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Celebrate Those You Love, San Francisco

That gorgeous Will Sliney artwork from Marvel Comics’ FEARLESS DEFENDERS above really just fills your heart with smiles, doesn’t it? (sigh) I loved that series.

Speaking of things we love, it’s time to give a little thanks to the wonderful San Francisco Bay Area and to take a moment to celebrate what makes it such a fantastic place to live… it’s time to vote in the SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay reader’s poll. As much as the city changes, it’s great knowing that there are still so many of the businesses, personalities, places to go, and unique events that continue to make SF special. Let’s show those folks we adore them, they will no doubt appreciate being told how much it means to us to have them around. So join us, dear friends, in honoring the people and places that make our home the greatest city on Earth.

Celebrate those you love, San Francisco! Vote here:

SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Poll 2014

Here’s some of mine and the Isotope family’s personal favorites:

CITY LIVING

Best Street Fair – BYO Big Wheel
Best Hotel – SF Sleep
Best Tourist Attraction – Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
Best Tour – Localite Foodie Walking Tours
Best Event or Venue for Kids – Chabot Space and Science Center
Best Overall Website – sfbg.com
Best Style Website – Curbed SF
Best Nonprofit Organization – Build SF
Best Locally Produced TV Show – Check Please!
Best Radio Station – Pirate Cat Radio
Best Tattoo Parlor – Body Manipulations
Best Tattoo Artist – Tex
Best Local Animal Rescue – Rocket Dog Rescue
Best Pet Groomer – All Creatures Healing Network
Best Veterinarian – Dr. Rao @ Nob Hill Cat Clinic
Best Alternative Healing – Jaden Rose Holistic Bodywork
Best Motorcycle Repair – TokyoMoto
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 Massage
Best Gym – Live Fit Hayes Valley
Best Amateur Sports Team – Bay Area Derby Girls
Best Public Sports Facility – Trapeze Arts Oakland
Best Beach – Baker Beach
Best Public Park – Golden Gate Park
Best Campground – Point Reyes
Best Park for Dogs – SoMa West Skate Park and Dog Play Park
Best Skate Spot – SoMa West Skate Park and Dog Play Park
Best Surf Spot – Ocean Beach
Best Place to Watch the Sunset – Camera Obscura of SF

FOOD AND DRINK

Best New Restaurant – Papito West Mexican Restaurant
Best Splurge Restaurant – Opaque
Best Late-Night Restaurant – Sauce
Best Romantic Restaurant – First Crush
Best Food/Drink Festival – Domingo de Piña @ Smuggler’s Cove
Best Food Truck – Cosmic American Voodoo Van
Best Farmers Market – Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market
Best Pizza – Patxi’s Pizza
Best Sandwiches – Fatted Calf
Best Burritos – Gordo Taqueria
Best Burgers – Jardiniere (shhh… it’s a secret!)
Best Barbecue – T-Rex
Best Sushi – Nojo Sushi
Best Seafood – Oyster Happy Hour @ Waterbar
Best Soul Food – Brenda’s French Soul Food
Best Indian – Chutney
Best Mexican – Nido
Best Thai – Jitlada Thai
Best Vegetarian – Greens Restaurant
Best Breakfast – Lunchpad
Best Brunch – Straw SF
Best Lunch – B Restaurant @ Yerba Buena
Best Appetizers – Alligator Tail @ Boxing Room
Best Dessert – PB&J @ Sauce
Best Food/Drinks Website – EaterSF.com
Best Cup of Coffee – Blue Bottle Coffee
Best Cup of Tea – Samovar Tea Lounge on Page
Best New Bar – Muka Hayes Valley
Best Dive Bar – Molotov’s
Best Swanky Bar – Smuggler’s Cove
Best Wine Bar – Rosebowl Florist & Wine Bar
Best Brewery – Speakeasy
Best Creative Cocktails – Kirsten Baldock @ Isotope
Best Butcher Shop – Fatted Calf
Best Cheese Shop – Gourmet & More Store
Best Chocolatier – Christopher Elbow

ARTS AND NIGHTLIFE

Best Movie Theater – Kabuki Theater
Best Rep Film House – Vortex Room
Best Performance Space – SF Jazz
Best Film or Arts Festival – Noir City Film Fest
Best Museum – The Exploratorium
Best Art Gallery – Cartoon Art Museum
Best Artist or Collective – Comic Strip Club
Best Filmmaker – Jesse Kerman
Best Author – Jason McNamara
Best Zine – Wuvable Oaf
Best Publishing House – Image Comics
Best Arts or Music Website – brokeassstuart.com/sf
Best Record Label – Prank Records
Best Band – Deathtrap America
Best Singer-Songwriter – Bob Mould
Best DJ – DJ Bearzbub
Best Music Festival – San Francisco F*ckFest
Best Overall Dance Party – Breakfast of Champions
Best Rock Club – Thee Parkside
Best Jukebox – Tosca Cafe
Best Overall Queer Party – Pride Week
Best Gay Bar or Club – The Eagle
Best Lesbian Bar or Club – Lexington Club
Best Club for Trans People – Divas Nightclub
Best Drag Show – Daytime Realness
Best Drag King or Queen – Art Kahn
Best Burlesque Act or Show – Pickles Kintaro & the Hubba Hubba Review
Best Magician – Victor Van Scoit
Best Open Mic Night – The Riptide
Best Literary Night – Writers With Drinks

SHOPPING

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 Clothing Store (Women) – Acrimony
Best Clothing Store (Men) – Artful Gentleman
Best Local Designer – Autumn Adamme
Best Shoe Store – Gimme Shoes
Best Furniture Store – Zonal Home Interiors
Best Toy Store – JPN Toys
Best Bike Shop – Market Street Cycles
Best Gift Shop – True Sake
Best Staff – Pirates Press
Best Quirky Specialty Store – Costumes on Haight
Best Sporting Goods – Purple Skunk Skate Shop
Best Flower Shop – Rosebowl Florist & Wine Bar
Best Place to Buy Fetish Gear – Dark Garden Corset Shop

Please do feel free to add your own suggestions in the comment section below, I always want to know about the amazing people and places that we might be missing out on! And check out our recommendations from previous years too for even more people and places to love in SF. Don’t delay on making your voice heard, voting ends on Wednesday, September 24th.

SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Poll 2014

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)

FOOD & DRINK
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

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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

SHOPPING
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

CITY LIVING
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

Thank you San Francisco!

The SF Bay Guardian‘s “Best Of…” has arrived and the Isotope is proud to be recognized once again, the prestigious “Best Comic Store” award… we couldn’t be more honored!

Some of our favorite Bay Area places are also taking home trophies. You’ve got goooood taste, SF! We were thrilled to see our beloved amigois at The Vortex Room (Best Movie Theater In Which To Blow Your Mind), Borderlands Books (Best Store Staff), Green Apple Books (Best Used Books), and Last Gasp (Best Publishing House), along with Oakland’s Endgame (Best Place To Stash Your Nerds) and 1-2-3-4 Go! Records (Best Punk Pushers), and Isotope friend Susie Cagle (Best Graphic Occupation) all also taking home the well-deserved gold this year. Check out the full list here.

Thanks for the love San Francisco and SF Bay Guardian!

xoxox

Celebrate Those You Love, San Francisco!

(sigh) Seeing that gorgeous Darwyn Cooke art above just makes you feel good, doesn’t it?

Speaking of things that make you feel good, it’s time to do something nice for the great city of San Francisco and to take a moment to celebrate what makes it such a fantastic place to live… it’s time for the SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay reader’s poll. Join us in celebrating the people and places we all love here in the greatest city on Earth. There really are lots of wonderful eligible businesses and delightful staff members behind those spots we adore who will no doubt appreciate being told how much it means to us to have them around.

Celebrate those you love, San Francisco! Vote here:

SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Poll 2011

Here’s some of mine and the Isotope family’s personal favorites:

Food & Drink
“Best New Restaurant” Boxing Room
“Best Late-Night Restaurant” Sauce
“Best Romantic Restaurant” Waterbar
“Best Food Cart” Curry Up Now
“Best Pizza” Patxis
“Best Sandwich” Ike’s Place
“Best Burger” Jardiniere (seriously!)
“Best Sushi” Otoro Sushi
“Best Seafood Restaurant” Farallon
“Best Indian Restaurant” Chutney
“Best Thai Restaurant” Jitlada Thai
“Best Lunch” Catfish Po’ Boy @ Brenda’s French Soul Food
“Best Dessert” PB&J @ Sauce
“Best Food/Drinks Blog” EaterSF
“Best Cup of Coffee” Blue Bottle
“Best Cup of Tea” Samovar Tea Lounge
“Best Dive Bar” 500 Club
“Best Swanky Bar” Bourbon & Branch
“Best Happy Hour” Shotwell’s
“Best Wine Bar” Rosebowl Florist & Wine Bar
“Best Brewery” Speakeasy
“Best Selection of Beer” City Beer Store
“Best Cocktails” Smuggler’s Cove
“Best Bloody Mary” Zeitgeist
“Best Butcher Shop” Fatted Calf
“Best Chocolatier” Christopher Elbow

Arts & Nightlife
“Best Movie Theatre” Balboa Theatre
“Best Rep Film House” Vortex Room
“Best Museum” The Exploratorium
“Best Art Gallery” Cartoon Art Museum
“Best Art Collective” Writers Old Fashioned
“Best Local Author” Jamaica Dyer
“Best Local Zine” Ashcan
“Best Local Publishing House” Nightshade Books
“Best Local Record Label” Prank Records or Pirate’s Press
“Best Local Band” Hunx and His Punx
“Best DJ” DJ Bearzbub
“Best Rock Club” Thee Parkside
“Best Salsa Club” The Roccapulco
“Best House/Techno Club” Shine
“Best Jukebox” Lucky 13
“Best Overall Queer Party” Friday Night @ The Stud
“Best Gay Bar” The Cinch
“Best Drag Show” Anna Conda’s Charlie Horse
“Best Burlesque Act or Show” Hubba Hubba Review

Shopping
“Best Overall Bookstore” Borderlands Books
“Best Used Bookstore” Green Apple Books
“Best Comic Book Store” Isotope
“Best Record Store” Grooves Inspiralled Vinyl
“Best Men’s Clothing Store” Harry O. Menswear’s Secret Upstairs Floor
“Best Local Designer” Sally Kuchar
“Best Shoe Store” Gimme Shoes
“Best Furniture Store” Inside Modern
“Best Toy Store” Super 7
“Best Bike Shop” Box Dog Bikes
“Best Quirky Specialty Store” Swankety Swank
“Best Florist” Rosebowl Florist & Wine Bar
“Best Place to Buy Lingerie” Dark Garden

City Living
“Best Street Fair” BYO Big Wheel
“Best Hotel” Sleep
“Best Tourist Attraction” Comic Rockstars Toilet Seat Museum
“Best Tour” Alcatraz
“Best Style Blog” CurbedSF
“Best Radio Station” SomaFM
“Best Place to Get a Tattoo” Body Manipulations
“Best Tattoo Artist” Tex
“Best Local Animal Rescue” Rocketdog Rescue
“Best Pet Groomer” All Creatures Healing Network
“Best Hairstylist” Donnelle @ Hair of the Gods
“Best Amateur Sport Team” Bay Area Derby Girls: Oakland Outlaws
“Best Massage Therapist” Justin Hall
“Best Public Park” Golden Gate Park
“Best Park for Dogs” Lafayette Park
“Best Skate Spot” The Embarcadero
“Best Place to Watch the Sunset” Golden Gate Bridge

Feel free to add your own wonderful suggestions in the comment below, I always want to know about the amazing people and places that I may be missing. And don’t delay on getting those votes in, the poll ends next week on Wednesday the 29th!

SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Poll 2011

Are You Ready for Passport 2010?

Are you ready for Passport 2010? San Francisco is! Here’s the two page ad running in this week’s SF Bay Guardian celebrating the SF Arts Commission‘s Hayes Valley event featuring artist Jamaica Dyer and the Isotope. Click here to enlarge and see it in it’s full glory.

Kick off party tonight at the Rickshaw Stop, co-sponsored by SF Bay Guardian & 7×7 Magazine. We will definitely be seeing you there!

More info on the event here: SF Arts Commission + Jamaica Dyer + Isotope

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!

I think you’re wild & so-o uniquely styled

I moved to San Francisco in the blistering hot summer of 2000 for life, for love, for adventure and for excitement. And I found all that and more. I found a city that didn’t just embrace dreams and those who wanted to make them reality, but an entire Bay Area of people who were doing just that. It seems like every single person I meet is trying to bring wonderful into the world. Sometimes wild, always uniquely styled.

It’s artists building some crazy installations to make people say “ooo” at Burning Man, or the folks up the street transforming urban wastelands into urban farms for the people, or the guy on the bus asking if you want to check out his new iPhone app, or the volunteer who teaches kids how to use sign language, or the b-movie archivist whose house secretly doubles as a classic movie theater to keep the experience alive, or my friend who turned endless hours of animal rescue into a full-time lifestyle, or the next door neighbor who is devoted to the glorious aggrandizement of herself for the grand enjoyment for others, or my hundreds of customers working to realize their own dreams of making comics of their own… I know people who are doing all of that and so much more. Because SF is a city that quite literally expects you to create something magical.

My dream that I worked my fingers to the bone to bring to life is the Isotope. I wanted to create a little slice of comic book heaven in honor of that which I love most, a comic store that would celebrate comics in the best way I knew how. And most of all, to simply make other people happy.

And the city is filled with people just like me, and you. Who just want to make something wonderful to share with others. Help me celebrate them by voting for your favorites in the Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay poll. Let’s spread a little good karmic cheer and shower those people and places we love with some affection and let them know how much it means to us to have them around. Let’s raise a toast to those things that make SF the wild and so-o uniquely styled city it is. Because behind each of those places is a person who will no doubt appreciate being told.

Here’s some of my personal favorites:

Food & Drink
“Best New Restaurant” Otoro Sushi
“Best Small Plates” Limon
“Best Pizza” Patxis
“Best Sandwich” Ike’s Place
“Best Brunch” Knob Hill Grille
“Best Late-Night Restaurant” Sauce
“Best Splurge Restaurant” Absinthe
“Best Coffeehouse” Blue Bottle Coffee
“Best Tea Shop” Samovar Tea Lounge
“Best Cocktails” Smuggler’s Cove
“Best Dive Bar” 500 Club
“Best Swanky Bar” Bourbon & Branch
“Best Butcher Shop” The Fatted Calf
“Best Chocolatier” Christopher Elbow

Arts & Nightlife
“Best Movie Theatre” Balboa Theatre
“Best Rep Film House” Vortex Room
“Best Museum” Exploratorium or Cartoon Art Museum
“Best Art Collective” Writers Old Fashioned
“Best Local Author” Amelia Beamer
“Best Local Zine” Peak Oil Tract
“Best Local Publishing House” Nightshade Books
“Best Local Record Label” Prank Records or Pirate’s Press
“Best DJ” DJ Bearzbub
“Best Dance Club” Shine
“Best Happy Hour” Smuggler’s Cove
“Best Rock Club” Bottom of the Hill
“Best Punk Club” Thee Parkside
“Best Dive Bar” 500 Club
“Best Jukebox” Lucky 13
“Best Singer-Songwriter” Triple Cobra
“Best DJ” DJ Bearzbub
“Best Burlesque Act” Hubba Hubba Review
“Best Drag Act” Anna Conda’s Charlie Horse

Shopping
“Best Independent Bookstore” Borderlands Books
“Best Used Bookstore” Green Apple Books
“Best Comic Book Store” Isotope
“Best Place to Buy Vinyl” Grooves Inspiralled Vinyl
“Best Clothing Store (Men’s)” Harry O. Menswear
“Best Shoe Store” Gimme Shoes
“Best Furniture Store” Inside Modern
“Best Independent Toy Store” Super 7
“Best Quirky Specialty Store” Swankety Swank
“Best Place to Buy Fetish Gear” Dark Garden

City Living
“Best Local Blog” SFist
“Best Street Fair” How Weird
“Best Tourist Attraction” Tonga Room
“Best Tattoo Artist” Tex
“Best Tattoo Shop” Body Manipulations
“Best Street Fair” How Weird Street Faire
“Best Non-Professional Sport Team” Bay Area Derby Girls: Oakland Outlaws
“Best Local Animal Rescue” All Creatures Healing Network
“Best Pet Groomer” All Creatures Healing Network
“Best Massage Therapist” Justin Hall
“Best Salon” Hair of the Gods
“Best Skate Spot” Embarcadero

My write in for the most amazing person in San Francisco went to Martin Cate, owner of the amazing Smuggler’s Cove. Thanks for every single minute, Martin!

http://www.sfbg.com/bestofthebay2010
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