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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Jan 192016
 

A happy Tuesday to you Melters!  As you know I have started my weekly wrestling recap show “Kayfabe Korner” live every Monday, as a result these “Heads Up” postings will be occurring on Tuesdays from now on.  Lets get to the nitty gritty shall we?

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Today DC Films uploaded some very interesting content to their Facebook page today.  As we all know Batman Vs. Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Aquaman movies are all setting up for a two part Justice League movie in the next few years.  While we know who will play each of the characters we still don’t have a good idea of the looks for Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash.  Today us fans got a peek at what the future holds for the DC film universe when the film studio uploaded concept art showing the initial lineup for the upcoming “The Dawn of The Justice League”.  While we still don’t know all that much about what the movie will be about (we are still a long ways away from it’s release date) its interesting to see what could be the final look for the League.  I personally do NOT have high hopes for the DC universe in terms of its cinema performances but time will tell as they say…

 

JJ Abrams dropped a teaser trailer for an upcoming film called “10 Cloverfield Lane” which is apparently supposed to be a follow up to his Found-Footage disaster movie “Cloverfield”.  I guess the original Cloverfield didn’t do as well as the studio would have hoped but I personally LOVED the movie and consider it one of my favorites.  I love me a good disaster flick especially if giant monsters are involved.  Throwing in the “found footage” motif only made it more intense and instilled a sense of panic in the audience.  From what I’ve seen from the trailer, the movie focuses on a family (lead by John Goodman which is AWESOME) that lives in an underground bomb shelter and their struggle to survive after an unnamed disaster happened above ground.  People are mostly assuming this movie will take place in the same universe as the original Cloverfield disaster but this time it focuses on one family and is not “found footage” style.  I love (almost) everything JJ Abrams puts out and this trailer has filled me with a lot of hope for this project.

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So this is good news for all my fellow lazy comic enthusiasts.  While digital comics are available on most handheld devices, there isn’t anything quite like the feeling of owning a physical copy of your favorite book.  Too lazy to come to Meltdown?  Well have no fear because WE ARE COMING TO YOU!  Starting tomorrow, every Wednesday, Meltdown Comics will start delivering your favorite comics to your door!  For just a small 5$ delivery fee you can pick as many items in the store as you want and we will bring them right to your door!  Call into Meltdown tomorrow for details.  We will be delivering in the areas from Beverly Hills to Echo Park, plus the Hollywood Hills to Mid City LA.   The things we do for you people…

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The Resident Evil: 0 HD remaster came out today available for download.  This is one of the better Resident Evil games before Capcom forgot the “horror” part of “survival horror” in their video games.  While the original Resident Evil HD Remake is far superior in my opinion this is another fun game to pick up if you feel nostalgic about being scared by zombie dogs jumping through windows.  Pick this up if you are feeling bored on a lazy rainy day (like today) but if you do make sure you get the original Resident Evil HD as well.

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Today, arguably one of the best films of 2015, Straight Outta Compton finally drops on DVD and Blu ray as well as most online streaming sites.  While the Academy felt this movie wasn’t worth their time doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have this incredible movie in your library.  The movie follows the rise and eventual fall of one of the most iconic music groups in history, N.W.A.  If you haven’t already seen this movie (a lot of people already did) then you should not miss this classic.  Its the highest grossing music biopic of all time, you do the math.

Jan 112016
 

Good afternoon Melters!  Another week, another dollar, lets cut the nonsense and get down to business.

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-First off, I am just surprised as you are that I have not been to this yet but I am going to The Devil’s Playground Burlesque House for their “Star Girls” Burlesque show they throw every once in a while this Friday.  The show (as you may have guessed) is a burlesque show with the entire show having a Star Wars theme.  You will see female stormtroopers in lingerie, sexy Sith sirens, and probably a few Leia slave costume ladies to boot.  I ask you, when is the next time you will be able to see a sexy Jedi pole dance?  If you and your girl want a fun date to go on with a little bit of nerdiness and a WHOLE LOT of sex appeal, def get your tickets for this at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1018735.

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-It has been a long time coming and WAY overdue but finally, the Icon, the Franchise, the Vigilante Sting will finally be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year.  If you aren’t familiar with Sting or any of his ring work (the wrestler not the frontman for The Police) then you truly don’t know wrestling.  Sting’s career has been one that even the Undertaker has to appreciate.  He is one of wrestling’s last true legends and has done more for the business of Professional Wrestling than most people to ever lace up a pair of boots.  This upcoming Wrestlemania 32 in Dallas Texas, we finally immortalize a true pioneer in the business, and I frankly think it couldn’t come sooner.

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-So everyone has already seen the new Star Wars movie about a billion times,thats established, but now we have the new movies to look forward to don’t we?  Disney has announced a massive lineup of Star Wars movies so we will not be leaving a Galaxy Far Far Away anytime soon.  Some interesting tidbits of info have hit the internet that might interest you guys and further excite you for the upcoming films.  First off John Boyega (Finn) in a recent interview says that the next Star Wars, the yet untitled episode 8, will be a much darker film and that his character, Finn, will have a much more physical role.  I am not sure how much more physical Boyega can get, he did a hell of a lot of fighting in the most recent movie.  I love hearing that Disney will be sticking with the traditional “the sequel is darker” method and knowing how J.J. Abrams set up these next two movies, I think we can all expect even stuff like “THAT MOMENT” from the Force Awakens.

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Also over the weekend TMZ leaked images of an X-wing reportedly from the “other” Star Wars movie: Rogue One.  If you take a close look at the images, it looks like they will be going for the more “classic” look for the X-Wings.  This makes sense due to the fact this movie takes place right before the events of “A New Hope.”  Check them out for yourself and see what you think.

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-And finally, for my fellow wrestling nerds…  If you are familiar with the best that WWE/WWF had to offer back in the day, then you definitely know who Jake “The Snake” Roberts is.  After years of drug addiction and self inflicted abuse to his already damaged body from years of wrestling, Jake Roberts was “saved” by fellow wrestler and confidante Diamond Dallas Page.  DDP documented Jake’s journey to sobriety and eventually we see him take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame.  It’s a heart-wrenching and truly inspiring story that shows you that it is never too late for anyone.  The documentary has already been making its rounds on the festival circuit and the responses have been incredible.  If you love wrestling or are looking for an amazingly well put together documentary definitely pick this one up tomorrow the 12th of January on iTunes and probably everywhere else.

Jan 082016
 

Good evening Melters.  As you are well aware its the weekend!  Along with my weekly post about things to look out for during the week, I will also be posting things to do and waste your money on this weekend.  Here are a few suggestions for said debauchery….

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-Head to the Japanese-American History for the Giant Robot Biennale 4 exhibit.  If you are a fan of collectible vinyl toys, art, and pop culture with a Japanese twist, this is the place for you.  The exhibit will feature 50 pieces from the company’s history.  If you are a fan of street inspired art and collectibles then this is the exhibit for you.  It will be going on till January 24th so you still have plenty of time to get your Robot on.

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-On Saturday, in honor of the passing of legendary Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, the entire strip on Sunset Blvd will be closed off for a memorial celebrating his life.  All fans and friends are welcome to join but get there early because demand is already massive.  Start at the Rainbow Room (Lemmy’s favorite spot) and drink like a rock star in honor of Lemmy.  If you want to be a part of rock history be there tomorrow in your best leather pants.

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-Legendary artist and inspiring lyricist, Patti Smith is performing at the world famous Wiltern in Hollywood this Saturday.  If you are a fan of EXTREMELY well written music and one of the last true songwriters in music, you would be mistaken to not attend this.  She puts on an amazing show and this is also a sure thing for a great date night.

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-Head to the Grammy Museum in Downtown LA for an amazing tribute exhibit to perhaps one of the greatest comedians of all time, George Carlin.  The exhibit entitled: A Place For My Stuff will have things raging from old programs, George’s personal photo collection, to outfits Carlin wore himself and everything in between.  George Carlin fans and fans of comedy in general will love this exhibit.

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-Now with all these fun things to do this weekend you need a place to eat am I right?  Take it from me melters, if you are looking for THE BEST Mexican food in this county go to Gilbert’s El Indio in Santa Monica.  Everything is authentic and tastes unreal.  Be sure to try the margaritas and the chimichangas, you will not be disappointed.  Just try and not to be bothered by the plethora of pictures of little ninos of the purveyors children.

#03 The Jim Mahfood Episode

 Posted by on January 5, 2016
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Meltdown Presents: On Some Hip Hop Sh!t” #03 The Jim Mahfood Episode

You’ve been good all year long and this is the episode of On Some Hip Hop Shit you’ve been waiting for. Artist and writer Jim Mahfood (GRRRL Scouts,  Tank Girl) sets off 2016 with stories from making his own short zine to drawing the “Clerks” comic for Kevin Smith and ballin out of control like the 40 oz comics bawse that he is. To check out Jim’s work, hop on over to www.jimmahfood.com

Self Uno jumps in the booth with @BSchultz808 and @Wedsfinest to talk with Jim about the crossover of Graff and comics and we delve into paying respect in his books Hip Hop and his music influences.  Its a sprawling ep where we go way too long again.

We get a chance to swan dive into Scott Morse and Mahfood’s legendary Comic-Con parties and the con  scene before geek culture was truly popular.  Most importantly we talk Jim’s top five 40oz beers,  the Beasties,  Questlove’s NYU class, and working with the Marley family.


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#02! The Blokhedz Episode

 Posted by on December 22, 2015
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XPLICIT LYRICS WARNING

salty language in abundance

Meltdown Presents: On Some Hip Hop Sh!t: #02! The Blokhedz Episode

In a sprawling conversation that is definitely not for fragile ears, the Street Legends Ink crew recounts grifting textbooks in Atlanta, Lisa Left Eye Lopes, Ninja Scroll and work for the Killaarmy of the Wu tang.

We swing this ep with the Madtwiinz and Self Uno where we accidentally launch into Lando Calrisian and his importance as a figure in Star Wars Cannon. B Schultz officially gets renamed “Brando Calrissian” after his action figure story. Cloud City stand up!

In the same breath we talk we discuss Nas and Hennesy concoctions in the the “Sippin On” segment. We talk the relevance of Alize in 2013 and Adam pops his Henessy cherry.

We shout out Morris Brown, Morehouse the Atlanta University Center and Mad Dog 20/20.

We talk Sean Price R.I.P and we pitch the “on some hip hop shit” album of the month club.

Mark takes 10% of all ideas, especially the hypothetical ‘album of the month club’ which spans eras and regions of classic hip hop — must listen for any true school hip hop heads.

Parents threw away our N.W.A tapes and the rest is history.

Oh yeah, and we also talk Blokhedz the comic , the animation, the toys influences and

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Finally we CONNECT with the Marvel Hip Hop Cover homage to “Illmatic” and Miles Morales.

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.