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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Pictures of the IsoStaff from last weekend's in-store event with the terminally cute Whitney Matheson...

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst
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Al- Star Superman #10
That Salty Air TPB
Flight Explorer Vol 1 TPB


Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Fritz Lang's M HC
Transhuman #1
Dave Stewart's Zombie Broadway One-Shot


James Sime - Proprietor
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Transhuman #1
All-Star Superman #10
Iron Man: Doomquest HC

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Could any of us have asked for a better event last weekend than Whitney Matheson and Tim Sale's amazing Pop Candy Meet-Up?

This was an event we'll always remember, as we jam-packed the shop with a wild mash-up of super nice Pop Candy readers, Heroes fans, and our usual fare of local comic personalities and sexy nerds and nerdettes. Whitney turned on tons of folks who are new to the world of comics to armloads of great reads while Tim wowed the crowds with jaw-dropping original inkwash sketches. The event felt a bit like watching 4th of July fireworks as people let out the "oohs" and "ahs" at our gallery which was filled with 16 pages of original art from the Heroes tv show. And the big surprise hit of the night was these jaw-dropping souvenirs and the cocktails that came in them. I'll treasure mine forever!

I honestly can't think of a better way we could have possibly celebrated two of my favorite comic people in the world. Both Mr. Sale and Ms. Matheson are two of the most fun and sincere people you could ever ask to meet and quite literally brought tears of joy to my eyes while I read their write-ups on their respective websites. Check them out:

Whitney Matheson's Event Photos & Write-Up #1
Whitney Matheson's Event Photos & Write-Up #2

Tim Sale's Event Write-Up

I want to express my thanks to the wonderful crowds of cool people who came out to the event. My staff and I met so many friendly new people and from the look of my in-box they had as much fun with us as we did had having them in. Thanks to one and all!

Want more?

Check out the Isotope's event photos c/o Matt Silady here

And for those of you who aren't subscribed to Twitter, you can check out the micro-blog of minutiae during Tim and Whitney's stay over the past weekend from my feed here:

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And you can read Whitney's micro-updates here:

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Honestly, this year has been amazing so far... have I died and gone to heaven or what?

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Saturday, March 22, 2008



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Going up in the Isotope's gallery as we speak!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Not a Pop Candy Addict Yet?
Let Us Introduce You To Whitney


This Saturday night, the Isotope will be filled to the rafters with scores of comic book fans and friends all raising a glass to our favorite pop culture queen, Whitney Matheson. For those of you who are already addicted to her daily Pop Candy blog on USAToday, you know exactly why we're so thrilled to have her in. For those among you who are asking yourself "who is this person?" allow me to give you the 411.

Known for unwrapping pop culture’s hidden gems with a taste for Andy Warhol, Converse low-tops, Battlestar Galactica, documentary film fests, Y The Last Man, mustaches, weird places to go on vacation, Jane Birkin movies, the theme song to the Garry Shandling Show, Joss Whedon, and countless nifty new bands to get all obsessive over, Whitney always serves up the perfect daily dose of the eclectic and the sublime. Between her Pop Candy blog and her oh-so sexy book about modern living in the 1950's Atomic Home, Ms. Matheson helps direct her readers to all that which is truly tasty.

One of the things I like best about her blog is the fact that over the last couple years she's been subversively turning her massive fanbase into the next generation of comic book aficionados. This is undoubtedly why she was selected to be an Eisner Judge last year, where we first met. I was totally blown away by her excellent taste in funnybooks!

Want proof? Check out this awesome series of Comics Crash Course columns she wrote recently. Personally, I think this just might be the single best list of 100 suggested comics I have ever seen.

Part 1: Must-Reads

Part 2: Family Friendly

Part 3: Series

Part 4: Whitney's Favorites

Of course, this Saturday we'll be throwing a rollicking event with both Ms. Matheson and comics legend Tim Sale. Stop on in to say 'hi' and find out why everyone here at the Isotope adores her so much!

popcandy.usatoday.com

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It's new comics day, join the Isotope staff for breakfast and then stop on in for another week of wonderful comic reads!

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst
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War Is Hell #1
Wasteland #15
North World Vol 1 TPB


Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Fables #71
Fear Agent #19
Strangeways: Murder Moon TPB


James Sime - Proprietor
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Captain America #36
Strangeways: Murder Moon TPB
The Monster That Ate Stars Mini-Comic

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Always planning for the future, the IsoStaff starts gearing up for Saint Patty's Day a couple days early...

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst
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Serenity: Better Days #1
DMZ #29
Palookaville #19


Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Serenity: Better Days #1
BPRD: 1946 #3
DMZ vol 4: Friendly Fire TPB


James Sime - Proprietor
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Fantastic Four #555
Gutsville #3
Showcase Presents: The Phantom Stranger vol 2 TPB

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Wow, what terrible news... one of the Isotope's most beloved comic artists has passed away. RIP Mister Stevens, you've brought a lot of joy to our lives over the years, here's hoping that heaven if full of days and nights like this for you.

www.davestevens.com

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Most of you have probably already heard about this event over at USAToday and Newsarama...


USAToday's ultra-cool pop-culture goddess Whitney Matheson is bringing her popular Pop Candy Meet-Ups to San Francisco for the first time, and I'm just thrilled to get to play host to Ms. Matheson and her armies of super-friendly pop culture loving readers. If you aren't already a regular daily reader of Pop Candy like I am, you're definitely missing out.

And if that wasn't enough event to get pumped up about, we're also bringing in Ms. Matheson's person-she'd-most-like-to-meet artist Tim Sale! Mister Sale is the artist who did all the work on the Heroes tv show as well as a ton of some of the most beautiful comics I have ever seen like Batman: Long Halloween, Superman For All Seasons, and Daredevil Yellow,

It's a dream come true event. Honestly, what could be better?

Read more about this event here

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Depending on who you ask, these are either the best or the worst tattoos ever...
(Matt thinks they're the best)

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst
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Echo #1
The New Dynamix #1
Northlanders #4


Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Young Liars #1
Nikolai Dante Vol 6: Hell and High Water TPB
The End League #2


James Sime - Proprietor
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Justice League: The New Frontier Special
Young Liars #1
Atom #21

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