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Thursday, October 26, 2006
Monstrous Records, Chris Ware, D&D, Johnny Cash,
Eric Powell, Sticky-Backed Superheroes & Chick Tracts
The Isotope in-box has been over-flowing with email goodness, and once again we're digging deep to share with you what Isotope Communique readers have been sharing with us. Check out this massive assortment of some of the strangest internety places our people have been going to... it's time for a double-sized dose of the Isotope Mailbag Link-a-Palooza!
As you might expect, Isotope Enforcer Jared Guenther would like us to put as much Halloween treats as humanly possible in this post and he starts us off in perfect style with a jaw-droppingly amazing Bollywood clip by Chiru... I don't know what he's singing about but for some reason I just can't help thinking this might be the greatest music video ever made. And it's Halloween themed, too!
Here's a great one from Shannon: "With Halloween coming up I thought you guys might appreciate this pair of websites. Here's one with scans of Alcoholics Anonymous strips from 1968 to 1974. And this one has every Chick Tract ever published." Yep, those links were great, thanks for thinking of us! Hey wait a minute, are you trying to tell us something... ?
Our friend Kaytea writes in to tell us to let you all know that Gene Yang's American Born Chinese has been nominated for the prestigious National Book Award... the first comic ever! Here at the Isotope we knew that this book was going to make waves from day one, which is why we made sure our guests got the chance to help Gene launch it, but even we were surprised to hear the historic news! Click here for Gene's after-announcement reaction. For those of you who haven't checked out this wonderfully charming book yet, expect to see a big restock coming into the Isotope next week!
Our pal Todd H beams in from the rock he's been hiding under to point us towards this news about an actual Van Halen reunion in 2007. Hey Todd, that's the news we've been waiting for since 1985! And now with Eddie's ability to cure cancer nothing can stop 'em! Here's hoping that Eddie doesn't once again tell Dave "You damn wippersnapper best get outta my yard, or I'll get my gun!"
Oh Dungeons & Dragons, you're always getting people in trouble! First it was our middle-school grades, then it was the time our friend Marc Tormey broke his gaming table in a fit of orcish rage, and now D&D is making people kill each other! South bay amigo Jeremy asks "What's the world coming to? Can't we all just get along?"
Our friend Heavy in Minneapolis is apparently going on something of a Johnny Cash bender because he's got a stack of great links for us. Footage of young Johnny Cash playing Folsom Prison Blues back in 1959, a whole Cash album available for streaming, Johnny doing Tall Tails on a children's show, footage from his final performance, and even a Christian Johnny Cash comic book about how June Carter got him off drugs. We definitely want to read that!
Heather H knows where all the good comic stuff on the web lives, apparently. Good thing for us she also likes to share it! This time Ms H points us towards this interview with Chris Ware and this five page preview of his upcoming book. Hot damn, we can't wait for that!
Jennifer Gunderson is really excited about Marvel premiering their new superhero on the Guiding Light. That's not just hilarious, we think it's a pretty slick move to get more guys watching daytime soaps. James A also wrote in and he's even more excited than Jennifer is, but for James it's all about the new videogame La Noire which we agree looks beautiful! In fact both of these people were so excited about sending us these links that it got us thinking that maybe those guys work for the publicity departments at CBS and Rockstar Games... and what do you know? They do!
Larry Young who just got back from a three-week long trip to New Zealand, and has tons of crazy stories about little blue penguins, Wita Effects, and glacier walking is going to love this next geeky link, courtesy of reader Richard M... a Star Trek TNG interface running on a Nokia internet tablet. Nerds rule!
This one goes out to Emily Stackhouse who has been known to write us letters for our actual mailbos from time to time, they've just announced a line of Marvel Comics postage stamps to go along with those great DC Comics stamps that you've been mailing us with. Looks like we're going to finally get some Sub-Mariner stamps to send out our envelopes with! And as always, we await your next ridiculous superhero-adorned missive.
Remember those crazy-cool record/comic combos that were all the rage back in the 60's and 70's? The ones with the full-cast recordings read right straight out of the comic, including all those wacky hype-filled blurbs on the covers? Yeah, we've got some of those! We were thrilled when Chris Reed dialed up the wayback machine and pointed us towards some spooky blasts from Marvel Monsters past, a perfect addition to your Halloween weekend. You won't want to go without listening to Man Thing: Night of the Laughing Dead! and The Curse of the Werewolf!, read to you by Stan The Man himself!
And if all that wasn't enough to make us thank the mailbag gods above for our good fortune, David Dee blows our Halloween-addled minds by showing us one of the greatest original art commissions we've ever seen. Can you say Eric Powell's The Goon vs. Marvel Zombies? Wow.
Want to be part of a future Isotope Mailing Bag Link-a-Palooza? Send those crazy links to our address!
Labels: culture, links