Mar 242015
 

CAM00910

The Art of Inking is a class where you’ll learn to ink black and white line art like the comics pros and great illustrators.  We’ll go over all different methods of inking on paper using brushes, dip pens, disposable ink pens, brush pens, and even getting special effects using things like sponges (!)  Different styles of inking by master artists will be analyzed and taught.  There will be some homework, but a lot of the work will be done in the sessions where the students can learn from and help each other.

The class will be taught by me, Jim Higgins.  I’ve been working in the comics business for a million over 20 years.  I’ve been an editor at DC Comics, have a small indie comics publishing company (called New Suit), and have taught comics for 16 years at places like The School of Visual Arts in NYC, CalArts, Otis College of Art and Design, UCLA Extension, and here at Melt U.

The start date is Saturday, April 21 from 11:30am to 2:00pm. The series runs for six weeks at Meltdown Comics.  For more information click the link and scroll down to “The Art of Inking.”

http://meltdownu.wix.com/new-melt-u-page

 

Mar 172015
 

meltthology

Join us for the next Melt-thology Comix Jam at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles on March 17, 2015! We’ll be drawing Issue #7, and Issue #6 contributors will be able to pick up their copies and artwork!

How it works:

Show up at the Melt at 7:00 and draw a page of whatever you want.* At the end of the night we’ll collect all the art (and $2 for printing costs). When you come to the next month’s comix jam you’ll get a complete zine with everyone’s contributions inside!

Got a great idea for the cover? Whoever calls it first gets it. (DM me on Instagram at @melt_thology or shoot me a message on FB.)

There is NO set theme and ALL skill levels are welcome!

All of your original art will be returned to you along with your copy of the zine at next month’s meeting.

Everyone who turns in art and $2 will have a copy waiting for them the next time they can make it out.

If you want extra copies of Melt-thology, you can toss in another $2 per zine and we’ll print ‘em up for you.

Tips for a successful comix jam:

We draw from 7:00pm till close (9:30-10:00pm), so if that’s not going to be enough time to finish your page, you can start your pencils/sketches/thumbnails/whatever at home, then finish the page at the store. But if you walk in with a finished piece, hand in two bucks, then walk out, it kind of defeats the purpose of a social artist jam.

Art is scanned in with a basic 8.5×11 scanner, and is only adjusted for contrast. Erase your pencil lines if you don’t want them to show up. Alternately, pages drawn with very light pencil won’t scan as well as darker pencil/ink.

Art will be printed at 4.25 x 5.5, so consider keeping your layout to roughly that proportion if you don’t want a lot of white space at the top and bottom of your art.

*Want to do a one-page self-contained strip? Awesome! One page of a longer, serialized story? Fantastic! A stand-alone illustration? Excelsior!

Follow us on Instagram: @melt_thology

 Posted by at 2:13 pm
Mar 172015
 

ZineMelt

We’re back! ZineMelt is coming to celebrate the world of DIY and independent publishing. On March 28th, 2015 ZineMelt will bring together artist, writers, crafters, zinesters from around Los Angeles to gather at Meltdown Comics and Collectibles to display and sell their goods. Please mark your calendars and come out to support your local artist.

Records and Tapes for sale from Jacknife Records & Tapes

Meltdown Comics 
7522 Sunset Bl.
Los Angeles, Calif. 90046
Follow @zinemelt on twitter!

 Posted by at 1:52 pm
Mar 162015
 

Untamed Meltdown flyer 2

This Wednesday meet writer Sebastian A. Jones, Lloyd Levin (Producer of Watchmen and Hellboy), Andrew Cosby (Producer of 2 GUNS and co-creator of Eureka)

The Untamed at Meltdown Comics from 7 til 10 pm. 
Published on Mar 9, 2015
“I was given a second chance in death. Vengeance was offered, and I was quick to accept.”

Based on the Stranger Comics Graphic Novel http://bit.ly/UntamedKS, here’s a sneak peek at the pitch animatic done by Film Roman (The Simpsons, Hellboy Animated, Ultimate Spider-Man) for The Untamed Animated TV series, a dark vengeance saga set within a brutal fantasy world. It’s not final animation, just a rough sketch to give an idea of the cinematic mood the series will have. Sean Bean is voicing the lead character. Director: Alex Soto (Ultimate Spider-Man). Producers: Film Roman’s GM Dana Booton (Ultimate-Spiderman, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes), Lloyd Levin (Hellboy, Watchmen); Andrew Cosby (Eureka, Two Guns); with Andrew Sugerman (Conviction, Death Sentence); and Untamed writer/creator Sebastian A. Jones (Dusu, I Am Mixed). Concept artist: Tomm Coker (Punisher, Batman, Daredevil), who gave the animatic the same gritty “Frazetta Western” tone that artist Peter Bergting (Baltimore, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings) and art director Darrell May (Dusu, Pinata) gave to the comic series.

The Untamed Synopsis:

Would you damn yourself to save the ones you love? Hidden within the Desert of the Dying Tree lies a town run by ruthless killers, a growing cancer upon the vast and volatile fantasy world of Asunda. Some say it’s a watering hole for the devil. For one man, it’s a second chance at revenge… and a last chance at redemption.

A Stranger has returned to the brutal Town of Oasis, a violent past haunting his every step. It’s been ten years since his wife and child were on the verge of turning him from wickedness, but they were murdered and so was he. Now, the Stranger has been released from Hell to reap the seven souls responsible. But having little recollection of his former life, he is lost in a sea of faded memories, glimpses of the life that was taken from him coming back in broken shards as he leaves a bloody trail.

Conflict arises when lust for his lover steers him from his path of vengeance, and hate is tempered by the young orphan Niobe, who reminds him of his daughter. She acts as his conscience and ultimately his only hope for salvation.

 Posted by at 1:39 pm