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DASH SHAW at the Isotope!

Join us and comic creating genius Dash Shaw in celebration of his latest book BODYWORLD from Pantheon

April 27th 2010 (click here for more info)


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Saturday, April 10, 2010

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This was the Isotope's absolute favorite WonderCon weekend ever... and a goodly part of that is thanks to the several hundred of you who came out for our post-con bash with Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Darwyn Cooke!

100 PROOF HEX was a Jonah Hex themed bash featuring great Hex glassware, our very sexy saloon girls mixing up amazing cocktails behind the bar, the sweet sounds of SF's finest DJ BearzBub, an introduction of the Isotope's micro-billiards table, and a thunderous "happy birthday" song for Dave Johnson at the strike of midnight.

Thanks to everyone for such a great time!

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Indulge in this slideshow of amazing photos by the even-more-amazing Dyami Serna! Or click on through to see these gorgeous pictures fullscreeen here:

James Robinson & Isotope invade Bloomingdale's

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Babs Interviews John Layman - click to watch

Missed the incredible CHEW-a-Palooza event at Isotope last weekend? Sad that you didn't get a copy of CHEW #1 autographed? Kicking yourself that you missed an opportunity to get frisky with an "Avian Flu" cocktail? Bummed out you weren't there for the Layman/Crosland reunion? Heartbroken you didn't get to meet John Layman and ask him where he gets all those crazy ideas from?

Well we can't help you with those first ones, but the always fab Babs from Comic Vine (we adore her) conducts a live interview with the rather awesome Mister Layman straight from the Isotope's front door. You'll definitely want to take time out of your busy schedule to watch this great interview!

WATCH: Comic Vine's exclusive John Layman interview

And while we're all re-living the event, go ahead and check out and enjoy these great party photos from Chunk and witness the eating of the Beet-Pickled Egg thanks to photographer James Masente... and watch this space for the Isotope's official photos tomorrow!

UPDATE: The secret story behind the Beet-Pickled Egg from the culprit himself (w/ lots of great photos)!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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to indulge your eyes in nearly 150 amazing photos from the Isotope's Blackest Night in-store event w/ Geoff Johns by the wonderful Dyami Serna, and while you're at it go ahead and watch this great interview with the man of the hour by the rather fabulous Babs from Comic Vine. You rock, Babs!

Thanks for everyone who attended!

UPDATE: For more video goodness from this event:
Kiala Kazebee's great interview w/Geoff at SF Weekly.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Over breakfast the Isotope staff whipped up a set of classic camera pictures for our respective dad's to pin up on their bulletin boards for Father's Day. Who doesn't love a little Lomo Minitar in their lives?

STORM - Superstar
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Captain Britain #14
Phonogram 2 #3
Madman #16

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Starman Omnibus vol 3 HC
Phonogram 2 #3
Mysterius the Unfathomable #6

James Sime - Proprietor
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Red Mass for Mars #3
Starman Omnibus vol 3 HC
Won Ton Soup vol 2 TPB

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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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    Friday, January 30, 2009

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    This was such a great event! Enjoy with us some of these stolen moments from the Isotope's launch party for MYSTERIUS: THE UNFATHOMABLE with author Jeff Parker, artist Tom Fowler, DJ Bearzbub, and dry ice cocktails by Kirsten Baldock.

    Thanks to Jeff, Tom, DJ Bearzbub, and everyone who came out and had a great time with us. What a way to kick off 2009!

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    Tuesday, March 25, 2008

    Could any of us have asked for a better event last weekend than Whitney Matheson and Tim Sale's amazing Pop Candy Meet-Up?

    This was an event we'll always remember, as we jam-packed the shop with a wild mash-up of super nice Pop Candy readers, Heroes fans, and our usual fare of local comic personalities and sexy nerds and nerdettes. Whitney turned on tons of folks who are new to the world of comics to armloads of great reads while Tim wowed the crowds with jaw-dropping original inkwash sketches. The event felt a bit like watching 4th of July fireworks as people let out the "oohs" and "ahs" at our gallery which was filled with 16 pages of original art from the Heroes tv show. And the big surprise hit of the night was these jaw-dropping souvenirs and the cocktails that came in them. I'll treasure mine forever!

    I honestly can't think of a better way we could have possibly celebrated two of my favorite comic people in the world. Both Mr. Sale and Ms. Matheson are two of the most fun and sincere people you could ever ask to meet and quite literally brought tears of joy to my eyes while I read their write-ups on their respective websites. Check them out:

    Whitney Matheson's Event Photos & Write-Up #1
    Whitney Matheson's Event Photos & Write-Up #2

    Tim Sale's Event Write-Up

    I want to express my thanks to the wonderful crowds of cool people who came out to the event. My staff and I met so many friendly new people and from the look of my in-box they had as much fun with us as we did had having them in. Thanks to one and all!

    Want more?

    Check out the Isotope's event photos c/o Matt Silady here

    And for those of you who aren't subscribed to Twitter, you can check out the micro-blog of minutiae during Tim and Whitney's stay over the past weekend from my feed here:

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    And you can read Whitney's micro-updates here:

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    Honestly, this year has been amazing so far... have I died and gone to heaven or what?

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    Friday, February 29, 2008

    from the Isotope & iFanboy's legendary Darwyn Cooke's New Frontier After-Party, featuring director Dave Bullock, designer J. Bone, and Mister Darwyn Cooke himself.

    Click here for more photos from this event

    We packed in several hundred comic loving folks and many industry superstars into the Isotope over the course of the night. What an amazing time! Additional photos by DJ Bearzbub, Storm, and the lovely newlyweds Chris Vaccaro and Maranda Lee.

    Read about this event on Newsarama here

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    Saturday, February 23, 2008

    The first photos from last night's Ben Templesmith and Antony Johnston event are up...

    click here for more

    Direct links to all sorts of great and even a couple scandalous moments from the event c/o my Twitter feed: 1 2 3 45 6 7 8 9 10 11

    Got some photos from this event? Send 'em in and I'll post 'em up. Thanks to everyone who attended and made that party such an incredible blast!

    And now to prepare the shop for tonight...!

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    Saturday, October 13, 2007

    I'm off to the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland for the weekend (and will also be checking out the sites and sounds of Washington DC) for a weekend of comics, creators, and culture as only those crazy East Coasters can provide. Check back to see if I can manage to take some nifty pictures on my sexy mobile device for you to enjoy while I'm gone!

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    Thursday, August 16, 2007

    Its a Truly Wonderful Blast from Comics' Past
    165 Pictures from San Diego Comic Con... 1982!

    As the comics internet continues to flood with reams of photos from this year's massive attendance-record shattering San Diego Comic Con (it's estimated that 140,000-150, 000 people were there this year), I'd be remiss not to point out what I think is hands-down the best con report for those of you who are still hungering for more. Yes, I'm totally biased... but can you blame me? I'm pretty sure there's a damn good picture of me in there!

    But for those who have grown tired of seeing the 2007 same-old same-old, go on and spin the dial on Mister Peabody's Wayback Machine with me. Check out Alan Light's amazingly great photoset of many many pictures from San Diego Comic Con 1982! My amigo Ryan Higgins pointed this out and it really brought a smile to my face to see all those wonderful artists and authors from years past and how much these things have changed in two and a half decades.

    Will Eisner w/ Jack & Roz Kirby photo by Alan Light

    San Diego Comic Con 1982 on Flickr

    Very cool!

    ... and as a man who loves to rock the suits you can all probably guess how much I personally appreciate how many folks are sporting jacket and ties at this yesteryear's convention. Hey comic industry, let's bring a little bit of 1982 class back to San Diego Comic Con next year, shall we?

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    Wednesday, July 25, 2007

    Indulge yourself in 100 photos from last weekend's wonderful Mike Carey in-store bash. We got some great shots from the event thanks to our amigo DangerBob.

    check 'em out here

    Included for your viewing pleasure in this set are Carissa Koo's awesome poloroids, thanks so much for sharing them with us, Carissa!

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    Sunday, June 10, 2007

    Triple Cobra Heats It All Up
    SF, the Stage, & My Camera

    Although this post's title is about as sincere as the time I wrote about the indy horror flick I made, I did manage to score some great shots at last night's mind numbing glitter rock extravaganza with Triple Cobra. With no fewer than four costume changes, exploding confetti cannons, and more feathers than Big Bird would know what to do with... the band once again rocked our world!

    For those of you who like those outrageously beautiful rock and roll things, check out the digital proof of Triple Cobra's glorious live excess.

    Click here for the photo set

    UPDATE: Our friends at China Books have some interesting things to say about these pictures. And this email just popped into my in-box: Hey James - Thanks again for coming out last night. It was great to see you there. Your quote on the Isotope site was so good I had to put it on the Triple Cobra site as well. Thanks! *Attiss* Very cool!

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    Saturday, June 02, 2007

    For your consuming indulgence, some delicious pictures from last night's Homeless Channel launch -slash- Isotope 6th birthday bash. If you see me making a funny face or two... blame the booze. I do!

    Created with Paul's flickrSLiDR.

    (click here for low-tech photo-viewing courtesy of Flickr)

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    Friday, May 25, 2007

    Created with Paul's flickrSLiDR.

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    Wednesday, April 04, 2007

    People have been asking us how we made those shirts. It's simplicity itself, and here's a handy guide to help you bootleg a 52 shirt of your very own.

    1. Cut out your stencil and lay it flat on your t-shirt.

    2. Apply spray paint evenly (we used Krylon Ultra-Flat).

    3. Remove stencil carefully.

    4. Voila! You now have your very own Answer The Question shirt.

    Just in case you naughty boys and girls were thinking of other uses for your 52 stencil... the Isotope doesn't condone any stupid trouble you might cause. Have fun!

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    Friday, March 23, 2007

    Celebrating The Hometown Hero
    Mindy Owens Party in Pictures

    Regular Isotope Communique readers already know all about homegrown hero Mindy Owens, the huge Runaways fan who went professional earlier this week writing her all time favorite comic and getting paid to do it!

    So we'll dispense with all the jibber-jabber about how cool we think this is and about how much we love working in an industry where things like this happen, and we'll cut straight to the chase. Roll camera!

    Check out the rest of the photos from this event over on Brian K. Vaughan's board in a thread we like to call The Greatest Story in Comics.

    You go, Mindy!

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    Sunday, December 17, 2006

    Get Your Passport Stamped
    United Tiki Bars of Isotope

    Since the ancient days of yore, the great tiki gods above made blessed the beautiful city of San Francisco with such an over-abundance of watering holes of the tiki variety that it makes others weep with fruity cocktail and indoor rainfall envy. And so for half a decade the Isotope honors the great Island Lords by paying tribute upon the bar stools of the city's many tiki bars... the Tiki Tour

    Legend tells that those who can complete the tour are granted the wonderous gift of never-hangover... but no man or woman has ever managed to master the great tour of tiki. The brave still try, as we did last night, and here is the evidence of our attempt for your viewing pleasure.

    check out the photos and learn more about the tour here

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