Meltdown Comics launches digital video agency MeltdownTV to connect Brands with cultural influencers in the geek space. New vertical led by veteran producer and entrepreneur Justin Sewell.
Director of Digital Content, MeltdownTV
Justin Sewell brings over 12,000 hours of live streaming experience to MeltdownTV including industry leading content in the geek space. In addition to bringing to life the feature documentaries People Vs George Lucas, Ringers: Lord of the Fans and StarWoids he is the creator and founder of LiningUpTV the first 24-hour live streaming network for Star Wars fans, and runs a profitable YouTube MCN focused on nerd culture with over 30 Million views. The newly created role Director of Digital Content is tasked with developing and monetizing great content for highly targeted audiences. Gaston Dominguez, CEO of Meltdown adds, “Mr. Sewell has proven track record of delivering the audience and revenue through merch and monetization, and we are excited to have him on the MeltdownTV team.”
MeltdownTV launches in grand fashion Saturday, 22 March 2014 with Hellboy 20th Anniversary event streaming live from inside Meltdown Comics Hollywood and featuring creator Mike Mignola with special guests.
Meltdown Digital launches with an impressive slate of content partners including Sweet! Hollywood, noted DC and BOOM! art instructors, XSN the first online-only shopping network for nerd culture, Famous Monsters magazine, and a stable of TV producers and talent from Food Network, Comedy Central, TBS, SyFy and more.
Meltdown Comics in Hollywood made history today by being the first comic book store to accept Bitcoin. While some comics are sold online for bitcoin, no brick and mortar stores currently support it. General Manager Francisco Dominguez and his staff were giddy with excitement to conduct their first transaction.
Los Angeles doesn’t have many places that take bitcoin, and Meltdown reaches a pretty broad audience. Most of the places here are service based (car insurance, plastic surgery, dentistry), while Meltdown has an irresistible product selection spanning books, games, toys, and even Japanese snacks. It’s a pop culture mecca, and people from all over come by to visit the fantastic artwork housed within.
Spelunk.in: For readers who haven’t visited Meltdown before, tell us a bit about the store.
Francisco: Meltdown opened in 1993 and has since become one of the most respected comic book stores in the world and a mecca for all things comic book, comedy, podcasting, product mix as well as a reputation for hosting successful events in their Gallery and NerdMelt Showroom. We are a must-see pop culture destination in LA. Please stop by, we accept BitCoin.
Spelunk.in: Why did Bitcoin draw your interest?
Francisco: I started to hear about Bitcoins a couple years back, just little chatter here and there. I followed it around for a bit until I met with Pinguino Kolb (long time customer/friend) who answered some of the questions I had, which are the standard for anyone running a business. Is it legit? How does it work? etc.
We at Meltdown like technology and like to move with it when possible. The thought of some magical money that’s not being spent and that I can accept to sell product was mindblowing. So it was a no brainer that i had to jump on this new currency.
Spelunk.in: What impact do you see Bitcoin having on the comic book community?
Francisco: Hopefully some, any would help at this moment. Brick and Mortar / Mom and Pop shops are closing as digital takes over paper print. Hopefully this new way of bringing revenue in to a business will help keep them/us alive.
Spelunk.in: What incentives do Bitcoin users have to spend at Meltdown?
Francisco: We’ll be the only comic book shop accepting Bitcoin. Down the line Bitcoin customers will start receiving special discounts, offers, swag, online shop, events, and more.
Spelunk.in: Would bitcoin be a good fit for artists looking into micropayments?
Francisco: Definitely a good fit for artist, hopefully with our structure they will pick up on it and generate more Bitcoin users.
Spelunk.in: Are you worried about risk attached to volatility of the currency?
Francisco: I just hope it keeps going up, cha ching@!
Francisco had been keeping an eye on Bitcoin for several months, gaining more confidence in the currency. At the start of the new year, I got a message saying “Bitcoin? Let’s do this.” He trained his staff on the merchant platform, and readied himself to field questions from customers. The first one was about how he determined how much a bitcoin was worth. Luckily, BitPay has a page that answers that (it’s calculated from the various exchanges in US/Europe). As Francisco studied Bitcoin, his passion for it grew. He currently plans to keep some bitcoin from sales, and not convert everything to fiat.
Meltdown is a great addition to the Los Angeles Bitcoin community. Their passion and excitement for the currency is infectious.
7522 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90046
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Xbox and Insomniac Games just announced their newest title exclusively for Xbox One, Sunset Overdrive. In celebration of this E3 announcement SA Studiosbrought on artists Tristan Eaton, Alex Fuentes and Eyeone to create work inspired by game, including a huge, colorful mural on the side of Meltdown Comics and limited edition t-shirts featuring their work.
It won’t be a walk in the park to get a hold of these shirts though, it’s time for adventure! Fans must follow @SunsetOverdrive on Twitter, and set out on Sunset Overdrive scavenger hunt around Sunset Blvd. to seek out special cans of Overcharge Delerium XT Energy Drink featured in the game. Find the locations, locate the can, order the drink from the store, and you’ll get a super sweet T-shirt.
Hi, listen to this nice little deal…ready…here we go. Everyone with a ticket or handstamp to a show will receive 10% off all merch that night at Meltdown Comics. Sa-weeeet!
So for instance, buy a ticket to the Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (pictured above) and when you come to the show, you can get 10% off merch at Meltdown Comics. Or maybe you wanna come to Harmontown (pictured below)…same deal!
Come to a show, save some money at Meltdown. Tell your friends. Spread the word. Save some coin. Party. On.
For a full listing of shows you can check our show calendar RIGHT HERE.
Hey all, we’ve got a bunch of stuff going on all day long. From Shia Labeouf signing at 10 am, Devastators take overFree Indie Comic Book Day, plus Sales! 20% off all TPB’s, Back Issues by the Pound!, and back by popular deman ” Let’s Make a Deal on Statues”,Super secret Jim Mahfood FCBD 2013 Commemorative T-shirtprinted on-demand only. And if you’re worried there won’t be any tunes to bop your head to while at Meltdown, fear not DJ OLD BOY will be spinning tunes throughout the day. Fun times begin at 10am! See you here!!! Free Comic Book Day is Saturday May 4th, 2013 Meltdown Comics opens at 10am 7522 Sunset Blvd. LA, CALIF 90046 (map)
Oh, snap! We have a some spots available for tomorrow’s awesome Batman 66 party going down at NerdMelt. Yup, we’ve managed to score some spots for people and we want to give them to you! You just gotta RSVP before it’s too late. To RSVP, send an email to MO [at] NERDIST [dot] COM. You NEED to RSVP if you wanna attend…and trust us, you want to attend!
There will be episodes of the original 1966 TV series, exclusive Junk Food x Batman Classic TV Series Collection merch, free food & drinks, the original Batmobile, a recreation of the Batcave & Bat Signal, oh yeah, also, a special appearance by Adam West!!!
Space is limited so RSVP ASAP. Again you need to RSVP if you want to attend. What are you waiting for? Email MO [at] NERDIST [dot] COM to RSVP now.
ZAP!BAM!ENTER TO WIN AN INVITE TO A PRIVATE BAT-TASTIC EVENT IN LOS ANGELES TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF THE BATMAN CLASSIC SERIES LICENSING PROGRAM – LED BY THE EXCLUSIVE FASHION COLLECTION BY JUNK FOOD.
Step 1:Pow! Take a photo of yourself in your very best pose from The Batman Classic TV Series.
Step 2: Holy Photo Batman! Using Instagram, shoot and share your pic using the hashtag #JunkFoodBatman
Step 3: Submit your photo to Elizabeth at EWhite (at) MicheleMariePR.com
Contest ends March 19th at 5pm. Winners will be announced March 20th at 9am. You need to be and Los Angeles resident to win.
Meltdown Vault: Disruptive Live TV and community production space
The Vault is public access TV for this generation: an open community production space for first-time producers and big name talent to develop experimental new shows and stream LIVE video.
Meltdown Comics has annexed additional space on SUNSET BLVD in Hollywood as a platform for artists from the art and video worlds to be openly creative. This is outside the retail environment: a private vault for the best in the industry to hone their craft and become even better. Throughout the last year the space evolved into a destination for independent filmmakers and creative artists to develop and showcase new work to a large online audience. The Vault has already produced over 1,000 hours of cool shows and currently broadcasts 10 hours of weekly programming to an audience of over 100,000 each week.
We are on to something big here. Some of the new series and shows incubated here at The Vault, free of corporate sponsor financing:
IHEARTCOMIX VICTORIOUS’ Matt Bennett BIG TIME RUSH’s Stephen Glickman Satine Phoenix TheOneRing.net Die Antwoord Hollywood Undead Escape The Fate Meltdown University with Jim Higgins BubblePunch Super*Market! XSN Nerdist NerdTerns
Stickam, the original and best streaming video service, was our key VAULT video partner but unfortunately market forces have affected our master plan to take over the broadcast world. While we explore options, the Meltdown Vault lives on at http://youtube.com/meltdowncomics & and ustream.tv/channel/meltdown-vault
THIS MEANS WE ARE ON OUR OWN.
All equipment has been donated by the community. Alliances have been forged with many companies including Peavey audio, TechZulu, Slave Boy Films, NERDIST and others. Our social media footprint is over 9,000,000 strong with over 37,000,000 views. Everyone has donated time, materials and equipment to build a great space to unleash creativity. Meltdown is personally invested for over $100,000 in hard costs (rent, utilities & maintenance). But there is still more to be done.
We need your help to continue growing this vision. Look at the artists and brands supporting us already. This has huge potential to usher in the new digital landscape of indie content from successful people. We want to keep this going!
To keep this community space open for another 12 months and continue growing to it’s potential, we need $50,000. How it breaks down:
Rent in Hollywood: $40k
Faster Broadband: $6k
As you may notice, all core funds are going to overhead and technology. People are still donating their valuable time to keep things running. The community keeps it running.
Hitting $60k will allow us to upgrade the studio to a TODAY Show-style window performance area on SUNSET BLVD.
At $75k we can bring on extra part-time staff for open public access times on weekends. The more we raise the more open times we can provide.
We will constantly be adding new updates and rewards to keep things fresh and fun. Please spread the word to your networks and let’s knock this fundraiser out of the park!
We’ve thrown many parties (all live streamed) in support of many films, shows and series – all of them open to the public. If we hit our goal, get ready for an exciting year of shows and events!
Remember, the Meltdown VAULT is for you!
- DISRUPTIVE TV – CLASSES & WORKSHOPS – VOLUNTEERS – COMMUNITY
We Want To Do Even More Cool Stuff
We have 2100 square feet of space on SUNSET BLVD that needs to be filled with equipment, tools, and supplies to bring our producers’ ideas to life. We need HD cameras, more mics, live editing workstations, set materials, animated motion graphic templates, longer HDMI cables, and so much more!
Not in LA?
Our production space is located in Los Angeles, but we know many of you that don’t live here like this project and want to support it. We thought long and hard about how to include you in the community from afar and hope that the rewards, as well as the quality content being broadcast, will bring you personal enjoyment. Don’t forget, if you plan to be in LA anytime in 2013, you can use the space to work on a project!
SATINE PHOENIX is a creative force and professional muse to the biggest names in fine art, comics and animation. Creator of the first weekly Cosplay life drawing course, model/actress and talent behind MONSTER MAIDENS from Maker Studios, professional D&D player and comic book artist/animator/illustrator… an all around creative. Satine balances the nerd with the cool at the Meltdown Vault.
JUSTIN SEWELL is a producer, marketer and professional nerd having worked on all the big fanboy documentaries – Ringers, Starwoids, StarWait, LiningUpTV, Indyfans and People Vs George Lucas – as well as marketing campaigns for WB, Disney, Lucasfilm, EA, Activision, and Paramount. He has produced over 10,000 hours of live streaming video content and earned over 18 million hits on YouTube.
EFREN TOSCANO is the Founder/CEO of TechZulu. Based in Los Angeles, California, TechZulu is an independent news organization delivering an insightful story of the technology industry by showcasing the very people creating it. TechZulu is rapidly growing to be the hub for Southern California technology companies news source. Efren has been chosen as one of LA Weekly’s People of 2009 and selected as a Top 20 Most Public Individuals in Los Angeles in Tech and Biz by NowPublic. A pioneer in live Web television, TechZulu engages millions of viewers through real time reporting at conferences and its weekly news show, TechZulu Live.
GASTON DOMINGUEZ-LETELIER is the owner and proprietor of Meltdown Comics, a pop culture Mecca that was named “Best Comic Store” by Los Angeles Magazine and was honored with The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. Along with his wife Hisami Dominguez-Letelier, Gaston started Meltdown 2.0 Productions, which has produced countless podcasts (“MeltCast”, “The Mutant Season with Gil”), web series (“NerdTerns”), and live events (“An Evening with Daniel Clowes”, “Die Antwoord Live”) that have emanated from the world famous Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics and The Meltdown Vault. He is also the brains behind Meltdown-branded events such as DrawMelt, DnDMelt and Meltdown University. Before founding Meltdown Comics, Gaston worked as a product development specialist for Disney Parks & Resorts.
MELTDOWN COMICS is over 10,000 sq ft of geek heaven in the heart of Hollywood and home to both the NERDIST podcast and NERDIST THEATER. Meltdown has always supported artists new and established, and this experiment in new media has been creatively rewarding but resource intensive. We want to continue supporting artists with this unique community space, enabling the next generation of content creators to get their start and grow alongside the titans of the industry. The Kickstarter funds will provide the equipment and resources to help our community produce real shows, but in order for the projects to be truly successful, we need the community to share their skills and knowledge with each other.
Creative trendsetters who call Meltdown their geek home include Guillermo Del Toro, Don Murphy, Clive Barker, Chris Hardwick, Kumail Nanjiani, Robin Williams, Justin Willman, Matt Bennett, Dan Harmon…
“Meltdown Comics is my favorite place in L.A where top directors and producers go side-by-side with the fans. As good as it gets.”- Guillermo Del Toro.
We’ve worked hard to anticipate organizational challenges so that we can *exceed* expectations, not just meet them! Here are some challenges — and our game plans for overcoming them.
REWARDS FULFILLMENT: We have amazing rewards and are doing all manufacturing and fulfillment in house! Kickstarter projects often encounter unexpected fulfillment costs — we have the e-commerce experience and know how to maximize resources.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLACE: Location, location — some cultural centers simply pick the wrong place… or haven’t picked yet! The Vault is ideally situated in the center of Hollywood for easy access by visitors, residents, and collaborators alike. The size will accommodate exhibitions, workshops, and large crowds for events.
SUSTAINABILITY: Will things continue long after the Kickstarter project period ends? We have a detailed plan. Meltdown Vault will sustain itself through production rentals, video rev shares, events (including conferences and charity concerts) and fundraising drives.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED: For the challenges we *don’t* know about, our trump card is our incredible community of reward donors and supporters — including our established filmmakers, artists, network of consultants, and more. If problems arise, we are confident that we can quickly crowdsource solutions from this community — and we are asking you to be part of it!
We have a printing shop in-house to fulfill all tee-shirt printing listed.
We for the last 2 yrs. have done a silkscreen printed poster every week.
We have the equipment and the production team to produce all shows listed.
We have the art staff to generate all the listed title cards.
We have manufactured NEON signs for companies including MARVEL, STUSSY, DISNEY, NERDIST, NBC UNIVERSAL, BBC, ETC…