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Brian K. Vaughan @ Isotope

Isotope is jumping into 2015 in a huge way, with a series of once-in-a-lifetime events as only we can do. And the first is with the current hottest author in the entire world of comics Brian K. Vaughan of SAGA and Y THE LAST MAN fame!

Friday, January 9th 2015

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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).

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!


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!

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.


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!


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.

The Walking Dead: A Decade of Dead

In honor of the ten year anniversary of Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard‘s epic series THE WALKING DEAD (congrats!) the folks at Skybound Entertainment and Hyundai put together a great 22 minute documentary with interviews by some great industry folks and fans of the book. This saw a debut at New York Comic Con last weekend and now it’s up on YouTube for everyone to enjoy!

And among the folks interviewed is yours truly, sporting my favorite purple suit. The producers were great to work with and we had a lot of fun talking about crazy Robert Kirkman stories like this one.

Check out the event invitation for the world premiere of this documentary from NYCC. The eagle-eyed among you will notice it contains zombie versions of everyone in the film, drawn by series artist Charlie Adlard. That’s me down on the bottom right hand side. Considering my secret appearance in the Tony Moore drawn volume one, it’s quite an honor to have been zombified by *both* of THE WALKING DEAD artists!

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(sigh) I wish more zombies wore ties, don’t you?

Thank You San Francisco: Best Comic Store

The SF Bay Guardian‘s “Best Of…” issue has arrived and the Isotope is proud to be recognized once again, with the prestigious “Best Comic Store” award. In one of the most competitive cities in the country for comic shops, there can be no greater honor than to be chosen by the people of San Francisco as a winner for this award for our eleventh year in a row. Truly, we could not be more honored!

And we’re thrilled to see some of our favorite Bay Area places are also taking home trophies this year too! Including our very best of friends at SAUCE, our new neighbors and collaborators at SCHULZIE’S BREAD PUDDING and the SF JAZZ CENTER, as well as our other great Hayes Valley friends at SHOE BIZ, SAMOVAR TEA LOUNGE, and the fantastic LUNCHPAD. As well as some of our other SF staples we adore like the fantastic GREEN APPLE BOOKS, ZEITGEIST, BRENDA’S FRENCH SOUL FOOD, DNA LOUNGE, CHECK PLEASE! BAY AREA (see the Sauce episode the Isotope staff is in here), and our beloved BAY AREA DERBY GIRLS. Yay, derby girls! And even KARL THE FOG is taking home the well-deserved gold this year!

Check out the full list of the Best San Francisco has to offer here.

Thank you, to all of you, for showing us such love. You touch our hearts and fill our lives with happiness, San Francisco and SF Bay Guardian!


Doctor Lollipop @ APE AFTERMATH!

This, dear friends, is an event I’ve been wanting to host for two very long years and finally that day has come!

In honor of the Alternative Press Expo this weekend we’re kicking our traditional annual batch up a notch… DOCTOR LOLLIPOP style!

Ms. Kelly Martin is one of our all-time favorite San Francisco comic creators and her DOCTOR LOLLIPOP comic fills our hearts with sparkles and smiles. And we couldn’t stop bouncing for joy we heard that the amazing people behind one of the best cartoons ever ADVENTURE TIME were going to be adapting her comic with full participation from Ms. Martin as an animated feature for CARTOON HANGOVER!

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Kelly got to help be part of the casting process and we couldn’t be more happy she helped pick the amazing Rose McGowan as the voice of Coco!

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What better time to get to throw a big, crazy APE AFTERMATH featuring Ms. Martin and her amazing comic creation! Featuring stylish grooves curated by DJ Bearzbub! And in honor of our love for everything Doctor Lollipop, our resident mixologist Kirsten Baldock will be serving up her pinkest cocktail ever!

Featuring Ms. Kelly Martin

Saturday, October 12th
8pm – Midnight 21+

This year is going to be mind-blowing!

Celebrate Those You Love, San Francisco!

Is there another city so full of amazingly nice people doing so many wonderful things as San Francisco? Here at the Isotope we feel just so lucky to have all these around! And once a year we get to celebrate all those fabulous denizens, wild visionaries, indie businesses, and awesome characters that make this city so great in the SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay reader’s poll.

Don’t be shy, San Francisco… it’s time to show some love to the people and places that make us all smile! Please do take a moment with me to honor those things that make SF such a fantastic place to live. There really are lots of wonderful eligible businesses and delightful staff members who make all our lives happier who will no doubt appreciate being showered with love and told how much it means to us to have them all around. Who wouldn’t want to see our friends at Image Comics and also WUVABLE OAF creator Ed Luce getting a Best of the Bay award this year?!

Celebrate the things you love, San Francisco. Vote here:
SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Poll 2013

Here’s some people and places we think make San Francisco so very wonderful: (UPDATED: 9/20)

Best New Restaurant – Noir Lounge
Best Splurge Restaurant – Millennium
Best Late-Night Restaurant – Sauce
Best Romantic Restaurant – First Crush
Best Food/Drink Festival – Domingo de Piña @ Smuggler’s Cove
Best Food Cart – Sanguchón Peruvian Food Truck
Best Pizza – Patxi’s
Best Small Plates – Sauce
Best Burger and Fries – Jardiniere (shhh… it’s a secret!)
Best Barbecue – Brick Pig’s House
Best Indian Restaurant – Chutney
Best Thai Restaurant – Jitlada Thai
Best Breakfast – Lunchpad
Best Appetizers – Boiled Peanuts @ Boxing Room
Best Lunch – Catfish Po’ Boy @ Brenda’s French Soul Food
Best Dessert – PB&J @ Sauce
Best Food/Drinks Blog or Site – EaterSF
Best Cup of Coffee – Blue Bottle
Best Cup of Tea – Samovar Tea Lounge on Page
Best New Bar – Brass Tacks
Best Dive Bar – Hi Dive
Best Swanky Bar – Smuggler’s Cove
Best Wine Bar – Rosebowl Florist & Wine Bar
Best Brewery – Speakeasy
Best Creative Cocktails – Kirsten Baldock @ Isotope
Best Bloody Mary – Zeitgeist
Best Butcher Shop – Fatted Calf
Best Cheese Shop – Gourmet & More Store
Best Chocolatier – Christopher Elbow

Best Movie Theater – Balboa Theatre
Best Rep Film House – Vortex Room
Best Performance Space – SF Jazz
Best Film or Arts Festival – Noir City
Best Museum – The Exploratorium
Best Art Gallery – Cartoon Art Museum
Best Artist or Collective – Ed Luce
Best Zine – Wuvable Oaf
Best Publishing House – Image Comics
Best Record Label – Prank Records
Best Band – Class Actress
Best Singer-Songwriter – Bob Mould
Best DJ – DJ Bearzbub
Best Overall Dance Party – Breakfast of Champions
Best Rock Club – Thee Parkside
Best Jukebox – Molotov’s
Best Gay Bar or Club – The Stud
Best Drag Show – It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere: A Drag King Variety Show
Best Drag King or Queen – Art Kahn
Best Burlesque Act or Show – Pickles Kintaro & the Hubba Hubba Review
Best Open Mic Night – The Riptide
Best Literary Night – Writers With Drinks

Best Overall Bookstore – Borderlands Books
Best Used Bookstore – Green Apple Books
Best Comic Book Store – Isotope
Best Magazine Selection – Kayo Books
Best Record Store – Grooves Inspiralled Vinyl
Best Men’s Clothing Store – Artful Gentleman
Best Local Designer – Phoenix Zoellick
Best Shoe Store – Gimme Shoes
Best Furniture Store – Inside Modern
Best Toy Store – Super7 Store
Best Bike Shop – Market Street Cycles
Best Skate Shop – Purple Skunk
Best Gift Shop – Paxton Gate
Best Quirky Specialty Store – Costumes on Haight
Best Flower Shop – Rosebowl Florist & Wine Bar
Best Place to Buy Lingerie – Dark Garden

Best Street Fair – BYO Big Wheel
Best Hotel – SF Sleep
Best Tourist Attraction – Comic Rockstars Toilet Seat Museum
Best Tour – Alcatraz
Best Spot for Kids – Chabot Space and Science Center
Best Overall Blog – Squidlist
Best News Blog or Site – SFist
Best Style Blog or Site – CurbedSF
Best Nonprofit Organization – BayKids
Best TV Show – Check Please
Best Radio Station – SomaFM
Best Tattoo Parlor – Body Manipulations
Best Tattoo Artist – Tex
Best Local Animal Rescue – Rocketdog Rescue
Best Pet Groomer – All Creatures Healing Network
Best Alternative Healing – Jaden Rose Holistic Bodywork
Best Bicycle Repair – Matt Aimes @ Market Street Cycles
Best Salon – Hair of the Gods
Best Hairstylist – Donnelle @ Hair of the Gods
Best Massage – Justin Hall
Best Amateur Sports Team – Bay Area Derby Girls
Best Public Sports Facility – Circus Center San Francisco
Best Beach – Baker Beach
Best Public Park – Golden Gate Park
Best Park for Dogs – Lafayette Park
Best Skate Spot – Golden Gate Park on a Sunday
Best Surf Spot – Ocean Beach
Best place to Watch the Sunset – Golden Gate Bridge

Please do feel free to add your own wonderful suggestions in the comment section below, we always want to know about the amazing people and places that we might be missing out on! And don’t delay on getting those votes in, the poll ends September 25th.

SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Poll 2013

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