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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
Apple, comics, Comixology
Friday, July 31, 2009
Darwyn Cooke's incredible PARKER: THE HUNTER hits the front page and pretty much the entire Arts section of today's New York Times. Read the article online with fewer pretty pictures here (also included in article are fabulous graphic novels by David Mazzucchelli and Neil Gaiman + Andy Kubert) and read a sneak peek of PARKER: THE HUNTER here... and go ahead, you can buy yourself a copy here: isotopecomics.com!
Andy Kubert, comics, Darwyn Cooke, David Mazzucchelli, Neil Gaiman, Parker: The Hunter, previews
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The IsoStaff sends out our deepest appreciation for the coolest thing we could have asked to get upon our return home from Comic Con...
2009 SF Bay Guardian Best of The Bay - Best Comic Book Store! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts San Francisco! STORM - Superstar How STORM is celebrating Detective Comics #855 Justice Society of America #29 Wonder Woman #34 Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director How Kirsten is celebrating Detective Comics #855 Surrogates vol 2: Flesh & Bone TPB Parker: The Hunter (Artist's Proof of SDCC Limited Ed) HC James Sime - Proprietor How James is celebrating Al Williamson's Flash Gordon HC Glamourpuss #8 Surrogates vol 2: Flesh & Bone TPB
Best of the Bay, comics, SF Bay Guardian, staff
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
STORM - Superstar click to enlarge Marvel Divas #1 Uncanny X-Men #513 Justice League: Cry For Justice #1 Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director click to enlarge Greek Street #1 Brat Pack (New Edition) TPB Goon vol 8: Those That Is Damned TPB James Sime - Proprietor click to enlarge Brat Pack (New Edition) TPB Greek Street #1 Batman & Robin #2
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Batman and Robin #1? We are too! Check out this set of nifty Isotope "variant editions"... STORM - Superstar Batman and Robin #1 STORM Variant Batman and Robin #1 Captain Britain and MI-13 Annual Buffy: Tales of the Vampire Annual Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director Batman and Robin #1 Kirsten Variant Batman and Robin #1 House of Mystery: Vol 2 TPB Moomin vol 4 HC James Sime - Proprietor Batman and Robin #! James Variant Chew #1 Scalped #29 Batman and Robin #1
comics, Frank Quitely, Grant Morrison, staff
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
In keeping with this week's
high style theme the ever-fashionable Isotope staff is serving up a hand-picked haute couture selection of gorgeous designer and indy label comics you'll be seeing your favorite celebrities reading on the red carpet this season... the perfect high fashion accessory for the contemporary sexy nerd fashionistas in us all! STORM - Superstar click to enlarge Ex Machina #42 Fantastic Four #566 Olympus #1 Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director click to enlarge Goon vol 7: Place of Heartache & Grief TPB Mysterius The Unfathomable #5 The Boys: Herogasm #1 James Sime - Proprietor click to enlarge Oishinbo a la Carte: Raymen & Gyoza TPB The Photographer TPB Johnny Hiro TPB
comics, fashion, staff
Monday, May 18, 2009
originally uploaded to Littlest League Fan James Sime's Flickr. published by the amazing folks at League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910 Top Shelf and still in stock at the Isotope. Makes you feel beautiful just thinking about it, doesn't it?
comics, Top Shelf Productions
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
We're all about the art this week! With the jaw-dropping
exhibit at the Warhol Live de Young Museum wrapping up this weekend (go see it while you can!), the amazing fashion-as-physical-manifestations-of-sound exhibit at the Nick Cave Sound Suits Yerba Buena, and the mobile street art fest that is ... it's the right week to get your art on! Bay to Breakers STORM - Superstar click to enlarge The Unwritten #1 Umbrella Academy Dallas #6 Captain Britain & MI-13 #13 Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director click to enlarge Umbrella Academy Dallas #6 Lockjaw & The Pet Avengers #1 I Kill Giants TPB James Sime - Proprietor click to enlarge I Kill Giants TPB Green Lantern Corps #36 Unwritten #1
Andy Warhol, comics, culture, gallery, Nick Cave, staff
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Boys and girls, it's time to blast off to adventure with the IsoStaff! Grab your trusty bubble-helmet, your decode-o-ring, your favorite raygun and join us in a never-ending quest to defend the universe from tyranny and to keep the galaxies free for retro-futurists everywhere!
STORM - Superstar click to enlarge New Mutants #1 Power Girl #1 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910 Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director click to enlarge League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910 The Eternal Smile TPB Pherone HC James Sime - Proprietor click to enlarge League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910 The Eternal Smile TPB Power Girl #1
comics, ray guns, staff
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Ladies and gents, in honor of our friends at UPS getting us to drive around chasing after them for hours to get our boxes this week (on Earth Day? For shame, UPS!) the IsoStaff is using the power of Photoshop to get ourselves behind the wheel of the big trucks. Who wants a package delivered? Vroom!
STORM - Superstar click to enlarge Astonishing X-Men #29 Guardians of the Galaxy #13 Wolverine: Weapon X Files One-Shot Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director click to enlarge Stonecutter HC Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5 Freak Angels vol 2 TPB James Sime - Proprietor click to enlarge Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5 Jack of Fables #33 X-Men Omnibus vol 1 HC (My sincerest apologies to the staff, and myself too, for the tummies and bad legs. Ha!)
comics, staff, UPS
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The Isotope staff mourns the passing of 100 BULLETS with a trip to SF's North Beach neighborhood...
STORM - Superstar Favorite Red Light District Song: Prince - Cream Paul Pope's 100% HC Beta Ray Bill: The Green of Eden One-Shot Godland #27 Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director Favorite Red Light District Song: The Cramps -All Women Are Bad Mysterius The Unfathomable #4 Beta Ray Bill: The Green of Eden One-Shot Dylan Dog Case Files TPB James Sime - Proprietor Favorite Red Light District Song: White Zombie - Thunder Kiss '65 100 Bullets #100 Herbie Archives vol 3 HC Green Lantern Corps #35
comics, San Francisco, staff
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Isotope Peeps! A perfect addition to your Easter basket... or even for a little
Peep Jousting. And while you're at it, go visit the fab Whitney Matheson and read her new Peep Show posts here and here. STORM - Superstar Click to enlarge Captain Britain & MI 13 #12 Secret Six #8 Exiles #1 Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director Click to enlarge House of Mystery #12 Ignition City #1 Popgun vol 3 TPB James Sime - Proprietor Click to enlarge Adventures in Cartooning TPB Popgun vol 3 TPB Funny Misshapen Body TPB
comics, peeps, staff
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Hooray, Isotope staff stickers!
STORM - Superstar Click for stickers or see the Seal of Scholarly Truth Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye #1 Agents of Atlas #3 War of Kings #2 Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director Click for stickers or see the Seal of Scholarly Truth Flash Rebirth #1 Jonah Hex: Bullets Don't Lie TPB Glamourpuss #6 James Sime - Proprietor Click for stickers or see the Seal of Scholarly Truth Glamourpuss #6 Flash Rebirth #1 Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye #1
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
STORM - Superstar Click to enlarge Umbrella Academy: Dallas #5 Madame Xanadu #9 The Muppet Show #1 Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director Click to enlarge Umbrella Academy: Dallas #5 The Muppet Show #1 American Jesus Book One: Chosen TPB James Sime - Proprietor Click to enlarge Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Joe Schuster HC Fantastic Four #565 Metropol: Ted McKeever Library vol 3 HC
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
THE GOON creator Eric Powell always seems to serve up something amazing in celebration of summer. From hilarious Eisner Award presenting to the jaw-dropping Satan's Sodomy Baby to creeping us all out with the Powell mask (thanks to fellow madman Tony Moore)... but this year he's really upping the ante, with two great tastes that taste great together! Summer can't come fast enough.
cartoons, comics, dethklok, Eric Powell
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Upon returning from
the beach I was heartbroken to see my favorite wall mural painted over. No more Donkey Kong + Dig Dug + Q-Bert graffiti? How sad! Of course this inspired the week's staff photos... STORM - Superstar Click to enlarge Nikolai Dante: The Beast of Rudinshtein TPB Groom Lake #1 Courtney Crumrin's Monsterous Holiday TPB Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director Click to enlarge Adventures of Blanche HC Mysterius The Unfathomable #3 True Tales of Roller Derby One-Shot James Sime - Proprietor Click to enlarge True Tales of Roller Derby One-Shot Jamie Delano's Rawbone #1 (best comic title of the week) Groom Lake #1
comics, graffiti, San Francisco, staff
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Oh, who isn't thrilled
about this awesome book already? After getting a peek at the original art, I am 1000% more excited than I was before!
comics, Darwyn Cooke, IDW, previews
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Checking out everybody's
post convention photos gets us all giddy about folks dressing up all foolish, so we're sporting our favorite funnybook character costumes, too. Yes. we know this probably makes us look like huge dorks to some folks out there who frown on such activities. Well guess what? This is a comic book shop and we *are* huge dorks! (sticks out tongue)! STORM - Superstar aka Madame Natasha Romanova - The Black Widow The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack HC Jack Kirby's The Losers HC Ex Machina Special #4 Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director aka Ms. Zinda Blake - Lady Blackhawk The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack HC Captain Britain & MI-13 #11 Fables #82 James Sime - Proprietor aka Mr. Stephen Strange - Dr. Strange Super Human Resources #1 The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack HC Guardians of the Galaxy #11
comics, nerd pride, staff
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
This week's staff pictures are a trio of techniques on different mediums drawn by the one and only
Dave Johnson. Yes... we think his drawing of Kirsten is the best one too! STORM - Superstar Medium: Sharpie on sketchbook paper. Click to enlarge War of Kings #4 Secret Warriors #2 Madman Atomic Comics #14 Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director Medium: Blue pencil & Sharpie on cardboard. Click to enlarge I Am Legion TPB Shrapnel #3 Agents of Atlas #2 James Sime - Proprietor Medium: Sharpie on bar napkin. Click to enlarge Art Out of Time: Unknown Comics Visionaries 1900-1969 HC Madman Atomic Comics #14 Goon #32
comics, Dave Johnson, sketches, staff
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
Blondie, comics, Deborah Harry, staff
Saturday, February 21, 2009
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!
Bryan Lee O'Malley, comics
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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 Click to enlarge Guardians of the Galaxy #10 Captain Britain & MI-13 vol 1 TPB David Mack: Reflections #12 Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director Click to enlarge Mysterius the Unfathomable #2 Battlefield TP vol 1 Grendel Devil Reign TPB James Sime - Proprietor Click to enlarge Captain Britain & MI-13 vol 1 TPB Johnny Boo: Twinkle Power HC Dark Avengers #2
comics, staff, tiki bars
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 click here to enlarge Scott Pilgrim vol 5 TPB Madman #13 Agents of Atlas #1 Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director click here to enlarge Agents of Atlas #1 Scott Pilgrim vol 5 TPB Madman #13 James Sime - Proprietor click here to enlarge 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!)
Bryan Lee O'Malley, comics, staff