Jan 292015
 

PhotoGrid_1416966259208For Immediate Release:
Los Angeles, Calif. USA,  January 29th, 2015

Meltdown Comics is excited to announce our newest in-store addition:
the Open Intellectual Property (IP) Wall!

Due to a mounting excitement and demand for comic book adaptations into all forms of media—film and television in particular—Producers and writers are constantly on the lookout for the next hot adaptation. Meltdown receives requests for Open IP almost every day, and we’ve decided to make it easier for everyone involved by keeping new, exciting, and adaptable content all in one place!
We would like to extend our offer for your open IP properties to be better displayed on our wall. If you’re a publisher, just send us and email to staff@meltcomics.com with:
1) A list of the open IP properties you want showcased;
2) A corresponding list with the creators’ names, listing their previous works (to better draw association for the clientele).
Anything already optioned or ordered from a network will not be displayed.
This will be a spot for the newest creators and publishers to have their stories perused by the best in Hollywood.

“Meltdown has become the established nexus between comics and Hollywood.  With this newly dedicated section for Open Intellectual Properties, they are shortening the gap between industry professionals and independent creators.  This is why I am a regular here, because Meltdown knows how to serve its community.”  -Mike Le, screenwriter & producer

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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
Apr 012014
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2014
DOGEPARTY WEST: LOS ANGELES AREA 1ST DOGECOIN PARTY AT MELTDOWN COMICS IN HOLLYWOOD APRIL 4TH, 2014

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

Los Angeles, Calif, March 31, 2014– Spelunk.in, 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!

Spelunk.in 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.

AWARDS:
“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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