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El Mero, mero de Meltdown, Inc.

Mar 272013
 

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MELTDOWN

MEET THE MASTERMINDS BEHIND LA’S NERD EMPIRE
Intro by Marco Beltran

Meltdown Comics, to put it bluntly, is fucking awesome. I’m sorry for using the f-word in the description to this place, because it doesn’t lend itself much to the imagination but I felt that any set of words that my 25-year-old brain came up with did not do the place justice. I tried. Honestly, I did. I had this whole thing about how walking into the store was like walking into a dreamscape, and that it was like how the child version of me imagined my room would look like when I grew up, but how would this help someone who’d never been there or never heard of this place? The store also changes a lot. I could tell you about the big “Big Boy” statues or the area dedicated Star Wars stuff, but then I’d sound like a liar and jerk if you, dear reader, read this and decided to make a trip and these things were not there!

The truth about Meltdown Comics, as you’ll hear straight from the owner/co-founder Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, is that it’s the closest thing a building can come to being alive. It has a soul. It’s changing, adapting to the tastes of the staff and clientele, and serving as the epicenter for the LA comedic and creative scene. Several podcasts are recorded here: HarmontownMutant SeasonIndoor KidsYou Made it Weird, to name a few. You can take comic book writing, illustrating, formatting, classes taught by industry professionals. It’s a hub for nerdom, nerd culture, and nerd-centric programming. It should be the first place you visit when you make trip out to Hollywood.

Hopefully by the end of this feature you’re as inspired as we were, or at least feel validated in your pursuit of doing what makes you happy. That’s why we’re all here, right? To find happiness?

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Feb 042013
 
ADRIAN TOMINE MOST FAMOUS STORY

ADRIAN TOMINE MOST FAMOUS STORY

From @Meltdowncomics #VAULT Optic Nerve’s ADRIAN TOMINE MOST FAMOUS STORY original art for sale. Serious inquiries only to STAFF AT MELTCOMICS DOT COM

You will be dealing direct with Gaston. He feels now is the time to move some of the classic and key items in the store to make room for a new thing that is a-comin’ (stay tuned!)

These 3 pages are nicely framed and are from an early issue of Optic Nerve. O.N. #3 contains four stories entitled “Dylan & Donovan,” “Supermarket,” “Hostage Situation” and “Unfaded.” Published by Drawn and Quarterly in August 1996.

MORE ABOUT ADRIAN HERE.

 

BUY THIS BOOK:

New York Drawings

Adrian Tomine

A COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE NEW YORKER COVER ARTIST AND AWARD-WINNING CARTOONIST

Two strangers, both reading the same novel, share a fleeting glance between passing subway cars. A bookstore owner locks eyes with a neighbor as she receives an Amazon package. Strangers are united by circumstance as they wait on the subway stairs for a summer storm to pass.

Adrian Tomine’s illustrations and comics have appeared for more than a decade in the pages (and on the cover) of the New Yorker. Instantly recognizable for their deceptively simple and evocative style, these images have garnered the attention of the New Yorker’s readership and the approbation of such venerable institutions as the Art Directors Club and American Illustration.

New York Drawings is a loving homage to the city that Tomine, a West Coast transplant, has called home for the past seven years. This lavish, beautifully designed volume collects every cover, comic, and illustration that he has produced for the New Yorker to date, along with an assortment of other rare and uncollected illustrations and sketches inspired by the city. Complete with notes and annotations by the author, New York Drawings will also feature a new introductory comic focusing on Tomine’s experiences as a New York illustrator.

Hardcover, 8.125″ x 11″, Full-Color

ISBN: 9781770460874

On sale!

30% Off!

$20.95 US / $20.95 CDN

in stock

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Nov 132012
 

Die Antwoord pop up shop. One Hour Only for Pre-Signed Shits! Posters/EVILBOY/Undies/PRINTS 9-10PM See the Evening with Die Antwoord Live on http://www.stickam.com/meltdowncomics

Our friend Xeni writes over at BOING BOING:

I’ll be hosting an event with our friends at Meltdown Comics tonight,Tuesday November 13, 2012: a video marathon and poster-signing with Ninja and Yo-Landi of the South African band Die Antwoord.

Tuesday November 13, 2012: a video marathon and poster-signing with Ninja and Yo-Landi of the South African band Die Antwoord.

On sale will be a beautiful limited-edition Die Antwoord/Meltdown poster by artist Dave Kloc (artist signing is 9-10pm), and after that we’ll be screening a bunch of their videos and short films (10-1130pm, this part is sold out).

More details here.

WATCH THE WEBCAST: A reminder that the music video marathon, which will include a conversation with Die Antwoord and Q&A from the in-person and online audience(s), will be live-streamed here. Please do join us, wherever you are.

Chris Hardwick of Nerdist tapes his podcast there often, and he’ll be in the house tonight, along with Boing Boing founder Mark Frauenfelder, and many other special guests. Do tune in.

EVENT DETAILS

Meltdown Comics: 7522 Sunset Blvd., LA, CA 90046
Phone: (323) 851-7223
Web: meltcomics.com
When: Tue November 13, Die Antwoord signing action 9-10PM open to the public and for as long as the line lasts during that one hour only. Arrive early. No outside items will be allowed. Video marathon 10-1130pm, sold out, live webcast.

Oct 262012
 

 

ROOKIE day in LA with Tavi Gevinson.


Come down for: Workshops • Readings • Signings • Conversations

Saturday, November 10, 2-5 PM at Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown 

In partnership with L.A. Zine Fest, Meltdown Comics & Drawn and Quarterly.

(Live cast worldwide via Stickam)