their favorite fellow retailers around the nation. The Isotope are lucky to be among this chosen few. Thanks guys!
These new books include a hilarious full-color children's mini Bob's Life, a Seth Fisher art sampler The Man with 1000 Noses, and a mini sketchbook featuring a behind the scenes look at Seth's work on the gorgeous Batman: Snow graphic novel.
We won't have many, as this print-run is tremendously limited, but If you'd like a copy of any of these books, please do drop me a line.
Now let's all raise out glasses in honor of Mister Fisher. We'll always miss you!
"I draw the world the way I see it, and it seems really detailed to me." - Seth Fisher
The Comic Book Script Archive Launches w/ Morrison, Bendis, Ennis, and Moore
I know how hard it can be for aspiring comic authors to get started writing their first scripts, so I think the recent launch of The Comic Book Script Archive is a really wonderful thing. Collecting up over 50 links to on-line scripts for many comics you probably own and love from comic authors like Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Geoff Johns, Paul Jenkins, Warren Ellis, Chuck Dixon, Mark Millar, Dwayne McDuffie, and Brian K. Vaughan. What a terrific resource!
So, don't go crazy all you aspiring comic book writing superstars, here's a great way to get to see how these creators put their scripts together and learn from the masters of the craft. And, hey, for those of you who are like me and just want to peek behind the comics wizard's curtain... well, it's pretty cool for us too!
The Monsters of Electro-Pop Amazing Freezepop Hits SF
Drop everything you are doing, throw away your evening plans, and prepare to deep-fry your brain in the hot electro-pop oil of one of the greatest live music acts ever, San Francisco!
Detonate the fuse on your internal ecstasy detector when the vocorder hits and twin keytar playing dynamos stalk the stage, quiver in undiluted joy as sub-zero thumping rhythm machines vibrate your body in that dirty, dirty way you secretly love so much, fill your childlike glee cup over-flowing and beyond as you piston pogo bounce and centrifuge spin your way through a crowd of grinning, fabulously stylish nerds... you won't soon forget as Freezepop beep boops and clicks uncut pleasure down into dilithium crystals of pure happiness. And all for you.
Freezepop for ever. And ever. And ever. And ever.
Freezepop @ 12 Galaxies 2565 Mission Street Saturday, November 3rd
The gizmo-worshipping nerd-fashionistas among you already know all about Revison3's awesome Tekzilla show. Keeping an eye on the cutting edge and a finger pressed on the "what's hot" pulse, the Tekzilla hosts are hopelessly devoted to all sorts of sexy nerd know-how and the high alter of gorgeous geek chic.
This week they visit the Isotope and get down with one of my favorite new releases. Check out the latest episode show notes:
We're not sure how our Producer, Heather, snuck out of the office to hit one of our fave local comic stores, Isotope. We do know that she scored the trade paperback of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home. It's the first five issues of Josh Whedon's Season 8 of the show that ended in 2003.
If you've ever secretly dreamed about seeing me ring comics up at near light speed you're going to love checking this out! I've imbedded the episode here so you can go ahead and watch the show from the comfort of the Isotope website, or you can click on through if you'd like.
His work is sometimes surreal, sometimes sweet, sometimes kooky, sometimes wild, sometimes thoughtful... but always, always cool. I've been a die-hard Ditko-devotee since I first discovered his work at the age of 8 and can think of few comic book creators' creations that have shaped my life quite as much as Ditko has.
Thank You From All of Us to All of You For a Halloween That Truly Rocked
It's been a crazy post-Halloween day here at the Isotope. With an outrageous interview for the up-coming issue of Punks: The Comic due and a live interview with Comic Book Talk Radio taking up a goodly portion of my day, So now I'm definitely ready for a nice relaxing dinner and a quiet evening at the Sanctum Sanctorum. But I had to take the time to thank all of you who attended last night's incredible Monster Mosh Halloween Party we threw with our friends at The Onion, Triple Cobra, Ms Monster, B-Minus Comics, and 12 Galaxies.
That was one hell of a great party!
We expected to pack the house to rafters and beyond, but honestly, we had no idea we'd be seeing upwards of 200 more people than our wildest expectations could have ever hoped for in attendance! And talk about the costumes! After seeing how so many of the major Bay Area Halloween costume hot-spots have been watered down year after year, it was really exciting to see so many amazing costumed SF sexpots out last night dressed to the nines. Everyone saw so many jaw-dropping outfits that there really was absolutely no doubt in anyone's mind why San Francisco is the greatest city on Earth, and it brought a tear to my non-Nick Fury patched eye when I was given a big hug and told "Yay! Halloween is fun again!" by a pretty young lady who I honestly have no idea if I have ever met before.
Because, yes. And yay. Halloween is fun again.
As my way of showing my appreciation to each and every one of you who came out and made that the great party that it was I'm going to thank you in one of the best ways I know how... with a trio of swoon-inducing Audrey Hepburn pictures.