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Live from The SECONDS Bash

Bryan Lee O’Malley @ the Isotope was even better than you heard! Fans came in from all over Northern California & beyond to meet Bryan and get their SECONDS signed and sketched in. People were literally bouncing w/ excitement all day. The after-party went LATE. Despite it being a long day, Bryan clearly was having a blast with everyone… he was early to his 3pm signing & stayed at the after-party until almost 3am. Mister O’Malley outlasted *everyone* at the party!

Here’s photos for you to enjoy:

Isotope Proudly Presents: SECONDS!

Bryan Lee O’Malley at the Isotope… the launch event of the year!

In celebration of the most anticipated book of 2014, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s upcoming SECONDS from the brilliant folks at Random House… the man himself and we here at the Isotope will be rocking San Francisco’s collective worlds with an event of truly mythological proportions!

SECONDS continues a truly stunning body of work by O’Malley. Including the most influential comic of its generation, SCOTT PILGRIM, and his two amazing graphic novels LOST AT SEA and HOPELESS SAVAGES: GROUND ZERO. And this return to store shelves sounds like his most ambitious work yet! SECONDS stars chef entrepreneur Katie, a woman gifted with a second chance at everything, thanks to a magical mushroom-enhanced ability to rewind existence and fix any damage done. But ambitious Katie can’t help but tinker with fate, even it it’s against the rules, and who can blame her? When you’re just that close to a Perfect Life what’s one more little tweak?! We’re definitely looking forward to reading this!

And in celebration, Bryan Lee O’Malley and we here at the Isotope are teaming up for an event to celebrate. Two events, in fact! As Mister O’Malley hasn’t made very many SF Bay Area appearances this past decade, we know his visit is going to be *very* popular. The Isotope staff wants you all to have a wonderful experience meeting him and for everyone to get to create amazing memories of Bryan’s visit together. So we’re doing a duo of events to make everyone happy! First up is a daytime signing event for the under 21 crowd, and then an epic celebration later that evening for the folks who like our mix and mingle, bring-your-ID, after-dark events.

3pm – 6pm, Wednesday July 16th
An all-ages autographing session completely free of charge because we love you! This is sure to be a popular signing and we definitely want everyone to get time to actually talk with Bryan so we kindly ask that you bring no more than 3 items for Bryan to sign. On behalf of all of us, thanks in advance!

8pm – Midnight, Wednesday July 16th
A 21+ event as only the Isotope can do! If you’ve been to an after-hours party at the Isotope before you know the great atmosphere and amazing crowd that will be turning out for this. This event has a casual backstage-after-the-show vibe and gives you all an opportunity to actually hang out and get to know Bryan the way we think an in-store appearance should truly be!

Featuring the exclusive Bryan Lee O’Malley SECONDS Cocktail Glass, an ultra-limited low-ball designed specifically for this event by O’Malley and the Isotope. Available nowhere else on the planet!

Also starring San Francisco’s famed DJ BEARZBUB, spinning his famous brand of exotic grooves, hot b-sides, booty shaking nöyze, and rare beats to

And of course, the man of the hour himself, Bryan Lee O’Malley!


As of sometime last Saturday our after-hours evening event reached Maximum Capacity, and no more spots available. Congrats to everyone who acted quickly and gets to attend, we’re looking forward to seeing you there! For everyone who missed the chance to attend the after party, don’t worry, we still have our daytime signing with tons of SECONDS for you!

Rocking Out w/ Scott Pilgrim

This year’s most anticipated nerd-centric objet d’obsession is without a doubt Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the big screen adaptation of the brilliant graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley.

I caught a pre-screening last Monday, mere hours after I got home from SDCC. Other members of the Isotope family were also there and had been sitting in line for many hours but I wasn’t about to line-jump all those hardcore Pilgrim fans that had gotten there before I did so I happily made my way to the back of the line, crossed my fingers, and let the crowd’s energy re-invigorate me. The comic gods were smiling on me and I ended up being the last person who made it into the theatre that day!

I honestly have no idea how the general public will take it, I hope they love it. It was a thing of beauty seeing this and Walking Dead dominating the mass media message at Comic Con. And I’d definitely like to see a lot more cool indy comics like this doing the same next year. After last year’s box-office bomb I fear we kind of need Scott to deliver the crowds to keep Hollywood catering to us funnybook folks… so keep your fingers crossed!

Anyone who has seen the trailers already knows that director Edgar Wright serves up a manic mash-up of movies, videogames, comics, and rock and roll in a completely overwhelming way and the movie is like what you get when you string all those trailers together. This is Triptocaine movie making for the Street Fighter II generation, with as much Hyper Turbo EX Plus Alpha Remix as you can handle. With endless Funimation style battles to otaku tsunamis of geek culture references to Bollywood-bizarre musical outbreaks to nerdy indy rock chiptune soundtracks to the real-life/virtual 16-bit emulation hybrid Scott Pilgrim pours it on heavy. Anyone who doesn’t mind plugging their brain directly into a site like ign for a few hours will no doubt absolutely love it.

For me, more than anything else, I’m just glad that Scott Pilgrim really knows how to rock. And he rocks hard. Every scene where Scott’s band Sex Bob-Omb plays is downright awesome and I would have gladly watched two hours of just that alone!


The Scott Pilgrim Videogame Trailer Rocks

Right now every single thing that has the words “Scott” and “Pilgrim” on it is awesome. The movie is looking really, really good, the wearables are hot, the plushies are adorable, the comics we know are excellent, and the videogame… the videogame looks like an absolute blast.

I’m ecstatic for Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley, he’s has got to be just so happy with this. Direct your browsers over to to see the 16-bit gloriousness of Scott and Ramona kicking ass, guitar mini-games, rabid samurais, a sweet Knight Rider Limo, all to a fantasticly nerdy chiptune soundtrack by Anamanaguchi. My favorite part is seeing when defeated enemies drop coins they’re dropping Canadian loonies and twoonies. That’s just cool!

Scott Pilgrim Vs the World – Videogame Trailer

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