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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Get Your Free Sin City
Only @ Best Buy

Isotope regular Dustin hooked us up with a Best Buy Sin City sneak peek DVD, and it rocks!

Watch the full length first Sin City scene ever shot featuring Josh Hartnett and Marley Shelton acting out the "Sin City" short-story "The Customer is Always Right" and check out a behind the scenes featurette complete with Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and Frank Miller interviews. Very, very cool. And absolutely free with the purchase of any CD, DVD or videogame.

The Isotope has ours, do you have yours?

The Ultimate Travel Blog Gridskipper
On the Isotope's APE Guide to San Francisco

Gawker Media's own ultimate urban travel guide Gridskipper profiles the Alternative Press Expo and the Isotope's APE Guide to San Francisco.

Gridskipper, the smart, hip, and obviously comic-friendly travel blog always has it's finger on the pulse of what's hot... just like the rest of the award-winning Gawker Media family which includes the high-tech gadget-centric Gizmondo, Defamer for the musically inclined, Kotaku for your videogame fix, the Sony sponsored LifeHacker for the latest in technology news, the celebrity-obsessed Gawker, and other top-tier news and information sites.

So here's a tip of the Isotope Scotch Glass to all the fine folks at Gawker Media. You've got good taste!

Read the full story on Gridskipper here

Monday, March 28, 2005

Alternative Press Expo Weekend in SF
Where to Eat, Drink, Shop, & Sleep

San Francisco is a city with some of the best restaurants, shopping, and nightlife on the entire planet, and we're going to help you find it! With all the people coming in from out of town to attend the Alternative Press Expo you're going to want to have an easy and printable guide to some of the best places to eat, shop, drink, and pass out at the end of the day.

With our out-of-town amigos in mind, the Isotope has created a huge quick-and-dirty guide to using San Francisco's public transport, finding the most interesting shops to get your buying frenzy on, grabbing a barstool at some of SF's best watering holes, and finding those ever-elusive cheap hotels in the city. A perfect compilation of Everything Peeps Need for APE.

Isotope's APE Guide to San Francisco

The Isotope Virtual Lounge 2.0
Ignition Sequence Start

Join us in launching the brand-spankin' new Isotope Virtual Lounge, a place to discover new comics, promote your projects, preview upcoming series, and dedicated to building a unique community of comic readers and creators like nowhere else.

Like the brick and mortar Isotope, we're serving up freshly shaken comic entertainment in a beautiful, friendly, and easily accessable environment with a chaser of special guest superstars on the side.

Featuring exclusive, behind-the-scenes columns by the people responsible for some of our favorite comics, including Ed Brubaker (Sleeper, Captain America), Rick Remender (Sea of Red, Strange Girl), Tony Moore (The Walking Dead, Fear Agent), Jock (The Losers, Batman Beyond), Jay Faerber (Noble Causes, Dodges Bullets), Alex de Campi (Smoke, Variance Anthology), Bill Crabtree (Invincible, Savage Dragon), Larry Young (Astronauts in Trouble, True Facts), Josh Richardson (Expatriate, NYC Mech), and the mighty Maureen McTigue whose work as an editor and marketing guru is known throught the industry by people in-the-know.

If you want to know how comics are made, what it takes to break into the industry, see sneak peeks at up coming projects before anyone else does, and take a tour behind the scenes... this is the place for you've been waiting for. Come find out what my staff and I are beaming with joy about. Sign in, introduce yourself, start a thread, ask a question, and show us what you're up to.

See you at the lounge, baby!

Isotope Virtual Lounge 2.0

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Fundraiser for San Francisco's B. A. D. Girls
All Ladies High Impact Roller Derby

In the rough and tumble world of full-contact roller derby bruises, breaks, and blackeyes are the rule of the day. And when the Bay Area Derby Girls puts the call out to help purchase first aid kits for the girls, the city of San Francisco listens.

This benefit promises to be a hellraising evening you'll never forget with an abundance of door prizes and the psychobilly stylings of The Chop Tops. Thee Merry Widows, Nuts and Bolts, and The Fermaldebrides. Meet the ladies, buy some merchandise, and do your part to help keep the SF Bay Area's hardest hitting DIY honeys rocking and rolling!

Bay Area Derby Girls Benefit
@ Studio Z 314 11th Street
Thursday, April 7

Diamond Gets Low-Rent Sleeze
Cinema Sewer Style!

Cinema Sewer is the magazine dedicated to exploring the deepest recesses of the trashiest of film sleeze by mixing comics, off-the-wall art, and hilarious articles devoted to the sickest and most bizarre porn, horror, and exploitation flicks ever made... and for the first time is now available worldwide, thanks to Diamond Comics Distributors

This latest issue of the cult classic mini-magazine features a massive 8 page look at the history of Post Apocalyptic movies in all their post-nuke atomic fallout glory, breaking news about a recently discovered lost Ed Wood flick featuring hardcore sex filmed during the notorious movie maker's desperate and ill-fated decline, a pin up of silent film star Louise Brooks by exalted underground comix giant Kim Deitch, and many, many pages of charming and uproarious articles about things that polite people don't talk about.

The Isotope staff have been collectively amused, informed, and repulsed by Robin Bougie's dirty little magazine. And we think you will be too.

Cinema Sewer #16
Page 397 of the April Previews
APR05 3359

For more information on Cinema Sewer and the twisted mind behind it, visit:

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

303 #4
Livewires #2
Sleeper #10

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

The New West #1
Seven Soldiers: The Manhattan Guardian #1
Legend #2

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Queen & Country: Operation Saddlebags TPB
Seven Soldiers: The Manhattan Guardian #1
Expatriate #1

James Sime - Proprietor

Queen & Country: Operation Saddlebags TPB
JLA Classified #5
Fragile: Love Never Dies TPB

Get Ready For Guns, Guns, Guns
... And Even More Guns

Comic artists everywhere love reference photos and we here at the Isotope like to keep our artist friends happy. Since we got such a tremendously positive response from our comic drawing amigos to our feature on Vintage Ray Guns, the Isotope thought we'd share with you this Japanese webpage featuring a collection of real world modern weapons for your drawing reference pleasure.

This website is absolutely loaded with lots of large, full color photos of each of the hundreds of revolvers, shotguns, assault rifles, and automatics in this collector's arsenal. Expect to see multiple angles of each weapon and a detailed look at working slides and clips, all taken in total gun obsessed fashion.

One look at this guy's room and his collection and even Frank Castle would sit up and take notice!

I Love Western Arms

Friday, March 25, 2005

Ed Brubaker @ the Isotope
Very Much Delicious!

In the face of increasing comic entertainment hunger, the delicious flavor of books by creator Ed Brubaker have become a tasty staple of modern society. This fan-favorite author serves up such hits as Sleeper, Gotham Central, The Fall, and his current run on Captain America to a famished industry of comic reading enthusiasts.

The Isotope will be adding hot water to your weekend this Friday with a delicious and authentic in-store event featuring Brubaker himself. Join us, won't you?

Instant Brubaker
Friday, March 25th
8pm - ?

For more information call (415) 753 - 3037. Coat and tie not required, no reservation neccesary.

Click here for Instant Brubaker flyer

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The Original Daredevil SlagRockers
March 31st @ the Stork Club

Carrying on the wheelie popping, hard-rocking, asphault chipping glory of the great Evel Knievel himself are the jumpsuited daredevil slagrockers Shevel Knievel. These three amp cranking, power chord pounding ladies do America's greatest living icon proud by forging over 5000 different kinds of pure rock and roll into their original trademark SlagRock sound.

With perhaps the deepest appreciation for the 70's icon to be found outside the pages of Evel Incarnate, no band is more willing to put their reputations, bodies, and minds on the line to please a blood hungry audience. Shevel Knievel thinks you'll like their brand of daredevil rock and roll as evidenced by the following, pulled straight from the Shevel Knievel website:

"If you like Motorhead, Rush, Iron Maiden, Blue Oyster Cult, JC Superstar, Queen, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath or Barry Manilow, you're gonna love Shevel.  If you have a Star Trek tattoo, chances are real high that you'll like Shevel.  If you know what A.D.I.D.A.S. really stands for...then, it's pretty obvious: you're gonna love Shevel.  Shucks, whether you're an Asimov lover or an Octavia Butler fan, the list of comparisons and 'if...then' statements is as endless as the forging of the underground SlagRock sound.  Come see us and make up your own mind, or at least let us make you drown in a puddle of your own DROOL!"

Now that's the Isotope's kind of band.

Shevel Knievel
@ The Stork Club 2330 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Thu, March 31st, 9pm

And true Knievel fans won't want to miss the DVD release of Viva Knievel this May or the April 5th premiere of Knievel's Wild Ride on A&E featuring the real-life exploits of Evel's daredevil son Robbie. One look at the footage from this show will get your blood boiling and make you wince in pain.

Countdown to Infinite Crisis
6 Page Preview @ PopCultureShock

This one's for you Papanii. The rumors are true and the countdown to Crisis 2 is on!

Wednesday, March 30th brings the Countdown to Infinite Crisis one-shot, clocking in at a fat 80 pages of superheroic goodness that sets up the future of the DC Universe. Written by Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka and Judd Winick and drawn by Ed Benes, Rags Morales, Phil Jimenez, Ivan Reis and Jesus Saiz, wrapped up lovingly under a cover by Jim Lee and Alex Ross... it's hard to imagine a better buy for a buck.

That's right, the Countdown to Infinite Crisis one-shot costs only $1.

With DC jam-packing this book with so many A-list characters and creators and offering up 80 pages of comic entertainment for only a dollar, it's pretty clear that this is going to kick off a major storyline. Comic Book Resources have reported that all this "Countdown to Crisis 2" action plays upon recent events of Teen Titans, JSA, Green Lantern, and the awesome Adam Strange mini-series by Andy Diggle and Pascal Ferry. And rumors are that this huge crossover will set a new status quo for DC characters and a more classic and distinct appearance for each major character.

If that's not enough "this changes the DC Universe as we know it" for you, there are also four new 6 issue mini-series spin-offs from Countdown to Infinite Crisis to keep your comic senses buzzing in April and May. The Omac Project by Greg Rucka & Jesus Saiz, The Rann/Thangar War by Dave Gibbons & Ivan Reis, Villains United by Gail Simone & Dale Eaglesham, and Day of Vengence by Bill Willingham & Justiniano with inks by Isotope amigo Waldon Wong.

Well what are you waiting for? Go read 6 Page Preview of Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1 @ PopCultureShock

... and has Andy Khouri solved the mystery of the dead body in Batman's arms from the cover of Countdown already? Perhaps...

Friday, March 18, 2005

The Virtual Interactions of Comicdom
A Look @ Places Where Comic Talk is Happening

Comic messageboards and blogs are both social outlets for the comic industry where fans can share their rantings, their reviews, and their love for everything comics. For all the simularity of content, the differences between blogs and messageboards are like the differences between going over to a friend's house for dinner and going to a club or party.

At most comic blogs the vibe is private dinner party, it's a personal affair. Often times just you an a couple friends just sitting around talking comics. There can be no denying the appeal of a one-on-one connection that comic blogs offer.

Click over to Tom Spurgeon's excellent critical analysis of the entire comic spectrum on Comics Reporter, or Heidi MacDonald's center of pop-culture, The Beat and it's like getting an invite to their house. Once there it's pretty apparent that Tom and Heidi have slaved over a hot stove all day to make you dinner, and you can't help but appreciate it. Those two can cook!

And then there's the "feel free to bring your friends" invites of other blogs which offer something akin to Comics Reporter and The Beat, but with a little bit of rowdiness thrown in for good measure. The smart opinion anthology of the latest industry news, The Great Curve and the "Comics Best Week Ever," Fanboy Rampage create environments that are similar to having folks over for boardgames or to watch the Superbowl. Sure, sometimes one of those guests drinks too much wine and starts throwing Trivial Pursuit cards around or won't shut up about how the Packers are going all the way again this next year. But who cares? You're having a great time and Graeme's just put another ice cold microbrew in your hand. You look forward to coming again and maybe you'll see if you can return the favor sometime.

There is a comic blog for every taste and style and most of them can be found here.

Messageboards, on the other hand, are the parties and clubs of the virtual comic industry. They might not be as intimate as the blogs, but you never know who you are going to meet or what's going to happen, but each of the industry's great comic message boards has a style that's all their own.

The venerable MillarWorld offers the impression of the happening nightclub of the comic industry with lots of talk on the latest comic news, a stocked bar, plenty of interesting comic industry personalities and a great DJ. It's impossible to know everybody, but it doesn't matter because it's a fun scene. And even though the dancefloor is always packed you can still get out there and shake your ass if you want to.

Without a doubt, the Bendis Board is comic's crazy punk rock house party. They've got a keg of cheap beer on the kitchen floor and a few underage drinkers getting sick in the bathroom, but there's no doubt that the people are there for two things, to talk about comics and to have a good time. A weekly comic review club, a low-rent band playing powerchords in the basement and there's a good chance you're going to see the wasted punks attempting backyard wrestling flips off the roof later. If you want to talk comics aren't afraid of getting knocked around in the pit, stalk on over to the Bendis Board. You'll have a great time.

For that cool, five pm after work drinking vibe, meet up with Brian K Vaughan's Board and the former Image Central Boards (crossing our fingers for the eventual return) at the local brew pub. With a good crowd of comic readers and professionals they're great places to get your comic talk on. You gotta love anyplace where you can freely chat up a favorite comic creator, get upcoming projects sneak peeks on draft, and meet some cool fellow comic fans at the jukebox. Plenty of friendly folks keep the scene tight and the discussions flowing, and make these boards excellent places to unwind and shoot the comic book breeze.

Once a year Warren Ellis throws this kick ass twelve hour rave that you hear about from some guy at the record shop or from a friend you haven't heard from in months. Each year it's a different spot and by the time the cops find out about it, it's long gone. But if you were one of the lucky ones, you had a damn good time while it lasted.

Because the Isotope staff are the kind of folks who love as much culture and variety as we can get, we truly appreciate that each of these places to make virtual comic conversation has a distinct style and presentation. And so chances are you'll see one or more of us hanging out at these various blogs or messageboards talking comics and having a good time.

Here's hoping to bump into you sometime... somewhere out there in the comic social scene.

UPDATE: Ellis knows we got it right.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Tastes Great?
Less Filling?

Green beer might not look appetizing, or taste good, or even be up to the current health codes... but celebrating Saint Patrick's Day with a fat pint of colored ale couldn't be more traditional for those of us with memories of mom dying everything green (inculding her hair) for St. Patty's Day. Tonight we hoist a glass of good cheer with great friends in rememberance of times past and in celebration of tomorrow.

So tonight you can find the Isotope staff out on the town searching for that perfect pint of food-colored brew. And what quest for green beer could be better than a tour of dual Harrington's? Sometime before midnight we'll be visiting both:

Harrington's Bar & Grill
245 Front St (near Embarcadero Plaza)


Harry Harrington's Pub
460 Larkin @ Turk St

UPDATE: Mission Accomplished!

Vintage Fashion Expo
March 19th & 20th

It might not be a comic book convention, but who can resist the siren call of the greatest vintage clothing and textile show on the west coast?

At the Vintage Fashion Expo everything old is new again. With nearly 100 dealers specializing in classic fashions from the 1850's through the 1980's bringing out their big guns to quench your fashionista thirst you can be sure to get your fill of Paris couture, vintage smoking jackets, cowboy and bowling shirts, antique fur hats, ruffled tuxedo shirts, granny boots, flapper dresses, bell-bottom jeans, and Italian sharkskin suits.

Vintage Fashion Expo
Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th
Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California

Click here for more information.

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Black Panther #2
Nikolai Dante: The Great Game TPB
100% TPB

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Manhunter #8
Miss: Better Living Through Crime TPB
Incredible Hulk #79

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Devlin Waugh: Red Tide TPB
Ex Machina #9
Space Ghost #5

James Sime - Proprietor

Shaolin Cowboy #2
Ultimates 2 #4
Captain America #4

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Last Chance to Submit Your Mini
Tonight @ the Bigfoot Lodge

This is it, your last chance to get your submissions in for the 2005 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics is tonight before the clock strikes twelve! To get your last-minute entries in, meet Isotope Proprietor James Sime and Special Projects Director Kirsten Baldock before midnight at San Francisco's Bigfoot Lodge!

Bigfoot Lodge
1750 Polk St (near Washington)
San Francisco

The clock is ticking down and you've only got a few more hours to get your work in for the 2005 award. So drop what you're doing and head on down to the Bigfoot to get those submissions in!

York Gaskins
Freelance Videographer

Here at the Isotope, we meet a lot of interesting and talented folks and York is certainly one of them. Let's get to know this fellow comic reader, shall we?

A comic fan by passion and a videographer by trade, York's recent work as a production assistant can be seen on the National Geographic Channel's outrageous reality show Mother of All known for building a frat house refrigerator that launches beer cans up two floors in the air and which was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. Mr. Gaskins is also responsible for an back cover interview with Ryan Yount appearing in the new Scurvy Dogs trade paperback from AiT/PlanetLar.

The first comic to blow his mind was Web of Spider-Man #31 by J.M. Dematteis and Mike Zeck which featured the utterly classic "Kraven's Last Hunt" storyline. And here are five books that York thinks will blow your mind:

Ultimate Fantastic Four
Usagi Yojimbo

Thanks to York for helping to make the Isotope community so interesting and for being our featured patron of the week. We love ya!

Saturday, March 12, 2005

TokyoPop Gets Mobile
Telephonic Comics: The Future of Comics?

With an estimated 650 million wireless phones sold this past year alone, the world of cellphone users is growing exponentially and the forward-thinking publishers of TokyoPop know a potential comic reading audience when they see it.

In an exclusive arrangement with wireless content provider GoComics the popular manga publisher has made Princess Ai available for wireless use, with two more titles to follow. And their choices reveal TokyoPop's plans for attracting the mass-market audience by appealing directly to the demographics of those who use cellular phones. "Princess Ai is the #1 selling manga hit comic that appeals to women 16-25. @Large has a following of men 18-30 and ShutterBox is favored by women 13 to 20. These are great demographics for mobile phone users," said GoComics CEO Chris Pizey in a press release this weekend.

Will comics on mobile handhelds be the future of the comic industry or will it be just another way to get comics into the people's hands? Only time will tell...

For more information,visit GoComics site, and don't forget to place your vote for Tokyopop's 5th annual Rising Stars of Manga Contest!

Friday, March 11, 2005

Get Your World Domination On
with Free Copies of 1000 Steps!

Isotope regular Sean Maher is doing a poetry-based giveaway of 1000 Steps to World Domination in conjunction with Rob Osborne. It's pretty simple really; write a poem, win a graphic novel. For those who haven't already picked up a copy of the greatly enhanced version of the Isotope Award winning 1000 Steps from AiT/PlanetLar, here's your opportunity to get one for free. Yes, haikus and dirty bathroom stall limericks are legal!

Click here for the great 1000 Steps giveaway

And while you're thinking about everything Rob Osborne go visit his website Absolute Tyrant

UPDATE: This just in from Rob Osborne, "We've upped the stakes...The winning poem will be illustrated by...ME!"

Now that's cool.

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Vimanarama #2
Gotham Central #29
Breech #3

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Bloodhound #9
Western Tales of Terror #3
Gotham Central #29

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Vimanarama #2
Project: Superior TPB
Adam Strange #6

James Sime - Proprietor

2000ad #1425
Adam Strange #6
Sleeper: A Crooked Line TPB

(a tip of the Isotope Scotch Glass out to the fine folks at Zeus Comics in Dallas for helping us spread the word)

Thursday, March 10, 2005

You Can Knock It Down
But You Can't Knock It Out

Welcome back my Millarworld amigos. We missed you.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Bootleg Mashup Party
Saturday @ The Cherry Bar

San Francisco's Cherry Bar hosts Bootie SF a mashup party featuring DJ Adrienne and Mysterious D, DJ Axel, and SF's own mashup maestro Party Ben. Saturday's Bootie SF features free copies of DJ BC's mash-up album, "The Beastles" (Beastie Boys vs. The Beatles). Mashups, which combine the vocal track of one song mixed over the instrumentation of another, were made famous by DJ Dangermouse, The Kleptones, and DJ Z-Trip. These illegal remixes have been burning up iPods and been contributing to the ulcers of record company executives everywhere. See new music mashups made live at Bootie SF.

Bootie SF
Saturday March 12
Cherry Bar @ 917 Folsom

More mashups can be found at Get Your Bootleg On and here (including the Jay-Z and Nena remix "99 Luft Problems")

A Call to Mini-Comic Arms!
The Mini-Comics Media Invasion Is On

So you make a mini-comic and you'd like more people to see your work. You want to get your book into people's hands but the stores aren't stocking, the media is ignoring, and it's a long, long distance between you and any potential customers? And you can't submit your work to the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics this year?

What's a mini-comic creator to do? You're going to invade the pro-minis media!

Helen Parson's utterly creepy and absolutely cool mini-comic Strawberry Ghost was featured this week in The Hustler by Jai Nitz... and yours can be too! Column after column Xeric grant awarded creator Jai asks mini-comic creators to send their minis in for review, and column after column Jai writes "no minis this week." Well no more, my mini-comic making amigos, because instead Jai's going to be writing about your mini-comic! And if getting your book the attention that the thousands of daily readers The Pulse receives isn't enough for you, there's also Isotope Award judge Jason McNamara's regular PopImage column looking for new creators to profile. And that means you, people!

This is a call to mini-comic arms! It's time to get off your ass and go get yourself some mini-comic love just like Helen Parson did with Strawberry Ghost. Today, not tomorrow, you're going to take two copies of your mini and mail one to Jai and one to Jason. It's time to invade that media and get that mini-comic glory!

Click here to read The Hustler featuring Strawberry Ghost and get the mailing address of Jai Nitz.

Click here to read PopImage's Can't You Hear Me Knocking and get the mailing address of Jason McNamara.

And if you still haven't mailed in your submission for the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics you've only got six days left. You can't win if you don't submit and time is running out. Get those submissions in!

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

A Flick to Kill For
Second Sin City Trailer on MovieFone

If you haven't already seen the first Sin City trailer yet, click here right this minute. We'll still be here for you when you get back...

The Sin City movie, based on Frank Miller's excellent series of hard-boiled comics is shaping up to be what could be the most beautiful comic-to-movie adaptation ever made. Starring Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Elijah Wood, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro and more A-list actors than most movies know what to do with, Sin City is directed by both Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller himself. But you already knew all that, didn't you?

You just want to hurry up and see the new trailer, don't you? Well, I can't blame you. Go ahead, enjoy!

New Sin City trailer @ MovieFone

Thanks to the ever eagle-eyed Heidi MacDonald over at The Beat for keeping us always up to date on everything Sin City related. You rock, Heidi.

Hundreds of Vintage Ray Gun Pictures

It's a well-known secret that everyone here at the Isotope loves the atomic world of the retro-future. Each and every member of the staff has a deep appreciation for the floating space cars of yesteryear's tomorrow, Wally Wood's astro vixens, futuristic skyscrapers of stainless steel, and the dashing space heroes in the classic Buck Rogers mold. And thanks to Andy Diggle and Pascal Ferry we get to enjoy it all over again in the pulp-infused Adam Strange series from DC Comics.

But more than anything, we here at the Isotope love the ray guns.

So here on The Isotope Communique we're going to show our appreciation for Justin Pinchot's amazing website dedicated to the beautiful toy ray guns of yesteryear. This comprehensive website is loaded with information on the history of space toys and ray guns, the companies that manufactured them, the cultural significance of space toys in America and beyond, and hundreds of photos of rare vintage ray guns from the 1930's to today. Simply beyond glorious.

And while you're looking at ray guns, check out Jared Guenther's stunning Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow prop replica gun. A beauty not to be missed!

Rob Osborne's 1000 Steps to World Domination
Featured in Polish Esensja Magazine

Rob Osborne wants to rule the world and he wants to do it by making comics, and it's working! Osborne, the 2003 winner of the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics, has seen his greatly expanded collection of minis receive critical accolades in some of this country's most well read newspapers and been praised in comics and entertainment magazines domestically.

And now Osborne's mad quest has gone international. Earlier this week 1000 Steps to World Domination was featured in high style in the Polish pop culture and entertainment magazine (or rather the "magazyn kultury popularnej") Esensja.

Read the entire untranslated article here.

Our collective hats off to Rob, comics' very own neo-Napoleon and a man who continues to be an inspiration to us all, for yet another world conquering triumph. No one deserves it more!

1000 Steps to World Domination
$12.95 for 136 B&W pages.
From AiT/PlanetLar

And check out Rob's website for his daily dose of thought-provoking rants, hilarious letters from fans, and lots and lots of art.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Black, White, Red and Dead All Over
An Exclusive Sneak Peek @ Filler

The creative team behind Teenagers From Mars delve deep into the crime noir world with their upcoming original graphic novel Filler. Professional nobody and police line-up regular John Dough is a man of utter insignificance who lives so far in the background that he's nothing more than filler in the lives of those he encounters. Dough is a cipher who exists as a nonentity on the margins of other people's lives ... that is, until streetwalker with a black eye and a sordid past, Debra Cross, struts into John Dough's life.

Before he knows it, John's life is catapulted out of obscurity into a convoluted web of intrigue, murder, and manipulation.

The fine folks at AiT/PlanetLar were kind enough to give us this first look to share with you, eleven sequential Filler pages. Forget whetting your appetite, this is an eleven course meal of balls out, brass-knuckled, bone-snapping goodness!

Download and Enjoy!

$12.95 for 96 black, white & red pages
From AiT/PlanetLar
(in stores March 16th)

Friday, March 04, 2005

Keep Your Eyes and Ears on This:
Riot: Comics + Culture

The pulse of the industry just picked up a beat or two with today's announcement of a new comic book shop that sounds beyond excellent. Riot: Comics + Culture joins us on the razor's edge with a manifesto so powerful, so gloriously passionate, and so dead on that it had to be shared with you.

I don't have a doubt in my mind that Riot will be making some huge waves and helping to forever change the world of comics retailing. We here at the Isotope like what we see and hear already and can't wait to get to read more as the Riot blog brings us regular updates and delves into the trials and tribulations associated with opening a specialty retail outlet. When you read what Riot has up their sleeves, you will no doubt feel your pulse quicken. And you will know that what the future holds will be more action, more surprises, and more riotous revolution. Riot: Comics + Culture gets a standing ovation from everyone here at the Isotope.

You owe it to yourself to click on over and see what Riot has in store for all of us. This is simply not to be missed, people.

Riot: Comics + Culture

A Moment of Silence in the Quiet Village
Exotica Pioneer Passes Away

Martin Denny, the most exhalted potentate of dreamy Hawaiian rhythms, passed away last night at his Hawaii Kai residence. Denny's unique fusion of Asian, South Pacific, American jazz, Latin American and classical music transformed what people listened to in the 1950's and enjoyed renewed worldwide popularity in the past five years. Denny's kitschy sound blended Buddhist bells, Burmese cymbals and the West Indian guiro with the sounds of exotic birdcalls and wrapped it all up in some of the most enticing album covers ever made.

Whether you plan on hosting an island-themed tiki soiree or just enjoy an evening of mai tais and romance with a voluptuous wahine, the music of Martin Denny remains utterly essential listening for transforming everyday life into cross-oceanic bacchanalian island world of Polynesian delights. You should go listen to some right now.

RIP Mister Denny, the Isotope will always hold you in the highest esteem.

Read more about Martin Denny and the cultural impact his music made on the world in this article from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and visit The Temple of Martin Denny to find out more about everything exotica.

San Francisco's Anime OD 2005
An Uncut Dose of Anime Straight to the Mainline!

This weekend SF welcomes the annual overdose of stars, culture, and animation that is Anime OD. For 2005 along with the usual movie screenings, charity auctions, CosPlay competitions and late night karaoke, Anime OD also will be featuring panels on Voice Acting, Censorship in Animation, Japanese Video Games, Viz Comics Animerica presentation, and EigoManga's portfolio review.

Distinguished guests include Gunsmith Cats director Takeshi Mori, anime voice actress Yuriko Fuchizaki whose voice acting talents have made her legendary worldwide, the ever-popular Tara Strong also known as Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls and Raven from Teen Titans, Kim Moon Sang the director of what is considered by many the best Korean animated feature of all time Sky Blue, groovy Flash animation studio Mondo Media, superhot visual kei rockers Psycho le Cemu, Isotope regular Ken Pontac who has brought your Gumby, ClayFighter, and Mr. Bumpy dreams to life, and even... the legendary Marv Wolfman! What Marv Wolfman is doing at an anime convention we will never know, but the Isotope applauds him for reaching out to the ever-growing fanbase that manga and anime represent.

Anime Overdose 2005
Friday March 4th through Sunday March 6th
San Francisco
click here for more information

Psycho le Cemu hits the stage tonight at 10 pm!

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Sea of Red
From Script to Completion

Anyone who has been to the Isotope in the past month and seen the display of stunning preview pages for Sea of Red hanging on our walls will know how excited we are about this swashbuckling, blood-sucking book.

For those who share our anticipation, Sea of Red from Script to Completion on CBR will be of particular interest, especially for those who also like to peek behind the wizard's curtain to see how comics are made. Seeing the script, breakdowns, and final pages of this beautiful book side by side gives any would-be comic professional a good idea of the brilliance that each of these creators contributes to the final comic.

Go find out how it's done, folks!

Big Screen Invincible
Image Comics series picked up by Paramont

With one of Isotope's perrenial favorites, Robert Kirkman/Corey Walker/Ryan Ottley's Invincible, headed for a theatre near you and with Kirkman helping to pen the screenplay himself, we can be sure that there is another movie on the horizon to reinforce the superhero celluloid domination of Hollywood, along with the likes of The Incredibles, X2 and Spiderman.

If you haven't read Invincible yet, and found out why everyone is so up on the expoits of this teenage hero and his family there's no time like the present, volumes one through three are available as we speak, and volume four is scheduled for sometime this month. But be warned, once you read book two you'll be as hopelessly hooked as the rest of us!

Invincible in theatres is great news for comic fans everywhere, and here at the Isotope we can't help but wonder if that handsome evil-doing devil who just so happens to call himself "Isotope" will be making a big screen appearance...

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Gaze Into the Future
With Seven Pages of Project: Superior Goodness!

It's Wednesday and I wouldn't normally be updating The Communique during new comic day, but for this, I'll make an exception.

AdHouse Books' highly anticipated spiritual successor to the excellent and beautiful Project: Telstar brings the super and every shade of heroics one could imagine in the form of Project: Superior. This superstar creator anthology is over-stuffed with hundreds of beautiful color pages written and illustrated by some of the hottest creators in the industry including Jeffrey Brown, Dean Haspiel, John Cassaday, Graham Annable, Paul Rivoche, Joel Priddy, Paul Pope, Jim Rugg, Farel Dalrymple, Jim Mahfood, Paul Hornschemeier, 2004's Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics winner Josh Cotter, and many, many more!

And in celebration of next Wednesday's release of this truly awesome anthology, the Isotope is proud to present seven never before seen pages from this book for your viewing pleasure. Download this exclusive sneak peek, my comic reading friends, and enjoy. Happy Wednesday!

Click here for part 1 and here for part 2.

Project: Superior
$19.95 for 288 Full-Color pages
From AdHouse Books

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Submit Your Minis
Only Fifteen Days Left!

You hear that? That is time running out on your chance to submit your mini-comic to the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics. That is time running out on your chance to take home the sexiest trophy in the comic industry and to get your mini-comic noticed worldwide!

You don't have to tell us that you want to go for the gusto and mail your minis to Isotope Special Projects Director Kirsten Baldock. We know you want to get the respect and admiration you deserve! We know you want the gold and the glory and to stand along side mini-comic superstars like Rob Osborne and Josh Cotter! We know you want to intimidate your friends and family with your very own dangerous-looking stone and steel trophy!

So, what are you waiting for? The clock is ticking and the only one who's going to miss out if you don't submit your mini-comic is you.

Go here to read the rules and get those minis in!

The Ultimate Sesame Street Death Metal
@ 12 Galaxies 3/5/05

Prepare yourself for San Francisco's deafening educational death metal god of cookie indulgence... the Cookie Mongoloid! This leather-clad blue and black sheep of the Children's Television Workshop family doesn't just eat cookies, he rocks the stage with his harem of heavy metal vixens. Backed by the loudest, surliest band known to man, woman, or monsterkind there is no show on Earth that pays harder homage to the glory of the cookie.

Ripping through song after classic song in his signature style Cookie Mongoloid will teach you the one two threes of Sesame Sludge, and with his trademark cookie-launching cookie cannon in hand, the Cookie Mongoloid will give you a lesson in the aye bee cees of metal. This is your last chance to witness the sheer cookie-madness and sing along with "Lost Me Cookie in the Mosh Pit" before the Cookie Mongoloid leaves for their European tour.

Cookie Mongoloid
@ 12 Galaxies 2565 Mission St
Saturday, March 5th

Join the people in your neighborhood at the Cookie Mongoloid show! Or I suppose, you could always play with Ernie instead.