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The Don Cannot Be Contained!

Here’s your reminder… tomorrow is the day!

Straight from the boroughs of East London comes AKIRA THE DON – legendary rapper, producer, cartoonist, internet personality, sbwriel speaker, facial hair sporter and True Elemental Force of Good.

The Isotope is proud to get to kick off our 2013 event schedule year with a live show on our “world’s tallest stage” with this human ball of amazingly magical energy. Following in the grand tradition of the one and only MC Chris @ Isotope, Japan’s Pine*AM @ Isotope, the unsober Uke Apocalypse @ Isotope and Dame Darcy @ Isotope, our intimate concert series shows are always free of charge, packed to the gills, and only thrown when we really, really mean it. Could there be a more exciting follow-up to those amazing international acts than the amazing AKIRA THE DON?

Those of you who joined us for MorrisonCon in Las Vegas already know why Akira was Mister Grant Morrison‘s single most requested convention demand. And we cannot wait to get to introduce the rest of you to him!

But is San Francisco ready for The Man Who Cannot Be Contained?!

The epic last time Akira was in SF known around these parts as “the best weekend with the worst hangover of my life” in which The Don recorded an entire new album out of a briefcase, we were lucky enough to join him on the craziest Bay To Breakers ever experienced (topped off with Akira performing superhuman stunts and literally saving a girl’s life), and ended the three day bender of biblical proportions off by blowing the doors off the Isotope filming a music video with E-40‘s enigmatic tea-and-Ferrari-loving scion Issue.

Akira is on an Exaltation Mission and he cannot be contained! Isotope’s mixologist maestro Kirsten Baldock will be serving up a bevy of bevvys, including the legendary MorrisonCon inspired Transcendence. And DJ Bearzbub will be bringing the pre-show bodyrock on the wheels of steel. Truly SF, are you ready. for. this?

AKIRA THE DON @ Isotope
Saturday, April 20th 2013
8pm – Your Bedtime
featuring Opening Jams by San Francisco’s DJ BEARZBUB

AKIRA THE DON – HEY! HEY! IT’S ATD29! (OFFICIAL VIDEO!)

THE DON CANNOT BE CONTAINED!

To Do This Weekend: Jamaica Dyer & Noise Pop

Artist extraordinaire Jamaica Dyer teams up with the Isotope, Noise Pop Music Festival, DJ Darragh, and indie rock supergroup HIKING (featuring members of YURPLE PONI, GINGERBREAD HOUSE, and HUBERT) for a live art/music mashup!

Performing live art from her upcoming graphic novel FOX HEAD STEW (currently being serialized here on MTV Geek), Jamaica promises an epic follow-up to last year’s gigantic Ben Templesmith / DJ SamSupa show we hosted at Noise Pop Culture Club. And HIKING tells us to expect a show where “pyramids surface, a coyote presents himself. sand stones. undo the mask, fetch water from the well. garden psalm. the moon people are walking, within time.”

This is going to rock!

Jamaica Dyer Live Art @ Noise Pop Culture Club
@ Public Works Gallery
Saturday Feb 25th at 5:30pm
San Francisco, CA
http://2012.noisepop.com

Find out more about this year’s Noise Pop + Isotope festivities here.

Noise Pop 2012 + Isotope = Awesome

It’s that time of year again, where we combine our love of spreading the gospel of comics with our love of blisteringly good live music along with our friends from the Noise Pop Music Festival!

For 20 years running, SF’s Noise Pop indie music festival has been cranking up the amps and bringing the Bay Area a live mix of international and local musical superstars, and this year truly looks to be the best collection yet! Once again yours truly will be complementing your experience and bringing you some amazing live music-centric comic art events as Noise Pop’s official “Comics Curator”… with the help of my brilliant Isotope team of Kirsten Baldock and Dyami Serna, of course. With just about every member of our staff and several hundred of our extended family involved in various bands, what better way could there be to combine our collective interests than to create a true cross-pollination of indy music and sequential art to the masses?

Last year we blew the doors off in high style, the set list we’ve got 2012 is all about rocking, and we’ve definitely got a line-up to do just that!

Isotope presents at Noise Pop Culture Club 2012

JAMAICA DYER LIVE ART & FOX HEAD STEW FEATURETTE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 2012
5:30PM–6:30PM
Public Works Gallery – Upstairs Stage

Painter, performer, animator, web cartoonist and graphic novelist Jaimaica Dyer holds the Public Works Gallery stage with a multi-media reading, art projection, and presentation of her forthcoming original graphic novel Fox Head Stew (currently being serialized on the MTV Geek website). A live mashup of reading, concert, and art show, this featurette pulls back the creative process curtain to reveal the magics behind her comic art before the Public Works audience. With a live soundtrack composed and performed by hand-picked musical guests to accompany a unique, wall-sized live art painting session.

SEQUENTIAL REPORTERS
All Week Long, All Over San Francisco
FEBRUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 26, 2012

Celebrating Noise Pop 2012 with on-site comic book reportage! Throughout the week our team of Sequential Reporters will be invading the festival’s shows, events, and after-parties to capture their personal Noise Pop experiences in visceral snapshots in single-page comic book form. From backstage interviews with artists to stageside with live bands to interactions with fellow fans to all manner of outrageous adventure. This compilation of sequential art memories will be hosted in an online graphic novel anthology for all to enjoy on www.noisepop.com.

Participating cartoonists include — Ed Luce, Katie Loungua, Beth Dean, Roman Muradov, Justin Hall, Sonia Harris, Danger Bob DeSilva, Kelly Martin, Dyami Serna, Jean Chen, Peter S. Conrad, Brie Spielmann, Josh Richardson, Mari Naomi, Matt DeLight, Janelle Hessig, and more.

NOISE POP REWIND: 2011 SEQUENTIAL REPORTERS COMIC ART GALLERY
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 2012
All Day Long
Public Works Gallery

See last year’s Noise Pop Festival through the eyes of the SF Bay’s best cartoonists with the Noise Pop Rewind: 2011 Sequential Reporters Comic Art Gallery. Featuring show reports from Yo La Tango, The Fresh & Onlys, Kid Koala, The Concretes, Aesop Rock, Shannon & The Clams, Best Coast, Social Studies, The Soft White Sixes, Nobunny, and many more.

VINYL DREAMS 2012: COMIC ART ON RECORD SLEEVES GALLERY
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 2012
All Day Long
Public Works Gallery

Celebrating the cross-pollination of music and comics… as well as the long history of famous comic artists working on album covers, Public Works Gallery hosts a unique art installation of original comic-inspired record album covers created for, and inspired by, Noise Pop attendees. Spotlighting fresh analog works by some of the most exciting outsider artists in the Bay Area and also a fistful of blank record album sleeves for attendees to join in on this interactive, DIY art gallery.

ARTISTS: Want to participate? Get a blank record album cover at the Isotope after February 10th. Just ask and it’s yours!

Noise Pop 2011 + Isotope = Awesome

Here at the Isotope we love live music almost as much as we love spreading the gospel of comics. And with just about every member of our staff and several hundred of our extended family involved in various bands there truly can be no better nexus point than right here for the cross-pollination of indy music and sequential art.

What better way could there be to combine our collective interests than to create live music-centric art with San Francisco’s wonderful Noise Pop indie music festival and some of the coolest comic creators on the planet? So yours truly will be bringing you just that as Noise Pop’s official “Comics Curator”… with the help of my brilliant Isotope team of Kirsten Baldock, Josh Richardson and Dyami Serna, of course! I humbly think the set list we’ve lined up for 2011 will truly rock your world.

Isotope presents at Noise Pop Culture Club 2011

BEN TEMPLESMITH LIVE ART w/ DJ SAMSUPA
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Public Works Gallery – Upstairs Stage

Co-creator of 30 Days of Night, Choker and Fell and famed for his work on Dead Space and on album covers for Fear Factory, Isotope and Noise Pop are proud to present international comics superstar Ben Templesmith. A cutting edge live-art demo with the artist pulls back the wizard’s curtain on the creative process, transporting you directly into the art studio and musically-infused with a wicked mix of Witch House, Hyphy and other hair-raising Bay Area beats by cut-creator DJ Samsupa. This presentation will be webcast across the globe so even author Warren Ellis may be among the first on the planet to witness as Templesmith draws live one of the most anticipated comics of the decade, Fell.

PLUS: Our in-house bash w/ Templesmith as only the Isotope can do! Saturday, February 26th 8pm.

TED NAIFEH’S COURTNEY CRUMRIN LIVE w/ THIS CAN’T END WELL
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Public Works Gallery – Upstairs Stage

A live multimedia exposition of the acclaimed Courtney Crumrin & The Night Things series of spooky all-ages graphic novels hosted by award-winning author/artist Ted Naifeh. Presented in traditional olde tyme radio play fashion, Courtney Crumrin Live fuses modern technological advancements with conventional storytelling, featuring Naifeh’s dapper team of Avant-Garde voice actors, massive rear-screen comic book panel recreations, and live foley work and music by string-informed neo-electric-skiffle band This Can’t End Well.

COMIC BOOK WORKSHOP & LABORATORY w/ MATT SILADY & JUSTIN HALL
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011
Public Works Gallery – Workshop Room

Isotope and the California College of the Arts present a workshop on comic creation with the Eisner-Award nominated duo of Professor of Comics Matt Silady (The Homeless Channel) and Comics Lecturer Justin Hall (Glamazonia). Workshop attendees will be discovering the secrets of comic art with the help of Silady and Hall and learning the simple-but-complex art of sequential storytelling while crafting original comic works for Noise Pop Culture Club’s Vinyl Dreams Gallery on blank record album sleeves.

SEQUENTIAL REPORTERS
All Week Long, All Over San Francisco
FEBRUARY 22 – FEBRUARY 27, 2011

Celebrating Noise Pop 2011 with on-site comic book reportage! Throughout the week our team of Sequential Reporters will be invading the festival’s shows, events, and after-parties to capture their personal Noise Pop experiences in visceral snapshots in single-page comic book form. From backstage interviews with artists to stageside with live bands to interactions with fellow fans to all manner of outrageous adventure. This compilation of sequential art memories will be hosted in an online graphic novel anthology for all to enjoy on www.noisepop.com.

Participating cartoonists include— Jamaica Dyer, Beth Dean, Ed Luce, Amy Martin, Matt Silady, Roman Muradov, Susie Cagle, Justin Hall, Aubrie L’rai Johnson, Karl Dotter, Sonia Harris, Greg Hinkle, Danger Bob DeSilva, Kelly Martin, Gianii Calvert, and more.

VINYL DREAMS: COMIC ART ON RECORD SLEEVES GALLERY
All Day Saturday & Sunday
FEBRUARY 26 – FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Public Works Gallery – Gaunt Gallery Room

Celebrating the cross-pollination of music and comics… as well as the long history of famous comic artists working on album covers, Public Works Gallery hosts a unique art installation of original comic-inspired record album covers created for, and inspired by, Noise Pop attendees. Our two-day celebration spotlights these fresh analog works by some of the most exciting outsider artists in the Bay Area and beyond.

ARTISTS: Want to participate? Get a blank record album cover at the Isotope until February 25th. Just ask and it’s yours!

Alan Moore: Rockstar

Moore is undeniably one of the best comic authors of our time. Is there anybody who doesn’t consider at least one of his comics in their Top 10 favorites? Personally I can’t make up my mind if I like Promethea or Ballad of Halo Jones the most. Or perhaps it’s From Hell or V For Vendetta or League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Hm. On second thought, maybe Top 10 or Swamp Thing. Or what about DR & Quinch?! (shakes fist) Darn you Alan!

But man, the guy sure has made some hard to listen to albums!

Have you listened to The Highbury Working or Birth Caul? Moore’s monotone monologues combined with some kind of poor man’s Throbbing Gristle stuff makes both those albums pretty darn challenging to listen to all the way through. It’s probably not Alan’s fault I can’t stand those albums, I always thought that I’d like those albums 1000 time more if they’d had Thomas Gabriel Fischer doing the music. Moore’s not alone in making crummy music (who am I to talk?), I’m also not what I’d call a fan of Joe Casey’s tunes or Grant Morrison’s either. But despite the thought of listening to any more Alan Moore music not being very high on my list… I tend to like seeing live music in whatever form it’s served up in so I would actually like to see him perform some of those mystical performance poetry monologues live.

And performing live is something Mister Moore’s been doing a lot recently, actually, and I’m liking the sound of his new music much more than the older stuff. Nice!

Mister Moore has just confirmed two live dates and will be performing under the railway arches of London’s Waterloo station in celebration of his upcoming album. Mike Patton of Faith No More is also featured on this album… can you imagine if Patton makes one of his famous surprise appearances and both those guys perform together? I know a few hundred folks who would lose their minds over just the thought of it!

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Halloween!

Anyone who has ever met a member of the Isotope staff can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that we take our Halloween partying seriously. Which is why each year we hold our annual bash with the glam rock gods and goddesses of TRIPLE COBRA.

Who, or what is Triple Cobra? The biggest, the best, the most incredible pure sex confetti cannon blasting white leather and feather be-dazzled “Best Discovery At SXSW 2009″ spectacle you may ever see! Click here and agree, the whole world should be this beautiful. Read the rest of this entry »

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