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Apr 072014
Written by: Pinguino on April 6, 2014.

Last Friday, Meltdown and hosted DOGEPARTY WEST, an epic celebration of the dogecoin culture in Southern California.  250+ dogecoin enthusiasts came by through the night, with some bringing their own dogs to enter in the doge contest.

The doge contest happened both online and offline, and people could vote on their favorite dog. Each had its own wallet address, accessible by QR code. Foxy Roxy won “Best in Show” with 61,930 dogecoin (votes), and will be getting a spacesuit. She’s one of the Socal Shiba Inu Rescue’s dogs, who was badly hurt but healed up awesomely. At the event she was very patient, smart, and friendly, and we applaud her victory. Here’s a “before” and an “after” pic:


All of the dogecoin raised at the event went to Southern California Shiba Inu Rescue Inc and Two Dog Farms. Both groups rescue dogs from kill shelters and find them loving forever homes. Two Dog Farms also works with Jindos, which are larger versions of shiba inus.

Socal Shiba:
Two Dog Farms:

Both have dogs you can adopt, so after playing with shibes in person, if you want one, you should rescue one!

Two Dog Farms allows dogecoin adoptions, which is fairly rare. We’re told they have been embracing it pretty well and will continue to do so.

The charities raised 621,422 dogecoin between direct donations and dogecontest entries.

1558493_10100857022402336_5840219354191488800_nWhile there was a lot of partying with our DJs Headshot and Carl Schwenk and free booze, people also got to learn a lot about digging dogecoin at the mining demonstration that Sebuh was doing. He was also selling discounted mining gear to help new shibes learn more about the hobby. MeltdownTV was running a livestream of the entire event, using multiple cameras and running interviews. An astounded 300,000 viewers popped in to check it out through the night, with roughly 200-600 at any given moment. There was much love for our shibes that we shuttled to the back for closeups and interviews.

Towards the back of the shop there was a gaming area – the kickstarter for DogeCards (doge-themed Fluxx) had released that day, so people were betatesting that. Lone Wolf was giving demos of their game, too. This was the first time either of these games had been seen by the public. Neon Roots had their live crypto ticker on display, which was glowing in the window of the store and like 12ft long. Another group showed up with dogecoin badges and pogs, and did a bunch of exciting giveaways. Cruithne Traders was selling some of their “to the moon” artwork as well.

We also made some cardboard rocket props that people could draw on, and a light-up rocket ship for dogs to wear for photos. Dogecoin cupcakes and cookies also happened. They were given to those who donated to the charities. 10152611_602841600445_2150721973625638389_n

We had custom bitcoin/dogecoin tshirt collabs for the event, with 50 Reddit and Moolah versions available. People could buy things from the store with crypto to get a free shirt. Such incentive!

A heartfelt thank-you from to everyone who helped out with DogeParty West, both on-line and off. Free booze was covered by Meltdown Comics, Michael Lim, and Erin+ Natalie- thanks for handling ice and QR coding the dogs. Sebuh- thanks for printing (copies plus takes btc!) + helping organize dogs, and putting us in touch with two dog farms. Jessica and Dave- you guys rocked the bar! <3 Pizza came from DogeCards and Eric Nakagawa. DJ Headshot + Carl Schwenk: your sets were awesome! Thanks for moving large objects. Such press from Boing Boing, Coindesk, and Bitcoin Magazine, with twitter support from YourAnonNews. Cnelson- yay speakers! Seric thanks for making cardboard stuff! Thanks for tweeting @owlpelletz @bitcoinbegger @houseofdoge @findadragon @littleshibe @dogepromotions @thebitcoinwife.  Reddit+ moolah, thanks for the support. Thanks Meltdown + Francisco for hosting + promoting! And much love to everyone who brought their real life doges to the event, even those who didn’t fully understand dogecoin.

So community. Much love. Let’s do this again sometime.

 Posted by at 12:58 pm
Apr 022014



meltdoge_finalMeltdown Comics is releasing a new shirt design at DogeParty West this Friday. Meltdown x x Reddit collab was designed using the original logo by Dan Clowes, but’s Pinguino Kolb gave the alien a doge companion. The first 50 shirts will be the exclusive reddit version. It’ll be sold for $20, but if you buy $20 of merchandise with a cryptocurrency, you get the shirt for FREE! Meltdown hopes to lead the way for retailers by incentivizing their purchases with the new currency.


DogeParty West will be on Friday at 7p at Meltdown Comics - 7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046. More details here:

 Posted by at 8:31 pm
Apr 012014


March 31, 2014

DogeParty on April 4th, at Hollywood’s fantastic Meltdown Comics

Los Angeles, Calif, March 31, 2014–, a Los Angeles area group that hopes to teach interested parties about crypto currencies, is throwing a DogeParty on April 4th, at Hollywood’s fantastic Meltdown Comics.

DogeParty West is a good opportunity to learn more about the current slate of crypto currencies, setting up your own mining operation and scoring some free pizza. Sounds like a good time to me! is also creating opportunities to sponsor the Southern California Shiba Inu Rescue. Helping dogs is a sure way to get my attention.

Spelunkin is proud to present our first Dogecoin party – April 4, 2014!
Place: Meltdown Comics, located at 7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California.
Time: 7-10 pm!
Admission: FREE!

  • Music by DJ Headshot and Carl Schwenk.
  • Featuring LIVE SHIBAS from Southern California Shiba Inu Rescue and Two Dogs Farms!! We’ll be doing a doge contest where you can donate to your favorite dog soon, but if you’d like to send dogecoin to the charities, here are their wallets:
    -Socal Shiba Inu Rescue Doge Account: DTEPzQ8SP6xvPzudh5QNtcuUMrN9WRaUYt
    -Two Dogs Farms Doge Account: DGtdNLjE71CoWyPBHh3YpKhnzFo4ynDwNe
  • Come hang out with fellow doge fans, perhaps even dance with them! Bring a Shiba Inus and have it slathered in coos and joyous pets from strangers or enter it into our DogeDog contest!
  • Speak in simplified sentences all night!
  • Neon Roots is bringing their live cryptocurrency ticker.
  • Jeff Maki is play-testing a game, and Brad Wolf is demoing a doge-funded game.
  • Let’s Be Frank Food Truck will be serving human and doggy treats.
  • Live Reddit -Live streaming via MeltdownTV

Meltdown Comics, located in the heart of Hollywood, California on Sunset Blvd, opened in 1993 and has since become one the most respected comic book stores in the world. Taking a sophisticated approach to merchandise and operations, the 14,000sq/ft giant has garnered a reputation for hosting successful gallery openings, award winning comedy including the @meltdown_show on @ComedyCentral and live shows as well as podcasting events in their collaborative space with @NerdistDotCom, the @NerdMelt Showroom. Meltdown Comics recently made news by being the first brick and mortar comic book store to start accepting BITCOIN and on April 4th, will be first brick and mortar store to accept both BITCOIN and DOGECOIN in Los Angeles.

“Best of LA” LA Weekly, “Best of LA” LA Magazine, “Best Comedy” LA Weekly, “Top 50 things why LA kicks ass?” LA Weekly, “Best Store” Playboy Magazine “top 10 store you must visit before you die” etc… Plus: “Husbands and Knives” 7th episode of The Simpsons’ 19th season. 1st aired on Nov 18, 2007 – Lead segment is based on @MeltdownComics. (Google it.) ‘Nuff Said
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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Francisco Dominguez or Pinguino Kolb at

Download Press Release: DOGEPARTY_WEST_PR

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Mar 312014

melttvMeltdownTV launches with a Hellboy sized BANG! The new digital agency vertical of Meltdown Inc. smashes records for brand engagement and viral success with a #1 front page hit on reddit and over 6,000 viewer-hours on Justin.TV for Dark Horse Comics.


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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of HELLBOY, Dark Horse Comics and creator Mike Mignola arranged a signing appearance at world famous Meltdown Comics Hollywood.


Fans began lining up in the morning hours for a late afternoon event. MeltdownTV activated this fan event online with a live streaming Q&A hosted by Famous Monsters of Filmland editor Holly Interlandi then coordinated a live reddit AMA “Ask Me Anything” with the artist. Capitalizing on strategic partnerships with Justin.TV and Reddit, Inc., Meltdown arranged home page placement of the live video stream where fans worldwide reacted with feverish excitement. The combination of reddit + Justin.TV resulted in increased engagement across both platforms. An example of symbiotic cross-pollination, online viewers began posting to reddit Mr. Mignola’s answers faster our coordinator could type them. Fans online and in person recognized the cross-promotion as it was happening and responded with ever increasing enthusiasm. “You guys are doing a reddit AMA! If I wasn’t here, I would totally be on reddit!” said one fan as she got the new HELLBOY hardcover book signed.

If your brand, product, film, show or crowdfund project needs to break through the noise, contact Meltdown’s Digital Agency via and look for more exciting opportunities to get involved with! Here are some data analytics for our agency number crunching friends:

- #1 Top Hit on Reddit for 2 hours
- “Best Of AMA” distinction
- 113,537 pageviews
- 94,322 unique pageviews
- 83% unique traffic generated
- 2:42 average time on page (higher than average engagement)
- 1172 chat messages

- 98,020 playbacks
- 98% traffic generated
- 6,079 hours watched
- 833 peak concurrent viewers
- 25 minutes average view time
- 266 chat messages

 Posted by at 11:16 pm
Mar 282014


A live panel of EPIC PROPORTIONS with Robin McConnell, Brandon Graham plus Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley, Love and Rockets cartoonist Jaime Hernandez, Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward, and White Clay author (and Adventure Time contributor) Thomas Herpich.

Inkstuds LIVE
Thursday, April 24th, 7pm. Signing after podcast.
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, Calif. 90046

 Posted by at 11:48 am
Mar 262014


A live panel of EPIC PROPORTIONS with Robin McConnell, Brandon Graham plus Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’MalleyLove and Rockets cartoonist Jaime HernandezAdventure Time creator Pendleton Ward, and White Clay author  (and Adventure Time contributor) Thomas Herpich.

Inkstuds LIVE
Thursday, April 24th, 7pm. Signing after podcast.
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, Calif. 90046 (map)

 Posted by at 2:10 pm
Mar 252014

Dogecoin_MeltdownComicsCALLING ALL SHIBES!!

Let’s party it up at Meltdown in Hollywood and hang out with REAL LIFE SHIBES

Dogecoin is the friendly cousin of Bitcoin! If you’re new to digital currency, this event is a great way to learn more about them.

DOGE CONTEST! Shibes will have QR codes- vote on your favorite in-person or offline by sending dogecoin. All coin collected will be split amongst 2 local shiba inu rescue organizations – Two Dog Farms, Inc. and Southern California Shiba Inu Rescue.

ADOPT-A-DOGE! There’ll be shiba inus and their cousins there for adoption. Two Dog Farms accepts dogecoin!

PARTY BEATS! DJ Headshot and Carl Schwenk will be providing a musical backdrop for our event!

Dogecoin_MeltdownComics2DIGGING! Sebuh Honarchian will be demonstrating dogecoin mining

PLAYTEST! Jeff Maki will be showing off a game!

BUY STUFF WITH DOGE! Meltdown is supporting dogecoin by accepting it in their store!

NOMS! Food truck and doge-themed treats

More info to come…



 Posted by at 10:00 am
Mar 212014

Join us for a 20th anniversary Hellboy celebration!
with Creator Mike Mignola,
plus special guests!

Featuring Hellboy samplers, BPRD prints, chocolate Hellboys,
and much MUCH more!!

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melttvCan’t make it? watch it live here
Reddit AMA, Live Stream from event, Famous Monsters Q&A,
chat, plus more

A few 3-D Hellboy-themed chocolates will be available.(Photo: Ryan Brookhart)

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Mike Mignola‘s first Hellboy comic. Dark Horse is honoring the occasion by declaring March 22 “Hellboy Day” — and at least one aspect of the festivities will taste as sweet as it sounds.

Renowned chocolatier Richard Ruskell has designed a limited-edition series of Hellboy-themed chocolates that will be available at Los Angeles’ official Hellboy Day event (at Meltdown Comics). Afterward, fans can pick ‘em up at the Sweet! Hollywood shop or

As you can see, the bars come in several varieties — I devoured the “Abe Sapien” sea salt and caramel one — and even have space on the back for Mignola to sign. The bars retail for $9.99 each, and a limited edition of 3-D chocolate figures will also be available.

Comics shops around the world will be celebrating Hellboy Day on Saturday. Dark Horse has a list of events, and you should contact your local retailer to find out about any special discounts or promotions.

1920384_10203471507886335_1453917447_nGot some rad Hellboy candies for #Hellboyday made for us by @stickyusa !
Flavors chosen by Mr. Mignola himself! First 100 people get a free bag…


 Posted by at 5:45 pm
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, 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.”

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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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 Posted by at 8:30 pm
Mar 172014
Mike Mignola at Meltdown Comics for Hellboy Day
Join us for a 20th anniversary Hellboy celebration! Creator Mike Mignola will be here, plus special guests!
Featuring Hellboy samplers, BPRD prints, chocolate Hellboys, and much MUCH more!!

March 22 marks the twentieth anniversary of Mike Mignola’s career-defining release of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1. After the character’s somewhat humble beginnings in an eight-page feature in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic-Con Comics special, Seed of Destruction would begin the long life of the beloved “beast of the apocalypse.”

In December, Dark Horse announced March 22, 2014, would be Hellboy Day, with events happening in comic shops around the world!
In addition to a slew of exclusive giveaways, Dark Horse has produced an all-new sampler comic featuring two classic Mignola tales, “The Ghoul” and “Another Day at the Office,” as well as two new stories by Mignola, Fábio Moon, and R. Sikoryak!

Look for the Hellboy: The First 20 Years hardcover collection, on sale in comic shops everywhere on March 19! This deluxe oversized hardcover presents Mignola’s favorite covers and illustrations in gallery style, from his first drawing of Hellboy through twenty years of publishing.

HELLBOY DAY — Saturday, March 22, 2014
Mike Mignola—Meltdown Comics—Los Angeles, CA
2 p.m. Meltdown Comics
Facebook Event Page:
Read more in the latest copy of Famous Monsters #273, featuring an interview with Mike Mignola by our own Meltdown Holly!available at ONLY at Meltdown Comics. (for now)
 Posted by at 10:00 am