Get Your Passport Stamped United Tiki Bars of Isotope
Since the ancient days of yore, the great tiki gods above made blessed the beautiful city of San Francisco with such an over-abundance of watering holes of the tiki variety that it makes others weep with fruity cocktail and indoor rainfall envy. And so for half a decade the Isotope honors the great Island Lords by paying tribute upon the bar stools of the city's many tiki bars... the Tiki Tour
Legend tells that those who can complete the tour are granted the wonderous gift of never-hangover... but no man or woman has ever managed to master the great tour of tiki. The brave still try, as we did last night, and here is the evidence of our attempt for your viewing pleasure.
Many of you already know that I'm one of five judges in charge of the 2007 Eisner Awards. For the uninitiated, the Eisner Awards are the comic industry equivalent to the Oscars, complete with a star-studded ceremony at the San Diego Comic Con and, most importantly, career-altering impact on not just those who win... but also on those who are simply nominated for the award.
I've always seen the Eisners as one of the comics' greatest events and something that truly matters in this industry, which is why for last four years the Isotope has chosen to be one of the award's many sponsors. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into these awards each year, and am happy for our entire industry that they exist.
But nothing put the Eisners into perspective for me or has made me love this industry more than seeing the tears of joy running down Tony Harris' face after the Eisner Ceremony in 2005 for all the love Ex Machina took home that year. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time for it to really hit home for me how much winning that award meant to a creator like Mister Harris. And I don't doubt for a second there are many, many other creators out there whose names perhaps aren't as well known and whose books perhaps aren't from as large of a publisher for whom winning an Eisner Award probably means even more.
And that means something to me.
As a comic retailer I read a lot of comics every year, particularly so because I specialize in the kind of books that fly under most other comic shops' radars. But there's always a few fantastic books that I end up missing out on completely. And as an Eisner judge I don't want that happening this year.
So I'm opening up my in-box to your suggestions.
A list of categories can be found here and if you drop me an email at the following address I'll be sure to take your suggestions into account when I formulate my lists for Eisner Award nomination.
The King of Comics Talks Creativity In A Rare Video Interview from 1987
In comics and out, there are few creative figures greater than Jack Kirby. As the co-creator of the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Captain America, The Hulk, and Darkseid Kirby's immortal creations live on in both the pages of today's comics and on the silver screen.
And today we're sharing with you this video clip from the long out-of-print Masters Of Comic Book Art series of documentaries introduced by Harlan Ellison. Kirby talks about the genesis of his space spanning Marvel comics, the creation of Silver Surfer and Galactus, and the ultimate realization of the concepts behind them... the epic New Gods comics for DC.
Hearing when Jack says "If my life were to end tomorrow it would be fulfilled" brought a tear to our eyes. We'll forever miss your love for new ideas and the medium itself, Jack!
For more love for the King of Comics check out a couple morevideos. Jack Kirby portrait and more by Rick Geary.
Elvis Cups, True Love, Persepolis: The Movie DIY Zombie, Trooper, & Yummy Bus Stops
That's right, it's the return of the ever-popular Isotope Mailbag Link-a-Palooza, wherein we collectively explore the brilliant, bawdy, and bizarre corners of the internet thanks to readers like you. If this massive assortment of dead-ends on the information superhighway doesn't exhaust you, you can always check out previous installments here, here, and here.
First up is some local news from Jenny Drake that's surely going to bum out everyone who rides SF public transportation. Those brilliantly bizarre scratch n' sniff bus stop ads that smell of freshly baked cookies are out. Oh and we were soooo looking forward to sniffing the Muni stops!
San Francisco has the highest concentration of tiki bars in the continental United States, and in conjunction with our good friends at Your Mom's Basement we're going to once again attempt to hit them all.
Extra-tall umbrella drinks, angry fire-breathing island gods, sexy surfing beach bums, jungle-dwelling luau ladies, and plenty of earthly Polynesian delights await! Route maps and many of the little-known exotic lounges will remain a secret to all but those in attendance. The legends claim that in half a decade the completion of the tiki tour task has proven to be impossible.
Bring your favorite Hawaiian shirt or skirt, your ID, and your extra-strength liver... you're going to need it!
We were also lavished with love this week on the massively popular Civic Center Blog, which is quite an honor! With an eye on interesting culture, politics, and unique characters that make San Francisco the best city on Earth, SFMike takes readers on daily photo-centric tours of the city which are nothing short of remarkable. You'll definitely want to read Mike's entire post, but here's a snippet that brought a tear to our collective eyes.
And our uber-cool amigo Geoff Wagner mailed in to let us know that they're blowing kisses our way on Apartment Therapy yesterday as well. Thanks for sharing the affection with us Geoff, and do put a little something-something on your January calendar for us, won't you? The fine folks at Apartment Therapy definitely know a thing or two about the sexiest of things in life to indulge yourselves in... and they think we're downright sassy!