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Friday, December 28, 2007

The entire staff of Isotope Comics would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! Here's a quick glance at our store hours during the holiday week. Make sure to check out the NEW RELEASES schedule! Hooray for Fridays!


2007 was such a good year for us. Thank you all so much for helping make so many of mine and my staff's wildest dreams come true. Happy 2008 to you all!

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst

Wasteland vol 2 TPB
Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story HC
Satxhel Paige TPB

Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché

Invincible Presents: Atom Eve #1
Captain America #33
Punks: The Christacular Special #1

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Crossing Midnight #14
Pax Romana #1
Jack of Fables #18

James Sime - Proprietor

Pax Romana #1
Punks: The Christacular Special #1
Berlin #14

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

The World Needs A Hero... But Not Like This!
From Rob Schrab & Image Comics

We're continuing the Isotope's New Comics Peepshow in style with Scud: The Disposable Assassin!

Author & artist Rob Schrab left fans in a tizzy when he abruptly stopped publishing the exploits of his beloved freelance mercenary. Ending with a cliffhanger, fans were left to ponder Scud's ultimate fate. Well, PONDER NO MORE! After a decade of anticipation, Rob Schrab and Image Comics finally release SCUD: THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN #21, the beginning of the four-issue finale for his ever-popular death dealing robot.

While February will mark ten years to the month since Schrab produced SCUD: THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN #20, he has remained busy in Hollywood, directing such hits as MONSTER HOUSE and THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM.

All of us here at the Isotope were thrilled to hear about Scud's impending return. And to whet your appetite, here are two cover previews and a glimpse into the next chapter in the life of our favorite DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN.

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Scud: The Disposable Assassin
by Rob Schrab
Four-issue black & white miniseries. Cover price: $3.50
From Image Comics in February

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Monday, December 24, 2007

A Post-Apocalyptic...Relationship Drama?!
From Jim Munroe, Salgood Sam & IDW

Continuing the Isotope's New Comics Peepshow with Therefore Repent!

When I first heard about the book, an original graphic novel about a post-rapture world in which magic works, thoughts of the terrific Strange Girl by Rick Remender (who actually worked with Therefore Repent's artist Salgood Sam on Sea of Red) popped into my head. But after reading the preview for the book I have to say that despite the similar Hollywwod style pitch, no two books could be more uniquely different.

Therefore Repent! approaches the Rapture in a very interesting human manner, despite the fact that our tour guides are a bird-headed girl, her mummy-wrapped boyfriend, and a talking dog. Yes, I know... I tend to not like the talking animal books either. Like I said, this book really surprised me!

Juxtaposing between oddly normal moments, in this case taking over a raptured couples' apartment and clearing out their garbage... with the violent retribution of the angel militia that still police those left behind, author Jim Monroe serves up a thinking man's look at the post-rapture apocalypse. And it's hard not to sit up and notice a book that so artfully explores the fundamental truth that even in end-of-the-world conditions our relationships, both good and those falling to dust, still take precedence over all else.

Really not like anything else out there, and definitely worth checking out!

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Therefore Repent!
by Jim Munroe & Salgood Sam
160 Pages for $14.99
From IDW in January

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

The World Needs A Hero... But Not Like This!
From Hickman, Bodenheim & Image Comics

Continuing the Isotope's New Comics Peepshow is style with A Red Mass For Mars!

Author/artist/designer Jonathan Hickman stunned us all right out of the gate with an amazing debut, Nightly News. And frankly we can't wait for him to blow the brains out of the back of our heads with a duo of forthcoming miniseries to kick off 2008 right, Pax Romana (check out a jaw-dropping pdf preview of it here) and January's beautiful looking Red Mass for Mars. Our holiday sneak peek stocking stuffer only allows for one glimpse into the future per entry, so let's pretend I didn't just link to that Pax Romana preview, and talk about that other book, shall we...?

Red Mass for Mars the post-apolcalyptic story about a superhero, Mars, who has the power to save the world, but isn't sure it's worth saving. Hickman has teamed with a really fantastic new talent Ryan Bodenheim to explore the last days of Earth and the one man who could save us all - but won't. I think you'll all really like taking a glimpse at this unique and subversive skewering of the heroic myth as much as I do!

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Can't wait to get to see more of this book...

Red Mass For Mars
by Jonathan Hickman & Ryan Bodenheim
32 Full Color Pages for $3.50
From Image Comics in January

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Perhaps the greatest comic book ever made.

If you and everyone you know doesn't own it, your lives are simply not complete.

Wait... you say you don't believe it can possibly be that good? It's the real-life account of the invention of Cup Noodle! What are you, mad? Go read this review and bow down to the power that is Project X; Cup Noodle. The Miracle of 8.2 Billion Served.

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Crime Noir Takes A Monstrous Turn
From Bausch, Callahan & Oddgod Press

The Isotope apologizes for any loss of picture you may have experienced over the past couple days while our IT Department dealt with FTP difficulties. We now return to our regularly scheduled programming... the Isotope's virtual holiday stocking stuffer and New Comics Peepshow!

Fans of the Isotope's one-of-a-kind Comic Rockstars Toilet Seat Museum will no doubt recognize artist James Callahan's name, as his Zombie Batman lid is a perennial favorite. One look at his linework and there is no question he's got the raw talent to be the next Geoff Darrow or Frank Quitely. Callahan has been applying his signature gruesome art to the crime noir comic Strange Detective Tales with one hell of a writer in co-creator Jessie Bausch. And with the next issue imminent I couldn't resist including a sneak peek to whet your appetites.

And really, what's not to love about Strange Detective Tales? Bausch and Callahan enthrall with not only the strange, but indeed, the detective as well. Starring a vampiric private dick, Renfield, who takes readers on a personalized tour through a countryside littered with gigantic rabid insects and the gritty monster-ridden underworld of after-hours Los Angeles. Like any good bit of hard-boiled noir fiction, investigating the disappearance of the main character's ex-lover gets Renfield in way over his head. The cops, a cyclops pimp turned porn director, the alien mafia, and even Howard Hughes end up gunning for him. And did I mention that his partner is a dead ringer (no pun intended) for Peter Lorry?

People, you are going to like this book!

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Strange Detective Tales
by Jesse Bausch & James Callahan
36 Pages for $3.95
From Oddgod Press this February

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Happy holidays from your friends at the Isotope!

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst
The most desired gift on Matt's wish list

Ex Machina #33
Umbrella Academy #4
Walking Dead vol 3 HC

Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché
The most desired gift on Josh's wish list

What If? Civil War One-Shot
World War Hulk: Warbound #1
Action Philosophers vol 3: Giant Sized Thing TPB

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
The most desired gift on Kirsten's wish list

365 Days: A Diary by Julie Doucet HC
Doctor Who Classics #1
Angel: After the Fall #2

James Sime - Proprietor
The most desired gift on James' wish list

2000ad Prog 2008 Online Download (more info here)
Umbrella Academy #4
Droid Life TPB

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Final Days of the Mythic Superhero
From Remender, Broome & Dark Horse

We're kicking off the Isotope's week-long holiday stocking stuffer New Comics Peepshow with a bang!

Here at the Isotope we really like the books Rick Remender puts out, which all combine a real joy for the comic artform with a steel-toed combat boot to the back of the head to that which is anything less than exciting. And when Remender decides to put his spin on an over-worked genre it's of the take-a-sit-and-spin variety, as evidenced recently with books like the zombie-porno-movie opus XXXombies and his hyper-kinetic Fear Agent, the book that single-handily made bubble-helmet and raygun sci fi fun and badass again.

The End League tells the tale of Earth's last remaining ragtag group of superman and women on a desperate quest for the hammer of Thor in a world decimated by evil. And when I heard that Rick was teaming with WildC.A.T.S. artist Mat Broome to for this creator owned superhero epic I knew we just had to get you all a sneak peek!

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I dunno about you, but I'm feeling this series is going to absolutely rock. Can't wait to read more!

The End League
by Rick Remender & Mat Broome
32 Full Color Pages for $2.99
From Dark Horse Comics in January

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To follow up our wonderful gallery showings with JH Williams III and Charlie Adlard, the Isotope proudly presents the original art of Matt Silady's Homeless Channel.


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Monday, December 17, 2007

The Isotope Celebrates The Holidays & 2008
With A Week-Long New Comics Peepshow

As we get together with family and friends to ring out the year in style, huddled up next to a toasty fireplace with big wonderful mugs of egg nog in hand... we raise a toast to all the great comics the last year brought us that made our bookshelves and comic boxes so very, very happy. What a really great year for comics.

But as always, my staff and I are eagerly looking forward to the next year's crop of comics and graphic novels and hoping that 2008 is as wonderful a year for comics as 2007 was. And it with this in mind that I've gotten together with some folks who I think are going to thrill us all in '08, and stuffing your virtual stockings full of sweet previews and sneak peeks of some of the most exciting books coming out in the beginning of next year!

Over the course of the week we're going to be featuring on this very website exclusive and tasty previews of some really, really great books I think you'll all want to check out.

Starting up first is Rick Remender and Mat Broome's crazy-cool new superhero series The End League from Dark Horse Comics, then we're serving up Image Comics' stunning A Red Mass For Mars by Ryan Bodenheim and comics genius Jonathan Hickman, and the next issue of Strange Detective Tales by Jessie Bausch and James Callahan (who did our famous Zombie Batman toilet seat cover) published by Oddgod Press, a cool new end-of-the-world original graphic novel Therefore Repent! from IDW by Jim Munroe and Salgood Sam you're going to love, and we're going right up to Christmas Eve to bring you an exclusive preview of one of the single most anticipated books of the last decade... (drum roll please)

The final issue of Rob Schrab's long-awaited Scud The Disposable Assassin!

Ahhh... that heats up the cold December days better than hot buttered rum, doesn't it? Stay tuned to the Isotope Communique and get your virtual stocking well stuffed.

Update: Here's direct links to our previews so far!

The End League from Dark Horse Comics
Strange Detective Tales from Oddgod Press
A Red Mass For Mars from Image Comics

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If you haven't already had enough Batmania with the viral marketing stunts and the sneak peeks for the up-coming movie, go and watch the trailer for the flick that's just gone up with weekend... it looks pretty good!

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

52 Series as "Movie In Your Mind"
Epic Trainwreck of Embarrassment!

You're not currently drinking a glass of milk are you? Because if you are you need to swallow that mouthful, put the glass down on the table over there, and prepare to laugh your ass off.

Those following my Twitter feed already know that the staff was setting up the shop yesterday while listening to the downright painful graphic audio adaptation of 52. Imagine, if you will, a radio play of the weekly mega-epic 52, complete with music, sound effects, and voice actors. Now add to this heady mix a healthy pinch of bad choices and you're baking up a craptacular trainwreck of insane hilarity!

Sure... I guess I can get behind Booster Gold sounding like Keanu Reeves from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and Lobo sounding like a poor-man's Macho Man Randy Savage. But why oh why did they decide to make the Middle Eastern monarch Black Adam sound exactly like the breakfast-cereal-hungry vampire Count Chocula?! And for that matter, why did they have to spend so much time on such lurid descriptions of lesbian sex scenes with Renee Montoya?!

Oh right... they're trying to make us laugh!

Well, laugh we did. And so will you, because our friends at iFanboy have posted up two of the most offensive clips from this gloriously ridiculous epic superheroic embarrassment!

52 the Graphic Audio on iFanboy

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James Sime on Comic Geek Speak Podcast
Talking Comics, Retailing & Industry's Future

I'm pretty sure everybody knows how much I dig the various comic book podcasts out there. I threw a huge party with iFanboy back in February, moderated a 2007 comics podcasting panel with I Read Comics, chatted up the Kryptographik 'cast with fellow Eisner judges, did the stunt-hair-and-suit bit for Tekzilla, and now...

Comic Geek Speak.

CGS is one of my favorite comic-centric podcasts of all. With a great mix of industry news, opinion, interviews, and just enough of that hard-core comic nerdiness I love. They bring it all to the table as far as I concerned with plenty of fun, comics smarts, and good old entertainment. It is also religiously listened to by many of my favorite Isotope patrons and while I'm always painfully and perpetually behind on listening to all my favorite podcast shows, the CGS is definitely always near the top of my "must listen" lists.

I'm sure you can all imagine that it was quite an honor to be asked to be featured on the show this week! Now admittedly, I did my interview at about the final hour of an insanely busy weekend and my brain was a bit mush, so I was definitely concerned that my answers were scatterbrained and rambling. But thanks to the wonder that is Comic Geek Speak, the synapses got firing well enough and I'm downright giddy to see that the reaction to the episode was really, really good!

So let me invite you all to point your browsers over towards the Comic Geek Speak website or to head on over to the iTunes store to download the episode. I have a few million things to say about comics retailing, books I adore, customer service solutions, and the future of the industry... perhaps you'll like what you hear, too!

Comic Geek Speak Episode 340 w/ James Sime on the CGS website or on iTunes

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

What better day than a Wednesday for a little after-work adult beverages?

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst
Matt's post-work cocktail this week is Sapphire & Tonic

Pirates of Coney Island #6
DMZ #26
Acme Novelty Library: Date Book vol 2 HC

Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché
Josh's post-work cocktail this week is J├Ągerbomb

Criminal vol 2: Lawless TPB
Ultimates 2 HC
Ultimate Iron Man 2 #1

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
Kirsten's post-work cocktail this week is a Sidecar

Criminal vol 2: Lawless TPB
Bad Company vol 2: Kano TPB
BPRD: Killing Ground #5

James Sime - Proprietor
James' post-work cocktail this week is Dark & Stormy

Welcome to Tranquility vol 1 TPB
Green Lantern #25
Mary Perkins on Stage vol 3 TPB

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Craig Thompson Nominated For A Grammy
Isotope Says "G'wan, Give It To Him!"

Blankets and Good-bye, Chunky Rice cartoonist Craig Thompson has been recently nominated for yet another award... and this time it's for a Grammy! How exciting is that?

As a big fan of all of his work, as well as a relentless comics evangelist, it sure brings a smile to my face to hear such great news. Seriously, who better than Craig Thompson to represent the comics industry in front of a world-wide audience? And hopefully he won't end up kicked out of the ceremony like another group of comic making folks did a few years back!

Read this interview with Thompson about the nomination, go see more about the books of his we carry on the Top Shelf Productions website, and be sure to mosey on over to Mister Thompson's blog to see the animated trailer his Taiwanese publisher has put together for Blankets. Very, very cool.

Best of luck Craig. We here at the Isotope are all pulling for ya!

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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Oh No, It's A Multitude of Devo Tributes
Plus The One and Only Rev Ivan Stang!

Did someone say tonight is Mogoloid-A-Palooza? Yes they did!

This massive meeting of beautiful mutants, high-weirdness devotees, and the followers of JR "Bob" Dobbs features not one but two of the greatest Devo tribute bands on the entire planet and a congregation of Yeti hierarchy, including Dr. Howland Owll, KROB, and the co-founder of The Church of the Subgenius... the Rev. Ivan Stang. Loungey and ludicrous devolutionary tunes infused with post-modern gospel-style tent preachin', it's a slack festival of X-Day proportions, and all in one evening. Talk about triple your money back! Duty now for the future, my fellow spuds and spudettes!

You know where I'll be.

Mongoloid with Mongolounge and the Rev. Ivan Stang
@ 12 Galaxies
2565 Mission Street
Saturday, December 8th

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James Kochalka Bids You To Indulge
& Overdose Yourself on American Elf

As I was standing at the UPS Store today shipping off a set of funnybooks to a far off land, a friendly gentleman who was in line ahead of me grinned and enthused "Hey, you're the Isotope guy, right! You turned me onto that American Elf book and you were right, I loved it!"

We talked for a few minutes about Kochalka's comics, his best graphic novels, and also his great silly albums. And as we talked I excitedly remembered something I'd read yesterday on Pop Candy about a complete and extremely glorious over-haul of Mister Kochalka's website... "Why am I not telling everyone about this?" I thought to myself. So that's exactly what I'm doing now.

Go point your browsers towards the man's site, my fellow Kochalkaholics, because the entire American Elf archives are now free and on-line for you to binge like a freshman at a frat party on! Over-indulge yourself in nearly a decade worth of great daily strips until you pass out in a pathetic rumpled mess on the floor! And go do it now!

You can worry about the consequences of your actions some other time...

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

In celebration of winter. And inspired by killer snowboard pros, 90's extreme sports ads, and even extremer 'tude, dude.

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst
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Northlanders #1
Wet Moon vol 3 TPB
Owly: A Time to be Brave TPB

Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché
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Buffy Season Eight #9
Ultimates 3 #1
Suburban Glamour #2

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Wet Moon vol 3 TPB
The Art of P. Craig Russell HC
Lobster Johnson #4

James Sime - Proprietor
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Invincible #47
Madman & The Atomics vol 1 TPB
Northlanders #1

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Gus Van Sant Now Open Casting
Milk: The Harvey Milk Story

I'm sure many of you San Franciscans already know that director Gus Van Sant is doing a new film about the glorious life and tragic death of politician and activist Harvey Milk.

We here at the Isotope certainly approve of a big Hollywood production dedicated to one of SF's most well-loved sons and have liked several of this director's flicks in the past... but what's even more exciting is they are holding an open casting call for local folks who want to be part of the movie!

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Get your 8-by-10 headshots ready and read more about this open casting call over at Yelp and on Craigslist here. Best of luck!

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

... The Masked Mutant #1!

Now in stock at the Isotope is the just-launched ongoing debut series The Masked Mutant from comic creator to watch out for Basie S. This high-action Lucha Libre adventure series kicks off with a bang, with a manic-paced battle from the San Francisco International Airport to the Golden Gate Bridge... and even into outer space!

We only have a few copies of Basie's limited-edition first printing, so if you'd like a copy before this sells out like his previous book did, please do drop me an email.

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