Feb 092016

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Meltdown Presents: Anime Attic: #03 Blood Reign Curse of the Undead Yoma

What dos it mean to be a ninja? How about a Samurai? Join hosts Mason and Raven as we explore this little known two episode OVA series that tackles big questions about free will all while fighting demons and objectifying women in the first ever “MANIME” episode. Where we review anime that is clearly targeted towards men. Complete with beautiful weak willed women and unstoppable Clint Eastwood type badass heroes with serious bromance issues. There’s something for everyone to either love or hate in this one! Check it out!

#anime #bromance #manime #deepmomentswithraven #animeattic #shonen #classicanime


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Feb 072016

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Meltdown Presents: Pod Sequentialism with Matt Kennedy #015 – Finding a Publisher

Ann Shen is a recent art school graduate working on her first book, Bad Girls Throughout History, to be published by Chronicle Books in Fall 2016. Matt asks Ann how she landed that book deal, and how life plans can change and change back on the way to realizing your dreams. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to find a publisher, this is the podcast for you!

Produced by Mason Booker.

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Feb 052016

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Meltdown Comics presents History of the Batman with Londyn! – Episode 33: Batman’s Many Deaths in DC Comics

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It’s a common practice in comic book tales that a character dies and then, by some miracle, is resurrected. Looking at Batman’s incredible 76 year history, many of the Batman Family members have died and come back to life, sometimes even by surprising the audience. In recent New 52 comics, Bruce Wayne’s Batman apparently died alongside the Joker and now another is the Dark Knight of Gotham City. But this isn’t the first or even second time that Batman has died in DC Comics. In this week’s podcast, Londyn and co-host Adam Silverstein will look at ten different times our hero has died or has seemingly died in comic books in the last 76 years of Pre-New 52 continuity. The Batman represents the ultimate human, with peak physical and mental capacities yet he still has emotions and flaws. This list will demonstrate that even this dark vigilante cannot hide forever from his own humanity or from the glooming shadow of the Grim Reaper.

Produced by Mason Booker and Adam Silverstein.

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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



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Watching Bowie’s Comic Evolution

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Last month the legendary David Bowie lost his battle against cancer, but the reverberations of his life’s work will continue to be felt for decades into the future. Though most famous for his music – which included collaborations with artists as diverse as Klaus Nomi, Queen, and NIN –  he was a larger-than-life figure across many mediums. His acting career, responsible for cult classics like The Man Who Fell To Earth and The Hunger, was equally as fascinating and strange. He was an avid art collector who inspired more than one vivid and original portrait with his face on it. Comic book creators were not immune to his charm either: to a larger or lesser degree, several iconic characters were based on the inimitable Thin White Duke.

One of those characters is Lucifer Morningstar from The Sandman. Though meant to represent the king of hell, the physical depiction of the character was directly based on Bowie. Neil Gaiman, the character’s original creator, admits to being a huge fan and couldn’t imagine anyone better suited to be the physical manifestation. Lucifer eventually got a comic spin off of his own, as well as a TV show, and almost thirty years later, is more popular than ever.

Nor was that the only character with a strong Ziggy Stardust influence. Grant Morrison’s Joker character had Bowie influences, as did the Luther Desmond Diamond in Casanova. Perhaps it is telling that Bowie’s complex personality tended to inspire villains rather than heroes. There were some protagonists that borrowed from the legendary artist as well, however. Noh-Varr, an alien from the Young Avengers comic, was influenced greatly by the famous singer. The fact that the character is extra terrestrial makes him all the more appropriate.

One of his most famous movie roles eventually became a comic book as well. Labyrinth, the 1986 movie co-starring Jennifer Connelly, was an instant cult classic. It is still popular today and can be seen on platforms such as DirecTV and Netflix. In it, Bowie played the mischievous goblin king who kidnaps a human child. Though he is once again cast as the villain of the movie, he still manages to be alluring and even romantic at times. Bowie’s sympathetic portrayal of the character makes it easy to see that his bad behavior doesn’t necessarily stem from evil, but rather from selfishness, loneliness and, to some extent, even thwarted love.

Not only did Bowie indirectly inspire comic book artists, he embraced the comic medium in return. For his 1995 Outside CD, he worked with graphic artist Victor Covarrubias to create a standalone comic called Art Crime that he sold bundled with the music. Though the illustration for the comic was done by Covarrubias, the plot within it was based upon a short story written by Bowie. Though few copies of this comic remain today, they are evidence that his creativity could not be limited to a single artistic outlet.

Bowie made an impression on the comic book world because he made an impression on the world at large. He was a legend in his time, and his own boundless artistry could not help but inspire those around him. He was a villain, a hero, an alien, and a fallen angel. He was also a rock god, an actor, a husband, and a father. More than most people, Bowie was able to keep himself from being hemmed in by the expectations of others. It is that subversive quality, wrapped in the body of a nice English boy, that hypnotized the people around him. Regardless of morality, the characters based on Bowie’s public persona were never boring. Perhaps in is in this that they resembled him most of all.


#02 – Vampire Princess Miyu OVA

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Meltdown Presents: Anime Attic: #02 – Vampire Princess Miyu OVA

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In this episode Mason and Zehra sit down to go over IN DEPTH the ASTOUNDING four episode classic anime OVA series Vampire Princess Miyu! Exploring the creators history, character relationships, spirituality, sexuality, and of course the eternal debate of sub vs. dub, this episode hopes to shed light on a cult classic Japanese horror fantasy anime that should be a staple in every  anime collection.

#anime #deepmomentswithzehra #miyu #vampireprincessmiyu #horror #supernatural


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