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
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, StarWait 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.”
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.
INTERNATIONAL TABLE TOP DAY!! April 5th Meltdown Comics DnDMelt !!! 11-5pm. We’re gunna do it BIG!
Bring a board game or Buy a board game or just come to play. We’ll be there ready to have an awesome time doing what we love: GAMING!!!
Meltdown Comics in Hollywood is jumping in on the Festivities and throwing a big FREE gaming party for International Table Top day! Bring your games, buy some to play or just show up and jump in on a game.
APRIL 5th: 11am-5pm
Check out our weekly DnDMelt games run by Vincent Kirk every Sunday from 11-4
Hey all, we’ve got a bunch of stuff going on all day long. From Shia Labeouf signing at 10 am, Devastators take overFree Indie Comic Book Day, plus Sales! 20% off all TPB’s, Back Issues by the Pound!, and back by popular deman ” Let’s Make a Deal on Statues”,Super secret Jim Mahfood FCBD 2013 Commemorative T-shirtprinted on-demand only. And if you’re worried there won’t be any tunes to bop your head to while at Meltdown, fear not DJ OLD BOY will be spinning tunes throughout the day. Fun times begin at 10am! See you here!!! Free Comic Book Day is Saturday May 4th, 2013 Meltdown Comics opens at 10am 7522 Sunset Blvd. LA, CALIF 90046 (map)
Do you believe there is a hero inside of you just ready to come out? Have you ever thought you were meant to live in another world where fantasy and adventure go hand and hand? Have you ever desired to become a lengend? Do you feel more at home losing yourself int eh movies you watch or the games you play than in the real world that surrounds you?
From the Executeve Produder of the award winning THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy and the Emmy award winning creators of THE AMAZING RACE comes an epic and groundbreaking new competition show for a major network, the likes of which have never before been seen on television!
Searching nationwide of adventure seeking, fantasy enthusiasts of all kind who are ready to go on the epic journey of a lifetime!
If this sounds like you or someone you know please email the following info to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Meltdown Comics tomorrow Wednesday, May 1st at 7pm.
Name Age Phone Email Current Location Current Photo Your hobby/fascination (ie. LARP, Game of Thrones, CosPlay, etc) What makes you perfect for a show like this!
Meltdown Comics and Satine Phoenix Bring you a Gallery opening of EPIC Proportions!
This Friday Feast your eyes on Artwork from over 20 artists whose talents focus on the Fantastical, Medieval, Ancient and Mythical. Inspired by Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Skyrim, Dungeons and Dragons, Elves, Dwarves, Warriors, Princesses, etc.
7pm – 8pm – Drawing Corner: 1 hour Life Drawing session with Model Liz Katz Cosplaying “Time of the Faeries”
Meltdown Vault: Disruptive Live TV and community production space
The Vault is public access TV for this generation: an open community production space for first-time producers and big name talent to develop experimental new shows and stream LIVE video.
Meltdown Comics has annexed additional space on SUNSET BLVD in Hollywood as a platform for artists from the art and video worlds to be openly creative. This is outside the retail environment: a private vault for the best in the industry to hone their craft and become even better. Throughout the last year the space evolved into a destination for independent filmmakers and creative artists to develop and showcase new work to a large online audience. The Vault has already produced over 1,000 hours of cool shows and currently broadcasts 10 hours of weekly programming to an audience of over 100,000 each week.
We are on to something big here. Some of the new series and shows incubated here at The Vault, free of corporate sponsor financing:
IHEARTCOMIX VICTORIOUS’ Matt Bennett BIG TIME RUSH’s Stephen Glickman Satine Phoenix TheOneRing.net Die Antwoord Hollywood Undead Escape The Fate Meltdown University with Jim Higgins BubblePunch Super*Market! XSN Nerdist NerdTerns
Stickam, the original and best streaming video service, was our key VAULT video partner but unfortunately market forces have affected our master plan to take over the broadcast world. While we explore options, the Meltdown Vault lives on at http://youtube.com/meltdowncomics & and ustream.tv/channel/meltdown-vault
THIS MEANS WE ARE ON OUR OWN.
All equipment has been donated by the community. Alliances have been forged with many companies including Peavey audio, TechZulu, Slave Boy Films, NERDIST and others. Our social media footprint is over 9,000,000 strong with over 37,000,000 views. Everyone has donated time, materials and equipment to build a great space to unleash creativity. Meltdown is personally invested for over $100,000 in hard costs (rent, utilities & maintenance). But there is still more to be done.
We need your help to continue growing this vision. Look at the artists and brands supporting us already. This has huge potential to usher in the new digital landscape of indie content from successful people. We want to keep this going!
To keep this community space open for another 12 months and continue growing to it’s potential, we need $50,000. How it breaks down:
Rent in Hollywood: $40k
Faster Broadband: $6k
As you may notice, all core funds are going to overhead and technology. People are still donating their valuable time to keep things running. The community keeps it running.
Hitting $60k will allow us to upgrade the studio to a TODAY Show-style window performance area on SUNSET BLVD.
At $75k we can bring on extra part-time staff for open public access times on weekends. The more we raise the more open times we can provide.
We will constantly be adding new updates and rewards to keep things fresh and fun. Please spread the word to your networks and let’s knock this fundraiser out of the park!
We’ve thrown many parties (all live streamed) in support of many films, shows and series – all of them open to the public. If we hit our goal, get ready for an exciting year of shows and events!
Remember, the Meltdown VAULT is for you!
- DISRUPTIVE TV – CLASSES & WORKSHOPS – VOLUNTEERS – COMMUNITY
We Want To Do Even More Cool Stuff
We have 2100 square feet of space on SUNSET BLVD that needs to be filled with equipment, tools, and supplies to bring our producers’ ideas to life. We need HD cameras, more mics, live editing workstations, set materials, animated motion graphic templates, longer HDMI cables, and so much more!
Not in LA?
Our production space is located in Los Angeles, but we know many of you that don’t live here like this project and want to support it. We thought long and hard about how to include you in the community from afar and hope that the rewards, as well as the quality content being broadcast, will bring you personal enjoyment. Don’t forget, if you plan to be in LA anytime in 2013, you can use the space to work on a project!
SATINE PHOENIX is a creative force and professional muse to the biggest names in fine art, comics and animation. Creator of the first weekly Cosplay life drawing course, model/actress and talent behind MONSTER MAIDENS from Maker Studios, professional D&D player and comic book artist/animator/illustrator… an all around creative. Satine balances the nerd with the cool at the Meltdown Vault.
JUSTIN SEWELL is a producer, marketer and professional nerd having worked on all the big fanboy documentaries – Ringers, Starwoids, StarWait, LiningUpTV, Indyfans and People Vs George Lucas – as well as marketing campaigns for WB, Disney, Lucasfilm, EA, Activision, and Paramount. He has produced over 10,000 hours of live streaming video content and earned over 18 million hits on YouTube.
EFREN TOSCANO is the Founder/CEO of TechZulu. Based in Los Angeles, California, TechZulu is an independent news organization delivering an insightful story of the technology industry by showcasing the very people creating it. TechZulu is rapidly growing to be the hub for Southern California technology companies news source. Efren has been chosen as one of LA Weekly’s People of 2009 and selected as a Top 20 Most Public Individuals in Los Angeles in Tech and Biz by NowPublic. A pioneer in live Web television, TechZulu engages millions of viewers through real time reporting at conferences and its weekly news show, TechZulu Live.
GASTON DOMINGUEZ-LETELIER is the owner and proprietor of Meltdown Comics, a pop culture Mecca that was named “Best Comic Store” by Los Angeles Magazine and was honored with The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. Along with his wife Hisami Dominguez-Letelier, Gaston started Meltdown 2.0 Productions, which has produced countless podcasts (“MeltCast”, “The Mutant Season with Gil”), web series (“NerdTerns”), and live events (“An Evening with Daniel Clowes”, “Die Antwoord Live”) that have emanated from the world famous Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics and The Meltdown Vault. He is also the brains behind Meltdown-branded events such as DrawMelt, DnDMelt and Meltdown University. Before founding Meltdown Comics, Gaston worked as a product development specialist for Disney Parks & Resorts.
MELTDOWN COMICS is over 10,000 sq ft of geek heaven in the heart of Hollywood and home to both the NERDIST podcast and NERDIST THEATER. Meltdown has always supported artists new and established, and this experiment in new media has been creatively rewarding but resource intensive. We want to continue supporting artists with this unique community space, enabling the next generation of content creators to get their start and grow alongside the titans of the industry. The Kickstarter funds will provide the equipment and resources to help our community produce real shows, but in order for the projects to be truly successful, we need the community to share their skills and knowledge with each other.
Creative trendsetters who call Meltdown their geek home include Guillermo Del Toro, Don Murphy, Clive Barker, Chris Hardwick, Kumail Nanjiani, Robin Williams, Justin Willman, Matt Bennett, Dan Harmon…
“Meltdown Comics is my favorite place in L.A where top directors and producers go side-by-side with the fans. As good as it gets.”- Guillermo Del Toro.
We’ve worked hard to anticipate organizational challenges so that we can *exceed* expectations, not just meet them! Here are some challenges — and our game plans for overcoming them.
REWARDS FULFILLMENT: We have amazing rewards and are doing all manufacturing and fulfillment in house! Kickstarter projects often encounter unexpected fulfillment costs — we have the e-commerce experience and know how to maximize resources.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLACE: Location, location — some cultural centers simply pick the wrong place… or haven’t picked yet! The Vault is ideally situated in the center of Hollywood for easy access by visitors, residents, and collaborators alike. The size will accommodate exhibitions, workshops, and large crowds for events.
SUSTAINABILITY: Will things continue long after the Kickstarter project period ends? We have a detailed plan. Meltdown Vault will sustain itself through production rentals, video rev shares, events (including conferences and charity concerts) and fundraising drives.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED: For the challenges we *don’t* know about, our trump card is our incredible community of reward donors and supporters — including our established filmmakers, artists, network of consultants, and more. If problems arise, we are confident that we can quickly crowdsource solutions from this community — and we are asking you to be part of it!
We have a printing shop in-house to fulfill all tee-shirt printing listed.
We for the last 2 yrs. have done a silkscreen printed poster every week.
We have the equipment and the production team to produce all shows listed.
We have the art staff to generate all the listed title cards.
We have manufactured NEON signs for companies including MARVEL, STUSSY, DISNEY, NERDIST, NBC UNIVERSAL, BBC, ETC…
You are cordially invited to Watch Meltdown Comic’s yearly
“Celebrity Charity Dungeons and Dragons game”
Meltdown Comics Theater
7522 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90046
October 13, 2012
Game starts promptly at 1:00pm – ending by 6pm
Fundraising Goal: $1000 in 5 hours
DnDMelt’s CCDD event is a Charity Fundraiser raising money for the Reach out and Read program here in Los Angeles. 3-4 tables of up to 6 celebrity gamers per table will be playing the same Adventure, choosing from a short list of Characters all written by Celebrity D&D Writer/Gamer: Keith Baker (who will also be DMing one of the 4 tables).
Watch online from the comfort of your own home, our creative cast of Actors, Musicians, Writers, Photographers and Artists play D&D to raise money for Reach out and Read: A charity who’s focus is preparing America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together to promote early literacy.
How does the fundraising part of the evening work?
We will be filming the tables and some of which will be live streamed to http://meltcomics.com where viewers can watch the adventure unravel for a minimum donation of $9.95 from 1pm-6pm. (A PayPerView service from http://stickam.com.) Forward friends and fans to http://Meltcomics.com to gain access. People will also be able to purchase a PDF of the adventure to play with their friends for a minimum donation of $15. We will offer incentives for people to donate more! Items from Wizards of the Coast and other Companies TBA.
What exactly is Reach Out and Read?
http://RORLosAngeles.org Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. The 3.8 million families served annually by “Reach Out and Read” read together more often, their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies, with stronger language skills, and better prepared to succeed.
Pediatric healthcare providers (including pediatricians, family physicians, and pediatric nurse practitioners) are trained in the three-part Reach Out and Read model to promote early literacy and school readiness:
In the exam room, doctors and nurses speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day, and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement.
The pediatric primary care provider gives every child 6 months through 5 years old a new, developmentally-appropriate children’s book to take home and keep.
In the waiting room, displays, information, and gently-used books create a literacy-rich environment. Where possible, volunteer readers entertain the children, modeling for parents the pleasures – and techniques – of reading aloud
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For those who need instruction *Satine Phoenixwill be moderating the evening. Let her know ahead of time what you need and she will accommodate you.
*Satine Phoenix runs DrawMelt’s Weekly Life Drawing Classes every Monday. Monday: Cosplay. 7-10 $20/person. To RSVP http://meetup.com/DrawMelt. No RSVP required although it helps in case the class gets full.