Feb 052016
 

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Meltdown Comics presents History of the Batman with Londyn! – Episode 33: Batman’s Many Deaths in DC Comics

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It’s a common practice in comic book tales that a character dies and then, by some miracle, is resurrected. Looking at Batman’s incredible 76 year history, many of the Batman Family members have died and come back to life, sometimes even by surprising the audience. In recent New 52 comics, Bruce Wayne’s Batman apparently died alongside the Joker and now another is the Dark Knight of Gotham City. But this isn’t the first or even second time that Batman has died in DC Comics. In this week’s podcast, Londyn and co-host Adam Silverstein will look at ten different times our hero has died or has seemingly died in comic books in the last 76 years of Pre-New 52 continuity. The Batman represents the ultimate human, with peak physical and mental capacities yet he still has emotions and flaws. This list will demonstrate that even this dark vigilante cannot hide forever from his own humanity or from the glooming shadow of the Grim Reaper.

Produced by Mason Booker and Adam Silverstein.

Engineered by Mason Booker

Theme music by ROYALTYFREEMUSIC

Logo design by Hannah Nance Partlow, hannahnance.com.

Feb 042016
 

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Daniel Clowes has been working on his latest book, Patience, for five years. At 180 pages, it’s his longest work to date, more than twice as long as Wilson, his graphic novel about an abrasive loner in Oak­land who claims to be a people person but actually can’t stand most of them (nor they him), and Ghost World, the artist’s most popular work, about the disintegrating relation­ship between two teen girls in an unnamed American suburb. From the time Clowes began the book in 2010 until its completion last October, he didn’t show a single page of it to anyone, not to Erika, his wife of 20 years, nor to his publishers at Fantagraphics, who will release the book this March, nor to his closest friends.

Clowes is in an upstairs room of his Piedmont home, a lovely two-story 1912 Craftsman set along an equally lovely tree-lined street of this East Bay suburb, talking about how the book came to be. Six feet tall and slim, Clowes has a salt-and-pepper beard and sharp blue eyes. Despite possessing the most sardonic of wits on paper, he laughs easily and often in person, at his jokes and others’. This afternoon, he’s taking care of his beloved beagle, Ella, who has dementia and barks every 20 minutes or so because she forgets that Clowes is at home. Along one wall of the room, which doubles as artist studio and comics archive, collections of Peanuts and Nancy and Gasoline Alley share shelf space with Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library and the complete works of R. Crumb. An old-timey paperback carousel is stocked with Mad magazine reprints; in a nearby cabinet there’s a tin-toy knockoff of Fred Flintstone, his 5 o’clock shadow an eerie blue.  Read the rest of the article here: https://story.californiasunday.com/daniel-clowes-patience

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Illustrations by Rutu Modan, Anders Nilsen, Richard Sala, Isabel Seliger, Seth, and Anuj Shrestha

 

#05 – The Album Club ‘3 for all’ episode

 Posted by on February 4, 2016
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Meltdown Presents: On Some Hip Hop Sh!t: #05 – The Album Club ‘3 for all’ episode

Hosts @Bschultz808 and @wedsfinest are joined by the @Madtwiinz we get our full Rap sommelier on.

We go deep on 3 works by Kendrick Lamar, Public Enemy and Ice Cube. Inspired by VH1’s The Breaks and writer/director (friend of the show) Seith Mann, we took a look back to 1990.

Moved by the lyrical and musical DNA that these records share, we HAD to fast forward to 2015 and discuss Kendrick Lamar’s strangely underrated musical opus in the context of his lyrical forefathers, Ice Cube and Chuck D.

Yeah. We str8 #onsomehiphopshit

Itunes links to the albums discussed

Fear of a Black Planet

https://itun.es/us/3erhs

 

To Pimp a Butterfly

https://itun.es/us/zSoe6

 

AmeriKKKas Most Wanted

https://itun.es/us/zAN67

 

produced by B. Schultz of Street Legends Ink and Adam Silverstein

Presented by Meltdown Comics

Engineered by Mason Booker

and recorded at The Meltcast studios, 7522 Sunset blvd in Hollywood, CA

Our theme is Produced by King SMO of the Animal Crackers

Artwork by Self Uno.

tweet to us @ our brand new handle @onsomehiphopshit.

#02 – Vampire Princess Miyu OVA

 Posted by on February 2, 2016
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Meltdown Presents: Anime Attic: #02 – Vampire Princess Miyu OVA

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In this episode Mason and Zehra sit down to go over IN DEPTH the ASTOUNDING four episode classic anime OVA series Vampire Princess Miyu! Exploring the creators history, character relationships, spirituality, sexuality, and of course the eternal debate of sub vs. dub, this episode hopes to shed light on a cult classic Japanese horror fantasy anime that should be a staple in every  anime collection.


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Twitter: @AnimeAtticLove  Instagram: AnimeAtticLove

Produced and engineered by Mason Booker

Logo by Laura Darby www.Lauradarby.com

#03 – Black Girls on #Oscarssowhite

 Posted by on February 1, 2016
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Meltdown Presents: Meltdown Moms: #03 – Black Girls on #Oscarssowhite

It’s award season which means we’re all going to be talking about the best dressed,  the most annoying speech, and pervasive discrimination. Hooray! Meredith and April talk with Shauna Robinson and Tash Gray—two working screenwriters (and formerly working) and women of color in the Hollywood trenches. The ladies get real as we all dissect how, once again, only white actors received Oscar nominations for their work, and films with more diverse casts continue to be ignored by the Academy even while making serious bank at the box office. Shauna and Tash go deep on the issue that is rocking Hollywood as we get ready for the biggest night of the year. Gray and Robinson’s perspectives from writer’s rooms as the only black women in the room will open your eyes wide and make you question how relevant the pomp and circumstance of Oscar night really is in 2016.

#Oscarssowhite #Oscarssomale

Produced by Mason Booker and Adam Silverstein.

Engineered by Mason Booker

Theme music by Brian Bulman

Logo design by Emily Wagner, EMILYWAGNERSTUDIO.com.

 

#Rebirth; Why? By Matt Orso (@mattorso)

 Posted by on February 1, 2016
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#Rebirth was the headline of the day last Friday and boy oh boy, did it ever get the wheel bound hamster in my head running.  So yet again after a massive reboot back in 2011 and a soft one last June, here we are again; on the precipice of yet another possible reboot from DC Comics. At least that is what is flowing through the digital rumor-mill. As reported by www.bleedingcool.com, the #rebirth is actually may be a relaunch as opposed to an actual reboot. which if we’re splitting hairs, same difference. This is exactly what happened back in June with DCYOU. The soft reboot/relaunch that followed Convergence quickly petered out and went silently into the night. The burning question here is whether or not a reboot of any kind would be a positive thing.

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Firstly, let’s look at the reasons for a re-anything. DC Comics since Convergence back in June has seen their overall sales lower, according to www.comichron.com. Statistics aside the purpose of a reboot is to fix what is not working. Given their whole creativity over continuity mantra, it is small wonder that their sales have reflected the inconsistencies that come with the promise made in those very words.

While creativity is an amazing thing, people are not always so accepting of inconsistencies and change when they are coupled. Not only is it confusing but it also inherently breaks immersion. It still bothers me to see Batman Bruce Wayne in Justice League but then have Jim Gordon in every other book as Batman. While the idea is interesting it still is very jarring. The sad part about it is is that it would be so easy to place a time stamp somewhere on one of the panels which would give so much clarity and resolution to what many fans are dying to know.

Another reason to to rationalize a relaunch or reboot would be to give the above mentioned clarity. While it seems like a solid idea, it can also be viewed as an over complicated answer to a very simple problem. Okay, being honest maybe the problem is not that simple, considering the creative process and the multi-pronged process of making comics, that complicates things. However it does not mean that it is an impossible task. Guys, it’s not rocket science; you’re only building a universe.

When a person sets out to create a world, plot holes happen and it is an editor’s job to patch them up. With the numerous writers, editors and artists dipping their hands in creative crock-pot it is definitely not an easy thing and fans for the most part understand that. To give up every time things get a little messy and throw in the towel is not only insulting to fans but also to the people who put their blood, sweat and ink on those beautifully printed pages. We all know that new #1 issues sell and that is a good thing for all those involved. However to restart or renew inorganically leaving threads of a story hanging and bare is also an all affecting disservice to creators and fans alike.

Now I know that thus far I’ve spoken pretty poorly about the idea of a reboot or relaunch but I think it is fair to say that they come at a hefty price. I do not however think all of them are bad. I honestly Loved the New 52, while that may not be the most popular opinion, across the board, those first six or so issues were generally awesome and consistent. (I said mostly.) In the end the comic gods will decide what to do regardless of what the opinions of the masses are. Let’s just hope that the reasons for this relaunch, if it is in fact that, are the right ones.