Nov 142014
 

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STINCKERS PARTY! An exhibit of over 60 uncut sticker sheets designed by today’s best cartoonists, including the ALL-NEW 15 artist collaboration: FACEGASM!

DECEMBER 05, 2014. 7:30 – 10PM in the Meltdown Gallery, Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics: 7522 Sunset Blvd., L.A., CA 90046

Screen-printed by hand since 2007, Stinckers stickers have improved lives all over the country and around the world! Contributing artists include founders Mats Stromberg, Steven Weissman and a LOT of their friends! Friends like; Johnny Ryan, Pacolli, Box Brown, Craoman, Mark Todd, Esther Pearl Watson, Benjamin Marra, Jeremy Eaton, Matt Furie, Makkinoso, Alex Schubert, Andrew Goldfarb, Michael Slack, Patrick Kyle, Michael DeForge, Abe Lincoln Jr., Jeff Roysdon, Joven Kerekes, Jordan Crane, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Roman Muradov, Andy Ristaino, Malachi Ward, Ted May, Sammy Harkham, S. Britt, Kent Myers, Scummo, Ryan Cecil Smith, Philippa Rice, Domitille Collardey, David King and Sam Alden.

Every Stincker Ever will be on display, along with selected samples of original art. Contributing artists will be in attendance.

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

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Nov 132014
 

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Meltdown Comics and Boing Boing Present: Hip Hop Family Tree Signing with Ed Piskor and Q&A with Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing.

via: Fantagraphics.com
Tuesday in LA, the place to be is at Meltdown Comics. Pittsburgh-based cartoonist Ed Piskor has pop and locked, Heavy D Shaked and prepped his way over to come out and give you one hell of a party along with the crew at Meltdown. A special guest DJ will be spinning the vintage hits from 4-6pm and at 5pm in the NerdMelt Showroom you’ll find Boing Boing founder’s Mark Frauenfelder in conversation with Piskor about the Hip Hop Family Tree series, his Rob Leifeld mini-comic and much much more.

Tuesday, November 18th, 3-6pm
Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl.
Los Angeles, Calif. 90046 (map)

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Nov 062014
 

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EVERY FRIDAY TIL CHRISTMAS
– 25% OFF ALL HARD COVERS / ALL PUBLISHERS
– 10% OFF  ALL TPB’S / ALL PUBLISHERS
– 10% OFF  ALL RECENT ISSUES / ALL PUBLISHERS
– $1.00 ALL UNMARKED BACKISSUES IN BINS
*MARKED ISSUES 25% OFF
– FREE GRAPHIC NOVEL WITH EVERY $50+ PURCHASE

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Nov 052014
 

November 9th  come to Meltdown Comics for an afternoon
with French and American comics.

vis-a-vis1flyer_final-1_1-19081Come meet the creators of the best of today’s graphic novels in LA and France for discussions on their art and the vitality of the international comics scene.

The authors’ books will be available for purchase from Stuart Ng Books, the largest importer of bande dessinée in the U.S.

FREE EVENT

TOPICS DISCUSSED WILL INCLUDE

- Comics in Hollywood: French-American exchanges today
- Looking for new contents: comics on the big and the small screens
- Adaptation and translation: the challenges of transcultural adaptations
- Books in motion: graphic novels in animation.

When? November 9th at 2pm
Where? Meltdown Comics (MAP)
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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
Sep 262014
 

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“I believe that Tabletop Gaming is exercise for Storytelling, in all of its forms.” – Satine Phoenix

CCDD is an Annual Charity event where Celebrities & their fans raise money by Playing Dungeons and Dragons at Meltdown Comics – LIVE STREAMED in the Nerdist Theater so YOU can donate from home!

Keith Baker (creator of Eberron) has custom designed a 2 hour game for this special event. Both he and Matthew Mercer (Voice actor – Attack on Titan/Thundercats) will be taking turns Dungeon Mastering 4 tables of 5 players over an 8 hour period. We will be STREAMING this event LIVE to raise money for the charity: Reach Out and Read.

Since our first game in 2010 we’ve raised over $3000 for RoRLosAngeles.org

We are members of the Tabletop Gaming community who want to show our support for Dungeons and Dragons and Future Gamers of the world. Help us Help Children by giving them the boost they need and showing kids that reading can lead to amazingly fun things… like playing!

What Is Reach Out and Read?

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. Read More: RoRLosAngeles.org

If you come to Meltdown, you will not be able to watch the event as it is in a closed set. Watch alone or throw a viewing party. Just don’t forget to donate!!! You will only be able to receive a Viewing Password after you Donate to the Cause!

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 Posted by at 12:00 pm
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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 Posted by at 3:07 pm
Sep 112014
 

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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!

 Posted by at 12:59 pm
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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