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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 was such a wonderful year for us here at the Isotope, and personally was perhaps the single happiest and most fun year of my entire life. Forgive me for being just a bit cheesy here at the end of the year, but you fine folks really do make running the Isotope the greatest of all possible experiences for me, I am truly blessed to have found such a wonderful extended family in all of you. I wish you all an incredible New Years eve tonight!

But enough of the sappy stuff, let's talk comics, shall we? We've got lots of post-Christmas restocks hitting this week in several different waves, and despite the holiday shipping delays new comics are on their way and will be hitting this Friday. The holiday shipping schedule and the Isotope's holiday schedule are as follows:

Wed, December 31st. New Years Eve.
11am - 7pm

Thurs, Jan 1st. New Years Day.
(closed for Life Maintenance)

Fri, Jan 2nd. New Comics Day @ Last!
11am - 7pm

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Monday, December 22, 2008

It's been a fantastic 13 months since we brought the Isotope's Creative Catalyst Matt Silady on board to help us play tour guide to the world of comics for all of you. And what a year it's been!

But Matt's decided that 2009 is time for our beloved Eisner Nominated comics creator to retire from retail and get down to the serious work of drawing the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed original graphic novel The Homeless Channel. He's streamlining his activities to ensure he's got more time to get blowing our minds on that next project and to keep pushing the artform forward and to get a-living that American dream! It just makes you proud, doesn't it?

Of course, Matt will still be around working side by side with us here and there, and during some of the Isotope's special events, but we'll all miss celebrating new comics with him each Wednesday.

Come celebrate Matt's retirement with us, won't you? (sob)!

Matt Silady Retirement Bash @ Isotope
Wednesday, December 24th 2008
11am until way, way, way past your bedtime!

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I don't know about anybody else, but I'm thrilled to have a new issue of Larry Marder's Beanworld on the shelves! This long-lost indy comic treasure from the 80's has the magical power to cut through any bad mood and put a big smile on your face every time. So this week we're celebrating the series return with the Isotope's tribute to Beanworld's Boom'r Band.

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst
learn more about Beanworld here

Ex Machina #40
Mome vol 13 TPB
Mighty Avengers #20

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
even more about Beanworld here

Silverfish TPB
Spider-Man Noir #1
Ex Machina #40

James Sime - Proprietor
yes, even more Beanworld love!

Beanworld Holiday Special 2008
The Complete Ro-Busters TPB
Ex Machina #40

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Join me tonight., originally uploaded by James Sime.

Betty Bloomerz and The Squidling Bros will be blowing your minds swallowing swords and performing feats of invulnerability for one night only in San Francisco. Join me... it will be fabulous!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hands up, who remembers Chu-Bops? From 1981 to 1983 these 3-inch square reproductions of popular LP covers with "albums" made of crappy chewing gum were sold in convenience stores and local 40oz shops all across the United States and Canada. I bought several, including a copy of Blondie's Parallel Lines which is still unopened to this day!

This week we're paying tribute to these weird collectables and have created all-new Isotope-staff-flavored Chu-Bops inspired by the awesome albums of days gone past.

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst
click to enlarge Chu-Bop or go see original LP

Captain Britain & MI-13 #8
Action Comics #872
DMZ #37

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
click to enlarge Chu-Bopor go see original LP

Phonogram: The Singles Club #1
Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Boxes #2
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century HC

James Sime - Proprietor
click to enlarge Chu-Bop or go see original LP

Camelot 3000 Deluxe Edition HC
Ambush Bug #5
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century HC

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

I'm weak at the knees today because a customer just brought me this huge stack of really difficult to find BAMBI & HER PINK GUN graphic novels straight from Japan!

Sure, I can't actually read these things, but who cares? Creator Atsushi Kaneko is one of my favorite funnybook artists anywhere, although his comics do tend to be somewhat obscure on both this and the other side of the globe. You can find scanlations of his latest series SOIL here.

Sure that's great, but really, nothing beats Bambi! Imagine if you will... Lone Wolf & Cub + Tank Girl + The Ramones - Leave Home LP and you'll have a good idea why I adore this comic more than words can ever say.

BEST early xmas present ever!

- James


I'm All a-Gushing w/ Love For You
& a Lil' Holiday Present for Me, too

Hey, happy holidays all! Thank you all so much for sharing such an amazing year with us here at the Isotope!

I really honestly can't think of a better year for my business. The shop has been perpetually hopping, we've been swamped with a ton of amazingly great press, reviewers on Yelp have literally brought tears to my eyes, and that trifecta of "Best of 2008" awards from The SF Guardian, The SF Weekly, and San Francisco Magazine certainly made our collective Isotopic hearts soar. I met a ton of new people this year that I think are really exciting additions to the Isotope community, and also have to raise my cocktail glass in honor of all the reoccurring Isotope lovelies who have made the last 7 and a half years the best years of my life. You really have made my wildest funnybook shop dreams come true far beyond what I could have ever hoped to ask for! I'll continue every day to try to let you all know how much that means to me.

So forgive my sappy gushing, and allow me to express my deepest gratitude to all of you for gifting your friends here at the Isotope a true "joyeux noel" that I will always give thanks for. I adore you all!

There is one thing that's been getting me down all year long though...

And that's the Isotope's home on the web. What the hell happened to it? I did a slightly gorgeous redesign last November, but to be frank, I was reaching just out of my range of HTML ability and I turned to some wrong folks for assistance getting it built. Then the blog software I had the Communique hosted on crapped the bed back in March, and even the simplest of updates became a several-hours-long hair-pulling process. Whoo-boy, let me tell you, it made for a pretty frustrating year! Now I can't even look at that sexy new site redesign without getting seriously depressed. Because both you and I know that it shouldn't really take a year (or even six months) to build a new website, should it? It's not like the damn thing was supposed to go to clean your house in the morning or make famous people think you're cool for the boots you wear or even give you some sexy Martin Emond makeover every time you looked at it. It's just a @%$#ing website!

(long, slow, relaxing breath)

Anyway... I have some new tricks up the sleeve that will ensure 2009 is a happy place on the web for me and for this website. And I think I'm potentially working with some really great people on it. But it's the holidays and they are busy with their own lives right now. And good lord am I just sick of waiting around for something to happen. If 2008 taught me anything it's that waiting patiently gets you nowhere.

So I've gone in with my chewing gum, duct tape, and random bicycle parts and fixed the old site by hand. Please don't look at the site's code, all of the electronic guts are hanging out and it's a real mess. But at least we have something that works! The random design breakage that popped up last week is gone, the blog is at long last updateable without giving me an ulcer or making me think of internet suicide, and that oh-so long-dead RSS feed is working once again. Cos, dammit, it's time. Yes, I agree, I hate this version of the Isotope website too. I won't be happy until I can put a bullet in the gun and put it down like Old Yeller once my new site is up. But until we arrive at that mythical day in that far-off land, I think it's high time that I start enjoying the internet and having fun with the Isotope site again.

Expect to see things much more enjoyable 'round here... starting now.

Here's to December!

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