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Wuvable Oaf Party @ Isotope

WUVABLE OAF!

WUVABLE OAF!

WUVABLE OAF!

We’ve been yelling our love for this indie comic from the rooftops since way back in 2007 and now at long last we can finally hear that, yes, everyone else is yelling it too!

There are few things more special than getting to witness the success of one of our best friends, and seeing the industry truly embrace the kind of books we love and that the Isotope’s shelves are famous for. When Fantagraphics Books got behind local superstar Ed Luce to make his dreams come true of a WUVABLE OAF hardcover from one of the most important publishers in all of comics, we all knew it was inevitable… we were going to throw the greatest party on Earth to celebrate!

And that is what we will be doing! In honor of Ed this one has a lot of extra bells and whistles. First up, we will be debuting these fantastic bookplates by Ed made just for the Isotope.

As well as two very special Isotope OAF swag surprises that even Ed didn’t know about until today…


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Not a mixtape! OAF HYSTERIA is an original Oaf album featuring two completely new songs written and recorded just for this event!

DEATHTRAP AMERICA – Wuvable Oaf

Straight off a national tour bus with Faster Pussycat, the underground punk sensations DEATHTRAP AMERICA exploded into the studio for us to create a truly rocking Wuvable Oaf soundtrack theme song! This catchy punk theme will bring a smile to your face and really make you hope for an Oaf cartoon someday! When you get a chance, check out these guys when they play, they’re as incredible live as they are in the studio. Check out www.deathtrapamerica.com for more details on this awesome band.

This song was recorded by Ralph Spight of the NorCal hardcore punk legends Victims Family at San Francisco’s Nerve Center Recordings. We are honored to have gotten to work with Ralph and DEATHTRAP AMERICA on this project!

SPACE: 1666 – Moonbase OAFa

Heavy space doom band SPACE: 1666 turns in a heavy, sludgey, drone metal instrumental Side B. Inspired by old sci fi tv, classic doom bands of New Orleans and Olympia, WA, “Moonrise OAFa” sounds like the soundtrack for a science fiction Oaf story from a yet to be made future Oafanthology. Recorded in the appropriately effects pedal laden Outer Sagittarius Studios.

This two-song cassette EP is hand numbered and features room for Wuvable Oaf creator Ed Luce to sketch in your copy. Only 60 copies of this tape are being produced. And available nowhere but the Isotope!

But even if you can’t attend our event you don’t have to miss out… thanks to the generosity of these musicians we can share these Oaf tunes with all you! Stream & download the album here:

WUVABLE OAF – Oaf Hysteria: the digital cassette download


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One of a kind WUVABLE ED Munny figure painted by MUNCHIES creator Katie Longua!

Now you can have a cute Ed Luce of your very own! Hand painted and felted by Katie Longua this vinyl inaction figure comes with a hand made box by James Sime and also features original side art by Ed himself! This truly one of a kind Oaf collectible is autographed by all the artists and will be raffled off at our event on the 20th.

It is also the most adorable collaborative art keepsake that the Isotope has ever been a part of. Our hats are off to the amazing Katie Longua for her incredible painting and felting work!

As if all that wasn’t exciting enough our Wuvable Oaf Party also features the Isotope’s own Kirsten Baldock crafting her original OAF-inspired beverage creations, and San Francisco’s beloved DJ BEARZBUB spinning his unique brand of metal classics, hot b-sides, rare beats and booty shaking nöyze.

And, of course, our featured guest… Ed Luce!

We think this is going to be one of our best events ever. Come and join us in raising a glass to this great day in comics, won’t you?

Ed Luce @ Isotope
Saturday, June 20th 2015
8pm – Midnight
21+ please
Harassment Policy

Facebook invite is here.

Al Jazeera America Made This Awesome Comic?

Al Jazeera America, the satellite news television channel of the Al Jazeera Media Network which provides worldwide news to over 220 million households in more than 100 countries, has done something unexpected and also really cool. They made an indie comic!

Cartoonist Josh Neufeld of the fantastic graphic novel A.D.: NEW ORLEANS AFTER THE DELUGE, award winning reporter Michael Keller, along with Al Jazeera America’s Senior Multimedia Producer Rhyne Piggott, and Interactive Editor Lam Thuy Vo team up here to make something really special.

TERMS OF SERVICE: UNDERSTANDING OUR ROLE IN THE WORLD OF BIG DATA is a graphic novella that demystifies the legal doublespeak and disposable tech jargon to examine the T.O.S. relationships most of us all have with technology companies in our day to day lives. And looks closely at what the implications of what sharing our personal information with them can mean. A depressing topic, to be sure, but wonderful to see it all handled with an easy charm and wit here.

You can read it online here. But even better is that you can actually also get your hands on an analog copy. And Isotope is the first store in the world to get to offer these awesome books to people!

We have a big stack of these great books, but they definitely won’t last long. Stop in and get one ASAP!

(Thanks Rhyne!)

Copra: The Isotope Edition

We were so excited about Michel Fiffe‘s sensational comic we thought we’d do something special to celebrate!

The COPRA ISOTOPE EDITION is a gorgeous signed, numbered, exclusive bookplate, limited edition softcover graphic novel published by our friends at Bergen Street Press. Collecting the first six issues of Michel Fiffe’s critically acclaimed indie superhero revenge comic. 160 pages of full-color art on toothy cream-colored paper for $19.99. This edition is available only at the Isotope.

This exclusive limited edition is sure to go fast, so grab it while you can!

Check out more COPRA here.

The Athena Voltaire Isotope Edition Is Coming

This December Dark Horse Comics is releasing the first-ever ATHENA VOLTAIRE hardcover by Eisner Award nominee Steve Bryant. And, for you lucky Isotope customers, here’s a first look at the exclusive bookplate from the signed & numbered ATHENA VOLTAIRE ISOTOPE EDITION that will be available nowhere else on Earth. Get your pre-orders placed, this limited edition version is sure to go quickly. Out December 10th!

Check out a free preview here.

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.

SECONDS SIGNING w/ BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY
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!

SECONDS AFTER PARTY w/ BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY
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!

UPDATE: The SECONDS AFTER PARTY w/ BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY is FULL!

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!

Sacrifice Returns to the New Arrivals Rack

Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose‘s amazing SACRIFICE, the mind-warping tale time travel, epileptic fits, Aztec warriors and Joy Division, returns to Isotope!

Despite garnering some pretty amazing press this self published and micro-distributed title has always been designed to be severely limited in numbers and is only available at in 20-some-odd stores worldwide. And of course, you know Isotope has always been ground-zero for all things Sam Humphries!

The rule with these type of books is “grab ‘em when you see ‘em”… and today’s the day!

Isotope & Image Comics’ SNAPSHOT Contest

What would you do if you found a hitman’s cell phone full of grisly photos of dead bodies? And then the phone started ringing?

That’s the question Andy Diggle and Jock (creators of THE LOSERS and GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE) ask in Image Comics‘ new noir series SNAPSHOT. We decided since we liked this San Francisco based crime with a twist comic so much (and also where the action takes place here in SF) that we’d put together a fun contest to score you all some autographed bookplates, a chance to be in future issues of the comic, and for one lucky winner a one-of-a-kind original production artwork from the series from the drafting table of Jock himself!

So we’re laying down the challenge for folks to take a page from the thriller story and add to the mystery with our cool SNAPSHOT contest. Here’s how it works:

* Stage you or your friends “death” and capture the moment with a photo on your cell phone.
* Submit the photo to our mini-site, post it on your Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag: #SNAPSHOTCOMIC
* We’ll choose from our favoirites and mail out a limited edition bookplate, signed by creators Andy Diggle and Jock. Perfect to go with your copy of SNAPSHOT #1 or the trade paperback when it’s released.
* Image Comics will be featuring the best of these photos in the back of SNAPSHOT #4, here’s your chance for comic book immortality in “death”!
* One grand prize winner will be chosen by Diggle and Jock and will receive a page of ORIGINAL ART from SNAPSHOT by Jock!

Simple, right? Ojk, let’s fill those phones with photos and kick this promotion off in high style! I’ll go first:

Check out our SNAPSHOT mini-site for more contest information and to see everyone’s gruesome submissions. Make sure to pick up every issue of SNAPSHOT from Image Comics to see the story unfold and don’t miss SNAPSHOT #4 to see who the grand prize winner is!

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UPDATE: The first issue of this just-launched series is getting some great critical acclaim and has been absolutely flying off store shelves so fast a second printing was announced just today. Congrats to Diggle and Jock! We’re having fun watching those eBay prices going up!

Isotope Holiday Giveaway

In honor of the holiday season, score yourself one of these great Free Judge Dredd badges… we’re giving them away to everyone who buys awesome 2000ad comics in December. Only at the Isotope!

#happyholidays

X-Statix Omnibus, Isotope Edition

Last week I teased this sneak peek to my Twitter followers, and at last Marvel’s “stagger shipping” on one of our most anticipated books of the year delivers us huge stacks just this morning.

Behold, dear friends, the glory that is the X-STATIX OMNIBUS, ISOTOPE EDITION!

X-STATIX is one of the best superhero books ever made, with brilliant writing by Peter Milligan and jaw-dropping pop art by Mike Allred. I definitely consider this series (and particularly this huge Omnibus) one of my first picks as a Desert Island Read. Jam packed with stunning comic entertainment, the Omni promises to be a whopping 1200 pages of pure comics heaven! The genuinely “worst thing” to happen to this series is it gets fill-in issues by the likes of comicgods Darwyn Cooke and Paul Pope. It is seriously that good.

And in honor of this edition’s release, we’re been quietly telling you we were going to do something special to celebrate. Only here at the Isotope, the X-STATIX OMNIBUS comes with an exclusive, ultra-limited edition Mike Allred art print on acid-free/pH neutral 100% cotton rag Fabriano Watercolor Paper, lovingly printed using Epson’s archival UltraChrome inks with a lightfastness rating of over 200 years. This hand-numbered print is suitable for framing and can be proudly hung on the wall of your swank pad…

or you can choose upgrade your Omnibus from the vanilla cover version other places carry with this as an exclusive dustjacket and your bookshelf can experience the true magnificence that is the X-STATIX OMNIBUS, ISOTOPE EDITION.

These numbered dustjackets/prints are very, very limited and this offer is, as you’d expect, only while supplies last. Email for availability. Happy holidays from the Isotope and the X-STATIX team!

Celebrating Batwoman, Isotope Style!

December brings an entire month-long celebration of the most gorgeous comic being produced today, BATWOMAN, at the Isotope! With a gallery of JH Williams III’s original artwork from issue #3 on display, and two amazing creator in-store events that will rock your world!

DC Comics – The New 52 Art Tour
Featuring BATWOMAN @ Isotope
w/ JH Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
Saturday, December 3rd 2011

DC Comics celebrates the incredible creativity behind The New 52 with superstars, artwork and events at a store near you with The New 52 Art Tour!

In honor of this historical event the Isotope and DC Comics proudly present JH Williams III and W. Haden Blackman for a BATWOMAN signing, celebration, and original art installation. Meet the creators behind this gorgeous and critically acclaimed new series for a duo of once-in-a-lifetime events. Take an uncommon look at The New 52 Art Tour Portfolio, including six 11×17 sets of artwork (from script to inks to the final full-color production pages), including a three piece BATWOMAN collection. And on display for the entire month of December in the Isotope’s legendary original art gallery will be every page of JH Williams III’s hand-drawn artwork for BATWOMAN issue #3. These pages will only be displayed together for the public this one time, and nowhere else on the planet.

And for those of you who want to add some original BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA, DESOLATION JONES, SEVEN SOLDIERS or BATMAN artwork to your collections, JH Williams III will have portfolios available all day long, jam packed with some of the most gorgeous original art pages you will ever see. As always, we’re happy to do our part to help you skip scummy art dealers and overpriced galleries and to buy directly from the industry’s best artists. All proceeds go to Mister Williams.

All-Ages Autographing Session
w/ JH Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
Saturday, December 3rd 2011
3pm – 6pm

An all-ages autographing session with the creative team behind BATWOMAN! Isotope’s personal, intimate signings provide a unique fan experience by eliminating the uncomfortableness of long lines and the awkward moments of meeting your favorite creators. While you wait for your signing reservation, hang out with fellow fans in the Isotope’s posh lounge and indulge your eyes in gorgeous BATWOMAN original artwork hanging in the gallery. For those who want to peek even further behind the wizard’s curtain at the process that goes into actually creating this comic, guests will also get a rare glimpse at Williams and Blackman’s original scriptwork.

In an effort to make this as personal of an experience for everybody (and also we’ve promised Jim and Haden we wouldn’t kill them!) we do ask that you bring no more than 5 items to get signed, please. But don’t forget your camera – the Isotope staff will be on hand to help ensure you get great documentation of your meeting!

Batwoman Afterparty
w/ JH Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
Saturday, December 3rd 2011
8pm – Midnight

An after-hours 21+ celebration of BATWOMAN with JH Williams III and W. Haden Blackman… Isotope’s parties are the stuff of legend and this is one of our most anticipated in a year of amazing events! Come hang out, get personal introductions to the creators in a stylishly casual afterparty atmosphere, celebrate comics with people who love them as much as you do, and enjoy Kirsten’s array of custom designed BATWOMAN cocktails.

This event also features the Isotope’s exclusive, original JH Williams III Pirate Girl Pin-Up Highball glass made just for attendees of this event… free with every pass! See it here.

Get your afterparty tickets here. Your ticket will include a copy of the ultra-limited edition JH Williams III’s Pirate Girl Pin-Up Highball glass absolutely free of charge.

Don’t delay… we want to keep our events as intimate and personal as we can and can only accommodate so many folks. With the popularity of these two amazing creators, the awesomeness that is BATWOMAN, and the legendary reputation of Isotope’s afterparties, this event is sure to fill up quickly.

December is going to rock!

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