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Isotope Comics

Comic Book Store
Hayes Valley, San Francisco
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8.6/10
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    Dan R.
    "get James, Storm, and Kirsten to blow your mind about comics."(2 Tips)
    Mike W.
    "Ask for a rundown on the toilet seat contributors."(2 Tips)
    squeasel
    "Excellent place, friendly knowledgeable staff."(4 Tips)
    Shannon C.
    "their regular parties and events"(3 Tips)
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  • Garric S.heart icon on user image
    Garric SullivanAugust 22, 2016
    Dr. Strange runs the shop! You can't go wrong if the Master of the Mystic Arts is selling you books!
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    Lears FoolSeptember 21, 2015
    Everything I love about comics shops, without all the barriers. Not intimidating for noobs, and an institution for the experienced.
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    Beatrice LongshoreJuly 30, 2015
    This is one of the most inviting shops. The owner is chatty (which is good in this kind of setting) and knows his stuff!
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    SarahSeptember 15, 2014
    Pretty limited selection compared to other shops in the city, but the set-up is nice and cozy, and the owner is always super friendly (and a little bit quirky). No bags/boards!
  • Shannon C.
    Shannon ClarkMay 7, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    One of the best places in SF to have a weekly pull list - and to spot comics industry insiders - and don't miss their regular parties and events
  • Ellen M.heart icon on user image
    Ellen McGrodyMarch 27, 2015
    Super cute! Small selection, no IDW or Archie books, but an enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff and plenty of places to sit and read.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 7, 2013
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick – Best Reminder That Comics Are Awesome. Comic books are a cultural staple, but truly special comic book shops are... Read more
  • Zak K.
    Zak KinsellaApril 13, 2011
    James was excellent and coming in to see the comic art alone was worth it! Check out his mini comic collection in the lounge upstairs! A+!
  • Gary B.
    Gary BakerJune 27, 2011
    Fun store with cool vibe, store owner James is a living, breathing encyclopedia of Comic Book knowledge. New releases drop on Wednesdays Read more
  • Michael B.
    Michael BuchananMarch 3, 2012
    GREAT customer service. I had other expectations after reading online reviews that called it a "lounge". It was a nice little store though.
  • Robin A.heart icon on user image
    Robin AndersenApril 8, 2015
    Great selection of individual issues and books. Helpful, friendly service. ❤️
  • Ralphie S.
    Ralphie SMay 6, 2012
    The owner of this store is very friendly, dont be scared to talk to him if you need help with anything. He is pretty awesome!
  • Jonathan V.
    Jonathan VuDecember 28, 2010
    Super knowledgeable staff, so take advantage of them if you're looking to start a new series. Also check the website for upcoming events.
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    Kyle MinorSeptember 6, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    New books to the right, recents to the left by company, trades in the back, minis upstairs. All this and a couch to read them on. This is the shop your LCS wishes it was!
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    Peter ChiuFebruary 21, 2017
    Great comic shop with a lot of the classics
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    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    Excellent place, friendly knowledgeable staff. Go now.
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan StanisciaDecember 3, 2014
    Isotope is the most well put together comic shop I've ever been to.
  • Brian W.
    Brian WalshApril 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Talk to the man in the suit. Offer to buy him a drink at a Tiki bar. You will not be disappointed.
  • Craig W.
    Craig WrightOctober 18, 2013
    Awesome comic book store, this is a true geek's paradise.
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    Aaron GJanuary 7, 2017
    The upper floor is filled with self-published comic books
  • Brian W.
    Brian WalshApril 17, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go into Isotope. Find the guy dressed in a suit with a wicked smile, funny hair and pointy goatee - it's James, the owner. You won't regret it.
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    WeatherZombie.comMay 20, 2011
    Use the foursquare special here to buy some Marvel Zombie comics with a sweet discount!
  • Cécile
    CécileMay 6, 2019
    I wish they had more graphic novels.
  • Lorie B. D.
    Lorie B. DuPreezJanuary 4, 2015
    Check out the Wuvable Oaf in the window!
  • Mike W.
    Mike WaltonJune 22, 2011
    Amazing store! Ask for a rundown on the toilet seat contributors.
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    Ari BraginskyAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Dont forget about the zines on the second floor.
  • Dan R.
    Dan ReganOctober 10, 2009
    get James, Storm, and Kirsten to blow your mind about comics. Definitely the place to be when they are hosting events.
  • Jane S.
    Jane ShafferAugust 27, 2010
    James & friends will turn you into the happiest comic book geek ever!
  • Liza E.
    Liza ErpeloMay 6, 2010
    Say "hi" to James and pick up some awesome reading material.
  • phaedra r.
    phaedra rileyMarch 21, 2009
    get some comic book recommendations from a nice man with really tall hair!
  • Leigh S.
    Leigh ShevchikFebruary 24, 2010
    Go in on Wednesday and say Hi to James and Storm.
  • Andres M.
    Andres MendietaApril 27, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    No better comic shop around
  • Brian W.
    Brian WalshJanuary 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    James and Kirsten are amazing!!!
  • Jon H.
    Jon HallMarch 15, 2009
    James Sime and friends will show you the wonders of the comics world.
  • Meredith S.
    Meredith ScheffJune 17, 2009
    go to isotope on new comic book day, every Wednesday!
  • Chris M.heart icon on user image
    Chris MessinaApril 12, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    check out the toilet seat covers!
  • timoni w.
    timoni westMarch 5, 2009
    Go talk to James.
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