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The Cosplay Train Express, the world’s first all immersive pop culture rail experience, aimed at fans looking for that ultimate adventure. As part of an annual trek from Los Angeles to San Diego to celebrate the iconic Grandaddy of comic book conventions, this first-of-its-kind annual rail adventure will offer a limited number of fans the unique opportunity to engage with global celebrities, past and present, while creating the ultimate cosplay future universe along the way. William Kircher, who portrayed the iconic dwarf “Bifur” in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will be on board to socialize with fans and lead the 4-day celebration as event emcee. Those fortunate to procure these “Golden Rail Passes” are encouraged to brush up on the ancient Dwarvish language before departing on this adventure. Golden Rail Passes are on sale NOW!

“I am excited to be the host of the Cosplay Train Express,” says William Kircher. “When I was told that this was the first annual adventure, I just knew that my participation would be something that cosplay and pop culture fans would enjoy. It should be a lot of fun.” Fan favorites from other movie and TV franchises will also join the rail experience, including Adam West, Julie Newmar, and Burt Ward, with more names from the guest list to be released in the coming weeks.

The Cosplay Train Express includes* roundtrip rail fare, one day in San Diego during Comic-Con International, all-inclusive food and beverage, and a 21+ environment throughout the train, with specialty cocktails and innovative party programming that brings stars and fans together in smaller, more extraordinary settings. The Cosplay Train Express departs daily from Los Angeles, July 21-24, 2016. Quintessential themes will be recreated on board while additional events will be built around each railcar and their defining traits. Fans can choose their adventure from four immersive experiences: The Wizard Express The Sci-fi Universe Lounge TRAXX Celebrity Lounge Heroes vs Villains Lounge

The Cosplay Train Express will give “railers” the chance to become part of the Cosplay Universe throughout their adventure. Staffed by a passionate crew and professional cosplayers dressed in distinctive costumes, each railcar on the private carriages will pay homage to a favorite universe with parties and trivia competitions inspired by pivotal moments in pop culture history. Angry Goat Productions is a Los Angeles based multi-platform world leader in live entertainment innovation. With three interconnecting divisions that engage global consumers through live events, streaming media, and digital platforms, while inspiring and entertaining a world community of die-hard fans in a unique and meaningful way: with adventures that last a lifetime.

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Mar 102016
 

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Mad scientist or genius inventor, Nikola Tesla has more recently become something of a pop culture sensation. Tesla was a brilliant scientist with an active, agile mind that produced hundreds of patented ideas in his lifetime. Tesla is most well-known for his work with energy and the “War of Currents” against Thomas Edison, but he also made crucial discoveries in radio transmissions and numerous other scientific disciplines. He even conceived of a device that has become colloquially known as a “death ray,” which he hoped would end all war and allow humanity to focus on more productive endeavors. Tesla possessed the eccentricity that often accompanies brilliance, and was prone to strange obsessions and phobias throughout his life.

Tesla’s Comic Takeover

Though Tesla was largely ignored by popular media in his later years, today’s comic artists have reignited an interest in his diverse theories and inventions. The fascination with Tesla’s work among comic artists is undeniably related to how strongly many of his projects resemble the fantastical inventions found within the beloved science fiction genre. Matthew Inman, a webcomic artist otherwise known as “The Oatmeal”, created a scathing historical overview of how Thomas Edison stole the concept for many of his own inventions from Tesla and other inventors of the era. The Marvel Universe went even more in-depth with its acknowledgment of Tesla, giving the inventor 14 canon appearances in various popular titles, including S.H.I.E.L.D. and Fantastic Four.

Tesla was featured in his own comic alongside the legendary horror and science fiction author, HP Lovecraft in the Herald collection. In this action comic, Tesla reluctantly teams up with Lovecraft to take down an army of Cthulhu cultists who threaten to bring the Old Ones back to see to the end of the world. Other notable comic book adaptations include the Inventor series and The Five Fists of Science.

An Enigmatic Character

Historical accounts of Tesla paint a nuanced picture of his character as a man both brilliant and eccentric. Remembering him as a “wizard” of electricity and science has helped cement his image in our collective cultural consciousness, and his more abnormal attributes have come to define what it means to be a truly “mad” scientist. While the real Tesla was a more retiring soul than his comic renderings would have the public believe – living his last years in isolation, and never marrying – the comics succeed in capturing what is likely the reason people resonate with his character in the first place. Tesla had an unstoppable drive to make the world a better place on his own terms.

Tesla’s Energy Today

The most fascinating thing about Tesla’s work is that, if widely implemented, it would be even more revolutionary today than it would have been in his time. Few historical inventions can boast that kind of modern relevance. Tesla dreamed of using the alternating current to provide free and clean energy, demonstrating foresight into the modern limitations that the use of fossil fuels have imposed on society. He was, in his own way, a proponent of the idea that coal and oil were not sustainable sources of fuel.

While the world runs on the electric current, it would be a very different place if Tesla’s alternating current had become the basis for the modern energy model. Electric currents run only in one direction, but the alternating current supply system uses a current flow that periodically changes direction. Alternating current systems are far more efficient than unidirectional electrical systems because they allow energy to be distributed in two directions. This system minimizes power loss over large distances, making any device that utilizes it more efficient.

The modern Tesla Energy company is carrying on Tesla’s legacy in its endeavors to revolutionize the way people buy, pay for and store electrical power. In the current grid system, traditional energy providers are fully responsible for pricing and providing electricity. However, Tesla’s new home battery helps individuals and families defect from the fossil fuel-supplied grid and harness green energy supplied from the sun.

Tesla was a man ahead of his time who has experienced an unlikely surge in popularity in recent years. That surge is largely due to a small but devoted following of artists and inventors, both in the industrial and artistic spheres. Tesla may not have been properly recognized in his time, but the application of his genius has captured the modern imagination in a way that even he could not have possibly foreseen.

Feb 252016
 

 

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Friday 2/26/2016 (tomorrow) 5-9pm . Open to the public! Prizes, Live Auctions and more!
Watch live via www.shopxsn.com

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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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Illustrations by Rutu Modan, Anders Nilsen, Richard Sala, Isabel Seliger, Seth, and Anuj Shrestha

 

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.