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San Francisco Take-Over of Comics Continues

As you may have read elsewhere, Marvel has named San Francisco native Axel Alonso as the new Editor In Chief.

Axel was the editor who brought us many great years on such books as 100 Bullets, PreacherFlex Mentallo, Hellblazer, Daredevil, Jason Aaron’s Punisher series, and a massive variety of X-Men related books, including Astonishing X-Men, X-Men Legacy, and our beloved X-Force/X-Statix. You may remember him talking about the X-Men’s move to the Bay Area in this article in the San Francisco Chronicle a couple years ago. Exiting Editor In Chief Joe Quesada‘s new duties as Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer are overseeing Marvel’s creative endeavors in film, animation and television.

I love how the photo I’ve seen popping up on almost all of my favorite news-sites running the story of Axel’s promotion are using the picture at left with Axel hanging out here at the Isotope.

The San Francisco take-over of comics continues!

A Nice Write-Up on Passport 2010

There’s a really great write-up at Red Letter Day Zine on the SF Arts Commission’s recent PASSPORT 2010 event, which featured our beloved Jamaica Dyer stamping passports here at the Isotope. It’s a really terrific vicarious adventure with lots of running around Hayes Valley collecting stamps from some of the best local artists SF has to offer. We’re told nearly 500 people did this event this year, and they kept us all pretty busy, so for us it’s particularly great to get a peek at what it was like for folks who attended. With lots of photos and lots of love! Check it out:

Red Letter Day Zine’s PASSPORT Report

Jamaica also has a very sweet write-up on her site on the event too, with a pretty great photo from the pre-event party too!

Jamaica Dyer’s PASSORT Report

Meat, Glorious Meat!

My sincerest apologies to all my vegetarian friends out there. I hope you can forgive me for taking just a small moment out of my day to write about the wonderful world of cured meats and how they pertain to us here at the Isotope.

As you probably already know, our beloved neighbor Helen shut the doors of The Urban Knitting Studio a few months back to live an exciting life of a married lady of leisure (I saw her just the other day and she seems so happy!)… and because we’re quite friendly with all of our Hayes Valley and Lower Gough (or as a few of us like to call it “the LoGo“) neighbors my staff and I have been waiting in anticipation to see who would take over the lease at Helen’s former location.

Personally I couldn’t be more excited to see it go to another incredibly well-loved SF Bay Area business, The Fatted Calf artisanal charcuterie. I adore local small businesses that wear their passions on their sleeves, and my new neighbors have a true dedication to jaw-dropping customer experiences, organic and hormone-free cured meats from local area farmers, and an admirable love for making the best pâtés, salami, prosciutti, and confits possible. Some of you may have already heard about this new location, it has been the buzz of all the local food blogs thanks to their celebrated weekly pop-up stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market and their gorgeous Napa Store in the Oxbow Public Market.

Tonight is their unofficial launch event which I’ll be headed to shortly, and Thursday morning they are open for business. I’m excited to welcome The Fatted Calf to the neighborhood, they’re all extremely nice people, and I look forward to enjoying their many delicious delicacies!

The Fatted Calf Charcuterie

(I now return you to your regularly scheduled non-meat broadcast, thanks for bearing with me all you veggies out there. XOXOX!)

This Week The Isotope Staff Is Reading…

James Sime


Blatimore: The Plague Ships #1

Past Lies HC

Amazing Spider-Man #639



Avengers Prime #2

New Mutants Forever #1

iZombie #4

Kirsten Baldock

Special Projects Director

Cinderella TPB

Blatimore: The Plague Ships #1

Magnus Robot Fighter #1

Click to enlarge and see these in their full glory!

Today we’re celebrating marriage in all it’s wonderous forms. In our comics, we’ve got the shocking secrets behind what happened on Peter Parker and Mary Jane‘s wedding day revealed in the One Moment In Time storyline… and here in the real world we’re all on the edge of our seats awaiting Judge Walker’s historic decision later today regarding California’s Prop 8 gay marriage ban.

My staff and I here at the Isotope are all hopeless romantics. We believe that all people should have the privilege of living in wedded bliss regardless of their plumbing. So we’re crossing our fingers for a righteous pro-wedded bliss judgement today!

UPDATE: Prop 8 marriage ban overturned!

When Empty Lots & German Beer Meet

People have been asking me why this vacant lot on the corner of the Isotope’s block suddenly has a public notice to serve alcoholic beverages up. In the past this lot (across the street from beautiful Hayes Green park) has served as temporary home to Christmas tree sales and temporary art installations… but what does this innocent looking empty lot need a notice to sell liquor for? A very good question!

It will soon be the home for a beer garden run by our friends at SF’s best german restaurant, Suppenküche! Designed by local developer Envelope A+D this and another nearby lot across from our lovely local park will be transformed into Proxy, a great destination for relaxing outdoor eats and drinks.

I foresee many great nights of Germanic brews in our futures, friends!

Between this and the soon to be opened Fatted Calf next door to us, the Isotope’s block just got a heck of a lot more interesting. I’m told in at least one of these cases, nearby proximity to the Isotope and our clientel was considered a real advantage to the business owners. It’s nice to be loved, isn’t it?

More info on Proxy here:
Proxy on

Learn about German beer traditions here:
Prost! a Quick Guide to German Beer Culture

Shake Your Superheroic Posterior

Slip into your best Batsuit and get your backside ready for some seriously stalwart shaking… next weekend is the 2nd annual San Francisco Superhero Street Fair!

Presented by the folks behind the How Weird Street Faire, this event hosts and boasts an amazing array of music and art from an assemblage of some of the Bay Area’s most talented and creative identities in honor the city’s community of everyday heroes. Bring your X-gene abilities and your best superhero couture and discover great SF volunteer opportunities with great local artists, the best DJs on the West Coast, tag along with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and join us for a day of fun in the sun in celebration of ordinary people doing extrordinary things.

And you aren’t going to want to miss this event’s grand ceremony with the Mayoral proclamation of “SuperHero Day” in San Francisco!

The 2nd Annual SuperHero Street Fair
Saturday July 10, 2010
Noon – Midnight
Indiana St. @ Cesar Chavez
More info at

Need to brush up on your Batusi moves? Adam West has got you covered!

Happy Pride Weekend, San Francisco!

Featuring Bloke, San Francisco’s out and proud mutant superhero from Pete Milligan & Mike Allred’s brilliant X-Force series.

This Week The Isotope Staff Is Reading…

James Sime


Superman #700

Jam! Tales of Roller Derby TP

Seven Psychopaths #2



Archie: Best Dan DeCarlo HC

Fantastic Four #580

Cover Run: Adam Hughes HC

Kirsten Baldock

Special Projects Director

Jam! Tales of Roller Derby TP

Mouse Guard: Legends #2

Zatanna #2

The IsoStaff and I are gearing up for an exciting Pride Weekend and showing some love for a few of our favorite queer comics too. If you don’t own yourself copies of Wuvable Oaf, Princess Witch Boy, and Stuck Rubber Baby it’s the perfect time to pick ’em up. See you at the parade and the Eagle this weekend!

The Loving Dead

Girls! Zombies! Zepplins!

Most of you probably know Jeremy Lassen as a fellow Isotope customer. He’s something of a mohawked fixture around the shop and a heck of a sharp-dressed guy too. And maybe you also know him as the guy with excellent suggestions at the beloved Boarderlands Books. But what most people don’t know is Jeremy is also the publisher of some of the best genre fiction novels of the last five years. From the Nebula-award winning Windup Girl to this Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Laurell Hamilton, Steven King zombie anthology you probably already own, to the Mall of Cthulhu, to a book that has a Nazi riding a Unicorn on the cover… when it comes to publishing cool books Jeremy is the man!

Lassen’s Nightshade Books latest release is something Jeremy and I have been eagerly anticipating for several years now, The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer. An entertaining and surprisingly original take on the zombie apocalypse… sexually transmitted zombie-ism set in the San Francisco Bay Area, with zepplins. You know you want to read this (guess what comic store has copies)!

And, hey, why not attend the launch party for this new novel too?

The Loving Dead Launch Party
w/ Amelia Beamer & Jeremy Lassen
Sunday, June 20th at 5:00 pm
@ Boarderlands Books

You Rock WonderDads

Having built the Isotope with little more than a dream and a lot of elbow grease it really is an honor to realize that so many people like my little slice of comic book heaven too. And it really does make mom beam with pride when she sees the shop featured in so many different guidebooks from all over the world, and that’s a really nice thing.

And this latest guidebook will really make her smile, cos it’s all heart. WonderDads, a resource for fun stuff to do with kids for single and not-so single dads, has a nice Isotope suggestion in their latest guide to San Francisco (thanks for calling us “Comics Valhalla” WonderDads, we’re honored)! With the shop’s comfy sofas, bright open spaces, awesome neighborhood, cheerful atmosphere, and lots of great comics for kids I can see why WonderDads and so many other dads love to bring their kids here. I have lots of great childhood memories of reading with my dad… but never comics. I’m totally jealous!

Go check out WonderDads website here for more suggestions:

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