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Thursday, January 31, 2008


February 15th begins what I can only promise is jaw-dropping 2008 in-store event schedule. Come join us as we team up with the fine folks at Notemine to kick off San Francisco's famed Animation On Display convention with a bang of atom-splicing proportions! 

Animania-A-Go-Go features DJ MacMini spinning a selection of the sexiest nerdiest tracks to get your backsides in gear! Superstar Tommy Yune who you know from his work on Robotech and Speed Racer! The writer of Happy Tree Friends, LazyTown and classic CG cartoon ReBoot , madman Ken Pontac! And the beyond-legendary comics authoring architect of Teen Titans, Tomb of Dracula and Crisis on Infinite Earths... the one, the only... Marv Wolfman!

Nice!

Now go watch some cute and violent fuzzy critters get bloody: Happy Tree Friends.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Coping with the loss of a beloved series can be a difficult thing. We here at the Isotope want to be there for all Y The Last Man readers in their hour of need.

Do feel free to help yourself to a tissue, you're going to need it.


Thanks to Brian and Pia for an amazing run.

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The IsoStaff is getting our celeb on this week with the help of this nifty website that matches up your facial features with those of celebrities...

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst
Matt's celebrity look alike is Michael Douglas
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Spider-Man: With Great Power #1
El Diablo TPB
Project Superpowers #0





Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché
Josh's celebrity look alike is Morgan Spurlock
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Y The Last Man #60
Captain America #34
Suburban Glamour #3




Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
Kirsten's celebrity look alike is Kate Winslet
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Y The Last Man #60
Madman #6
Suburban Glamour #3





James Sime - Proprietor
James' celebrity look alike is Nicolas de Pruyssenaere
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Y The Last Man #60
Masked Mutant #2
Hotwire Vol. 2 TPB

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

On The Eve of the Final Issue of Y The Last Man
Not a Movie Adaptation, But a Trilogy of Movies!


This is the week when the conclusion, the final, the last ever issue of Y The Last Man hits the new arrivals rack. My staff and I couldn't be more excited to see how this amazing series ends, but at the same time we're downright shell-shocked by the notion that such a wonderful staple of our monthly reading enjoyment is about to come to an end.

What are we going to do without Y in our lives?!

But trust the always divine pop culture icon Whitney Matheson to brighten even the darkest clouds and make our hearts soar with an exclusive scoop of delightful new Y the movie adaptation news!

You heard it right, mi amigos, three movies. Go check out Ms. Matheson's end of series tribute in the pages of USAToday, with words from series author Brian K. Vaughan, along with the smartest man in comics Tom Spurgeon, and also the juicy-secret-dropping Y the movie adaptation director D.J. Caruso. You'll be glad you did.

Or for the digitally inclined, you can read it here:

Why, oh 'Y,' must 'Last Man' end?

This fantastic news really brightens our day and has us looking forward to the arrival of this final issue even more! Do drop us an email to reserve your copy of this last issue, and for those of you who will be requiring a post Y the Last Man support group (I know I will) we will be having our first meeting this Wednesday night at this location.

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Not-Yet-Announced Mouse Guard Game
Get a Sneak Peek @ Dreamation Con


You're probably like me, and you like hearing the pre-announcement rumblings about nifty comic-related stuff before they hit the news sites. If so, this one is for you.

My staff and I are all folks who have been enthusiasticly on-board with everything Mouse Guard for quite a while now and some of you might remember we even surprised one of our regulars with a gift of some original Mouse Guard art back when the series was just getting started out. So you'd better believe we pricked up our ears when we heard word of a boardgame devoted to this great series.

Check out this post on game designer Don Corcoran's website for the few details that have been leaked on this. The game is scheduled for an August 2008 release (which is no doubt a GenCon launch). And those of you who want to get an early sneak peek at the game before it's released might be quite interested in a little event scheduled for this year's Dreamation 2008... the "MouseGuard Adventures Playtest."

This definitely sounds to me like the perfect merchandising swag for the book, especially considering Mouse Guard creator David Petersen's well known love of boardgames. Can't wait to hear more details as we get closer to launch!

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When Snacks Come With Comics
Oh, What A Wonderful World!


Here at the Isotope we love the artform so much that when we're picking out our preferred snacks to munch on for the afternoon and see a label that says "Comic Inside!" it's clear what we'll be dropping the hard-earned American dollars on.

And today's champion of comic-related snacking goes to Everybody's Nuts! Pistachios which came with the following strip.


Ah yes, the world will be a beautiful place when all snacks come with comics!

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Let It Rain That Cold SF Rain...
San Francisco Noir Film Fest


While everyone else does whatever they can to avoid the bone-chilling cold San Francisco rain this weekend, those in the know are going to be turning up their trenchcoat and venturing out after dark for a deadly dose of hard boiled heroes, nihilistic thugs, ordinary people over the line, dirty deals gone wrong, and the kind of femme fatales that you just know aren't any good for you... but can't help but get mixed up with anyway.

That's right, it's time for you to once again attend Noir City, San Francisco's world-famous festival celebrating the greatest noir cinema ever made. Featuring an amazing selection black and white flicks never released on DVD classics of yesteryear, including Dangerous Crossing, the delightfully named Hangover Square, a San Francisco classic thriller D.O.A., the brain-teasing murder yarn you won't forget The 3rd Voice (with the tag-line "Spurned, she became mistress of the double-double-cross!" how can you go wrong?), one of my personal favorite lost films The Story of Molly X, and a man-do-I-want-to-see-this film that's been hailed as a "noir version of It’s a Wonderful Life" Repeat Performance with a post screening onstage interview with pulse-quickening star Joan Leslie herself!

Ten days. 20 films. No happy endings.

Now doesn't that sound like the perfect complement to those chilly and rainy San Francisco nights?

Noir City - The San Francisco Noir Film Festival
@ the historic Castro Theatre
January 25 - February 3rd, 2008

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst
Check out Matt's favorite time-travelling character here

Therefore Repent TPB
X-Men #207
Authority Prime #4


Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché
Check out Josh's favorite time-travelling character here

Punisher MAX #54
Johnny Hiro #3
Ultimate Iron Man II #2


Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
Check out Kirsten's favorite time-travelling character here

Astonishing X-Men #24
Therefore Repent TPB
Strontium Dog Search/Destroy Agency Files vol. 4 TPB


James Sime - Proprietor
Check out James' favorite time-travelling character here

X-Men #207
Strange Detective Tales #3
Complete Nemesis the Warlock vol. 3 TPB

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We've Got a Reason to Celebrate
It's New Comics Day Today!


One of the best things about owning a comics store is the weekly mad rush of new comics day. I love the pulse-pounding hyperactivity amongst the staff as we rapidly set up the shop with a glorious variety of everything new so that we can excite and delight our first guests of the day at 11am. And I don't know about you, but despite those days of vacationing bliss, I always want my comics arriving on Wednesdays. So I sure am happy today!

Despite Monday being a holiday for many, our trusty comics delivering folks at Diamond and UPS have combined forces and are soldiering on through to put new books in our hot little hands today, and giving us all a reason to celebrate. Check out a list of the sexy new releases here and come on in and celebrate my favorite weekly highlight with us, won't you?

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Move Over Superstars of Yesteryear
Basie S. Rocks The Comics World


Most of you already know all about the new ongoing series The Masked Mutant by comic creator to watch out for Basie S. What you might not know is that since the great reviews started hitting the book has been building serious indy buzz. And each subsequent printing of these books have been flying off the shelves!

With anticipation of the at-the-printers-as-we-speak second issue building, Basie has proven once again that 7 year old know-how beats out "big two" business acumen and has ordered his publishing and production crew to give the people what they want... and get this wildfire hit back in print once again.

And in a publicity move that shocked San Francisco's beautiful Hayes Valley district, this new print run was delivered not by the typical official armed courier Basie S. is famous for... but by the Lucha Libre star of the book... the actual Masked Mutant himself!


We here at the Isotope were thrilled to get to meet this larger than life hero!

Comic creators of the industry should take note of the impressive marketing wizardry and great business sense of this rising young talent. No doubt these fourth printings of The Masked Mutant #1 are going to be selling out just as fast as the previous printings but we sure are happy to have them in stock right now. Drop us an email to reserve your copy before they do!


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Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Pulse-Pounding Adventures
of an Overworked Email In-Box


I've been lighting up my email in and out boxes like fireworks on the 4th of July for the past weeks putting the behind the scenes touches on a really jaw-dropping series of in-store events here at the shop. You've heard_about these already, right? Okay good! And now with everything humming along nicely it's time to get back to entertaining y'all here on the Isotope Communique...

To start off, here's a nice note and special something that showed up in my mailbox from Trevor V. that really made my day. I'm big in comics, baby!

Please consider this a small token of appreciation for the excellent customer service I received while visiting your store. This hi-res image is comprised of 6,888 Strangers In Paradise covers. Each cover was used at least once.


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And if that wasn't slathering us with enough love, he also wrote a very nice review of the shop. Aw, you're bringing a tear to my eye, thanks so much Trevor!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

This week's photos inspired by DJ Bearzbub's awesome Flickr set of eyes...

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst


New X-Men #46
Mome Vol. 10 TPB
DMZ #27


Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché


Hawaiian Dick: Screaming Black Thunder #2
Hulk: The End HC
Fell #9


Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director


j. Edgar Hoover: A Graphic Biography HC
Grendel : Behold the Devil #3
Umbrella Academy #5


James Sime - Proprietor


Umbrella Academy #5
The Last Musketeer TPB
Fell #9

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Apparently our man Matt is feeling the spirit of San Francisco recently, 'cos he whipped us up some truly eye-popping psychedelic 60's rock posters for staff pictures this week... nice!

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst
Click to see enlarged or the original poster
See Matt's favorite thing from the 60's here!

The Twelve #1
Black Hole Softcover
X-Factor #27






Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché
Click to see enlarged or the original poster
See Josh's favorite thing from the 60's here!


The Spirit #12
BPRD 1946 #1
IncREDible Hulk #1




Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
Click to see enlarged or the original poster
See Kirsten's favorite thing from the 60's here!


BPRD 1946 #1
The Spirit #12
Nextwave Agents of HATE vol 2 TP





James Sime - Proprietor
Click to see enlarged or the original poster
See James' favorite thing from the 60's here!


Black Hole Softcover
The Goon #20
The Spirit #12

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Friday, January 04, 2008

The Isotope staff celebrates the insane SF weather today with sexy photos and our favorite rainy musics!

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst
Favorite song that relects today's weather Rain King


The End League #1
Northlanders #2
Powers Vol 11 Secret Identity TPB


Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché
Favorite song that relects today's weather November Rain


Buffy Season 8 #10
Doktor Sleepless #4
Black Diamond #6


Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
Favorite song that relects today's weather
Don't Go Out In The Rain (You're Gonna Melt Sugar)

Lobster Johnson #5
Applicant SC
Doctor Who Classics #2


James Sime - Proprietor
Favorite song that relects today's weather Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain


Uncanny X-Men #494
The End League #1
Essential Powerman & Iron Fist vol 1

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I have returned triumphant from the land of record-breaking snowfall! And man, I had such a really amazingly fun trip!

I've got a ton of emails to get to, so if you've written to me and haven't heard back have no fear, you'll be hearing from me tomorrow at the latest. And for those of you are interested in my many crazy adventures snowshoeing, skiing, tobogganing, nightlifing, and Wisconsin back-country road pickup truck driving yo9u can check out my Twitter updates...

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