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Saturday, February 28, 2009


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Friday, February 27, 2009

We're encouraging everyone who attends tonight's event to share their photos in our Flickr feed and post in the just-created Tiki Tour twitter... and we'll be streaming the madness right here for you!
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    Join us for 2009's greatest bar crawl tonight with THE BOYS and TRANSMETROPOLITAN artist Darick Robertson, and more than a few surprise guests!

    Or if you can't make it to the barstools of SF's tiki bars with us tonight... watch this space for a live Twitter and Flickr feeds from the event as it happens!

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    Forgive my giddiness but I'm really just soooooo excited about WonderCon this year (and utterly jealous of you folks who are already there)! Lots of our favorite creators are in town, so we definitely urge you to check out Ed Brubaker, Brian Azzarello, James Robinson, Jill Thompson, Matt Fraction, Dave Gibbons, and hundreds more great comic making folks (along with at least one sexy space lady plus fellow scorpio and classic car lover The Fonz!

    For those out of towners among you looking to stop in for our Saturday night event or to just visit the universe's sexiest comic store... here's a couple maps to help you get from wherever you are now to here!



    More maps needed? Howabout Public Transportation options to the Isotope and for our East Bay amigos, here's a handy walking from BART to Isotope map.

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    Wednesday, February 25, 2009

    So super excited to see Blondie at the Fillmore tonight! Even more so after seeing these pictures from last night's show in Vegas (swoon)!

    In honor the Isotope staff are checking out all our favorite Blondie videos today. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

    STORM - Superstar
    Blondie - Atomic


    Umbrella Academy 2 #4
    X-Force #12
    Madame Xanadu #8



    Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
    Blondie - Union City Blue


    Atomic Robo vol 2 TPB
    Jack of Fables #31
    Mr X: Condemned #3




    James Sime - Proprietor
    Blondie - Platinum Blonde


    The Wolverton Bible HC
    Thunderbolts #129
    Larry Marder's Beanworld Wahoolazoma! HC

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    Tuesday, February 24, 2009

    I've been trying to find the time between putting together this and this and making these and these and doing this and this and dealing with these and these to write to you all about the bad, bad news we've been hearing about our beloved Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar.

    As many of you know, this famous tiki bar is an amazing San Francisco historical monument that we here at the Isotope adore. For the last 6 years it has always been one of the major stops on our twice-annual Tiki Bar Tours, it's where we often take our favorite celebrity superstars when they come to visit... and there is an indoor lake in that place and it rains inside!

    There really is no place else like it on Earth.






    This news of the Tonga Room possibly getting torn down to build some lame condos has been buzzing through my in-box and really breaking my heart for a couple weeks now. Folks have rallied to the cause to save this landmark, but at this point it's impossible to know if it has helped. I won't lie to you, I fear the worst dear friends. So for you out-of-towners in for WonderCon who are planning to joining us for 2009's Tiki Tour with Darick Robertson (the Tonga is our first stop of the night), this may indeed be your very last time to see this gorgeous and amazing tiki bar before it goes away.

    (sigh).

    Like my beloved Gobbler Restaurant in the far off land of Wisconsin before it, I know a good kitchy thing when I see it and want to show the Tonga Room all the love I can while I still can. So I'm going to do my best to spend as much time and create as many memories of this fantastic place as I can before it is gone. I hope you do too.

    The Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
    2009 Tiki Tour info

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    Saturday, February 21, 2009


    Scott Pilgrim at last!, originally uploaded by James Sime.


    Still waiting for that darn distributor to finally send copies of Scott Pilgrim vol 5 to stores? Well, you'll have to keep waiting! But even if they don't love you, your amigos at the Isotope still do... so if you are on the our waiting list (or act very fast) you're getting a copy TODAY!

    Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible, and Happy Birthday Bryan Lee O'Malley!

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    Wednesday, February 18, 2009


    This year our featured special guest host is Darick Robertson, artist of The Boys and Transmetropolitan!

    We'll be starting out early meeting up at 111 Minna for the CBLDF party w/ our pal Dave Johnson and then kicking off the tour in high style with a first tiki stop at the amazing Tonga Room at 9pm. Judging by the folks who we've spoken to about this event already I have a feeling this will be the best Tiki Tour ever!

    We've been hosting semi-annual secret-route tours of San Francisco's tiki bars since 2001 but don't want you to feel left out, so for those among you who have yet to experience one of the Isotope's famous tiki tours hosted by some of the coolest cats in the comic industry, feel free to check out these great photos from the legendary 2006 tiki bar madness tour or video from our 2007 tour with comic author Adam Beechen and our friends at iFanboy!

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    In honor of the 2009 Tiki Tour with Darick Robertson... the Isotope staff has been transformed into Gods from the Polynesian Islands by our artist-in-residence!

    STORM - Superstar
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    Guardians of the Galaxy #10
    Captain Britain & MI-13 vol 1 TPB
    David Mack: Reflections #12






    Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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    Mysterius the Unfathomable #2
    Battlefield TP vol 1
    Grendel Devil Reign TPB





    James Sime - Proprietor
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    Captain Britain & MI-13 vol 1 TPB
    Johnny Boo: Twinkle Power HC
    Dark Avengers #2

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    Wednesday, February 11, 2009

    Feel the Valentines Day love with us! Check out my latest passion-filled column over at Robot6 on CBR I Heart Comics and enjoy these special "Be My Valentine" cards we made just for you!

    STORM - Superstar
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    Batman #686
    Captain Britain & MI-3 #10
    R.E.B.E.L.S. #1



    Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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    Hellboy: The Wild Hunt #3
    Incognito #2
    All- Star Superman vol 2 HC




    James Sime - Proprietor
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    Thor #500
    Saga of the Swamp Thing vol 1 HC
    Incognito #2




    (Not enough love? Click here for a lil' vocal valentine too)

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    Friday, February 06, 2009


    Kicking off a month long 100 BULLETS gallery show of Dave Johnson's original cover art at the Isotope with one hell of a huge bash. That's right... 30 days of 100 BULLETS covers will be gracing the Isotope's gallery, and we're launching it off in high style with Brian Azzarello and Dave Johnson.

    If you've been to one of our events in the past you know how we do what we do. Not suggested to folks who don't like crowds.

    21 and over por favor!

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    Wednesday, February 04, 2009

    In celebration of the launch of the shiny new Scott Pilgrim vol 5, the IsoStaff has recruited our very own faux-Bryan Lee O'Malley for staff pictures and indulging ourselves in the latest O'Malley drawn Pictures For Sad Children!

    STORM - Superstar
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    Scott Pilgrim vol 5 TPB
    Madman #13
    Agents of Atlas #1



    Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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    Agents of Atlas #1
    Scott Pilgrim vol 5 TPB
    Madman #13




    James Sime - Proprietor
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    Scott Pilgrim vol 5 TPB
    Agents of Atlas #1
    Oishinbo A La Carte TPB




    (It's true... more than one of us wished for a fourth pick this week, because we're also digging Jonathan Hickman's Secret Warriors big bunches. Nick Fury Agent: of Nothing? C'mon, that rocks!)

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    Many Scott Pilgrim v 5, originally uploaded by James Sime.


    Oh so many shiny new Scott Pilgrims for you... straight off the UPS truck and out of the Diamond box!

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