Feb 072016


Book stores aren’t supposed to exist anymore. Especially independent ones.

The sad truth is that, at one point, Amazon and waning attention spans massacred these outlets, turning customers into e-shoppers and proprietors into paupers. Which is why exceptions have to be exceptional.

Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard is one of those special misfits.

It’s a 10,000 square foot playground offering cartooning and writing classes, open mics, events, shows—the store’s even spawned a network television series starring names even non-geeks recognize. Oh yeah, and the place also sells comics. Tons. Everything from the spandex set to avant garde graphic novels. French, Spanish, Japanese creations, lots of toys, plus books with characters who grapple with love, rejection, and how to pay the rent—issues the store’s 45 year-old bearded Chilean owner has faced repeatedly for the past 26 years.

“I lucked out,” said Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, who opened Meltdown in 1993 with his then-wife Ilia. “I do daily what I love. When I started out, it was scary. Because if I fail, I’m done. So there was no option to fail.” Read the rest of the article here: http://smashd.co/take-a-page-from-meltdown/

Jul 162014


Writer Kirk Kushin and illustrator Gonzalo Martinez will be signing issues of their comic series, OZopolis and their graphic novel, Super Teen*Topia at Meltdown on Wednesday, July 16th from 7 till 9 pm.

OZoplis is all ages, steam-punk themed adventure set in the land of OZ and Super Teen*Topia is comedic look at teen super heroes in the vein of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Gonzalo has traveled from Santiago, Chile and is making his first US appearance in five years at Meltdown!

Meltdown Comics
7522 W. Sunset Bl.
Los Angeles, Calif. 90046 (map)

Mar 202014

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

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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.”

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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.

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