Sep 192014
 

 Original Article: http://spelunk.in/2014/09/19/an-interview-with-alex-preukschat-creator-of-bitcoin-comic-the-hunt-for-satoshi-nakamoto/

An Interview with Alex Preukschat, creator of Bitcoin Comic: The Hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto

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In Spain, a trio of friends are making a comic book about Bitcoin. Spelunk.in had a chat with with Alex Preukschat, technical author and creator of Bitcoin Comic: The Hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto.

A-Shiba-BitcoinComic.org“The Bitcoin Comic book (BitcoinComic.org) is a 112 page matrix style adventure graphic novel with an educational twist,” explained Alex. “We decided to do an adventure story to attract anyone who wants to read a great story, but at the same time during the plot we explain the main aspects about money and bitcoin. Our main aim is to educate people in a fun and easy way about money and bitcoin because we think that people need to understand money to create a better society.

He further explained “Our money can only be as good as the people using it, and the people using it need to be educated about it to create better quality money. Bitcoin offers all that because it allows any user to become his own central bank through the decentralized consensus based Bitcoin protocol.”

The Story: The plot revolves around two characters: Alice and Bob. Bob is being chased by a mafioso group of thugs who think he’s Satoshi Nakamoto and who are trying to kill him to grab his stash of Bitcoins (which is rumoured to be worth about $1bn), but Bob is saved by Tak; a cypherpunk hacker who knows the score and is watching out for him. Bob says he’s totally innocent and doesn’t even know what Bitcoin is, so Tak has to explain it to him and to add to the mix, agents contracted by the NSA are monitoring the situation, and they have their own ideas about what to do with “Satoshi”…

The comic is littered with subtle visual references and the dialogue lays out in straight terms what Bitcoin is, why it’s so radical and what blockchain technology means for governments and society in general. It’s illustrated in an edgy street-wise style that will appeal to a young independent comic-buying crowd.

“The Hunt for Satoshi” has a crowdfunding campaign running on Swarm to raise 42BTC in order to go to print in November 2014. They will be printing 1500 copies in Spanish, 1000 in Polish (released later this year), and the English version will depend on how well their crowdfunding efforts go. US readers can either buy the book through Swarm, or visit Los Angeles based Meltdown Comics. The book is being put out by Spanish publisher Dibbuks. At the time of this article, they are at 41%. Future plans for the book include a digital version on Comixology.

52_1“I learned about [bitcoin] for the first time April 2011, but I got goxed when I tried to buy some with MtGox that same year,” said Alex. “I didn’t look into it again until early 2013, which is when I bought some. I learned about it in a video from Amir Taaki talking in a Amsterdam and loved the philosophy behind it and wanted to explore more.”

Alex met SWARM.co in London at Coinsumm.it, where he did a presentation of the comic book to the bitcoin community.

“I met swarm and we fell in love into each others projects and decided it to be the first project the run on their bitcoin 2.0 crowdfunding platform,” added Alex. “It is a very cool way to do crowdfunding.”

“I met the Spanish publisher in Angouleme two years ago and we became friends. Angouleme is the biggest comic show in Europe. I’ve been reading comic books since my childhood – initially Batman, Superman, Spiderman and Asterix. After university I started reconnecting with comic books and discovered Maus, Persepolis, etc and got completly hooked again into graphic novels. For me graphic novels are an amazing form of art.”

“Last October I proposed Ricardo from Dibbuks to do a comic about bitcoin and he immediately loved the idea and introduced me to Josep,” said Alex. Josep Busquet is his co-author, who handles the main plot. His previous work includes La revolución de los pinceles (2009), Bacon and Friends (2012) and Puntos de experiencia (2013). Josep introduced him to José Ángel Ares, an artist. Some of his previous work includes Solomon Kane (2011), Apalpa-dor vs Papá Noel (2012) and Rosa y Javier (2013), which was his first graphic novel.

The publisher didn’t know what Bitcoin was until this project, but now plans to make all of his books available with cryptocurrency.

When asked how he thinks comic fans will react to the story, Alex replied “I think they will recognize a cool story about bitcoin and then discover how similar that world is to the comic world. A world of freedom where we do amazing things in the real world and share them for humanity to create a better world.”

12_5Bitcoin Foundation chief scientist Gavin Andresen will sign five copies of “The Hunt for Satoshi” in dedication to the memory of Hal Finney, the cryptographer who was the first employee at PGP Corporation, who created the Re-Usable Proofs of Work scheme on which Bitcoin is based and who received the first-ever Bitcoin transaction from Satoshi himself. Hidden in a 90’s message in the book is a dedication to Hal.

They are also running an art contest; information for both can be found at swarm.co/hal

Back this project! https://www.swarm.co/comiccoin
Visit Bitcoincomic.org

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 Posted by at 1:38 pm
Sep 172014
 

Our flagship show is The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, and produced by Emily Gordon. You can track The Meltdown minute to minute by following us on Twitter at @meltdown_show. We’ve hosted the likes of Donald Glover, Zach Galifianakis, Dana Gould, Brian Posehn, Ed Helms, Aziz Ansari, Robin Williams, Maria Bamford, Louie CK, Jeff Ross, David Spade, Marc Maron, and you never know who will drop by! We’ve been written up in LA Weekly, the LA Times, SplitSider, SpitTake, LA Weekly again, Los Angeles Magazine, Serial Optimist, and the LAist, we were profiled on Last Call with Carson Daly as well as Time Warner’s SoCal OnDemand. Kumail and Emily were chosen as two of the “most interesting people in LA” in LA Weekly’s 2012 People issue. (Jonah’s very interesting too, we promise.)

We were named the #1 comedy show in Los Angeles by LA Weekly in 2012, crowned the best comedy show in LA by Splitsider, and named one of the top live shows in LA by Serial Optimist! And in May 2013, Hollywood Reporter named us one of the hottest places to see comedy in LA. Each week we have original artwork on sale, created by Dave Kloc, (here’s a recent profile of him) and you can check out photos of our show via Tyler Ross, our photographer!

QUOTES!

“…the epicenter of LA’s alt-comedy scene.” -Hollywood Reporter

“An intimate li’l gallery space in the back of a comics shop hosts a packed lineup of truly superb comedians” -LA Weekly

“Ray and Nanjiani are two of the funniest comedians going and they have a funny rapport with one another up top. Their show, produced by Emily Gordon, is as expertly-curated as Bang Bang was, with a nice mix of excellent unknowns and big names taking the stage each week.” -Splitsider

“The amount of love and enthusiasm put into this show is quite evident. From the very get go, you feel that you are part of something very special.” -Serial Optimist

“With occasional live music and a near-naked host in a fireman’s uniform, it feels as if anything flies at “The Meltdown.” -LA Times “Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray’s white-hot The Meltdown show packs ‘em in on a weekly basis” -LA Weekly

“What binds the show together is the connection between its hosts; as both good friends and skilled comedians, Ray and Nanjiani work off each other seamlessly, guiding things along with expert control while making sure to let the spotlight shine brightest on their guests.” -SpitTake

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Sep 172014
 

Facebook-image-KM (1)Come Celebrate the release of Killer Mermaid on DVD, the actresses Kristina Klebe and Natalie Burn will be signing your copy down at Meltdown Comics on Wednesday, September 17th from 7pm-8pm. We will also be giving away limited edition posters, signed by the director, so make sure to come by early!

About Killer Mermaids:
Two beautiful young women go on an exotic Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned military fortress. What was once a carefree adventure becomes a deadly fight for survival.

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Sep 152014
 

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Join us for the first-ever Melt-thology Comix Jam at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles on September 16!

How it works:

• Show up at the Melt 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!

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Sep 112014
 

KillerMermaid_Web_adCome Celebrate the release of Killer Mermaid on DVD, the actresses Kristina Klebe and Natalie Burn will be signing your copy down at Meltdown Comics on Wednesday, September 17th from 7pm-8pm. We will also be giving away limited edition posters, signed by the director, so make sure to come by early!

About Killer Mermaids:
Two beautiful young women go on an exotic Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned military fortress. What was once a carefree adventure becomes a deadly fight for survival.

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Sep 052014
 

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@SuicideGirls Geekology Book Signing Saturday, September 6th at 5PM. Come say hello, buy a book and get it signed by your favorite Suicide Girl.

“Geekology” is our hardcover tribute to the gorgeous geeks, naughty nerds, and captivating cosplayers that makeup Suicidegirls. This beautiful coffee table book comes stocked with hi-res nude images and detailed blurbs written by each featured model….. The force is strong with this one.

Saturday, September 6th at 5PM
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl. LA, Calif. 90046 (map)

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Aug 312014
 

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concretepark2This Wednesday, September 3rd at 7pm, Concrete Park signing with Tony Puryear, co-creators Erika Alexander and Robert Alexander.

A troubled young outcast from Earth awakens on a distant desert planet that’s gripped by gang war. Will the exiles of Scare City destroy each other or create something surprising, beautiful, and new? Concrete Park returns with volume 2’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T arc—a sexy sci-fi saga by Tony Puryear (Eraser) and Erika Alexander!

* Blockbuster screenwriter Tony Puryear cowrites and draws!

“The swagger of the characters and their surroundings just burst off of the page.”—Read about Comics

“Every time I think I know what is going on in Concrete Park, [it] throws me for a loop. I have to read more.”—Comics Bulletin

Concrete R-E-S-P-E-C-T #1 signing.
September 3rd, 2014 pm
7522 Sunset Bl. Calif. 90046 (map)

 

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Aug 292014
 

SHARKNADO 1 AND 2 SCREENWRITER THUNDER LEVIN TO APPEAR AT MELTDOWN COMICS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS PRIOR TO THE STORES SCREENING OF SHARKNADO 2
Posters, Scripts and More for Signing Will Be Made Available For Purchase

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Saturday, September 6, 2014 7:00pm.
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WHAT: On September 6, 2014, Sharknado 1 and 2 screenwriter, Thunder Levin will be appearing at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles for an autograph signing at 7pm. The signing will take place prior to the screening of Sharknado which starts at 9pm.
WHO: Thunder Levin – Screenwriter and Director
WHEN: Saturday, September 6th 7:00 PM
WHERE: Meltdown Comics 7522 Sunset Blvd. LA, Calif. 90046 (map)
CONTACT: Danny Deraney: 323-333-8501 or danny@deraneypr.com

ABOUT THUNDER: Best known for writing the screenplay’s to Sharknado 1 and 2, he is also written and directed three films: “Mutant Vampire Zombies From The ‘Hood!”, an independent horror/comedy starring C. Thomas Howell; and more recently “American Warships” a military action film starring Mario Van Peebles & Carl Weathers which premiered on the Syfy Channel in 2012; and “AE Apocalypse Earth”, a science fiction film starring Adrian Paul & Richard Grieco released in May 2013.

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Aug 272014
 

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LA’s Meltdown Comics to Begin Selling Bitcoin August 27th, 2013 at 7pm

AUGUST 27st, 2014 – Customers at Meltdown Comics and Collectibles in Los Angeles, California can get their hands on some sweet, sweet Bitcoin with the help of GogoCoin’s Bitcoin Gift Cards. GogoCoin has developed a simple product that allows for fast and safe, cash-to-Bitcoin transactions with the help of local retail stores. Meltdown will be hosting a launch event Wednesday the 27th 7PM. Come by for free food, Bitcoin, and other prizes before The Meltdown Show with Jonah and Kumail.

GogoCoin has created a Bitcoin gift card to make consumer Bitcoin purchases easier than ever. Load a card with anywhere between $25 and $500 cash and redeem it online for Bitcoin. The process takes only seconds, and the Bitcoins are deposited into a brand new e-wallet for easy access. To learn more, or to become a GogoCoin Retail Partner, check out GogoCoin.com or contact Support@GogoCoin.com.

 

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