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This Week The Isotope Staff Is Reading…

James Sime

Proprietor

Drink & Draw vol 2 HC

Time Lincoln #1

Women of Marvel TPB

Storm

Superstar

X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga HC

Drink & Draw vol 2 HC

Secret Warriors vol 3 HC

Kirsten Baldock

Special Projects Director

Time Bomb #1

Fear Agent #28

Drink & Draw vol 2 HC

The Isotope is Best of the Bay!

Thank you SF Bay Guardian and all you fine folks for making us Best Comic Store 2010 in the Guardian’s Best of the Bay awards reader’s poll.

xoxox!

The CBGB Comic Gets Even Better

As a comic store retailer it’s my job to distill down those special somethings that make people excited to leave the comfort of their easy chairs to venture out into the world and come into my store. I’ve designed my entire business around the concept of making the Isotope into something much more than just a place to purchase goods. It’s in the store’s DNA, in the culture of people, and in everything we do. I think the best brick-and-mortar retail establishments are all about creating awesome experiences and crafting wonderful memories. And I’m always excited to see other folks in the comic industry who are on the same page as I am.

So when longtime Isotope amigos Sam Humphries and Rob G wrote to me asking if we would like to be one of the few select retailers to get to give away their limited edition show poster prints for folks who buy the first issue of the upcoming CBGB comic? You know I smiled! Not only were our pals pretty much on the exact same wave-length as me, but I actually may have been the person who taught Rob G that double-devil salute (which I first saw a guy holding high at a Danzig show years ago and you can see me doing the same in the pit in this here Gwar video).

Anyway, my staff and I were already pretty excited about the release of the four issue CBGB comic already… with stories from Jamie Hernandez, Kieron Gillen, Chuck BB, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Sam Humphries, Rob G, and the rather awesome Scissor Sisters songstress Ana Matronic? How could we not be?!

Check out the print here, read more about the series, and don’t forget to add it to your pull-list!

This Week The Isotope Staff Is Reading…

James Sime

Proprietor

Man w/ the Getaway Face

Revolver HC

Sweets #1

Storm

Superstar

Man w/ the Getaway Face

Young Avengers Complete TPB

Birds of Prey #3

Kirsten Baldock

Special Projects Director

Man w/ the Getaway Face

Sweets #1

Daytripper #8

The staff with the getaway faces! This week’s pictures theme is the IsoStaff’s tribute to Darwyn Cooke and Richard Stark‘s Parker: The Man With The Getaway Face. See Dar’s version of this same scene on the comic’s original cover here.

This Week The Isotope Staff Is Reading…

James Sime

Proprietor

Scarlet #1

X-Women One-Shot

Casanova #1

Storm

Superstar

Avengers: Children's Crusade #1

X-Women One-Shot

X-Men #1

Kirsten Baldock

Special Projects Director

Casanova #1

Absolute Planetary vol 1 HC

House of Mystery vol 4 TPB

The Isotope staff… suitable for framing!

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Not To Be Missed: Scarlet #1

Due to shipping changes because of the recent holiday new comics arrive on store shelves this week on Thursday, July 8th. And with them is Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev‘s new creator owned series Scarlet.

A bi-monthly series (that is sure to be downright gorgeous thanks to Maleev) focuses on corrupt governments, a generation on the edge, a woman named Scarlet, and revolution in the streets. According to Bendis, the book is in part inspired by author Paddy Chayefsky‘s excellent 1976 film Network.

Bendis’s first creator-owned project since Powers, this sounds like it has the potential to be one of his best works. And although I ordered a truckload of them it’s pretty certain that it’s going to sell out everywhere. If you dropped the ball and didn’t place a pre-order with us chances are Scarlet’s going to end up being a bit difficult to get your hands on… so you might want to email hidden; JavaScript is required to reserve one right away!

See more Scarlet here.

Your Next Comic Creator Obsession: Dave Taylor

It’s my job to always have one eye out for the Next Big Thing In Comics. To hunt down the best comics have to offer and to keep my customers right on that bleeding edge, discovering their favorite new comic creators before the rest of the industry catches on. So with San Diego Comic Con is coming up I thought now was a good time to let you all know about your next favorite comic creator before the official announcements hit.

Chances are you haven’t heard of Dave Taylor yet (unless you’re a reader of 2000ad that is)… but that is all about to change. Because in only a few weeks DC is going to be announcing the Batman project Taylor has been quietly working on for the past year.

With a style that brings to mind all the best aspects of Frank Quitely, Seth Fisher and Moebius there isn’t a doubt in my mind that whatever they announce about him at SDCC is going to blow people’s minds. If that image above (just a piece of a panel) hasn’t already made your pulse quicken allow me to let Mister Taylor show you what he can do, go ahead and click this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this … and then check out this absolutely gorgeous Iron Man variant cover and this mind-blowing view of Mega-City One.

See, he’s your next favorite comic artist, isn’t he?!

I’ve been following Dave’s blog carefully over the last couple years (as well as making sure my collection has everything that I can get of his work before he hits big here with American comic readers), and it’s pretty clear that it’s very soon that DC finally announces the “high-end Batman project” he’s been hinting at. Trust me, whatever it is, it’s going to be big.

Check out Dave’s blog and see even more drop-dead gorgeous artwork here:
http://d-taylor-comics-music-ford-mustangs.blogspot.com

And watch for that Dave Taylor Batman news at San Diego Comic Con!

UPDATE: Well it looks like the settings on my Orb of Agamotto are set a little farther in the future than I thought! According to Mister Taylor himself we’re going to have wait just a little bit longer until the project he and his “mystery author” are working on detonates the US comics market.

I guess that just gives all of us just a little more time to enjoy his work before he becomes one of the biggest names in comics… and with that in mind, I suggest scooping up some of his original art from his website while it’s still affordable! Here’s the page I’m buying. What amazing Dave Taylor original art are you guys getting?

My Favorite Patriotic Comic Characters

Happy 4th of July!

I hope you are all out having an excellent day of fun in the summer sun and having lots of barbequed meats! I’m sure you’ve seen various lists of the most patriotic comic characters over the years, and if you’re like me, you’ve come away feeling that whoever wrote them didn’t really do their homework. How is it that even those “definitive” lists leave off so many great American heroes?!

So in celebration of this most American of holidays I decided to make my own list of patriotic comic characters. When Uncle Sam called – they listened! This list is by no means attempting to be a list of all of them, so if you have a favorite star spangled comic character who you think deserves to stand tall with the following flag-waving superstars, go ahead and add them to the comments section… but they better be good!


Yes, of course Captain America has to be the first up on this list. He’s the quintessential patriotic hero who has been the star of some of the best superhero comics throughout the years and continues to still rock on the comic stands today. He’s survived not one but two terrible movies and still leaves you excited about his next one. If that isn’t American, I don’t know what is! And plus… during WW2 he decked Hitler!


In all of the years I’ve spent reading lists like this not even once have I ever seen Rueben Flagg, Plexus Ranger in one. Seriously?! He’s the star of a little book called American Flagg!, which just so happens to be one of the best science fiction comics ever put to paper. Rueben’s a patriot through and through, he’s got that awesome flag-themed jacket, and even spends most of his off time participating in the kind of extracurricular activities most of us Americans approve of.


Whether she’s called Captain Liberty on the live-action tv show, or if she’s the shoe-throwing American Maid from the comic and cartoon (awesomely drawn by artist Rene here)… this character from The Tick is definitely one of best patriotic heroines ever. She’s got that true can-do attitude that all great Americans are made of. And that episode where she’s appointed by The City to be local guide for The Immortal? Hotcha!


Who could forget Judge Dredd, the most patriotic character after Captain America ever? Tongue planted firmly in cheek, the writers behind Dredd revel in all the best aspects of America-gone-wrong and serve up some great social commentary with a scoop of butt-kicking to boot. Apparently when Dredd’s comics were imported here from overseas, the Brits claimed we American’s didn’t “get the joke” of Dredd’s whole ultra-violent, neo-fascist, shoot-first, pro-American world. Sorry, my British friends, we actually do get your sense of humor… perhaps you don’t get ours? (cheeky grin)!


There really is no comic that makes you feel more proud to be an American than Wally Wood’s Cannon (which originally ran in US Military Papers, sports naked ladies on every page, and has the hero fighting both the Commies and the Nazis) but since that comic doesn’t have a hero who wears generous amounts of stars and stripes… this entry goes to Miss America instead. I’m sure there’s something more American than blonde bombshells but I’m apparently too dumb to think of what that might be!


“Gimme a blue!” Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s pill-popping madman Nuke was a reaction to the excesses of Sly Stallone and Chuck Norris flicks, when such post-trauma-syndrome heroes were all the rage. But all the torture Nuke endured by the Viet Cong didn’t excuse his crazed, gun toting, war mongering in the streets of downtown NYC… but hey, thanks to his cheesy face tattoo he always looks cool doing it anyway!


Don’t believe what the DC suits try and tell you, Wonder Woman has one of the most recognizable, classic and downright good looking American superhero costumes ever. You work those stars, WW! And the character’s real life creation is one of the best historical origins in all of comics (there really aren’t very many comic creators who have lived as interesting and truly American lives as Dr. William Moulton Marston). And seriously, doesn’t this just make you feel patriotic all over?

And last but not least… my personal favorite all-American hero…


When I think of patriotic heroes there’s no one who comes to mind before Evel Knievel. There are few American icons who are more bold, more crazy, or more rags to riches than this daredevil stunt-jumper. Ads for all his cool stuff dominated 70’s comics, he even had a comic of his own, and his toys were almost as indestructible as the man himself. For those fellow Knievel fans, check out these illustrated guides to Evel’s injuries, go see the rock opera about him, and join me as I raise a glass in his awesome American honor today. We miss you Evel!

Don’t these star-spangled patriotic heroes make you feel great on this 4th of July?!

A Red Mass For Mars… Returns!

Wow, could I possibly be more excited from one tiny Twitter today by comic author Jonathan Hickman?! Let me share it with you:

What? What?!!!!! RED MASS issue 4 AT THE PRINTERS.

This, my friends is a great day indeed! Hickman burst onto the comics scene with the awe-inspiring mini-series The Nightly News which, if you shop at the Isotope, I have probably put in your hands personally. From the moment I read those first pages I had already decided that I was going to be following his career with an eagle eye to make sure my collection didn’t miss a thing. And boy did Hickman deliver!

From corporate backstabbery and genetic engineering gone wrong with Transhuman, to the alternative history mind-melt of Pax Romana, to great spy action in Secret Warriors, to my current favorite Marvel book S.H.I.E.L.D., to the smartest and most fun Fantastic Four comics of my lifetime… anything he puts his name on his nothing short of brilliant.

But the one sadness in the wonderful world of Hickman was always A Red Mass For Mars, a post-apocalyptic thriller jam-packed with technology run amok, pissed off superhumans, warring alien hoards, precognitive benefactors, and black hole doomsday bombs you could ever hope for. Three of the four issues came and went leaving us all on the edge of our proverbial seats waiting for a conclusion that would no doubt blow our collective minds with all the star-burning power of the end of everything. We then we waited. And waited. To be honest, I’d given up on the series.

But once again… Jonathan Hickman delivers!

Go ahead and get excited about this great news with me, go check out a ton of previews of his comics at his home on the web: www.pronea.com

This Week The Isotope Staff Is Reading…

James Sime

Proprietor

Batwoman: Elegy HC

Ghostopolis TP

Ghost Projekt #3

Storm

Superstar

Batwoman: Elegy HC

Madame Xanadu #24

Wonder Woman #600

Kirsten Baldock

Special Projects Director

Batwoman: Elegy HC

Turf #2

Captain Swing #2

We had fun playing with the Scott Pilgrim Avatar Creator this week. I don’t think any of us could be more excited about that movie!

See the full-size versions of the IsoStaff avatars here, here and here.

And Now, A Word From James

Cheers, beloved members of the Isotope family!

If you’ve been paying attention to the recent comic news you already know it’s another exciting time of change for the comic industry. One that will no doubt be great for comics and will also probably cause some chaos for us Friendly Comic Book Retailers throughout the industry for a bit. As you probably also know, everything we get from Diamond Comics Distributors is non-returnable, so if I order something that no one wants for whatever reason, that hurts the general healthiness of the store. Admittedly, I’ve always had a pretty keen sense of what will and what won’t sell at the Isotope and have done pretty well with that over the years. And I plan to continue doing just that. However, recently a number of publishers, understandably eager to make their mark in the digital comics world, are no longer providing folks like me with accurate information on what to expect as far as the wheres and perhaps even the whens of distribution on their books anymore. I don’t really mind these changes and think it all heralds an exciting new era for comics, but it does require a few adjustments on my part… ‘cos Momma Sime didn’t raise no fool. When it comes to order time I have to assume anything they publish will be distributed digitally at whatever unknowable price they might decide now (and perhaps on whatever unknowable day as well). With all that in mind, I’m sure everyone will appreciate that while the Isotope remains just as committed as always to selling and stocking a vast variety of comics I’m going to be just a bit more cautious about going out on a limb for certain books or formats in the future.

Fortunately, I had Comixology built so we can ensure my staff and I continue doing an excellent job providing you with all the information about upcoming releases we can and getting you all the books you want. Truth be told, after all the false starts I encountered trying to get an on-line Previews and pull-list made, I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. I spent 3 years of my life getting that thing made and preparing the Isotope for this exact moment! Man, it’s great when a little duty now for the future pays off, isn’t it?

Orders for July/August are due this coming week, please take the time this weekend to place them. I am, of course, going to continue to bend over backwards to get you whatever you want, but anything with JUN10 order codes placed after Monday, June 28th at midnight may be subject to delays or allocations. So please do get those lists updated, por favor. Here’s everything Diamond is shipping for August/September releases:

http://www.comixology.com/dmd/JUN10

If you don’t already have an account and would like us to start pulling titles for you (and get a nice discount on them as well) email hidden; JavaScript is required and I’ll help you get set up right away.

xoxox

– James

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