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Isotope Award 2011

2011's Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics winner is Katie Longua! More details here.

Isotope Comics University

The Isotope proudly presents an on-going series of comic classes taught by Ed Luce, the award-winning creator of the fantastic Wuvable Oaf series. Our first round of classes are designed to help take your existing book to the next level, focusing on the ins-and-outs of guerrilla publishing and DIY printworking, practical conventioneering, inventive marketing/branding, effective merchandising, and so much more on a shoe-string budget.

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In Honor of Princess UGG

Isotope is sacred ground for this first of our two PRINCESS UGG celebrations of epic proportions with two-time Eisner Award nominee author/artist Ted Naifeh!

Following up in the footsteps of his celebrated COURTNEY CRUMRIN and POLLY & THE PIRATES works, his latest series completes a triptych of Oni Press awesome, and proves once again why Naifeh’s unique brand of distinctly beautiful comics are truly the pride of the industry. Summoning a fresh cauldron of epic fantasy adventure, Naifeh’s coming of age yarn both rejects many of the trappings of traditional Disney-ified YA princess fantasy while celebrating all the cool stuff the genre promises. PRINCESS UGG is truly the finest breed of Best New Releases of 2014 AD.

Starring Warrior Princess Ülga, a wild young barbarian with an axe-swinging taste for adventure and action, finds herself shipped off for tribal duty… can even she survive the nightmare-inducing terrors of the fine ladies’ finishing school? Or will that rebellious glint in her eye and her sharpened steel end up spelling doom for all?

Grab your Viking helmets and ride your woolly mammoth steeds to come join us for this daytime all-ages event launching PRINCESS UGG in high Isotope style!

Preview PRINCESS UGG here.

Free Comic Book Day 2014 @ Isotope

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event at comic shops the planet over. And here at the Isotope our FCBD celebrations are truly the stuff of legend, feast your eyes! We will once again be featuring San Francisco’s most glorious and massive smorgasboard of absolutely free comic reads for comic lovin’ kids of all ages!

And we’re proud to announce our featured comic creator special guest star, Aidan Hernacki!

A true sequential art phenom at 11 years old, Aidan’s celebrated ONION BROS comic saw it’s debut here at the Isotope last year with THE ONION BROS: ADVENTURES IN SPACE, a hilarious action adventure romp, which has been endorsed by none other than Tom Hiddleston (yep, LOKI) himself. For 2014 Aidan is bringing new printings and also debuting his latest self-published opus for our Free Comic Book Day masses ONION BROS: VAMPIRE HUNTERS!

Like last year Aidan will be doing free sketches and also making his one of a kind original art production pages available for those of us with fine taste in originals & who want to pick up some of work before he gets too famous. As always, Isotope has a strict policy of never taking a cut of our featured creator’s finances during our events, no matter who they may be… so any money you spend on Aidan’s comics and original artwork will go straight into his pocket where it belongs.

The day-long celebration also features San Francisco’s very own DJ BEARZBUB, spinning his favorite blend of extra-exotical b-sides, booty shaking nöyze, and rare, rare beats to keep your Free Comic Day shopping grooving!

And because Free Comic Book Day has just gotten *so* busy here at the Isotope over the last few years we’ve actually had to bring in some additional help. This year, aside from myself and Josh, we are also going to be featuring some extra ordinary “security” to make sure everything is running smoothly (bring your kids and your cameras!) and we will also have a new special “shop boy” to help run the register. We’re very excited to get to introduce you! Keep your eyes on our Twitter accounts and Instagram for more details on our “shop boy” and “security” staffers on the day of the event.

With such a great day lined up for all of you, one parting thought about what makes FCBD so special…

We do indeed continue to have the most generous, high-stakes, no-limit, can’t-find-anywhere-else explosion of free reads in SF but we do ask that you keep in mind that here at the Isotope we believe Free Comic Book Day is all about the kids, and even the mighty Isotope’s supplies are limited, so before you over-indulge yourselves, remember… every free comic you scoop up is one the kids can’t. So please be nice to the kiddos. Thank you kindly!

xoxox

Here’s a list of the official releases: FCBD 2014 website

Celebrate the Olympians

Is there anything better than to see a smiling kid with a comic in their hands? Here at the Isotope we are lucky to see that every single day. We probably have more photos of kids enjoying great comics in the Isotope lounge or launching their own comic careers or starring in music videos or meeting their idols here than any other group of folks.

Of all our favorite books to put in the hands of the kiddos one of the ones we love most is George O’Connor‘s gorgeous series of THE OLYMPIANS books from our friends at First Second Books. Re-exploring the Greek pantheon with style, O’Connor serves up a great mix of classic mythology and a tip of the hat to classic silverand bronze age superhero comics. Filled with all the monsters, romance and warring immortals we could ask for these action-packed, high-drama fantasy adventures are great for kids and adults alike.

So we couldn’t be happier for our first event of 2014 is a chance to get to have Mister O’Connor in to meet his fans here at the Isotope! He’ll be signing books, doing sketches and ranting about all our favorite Greek Myths with us.

George O’Connor @ Isotope
Thursday, February 6th
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Check out more about THE OLYMPIANS series: http://olympiansrule.com

See you all then!

Happy New Year!

Thanks from our entire Isotope family to yours for a truly wonderful year, you all made 2013 one of the most fun ones ever.

The Isotope will be closed on New Years Day in honor of the holiday… our staff is hoping your day is filled with many winter smiles and romance!

XOXOX

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Holiday Romance

A little holiday romance for us all c/o Roy Thomas, Gene Colan & Tom Palmer.

Doctor Strange #180 (1969).

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Expanded Holiday Hours

Happy holidays from your friends at the Isotope!

For your comic booking pleasure this year, we’ve got expanded holiday hours, all the gift certificates you could ever ask for (and yes, we can also do those over the phone, just call us), free gift wrapping and of course the world-class personal shopping experience to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones… or to celebrate Self Gifting Season!

And yes, you read that right, new comics are here on a Tuesday, Christmas Eve. It’s a true holiday miracle!

xoxox

Gift Wrapping Time

We love gift wrapping graphic novels for people, so feel free to ask and we will happily make your comic prezzies pretty for your loved ones. What could be better? Let’s get some non-denominational holiday wrapping done!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

We’ll be closed on Thursday, November 28th to celebrate the holiday with our loved ones. But don’t worry we’ll be open right up again on Friday for all your comic booking needs!

And I have to say, we here at the Isotope have a lot to be thankful for. Great comics and graphic novels, smiling faces coming in the front door, friendly creators who are as excited as we are about celebrating the artform, having the opportunity to share our passion for comics with so many, being a small part of the colorful tapestry that makes San Francisco the greatest city on Earth… but most especially we’re thankful for all the sweet, supportive people who have helped us make so many of our dreams come true. We love you so much.

xoxox

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Birthday Wishes to Steve Ditko

Each year on November 2nd here at the Isotope we offer up a celebratory toast of our collective cocktail glasses in celebration of the birth of Steve Ditko and his truly Scorpiotastic creations like Spider-Man, The Question, Mister A, The Creeper, the jaw-droppingly awesome Shade The Changing Man, and also the coolest comic character ever… Doctor Strange.

While he probably doesn’t care about such things like bdays these days, here at the Isotope we will always honor him on this his special day. Today I’m spending my off-work hours drawing an album cover for a new release by Space Station, my atomic spacerock band. What better day to let Ditko’s mad genius guide us and keep our bubble helmeted space girls full of beauty, style and sly wit?

Thank you for a lifetime of inspiration, Mister Ditko!

Happy SANDMAN OVERTURE Day!

The most anticipated comic of the decade has arrived!

Neil Gaiman, JH Williams III, Dave Stewart and Todd Klein take us on six-issue odyssey of awesomeness.

Check out more here. And for you digital readers, go ahead and grab a copy from the Isotope’s sexy Digital Store.

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