Nov 252015


Greetings, Soon-To-Be-Turkeyfied Meltdown Maniacs,

It’s time for a bunch of Meltdown University classes to start, so check out the descriptions below and see if there’s one that’s right for you.  I suspect that some of you have heard about the classes, thought about taking one, but haven’t taken the leap.  Well now’s the time to get down to making some comics!  Why wait?

The next Creating Comics class starts on Saturday, December 5 and goes from 2pm to 5pm. This is a 14-week series that is set up like a college class and is a kind of crash course in doing comics. Writers take the class and learn script format, script writing skills, and more. They finish the series with a 15-page script for a complete comics short story. Artists in the class learn about sequential art, composition, and more. They finish with an eight to ten page minicomic. Both learn the elements of visual storytelling that are specific to the comics medium and about marketing and selling their comics. It’s a fun environment but a place where a lot of work gets done.

The next Art of Inking class starts on Saturday, December 5 and goes from 11:30am to 2:00pm.  Here, students learn the various techniques involved in taking penciled art to the next step — fully finished, inked work.  The focus is on real-world (non-digital) techniques of inking on paper.  Students learn how to use various tools like the crowquill, other types of dip pens, various brushes, and all kinds of disposable marker-type pens.  The class runs for six weeks.

The next Writing Longform Comics starts on Tuesday, December 8 and goes from 7:00 to 10:00pm. In this seven-week comics writing class, students will learn to map out a long-form story – either for a planned series (print or web) or graphic novel.  They’ll learn how to work within the structure of the two formats and how to plan either a long story arc or episodic chapters that make up one long tale.  There will also be discussions about how to get and work with an artist and how to approach potential publishers with a pitch or proposal.  Students will finish the class with a detailed story outline and written proposal that’s ready to show a publisher.

Pre-requisite: To sign up, you must have taken the Creating Comics class.

All three classes are $30 for each session payable at the beginning of each one.  The ones above are taught by me, Meltdown University Program Director Jim Higgins.  I’m a former DC Comics editor and have been teaching writing and drawing comics for over 15 years at art schools like The School of Visual Arts in NYC, Otis College of Art and Design, CalArts, The Society of Illustrators, and UCLA Extension.

Look for announcements for start dates for our next Photoshop For Comics, Kids Make Zines, Watercolor Painting, and Marketing and Promoting Your Project classes soon.

For more info and to sign up for classes, go here!

Nov 232015


Chainmail Bikini is an anthology of comics by and about female gamers! 40 cartoonists have contributed comics about the games they’re passionate about—from video games to table-top role-playing to collectible card games. The comics in Chainmail Bikiniexplore the real-life impact of entering a fantasy world, how games can connect us with each other and teach us about ourselves.

Group signing with: Hazel Newlevant, Hellen Jo, Molly Ostertag, Anne Rose and June Vigiants.

Meltdown Comics
Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 7PM
7522 Sunset Bl. LA, CALIF. 90046 (map)

Nov 232015
"TROLLS" & FRIENDS Signing, Meltdown Comics 12/02/7PM

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Nov 232015
Eats and Geeks Ep6 - On Location at Tabletop Commons

On today’s episode I went to Tabletop Commons in San Diego to learn more about their menu and pop culture inspired cocktails in a quick interview with the owner, Evan Jones! I love cooking, baking and, of course, all things geeky so I really enjoy combining those passions into one! If you enjoy my videos […]

Nov 232015
Indie Comic Creators Mega Signing w/FREE snacks & booze. 12/02/7PM

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before – so a Dog, Two Brothers, a Soulweaver and George W. Bush walk into a Comic Book Store… Wait, you HAVEN’T heard this one before? Well head on down to Meltdown Comics on December 2 and experience it for yourself! Four talented, diverse indie comic book creators […]

#17: The Good Pixar Episode

 Posted by on November 23, 2015
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#17: The Good Pixar Episode

Meltdown Presents: The Disney Click: #17: The Good Pixar Episode In celebration of Pixar’s 16th feature film The Good Dinosaur, Rick and Briers rank and discuss films that came before. Tune in and find out where they rank such Pixar classics as A Bug’s Life, Wall-E and Toy Story. One host’s classic may be the […]

Nov 222015
#06 -  Newsprint to Wheatpaste: How Comics Influenced Graffiti

Meltdown Presents: Pod Sequentialism with Matt Kennedy #o6 –  Newsprint to Wheatpaste: How Comics Influenced Graffiti The rise of street art parallels the rise of the superhero. Is this a coincidence or are the two somehow related? Mason Booker joins Matt again to look at the history of graffiti, the influence of comics on spray […]

MeltCast 3.0 #39: CRAIG THOMPSON

 Posted by on November 21, 2015
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MeltCast 3.0 #39: CRAIG THOMPSON

This week we have the incredible Craig Thompson! The author of “Blankets” and “Habibi” talks about his new book “Space Dumplins” and his time in the middle east! The gang also sits down to talk this weeks books! Follow us @MeltCast and Like us on Facebook! You can also follow us @aristacos, @iam_DVDM, @janettequevedo and […]

Nov 172015
#026: Frank Miller's Dark Knight Universe - Preparation for DKIII: The Master Race

Meltdown Presents: History of The Batman with Londyn! #026: Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Universe – Preparation for DKIII: The Master Race On November 25, writers Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello’s newly anticipated Batman story arc, “Dark Knight III: The Master Race,” will hit comic book stands with issue #1. This will be the concluding book […]

The DLOD Show – Ep30 Active Lifestyle Nerds

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