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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
We're all about the art this week! With the jaw-dropping Warhol Live exhibit at the de Young Museum wrapping up this weekend (go see it while you can!), the amazing Nick Cave Sound Suits fashion-as-physical-manifestations-of-sound exhibit at the Yerba Buena, and the mobile street art fest that is Bay to Breakers... it's the right week to get your art on!
STORM - Superstar
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The Unwritten #1
Umbrella Academy Dallas #6
Captain Britain & MI-13 #13
Kirsten Baldock - Special Projects Director
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Umbrella Academy Dallas #6
Lockjaw & The Pet Avengers #1
I Kill Giants TPB
James Sime - Proprietor
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I Kill Giants TPB
Green Lantern Corps #36
Labels: Andy Warhol, comics, culture, gallery, Nick Cave, staff
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
The Isotope Presents: A STAR TREK MOTHER'S DAY
This year, why not forget the frilly pink aprons, the Teflon coated pans, and the boring scented bath salts... why not get mom something she really wants this year? Why not dazzle her senses with the gift of Spock, Kirk, McCoy, Uhura, Lieutenant Sulu, and the rest of the USS Enterprise crew? Why not join us for "A Star Trek Mother's Day" and see the summer's hottest flick in high style?
Isotope, the 10 time "Best of the Bay" awarded comic shop, will be hosting Trekkie trivia and a duo of jaw dropping futuristic fashion shows and costume contests at both the 7 and 9:30pm screenings. Prizes of wonderous epicurean delights, gift certificates, worldly goods, and special treasures await! The Balboa's lobby will be terraformed into an Isotopic outpost with a hand-selected cornucopia of amazing science fiction graphic novels and award-winning comics for yourself and the mothers in all our lives.
Our amigo, the fantastic Chuck Nicklow of Costumes on Haight is fully stocked up with all sorts of sexy Trek gear for your high-future fashionista movie viewing needs, but supplies are sure to go fast! Don't be shy. Stop in, tell Chuck we said 'hi', and get geared up!
A Star Trek Mother's Day
@ The Balboa Theatre
3630 Balboa St (between 37th & 38th Ave)
7pm and 9:30pm screenings
Witness the spectacle, experience the excitement, indulge in the resurrection of a true icon of nerd Americana with your sweetheart, your most fun amigos, and perhaps even your mother too... the Isotope will be gifting free Vulcan Ears for all moms in celebration!
Honestly, what could be sweeter?
Labels: culture, events, movies
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The entire Isotope family is coming out for this one. Join us, won't you?
Betty Bloomerz & the Squidling Brothers
853 Valencia St @ 20th
Friday March 27th, 2009
$5 before 9:30pm, $10 after
See a Betty Bloomerz trapeze show here
Labels: Betty Bloomerz, culture, San Francisco, shows, Squidling Bros
Thursday, March 05, 2009
The End is Nigh!
Time For a Cocktail
Ladies and Gentlemen, the day has finally arrived! After over a decade of waiting, speculating about the cast, and debating whether it should even be attempted, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' classic graphic novel, WATCHMEN, is finally a major motion picture. And whether you feel that this is cause for no end of celebration or if you believe you will need to drink yourself into oblivion to make it through this bastardization of a pure artistic vision, the Isotope is here for you! Serving up a bevy of Watchmen-inspired cocktail recipes to suit all your boozing needs!
Full Frontal Manhattan
Those who have already seen the movie or read the book will want to start their boozing off with this tribute to Dr. Manhattan's... (ahem)... full-frontal blueness!
2 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
1 oz Hiram Walker Blue Curacao
1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
3 dashes Regan's Orange Bitters
Shaken and served up. The Isotope staff prefers this cocktail to be served with a little backlighting for best blue glow effect.
Here's a great follow-up to that blue-hued cosmic adventure... a drink of pure nihilism! But be warned, this one is sure to rough you up a bit, just like the drink's namesake, The Comedian.
2 oz Yukon Jack Canadian Whiskey
Fill a tall glass with ice and feel free to go heavy on the Yukon Jack. Top off with as little Dr. Pepper as you dare. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a drop of blood in honor of that Watchmen smileyface button you've been bootlegging.
Because it wouldn't be complete without a little pirate adventure!
2 oz Gosling's Black Seal Dark Rum
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Hiram Walker Creme De Cacao Dark
Combine over ice and stir. Too many of these, and your night might end up on the cutting room floor of your memory just like the Black Freighter scenes that were cut from the movie. Hope it doesn't get its own DVD!
Sweet, spicy, and packing a punch. What more could you want from the lady in vinyl?
1 1/2 oz Patron XO Cafe
1/2 oz Hiram Walker Creme De Cacao Dark
1 oz heavy cream
Combine the Patron XO Cafe and Hiram Walker Creme de Cacao Dark with ice and shake. Pour over ice, top off with heavy cream, and finish with a dash of cinnamon.
The New Frontiersman
This little tidbit of liquid propaganda disguised as journalism just might convince you to don a mask and hit the streets yourself!
1/4 oz Martini & Rossi Rosso Sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz Martini & Rossi Extra Dry Vermouth
2 oz Plymouth Gin
1/4 oz Hiram Walker Triple Sec
1/4 oz lemon
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine and shake. Serve up. Follow up with a long-winded rant about the Illuminati to any and all drunks who are still listening to you.
UPDATE: Looking for Rorschach or Nite Owl inspired cocktail recipes? Want to try your hand at shaking up a few of your own? The always wonderful Whitney Matheson is calling all amateur and professional mixologists to post their own Watchmen inspired recipes on her Pop Candy blog here. Please do, we're looking forward to trying a few hundred more of these cocktails out!
Labels: cocktails, culture, movies, Watchmen
Friday, January 25, 2008
Let It Rain That Cold SF Rain...
San Francisco Noir Film Fest
While everyone else does whatever they can to avoid the bone-chilling cold San Francisco rain this weekend, those in the know are going to be turning up their trenchcoat and venturing out after dark for a deadly dose of hard boiled heroes, nihilistic thugs, ordinary people over the line, dirty deals gone wrong, and the kind of femme fatales that you just know aren't any good for you... but can't help but get mixed up with anyway.
That's right, it's time for you to once again attend Noir City, San Francisco's world-famous festival celebrating the greatest noir cinema ever made. Featuring an amazing selection black and white flicks never released on DVD classics of yesteryear, including Dangerous Crossing, the delightfully named Hangover Square, a San Francisco classic thriller D.O.A., the brain-teasing murder yarn you won't forget The 3rd Voice (with the tag-line "Spurned, she became mistress of the double-double-cross!" how can you go wrong?), one of my personal favorite lost films The Story of Molly X, and a man-do-I-want-to-see-this film that's been hailed as a "noir version of It’s a Wonderful Life" Repeat Performance with a post screening onstage interview with pulse-quickening star Joan Leslie herself!
Ten days. 20 films. No happy endings.
Now doesn't that sound like the perfect complement to those chilly and rainy San Francisco nights?
Noir City - The San Francisco Noir Film Festival
@ the historic Castro Theatre
January 25 - February 3rd, 2008
Labels: culture, movies, noir, San Francisco
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Gus Van Sant Now Open Casting
Milk: The Harvey Milk Story
I'm sure many of you San Franciscans already know that director Gus Van Sant is doing a new film about the glorious life and tragic death of politician and activist Harvey Milk.
We here at the Isotope certainly approve of a big Hollywood production dedicated to one of SF's most well-loved sons and have liked several of this director's flicks in the past... but what's even more exciting is they are holding an open casting call for local folks who want to be part of the movie!
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Get your 8-by-10 headshots ready and read more about this open casting call over at Yelp and on Craigslist here. Best of luck!
Labels: culture, Harvey Milk, movies, San Francisco
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Cool Shirts, Kooky Vinyl Toys, Crazy Pillows, & More
The Rickshaw Stop Hosts Gama-Go's Annual Sale
Hooray, it's that time of year already!
Right down the street from the Isotope front door, The Rickshaw Stop is once again hosting the glorious Gama-Go super annual sale this coming Saturday. The Gama-Go company is responsible for wonderful things like Deathbot Shiva t-shirts, Ninja Kitty wristbands, Panda-monium hoodies, wiener dog purses, designer vinyl toys, and cool utterly ridiculous pillows like this and this and this (you can tell I like those pillows, can't you?).
No doubt you've seen many of these nifty Japanophile shirts on sexy nerds and nerdettes out and about the SF day-and-night life, and here's your chance to scoop up all sorts of hot nerdy fashions for yourselves. After you're done stocking up, swing by the Isotope and show us what you scored, won't you?
Gama-Go Shop Till You Drop @ The Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St @ Van Ness
Saturday, November 10th
more info here
Labels: culture, fashion, San Francisco
Saturday, November 03, 2007
The Monsters of Electro-Pop
Amazing Freezepop Hits SF
Drop everything you are doing, throw away your evening plans, and prepare to deep-fry your brain in the hot electro-pop oil of one of the greatest live music acts ever, San Francisco!
Detonate the fuse on your internal ecstasy detector when the vocorder hits and twin keytar playing dynamos stalk the stage, quiver in undiluted joy as sub-zero thumping rhythm machines vibrate your body in that dirty, dirty way you secretly love so much, fill your childlike glee cup over-flowing and beyond as you piston pogo bounce and centrifuge spin your way through a crowd of grinning, fabulously stylish nerds... you won't soon forget as Freezepop beep boops and clicks uncut pleasure down into dilithium crystals of pure happiness. And all for you.
Freezepop for ever. And ever. And ever. And ever.
Freezepop @ 12 Galaxies
2565 Mission Street
Saturday, November 3rd
Labels: culture, Freezepop, music, shows
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Instead of going to the Castro and getting hauled off to jail this year, why not spend your Halloween in high Isotope style?
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This year we've teamed up with our friends at the world's greatest newspaper The Onion, the best band in the entire city Triple Cobra, the non-speaking order of the Grande Chartreuse monastery who make the fabulous Chartreuse Liquor, the crazy gentlemen behind B-Minus Comics, and our all-time favorite cable access horror hostess Ms. Monster!
This is going to be absolutely legendary.
Monster Mosh 2007 @ 12 Galaxies
2565 Mission St (@ 21st)
Wednesday, October 31st. Doors at 8:30pm
Labels: Aaron Farmer, contests, costumes, culture, events, Halloween, Marc Nordstrom, Ms Monster, San Francisco, shows, The Onion, Triple Cobra
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Enslaving Television, The Media, The City...
The Lovely Ms. Monster Conquers All!
Ah, yes. We do love our Ms. Monster here at the Isotope!
Many of you already know our favorite blue-skinned beauty who has been a multi-time featured Isotope guest star during our Eric Powell's Monster Mash-Up party and from our world premiere Hel On Ice screening or from hosting her annual Shock It To Me filmfests at the Castro Theatre.
For those of you who don't already know this vivacious vixen, well... that's about to change. Like the hundreds of hungry TV execs, cigar-chomping Hollywood producers, and garden-variety barflys before you, you too will soon fall under the intoxicating spell this captivating cadaver of inescapable enchantment weaves.
Of course, we here at the Isotope are going to do our part by throwing a Halloween party with her, the best band in the city, our friends at The Onion, and B-Minus Comics... which is shaping up to look like the SF Bay Area Halloween event of 2007. Mark your calendars!
But even more exciting is how Ms. Monster is laughing all the way to the blood bank recently as a contestant on the not-yet-aired Search for the Next Elvira TV show. Will the blue-hued horror hostess take the crown or will she flame-out along with the other hopefuls? Not even we know!
But what we do know is that the first episode of this show is available in advanced form on iTunes, right now before this show's premiere on the 13th... and it's absolutely 100% free of charge! Go, download now, people!
Ms. Monster on Search for the Next Elvira
Labels: Aaron Farmer, culture, Elvira, horror, Marc Nordstrom, Ms Monster, Triple Cobra, tv
Monday, October 01, 2007
The Isotope proudly presents a one-night film fest featuring the legendary cinematic historian, b-movie poster curator, exploitation auteur director, and trash film connoisseur Jacques Boyreau!
Author of two of the swingin' sexiest must-have coffee table books ever printed, Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters and the stunning The Male Mystique: Men's Magazine Ads of the 1960s and '70s as well as the cinematic whitesploitation visionary behind the anti-classics Planet Manson, I Do, I Die, and the science fiction LSD epic Candy Von Dewd, Boyreau is invading the Isotope with a 13 foot movie screen and hundreds of reels of lost b-movie exploitation cinema gems.
You'd better believe I am looking forward to this!
Also be sure to also check out Boyreau's Super Trash Peepshow slideshowing and talk featuring vintage artwork from trash films and other forms of disreputable pop culture at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts the following night. You know where I'll be!
Labels: culture, events, exploitation, Jacques Boyreau, movies, ridiculous
Thursday, September 27, 2007
The Best Weekend All Year Long
So Much To Do, So Little Time!
Wow, what a phenomenal weekend we're going into here in SF! I've seen a whole lot of folks in from out of town in the past two days so if you're in from out of town... "welcome" and I'm giving you all a high-five for having excellent timing!
So, what's going down during the best weekend all year long in the greatest city on Earth?
SF Love Parade & After-Party - We all know that San Francisco is without a doubt America's most open-minded city, so it was naturally the first choice to host the American version of Berlin's world-famous Love Parade. This massive parade and street party down the city's main thoroughfare of Market Street and culminates in a gigantic outdoor festival at the end of the route. Right out in front of city hall (that's how we do it in San Francisco, baby)! Not to be missed.
ArtCar Fest 2007 - The largest congregation of crazy, beautiful, goofy, and brain-meltingly outrageous ArtCars on the entire coast! You haven't truly lived until you've cast your peepers on jaw-dropping automotive glories like Ripper the Friendly Shark, Cowasaki, The Mirror Image, and the gothic majesty of the you-have-got-to-see-it-to-believe-it Carthedral. There just isn't anything more wonderful than seeing these beauties rolling down SF streets.
6th Annual Docfest - San Francisco's famed documentary film fest is one of my favorite reasons to snuggle down into a movie theater seat, scarf popcorn by the handful, and get hypnotized by the silver screen. This year's flicks include American Scary which answers all those burning questions you have about great TV horror hosts and hostesses of yesteryear, Luchando a flick about sex-working hustlers in Cuba's gay underground, What Would Jesus Buy? a cross country anti-consummerism bus ride with Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, El Mechanico Loco the highly praised look at a punk rock hotrod racing team, and the downright awful sounding Absolute Zero, a flick about a railway worker freezing to death trapped inside a refrigerated cooler car full of animal carcasses. I'll definitely be checking out a few of these!
Folsom Street Fair - The quintessential San Francisco street fair! This event is always one of the most fun of all of the crazy events we have here in SF, and this year the organizers have upped the ante with the addition of an "erotic artists' alley" full of some of our favorite local comic creators including Justin Hall, Steve MacIssac, and Drub. I've gotta give the Folsom Street Fair a standing ovation for showing so much appreciation to the art form of cartooning this year. Nice!
And lest we forget the very best thing happening all weekend...
JH Williams III @ the Isotope - Oh, I'm completely biased, I know! But seriously, who wouldn't want to come to the world's sexiest comic book store to meet one of the greatest living masters of the comics artform? One look at Mister Williams work on Promethea, Desolation Jones or his current run on Batman will get you just as mouth-foamingly manic about his art as we all are!
Labels: culture, events, JH Williams III, movies, music, ridiculous, San Francisco, shows
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Peaches Christ Happy Hour Madness
and Barbarella on the Big Screen
I honestly can't think of a more wonderful way to indulge in utter fabulousness than tonight's double-feature of entirely unrelated camp nightlife content... Peaches Christ's Hellraiser Happy Hour at Mix Bar in celebration of a decade of the diva's decadence as hostess to SF's legendary Midnight Mass movie series and Barbarella playing at the Red Vic!
What more needs to be said about Barbarella that hasn't already been said? 1968's high-camp schlock magnum opus is perhaps the greatest comic-to-movie-adaptation ever made and is essential viewing for those who love their sci-fi on the sexy, un-intellectual side. Starring a bubble-headed fur-feather-and-leather covered Jane Fonda (pulse racing! knees getting weak!), the ultra-potent combination of this flick and Alex Raymond's gorgeous Flash Gordon comics made quite the impression on me as a young lad... and what a sweet zero-gravity mind-warping for my young brain to get!
Indulge thyself in these many scenes from the original comic by Jean-Claude Forest, sneak over to YouTube to check out the original movie trailer, or feast your eyes on this ultimate psychedelic sci-fi sex comedy on the big screen later tonight.
And don't forget to go show Peaches your happy hour love too!
Barbarella @ Red Vic Theater
1727 Haight Street @ Shrader St
Thursday, August 30th
Labels: Barbarella, comics, culture, movies, Peaches Christ, ray guns, ridiculous, San Francisco
Monday, August 27, 2007
Croquet, champagne, little sandwiches, cupcakes, pate... what a nice weekend!
The 2007 All-Star Sutro Heights Park Croquet Invitational organized by the wonderful Kate McMillan.
See the photos and championship results here
UPDATE: "Comic Nerd All-Star Game of Croquet" - it's the news that's sweeping the nation!
Labels: croquet, culture, ridiculous, San Francisco
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Yes, I really did want to go see the Dead Channels screening of The Devil Dared Me To, the nearly semi-true movie of New Zealand's most dangerous stuntman. Because honestly, the trailers make that look like one of the greatest movies ever made!
But as good as that admittedly looks, tonight we celebrate 30th anniversary of the passing of The King with Will the Thrill, Monica Tiki Goddess, Cari Lee & the Saddle-Ites, fried peanut butter and nanner sammiches, and a showing of a brilliant, classic flick starring two of the sexiest stars ever to grace the silver screen.
That's right, I'm talking about Thrillville's 30th Anniversary Elvis D-Day Party! Featuring the crown jewel of 1964 cinema... Viva Las Vegas. Oh, Elvis and Ann-Margret, watching you two dance together makes my heart go pitter-patter!
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Labels: Ann-Margret, culture, Elvis, movies, Thrillville
Friday, August 10, 2007
Jupiter Love, Spider Baby, Crimes of the Future
The Devil Dared Me To, & Zero Population Growth
One only has to peek into the future of Isotope events to get an idea how much my staff and I appreciate the low-rent trashy b-movie flicks that bring out the freaks and fill the screens with horror, sci-fi, and experimental oddities at midnight movie festivals. So you can imagine how much we're looking forward to Dead Channels - the San Francisco Festival of Fantastic Film starting this weekend.
Dystopian future worlds, Albert Einstein's lost journal, hypnotic seductive powers in a drug-infested underworld, flesh-munching undead, New Zealand's greatest living stuntman, supernatural terrors on the loose, strange hallucinations and bodily manipulations, hormone-charged teenagers, an extralegal Gaijin Attack Team, men-in-rubber-suit monster mayhem, high-octane races through classic American car culture, mad dermatologists unleashing cosmetic-spread epidemics that kill every post-pubertal women. the US premiere of notoriously hated director Uwe Boll's latest stinker, and the classic television movie that scared the living Hell out of an entire generation of impressionable latch-key kids... there's something for everybody in this mix of classics and fresh flicks!
G'wan and check out the movie trailers, show times, celebrity special guests, and other high-weirdness hitting silver screens citywide. You know you want to! I'll be at several of these screenings myself (Z.P.G. is a must-see) and so should you.
Dead Channels Film Fest
Labels: cartoons, culture, movies, San Francisco, zombies
Monday, July 09, 2007
The Batmobile Limo, Japanese TV, Jane Wiedlin,
SDCC, Energy Drink BBQ, & Eric Powell's Face!
Wow, I had no idea it had been that long since I last posted up one of these... bad James, bad! For those of you who like trolling the strange and unlikely corners of the internet, the Isotope Mailbag Link-a-Palooza is a collection of information superhighway roadside detritus sent in by our readers for your exploring pleasure. Be sure to pack plenty of emergency rations in case you get lost!
Isotope amigo Steve Nelson has gone completely bats for the Batmobile! First up are these three gorgeous pictures of The Bat Limo, then a link to an article about a three-way Batmobile lawsuit, and Steve also shares with us a link to the Batmobile Customizers Forum where car and Batman geeks show off their very own homemade Batmobiles. Holy hot wheels, Batman!
Heavy in Minneapolis points our browsers back to the amazing world of Bevnet, where the beverage industry turns to get their daily news, gossip, and reviews. "The fourth of July always gets America's grills cooking, and I know you guys know about Beer Can Chicken already. But do you know about Bevnet's taste test of Energy Drinks up-the-ass BBQ chicken?" Heavy, baby, you crack me up!
Shannon always makes sure we're up on the comic industry goodstuff, and just today she wrote in to give a heads-up that the full San Diego Comic Con schedule is finally up. Thanks Shannon! And while we're talking about comic industry goodness, I loved reading fellow retailer Lee Hester's write up on the early years of his shop Lee's Comics. Lee is one of my favorite people in all of comics and his look back on 25 years of retailing is great reading. Read Part One and also check out Part Two.
Reader Steven B once again rocks my in-box with the oddly wonderful. This time he's got clips from some of the greatest Japanese tv shows I've ever seen... with almost no groin damage (thanks for that Steven)! First up is the wonderful Japanese Rube Goldberg Championships, followed up by a nifty show that showcases mind-blowing creativity and more mind-blowing creativity. For those of you who like your shows a bit more physical, I absolutely loved watching this one. Television this fun makes me want to runaway to Tokyo!
I suppose some folks might think it's odd the things people send in for the Isotope Mailbag Link-a-Palooza, but me, I love the "more than just comics" stuff we get! And this one goes out to J who I gave my Big Book O' Beer to and I know will appreciate it. Reader Catherine C thinks we all should learn more about small-batch Bourbon and how it's made. She points us to a really great series of Bourbon-making videos from the Heaven Hill Distillery and a beginner's guide to Bourbon whiskey.
Just in case you always liked leather be-pants Han Solo more than Princess Leia, now R2-D2 can project anything you want. Seriously, who doesn't love some leather pants? Thanks for the link Mark!
Knowing how much my staff and I love all those slightly obscure silly characters in comics (especially the ones with gigantic heads), Isotope amigo Brian C writes in "Why haven't you linked to the M.O.D.O.K. blog yet? And where's that picture of you guys dressed up like Advanced Idea Mechanics agents?" Here you go complete with the Cosmic Cube, Brian... and for as bonus howabout A.I.M. shows Galactus where to get a snack?
Joel Gausten, who I started a correspondence with thanking him for a great little book on the Misfits I really enjoyed and has also just published a book about Prong's early years which I recently ordered, writes in to let me know he's got interviews up with Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, Public Image Limited bassest Pete Jones, and Ministry second-in-command Chris Connelly. Joel's interviews are always wonderfully informative and fascinating, so I definitely think you should check 'em out.
And let's end this massive trip around the internet by talking once more about the wonderful world of comics, shall we...?
Our South bay amigo Jeremy points us to the cost of 100 Bullets cover artist Dave Johnson's gallbladder removal, wow! Thank god he has insurance! And on a more amusing note, Isotope Enforcer Jared Guenther points out that comic artist Tony Moore has made a mask of Eric Powell's face and is telling the industry to "download, print, snip and start taking your very own pictures of THE GOON's Eric Powell in compromising positions!"
And last but certainly not least... from the you-heard-it-here-first department: the oh-so glamorous Jane Wiedlin is going to be doing the Eisner Awards ceremony this year! Seriously, what could be better?
Want to be part of a future Isotope Mailing Bag Link-a-Palooza? Send those crazy links to my address! For those who are still hungry to dig even deeper on these internet backroads, check out previous mailbag installments here, here, here, and here.
Labels: culture, links
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Did someone say Autobots vs. Decepticons Transformers Beer Pong? Oh, I think they might have!
No way in hell am I going to miss that! Click flyer for more details.
Labels: culture, ridiculous, Transformers
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Bumperboy & Bumperpup Shirt by Debbie Huey.
Sequential art accessories by Little Lit.
Foodstains by Crepe House.
Smile by Isotope.
Labels: culture, fashion
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I took a well-deserved couple days off from information superhighwaying so this news is a couple days old, but the Isotope would like to send out our congratulations to Larry & Mimi for the newest addition to the AIT/PlanetLar family... Walker Douglas Young!
Labels: culture, lil' ones
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Pride weekend hits San Francisco! If you're here in the city you are going to want to see Pansy Division play and check out some of the many happenings. And for your listening pleasure, our amigo DJ Bearzbub is podcasting a Pride weekend mix to get your backside shaking (check it out here).
Labels: Bearzbub, culture, podcasts, San Francisco
Monday, June 18, 2007
Get Your Votes In Today
& Let Your Voice Be Heard
It's common knowledge that we here at the Isotope we're big supporters of the democratic process. Along with our friends at Rock The Vote we launched the Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris series Ex Machina with a voter registration drive and followed it up with a very cool get out and vote campaign to reward those who are doing their part to make their voices heard. Because taking time to vote is something we truly believe in.
With that in mind, today I'm giving you this reminder to get your votes in for the SF Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay Reader's Poll. In a city as teeming with wonderful businesses like SF is, it is truly an huge honor to be recognised by your customers and colleagues. The Isotope has been lucky enough to have been honored as SF's "Best Comic Book Store" for four years running, thanks to people like you who took the time to fill out a ballot and show us your love for what we do.
Honestly, it's brought a tear to my eye on more than one occasion and I couldn't thank you all more.
But filling out that massive on-line form can be a bit daunting, so for those folks who need some suggestions of other folks to vote for my staff and I kindly suggest considering the following small businesses that we feel strongly offer a beyond-the-exceptional experience and help make the Bay Area the unique and appealing place that it is:
Food & Drink
"Best Small Plates" Limon
"Best Late-Night Restaurant" Sauce
"Best Splurge Restaurant" Sauce
"Best Independent Coffeehouse" Blue Bottle Coffee
"Best Selection of Beers" Speakeasy Brewery
Entertainment & Nightlife
"Best Museum" Cartoon Art Museum
"Best Rock Club" Bottom of the Hill
"Best Happy Hour" Jade Bar
"Best Dive Bar" The Expansion
"Best Indie Band" Triple Cobra
"Best DJ" DJ Bearzbub
"Best Burlesque Act" Glitzkrieg Burlesque
"Best Independent Bookstore" Borderlands Books
"Best Used Bookstore" Green Apple Books
"Best Clothing Store (Men's)" Harry O. Menswear
"Best Local Designer" Dark Garden
"Best Furniture Store" Inside Modern
"Best Independent Toy Store" Kid Robot
"Best Quirky Specialty Store" The Pirate Store @ 826 Valencia
"Best Local Blog" SFist
"Best Tattoo Artist" Tex
"Best Tattoo Shop" Body Manipulations
"Best Place for a Haircut" Hair of the Gods
"Best Local Record Label" Fat Wreck Chrods
My staff and I encourage all our friends and family to get their voices heard for 2007. Voting ends on June 27th at 5pm so don't delay, get those votes in people!
SF Bay Guardian 2007 Reader's Poll
Labels: culture, San Francisco, SF Bay Guardian
Friday, June 15, 2007
Seen A Million Faces
& Scooped 'Em All!
Regular readers of the Isotope Communique will know that here at the Isotope information soda fountain when we put on our paper hats and reach into the deep freeze, we're going scoop hard to fill your cone overflowing with that which you can't find anywhere else.
Remember how your taste buds jumped with chocolate sprinkle delight when we showed you pictures of Japan's Sin City hotel weeks before anyone in the comic industry even noticed? Or how about the surprise wafflecone of Cartoon Network Mexico's return of El Santo? Or the whipped cream topped scoop of rockstar Pink ripping off comic artist Martin Emond? Or the jumbo rootbeer float of Dave Johnson's Secret Sketchbook? Or what about the supersized multiscoop sundaes of all those great exclusive comic sneak peeks we always do?
We say, let the others snooze with their runny vanilla softserve worlds... we'll keep scoopin!
While it does indeed take other folks time to catch up sometimes, we wouldn't want the rest of the funnybook industry to feel bad about it. Even the most popular megamedia sites on the entire internet are scrambling to keep up with our ice cream dishing prowess... as seen here when Pitchfork finally picks up on a story we broke last month.
Don't worry comic industry, I'm sure the Newsaramas, the Lying In The Gutters, The Beats, the Journalistas, the Beaucoup Kevins, and the Boing Boings will be filling your cones with this news eventually!
Van Halen - "Ice Cream Man" (Live)
Labels: culture, glory, Jamie Hewlett
Saturday, June 09, 2007
SF's Super Sexy Art Gallery Plays Host
To Zombie Marionettes & Babies in Jars
I'm pretty sure most of you already know this, but Isotope Enforcer Jared Guenther's other job is doing special effects and make-up for indy films.
Between assisting SFX legend Bob Keene (Hellraiser, Alien, Star Wars), bloodying up soldiers in the WW2 epic Brother's War, making dead-babies-in-jars for Carnies (as well as legions of fans around the world), mutilating crime scene investigators with burning devil-children in Fallen Angels, and his many other acts of random SFX like turning me ugly/beautiful... Mister Guenther always seems to have his hands full making disgusting things.
This last Thursday SF's ultra-hip Space Gallery played host to the Toil & Trouble art exhibition featuring the props, costumes, creepy puppets, and production art from Jared's latest indy flick Story About A Witch (watch the trailer here).
Jared wowed the assembled throngs with his siamese twin babies in jars and a really wonderful zombie marionette. I drank a bunch of mojitos, ate some fantastic cheesecake, skipped the kissing booth, and took a ton of pictures which are now up for your viewing enjoyment at Flickr. Fantastic times!
Go ahead and check out the pictures from the Toil & Trouble show
Labels: culture, glory, Jared Guenther, San Francisco
Friday, June 01, 2007
An Amusing Tale of Hair & Comics
From My Morning Commute
I know some folks hate those short train or bus or car rides that most of us have to make in order to get to work each day, but not me. I couldn't enjoy my morning and evening-time commutes more.
My car might be gorgeous and true bliss out on the open road, but in terms of the daily commute it's not something I want to just wear out driving in rush hour traffic, so even on those occasions that it's running perfectly I prefer to take the train. The people-watching is fun, but even better, I tend to get a lot of funnybook reading done on those trips. And it's public transportation, amusing stories and public transportation go hand-in-hand!
This morning as I was boarding the belly of the beast and walking to an open seat a young boy began bouncing in his chair waving his finger at me in that excitable way that ten year old boys do.
"Mom! Mom! Ohmygod, lookit! Lookit the hair! The hair!"
Trying not to laugh, I sat down in the seat behind this youngster and his mom. He quickly spun around to get a better look... and to get to the bottom of the mystery of the hair.
"Oh, hi! How do you get your hair to look like that?" He asked with wide eyes and as fast as humanly possible. "I want... I want mine to look just like that!"
I cracked a grin and replied "Well, you need to read a lot of comic books."
"COOL!" he shouted, "Mom, didja hear that? Didja?! I have to read comic books, I HAVE TO READ COMIC BOOKS!"
Labels: comics, culture, San Francisco
Friday, May 25, 2007
A quick head-up to all my Isotope amigos:
I'll be down in LA this weekend, rubbing shoulders with thousands of droids, sandpeople, wookies, and slave princess Leias for the biggest jedi-con the world has ever known... the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Birthday Bash. I'll be hanging out with my friends Rock & Roll Marc and Whitney Matheson, and if you're there too dressed up as one of my favorite robots, aliens, or sexy space chicks stop and say "hi"... that is, unless you're Homeless Chewbacca I saw and smelled enough of that guy at San Diego Comic Con last year to last a lifetime!
I'm coming home with lots of pictures!
Labels: culture, star wars
Thursday, May 24, 2007
The Hewlett's Gone From Tank Girl to Gorillaz
And Now That You're Warmed Up, Baby...
Since the first issue of Deadline magazine hit the stands I've been a big fan of artist/designer Jamie Hewlett. You'll know Hewlett from his awesome work on Tank Girl or for the supersexy virtual band Gorillaz. But with the Gorillaz on hiatus and Tank Girl getting a relaunch with a new artist we couldn't help but wonder what Mister Hewlett has been up to these days.
Turns out, he's been up to more than you might suspect!
There's Monkey: Journey to the West, a re-working of the ancient Chinese legend into a massive performance combining Cirque Du Solei acrobatics and animated film. This show reunites Hewlett and his Gorillaz co-creator Damon Albarn, with Albarn providing the score while Hewlett will design the set, animations and costumes. The show also promises 45 Chinese circus acrobats, Shaolin monks and Chinese vocalists! If you're thinking about catching the world premiere next month and making me incredibly jealous, check out more details here.
Hewlett art also popped up and on the walls of one of London's most popular new night/sexclubs Kabaret Prophecy. For those Hewlett fans who either live too far away to pop in or those who are afraid of such places here's some interior shots of the club for your viewing pleasure.
But perhaps the most interesting place to find Mister Hewlett's art showing up these days is on a series of ultraswanky limited-edition sex toys made in conjunction with Kabaret Prophecy. Yep, you read that right... Jamie Hewlett vibrators! Check 'em out, but be warned you might be exposed to some cartoon naughty bits!
(click to *ahem* enlarge)
From the brochure
The Ultimate Member Collection distills the ethos of this renowned luxury nightclub into charismatic objects of desire. Each Ultimate Member Limited is part of a limited edition of 1500 pieces.
There's been some disagreement among the IsoStaff about whether we think any Hewlett fan should actually use a limited-to-1500 $275 sex toy. Personally, I think Jared's in the wrong on this one... life is short, Jamie Hewlett would want you to indulge yourself in your objects of desire!
Find out more information about these here
Labels: culture, Jamie Hewlett