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Friday, October 27, 2006

Animation Just Got Cooler
Hellboy: Sword of Storms

If you're on house arrest and can't go do one of the million other cool things going on this weekend here in San Francisco... worry not, your television has actually got you covered on a Saturday night!

Debuting on Cartoon Network on October 28th is something we here at the Isotope have been waiting anxiously for, Hellboy Animated. We're just going to assume you already know about Mike Mignola's great comic series and we've gotta say this show looks utterly fantastic!

This cartoonified adaptation of everyone's favorite monster fighting scourge of the underworld airs at 9:30 on both our coast and that other one... and could possibly even be worth staying home for.

Check out the official website and set your Tivos!


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!

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Monday, October 23, 2006

You Weren't Pretty or Clever or Fancy
But We'll Always Miss You, PoundSF

It feels like we've been going to see live music at PoundSF forever. Located in what many consider the worst neighborhood in San Francisco, it was beyond question our favorite venue in the city for shows of the punk, metal, experimental, and just plain outrageous variety.

For five years The Pound's stage played host to both local and internationally touring bands too numerous to mention, many of whom made us shout with delight that such huge acts were going to be playing at such a small venue! We cherish great memories of amazing shows both inside and in the parking lot of this glorious venue (Gwar, Circle Jerks, Thor the Rock God, the Blackest of the Black tour, Kool Keith, and Cookie Mongolid to name just a few). And all of it took place in a venue so small and intimate that more than once we witnessed members of the audience reaching up and high-fiving drummers in between songs.

While freight trains rolled by the club's front door, garbage trucks dropped off the city's refuse a mere 500 feet away, and just outside The Pound's gravel-pit parking lot cars were boosted nightly, inside this tiny grubby little bar was something magical. Maybe it was the intimate surroundings or the maybe it was the venue's remoteness, but when you walked into the club you knew you were there for the same reason as every other person in the place... for the music. Boasting the most enthusiastic crowds in the city, a night at The Pound was a night to remember, and even if there was a barstool or chair to sit on PoundSF attendees weren't the types to use them anyway.

Thanks to everyone who made this place so great. PoundSF, you will be missed.


Saturday, October 21, 2006

It's World Premiere Time in Hollywood
Jared @ Mann's Chinese Theater

When Jared isn't serving up the finest in comic book reads for you all here at the Isotope, he's slathering on the gore as a makeup and special effects artist. Slit throats, broken arms, rotten flesh, bullet holes, explosive entrails, decapitated heads... it's all in a day's work for Mr. Guenther!

His latest project to hit the silver screen, Fallen Angels, is doing so today in the highest of high style with a world premiere at the famous Mann's Chinese Theater.

Working under the legendary Bob Keene, whose effects credits include Alien and the Hellraiser movies, our man Jared Guenther made the mutated and the mutilated out of Fallen Angels' stars Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects), Reggie Bannister (Phantasm), America's Top Model winner Adrianne Curry, Kane Hodder (AKA "Jason"), Playboy Playmate Christie Hemme, Michael Berryman (the creepy bald guy from The Hills Have Eyes), and yes even Christopher Knight (we like to call him "Peter Brady").

If you're in Los Angeles we encourage you to go see Jared's handiwork for yourself at the premiere. And for those of you, who like us, can't be in LA today, why don't you click on over and watch the Fallen Angels trailer and raise a glass with us to Jared on this red carpet moment.

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Perhaps it's all those great costumes that makes so many people ask us what we're doing on All-Hallows Eve each year. Well for 2006 we're throwing our first-in-four-years Halloween party.

Dress up like an idiot and join us, won't you?

The Devil Made Me Do It
Tuesday, October 31
9pm @ Shine
1337 Mission (between 9th & 10th)

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Friday, October 20, 2006

The Communique Gets An Engine Swap
Turbo-Charged & Ready to Fly!

For those of you who have been wondering why the Communique has been so quiet these past couple weeks, or why your emails in haven't been getting to us, it's because it's server upgrade time.

As of today, the yoke of the soulless corporate machine has been cast off and everything we've done on-line for the past five years has been moved over to good, reliable local people who have made the arduous process easy. We've ditched the old four-banger the Isotope Communique was running on for a super-charged new engine!

And now that we've got that kind of muscle under the Isotope hood, we can at last get some of our long-planned Communique pipe dreams rolling. In the coming weeks we're letting the beast off the proverbial leash so expect some up-coming surprises along with your regular updates from behind the Isotope front lines... as well as the return of classic Communique favorites like The Isotope Guerrilla Cult Theatre and the Legal Download Fest.

In celebration of the super-charged new Hemmy under the hood, join us in checking out some piston-popping hotrod artwork from the almighty Big Daddy Roth, the twistedly brilliant John Detrich, and check out these amazing hotrod designs from yesteryear by the great Tom Daniel, including the Tijuana Taxi, Dragon Wagon, and our life-long favorite the Red Baron!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday the 13th w/ Ms. Monster
& Even More Great Weekend Events

This always happens to us, lots and lots and lots of things to do and so little time! And October in San Francisco always means even more events, shows, and parties for the Isotope friends and family to fill each and every hour with something crazy.

Kicking off the weekend in high style, is B-Minus Comiks' Friday the 13th Slasher Party, because if there's a better way to celebrate everyone's favorite day of evil than with Hel On Ice's Ms. Monster, we just don't know what it is!

Also this weekend is the 31st annual SF Open Studios event in which the city's artists open their studio doors to the public, with plenty of great little celebrations happening all over the city. Check out where art is born in the city by the bay, and for those of you who love great internet radio be sure to swing by and check out the new SomaFM Studios!

If you need a a high-energy infusion for your weekend you could hardly do better than to go see the incredible Phenomenauts teaming up with latin punk rock gods La Plebe and bourbon-soaked rockabilly rockers The Scrawnies at the Balazo 18 Gallery. If you ask us it's damn hard to go wrong with that one!

And for those of you who aren't into leaving the house this weekend... you too can have a great weekend thanks to the Danzig workout!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Rock Bottom GN
Scarlet Traces: The Great Game #4
Ares: God of War TPB

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Tales of the Unexpected #1
Green Arrow #67
Umbra #3

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Fables #54
Rock Bottom GN
Scarlet Traces: The Great Game #4

James Sime - Proprietor

Dr. Id: Psychologist of the Supernatural
Dork #11
Scarlet Traces: The Great Game #4

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Raising a Toast to Kirsten
Smoke & Guns Hits Fangoria

Fangoria, America's most popular magazine devoted to the wonderful world of horror films, always offers up the goods for their October issue... and this year is no different!

The lead cover article spotlight is all about Feast, the gore-splattered fright flick that was featured on the third season of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's ambitious Project Greenlight reality TV series. The article delves deep into the world of Feast creators Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, and as readers have come to expect, also features lots of bloody disgusting make-up and special effects.

But even better, this article also features this oh-so delicious mention of our beloved Special Projects Director and her original graphic novel about warring gangs of cigarette girls, Smoke & Guns.

Congrats out to Kirsten and Fabio from everyone here at the Isotope!

Check out the trailer for Feast here

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Monday, October 09, 2006

The Brilliant Life & Tragic Death OF Wally Wood
The World's 2nd-Best Comic Book Artist

"He could draw a half-dissolved Alka-Seltzer or a dog turd, and they would be the most beautiful things you'd ever seen in your life." - Frank Miller

It's hard not to be passionate about Wally Wood. After all, he was the writer and artist who brought us great horror comics, those neat Mars Attacks cards, lots of early stuff from when Mad Magazine was glorious, superheroine Power Girl's ever-popular peek-a-boo suit, perhaps the most beautiful thing a civilian ever made for the troops, some of the first creator-owned indy comics ever, Daredevil's classic red costume, and the greatest space comics ever produced.

Steve Starger and David Spurlock's new biography Wally's World: The Brilliant Life & Tragic Death OF Wally Wood, The World's 2nd-Best Comic Book Artist takes readers on a fascinating journey from his birth in small-town Minnesota through Woody's childhood dreams of a "magic pencil" through the heights of his career to the depths of alcoholism and illness to his gunshot-to-the-temple suicide.

Starger and Spurlock lovingly cast light on the whole of Wally Wood's career with reverence and brutal honesty in a tome jam-packed with out of print artwork from the master and heavily sprinkled with quotes about Wally Wood from those who knew him and those who, like us, find joy in his work.

Go ahead and click to enlarge the following pages and covers, and get just as obsessed as we are!

Wally's World
by Steve Starger and David Spurlock
192 Pages, 150 color & black and white illustrations for $24.95
Vanguard Productions
In stock now!

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428 Million Year Old Fossilized Worm
Named After Motorhead Frontman

Legendary god of all that is fast, dirty, lewd, wart-covered, and truly rocking Lemmy Kilmeister has found his near mythological status as the front man of the band Motorhead has taken his name in some unexpected directions... and this time it's into the world of paleontology!

Swedish scientist and Associate Professor of Paleontology in the Department of Geology at Lund University, Dr. Mats E. Eriksson, has named a recently-discovered 428 million year old fossilized worm after his favorite frontman giving the bass-playing growler will have a permanent record in the annals of Science.

"The perfect combination for a long-time fan of the band and a professor of paleontology, as myself," Eriksson told the Swedish press, "The fossil in question is a c. 428 million year old jaw of an extinct, marine polychaete annelid worm found in the Silurian strata of Gotland, Sweden. Its scientific name is Kalloprion Kilmisteri."

As appreciators of both the heavy sciences and the heavy arts, we here at the Isotope are hoisting our glasses and sending out a toast to both Dr. Eriksson and Mr. Kilmeister on what may very well be the fastest, dirtiest, lewdest, wart-coveredest and rockingest day in 20th century science. Here's to Kalloprion Kilmisteri!

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

SF's TODO Magazine
The All-Noir Issue

If you've ever ridden in the backseat of a Yellow or Luxor taxicab you've seen TODO, the sexy little pocket-sized guide to San Francisco jam-packed with distilled down peeks of everything to love about living in the best city in the world. Each month TODO embraces a new theme and a fresh perspective on the city by the bay. For October that means one thing... and that's noir.

Because just as it's true that San Francisco has played host to some of the greatest moments in noir cinema, we also have that stuff in our blood. One look at the selections in the latest TODO and it's pretty easy to how true that really is.

Here's a couple of our favorites from this noir-themed issue:

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(w/ MC Chris)

Ian Yarborough - Bon Vivant

Criminal #1
Premillenial Maakies HC
Other Side #1

Jared Guenther - Enforcer

Criminal #1
Savage Brothers #3
Dr. Debunko #1

Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director

Doctor Strange: The Oath #1
Agents of Atlas #3
Criminal #1

James Sime - Proprietor

2000ad prog 1505
Doctor Strange: The Oath #1
Criminal #1

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