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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

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Marvel Divas #1
Uncanny X-Men #513
Justice League: Cry For Justice #1



Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Greek Street #1
Brat Pack (New Edition) TPB
Goon vol 8: Those That Is Damned TPB



James Sime - Proprietor
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Brat Pack (New Edition) TPB
Greek Street #1
Batman & Robin #2

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Excited about Batman and Robin #1? We are too! Check out this set of nifty Isotope "variant editions"...

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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

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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!

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Ex Machina #42
Fantastic Four #566
Olympus #1



Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Goon vol 7: Place of Heartache & Grief TPB
Mysterius The Unfathomable #5
The Boys: Herogasm #1



James Sime - Proprietor
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Oishinbo a la Carte: Raymen & Gyoza TPB
The Photographer TPB
Johnny Hiro TPB

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Monday, May 18, 2009


Littlest League Fan
originally uploaded to James Sime's Flickr.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910 published by the amazing folks at Top Shelf and still in stock at the Isotope. Makes you feel beautiful just thinking about it, doesn't it?

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

We're all about the art this week! With the jaw-dropping Warhol Live exhibit at the de Young Museum wrapping up this weekend (go see it while you can!), the amazing Nick Cave Sound Suits fashion-as-physical-manifestations-of-sound exhibit at the Yerba Buena, and the mobile street art fest that is Bay to Breakers... it's the right week to get your art on!

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The Unwritten #1
Umbrella Academy Dallas #6
Captain Britain & MI-13 #13



Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Umbrella Academy Dallas #6
Lockjaw & The Pet Avengers #1
I Kill Giants TPB



James Sime - Proprietor
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I Kill Giants TPB
Green Lantern Corps #36
Unwritten #1

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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!

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New Mutants #1
Power Girl #1
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910



Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910
The Eternal Smile TPB
Pherone HC



James Sime - Proprietor
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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910
The Eternal Smile TPB
Power Girl #1

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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!

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Astonishing X-Men #29
Guardians of the Galaxy #13
Wolverine: Weapon X Files One-Shot



Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Stonecutter HC
Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5
Freak Angels vol 2 TPB



James Sime - Proprietor
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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!)

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Isotope staff mourns the passing of 100 BULLETS with a trip to SF's North Beach neighborhood...

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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

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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.

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Captain Britain & MI 13 #12
Secret Six #8
Exiles #1



Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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House of Mystery #12
Ignition City #1
Popgun vol 3 TPB



James Sime - Proprietor
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Adventures in Cartooning TPB
Popgun vol 3 TPB
Funny Misshapen Body TPB

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Hooray, Isotope staff stickers!

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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

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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Umbrella Academy: Dallas #5
Madame Xanadu #9
The Muppet Show #1



Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Umbrella Academy: Dallas #5
The Muppet Show #1
American Jesus Book One: Chosen TPB



James Sime - Proprietor
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Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Joe Schuster HC
Fantastic Four #565
Metropol: Ted McKeever Library vol 3 HC

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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.

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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...

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Nikolai Dante: The Beast of Rudinshtein TPB
Groom Lake #1
Courtney Crumrin's Monsterous Holiday TPB



Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Adventures of Blanche HC
Mysterius The Unfathomable #3
True Tales of Roller Derby One-Shot




James Sime - Proprietor
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True Tales of Roller Derby One-Shot
Jamie Delano's Rawbone #1 (best comic title of the week)
Groom Lake #1

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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!

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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)!

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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

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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!

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Medium: Sharpie on sketchbook paper. Click to enlarge


War of Kings #4
Secret Warriors #2
Madman Atomic Comics #14



Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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I Am Legion TPB
Shrapnel #3
Agents of Atlas #2




James Sime - Proprietor
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Art Out of Time: Unknown Comics Visionaries 1900-1969 HC
Madman Atomic Comics #14
Goon #32

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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!

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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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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

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!

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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 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!

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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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