May 282015


Professional toy designer Ryan Whearty has come up with several cool 3D designs featuring the Meltdown Comics mascot, which was designed by cartoonist Daniel Clowes. To celebrate the Daniel Clowes book launch event at Meltdown in Los Angeles on June 5th, the store is inviting owners of 3D printers to bring their machines to the store and participate in a group toy-printing session.

Daniel Clowes at Meltdown Comics


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May 162015

Daniel Clowes at Meltdown Comics


Launch Party for The Complete Eightball

Daniel Clowes will be at making his first Los Angeles appearance in several years at Meltdown Comics on June 5th to celebrate the release of The Complete Eightball, a two-volume collection of the influential and iconic comic book series, from Fantagraphics Books.

On Friday, June 5th, from 6-10 PM, Meltdown will be opening its Los Angeles doors to fans new and decades strong for a night complete with prizes, a book signing, costume contest, and an interview between Clowes and Mark Frauenfelder from Boing Boing.

Creator of touchstone stories such as “Ghost World”, “Art School Confidential” and “Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron”, Daniel Clowes changed the landscape of comics when he began publishing Eightball with Fantagraphics Books in 1989. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of its release, and celebrate the future, the biggest comic book retailer in California, Meltdown Comics, is pulling all the stops for this one-night-only engagement. Meltdown and Clowes’s relationship dates back over 20 years, when Clowes created the venerable Meltdown mascot, Mel, in the early days of the store.

From Associate Publisher, Eric Reynolds says, “It was literally unfathomable for us to consider any Daniel Clowes / Complete Eightball event schedule that didn’t include Meltdown Comics. I don’t know if there’s a bookseller in the country that has done more to promote Eightball and the work of Daniel Clowes over the past two decades. This is going to be a barnburner.”

WHO: Cartoonist Daniel Clowes
WHAT: Signing The Complete Eightball
WHERE: Metldown Comics – 7522 Sunset Blvd, LA, CALIF
WHEN: Friday, June 5th from 6-10 PM


PRE-ORDER THE BOOK (Book, Tote Bag, Buttons, Boing Boing Talk admission + more included with all pre-orders ). Email or call 323.851.7223 to save a copy and pick up day of event. SRP: $119.99

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Publisher of the world’s greatest cartoonists since 1976.


Nov 132014


Meltdown Comics and Boing Boing Present: Hip Hop Family Tree Signing with Ed Piskor and Q&A with Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing.

Tuesday in LA, the place to be is at Meltdown Comics. Pittsburgh-based cartoonist Ed Piskor has pop and locked, Heavy D Shaked and prepped his way over to come out and give you one hell of a party along with the crew at Meltdown. A special guest DJ will be spinning the vintage hits from 4-6pm and at 5pm in the NerdMelt Showroom you’ll find Boing Boing founder’s Mark Frauenfelder in conversation with Piskor about the Hip Hop Family Tree series, his Rob Leifeld mini-comic and much much more.

Tuesday, November 18th, 3-6pm
Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl.
Los Angeles, Calif. 90046 (map)

Feb 042013


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.




New York Drawings

Adrian Tomine


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

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30% Off!

$20.95 US / $20.95 CDN

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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

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.


Meltdown Comics: 7522 Sunset Blvd., LA, CA 90046
Phone: (323) 851-7223
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)

Jul 052012

Authentic Los Angeles is a documentary series that explores and celebrates both Los Angeles heritage and appreciation for craftsmanship. Each film subject, whether an individual or institution, is chosen because they have perfected their specialty the old school way: putting in the time and hard work for the long haul. In short, they are dedicated to the authenticity of their product and their legacy. This project is curated by Jessica Gao and Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, both of whom immigrated from foreign countries but were raised in and around L.A.

Directed by: Rocío Mesa

Producers: Jessica Gao, Gaston Dominguez-Letelier

Director Photography: Steven Soria
Editors: Dario Garcia, Rocío Mesa
Sound: Anthony Trujillo, Camera Assistant, Robert Moreno

Starring: The Shoemaker Raúl Ojeda
Willie’s and Don Ville workers, Salvador Castillo, Erick Castro, Herver Castro, John Collins Armando Dominguez, Victor Ojeda, Kazuaki Oyakawa

Band: Gaforic Explosion
-Tabla de sol
– Blue moon special
– Dudas de Marcos
Composer: Jose Maria Rubio
(All music used with permission)

“Authentic Los Angeles” curated by Jessica Gao and Gaston Dominguez-Letelier
Filmed on location around Los Angeles, California 2012

Previous in the series:
“Authentic Los Angeles: Almon Loos, The Rocking Barber”

Jul 022012

SuicideGirls Team with Bubble Punch and Meltdown to Transform American Apparel Fashion Basics Into Striking Cosplay Outfits For SG’s Comic-Con Crew

Suicide Girls love getting dressed up almost as much as they like taking their clothes off. San Diego’s monster Comic-Con event is therefore a major highlight on their calendar each year, since it’s an excuse to play dress up.

This year they’re cooking up an extra-special Comic Con cosplay wardrobe, with a little help from clothing manufacturer and retailer American Apparel, pop-culture event planners Bubble Punch, and fave Sunset Strip geek emporium, Meltdown Comics.

Comic chic chicks Chubby Bunny and Yume Ninja of Bubble Punch will be designing a series of three different sexy cosplay themed outfits for SG ladies to wear while they man their Comic-Con booth. Each of the outfits will be made using basics available at your local American Apparel store. We’ll also be producing “How To” videos with the help of  Meltdown so you can recreate the costumes the Suicide Girls will be wearing to Comic Con at home.

The three “How to” videos – one for each SG cosplay costume – will be posted on Suicide Girls’ Facebook page in June. The costumes will then be debuted live at a special Pre-Comic Con party to be held at Meltdown Comics on July 7th. Follow @SuicideGirls on Twitter for up to the minute news, updates, and photos.

SuicideGirls Team with Bubble Punch and Meltdown to Transform American Apparel Fashion Basics Into Striking Cosplay Outfits For SG’s Comic-Con Crew

May 302012

Daniel Clowes spent a very special night at Meltdown Comics on April 5th, 2012. Carlos, a collector of Clowes’ work, and his fiance Timony were living the experience as a dream come true. Follow them through this short documentary about the master cartoonist.

Directed and Edited by: Rocío Mesa
AD: Andrew Rafner
Camera Operators: Adam Dorsey, Nicolas Montesinos and Andy Rosenberg
Sound: Ryan McCabe and Zac Mckeever
Post-Production Sound: Ryan McCabe
PA: Francisco Dominguez
Main Characters: Daniel Clowes, Carlos Ramos and Timony Siobhan
Music: Tannhäuser (Used with permission)
Special Thanks: Alvin Buenaventura, Mark Frauenfelder, Meltcast 2.0 and The Nerdist Theater

Executive produced by: Jessica Gao and Gaston D-L. for Meltdown2.0, LLC.

May 042012