Feb 072016


Book stores aren’t supposed to exist anymore. Especially independent ones.

The sad truth is that, at one point, Amazon and waning attention spans massacred these outlets, turning customers into e-shoppers and proprietors into paupers. Which is why exceptions have to be exceptional.

Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard is one of those special misfits.

It’s a 10,000 square foot playground offering cartooning and writing classes, open mics, events, shows—the store’s even spawned a network television series starring names even non-geeks recognize. Oh yeah, and the place also sells comics. Tons. Everything from the spandex set to avant garde graphic novels. French, Spanish, Japanese creations, lots of toys, plus books with characters who grapple with love, rejection, and how to pay the rent—issues the store’s 45 year-old bearded Chilean owner has faced repeatedly for the past 26 years.

“I lucked out,” said Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, who opened Meltdown in 1993 with his then-wife Ilia. “I do daily what I love. When I started out, it was scary. Because if I fail, I’m done. So there was no option to fail.” Read the rest of the article here: http://smashd.co/take-a-page-from-meltdown/

Feb 042016


Daniel Clowes has been working on his latest book, Patience, for five years. At 180 pages, it’s his longest work to date, more than twice as long as Wilson, his graphic novel about an abrasive loner in Oak­land who claims to be a people person but actually can’t stand most of them (nor they him), and Ghost World, the artist’s most popular work, about the disintegrating relation­ship between two teen girls in an unnamed American suburb. From the time Clowes began the book in 2010 until its completion last October, he didn’t show a single page of it to anyone, not to Erika, his wife of 20 years, nor to his publishers at Fantagraphics, who will release the book this March, nor to his closest friends.

Clowes is in an upstairs room of his Piedmont home, a lovely two-story 1912 Craftsman set along an equally lovely tree-lined street of this East Bay suburb, talking about how the book came to be. Six feet tall and slim, Clowes has a salt-and-pepper beard and sharp blue eyes. Despite possessing the most sardonic of wits on paper, he laughs easily and often in person, at his jokes and others’. This afternoon, he’s taking care of his beloved beagle, Ella, who has dementia and barks every 20 minutes or so because she forgets that Clowes is at home. Along one wall of the room, which doubles as artist studio and comics archive, collections of Peanuts and Nancy and Gasoline Alley share shelf space with Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library and the complete works of R. Crumb. An old-timey paperback carousel is stocked with Mad magazine reprints; in a nearby cabinet there’s a tin-toy knockoff of Fred Flintstone, his 5 o’clock shadow an eerie blue.  Read the rest of the article here: https://story.californiasunday.com/daniel-clowes-patience



Illustrations by Rutu Modan, Anders Nilsen, Richard Sala, Isabel Seliger, Seth, and Anuj Shrestha


#Rebirth; Why? By Matt Orso (@mattorso)

 Posted by on February 1, 2016
Feb 012016


#Rebirth was the headline of the day last Friday and boy oh boy, did it ever get the wheel bound hamster in my head running.  So yet again after a massive reboot back in 2011 and a soft one last June, here we are again; on the precipice of yet another possible reboot from DC Comics. At least that is what is flowing through the digital rumor-mill. As reported by www.bleedingcool.com, the #rebirth is actually may be a relaunch as opposed to an actual reboot. which if we’re splitting hairs, same difference. This is exactly what happened back in June with DCYOU. The soft reboot/relaunch that followed Convergence quickly petered out and went silently into the night. The burning question here is whether or not a reboot of any kind would be a positive thing.


Firstly, let’s look at the reasons for a re-anything. DC Comics since Convergence back in June has seen their overall sales lower, according to www.comichron.com. Statistics aside the purpose of a reboot is to fix what is not working. Given their whole creativity over continuity mantra, it is small wonder that their sales have reflected the inconsistencies that come with the promise made in those very words.

While creativity is an amazing thing, people are not always so accepting of inconsistencies and change when they are coupled. Not only is it confusing but it also inherently breaks immersion. It still bothers me to see Batman Bruce Wayne in Justice League but then have Jim Gordon in every other book as Batman. While the idea is interesting it still is very jarring. The sad part about it is is that it would be so easy to place a time stamp somewhere on one of the panels which would give so much clarity and resolution to what many fans are dying to know.

Another reason to to rationalize a relaunch or reboot would be to give the above mentioned clarity. While it seems like a solid idea, it can also be viewed as an over complicated answer to a very simple problem. Okay, being honest maybe the problem is not that simple, considering the creative process and the multi-pronged process of making comics, that complicates things. However it does not mean that it is an impossible task. Guys, it’s not rocket science; you’re only building a universe.

When a person sets out to create a world, plot holes happen and it is an editor’s job to patch them up. With the numerous writers, editors and artists dipping their hands in creative crock-pot it is definitely not an easy thing and fans for the most part understand that. To give up every time things get a little messy and throw in the towel is not only insulting to fans but also to the people who put their blood, sweat and ink on those beautifully printed pages. We all know that new #1 issues sell and that is a good thing for all those involved. However to restart or renew inorganically leaving threads of a story hanging and bare is also an all affecting disservice to creators and fans alike.

Now I know that thus far I’ve spoken pretty poorly about the idea of a reboot or relaunch but I think it is fair to say that they come at a hefty price. I do not however think all of them are bad. I honestly Loved the New 52, while that may not be the most popular opinion, across the board, those first six or so issues were generally awesome and consistent. (I said mostly.) In the end the comic gods will decide what to do regardless of what the opinions of the masses are. Let’s just hope that the reasons for this relaunch, if it is in fact that, are the right ones.

Jan 232016


Meet actor, filmmaker and cookbook author, Joe Zaso! Wednesday, Feb 3rd – 7pm.

Joe has appeared in such films as THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, BARRICADE, VIRUS X and 5 DEAD ON THE CRIMSON CANVAS. He has also written five cookbooks under his character of Café Himbo. These cookbooks feature recipes from such cult movie celebs as Catherine Mary Stewart (THE APPLE, NIGHT OF THE COMET), Rutanya Alda (MOMMIE DEAREST, AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION), Barbara Magnolfi (SUSPIRIA), Armand Mastroianni (HE KNOWS YOU’RE ALONE), Lynne Griffin (BLACK CHRISTMAS), Russell Todd (FRIDAY THE 13thPART II), Adrienne King (FRIDAY THE 13th), Desiree Gould (SLEEPAWAY CAMP) and many many others!

Joe will have cookbooks, DVDs and photos available for purchase and autographing. COME SAY HI!

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl.
LA, CALIF. 90046

Jan 202016

Devastator Press x Meltdown Comics and Collectibles are proud to present Mike “Dr. Vireuss” Levine, author of Oh, the Flesh You Will Eat! — one of Splitsider’s Best Comedy Books of 2015.

Get a copy of our limited first edition hardcover signed by Dr. Vireuss himself. Bring your face masks, he’s contagious!

See you there!


More praise for Oh, the Flesh You Will Eat:

“The perfect graduation gift for flesh-eating bacteria on the go and meatbags alike.”
-Nathan Rabin, author of Weird Al: The Book

“Disgustingly awesome. Hilarious, perverse and fun!”
-John Layman, creator of Chew

“If you read one lyrical ode to flesh-eating pathogens, make it this one!”
-Jeff Loveness, writer of Groot

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd. LA, CALIF 90046(map)
Here’s the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/438353779690655/

Jan 202016

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Via: www.mopedhero.com
The folks at Meltdown Comics have a long history of innovating to draw in new customers and give more service to their current subscribers. It’s not surprising that when we approached them about our new service they jumped on giving their box customers the best options for pick-up in LA. Starting Wednesday, January 20th, Meltdown Comics and Collectibles and Moped Hero are teaming up to bring same day comics delivery to Los Angeles.

The team at Meltdown has always supported independent and local businesses, so we’re happy and proud to return the favor by bringing affordable, speedy delivery to their offerings. For $5, we’ll deliver your Comic Book Day box subscription straight to your door, whether at work or at home.

Here’s all you have to do:

#1- Call Meltdown Comics (323.851.7223) and pay for your weekly books over the phone. Don’t have a pull list yet? Meltdown makes it incredibly easy to sign up, plus subscription customers get 20% off their books. http://www.meltcomics.com/blog/subscription-service/

#2: Tell the cashier you want delivery with Moped Hero and we’ll get the books out to you within a two hour window for only $5. You can even prepay for an entire month’s worth of deliveries for only $15.

#3: Enjoy your comics when they’re delivered straight to your home.

Not sure if you’re in our delivery radius, check the map below. We serve Downtown, USC, Echo Park, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Mid-City, Beverly Hills and UCLA. All major studios are in our delivery radius, Paramount, Fox, Warner Brothers and Disney.