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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Some nice runners up this week, including an adorable Skottie Young's Marvelous Land of Oz and a jaw-dropping Popgun cover by Ben Templesmith (click the link to see how Templesmith works his magic). Love them... but there can only be one Cover of the Week!
Madame Xanadu #20
cover by Joëlle Jones
Labels: cover of the week, Joëlle Jones
Monday, February 22, 2010
Step right up and bear witness to the show of a lifetime!
Straight from Philadelphia to before your very eyes the SQUIDLING BROS CIRCUS SIDESHOW invade Oakland to dazzle your senses with some of the most jaw dropping death defying feats ever performed before a live audience! See the unbelievably lovely BETTY BLOOMERZ swallow an impossibly large 28 inch sword to the hilt! Gasp in shock at the unbreakable skin that even shattered glass cannot penetrate of MATTER SQUIDLING! Witness the shock as JELLYBOY THE CLOWN performs the first-ever barside home brain surgery with a high powered electric drill... on himself! Knives, swords, broken glass, machetes, and yes even the legendary bed of nails, these twisted clowns are risking their very lives with horrific implements of pure pain to astound, shock, and amaze you!
These clowns will RISK THEIR VERY LIVES for YOUR ENTERTAINMENT!
Betty Bloomerz & The Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow
Thursday, February 25th 9pm
@ Cafe Van Kleef
1621 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA
Labels: Betty Bloomerz, Cafe Van Kleef, Squidling Bros
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
It was tough to pick favorites this week, especially with a great Tony Harris Starman Omnibus cover hitting the stands today too. But Black Widow in a Bubble-Helmet? How could we resist this?!
Black Widow: Deadly Origin #4
cover by Adi Granov
Labels: Adi Granov, bubble helmets, cover of the week
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I noticed this morning that several kind folks on Twitter suggested to technology journalist Andy Ihnatko that he come visit the Isotope while he was in town for MacWorld. Well that was mighty nice of them, thanks to you all for the sweet words everyone!
I'm something of a fan of Mister Ihnatko's work and would certainly have a blast talking to him about comics and helping him find some mind-blowing reads... but alas, MacWorld happens to coincide with my annual trip to the land of snow this year. So while normally I like to make comic reading suggestions in the shop (playing funnybook tour guide is my absolute favorite part of my job, after all) since I won't get to do that I decided to give Mister Ihnatko some suggestions here.
Mister Ihnatko, if any of these sound good and you *do* happen by the Isotope, just tell my man Josh I set aside a couple books with you in mind and he will put them in your hands. Hope one or more sparkles your imagination!
TRANSHUMAN by Jonathan Hickman
Hickman is the best new science fiction author the comics industry has seen in many, many years. If you're not already reading his comics you should be. I had a hard time choosing between this and Hickman's The Nightly News, as they are both pretty amazing, so I flipped a coin (laugh)!
Transhuman is a documentary style tale of two rival corporations on the brink of something amazing, the next step of human evolution. And it can all be bought and sold thanks to genetic humanoid engineering. Corporate espionage abounds, venture capitalists circle, and everyone is out to make a fast forced evolution buck by being first to corner the market.
But in the quest to rush to market, can overworked scientists keep this emerging technology from over-running even their near endless ambitions?
SUPER SPY by Matt Kindt
I suggest this book to a lot of different people and have found it to be universally loved around the Isotope.
The book itself is a series of snapshots into 52 peoples lives who get mixed up in the world of espionage in the 40's. Filled with cyanide pills, pen-guns, double crosses and betrayal Super Spy asks the question "what would it do to you to tell lies to everyone around you every day of your life?" There's a really amazing moment when all those stories click together.
It is one of my favorite books of the last decade and anyone who reads it can tell you why.
FREAK ANGELS by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield
A great steampunk action adventure with smart writing and jaw-droppingly gorgeous art.
Although I run a bit hot and cold with Ellis' writing (for example, Hot: Planetary Cold: Switchblade Honey) over all I think he is a really amazing author. I find him best when he slings mad ideas around like a monkey does feces and in that capacity the past few years of Ellis has been pretty stellar. Ellis put out a lot of books but his recent must-haves include Ignition City (collection due in March) and Freak Angels. Go ahead and take a read of the online version you'll be glad you did!
CHEW by John Layman and Rob Guillory
One of the strangest, most brilliant books of 2009. Trust me on this one.
Chew takes place in a world where the FDA has outlawed chicken in fear of avian flu outbreaks. The people, of course, still want their Chicken Alfredo and Chicken Piccata which leads to a whole new world of chicken related organized crime. Enter Tony Chu, a special unit detective, to solve the murders no one else can by using his secret ability to psychically read the past of anything he eats.
A odd, twisted, hilarious and disturbingly finger-lickin' tale of clairvoyants, crime, and cannibalism! What could be better?!
Hellblazer: Pandemonium by Jamie Delano and Jock
I don't know about you, but I have a real soft spot for DC Vertigo's long running Hellblazer series, which has played host to just about every great Vertigo writer and artist of the last 25 years.
Returning to the helm is original author, Jamie Delano, for a dark tale of corrupt magic, Iraq war, strange Sumerian artifacts, mythological horrors, London museum bombings, and lots of bad bad people with extremely bad intentions. Drawn in beautifully visceral panels by artist Jock, who is known for his stellar work on another fave series The Losers.
Oishinbo: Ramen & Gyoza by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
Yes, you read that right... this is a comic book about *ramen*!
Tremendously fact filled, astoundingly Japanese, and incredibly fun to read. There really is nothing else like it out there. The perfect noodle house companion for you or your best foodie friend.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Author/artist Paul Guinan delivers an awesome steampunky lid for the Isotope's Comic Rockstars Toilet Seat Museum.
Paul also dropped off signed copes of his and Anina Bennett's Boilerplate and Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate. Grab 'em while you're in, they're sure to disappear quickly!
See the rest of this museum featuring art on toilet seats by comic creators like Darwyn Cooke, Warren Ellis, Ed Brubaker, Jim Lee, Eric Powell, Darick Robertson and many, many more hanging in the Isotope... or at Comic Rockstars Toilet Seat Museum
Labels: Comic Rockstars Toiletseat Museum, Paul Guinan
Saturday, February 06, 2010
For those of you wonderful people who have regular pull-lists here at the Isotope and are walking around with sexy mobile devices in your pockets... go ahead and update those lists to your heart's content with Comixology. This is something I wanted to have made for our customers for years!
Long before it was a reality I asked Diamond Comics and several software developers to make a website and a program that would make managing your subscriptions effortless for you folks, but none had the vision to see how this could benefit the entire comic industry... that is until I found the folks from Comixology. These people not only "got it" and built us something beautiful but they've also managed to carve quite a nice high tech comic industry niche for themselves in the process. Bravo, guys!
So don't be shy, start using their great site. And if you have an iPhone, grab yourself the app here. Blackberry user? There's an app for you too!
Find out more here: www.comixology.com
Labels: Apple, comics, Comixology
Friday, February 05, 2010
Seen in Hayes Valley. I love San Francisco.
Labels: ridiculous, San Francisco
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Parker Jane loves the Isotope and she knows the good stuff!
Our resident paparazzi snapped this picture of her kicking back on the Isotope's sofa for a leisurely afternoon of reading enjoyment with her bottle and a newly acquired a copy of Jack And The Box by Pulitzer Prize winning author/artist Art Spiegelman.
See more adventures of Parker Jane here:
Labels: Art Spiegelman, Parker Jane
Monday, February 01, 2010
Those among you who play foursquare will probably enjoy checking out this set of homegrown foursquare4life badges I made for January 2010.
See them here and if you've been to the store go ahead and award yourself an Isotope Badge, you deserve it!