Oct 302014
 

hulkvswolvie.jpgWhat lurks deep beneath the surface of ourselves? What are we capable of, if freed from our society’s restraints? In the case of The Incredible Hulk, it’s unbridled anger and destruction — a desire to see everything reduced to rubble. As we gear up for Halloween, let’s look at the connection between the Marvel character and the fears (and literary tropes) upon which he was based. Writers and thinkers have long pondered the hidden facets of our minds, those dark corners that we find ourselves reluctant to shine a light onto. At the same time, science rushes forward, leaving us to fear the misuse of the steadily rushing advance of technology.

 

For an example, look no further than Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, an obvious influence on the character of the Hulk. In the novel, a London doctor creates a potion that allows him to entertain his base instincts without fear of ruining his social standing. This potion creates the split personality of Mr. Hyde, an ugly and deformed man with no concern for anything but the needs and desires of himself. He maims and kills without a care until the formula wears off and he becomes himself, forced to cope with the damage he has wrought.

 

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If this sounds familiar, it should. The creation of The Hulk takes not the form of a serum, but the blast of Gamma radiation suffered during good-natured Dr. Bruce Banner’s attempt to save a friend from death during a Bomb test in the desert. This blast, a modern equivalent of a magic potion, frees the personality traits that we fear are inside us just as it does in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Hulk retains some of his humanity of course, and as his rage subsides he reverts to his “good side” once again, left to see the product of his rampages. The use of Gamma radiation is an obvious allusion to post World War II anxieties about the misapplication of science, and growing fear about the role of technology in a global society gone mad. It’s just as relevant today, when you read about all of the uranium mining and nuclear weapons production that occurs today under the radar of international watchdog organizations, and all of the other fascinating (if not unnerving) technological developments in the world, like the creation of cars that can drive themselves (see http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/google-shows-off-self-driving-car/2014/10/27/a72f77ca-5961-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html), automated home security systems (see http://www.securitychoice.com/adt-home-security/Alabama/), or wars fought entirely by remote controlled drone (see http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/12/the-drone-wars/308304/).
We all have become angry at some point in our lives, of course. Though what we would do if we were unstoppable? Without an understanding or a care about the rules that we’ve made for ourselves? Would we be able to remain good people if given complete freedom to become what we hide? This dualistic nature of humankind and our fear of what we don’t understand is what The Hulk explores, seeing that he remains a popular character today, these questions still keep us awake at night pondering the darkness with us.

Oct 292014
 
11/05/2014, 7PM at Meltdown: Michael Stock, Sina Grace and Hope Larson sign Penny Dora and The Wishing Box.

Wednesday, November 5th at 7PM, Michael Stock, Sina Grace and Hope Larson sign Penny Dora and The Wishing Box. Come down to Meltdown, get stuff signed and chit chat with this awesome team. Penny Dora and The Wishing Box Signing with Michael Stock, Sina Grace and Hope Larson Meltdown Comics 7522 Sunset Bl. Los Angeles, [...]

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Oct 292014
 
Empire Of The Wolf signing with Michael Kogge and Dan Parsons 11/01/2014, 4-7PM

This Saturday meet, greet and get stuff signed by writer Michael Kogge and arist Dan Parsons of Empire Of The Wolf. “Writer/creator Michael Kogge and artist Dan Parsons have mingled fantasy and history in a way that would do Robert E. Howard proud!” –Roy Thomas, Conan the Barbarian comics “Empire of the Wolf is an amazing comic . [...]

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Oct 262014
 
Tom Neely (@iwilldestroytom) &  Keenan Marshall Keller sign @ImageComic's The Humans #1, 11/05/2014 7PM

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 7PM, THE HUMANS #1 SIGNING with  KEENAN MARSHALL KELLER AND TOM NEELY About The Humans: Apart, they are nothing… deemed by society as outcasts, misfits, losers, no good punks! But together, they are THE HUMANS! THE HUMANS is a high-octane, no-holds-barred, ape-biker-gang chopper ride into ‘70s exploitation genre bliss. Follow [...]

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Oct 262014
 
Pull Customers: This Week’s New Books & Re-stocks Posted. HOME & OFFICE DELIVERY AVAILABLE

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Oct 252014
 
@CartoonHangover's Bee and Puppycat Premiere party at Meltdown Comics 11/06/2014, 8PM with Special Guest and Tons of Free Swag!

Come see the first episode of Bee and PuppyCat, presented by Cartoon Hangover!  Meltdown is throwing a premier party with special guest Sam “Catbug” Lavagnino, plus tons of free swag. Come on down Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 8pm   Bee, a reluctant hero, becomes entangled in the adventures of a puppy (…or is he a cat?) [...]

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Oct 252014
 
Showrunners Book Signing// October 30th, 7:30PM with Tara Bennett, Mike Royce, Ronald D. Moore and Des Doyle

Before the documentary hits Itunes, stop by Meltdown Comics  pick up the Official Showrunners companion book, meet and  greet Tara Bennet (The Lost Encyclopedia, Sons Of Anarchy Official Companion), Mike Royce (Enlisted, Big, Everybody Loves Raymond) and Des Doyle (Director of Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show). JUST ADDED! Ronald D.Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander, [...]

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Oct 232014
 
Tickets now on sale for #TheMeltdown, Camp Crystal Lake Comedy with Jonah and Kumail (195)10/29/2014

This week, to celebrate FOUR YEARS of being a comedy show, we have transformed the room into the scariest campground you’ll ever see at a comedy show. We welcome Jen Kirkman from NYC, Robert Dean Janine Brito Al Jackson Dave Anthony …and a special guest or two And immediately after the show, please come to [...]

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Oct 232014
 
@DigitalLA and Meltdown Comics invite you to "Digital LA - VFX of Guardians of the Galaxy Panel" 10/28/2014 #HOLLYWOOD

Join us for our VFX panel featuring top visual effects from Marvel, Method Studios, and more, that worked on Guardians of the Galaxy. Guaridans of the Galaxy is the #1 film of 2014 with more than $327M domestic and $700M international, and growing.  Audiences instantly relate to and love Rocket and Groot, two of the [...]

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Oct 232014
 
This Week in Comics: Deathstroke #1 vs. Hobgoblin #1, Checking into "Arkham Manor," a Burton Classic Returns, and Father's Day in October!!

“Wipe yaself off…ya dead.” -Chris Tucker, Rush Hour (1998) This week was a pretty lethal week in comics!! If you’re looking for some fluffy-feel-good-patty-cake-books, try the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party down the block! Speaking of properties that Tim Burton has made into films, let’s dive right in with our first issue of the week EDWARD SCISSORHANDS [...]