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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Phil Hester & Mike Huddleston's Deep Sleeper TPB
In Stores Wednesday, May 25th

The fantasy world of lucid dreaming is the subject of Deep Sleeper, a genuinely creepy graphic novel in stores tomorrow from Image Comics. Everyone suffers from periodic nightmares or an occasional lingering sense of horror upon awakening, but the nocturnal reveries of Deep Sleeper's Cole are something much more alarmingly abominable. Cole is a sleep walker, but not in the traditional sense, because Cole walks through the altered conciousness of the dark dellusions of dreams.

Huddleston's phenomenal artwork, wrought with vivid imagery and high weirdness, combined with the overwhelmingly ominous tone of Hester's marvelous writing make Deep Sleeper one of the year's best horror stories and a must for every comic reader's bookshelf.

Deep Sleeper
by Phil Hester & Mike Huddleston
$12.95 for 144 Pages
From Image Comics

Monday, May 23, 2005

Delicous Videogame Bleeps and Techno Beats
PINE*AM @ The Makeout Room 5/24/05

If you can imagine what vintage synthesizer gods Kraftwerk would sound like if they were transformed into three cute Japanese girls who made 8-bit Nintendo influenced retro-click-pop gems of pure, undiluted bliss... then you can understand why the Isotope is head over heels about PINE*AM. Chances are if you've walked in the front door of the Isotope for the past month you've heard the staff talking amongst ourselves about our industrial strength love for PINE*AM, or you've heard us spinning our preview copy of their soon-to-be-released "Pull The Rabbit Ears" album on a near endless loop.

Hailing from Osaka, Japan, the alternate-dimentional Devos of PINE*AM take swirling sonic landscapes, android drum loops, low frequency bass, old school synthesizer bleeps, catch-laden guitar hooks, and airy three-part harmonies to create digital music bubbles of irresistible goodness. Dressed in 60's style uniforms of black and hot pink, the PINE*AM trio combine sexy-nerdy comic book esthetics with dorky-hip computer game sounds in a way that couldn't make the Isotope staff happier. For sonic proof of PINE*AM's brilliance take a listen to Gymnopedie 0.1, Far Star Lover, Hidden A, and Space Tug [departure from universe2].

See them live Tuesday night:

PINE*AM @ The Make Out Room
3225 22nd Street
May, 24 2005

Watch for them on G4 TV's Attack of The Show on May 27th and catch their first US release "Pull The Rabbit Ears" from Eenie Meenie Records out May 31st!

Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill Flip DC the Bird
& Take Award Winning League to Top Shelf

In a move that's sure to completely decimate DC's Eisner Award winning plans for 2007 and 2008, Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill are taking the mighty League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to Chris Staros and Brett Warnock's Top Shelf Productions.

Moore's disagreements with DC over the handling of merchandising royalties, promotional tom-foolery, content interference on the ABC line, and Hollywood boot-licking are well documented throughout the writer's career and killed a proposed 15th anniversary Watchmen hardcover back in 2000. The decision to take League from DC over to Top Shelf was based on V For Vendetta producer Joel Silver claim that Moore approved of the film's script (which he obviously did not) and DC's inability to issue any kind of retraction or apology. So until Alan Moore changes his mind, or hell freezes over, don't expect to see Moore publishing any material with DC in 2006 or beyond.

Although Moore and O'Neill are taking their toys and going to play in somebody else's sandbox, DC will continue publishing League volumes 1 & 2, along with the $100 Absolute Edition and the upcoming original hardcover The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Dark Dossier, which Moore seems quite pleased with. The Isotope gives a pat on the back to our friends at Top Shelf for pulling the coup of the year and offers a standing ovation to CBR writer Rich Johnston for breaking this story and for rocking our Monday. Thanks Rich!

Read the full story on CBR here

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Oakland's Golden State Comic-Con
Saturday, May 21st and 22nd

This weekend the city of Oakland is hosting the first-annual Golden State Comic-Con, featuring some of the Isotope's favorite comic personalities! Including the immortal Russ Heath, the amazing Josh Middelton, the brilliant Brent Anderson, the always cool John Heebink, the outrageous Bill Morrison, the jaw-dropping J.H. Williams, and the god-like Ryan Sook... and that's just getting the SF Bay Area's newest comic convention started. Expect to see more back issues and classic comics than you'll know what to do with and get a chance to hang out with actor Warwick Davis and the almighty Bill "Chop Top" Mosely.

The Isotope staff will be juggling our already busy weekend schedule to try to fit in as much and many of the convention and post-con activities as humanly possible. Don't be surprised to see us buying up original art, scooping up crusty Iron Man issues from the 70's, and buying drinks in the hotel bar!

Golden State Comic Book & Fantasy Convention @ The Oakland Convention Center
10th and Broadway in the Marriott Hotel
Saturday May 21st - Sunday May 22nd

For more information click here

Friday, May 20, 2005

Aw Yeah, Gun Fu's Howard Shum Is Back
And Fat Boy & Harvey Can Never Be Wack

Gun Fu came blasting on the comic scene with twin barrels blazing, slow-motion spin kicks to the head, and some of the most laugh-out-loud dialogue the industry has to offer. Drawn by the dynamic Joey Mason (who is currently burning up the mini-comic scene with The Mighty Offenders from Young American Comics) and scripted by funnyman supreme Howard Shum, Gun Fu remains a favorite among Isotope staff and patrons. So when our in-box lit up with preview pages of Mister Shum's latest offering the Isotope sat up and paid attention.

Fat Boy & Harvey is the story of Harvey, a down and out artist trying to survive living in LA, and Fat Boy, his kung-fu loving cousin from Hong Kong. When Harvey and Fat Boy get a job working security for Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit they are thrown into a world of loose groupies, coked-out agents, and sleazy Hollywood types.

Check out an Isotope Comminuque exclusive 11 page PDF preview of Fat Boy & Harvey here.

Fat Boy & Harvey
by Howard M. Shum & E.W. Clayton
$2.99 for 24 Black and White Pages
From Axiom Comics
Shipping this July. Diamond Order Code: MAY05 2592

And while you're at it, check out this awesome Gun Fu animated trailer from Mister Shum and Joey Mason. Gun Fu kikcs ass.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Stageside With The Isotope Staff
Throwing Up Goats Live @ DNA Lounge

It's no secret how much the Isotope appreciates GWAR, the world's most dangerous band, and when those hard-rocking space monsters rolled through San Francisco on their Mock The Vote tour the entire Isotope staff was there stageside to witness the carnage first hand. With the upcoming release of GWAR's first ever live album "Live From Mt. Fuji" hitting stores May 31st, the scumdogs of the universe have released their latest video, which just so happens to feature the blood soaked staff of the world's hardest rocking comic shop!

"Bring Back The Bomb" was filmed during last November's awesome SF show at one of San Francisco's best live music venues The DNA Lounge. A scan of the crowd in the video clearly reveals Isotope Bon Vivant Ian Yarborough and Isotope Proprietor James Sime making the double-devil salute.

Check out "Bring Back The Bomb" Quicktime Version here or the Real Player version here and catch GWAR at a town near you on the upcoming Sounds Of The Underground tour.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Penelope Houston & The Avengers @ Cafe Du Nord
1970s Punk Band Reunites to Rock Your World!

The Avengers, the legendary west coast godfathers of punk rock, are known for blistering guitars and singer Penelope Houston's searing vocals. Founded in the earliest days of the west coast punk movement, The Avengers classic sound explodes out of stereo's speakers, mercilessly grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until they've played you all the Three Chord Monte you can handle.

Join the Isotope in seeing these seminal punk pioneers and find out why the Dead Kennedys Jello Biafra calls them "one of the best bands America ever produced in its whole history of any kind of music."

The Avengers @ Cafe du Nord
2170 Market Street
Friday, May 13th

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Kirsten Baldock & Fabio Moon
Talk the Making of Smoke & Guns

Smoke & Guns is a fully-loaded, fast-paced adventure set in a world where warring gangs of heavily armed girls sell cigarettes for a living and defend their turf to the death. When Scarlett, an overly ambitious cigarette girl fueled by whisky and cigarettes, takes her enterprising exploits on the road it creates chaos throughout the city, breaking down the uneasy alliance between the districts and igniting all-out war. Drawn in utterly gorgeous black and white by Brazilian artist Fabio Moon of Ursula fame and written by the Isotope's own Kirsten Baldock who brings her real-world cigarette girl experience to the party, make Smoke & Guns a truly unique action-adventure blockbuster.

Get a glimpse behind the scenes at the creation of this book, including anecdotes from author Kirsten Baldock's cigarette girl past and plenty of insight into the creative process that brought these girls to life from Fabio Moon. Read about it first at and then read their latest interview with Newsarama.

And don't forget to check out a six-page preview right here at The Isotope Communique!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Adam Strange #8
Rann-Thanagar War #1
Wanted HC

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Man With The Screaming Brain #1
Battle Hymn #2
Conan & The Jewels of Gwahlur #2

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Astonishing X-Men #10
Rann-Thanagar War #1
Finder #36

James Sime - Proprietor

Adam Strange #8
Green Lantern Rebirth #6
Killer Stunts #1

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

San Francisco's DocFest 2005
4th Annual Documentary Film Festival

This Thursday kicks off 10 days of great documentaries with the 2005 DocFest, representing some of the best new non-fictional films by some of today's most exciting film-makers. Eschewing the kind of drastically serious types of docs that get Oscar nominations, the SF DocFest documentaries are those cinematic gems that uncover the secret subcultural worlds of surreal Americana.

Featuring Popaganda a film about culturejammer and billboard terrorist Ron English, Trollywood a look at the homeless on the glitterified streets of the city of Los Angeles, The Ramones & I the award winning pinhead coming of age story featuring lots of classic Ramones footage, Trudell a film archive devoted to political activist John Trudell who took over Alcatraz Island in 1969, Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? a look inside the ever-growing phenomenon of Christian hard rock music, Ghetto Fabulous about East Oakland's extensive group of classic Ford Falcon enthusiasts and the car culture of the ghetto, Scared Sacred an all-too-real trip from the minefields of Cambodia to war-torn Afghanistan to post- 9/11 New York and post-Little Boy Hiroshima, Derailroaded an archival documentation of the paranoid-schizophrenic world of musician Wild Man Fischer, and many more.

Scheduled to go head-to-head with the year's most hyped science fiction flick the SF DocFest offers many tales of a time not so long ago in galaxy we call our our own... definitely not to be missed!

SF DocFest @ The Roxie Cinema
May 12 to May 22
For schedule and ticket information visit

A Quirky Consumer's Guide
To The Garbage We Love To Buy

Here at the Isotope we're guilty at getting sucked into checking out the latest consumer goods all the time, from cheese-infused beef jerky to the latest multi-bladed razors to energy drinks made with Budweiser. In fact, the staff loves trying new and potentially awful snacks, beverages, and products all the time. So it's no surprise that The Impulsive Buy is a one of the Isotope's favorite websites.

With hilarious and sometimes thoughtful reviews daily of the kind of products that litter our nation's convenience store shelves, including such impulse shopping mainstays as Spider-Man Cereal, Full Throttle Energy Drink, Axe Shower Gel, Wasabi Funyuns, Clorox Toilet Wand, Burger King Ultimate Double Whopper, and the total tastebud assault that is Moutain Dew Pitch Black. They will consume just about anything and entertain you with the results.

Go see what exciting, strange, or awful dinnerplate or household item the staff at The Impulsive Buy are suffering through this week at

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Yes, It's That Magical Time Again
With Free FunnyBooks For All

Everyone knows how much love for comics the Isotope has, and today is the day that we get to share that love in a big, big way with the fourth annual Free Comic Book Day. Stop on in, get fistfulls of free comics, and celebrate our industry's annual holiday with us!

FCBD @ The Isotope
1653 Noriega St
Saturday, May 7th
11am - 8pm

(80's era Madonna not included)

Friday, May 06, 2005

When Galactic Psychobilly Sci-Fi Punk Is Needed
The Phenomenauts Will Be There!

What the world of music needs is more low-budget Buck Rodgers rockstars from outer space equipped with irresistible hooks, sharply dressed space people, thunderous beats, epic back-stories, razor-sharp wits, and smart, sexy sounds. What the world of music needs is the space rocking fury that is The Phenomenauts!

Known for rocking the geek stage on G4 TV, crashing the Warp Tour, illegal concerts on the streets of SF, and getting brutally murdered in the movie Punk Rock Holocaust, The Phenomenauts represent the cutting edge of science fiction infused nerd rock. Violently mixing power pop, rockabilly, punk, and that dirty kind of new wave they just don't make on Earth, these b-movie mad scientists of galactic grooves are here to rock your world. Join Commander Angel Nova, Major Jimmy Boom, Captain Chreehos, Corporal Joe Bot, Professor Greg Arius, Cadet Orbit and yes, even the Isotope in a cosmic evening of space rock adventure!

The Phenomenauts @ Cafe Du Nord
2170 Market Street
Friday, May 6th

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An Extra's Eye View From The Set
Footage from Superman Returns

Check out some from-the-set footage of Superman Returns taken by a fan on April 16th when filming took place on the streets of Sydney, Australia. This eight and a half minute video gives the extra's-eye view of day-to-day on-the-set operations, including a Daily Planet van, several Metropolis police cars, fans harassing Director Bryan Singer, and multiple takes of Clark Kent running. The slow moments of footage are helped along by the Superman theme song, which always helps get the Isotope pumped up.

Though nothing much else can be determined about the quality of this movie by this particular footage, you can tell that Brandon Routh makes a great Clark Kent! Click Here To Watch

UPDATE: Director Bryan Singer is keeping a video journal of the behind-the-scenes making of Superman Returns, which includes interviews with effects supervisiors, production designers, stunt coordinators, editors, casting directors, the director of photography, and some really awesome footage of Superman flying. These behind the wizard's curtain video diaries are really, really cool. Go check them out, especially the most recent entry "To Fly"

What can we say...? Bryan Singer knows how to really bring out the geek in us!

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight #2
Shanna The She-Devil #4
Papa Midnight #4

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

GLA #2
Deadworld #1
Matador #1

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Zig Zag #1
The Complete Jon Sable Freelance Vol 1 TPB
Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight #2

James Sime - Proprietor

The Complete Jon Sable Freelance Vol 1 TPB
Matador #1
Villains United #1

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

When Captain America Secrets Come Out
... Will Brubaker Reveal All?

With gorgeous art from two of the industry's best, and Brubaker serving up an exciting, mysterious storyline tracing back to Cap's roots, the recent run on Captain America by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, and Michael Lark is one of the Isotope's favorite comics on the stands today. Throw in the Red Skull, the Invaders, the death of Jack Monroe, the return of the Cosmic Cube, lots and lots of S.H.E.I.L.D. action, and an ever-building crescendo of cliffhanger endings... and it's no surpirse that we've been paying very close attention to Captain America these past months.

In this latest Newsarama piece, Brubaker sits down and talks about "The Winter Soldier," the evil enigma behind recent events in the ultimate patriotic hero's life. With a promise to reveal all in the up-coming issue 6, the author takes a look at the clues and goes into depth about who the villain might be. But does he reveal too much? Or is it all just smoke and mirrors? And could this poll on shed some light on the mystery? Or is that, too, all misdirection orchastrated by Brubaker, Epting, and Lark?

UPDATE: Now Brubaker's talking about Bucky Barnes... could these two articles be related?

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Could SF Possibly Be Even Cooler?
Two More Entire Neighborhoods Go Free Wi-Fi

As if living and working along side the great people of San Francisco wasn't reason enough to pack your bags and haul off on a lifelong adventure on the west coast... now the city gets that much closer to perfection with free Wi-Fi for not just a few blocks, but entire San Francisco neighborhoods!

As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle both the Fillmore and Castro districts are to be neighborhood-wide free hotspots for those who have wireless equipped computers or devices starting this week thanks to the fine folks at AnchorFree Wireless.

With Union Square and Chestnut Street already wired and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's initiative to blanket all of San Francisco with free Wi-Fi in the works, an entire wired city isn't far behind. Until then, you can always find free wireless internet access in San Francisco by consulting the SFLan Map run by a volunteer group for several years now, or by checking out the Bay Area FreeFi Map, or using the SF Wi-Fi Hotspot List for the nearest free spots to connect to the internet... and to The Isotope Communique!

Crumb Interview Audio Available On-Line
From National Public Radio's Fresh Air

Comic artist extraordinare R. Crumb is a underground writer/artist of mythological proportions. Helping kick off the popular headshop comix of the 60's he has gone on to becoming a cultural icon, the subject of a fascinating and award-winning documentary by director Terry Zwigoff, and he continues to entertain the planet with a recently-released new memoir The R. Crumb Handbook. Crumb's repeated rejection of the commodification of his work is legendary (once turning down an offer to do a Rolling Stones album cover because he hated the band), he continues to stand as one of the last remaining role models of the egalitarian '60s hippie ethos that San Francisco is so famous for.

Check out this NPR interview with the outrageous underground comix creator and hear Crumb's twisted wisdom about music, sex, drugs, stereotypes, and of course comics.

R. Crumb on NPR

For more information on R. Crumb visit his official website here.

It Was Only A Matter of Time...
Josh Richardson Interview @ Sequential Tart

Josh Richardson has done what thousands of comic fans hope to do someday and that's break into the industry. Sure, he's had to start with one of the most unglamorous jobs of all, he's had to start at the bottom of the food chain and work his way up, but that doesn't bother him, in fact, Richardson loves it. He's making comics for a living and he isn't afraid to tell you how much he loves every minute of his ever-increasing comic industry workload.

Thanks to his rapidly-updating "In The Trenches" column, his boundless energy, and his ability to get an amazing amount of work done and look good doing it, Richardson has become something of an inspirational touchstone for pros and fans alike. And when Richardson's fans include such names as Darwyn Cooke, Larry Young, B. Clay Moore, Paul Kilpatrick, Erik Larsen, and the entire Isotope staff... you know he's going places in this industry.

Check out this interview with Richardson by Sequential Tart for a first hand, behind-the-wizard's-curtain view of breaking into the comic industry through the eyes of an eager go-getter. While Josh gives the Isotope entirely too much credit for his success (we're just the cheerleaders here), it's an excellent, thought provoking interview that will definitely open up your eyes to the world of making comics.

Digging Trenches by Sequential Tart's Adrienne Rappaport

And for a more in-depth look at Richardson's new career be sure to check out Richardson's regular "In The Trenches" column on the Isotope Virtual Lounge.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

SF's Freak Flags A-Flyin'
Howard St. Goes Weird

It's San Francisco's popular celebration of the strange!

An annual tradition showcasing some of the most vibrant and creative art, music, and performances in the country. With 4 City blocks filled with music and dancing, backyard space craft, live art, public speakers, bizarre technology applications, turntablists, unique vendors of strange goods, and walking shrines to SF culture, the How Weird Street Faire attracts epicureans of oddness from around the world.

Grab a brew, watch some bands, buy some strange merchandise, and hang out with some weirdos. Always a good time!

How Weird in SF
Sunday, May 1, 2005
@ Howard & 12th Street
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