May 162015

Daniel Clowes at Meltdown Comics


Launch Party for The Complete Eightball

Daniel Clowes will be at making his first Los Angeles appearance in several years at Meltdown Comics on June 5th to celebrate the release of The Complete Eightball, a two-volume collection of the influential and iconic comic book series, from Fantagraphics Books.

On Friday, June 5th, from 6-10 PM, Meltdown will be opening its Los Angeles doors to fans new and decades strong for a night complete with prizes, a book signing, costume contest, and an interview between Clowes and Mark Frauenfelder from Boing Boing.

Creator of touchstone stories such as “Ghost World”, “Art School Confidential” and “Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron”, Daniel Clowes changed the landscape of comics when he began publishing Eightball with Fantagraphics Books in 1989. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of its release, and celebrate the future, the biggest comic book retailer in California, Meltdown Comics, is pulling all the stops for this one-night-only engagement. Meltdown and Clowes’s relationship dates back over 20 years, when Clowes created the venerable Meltdown mascot, Mel, in the early days of the store.

From Associate Publisher, Eric Reynolds says, “It was literally unfathomable for us to consider any Daniel Clowes / Complete Eightball event schedule that didn’t include Meltdown Comics. I don’t know if there’s a bookseller in the country that has done more to promote Eightball and the work of Daniel Clowes over the past two decades. This is going to be a barnburner.”

WHO: Cartoonist Daniel Clowes
WHAT: Signing The Complete Eightball
WHERE: Metldown Comics – 7522 Sunset Blvd, LA, CALIF
WHEN: Friday, June 5th from 6-10 PM

About Fantagraphics Books, Inc.
Publisher of the world’s greatest cartoonists since 1976.


May 282015

Today we filmed at the LEGENDARY Villainous Lair in San Diego, CA.

We start things off today counting down our TOP 3 picks for best 90s cartoons before we check in with the boys from Silly Valley for a minute of tech news.

We highlight a few choice nugs in our indy comic section: “We Can Never Go Home” and “Bedlam in Troubletown”.
We Can Never Go Home:
Bedlam in Troubletown:

Our guest today is Mark Irwin, Inker extraordinaire for a ton of stuff you’ve seen all over the place- most recently for DC Comics on Green Lantern. He’s a super rad dude and he’s real into metal. Rock on.

As always, thank you guys so much for checking out our little show!!

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