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Friday, February 05, 2010


Seen in Hayes Valley. I love San Francisco.

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Wolverine & the X-Men
Where Are They Now?


Remember that cool trailer for the new Wolverine & the X-Men cartoon that went up earlier this week? I liked it quite a bit actually, it had a cool old-school feel and I was surprised to see that it featured some pretty rocking tunes to boot. Including Best of You by the Foo Fighters.

Well, looks like I wasn't the only one who was surprised!

Because today when I went to show it to a couple customers it was no longer on the company's website. In fact, it wasn't anywhere to be found on the internet anymore. Oh, but I didn't come away empty handed, because when I tried to watch it on YouTube I found this:


Seriously? They didn't get around to getting music cleared for use in their new cartoon? Marvel just don't give a Foo, do they?

(cracks knuckles) Heard it here first, boys and girls!

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

When Snacks Come With Comics
Oh, What A Wonderful World!


Here at the Isotope we love the artform so much that when we're picking out our preferred snacks to munch on for the afternoon and see a label that says "Comic Inside!" it's clear what we'll be dropping the hard-earned American dollars on.

And today's champion of comic-related snacking goes to Everybody's Nuts! Pistachios which came with the following strip.


Ah yes, the world will be a beautiful place when all snacks come with comics!

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Friday, January 04, 2008


I have returned triumphant from the land of record-breaking snowfall! And man, I had such a really amazingly fun trip!

I've got a ton of emails to get to, so if you've written to me and haven't heard back have no fear, you'll be hearing from me tomorrow at the latest. And for those of you are interested in my many crazy adventures snowshoeing, skiing, tobogganing, nightlifing, and Wisconsin back-country road pickup truck driving yo9u can check out my Twitter updates...

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Perhaps the greatest comic book ever made.


If you and everyone you know doesn't own it, your lives are simply not complete.

Wait... you say you don't believe it can possibly be that good? It's the real-life account of the invention of Cup Noodle! What are you, mad? Go read this review and bow down to the power that is Project X; Cup Noodle. The Miracle of 8.2 Billion Served.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

52 Series as "Movie In Your Mind"
Epic Trainwreck of Embarrassment!


You're not currently drinking a glass of milk are you? Because if you are you need to swallow that mouthful, put the glass down on the table over there, and prepare to laugh your ass off.

Those following my Twitter feed already know that the staff was setting up the shop yesterday while listening to the downright painful graphic audio adaptation of 52. Imagine, if you will, a radio play of the weekly mega-epic 52, complete with music, sound effects, and voice actors. Now add to this heady mix a healthy pinch of bad choices and you're baking up a craptacular trainwreck of insane hilarity!

Sure... I guess I can get behind Booster Gold sounding like Keanu Reeves from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and Lobo sounding like a poor-man's Macho Man Randy Savage. But why oh why did they decide to make the Middle Eastern monarch Black Adam sound exactly like the breakfast-cereal-hungry vampire Count Chocula?! And for that matter, why did they have to spend so much time on such lurid descriptions of lesbian sex scenes with Renee Montoya?!

Oh right... they're trying to make us laugh!

Well, laugh we did. And so will you, because our friends at iFanboy have posted up two of the most offensive clips from this gloriously ridiculous epic superheroic embarrassment!

52 the Graphic Audio on iFanboy

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fear our evil on-line robotic selves... the horror! The horror!

Matt Silady - Creative Catalyst
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Midnighter: Killing Machine Volume 1 TPB
Popgun Volume 1 TPB
Fear Agent #17


Josh Richardson - Cultural Attaché
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Popgun Volume 1 TPB
Marvel Zombies 2 #2
Freddy vs Jason vs Ash #2


Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Treasury of Victorian Murder: Saga of the Bloody Benders TPB
Dan Dare #1
Popgun Volume 1 TPB


James Sime - Proprietor
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Popgun Volume 1 TPB
Doc Frankenstein #6
Batman #671

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Monday, October 01, 2007


The Isotope proudly presents a one-night film fest featuring the legendary cinematic historian, b-movie poster curator, exploitation auteur director, and trash film connoisseur Jacques Boyreau!

Author of two of the swingin' sexiest must-have coffee table books ever printed, Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters and the stunning The Male Mystique: Men's Magazine Ads of the 1960s and '70s as well as the cinematic whitesploitation visionary behind the anti-classics Planet Manson, I Do, I Die, and the science fiction LSD epic Candy Von Dewd, Boyreau is invading the Isotope with a 13 foot movie screen and hundreds of reels of lost b-movie exploitation cinema gems.

You'd better believe I am looking forward to this!

Also be sure to also check out Boyreau's Super Trash Peepshow slideshowing and talk featuring vintage artwork from trash films and other forms of disreputable pop culture at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts the following night. You know where I'll be!

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Friday, September 28, 2007

The Goon Creator Does It Billy Idol Style
With a Change in Pace of Fantasy & Taste


Everybody knows how cool we here at the Isotope think the fantastically talented Goon author/artist Eric Powell is, which is why we threw him this super kick-ass event when he came to visit us. Yeah, that Powell, he's cool alright.

But as I was watching his latest video celebrating the relaunch of his website I got to wondering... is he really cooler than Billy Idol? Sure Powell's brought us all a lot of joy both with his funnybooks and his crazy antics at the Eisner Awards this year... but then again, Billy Idol did that hot Christmas album last December. Hmmmmm.

It was just about the time when I was starting to weigh the relative merits of Powell's frankly incredibly wonderful issue of Action Comics #855 against Idol's equally nifty skunk pelt jacket when Powell broke out his best sneer and launched into a hyper-testosteroned version of Idol's Flesh For Fantasy on video. Whoa!

Go check Powell out on his website and decide for yourselves who is cooler. And be sure to check back next week when he starts running a five-part documentary on the obsessions and explosions that inspired his up-coming magnum opus The Goon: Chinatown.

www.thegoon.com

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Best Weekend All Year Long
So Much To Do, So Little Time!


Wow, what a phenomenal weekend we're going into here in SF! I've seen a whole lot of folks in from out of town in the past two days so if you're in from out of town... "welcome" and I'm giving you all a high-five for having excellent timing!

So, what's going down during the best weekend all year long in the greatest city on Earth?

SF Love Parade & After-Party - We all know that San Francisco is without a doubt America's most open-minded city, so it was naturally the first choice to host the American version of Berlin's world-famous Love Parade. This massive parade and street party down the city's main thoroughfare of Market Street and culminates in a gigantic outdoor festival at the end of the route. Right out in front of city hall (that's how we do it in San Francisco, baby)! Not to be missed.

ArtCar Fest 2007 - The largest congregation of crazy, beautiful, goofy, and brain-meltingly outrageous ArtCars on the entire coast! You haven't truly lived until you've cast your peepers on jaw-dropping automotive glories like Ripper the Friendly Shark, Cowasaki, The Mirror Image, and the gothic majesty of the you-have-got-to-see-it-to-believe-it Carthedral. There just isn't anything more wonderful than seeing these beauties rolling down SF streets.

6th Annual Docfest - San Francisco's famed documentary film fest is one of my favorite reasons to snuggle down into a movie theater seat, scarf popcorn by the handful, and get hypnotized by the silver screen. This year's flicks include American Scary which answers all those burning questions you have about great TV horror hosts and hostesses of yesteryear, Luchando a flick about sex-working hustlers in Cuba's gay underground, What Would Jesus Buy? a cross country anti-consummerism bus ride with Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, El Mechanico Loco the highly praised look at a punk rock hotrod racing team, and the downright awful sounding Absolute Zero, a flick about a railway worker freezing to death trapped inside a refrigerated cooler car full of animal carcasses. I'll definitely be checking out a few of these!

Folsom Street Fair - The quintessential San Francisco street fair! This event is always one of the most fun of all of the crazy events we have here in SF, and this year the organizers have upped the ante with the addition of an "erotic artists' alley" full of some of our favorite local comic creators including Justin Hall, Steve MacIssac, and Drub. I've gotta give the Folsom Street Fair a standing ovation for showing so much appreciation to the art form of cartooning this year. Nice!

And lest we forget the very best thing happening all weekend...

JH Williams III @ the Isotope - Oh, I'm completely biased, I know! But seriously, who wouldn't want to come to the world's sexiest comic book store to meet one of the greatest living masters of the comics artform? One look at Mister Williams work on Promethea, Desolation Jones or his current run on Batman will get you just as mouth-foamingly manic about his art as we all are!

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Help Cartoonist Dame Darcy
Find Love with Flavor Flav


Dame Darcy - animator, bluegrass musician, doll-maker, actress, vaudeville performer, and author/artist of the brilliant Meatcake, knows what it's like to feel the love. Everyone from Alan Moore to author/activist Margaret Cho to Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore have been known to sing her praises... but it's not enough for the self-proclaimed "biggest showoff on the planet."

... apparently the love she really wants is of the gold-tooth and large clock wearing kind!

She's entered herself into VH1's Flavor of Love show where contestants live in a guady mansion and are put through various silly challenges in the hopes of winning the affections of Public Enemy's famous hype-man Flavor Flav.

So people... let's all do our part to make Dame Darcy's dream come true, place your vote for her here!

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Peaches Christ Happy Hour Madness
and Barbarella on the Big Screen


I honestly can't think of a more wonderful way to indulge in utter fabulousness than tonight's double-feature of entirely unrelated camp nightlife content... Peaches Christ's Hellraiser Happy Hour at Mix Bar in celebration of a decade of the diva's decadence as hostess to SF's legendary Midnight Mass movie series and Barbarella playing at the Red Vic!

What more needs to be said about Barbarella that hasn't already been said? 1968's high-camp schlock magnum opus is perhaps the greatest comic-to-movie-adaptation ever made and is essential viewing for those who love their sci-fi on the sexy, un-intellectual side. Starring a bubble-headed fur-feather-and-leather covered Jane Fonda (pulse racing! knees getting weak!), the ultra-potent combination of this flick and Alex Raymond's gorgeous Flash Gordon comics made quite the impression on me as a young lad... and what a sweet zero-gravity mind-warping for my young brain to get!

Indulge thyself in these many scenes from the original comic by Jean-Claude Forest, sneak over to YouTube to check out the original movie trailer, or feast your eyes on this ultimate psychedelic sci-fi sex comedy on the big screen later tonight.

And don't forget to go show Peaches your happy hour love too!

Barbarella @ Red Vic Theater
1727 Haight Street @ Shrader St
Thursday, August 30th
redvicmoviehouse.com

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Croquet, champagne, little sandwiches, cupcakes, pate... what a nice weekend!



The 2007 All-Star Sutro Heights Park Croquet Invitational organized by the wonderful Kate McMillan.

See the photos and championship results here

UPDATE: "Comic Nerd All-Star Game of Croquet" - it's the news that's sweeping the nation!

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Thursday, August 23, 2007


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Batman might hate the punk rock... but the punk rock people sure do love them some Batman! Oh, why so anti-punk, Bats?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Another Sign of the End Times
Monster Bands Make All-Out War


It's Gwar vs. Lordi... to the death!

It's no secret that we here at the Isotope enjoy a little over-the-top entertainment thrown in with our live music, which is why it's pretty easy to find me when crazy bands come to town. I'll be right down front every time. In fact, I'll be doing that very thing this evening!

And what great timing, because the Gwar vs. Lordi gauntlet has been thrown down! Both bands plant their tongues firmly in cheek, don monsterific personas, and take Alice Cooper and Kiss inspired stageshow antics to the next level. While the differences are indeed many, the similarities apparently can't be denied, which is why Mister Lordi keeps getting asked about it in interview after interview. Sure, there's plenty of room for more than one monsterband on this planet and in the hearts of outrageous rock fans... but what could be more fun than an all-out band vs. band battle to the death? Yes!

The first shot across the bow of monsterband war was Mister Lordi's perhaps genuinely sincere claim that he had never heard of the other band of monsters before despite some pesky persistent rumors of former Lordi bandmates claiming otherwise. It was only a matter of time before Gwar made their own statement about their fellow monster-rockers (who they consider a Gwar tribute band!) in their typical style.

By bringing Mister Lordi on tour with them, cutting off his head, and showering the crowd with his blood. Every single night! Check out the footage of Lordi's decapitated head on a pole from mere nights ago. Oh no, it's an all-out monsterband war to the death! What will a monsterman do?

(sigh) Sorry, Jared! I like Mister Lordi and his band of charming, silly monsters alot. I really do! But the monsterbands have gone to war and we both know where my loyalties lie.

So I'm wearing a Gwar shirt to the Lordi show tonight.

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Did someone say Autobots vs. Decepticons Transformers Beer Pong? Oh, I think they might have!


No way in hell am I going to miss that! Click flyer for more details.

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

He's Bringing Back the Stupidest Batmen Ever
Another Post About Why We Love Grant Morrison


The most common day-after question we heard from those lucky few hundred of you who had the opportunity to drink screwdrivers with Grant Morrison at the Isotope last year was "Could Grant Morrison be cooler?" If there was any doubt, today we can with supreme confidence tell you the answer to that question is "No, he couldn't."

While we certainly adore Mister Morrison as a comic book author and personality for his mind-blowing ideas, deep understanding of the human condition, literary strengths, and the many experiments with the medium that his writing famously reflects. The thing we appreciate most about Morrison is his unabashed fearlessness when it comes to celebrating comics' greatest asset...

One look around the Isotope shop or this very website and it's pretty apparant that we're enthralled with the single most wonderful thing about the comics medium and American comic industry as a whole, and that's the manic culture-jam of both high and low art. While some might foolishly think otherwise (as fools are often known to do), comics are snobbery's pure, undiluted Kryptonite in true everyman form. Capable of withering even the mightiest of down-nose-lookers with the tiniest reveal that glorious morsels of unashamed pulp (e.g. Spider-Man) plays in the same sandbox alongside heady works of social importance (e.g. Joe Sacco's Palestine) on a daily basis. This is comics' most superheroic power, and no other writer working in comics today knows and celebrates this more than Grant Morrison.

Which is why instead of sweeping them under the rug like the silly mis-shapen things they are, he's bringing back the stupidest D-List Batman also-rans of all time, and commemorating the nexus point of the lowest of pulp and highest of arts combined. And it is this very act of celebration that we think makes Morrison so significant in the world of comic books today.

Read about Morrison's up-coming take on those funnybook losers of yesteryear Bat-Hombre, El Gaucho, Chief Man-Of-Bats, Wingman, and more from the man himself over on Wizard's website here.

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Friday, May 04, 2007

I Like Food, Food Tastes Good
Crazy Cookbook by Fave Bands


I'm not sure whether it's the beautiful San Francisco weather we're having or it's that trio of wonderfully sweet shows the staff just went to... but whatever it is, I've been thinking about ice cream and dessert-y treats all day long.

And what better timing could there be than that of an email in my in-box telling me about I Like Food, Food Tastes Good a cool new rock and roll cookbook from Hyperion Books with recipes inspired by songs in 100 different bands' repertoires or real-life road experiences. Named after the classic Descendents song, this book features true works of food preparation art by bands that know how to eat on the road (including NOFX, Death Cab For Cutie, They Might Be Giants, the Violent Femmes, and Shonen Knife).

Either this book is very, very cool... or I'm just very hungry!

I Like Food, Food Tastes Good: In The Kitchen With Your Favorite Bands by Kara Zuaro.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Spinal Tap, the Biggest Rock Band Ever
Cranks it to 11 to Combat Global Warming


We love it when our heroes work together to help save the world... and what could be cooler than the mighty Spinal Tap re-grouping to fight global climate change?

Setting aside exciting lives as hip hop producers in colonic clinics, raising jockeyless miniature race horses, and being live-ins at rehab clinics for internet addiction, the members of Spinal Tap have decided to let bygones be bygones for the fate of the entire planet. And we here at the Isotope applaud them!

Thank you, Spinal Tap. Thank you.

Check out the new 15 minute documentary here

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Inside the Psyche of Hank Pym
iFanboy's Tribute to Civil War


Captain America is dead and even CNN knows that blood-thirsty comic book author Ed Brubaker killed off the living comic book embodiment of the American dream. What's a fanboy to do to celebrate this fallen hero?

Well if the fanboy in question is iFanboy, they document the conflict that had the nation torn asunder.

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Friday, April 06, 2007

It's a Big Wheel Time of Year Again
Downhill Danger on Easter Sunday


Here at the Isotope we like folks who break out from the pack of do-nothings to throw caution to the wind to embrace the white-hot dangerous stuff of living.

Whether they be life's glorified champions or the spectacular crash-and-burners we celebrate the true beauty that is those rare daredevil individuals who steel themselves against the terror of the unknown to blaze down cobblestone trails of their own dangerous making.


Which is why you'll find us this Sunday at one of our favorite annual San Francisco events, BYO Big Wheel. Like a mini Burning Man on the coolest of 80's children's toys, BYO Big Wheel is a reckless white-knuckle high speed race down SF's famous Lombard Street.

Watch the video, feel the glory, taste the danger... see you there!

More on BYO Big Wheel here

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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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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

No doubt you already know all about the Isotope's plans for WonderCon weekend. So let us introduce you to the creator you'll be touring tiki bars with this Friday night...


Ladies and gentlemen, meet Adam Beechen!

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

The Supreme Comics Question Asked
By Newsarama Poster "InDaMix"


Keeping your finger on the pulse of the comics industry isn't for the feint of heart, here at the Isotope we slog daily through a plethora of comics related websites in search of the latest in industry news and opinion. And recently we stumbled onto what is perhaps the most monumental threads ever created on the Newsarama boards and had to share it with you all.

Kicking off with a truly grin-inspiring headline, we invite you to witness the single minded righteousness of poster InDaMix who points the finger at any comic fan who thinks anyone but Morrison wrote Watchmen and condemns them righteously. Good stuff!

"Grant Morrison seems to get more and more fans with each year, but I was wondering if anyone feels like he peaked with Watchmen? Does 7 Soldiers come close to topping it? I'm a huge Watchmen fan, but some of Grant's later stuff has underwhelmed me."

InDaMix quickly follows up on a "correction" written by another board member with:

"Moore did V for Vendetta and a lot of other good books. Morrison did Watchmen. Their names sound similar so people get confused sometimes. You aren't the first person I heard make that error."

And even a link to a Wikipedia entry:

"but isn't Wikipedia supposed to be full of errors?"

Enjoy the entire thread here

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Some Truly Cool Things Are Created
When Comics & Quilting Collide


It's no accident that the Isotope happens to be located in such close proximity to two of San Francisco's most beloved and sexy crafty shops, the Urban Knitting Studio and Stitch Lounge, because we've always been of the opinion that there's a lot of mutual cross-over between such types of stores that celebrate the creative. And one need only take a look at all the people who come into the store gleefully carrying beautiful balls of yarn or count the number of folks who find a spot on our sofa to do some afternoon knitting to agree.

But perhaps the coolest proof of this we've seen yet came in an email today from customer David Pinch...

James,

I don't know if you recall, but a couple of months ago I came into Isotope and bought a John Byrne X-men collection and told you I was using it to fashion a quilt. Since you said you hoped to see it when it was done I am sending you a few photos of it.

Long live Isotope.

David




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Amazing... congrats on a job well done David!

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