Sep 042012
 

This week’s Comics for Kids Class here at Meltdown was a ton of fun!  We reviewed some character design principles, while learning a new thing that’s important when drawing comics, and characters that are going to look as if they are moving:  The Line of Action.

Read on, to see the lesson we went through.  And scroll beyond that to see everyone’s stellar work this week!    

                                                                                     CHARACTER DESIGN:

                                                                How to DRAW Characters  in Motion, and THE LINE OF ACTION! 

A character is who a story is about– and designing your character is very important when you want to make a comic.

Returning students, and those who have started their own stories outside of class—you have characters you have already created.  A little of this lesson will be “Character Design” review, but it mostly is full of new stuff!

This lesson can help you CONTINUE to work on the drawing and design of those characters—or, it can help you decide how to create NEW characters.

For those of you who have not yet created a character—or created characters, but not sure which ones you want to tell stories about— this will help! 

Continue reading »

Apr 162012
 

A Villain can’t exist without his or her Superhero, and vice-versa.  So, the companion to last class’s lesson is here! 

Below, you can find the lesson plan we learned from when learning about creating our own Superhero.  And once you scroll down past that, you can see all the awesome work the Meltdown Uni Comics for Kids Students did last class.  

Thanks for reading  –!!

GOOD GUYS  –!!

Creating a HERO, or, SUPERHERO, in Your Comics, Drawings, and Stories

The main character in any story is called the HERO.  In writing terms, a bigger word for that is “Protagonist.” 

1.                                       LET’S QUICKLY REVIEW THE DIFFERENCE

                                             BETWEEN GOOD GUYS AND BAD GUYS

Remember how our last class was about creating “Bad Guys,” or, “Villains?”  Remember:  a bigger word for the bad guys is the “Antagonist.”

Today, we will focus on the “PROTAGONIST.”  Again, that means the main character of the story.

Usually, the “Protagonist” is also the “hero,” or, “The Good Guy.”

That word, Protagonist, means who the story is about, and who we want to win.  The difference between the HERO and the VILLAIN, is that the HERO is nice, does good things for people, and often saves lives.  The VILLAIN is mean, likes to hurt people, and may even put other people’s lives in danger.  Even if the VILLAIN has reasons to be mean and angry, what he does is not right. Continue reading »

Dec 162011
 

DRAWMELT! 2 life drawing days a week

Monday: EXTREME cosplay   Tuesday: Traditional clothed figure

Every event is $20/person*. There’s limited space so first come first serve and/or contact DnD@Meltcomics.com to prepay and hold your spot. Bring as little as a sketch book and pencil or as much as canvas & Paints. Hosted by Satine Phoenix. (available for art instruction)

Location: Meet us in the new side gallery  Time: 7pm – 10pm

*water & light snack included

 

Dec 092011
 

DRAWMELT! 2 life drawing days a week

Monday: EXTREME cosplay Tuesday: Traditional clothed figure

Every event is $20/person*. There’s limited space so first come first serve and/or contact DnD@Meltcomics.com to prepay and hold your spot. Bring as little as a sketch book and pencil or as much as canvas & Paints. Hosted by Satine Phoenix (available for art instruction)

Location: Meet us in the new side gallery

Time: 7pm – 10pm

*water & light snack included

This week’s models are:

MONDAY: Azmyth Kaminski http://www.azmythkaminski.com/  http://www.modelmayhem.com/648688

TUESDAY: Vivid Vivka http://www.modelmayhem.com/32477

 

Monday: Azmyth Kaminski

TUESDAY: Vivid Vivka
Dec 042011
 
FROM THE DESK OF SATINE PHOENIX 

Hi guys, I’m hosting 2 life drawing classes at Meltdown every Monday & Tuesday 7-10. First come first serve. Limited seating.

December’s Monday Theme is HEAVY METAL! and our model for the evening is the talented Denesa Chan www.denesachan.com who will be rocking a super sweet heavy metal Mohawk and bad ass EXTREME HEAVY METAL COSPLAY fit!

 

Tuesday’s traditional life drawing model is Sybil Hawthorn http://www.modelmayhem.com/286521 … who happens to not be your traditional life drawing model :)

 

Life Drawing Class Details:

DrawMelt is Meltdown Uni’s life drawing class moderated by Satine Phoenix every Monday & Tuesday from 7-10pm. $20 per person. Limited seating. Water & Light snacks available. First come first serve. 

LOCATION: 7522 Sunset Blvd, LA CA 90046

PHONE: 323 851 7223

If you have any questions please email DnD@meltcomics.com

Nov 242011
 

Starting Dec 5 & 6, Meltdown University will be offering 2 life drawing classes weekly: @DrawMelt!!

Monday’s are “Extreme Cosplay” where *models don their most creative art pieces in extreme poses.
Tuesday’s are “Traditional Life Drawing”: A clothed figure drawing class that focuses on fabric and figure studies.

Classes are moderated by Satine Phoenix who is available should you require and request instruction.

7-10pm
$20/person/per class meet
First come first serve
Limited space: arrive early
Chairs only (no easels or horses)

December’s theme coincides with “Lost Angeles”: 35 days with Kevin Eastman, where our cosplay themes will include TMNT & Heavy Metal.

Email DnD@meltcomics.com for more info.

*We are always on the lookout for Art Models. No experience necessary. No nudity. Find out what it feels like to be drawn by Artists. It’s an experience that shouldn’t be missed.

Nov 252010
 

Giving Thanks 2010!

Straight to the point. 2010 has been a pain in the ass to Meltdown, Inc., most of our business owner friends we know and the vendors we deal with. Not pretty. Still, I am eternally grateful to all of you that have given us your time and support. To my Healthy Family, Fantastic Staff, Lovely Customers, Clever Creators and Stressed out Vendors, Thank you! Collaborators, Patrons of Comedy, Mini Comics and the arts, Thank you! Sponsors, Supporters of what Meltdown Comics brings to Los Angeles and the Craft of Comic Book Retailing, Thank you.
Locals that believe in shopping at mom and pops stores, Thank you! Reporters/Bloggers of varied stripes, and media partners, Thank you for keeping our Store and our names in the public eye! All our world wide social media followers, Thank you for discussing our events and reposting them and bringing to our attention all the awesome products and ideas that are out there in the wild! All the institutions of higher learning we work with and that have taken to our way of doing things, Thank you!
To our partners and to all the companies that hire us to consult, really Thank you!

To my closest pal in the whole world and his beautiful wife “
MUCHAS GRACIAS POR EL AUTOGOL CABRON!

Really Los Angeles, after 18 yrs in business thru the triumphs and the tears — you have given me lots of both. — I love you, fear you and admire all the chances you have given my store and myself to renew, rebuild, and recharge!

If I was a writer I would polish this and have a great ending for it, but I am not. Just a fan of comic books that appreciates your continued support and business!

Your always,
Gaston D.-L.             


Some pictures from 1993! Check it, Hair!

Jul 212010
 


WELCOME TO LOS ANGELES 2010

(HOPE YOU SURVIVE THE EXPERIENCE!)

Join Meltdown Comics once again for the annual, the legendary, the infamous COMIC CON DECOMPRESSION PARTY
WELCOME TO LOS ANGELES 2010″ Featuring appearances by comic book creators IVAN BRANDON, SAM HUMPHRIES, and FELIPE SMITH! Special appearance and live performance by JANE WIEDLIN of the Go-Go’s and Lady Robotika! Food!  Rock!  New comics fun!

Monday, July 26 at Meltdown Comics, the Comic-Con Decompression Party “WELCOME TO LA 2010″ takes place in grand style as we welcome back our brother Felipe Smith, cartoonist of the brilliant Los Angeles story MBQ and the wonderfully unhinged PEEPO CHOO which sees its first English language translation in print this month.  Felipe left our shores for the distant coasts of Japan on the heels of the Tokyo-Bubble-Pop to pursue production at the source.  His drive and the gamble in his heart led him to creative success and now we raise our glasses as the prodigal son returns home to Meltdown to teach us how to deepen your blacks with squid ink, and drink seawater and spit fire in the face of the gods!

Adding a bit of boss to the sauce will be Jane Wiedlin, one of the world’s greatest songwriters and a deadly talent of the stage.  Jane is a megafan of genre fiction and has brought her terrifying intellect and rock bonafides to bear in the creation of her new comic LADY ROBOTIKA from Image Shadowline.  Jane will be signing her comic and performing a short live set in the Melt Gallery.  Be sure to ask her to tell stories about the days when the Tropicana used to be a live music venue.  Hair-holding hilarity for all!

Representing from New York City in a rare West Coast appearance is Ivan Brandon, writer of VIKING, Batman, and Doc Savage! The sheer size of his impressive tome will rock your socks off. Ask him to sign it sideways for distant viewing.

Local hero Sam “The Hammer” Humphries will be welcoming the walking dead to Los Angeles, signing his new funk-as-puck CBGB comic book from BOOM! Studios! Check it out and get a FREE limited edition art print by Rob G., while supplies last! He’ll also be signing FREE Fraggle Rock posters from Archaia in advance of the highly anticipated Fraggle Rock hard cover.

All of this augmented by snacktasms served up by the Tastymeat! food truck.  Man, I am going to crush a Bamwich the minute I arrive.  Check their wares at www.tastymeat.org prior to your arrival and make that line short so we all get fed!

FELIPE AND PEEPO CHOO!
JANE AND LADY ROBOTIKA!
IVAN AND VIKING!
SAM AND CBGB!
MEAT MEAT MEAT!

Not everyone gets a chance to head to San Diego, so we bring the party to YOU!

COMIC-CON DECOMPRESSATHON “WELCOME TO LA 2010″
MONDAY, JULY 26th, 2010
MELTDOWN COMICS
7522 SUNSET BLVD.
LOS ANGELES, CA 90046
WWW.MELTCOMICS.COM
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Jun 102010
 

Gallery Meltdown Presents

“A Mute of Hounds”

Opening June 12, 2010 from 6-9 pm.
On view from June 12-June 26, 2010.

Bellow: Laika by Jason Rudolph Pena

Gallery Meltdown is very excited to present “A Mute of Hounds”, a show of dog inspired art work by 50 amazing artists, to benefit the dogs of Downtown Dog Rescue. 20% of all sales of artwork will be donated to Downtown Dog Rescue.

The Downtown Dog Rescue (DDR) is the only program in California, and possibly the United States, specifically founded to assist homeless dog owners spay/neuter, vaccinate, license their dogs, as well as offer a variety of services including crisis care for the life of the dog. Each year Downtown Dog Rescue assists in rescuing over 300 dogs, mostly American Pit bull Terriers and other Power Breeds that often die in the shelters mostly due to unresolved behavioral issues. Each dog we rescue is socialized with other dogs, evaluated for aggression, sterilized, vaccinated and micro-chipped before the dog is adopted out.
We administer innovative programs in various communities in Los Angeles to promote responsible pet ownership, empower individuals to become pet welfare advocates and provide opportunities for compassionate dog lovers (friends, volunteers and donors) to make a difference in the lives of people and “downtown” dogs.

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Events taking place at Gallery Meltdown during the month of June:

· Thursday, June 17, 7 pm – 9 pm, Lecture and Q&A with acclaimed dog behaviorist Brandon Fouche, suggested item or cash donation for the dogs

In this 1 hour 30 minute seminar followed by a 30 minute Q & A. Brandon Fouche will explain the basics of “The Fouche Way” and how it applies to aggression, leash-pulling, and becoming alpha. Brandon has saved the lives of hundreds of dogs by taking “hopeless cases” from city shelters and turning them into loving adoptable dogs. Brandon is proud to be the dog behaviorist and rehabilitator for the major rescue organizations in LA and surrounding areas. Brandon believes that his proven and effective method of communicating and connecting with dogs can be practiced by anyone. For further information on Brandon Fouche and The Fouche Way, please visit his website http://brandonfouche.com Please DO NOT bring your dog, this time. Please DO bring a donation for the dogs.
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· Saturday, June 19, 11 am – 3 pm, Adoption day with dogs from Downtown Dog Rescue, in parking lot behind Meltdown


· Saturday, June 26, 2 pm-4 pm, Tiny dog comic book character costume contest and Donation Drive for DDR
(Bring your dog dressed as your favorite comic book character along with a donation for Downtown Dog Rescue)

* Prizes will be awarded ***small dogs only please sponsored by
BlueCollar Supplies For Working Dogs,1533 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026 213.977.9042

The gallery will be accepting the following donations for the rescue during these events:

1. Dog food adult dry kibble lamb + rice
2. Martingale style collars in small and medium
3. Medium size simple style dog beds to go in crates
4. Medium to Large size Nylabones
5. Raw hide chips
6. Monetary donations
*** Donations for Downtown Dog Rescue can also be made online at http://www.downtowndogrescue.org/donate.htm
or a check can be mailed to Downtown Dog Rescue P O Box 5280 North Hollywood, CA 91616


Gallery Meltdown
Nicole Bruckman
nicole.bruckman@gmail.com
Gallery Meltdown
Linda Pine
hopeyglass@earthlink.net

 Posted by at 11:08 pm
May 242010
 

Gallery Meltdown Presents

“A Mute of Hounds”

Opening June 12, 2010 from 6-9 pm.
On view from June 12-June 26, 2010.

Bellow: Laika by Jason Rudolph Pena

Gallery Meltdown is very excited to present “A Mute of Hounds”,  a show of dog inspired art work by 50 amazing artists, to benefit the dogs of Downtown Dog Rescue.  20% of all sales of artwork will be donated to Downtown Dog Rescue.

The Downtown Dog Rescue (DDR) is the only program in California, and possibly the United States, specifically founded to assist homeless dog owners spay/neuter, vaccinate, license their dogs, as well as offer a variety of services including crisis care for the life of the dog. Each year Downtown Dog Rescue assists in rescuing over 300 dogs, mostly American Pit bull Terriers and other Power Breeds that often die in the shelters mostly due to unresolved behavioral issues. Each dog we rescue is socialized with other dogs, evaluated for aggression, sterilized, vaccinated and micro-chipped before the dog is adopted out.
We administer innovative programs in various communities in Los Angeles to promote responsible pet ownership, empower individuals to become pet welfare advocates and provide opportunities for compassionate dog lovers (friends, volunteers and donors) to make a difference in the lives of people and “downtown” dogs.

List of Artists:

Chet Zar                       Nicole Bruckman
Bob Dornberger           Jeremy Cross
Randy Ulrey                 Sarah Freeman
Jessica Ward               Matt Key
Hilary Key                    Doug Alvarez
Mikolai Wyszynski       Christopher Umana
Julianna Swaney         Micah Chambers-Goldberg
Paul Torres                  Kelly Vivanco
Dan Barry                    Edward Robin Coronel
Chris Stangl                Jason Rudolph Pena
Cate Rangel                Sara Haase
Alex Willan                  Guy Ellis
Jose Carabes             Apricot Mantle
Terri Berman                Kelly Thompson
Alice Pine                     Brian Smith
Lacey O Clemens        Ron Pete
Liza Corbett                  Ben Kehoe
Stephen Silver              Kirsten Huntley Gabbe
Jeremy Enecio              Stephen Fishwick
Leslie Levings               Eunice Choi
Anna Skarbek               Angie Jones
Ted Von Heiland           Casey Weldon
Alina Chau                    Melissa Contreras
Heidi Taillefer                Jim Higgins
Patrick Hammerlin        Yvonne Wang

Events taking place at Gallery Meltdown during the month of June:

· Thursday, June 17, 7 pm – 9 pm, Lecture and Q&A with acclaimed dog behaviorist Brandon Fouche, suggested item or cash donation for the dogs

In this 1 hour 30 minute seminar followed by a 30 minute Q & A. Brandon Fouche will explain the basics of  “The Fouche Way” and how it applies to aggression, leash-pulling, and becoming alpha. Brandon has saved the lives of hundreds of dogs by taking “hopeless cases” from city shelters and turning them into loving adoptable dogs. Brandon is proud to be the dog behaviorist and rehabilitator for the major rescue organizations in LA and surrounding areas. Brandon believes that his proven and effective method of communicating and connecting with dogs can be practiced by anyone. For further information on Brandon Fouche and The Fouche Way, please visit his website http://brandonfouche.com Please DO NOT bring your dog, this time. Please DO bring a donation for the dogs.
XXXXXXXXXXXX

· Saturday, June 19, 11 am – 3 pm, Adoption day with dogs from Downtown Dog Rescue, in parking lot behind Meltdown


· Saturday, June 26, 2 pm-4 pm, Tiny dog comic book character costume contest and Donation Drive for DDR
(Bring your dog dressed as your favorite comic book character along with a donation for Downtown Dog Rescue)

* Prizes will be awarded ***small dogs only please sponsored by
BlueCollar Supplies For Working Dogs,1533 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026  213.977.9042

The gallery will be accepting the following donations for the rescue during these events:

1. Dog food adult dry kibble lamb + rice
2. Martingale style collars in small and medium
3. Medium size simple style dog beds to go in crates
4. Medium to Large size Nylabones
5. Raw hide chips
6. Monetary donations
*** Donations for Downtown Dog Rescue can also be made online at  http://www.downtowndogrescue.org/donate.htm
or a check can be mailed to Downtown Dog Rescue P O Box 5280 North Hollywood, CA  91616


Gallery Meltdown
Nicole Bruckman
nicole.bruckman@gmail.com
Gallery Meltdown
Linda Pine
hopeyglass@earthlink.net