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Friday, March 31, 2006

The Comic Pimp Returns
To Comic Book Resources


Here at the Isotope there is no single event, person, or thing that is more requested by our guests, our friends, or by those members of the industry who we talk to than the return of proprietor James Sime's weekly Comic Pimp column on ComicBookResources.com.

Tune in every Friday at noon as the Comic Pimp shines the spotlight on a new generation of comics retailers and sits down for interviews with some of the industry's most interesting comic book creators. On tap for Sime's return to glory are features with Rick Veitch, Gary Reed, Neal Shaffer, Joe Infurnari, B. Clay Moore, madman Jason McNamara, and more hungry new comic retailers from the four corners of the globe than you ever even knew existed. Check it out, won't you?

The Comic Pimp: Kicking Ass Every Friday @ CBR

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

All-Star Superman #3
X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #3
Godland #9

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Action Comics #337
Walking Dead #27
Angel Fire TPB

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

All-Star Superman #3
X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #3
Queen & Country #29

James Sime - Proprietor

X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #3
New Avengers Illuminati Special
Zombie Tales The Dead #1

Colossus and the Amazon Queen (1960)
An Isotope Guerilla Cult Theatre Presentation


Ladies and gentlement, the Isotope is proud to present one of the greatest lost badfilms of all time... when we say "a must see" we really mean it!

If you like pirates, Greek mythology, scantily-clad women riding on horseback, bar fights, and tribal dance numbers as only white men in the late 1950s could envision, but have been unable to find a movie that will tackle them all, then Colossus and the Amazon Queen is definitely the flick for you!

With a plot line as loose as an Amazonian girdle, the movie follows Rod Taylor (miles away from his A-list work on films like The Birds) and the 60's "fitness" star Ed Fury (in all his muscleman glory) as they bring over-the-top male/female role-reversals to an all-new farcical low. Complete with effeminate men swapping laundry tips and wives complaining that their stay-at-home men couldn't possibly understand the value of a hard day's work.




This long-lost cinematic treasure is sure to be a camp favorite around your swingin' love pad for decades to come!

Isotope Guerrilla Cult Theatre Presents:
Colossus & the Amazon Queen

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The New Hotness Boing Boinged
McNamara and Talbert's Continuity


We were just informed that Jason McNamara and Tony Talbert's upcoming original graphic novel Continuity (which you may remember the Isotope gave you a sneak peek of not too long ago) is a feature today on what is perhaps the most travelled website on the internet Boing Boing...

Congrats out to Misters McNamara and Talbert, and also to publisher AIT/PlanetLar!

Check out Continuity @ Boing Boing here

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Isotope First Look
The Red Diaries


Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, J. Edgar Hoover, Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, and Chicago mobster Sam Giancana... names that raise more questions than answers for an American public for over 40 years.

The answers to which can be found in the lost diaries kept by Marilyn Monroe, or can they? Comic author Gary Reed goes far beyond the Warren Commission and pulls back the blood-soaked covers to explore the shadowy world of power, espionage, dope, organized crime, sex, murder and international treachery during the height of the cold war.

Recently declassified and prepared for your examination, the Isotope's agents have an exclusive first look of this book for your approval.

Red Diaries
by Gary Reed, Chris Jones & Larry Shuput
168 Black & White Pages for $16.95
From Image Comics this May

Download and enjoy a 17 page preview here

Saturday, March 25, 2006

New James Jean Interview
With The Hundreds


With illustrations for mainstream media giants like Time, Spin, and Rolling Stones magazine, gorgeous cover art for Fables and Green Arrow, and the mind-blowing solo-project that is Process Recess, James Jean has painted his way in to the hearts of the comic industry.

And as with anyone we love, we always want to know more. So go click the pretty picture below to read a new James Jean interview at The Hundreds Chronicles:

Thursday, March 23, 2006

When Peer Pressure Strikes
Will The Man of Steel Give In?


While researching public information films the BKV Caballero who goes by the name "insertnamehear" unearthed an amazing public service announcement from 1980 starring Superman. You've seen him fight monsters, aliens, and even Lex Luthor... but what will Superman and the kids do when faced with the power of cigarettes?

Superman Vs Nick O Teen

Matt Fraction & Steve Sanders
The Five Fists of Science


The PDF fever is spreading! Today Last of the Independents and Rex Mantooth author Matt Fraction announced he is hosting a 22 page preview of his hotly anticipated new graphic novel The Five Fists of Science. You'll definitely want to check it out.

Starring the super-genius team of Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla in an all-out retro-scientific war against Thomas Edison... and also featuring the death of Isotope proprietor James Sime at the hands of a yeti!

Download the preview here

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Isotope Guerrilla Cult Theatre Presents
Jack Nicholson in The Wild Ride


In this too-cool-for-school 1960 vehicle for emerging star Jack Nicholson as hot-tempered juvenile delinquent Johnny Varron, the world is filled with greasers, dopers, rebels, dropouts, hot-rodders, and beat generation punks on a never-ending high octane bender. And the cat known as Johnny Varron is the king of cool. The only thing Johnny likes to do more than haul ass in his supercharged hotrod and tangle with the fuzz... is copin' a feel on his best friend's girl!

Shopkeeper: Do you have ID?
Johnny: Yeah...
Shopkeeper: May I see it?
Johnny: No.





Directed by two-time loser Harvey Berman and edited by infamous Monte "Two-Lane Blacktop" Hellman, a true 60's underground classic!

Isotope Guerrilla Cult Theatre Presents:
The Wild Ride

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Exalted Gods of Spacerock
This Friday 3/24/06


Now this doesn't happen very often! Space rock guitar deity Helios Creed returns to San Francisco for a rare acidpunk pioneer reunion show with his long-since-dissipated former band, the legendary Chrome.

Completely unique and utterly ahead of their time, Chrome's persistently overdriven sound fused searing rock with a futurist psychedelia collage of found sounds, white noise, tape manipulation, and more super-sustained, distorted guitar effects than your ears have ever heard. Without a doubt Chrome was the band that made psychedelic music cool again in the early 80's and put the rock in spacerock

With a Helios Creed solo set and a full Chrome set this show is not to be missed!

Chrome & Helios Creed
@ Annie's Social Club 917 Folsom St.
Friday, March 24th

Monday, March 20, 2006

New Narrative Art
Coming This May


As part of the Isotope's on-going quest to get you and ourselves sneak peeks at upcoming books before they're available in stores, this week we bring you the new anthology Blurred Vision. This book caught our eye immediately with a gorgeous D. Dominick Lombardi cover (part of the "Post Apocalyptic Tattoo Series"), and a list of cutting edge contributors whose work impresses. This is definitely a new publisher we're going to be keeping our eye on.

"But what does this book look like on the inside?" we thought, "And if we want to see what's inside, surely our friends on the Isotope Communique will also want to!" The fine folks at Blurred Books put together a great package for us to share with you... check it out, won't you?



Featuring strange and beautiful new work by cartoonists K. Thor Jensen, Eve Englezos, Matt Madden, Hans Rickheit, Michael Teague and more Blurred Vision boasts 102 pages of surreal goodness.

Blurred Vision by Various
102 Black & White Pages for $14.95
From Blurred Books
Diamond Order Code: MAR06 3069
Shipping this May.

Download and enjoy a first-look 10 page preview here

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Bringing World Domination
to APE AFTERMATH


You know him, you love him... he's Rob Osborne, the one man cartooning juggernaut of irrepressible talent, single-minded determination, and never-ending charm who has conquered the comic industry's hearts and minds with his unrelentingly entertaining works, Sunset City and 1000 Steps to World Domination, on his path to his larger goal, complete domination of the planet.

And now, the inaugural winner of the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics will return to the site of his first conquest. Expect to see Osborne at APE AFTERMATH on April 8th when he and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey present this year's winner the coveted prize on the Isotope's new eight foot high stage.

Watch this space for more special APE AFTERMATH announcements to come...

In 2005 alone an estimated 5.75 billion dollars were spent by North American businesses on search engine marketing and optimization. The goal? To get their businesses to rank higher than everyone else on Google.

With that in mind, it's pretty incredible to see what results you get when you do a Google search on the word "Isotope." Ranked right behind the Wikipedia definition of the word and the worldwide leader in stable isotope separations? Not too shabby, especially considering our money goes not to search engine optimization... but advanced comic pimping optimization.


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So, how did we get this enviable position?

That's the power of love, baby. That's the power of love.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Ennis + Robertson
Equals Awesome


Since February the Isotope staff has been downright giddy waiting for the official announcement of the The Boys, a five-year magnum opus by two of our favorite industry giants... Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. From what we're told Ennis is as pumped up about the series as we are and from the previews we've seen it's pretty apparent that Robertson's art has never looked better.

The Pulse has the inside scoop on the series that's sure to be on the top of our "must read" pile through to 2011. Go check it out.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Isotope Guerrilla Cult Theatre Presents
George Hamilton's Evel Knievel


In an effort to make sure everybody who wanted to get their mini-comics in for this year's competition had easy access to the latest info, our Guerrilla Cult Theatre was pushed back until today. But just because it's late doesn't mean we're skimpin' on the quality, no sir! This week we're rocking your world with America's greatest living icon himself...



This 1971 biographical flick stars the leather-faced George Hamilton in his least celebrated role. Jam-packed and overflowing with lovingly recreated Knievel speeches, a massive amount of actual bone-snapping Knievel footage, and the irrepressible bigness of Montana's craziest son, this crusty cinema will have you wincing in pain as you watch Knievel's famous crash at Caesar's Palace in glorious slow-motion.

Here at the Isotope we're huge fans of the folks who experience life with the throttle wide open, and no one embodies that more than Evel Knievel. A living legend who's jaw-dropping daredevil exploits made our young selves scream with excitement, whose nearly indestructible toy line tore up our childhood backyards, and who's outrageous between stunt antics have elevated Knievel far beyond the typical run of the mill celebrity.




You aren't going to want to miss this!

Isotope Guerrilla Cult Theatre Presents:
Evel Knievel

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #4
Majestic #15
Luba In Love TPB

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Tales of Collosus TPB
Nightwing #118
Red Sonja/Claw: The Devil's Hands #1

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Mora TPB
Walking Dead #26
100 Bullets #70

James Sime - Proprietor

Abandoned TPB
Gray Horses TPB
Mora TPB

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Final Hours Count Down
For Isotope Award Submissions


It's the frantic final hours to submit your mini-comic for consideration in the 2006 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics and the last minute minis are pouring in! Those overworked Isotope mail carriers of all varieties have been showing up with armloads of packages from across the globe for the past few days, and as much as we feel sorry for them for the extra work we're putting them through... we love seeing so many great minis submitted this year!

It's no hyperbole that we're pumped up to be checking out what you people are sending in. It's great to see new work from people whose stuff knocked us out last year, and absolutely thrilling to see so many new folks entering the competition this year. And the quality? 2006 can be considered nothing short of the year of amazing looking and reading mini-comics! Kirsten, our special projects director whose dedication to this award each year makes it possible, was expressing just this weekend how difficult a job our judges will be having picking a winner. These are some truly beautiful books we're seeing, people.

Of course, we'll still be taking submissions up until midnight this Wednesday March 15th so you still have some time to get those books in! From 11am until 9pm the Isotope will be open and available for anyone making those last-minute submissions, and from there we will continue taking submissions until the witching hour at Jade Bar mere blocks down the street.

We're an easy group to pick out of a crowd, but for handy reference here's who to look for:



As always, there can only be one champion each year and this year the competition is definitely going to be tight. So thanks to those who have submitted this year for making our judges jobs hard!

... and yes Mister Maher, California does indeed look like it's going to have an excellent showing this year!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Runnin' Wild In The Streets
Continuity: An Isotope Sneak Peek


If there's one book we here at the Isotope have been looking forward to the past six months, it's this one: Jason McNamara and Tony Talbert's Continuity.

Publisher AIT/PlanetLar serves up one hundred and ten pages of pill-addled mystery and a girl whose dreams have the power to warp, rewrite, and destroy reality. Trapped in a gritty nightmare world of her own making, suburban misfit Alicia must find someway to escape the pharmaceutical police state that her dreams have transformed the world around her into.

Where do you run, who do you turn to, and what do you do when catching a good night's sleep might mean the destruction of all reality?



This is the book your subconscious has been hungering for, and your friends here at the Isotope have got an exclusive sneak peek of the first 25 pages. After this you'll never complain about continuity ever again.

Click for a 25 page Continuity preview

Comin' Straight Outta London
Giving Away 2006 Isotope Award


He's Daniel Merlin Goodbrey. The acclaimed web comics colossus, the futurist hypercomics visionary, and the international force who swept in and dominated the competition for last year's Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics. Known for his new experiments in linear and non-linear sequential fiction, Goodbrey's dedication to pushing the comics envelope past it's breaking point is undeniable... if the world of mini-comics has a Grant Morrison surely Mister Goodbrey is it.

The Isotope is ecstatic today to get to announce that Mister Goodbrey will be boarding a plane and flying halfway across the globe from London to be in attendance during our 2006 awards ceremony. Expect to see Goodbrey at APE AFTERMATH on April 8th when he presents this year's winner the coveted prize on the Isotope's new eight foot high stage.

Watch this space for more special APE AFTERMATH announcements to come...

Friday, March 10, 2006

Tony Millionaire Does
Maakies for Cartoon Network


Talk about your exciting news to kick in the weekend. While we've all been patiently awaiting Tony Millionaire's upcoming graphic novel Billy Hazelnuts from Fantagraphics, the man has been busy. Flog drops the bombshell that Millionaire is writing, designing, storyboarding, and drawing a fifteen minute Drinky Crow Show cartoon for Adult Swim.

Way to go Tony! We couldn't be more thrilled to hear about a show starring our favorite ever-intoxicated bird!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Exclusive 8 Page First Look
Skyscrapers of the Midwest #3


Without a doubt, Josh Cotter is one of those comic creators whose work the Isotope looks forward to the most. Sure, we've got a special place in our heart for the guy as we were first introduced to him when he won our Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics back in 2004. But even if we'd discovered his books through Diamond or Cold Cut, we'd still just love Cotter's comics!

Acclaimed by critics and fans alike throughout the industry, Josh Cotter brings something special to the comics industry table. Wrapping his carefully crafted stories of heart-wrenching adolescence, grief, and midwestern family life in the trappings of anthropomorphic fantasy and really neat-o robots, Cotter makes mixing humor and tragedy look easy. There can be no denying the sheer retail powerhouse of Skyscrapers which continues to be one of our favorite showcases for non-comic readers who wander in our front door, and the staff was a-buzz with excitement when we heard the next issue was coming out in the not-so distant future.


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So it's our pleasure to be the first ones to get to give you an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming Skyscrapers of the Midwest #3 courtesy of Mister Cotter and our friends at AdHouse Books. Go ahead and download the preview... and see why we've got so much love for Skyscrapers!

Skyscrapers of the Midwest by Joshua W. Cotter
56 Black & White Pages for $5.00
From AdHouse Books
Shipping this June.

Download and enjoy a first-look 8 page preview here

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Lights, Camera, Action!
Your Wednesday B-Movie Cinema


Yes, my amigos, it's that time again...

Following up last week's hit broadcast of one of the greatest juvenile delinquency flick from the dregs and detritus of the public domain the Isotope brings you a movie that will truly haunt your dreams! This week we proudly present to you another near classic from the year 1961...

The Beast of Yucca Flats

Americans have always wondered what the strange and eerie results might be of the hundreds of atomic tests that shattered the skyline over Yucca Flats, Nevada in the 40's and 50's... and thanks to low-rent director supreme Coleman Francis and B-movie star of the first magnitude Tor Johnson, they finally got their answer.




This 1961 thriller includes everything you could possibly want in a drive-in anti-classic: secret atomic testing, innocent victims, KGB agents armed to the teeth, bumbling police officers, nearly naked girls, and one hell of a creepy baddie with a mad on for human flesh. Watch in horror as radiation layes waste to a brilliant Soviet scientist! Hold onto your date as The Beast wanders the atomic wasteland on a quest to kill! Squirm in horror as KGB agents go head to head with bumbling backroads cops over the fate of the planet! Listen to what must surely be the greatest voice-over in all of filmdom! And feel your stomach churn from the first geiger counter soundtracked necrophilliac love scene to the last bunny-laden final act!

The glorious Tor Johnson can also be seen in perpetually popular drive-in theatre flicks like Plan 9 From Outer Space, Carousel, and Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion.

Isotope Guerrilla Cult Theatre Presents:
The Beast of Yucca Flats

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

AdHouse Books Announces
Skyscrapers of the Midwest #3


With at least two members of the Isotope staff buried nose-deep in submissions for the 2006 Isotope Award the official word here on the Communique has been a little quiet this past week, but fear not, my amigos! Not only does tomorrow bring the second installment to our Guerrilla Cult Theatre with The Beast of Yucca Flats, but today we have what is undoubtedly the best news we've heard all 2006...

AdHouse Announces Skyscrapers of the Midwest #3 for June!

Joshua W. Cotter and the fine folks at AdHouse Books know what the comic industry has been hungering for and serve up the long-awaited third installment of Skyscrapers of the Midwest. Love, broken toys, bloody noses, and giant robots abound in this new heart-breaking issue. Find out why this book remains the Isotope's best selling series of all time!


See the cover here.

From AdHouse Books by 2004 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics winner Josh Cotter.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Your New Wednesday Dose
Of Not-So Classic Cinema


Break out the popcorn! The Isotope is proud to announce that for the upcoming weeks we will be bringing our guerrilla cinema to you each Wednesday, beaming a weekly dose of hand picked cult pictures to your home, office, lap or desktop. We've been sifting through the dregs and detritus of the public domain and rounded up some favorites from days gone by for our on-going on-line flick fest for your viewing pleasure. Expect to see great swinging tunes, atomic mutants out for blood, juvenile delinquents on a rampage, eye searing terror, and plenty of that low-rent kitsch you're been hungering for!

This week, we present to you, humble viewers, the finest in classic hotrod cars, bad boys from the other side of the tracks, sexy blondes in tight shirts, insipidly catchy songs, goofy teen idol good looks, and the world's biggest cell phone...

The Choppers (1961)

Hot rods, hot rock, and hot hair are the jewels in the juvenile delinquency crown of this 1961 drive-in exploitation flick. Featuring the debut of sixteen year-old Arch Hall Jr. as Cruiser, the spoiled rich kid with a taste for crime and his band of troubled teens who call themselves cool names like Torch, Flip, and Snoop, and specialize in stripping cars in record time. This is the movie that made you mom weak in the knees and your daddy worried about the crowd you run with.




Featuring the some exceptional less-than-hit songs from the awesome Arch Hall Jr, including non-classics like "Konga Joe" and "Monkey In A Hatband." Arch Hall Jr's other screen credits include Wild Guitar, The Sadist and the ever-popular Eegah!

Point your browser our direction and prepare to Live Fast Die Young!

Isotope Guerrilla Cult Theatre Presents:
The Choppers