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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?

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Could we love our friends at the SF Bay Guardian more? Impossible! And you will too, cos the Guardian and the Isotope are giving you a chance to score free copies of the two just-released Watchmen DVDs, Tales of The Black Freighter and Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic. Nice, huh?

Thanks to our friends from Warner Brothers and most especially Riley @ the Guardian for putting this together!

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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.

The Comedian

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
Dr. Pepper

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.

Black Freighter

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!

Silk Spectre

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!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Catch Chris Brandt's Comics Doc
Tonight @ Cartoon Art Museum

It's movie night, people! Because really, who doesn't need another reason to visit San Francisco's delightful Cartoon Art Museum?

If you're reading this website you probably like comics just as much as I do. And if you happen to also like watching documentaries as well (my current doc obsessions include Dark Days, Incident at Oglala, King of Kong, and American Hardcore), you're probably going to want to check this out.

Film-maker Chris Brandt travels the country to capture interviews with great independent comic folks like Jessica Abel, Eric Powell, Jim Woodring, Craig Thompson, Johnny Ryan, Carla Speed McNeil, Scott McCloud, Robert Williams, and many more people behind the indy books you know and love. And heck, Brandt even throws in an interview with a certain proprietor of Isotope - the comic book lounge in too!

Want to know more? Check out this review and interview to get a taste of what to expect. And then get out to the Cartoon Art Museum tonight and see the film for yourself!

Independents: A Guide For The Creative Spirit
@ Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street
Tuesday, February 12th
7pm to 9pm

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

On The Eve of the Final Issue of Y The Last Man
Not a Movie Adaptation, But a Trilogy of Movies!

This is the week when the conclusion, the final, the last ever issue of Y The Last Man hits the new arrivals rack. My staff and I couldn't be more excited to see how this amazing series ends, but at the same time we're downright shell-shocked by the notion that such a wonderful staple of our monthly reading enjoyment is about to come to an end.

What are we going to do without Y in our lives?!

But trust the always divine pop culture icon Whitney Matheson to brighten even the darkest clouds and make our hearts soar with an exclusive scoop of delightful new Y the movie adaptation news!

You heard it right, mi amigos, three movies. Go check out Ms. Matheson's end of series tribute in the pages of USAToday, with words from series author Brian K. Vaughan, along with the smartest man in comics Tom Spurgeon, and also the juicy-secret-dropping Y the movie adaptation director D.J. Caruso. You'll be glad you did.

Or for the digitally inclined, you can read it here:

Why, oh 'Y,' must 'Last Man' end?

This fantastic news really brightens our day and has us looking forward to the arrival of this final issue even more! Do drop us an email to reserve your copy of this last issue, and for those of you who will be requiring a post Y the Last Man support group (I know I will) we will be having our first meeting this Wednesday night at this location.

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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

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Monday, December 17, 2007

If you haven't already had enough Batmania with the viral marketing stunts and the sneak peeks for the up-coming movie, go and watch the trailer for the flick that's just gone up with weekend... it looks pretty good!

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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!

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Jacques Boyreau's Super Trash Film Fest presented in wall-size glory on the Isotope front window!

More info here

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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!

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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!

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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

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Friday, August 24, 2007

The King of Kong
A Fistfull of Quarters

Tonight at SF's famous Lumiere Theatre is the premiere of what is perhaps the single greatest Donkey Kong documentary ever concieved my man or beast... King of Kong: A Fistfull of Quarters. And a special Q&A with Director Seth Gordon!

The assembled Isotope crew will be there in force tonight, and so should you!

Watch the trailer

UPDATE: Wow, the reviews aren't wrong. That was really, really great!

UPDATE #2: My friend and famous blogger of all things good and nerdy Whitney Matheson pointed me towards this interesting and insightful follow-up conversation with Billy Mitchell that is a must-read for anyone who enjoyed this film.

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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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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

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Cameron's Aborted Spider-Man Movie Script
Now Illustrated in Glorious Neal Adams Style

In 1992 director James Cameron was poised to bring the big budget blockbuster Spider-Man to the silver screen. But due to contractual squabbles and several studios claiming rights to produce the flick, Cameron's dream was never realized and Spider-Man fell into development hell. Until the Sam Raimi spider-pictures, that is. Internet messageboarders sighed a collective sigh of relief as Cameron's original script treatment was slightly "off brand" for the character... and included plenty of unexpected spider-swearing and even Peter Parker & Mary Jane Watson's scandalous sex scene on a giant spider-web!

Oh my stars and garters!

Recently Italian comics lover extrodinaire Daniele Tomasi has decided to treat us all to a re-presentation of director James Cameron's original movie scriptment... by illustrating the storyboards in a beautiful Neal Adams style! Granted, the site's navigation is a bit confusing, but I gotta give Daniele a hand for doing this. It looks great and must have been a heck of a lot of work!

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

"I Could Be Manager In Two Years. King. God."
The Repo Man Sequel... In Comics!

It was bound to happen, you know.

While some folks see comic books as a starting gate to begin their chase after the glitter and bright lights of Hollywood, recently we've been seeing a huge influx of those Hollywood authors and directors bringing their silver-screen dreams alive in the pages of comics and graphic novels. And who can blame them? What writer wouldn't want to set aside the headaches and hassles of egomaniacal actors, meddling production companies, shooting permits, budgetary constraints, mortified television executives and endless meeting after meeting after meeting just to get anything done... and just get down to telling stories? When you consider all it takes for these people to get their visions realized, those bright lights of Hollywood look pretty dull and dingy to me.

With the runaway direct-to-comicbook success of Buffy: Season Eight, the recent promise of more Serenity comics, Veronica Mars: Season Four all but confirmed for later this year... directors and writers are hearing the message clearly. Comics is where it's at, baby.

And there could be no greater proof of this truth than yesterday's announcement that director Alex Cox (Sid & Nancy) is making the unfilmed sequel for his awesome Repo Man into a original graphic novel! One part punk rock comedy, one part creepy science fiction masterpiece, one part biting social commentary on the American Dream, the 1984 cult flick managed to walk the line between smartly intellectual and brazenly fun in a way few movies ever have. Definitely a favorite!

I've been waiting for a sequel to this flick since the 80's and couldn't be more excited about the news of a direct-to-graphic-novel sequel. And give visionaries like Mister Cox a hearty round of applause for doing just that! Read the story here and while you're at it go ahead and give the trailer for Repo Man a watch too. You'll be damn glad you did!

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

I don't make a routine about posting links to movie trailers, but...

If you haven't aleady, go check out the just-released trailer for the big screen adaptation of Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's graphic novel 30 Days of Night. This looks pretty damn good!

Watch the trailer @ IGN here


Thursday, May 17, 2007

Peter Jackson & Steven Spielberg
Bring CG Tintin to the Big Screen

When everyone was talking about director extraordinaire Peter Jackson doing an adaptation of The Hobbit I couldn't help but wonder why anyone would want to see that happening. I mean, obviously, Jackson would do an amazing job on the movie... but after three epic Lord of the Rings flicks what would be the point or doing the not-nearly-as-interesting prequel? Personally, I'd rather see Jackson doing something new or adapting more things he really loves to the silver screen. Or even better, adapting something I love.

Well, it looks like I get my wish!

Because earlier this week it was announced that Mister Jackson would be teaming with Steven Spielberg for three WETA Digital animated Tintin movies. For those of you who haven't experienced the beautiful wonder that is Tintin, I'll tell you that the comicbook adventures of that one young Belgian reporter, an absent-minded professor, and a surly drunken sailor are some of my favorite comics of all time. And it doesn't matter if you're young or old, I think you'll find them incredibly fun and charming. Definitely worth checking out!

Read more about these movies that bring out the geek in me (along with Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg) here


Friday, May 04, 2007

We've already seen pictures from the upcoming Iron Man movie that we thought looked pretty good... but what can you tell by looking at a bunch of airbrushed press leaks, anyway?

Seeing footage from the actual set? Now that's another thing altogether!

Independent Entertainment News goes a-spying on Iron Man

UPDATE: Good thing you looked at that video when you did, boys and girls, because Paramont Pictures has had the site shut down for hosting it. Wow, looks like someone really doesn't want us seeing any Iron Man shots that aren't studio approved. In other IM news, this picture from USA Today is everywhere!


Monday, April 30, 2007

BOOM Studios' & Isotope's Trailer Contest
Funnybooks (and Fame?) in Your Future

(San Francisco) Your amigos at Isotope - the comic book lounge announced today a sexy create-a-trailer contest for BOOM! Studios' new release LEFT ON MISSION. Isotope is inviting comic fans everywhere to produce a adenaline pumping widescreen trailer utilizing art from the comic and a musical theme by Mike Griffen, guitarist of the legendary Tsunami Bomb.

Entries will be judged by a panel which includes Keefe Boerner, visual effects producer on Sin City, and Brad Blondheim, producer of the turntablist documentary Scratch.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a limited edition, signed and numbered hardcover copy of LEFT ON MISSION #1 along with signed copies of LEFT ON MISSION issues 1-5 when they are available. The Grand Prize Winner's trailer will be showcased on the Isotope and LEFT ON MISSION websites and also their trailer will be used as part of the LEFT ON MISSION advertising campaign.

"Trailers are an entertainment classic. They hit all your sensory hotspots while pushing you at pulse-quickening speeds into a frenzy of curiosity and excitement. And who hasn't wanted to try their hand at putting one of these bite-sized packs of entertainment dynamite together? Well, now you've got the chance to make a trailer for LEFT ON MISSION," said James Sime, proprietor of Isotope - the comic book lounge, "And let me tell you, this book will be a dream to work with - great art and a high-octane story - if you can't make a great trailer for this book, you aren't even trying!"

"I am really stoked about this contest. We have a great musical theme by Mike Griffen, the former guitarist of Tsunami Bomb. We have great judges, with a diverse background - Keefe Boerner, the visual effects producer on Sin City and Brad Blondheim, the producer of Scratch. And to top it off, we have a one of the kind prize to give away with the limited hardcover of issue #1," Chip Mosher, LEFT ON MISSION's author enthused to cool comic media outlets the world over. "I can't wait to see what people come up with!"

Entrants will be given the ability to download a wide selection of artwork from LEFT ON MISSION, with art by Francesco Francavilla and colors by Martin Thomas, a script for the trailer by writer/creator Chip Mosher, and the musical theme by Mike Griffen. The entrants will need to create a 45 to 90-second trailer using at least fifty percent or more of the artwork, script and music provided. The Trailer may also include sound effects created by the entrant, voice-over narration, and actors.

"You've got the music, you've got the art, and the sky's the limit! Knock our socks off, people!" said James Sime.

Break out your editing software, grab ahold of all the supplies you need, check out the official contest rules, and start rockin' in the You Ess Aye, people!

LEFT ON MISSION # 1 will be hitting store shelves on May 16th, 2007. Created and written by Chip Mosher, LEFT ON MISSION features stunning pencil and inkwork from rising star Francesco Francavilla of Sea of Red & The Black Coat fame, with colors by Martin Thomas and covers by Steph Stamb.

A spy thriller in the vein of The Bourne Identity, LEFT ON MISSION spotlights former agent Eric Westfall who has been called out of his perfect suburban retirement to recover an agent gone rogue. LEFT ON MISSION is a monthly limited series for fans of gritty, dark espionage thrillers like Casino Royale!

Check out the LEFT ON MISSION website here

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Miller's Science Fiction Samurai Epic
Next Up for the Big Screen Treatment

With the launch of Frank Miller's 300 imminent it seems logical that we'd be hearing about the next huge comic movie adaptation about now to get us all excited about what's next for those fine Hollywood folks out there.

And wouldn't you know it? News of the next Frank Miller adaptation has been leaked... Ronin goes to the big screen.

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Friday, February 16, 2007

You Can Get With This...
Or You Can Get With That

Before you run out to catch the opening night of Ghost Rider you might want to check the reviews first.

Now don't get us wrong, we're definitely going to see this trainwreck if for nothing more than the love of fire, chains, funnybooks, and brilliantly crazy motorcycle stuntmen. But not on opening night, and certainly not when you can see a great movie on the silver screen getting it's world premiere right here at the Isotope!

You can get with this or you can get with that. I think you'll get with this... cause this is where its at.

Popcorn's on us!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Drawing Between The Lines
The Story of Indy Comics' Jeffrey Brown

Author/artist Jeffrey Brown of Clumsy, I Am Going to be Small, and Every Girl is the End of the World for Me has established himself as one of independent comics' most unique voices. Autobiographical in nature, his exploration of the minutae of everyday life and life's common experiences have struck a chord both inside and beyond the comic industry. This acclaim has seen Brown featured on NPR's This American Life and his work brought to animated life as a music video for the band Death Cab For Cutie.

The recently completed film documentary Drawing Between the Lines explores Brown's unconventional style and his unique approach to storytelling in both the mundane and the spectacular. Providing insight from friends, fans and fellow cartoonists, the film carefully documents the sketchbook-filling Brown as he works at home, rides the L-train, and travels cross-continent to meet his fans at conventions. Not unlike Terry Zwigoff's brilliant Crumb in both subject matter and approach, film-maker Bruce Parsons takes the viewer on a candid trip through the working world of one of indy comics' most iconoclastic cartoonists.

The Isotope is proud to be hosting Chicago film-maker Bruce Parsons for the World Premiere of Drawing Between the Lines this Friday. Join us, won't you?

Drawing Between The Lines
@ The Isotope
326 Fell Street @ Gough
February 16th. Doors at 8:00pm

View the event flyer here

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Premiering on the Isotope's Silver Screen
Between The Lines: The Jeffrey Brown Story

We've been saving our next movie night here at the Isotope for something really special.

We're puffing up our chests with pride to tell you that we're throwing the star-studded world premiere of Drawing Between The Lines: The Jeffrey Brown Story featuring indy film-maker Bruce Parsons in directly from Chicago!

Check out Mister Parson's website, and watch this space for more details...

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Friday, November 03, 2006

More Jared Guenther on the Red Carpet
& a Long-Awaited First Look @ Bad Penny

This is what we here at the Isotope love to see: our friends and co-workers doing great and getting some glory too!

A couple weekends back the Communique reported on one of the many movies Jared has done makeup and special effects for Fallen Angels getting the world-premiere treatment at the famous Mann's Chinese Theatre and now we've got pictures from his red carpet moment.

But first, let's talk about another flick our amigo has worked on, because editing has just finished on Bad Penny and the first trailer is finally available. Even before Jared started working with him we were already fans of director Jesse Kerman's work on the black comedy shorts Night of the Living Lush and Working Stiff which is featured on Troma Entertainment's The Best of Tromadance Vol 3. So you can imagine how excited we've been to see what gloriousness is created with these two working together...

(keep tabs on Bad Penny development here @ myspace)

We've gotta say we definitely like what we see! We can't wait until 2007 to see more of what Jared and Mister Kerman have up their sleeves!

And, as promised, we leave you with a couple pictures of Mister Guenther along with Chase Worthington and CJ Goodman on the red carpet for the Fallen Angels premiere, shamelessly pilferred from one of those big celebrity photo sites. Click over to to see more.

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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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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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