Jul 292015
 

Meltdown Presents: History of The Batman with Londyn! #011 Batman’s Love Interests
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Bruce Wayne/Batman is a very busy man as the criminals don’t seem to ever stop plotting against him.  It is a wonder that he has time for anything else.  In this episode, Londyn and Adam discuss how Bruce Wayne/Batman has managed to carve out some time for a few very special ladies in his life, including Vicki Vale and Catwoman.  Hear about all the other prominent love interests and the roles they have played in his history.  Mason, the producer/engineer, also joins the discussion with particular passion for one lucky lady….find out who.  Special guest appearance by Shadow Adam!

Produced by Mason Booker and Adam Silverstein.
Engineered by Mason Booker
Theme music by ROYALTYFREEMUSIC

Read more at http://meltdown.libsyn.com/#ORkqPCiIKXfUYtfG.99

Jul 242015
 

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COMIX: Beyond The Comic Book Pages is an exciting documentary about the world of comic books and the comic phenomenon, told through the thoughts and images of creators, writers, artists, publishers, comic book store owners, collectors, and most especially, the fans, who have made this phenomenon what it is today.

COMIX has some engaging one-on-one interviews with icons of the comic book industry, like Stan Lee (Spiderman, X-Men), Frank Miller (Sin City, 300), Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow), Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Superman), Mike Richardson (Founder of Dark Horse Productions – Hellboy, Sin City, Goon, and Concrete), and Marc Silvestri (Artist, CEO/Founder of Top Cow Productions and C0-Founder of Image Comics).

COMIX also delves into the world of independent publishers, like Top Cow Productions (Tomb Raider, Hunter Killer, The Darkness, and Witchblade), comic book store owners, as well as comic book conventions like Comic-Con, Wonder Con, Anime Expo, and Wizard World to document the fans of this phenomenon, with many fans in full costumes and some talking about how they made them (that’s for you cos play fans!).  We are so proud of the film and the caliber of people in it!

“My vision for COMIX started as an idea about how to make a comic book and blossomed into a full-length feature documentary about the comic book phenomenon. COMIX is my way of sharing the artistry that I love through a movie that was made by a fan, for fans,” says creator Michael Valentine.  “It has been amazing working on this film and the great people I have met along the way. I think comic book fans as well as anyone else who watches it will find it fun, informative, and inspirational.”
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COMIX is the brainchild of Film Maker/Musician Michael Valentine, a long time comic book fan. Michael’s creativity started at age 6 when all he wanted to do was draw John Romita Sr’s Spiderman and Neal Adams’ Batman which were some of his favorite comic books. Later, he got into other Marvel and DC titles like Captain America and Superman. At age 10, his life changed when he saw KISS for the first time. They were larger than life, the ultimate rock star superheroes. They even had a comic book. Michael never stopped loving comics. About 10 years ago, he came up with the idea of documenting the process of creating a comic book that blossomed into what COMIX: Beyond The Comic Pages has become.

Want to go? Free pair of tickets to the first 3 emails to staff@meltcomics.com with SUBJECT: I READ TO THE BOTTOM. Good luck!

Thursday, July 30 at 6 PM
The location is:  Regent Theatre in Westwood.
http://comixthemovie.com/  @comixthemovie

Jul 222015
 


Dan opens the show by leveling his rogue in EQ.

Today’s book were brought to you by the brand spankin’ new iPhone and Android App, ComicsFix. Dan picked the re-imagining of the Dino-slaying badass, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter . Gabe picked Lady Gaga’s bio-book, Fame: Lady Gaga.

Find these book and an insane amount more on the ComicsFix app. Search for it in iTunes or Google Play store.

We have a whole buttload of guests today as we roam around comic-con starting with Mark Waid, Doug Lefler, Michael Son, Terri Lubaroff, and Adam Silverstein talking about the Digital Comics Coalition which is basically the future of comics.

We get an update from The History of the Batman peeps, Londyn and Adam.

Then we chat with Judy Funny (the older sister and often antagonist from 90s Nicktoon, Doug) about her friend Cap’s nerdy show network, Nerdy Show.

Last but so incredibly not least, we catch up with New Praetorians author Satine Phoenix to talk about her book and the amazing experiences she’s been having at Comic Con 2015.

http://digitalcomicscoalition.org/
https://instagram.com/historyofthebatman
http://nerdyshow.com/
http://www.newpraetorians.com/

As always, thank you guys so much for checking out our little show!!

Find more about what the dudes are up to when they aren’t nerding themselves silly:
http://www.facebook.com/battlecastshow
http://www.dlodband.com
http://www.meltcomics.com

Jul 222015
 

A WORD ABOUT DIVERSITY & CYBER-BULLYING
FROM OUR FOUNDER

In 21 years of business, Meltdown Comics and Collectibles has done and seen a lot of things. We’ve hosted thousands of events, introduced pop culture firsts from foreign countries, and we’ve hosted a menagerie of talented artists needing a safe forum to create and share their love of art.

Meltdown’s mission has always been inclusive. We welcome any size, shape, gender, race, religion, sexuality, and nationality. We want to push comics forward and welcome diverse voices who are aligned with our mission. To this end, Meltdown proudly presents The History of the Batman with Londyn! as one of our newest podcasts. After only the first two months, this podcast has already broken into iTunes top 50 podcasts and boasts over 55,000 downloads.

Unfortunately, with success often comes criticism. You may be surprised, but Meltdown is always open to constructive criticism about how to make our podcasts better. We do these podcasts for the fans and only want to deliver the best content, information and entertainment possible.

However, it has recently come to our attention that Londyn has become the victim of several vicious posts propagating outright lies regarding her character, ethnicity and veracity. These malicious posters use highly offensive language to describe Londyn that is that is racist, misogynistic, and cruel, not to mention outright false.

The haters accused Londyn of plagiarism on her Instagram account in August 2014 and again in January 2015. As a writer and artist, Londyn understands the importance of credit and would never intentionally mislead anyone, so when she first heard these accusations in August 2014, Londyn reached out to her research sources, learned that she was in fact not in compliance, and then worked with them diligently to ensure that all her posts were correctly cited. Any posts incorrectly cited or missing citations were immediately amended or removed. In an effort to further insure that she was in compliance, Londyn then asked her sources to review her posts so they could confirm that her current citations were proper, to which they replied that they were.

But this group of haters propagates the idea that Londyn continues to plagiarize her work on our podcast posts and on her Instagram account. Because we are a business that takes such accusations seriously, we actively investigated the claims, which were as recent as June 2015. We contacted Jamie Hari, Founder of the DC Database to determine whether Londyn was in compliance with digital copyright rules on Instagram and on her podcasts. After an in-depth discussion and review of Londyn’s Instagram account and podcasts, Mr. Hari issued the following statement on June 16, 2015:

“Wikia’s DC Database publishes its content under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3.0 (CC-BY-SA). Londyn and I have spoken about complying with the terms and conditions of this license for derivative use of our work in her History of the Batman Instagram blog and Meltdown Comics podcast. Having personally reviewed some of her recent content, I have no concerns about violation of our license at this time.”
– Jamie Hari, Founder of the DC Database

So, as it turns out, Londyn is in fact correctly citing all her sources. She is following the rules. She is NOT plagiarizing. And she is too kind to rise to the awful threats and attacks levied against her. We’re not.

To characterize a woman Meltdown only knows as a consummate professional, kind human being and beautiful woman of color in the way that these haters characterize her can only be described as cyber-bullying. It’s racist, misogynistic and slanderous. The haters have gone so far as delivering death threats. We do not condone or support this behavior whatsoever.

As a store that was founded by a 4th generation Jewish black woman from California and a Chilean male who is now an American citizen, we speak out in one voice loud and clear: we stand for diversity… we stand for inclusion… we stand for truth… and we stand with Londyn and her podcast The History of the Batman with Londyn!