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Monday, July 09, 2007
The Batmobile Limo, Japanese TV, Jane Wiedlin,
SDCC, Energy Drink BBQ, & Eric Powell's Face!
Wow, I had no idea it had been that long since I last posted up one of these... bad James, bad! For those of you who like trolling the strange and unlikely corners of the internet, the Isotope Mailbag Link-a-Palooza is a collection of information superhighway roadside detritus sent in by our readers for your exploring pleasure. Be sure to pack plenty of emergency rations in case you get lost!
Isotope amigo Steve Nelson has gone completely bats for the Batmobile! First up are these three gorgeous pictures of The Bat Limo, then a link to an article about a three-way Batmobile lawsuit, and Steve also shares with us a link to the Batmobile Customizers Forum where car and Batman geeks show off their very own homemade Batmobiles. Holy hot wheels, Batman!
Heavy in Minneapolis points our browsers back to the amazing world of Bevnet, where the beverage industry turns to get their daily news, gossip, and reviews. "The fourth of July always gets America's grills cooking, and I know you guys know about Beer Can Chicken already. But do you know about Bevnet's taste test of Energy Drinks up-the-ass BBQ chicken?" Heavy, baby, you crack me up!
Shannon always makes sure we're up on the comic industry goodstuff, and just today she wrote in to give a heads-up that the full San Diego Comic Con schedule is finally up. Thanks Shannon! And while we're talking about comic industry goodness, I loved reading fellow retailer Lee Hester's write up on the early years of his shop Lee's Comics. Lee is one of my favorite people in all of comics and his look back on 25 years of retailing is great reading. Read Part One and also check out Part Two.
Reader Steven B once again rocks my in-box with the oddly wonderful. This time he's got clips from some of the greatest Japanese tv shows I've ever seen... with almost no groin damage (thanks for that Steven)! First up is the wonderful Japanese Rube Goldberg Championships, followed up by a nifty show that showcases mind-blowing creativity and more mind-blowing creativity. For those of you who like your shows a bit more physical, I absolutely loved watching this one. Television this fun makes me want to runaway to Tokyo!
I suppose some folks might think it's odd the things people send in for the Isotope Mailbag Link-a-Palooza, but me, I love the "more than just comics" stuff we get! And this one goes out to J who I gave my Big Book O' Beer to and I know will appreciate it. Reader Catherine C thinks we all should learn more about small-batch Bourbon and how it's made. She points us to a really great series of Bourbon-making videos from the Heaven Hill Distillery and a beginner's guide to Bourbon whiskey.
Just in case you always liked leather be-pants Han Solo more than Princess Leia, now R2-D2 can project anything you want. Seriously, who doesn't love some leather pants? Thanks for the link Mark!
Knowing how much my staff and I love all those slightly obscure silly characters in comics (especially the ones with gigantic heads), Isotope amigo Brian C writes in "Why haven't you linked to the M.O.D.O.K. blog yet? And where's that picture of you guys dressed up like Advanced Idea Mechanics agents?" Here you go complete with the Cosmic Cube, Brian... and for as bonus howabout A.I.M. shows Galactus where to get a snack?
Joel Gausten, who I started a correspondence with thanking him for a great little book on the Misfits I really enjoyed and has also just published a book about Prong's early years which I recently ordered, writes in to let me know he's got interviews up with Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, Public Image Limited bassest Pete Jones, and Ministry second-in-command Chris Connelly. Joel's interviews are always wonderfully informative and fascinating, so I definitely think you should check 'em out.
And let's end this massive trip around the internet by talking once more about the wonderful world of comics, shall we...?
Our South bay amigo Jeremy points us to the cost of 100 Bullets cover artist Dave Johnson's gallbladder removal, wow! Thank god he has insurance! And on a more amusing note, Isotope Enforcer Jared Guenther points out that comic artist Tony Moore has made a mask of Eric Powell's face and is telling the industry to "download, print, snip and start taking your very own pictures of THE GOON's Eric Powell in compromising positions!"
And last but certainly not least... from the you-heard-it-here-first department: the oh-so glamorous Jane Wiedlin is going to be doing the Eisner Awards ceremony this year! Seriously, what could be better?
Want to be part of a future Isotope Mailing Bag Link-a-Palooza? Send those crazy links to my address! For those who are still hungry to dig even deeper on these internet backroads, check out previous mailbag installments here, here, here, and here.
Labels: culture, links