Oct 292014
 

PD-signing-FNL-smlWednesday, November 5th at 7PM, Michael Stock, Sina Grace and Hope Larson sign Penny Dora and The Wishing Box. Come down to Meltdown, get stuff signed and chit chat with this awesome team.

Penny Dora and The Wishing Box Signing
with Michael Stock, Sina Grace and Hope Larson
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl.
Los Angeles, Calif 90046 (map)

Image Comics’ PENNY DORA & THE WISHING BOX – Once upon a time, “Part Time Punks” DJ and writer Michael Stock and artist Sina Grace (BURN THE ORPHANAGE, LI’L DEPRESSED BOY) conjured up a story about the ever-curious Penny Dora and the unexpected gift that arrives on her doorstep in PENNY DORA & THE WISHING BOX. This new fantasy adventure series will begin in November from Image Comics with a special 28-page first issue.

One day, a young girl named Penny Dora discovers a mysterious box on her front doorstep. It is a magic box with the power to grant wishes…but what she’s about to unwrap is the darker and creepier meaning behind the old adage, “be careful what you wish for.”

Stock cited his daughter for first inspiring him to write about Penny Dora’s adventures. “Penny Dora is actually based on a story my daughter Nico wrote when she was 8 years old for her school paper. The first issue is basically an expansion of her original story. S

ince then the story has grown through talks we had in the car on the way to school in the mornings via a playful papa/daughter back and forth game of ‘what if.’ The cat in the book, Iggy, is based on our cat (also named Iggy, and also a great lover of ham).”

Grace added: “The minute I read Michael’s scripts for the series, I was absolutely enchanted by Penny Dora and her world. It’s been a dream to breathe life into the adventures of fantastic and charming characters. I can’t wait for the world to see!”

PENNY DORA & THE WISHING BOX is an whimsical retelling of the Pandora myth and an all-ages fantasy adventure perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Ted Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin. Eisner Award winning cartoonist Hope Larson (A Wrinkle In Time, Mercury) provides the alternate cover for the 1st issue and lettering for the series.

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Oct 292014
 

Empire of the Wolf - front coverThis Saturday meet, greet and get stuff signed by writer Michael Kogge and arist Dan Parsons of Empire Of The Wolf.

“Writer/creator Michael Kogge and artist Dan Parsons have mingled fantasy and history in a way that would do Robert E. Howard proud!” –Roy Thomas, Conan the Barbarian comics

Empire of the Wolf is an amazing comic . . . a wonderful piece of historical fiction with some rather brilliant art.”–Mathias Lewis, speakgeekytome.com

“Michael Kogge has a great facility with words and a wild unfettered imagination.”
Tom Veitch, Star Wars: Dark Empire and The Light and Darkness War

About Empire Of The Wolf:

Werewolves in Ancient Rome!

During a vicious battle with the wolf-king Caradog, two Roman centurions fall victim to the werewolf’s bite. Now, as werewolves, Lucius and Canisius are cursed to relive the legendary feud between the wolf-brothers Romulus and Remus. As their hostility grows, a war erupts that will not only decide the fate of the Roman Empire, but also threatens to claim the life of the woman they both love.

The graphic novel compilation of the four issue series was created and written by Michael Kogge, with art by Dan Parsons (Game of Thrones and Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi) and David Rabbitte (Star Wars Insider), coloring by both Chris Summers (Spartacus: Blood & Sand) and David Rabbitte, and lettering by Marshall Dillion (Street FighterGame of Thrones, and Green Hornet).

Empire is available either in print as a graphic novel or on comiXology as individual issues. Printed promotional issues are available at any convention the Sword & Planet Studios team attends.

The Creative Team 
Michael Kogge (writer): Author and screenwriter Michael Kogge has written for many clients, including Disney, Activision/Blizzard, Lucasfilm, Topps, and Titan Publishing. Most recently, he’s penned the Star Wars Rebels series of books based on the hit animated series. He also writes a monthly feature for the official Star Wars Insider magazine. He can be found online at michaelkogge.com.

Dan Parsons (pencils – issues 1 and 2): Dan Parsons has worked in comics for over 20 years, starting with his original series Savage Planet and Harpy, and graduating to be the lead inker on Dark Horse‘s Star Wars comics. He has inked more than 100 titles, most recently Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi and the new classic Star Wars series. He also completed production art for the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones, which can be viewed on the Bluray set. Like his facebook fan page.

David Rabbitte (pencils – issues 3 and 4, colors – issues 1 and 4): David Rabbitte is  a professional illustrator who has worked in the animation industry since 1993, serving as a background artist on feature films such as Anastasia, Titan A.E., and Curious George. As a freelance artist, he is best known for his sci-fi and fantasy art, which has been featured on book covers, magazines, trading cards, and comics from Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Marvel, Boom! Studios, Decipher, Topps, and Upper Deck. Some of Rabbitte’s notable recent projects include illustration work for Star Wars Insider short fiction and art for National Geographic’s children’s book That’s Creepy. He resides digitally atdavidrabbitte.com.

Chris Summers (colors – issues 2 and 4): In addition to Empire of the Wolf, Chris Summer’s professional comic work includes titles including G.I. Joe, Dungeons & Dragons, Superman, Nightwing, The Perhapanauts, and Spartacus: Blood & Sand. He is a regular guest lecturer at Hardin-Simmons University. He also keeps busy doing design work such as vehicle wraps, band merchandise, tattoos, guitars, video game concept work and much more. Find him at chrissummersart.wix.com/chrissummersart.

Marshall Dillon (letters): Marshall Dillon has worked in the comic industry since 1994, serving as Managing Editor for Devil’s Due Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Speakeasy Comics, Ice Kunion, and Udon Comics. Since 2006, he has lettered many comics and mangas for a variety of clients that range from Image Comics and Intel to BBC Scotland and the United States Armed Forces. His maintains a web presence at marshall-dillon.squarespace.com.

Empire Of The Wolf Signing
Saturday, November 1st, 2014 4-7pm
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl.
LA, Calif. 90046 (map)

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Oct 262014
 

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 7PM, THE HUMANS #1 SIGNING with  KEENAN MARSHALL KELLER AND TOM NEELY

About The Humans:
Apart, they are nothing… deemed by society as outcasts, misfits, losers, no good punks! But together, they are THE HUMANS! THE HUMANS is a high-octane, no-holds-barred, ape-biker-gang chopper ride into ‘70s exploitation genre bliss. Follow Bobby, Johnny, and all The HUMANS as they fight and fly down the road to oblivion on a ride filled with chains, sex, leather, denim, hair, blood, bananas, and chrome.

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

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Oct 262014
 

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Oct 252014
 

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Come see the first episode of Bee and PuppyCat, presented by Cartoon Hangover! 

Meltdown is throwing a premier party with special guest Sam “Catbug” Lavagnino, plus tons of free swag. Come on down Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 8pm
 
Bee, a reluctant hero, becomes entangled in the adventures of a puppy (…or is he a cat?) as they travel between reality and the void of Fishbowl Space. 
 
Created by Natasha Allegri, character designer and storyboard artist for Adventure Time. She also wrote and drew the Bee and PuppyCat comic by BOOM! Studios, as well as the Fionna and Cake comic series.

Bee and PuppyCat: The Series is premiering here on CartoonHangover, Nov. 6th 2014. The hype is real, so we’re going to be counting down to the premiere for 24 hours! We’ll have special guests, giveaways every 2 hours and all sorts of surprises! So join us on Nov. 5th as we countdown to the premiere.
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Oct 252014
 

ShowrunnersBefore the documentary hits Itunes, stop by Meltdown Comics  pick up the Official Showrunners companion book, meet and  greet Tara Bennet (The Lost Encyclopedia, Sons Of Anarchy Official Companion), Mike Royce (Enlisted, Big, Everybody Loves Raymond) and Des Doyle (Director of Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show).

JUST ADDED! Ronald D.Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander, Star Trek)

About Showrunners:
SHOWRUNNERS explores the fascinating world of the US television showrunner and the creative forces around them, as they battle daily between art and commerce to deliver television comedies and dramas to audiences worldwide.

Every television show has a creative voice who guides it to screen. The industry calls them the showrunners. Impresarios of the small screen, their function to write, manage, facilitate, and execute the idea has long been taken for granted by audiences…but not anymore. 

In this official companion book to the documentary Showrunners, you’ll get an insider’s guide to creating, writing, and running a scripted television series in today’s Golden Age of Television, in the words of some of the biggest talents of the industry. 

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show expands on the interviews featured in the acclaimed documentary, and includes exclusive conversations covering every facet of the business, from getting your first break to running multiple series.

 Posted by at 2:40 pm
Oct 232014
 

themeltdownThis week, to celebrate FOUR YEARS of being a comedy show, we have transformed the room into the scariest campground you’ll ever see at a comedy show.
We welcome
Jen Kirkman
from NYC, Robert Dean
Janine Brito
Al Jackson
Dave Anthony
…and a special guest or two

And immediately after the show, please come to our official after party at the brand new Oinkster Hollywood at 776 Vine St! They’ll be open late to host us, and they’ll have food, craft beer, draft wine, horror movies, music, and more, plus you’ll witness the debut of a One Night Only Meltdown Burger + Intelligentsia Coffee Pumpkin “Get Pumped-kin” Milkshake!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

If tickets for The Meltdown sell out online, we will have a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first come, first served basis. We suggest that you arrive by 7pm the day of the show in order to get any “at the door” tickets, but there is no guarantee they will still be available. Come on down!

 Posted by at 12:08 pm
Oct 232014
 

vfxguardiansJoin us for our VFX panel featuring top visual effects from Marvel, Method Studios, and more, that worked on Guardians of the Galaxy. Guaridans of the Galaxy is the #1 film of 2014 with more than $327M domestic and $700M international, and growing.  Audiences instantly relate to and love Rocket and Groot, two of the five main characters who are VFX.  In addition, VFX transported viewers halfway across the galaxy to other worlds including Xandar, Morag, Sanctuary, introduced the imposing Thanos, and showed the mighty power of the Infinity Stone.

Join our panel with VFX experts who worked on the film to learn about the VFX process on the film, and celebrate the many visual effects contributions by studios in LA that worked on the film to make it such a national and worldwide phenomenon.

AGENDA
– 7-7:30p Check-in and Networking
– 7:30-9p.  Panel.
- Stefane Ceretti, Marvel, Production VFX Supervisor on the Guardians of the Galaxy.  Stefane also worked as second unit supervisor on Captain America: The First Avenger, and Thor: The Dark World.

- Koen Vroeijenstijn, Method Studios, CG Supervisor on Guardians of the Galaxy. Also worked on: Maze Runner, Elysium, Fast & Furious 6 and many more films.

Additional speakers will be announced.  Previously scheduled Susan Pickett is unable to attend.

Background: There’s an excellent write up of VFX of Guardians in the VFX Guide, which we can ellaborate on.

Thanks to our promotional partners:
Method Studios is an award-winning, international visual effects group with facilities in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, London, Sydney and Melbourne. As an artist-driven company known for its creativity, Method Studios services high-end feature film, commercial, television, games and motion graphics clients in the global marketplace. Recently completed feature projects at Method Studios include The Maze Runner, Guardians of the Galaxy, Divergent, and RoboCop. Upcoming feature work includes Exodus: Gods and Kings and Jupiter Ascending.

Meltdown Comics is a comic book shop and pop culture retailer, which has become a community center for comics culture, and hosts Nerdist events, comedy, and more, located on Sunset. Meltdown Comics customers can attend the Digital LA – VFX of Guardians of the Galaxy panel 10/28 at WeWork Hollywood for FREE by entering code WEFREE when you register at http://dlagotg.eventbrite.com

Gnomon School for Visual Effects specializes in computer graphics education for careers in the entertainment industry.and is located in Hollywood.

Stan Winston School for the Character Arts teaches all facets of special effects & character creation via in-depth video tutorials, live webinars & hands-on workshops led by Academy Award winners, Makeup FX Legends, Monster Making Masters, and the world’s finest artists and technicians.

After the panel:
– 9-10:30p.  Our pre-Halloween Guardians-themed cocktails includes pina coladas, cherry bombs, and pouring blue liquid into our bodies. We’ll play the Guardians soundtrack, and create a dance floor for a dance-off bro, and so you can show off your best Grooting dance. Strongly encouraged to dress up in a Guardians T-shirt (available at Aahs or Disneyland), Guardians costume, or some Guardians accessories for fun Guardians pics! If you want to paint yourself blue, green, pink, or yellow, massive bonus points!

Afterwards, we will rally a crew to go see a 10p-ish Guardians of the Galaxy at the Chinese Theater next door

 Posted by at 10:37 am
Oct 132014
 

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Melt-thology is a monthly comix jam at Meltdown!

How it works:

• Show up at the Meltdown 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!

• 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.

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

(Melt-thology is inspired by the monthly Dune Comix Jam at Cafe Racer in Seattle WA, organized by Max Clotfelter. Check out his work at maxclotfelter.blogspot.com)

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 Posted by at 2:12 pm
Oct 092014
 

themeltdownThis week, Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani welcome
Brent Weinbach
John Ungaro
Melissa Villasenor
Justin Willman
Caitlin Gill
Nick Youssef
Sean Patton

Tickets Here

If tickets for The Meltdown sell out online, we will have a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first come, first served basis. We suggest that you arrive by 7pm the day of the show in order to get any “at the door” tickets, but there is no guarantee they will still be available. Come on down!

 Posted by at 2:31 pm