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Feb 172014
 

BLACK_DYNAMITE_02_1kArs Nova, IDW and Meltdown Comics present:

BLACK DYNAMITE Issue #1 Signing

March 1st, 2014 5pm – 8pm

Meet, greet and get your Black Dynamite issues signed by Byron Minns (“Bullhorn”, Writer, Black Dynamite; Writer/Performer, Black Dynamite Animated Series), Scott Sanders (Writer/Director, Black Dynamite) and Brian Ash (Black Dynamite Comic Writer, Co- Executive Producer, Black Dynamite Animated Series). Plus, Live Soul Music from DJ SUCKAPUNCH (Scott Sanders)

Meltdown Comics

7522 Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, Calif. 90046 (map)

 

Oct 222013
 

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EXHIBITION: The Doctor Is In:  A Tribute to The Show
LOCATION: Meltdown Gallery, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
ON VIEW: November 1, 2013 – November 23, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 7pm

Hollywood, CA – Meltdown Comics presents:
The Doctor Is In: A Tribute to The Show.

This interdisciplinary exhibition will bring together work by a group of [mostly] of over 100 local artists and followers to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the sci-fi cult classic. From angels who weep to Dalek plungers and whisks, the art about our favorite madman with a box police box will be nothing to shake a sonic screwdriver at.

Curator FD has assembled artists whose work for the shows includes animation, graphic design, illustration, graffiti, comics, painting, installation and performance. Each artwork presented was chosen based on the artist’s vision and how their work portrays a distinct Los Angeles interpretation of the monolithic British franchise.

The opening reception for The Doctor Is In: A Tribute to The Show will take place on Friday, November 1st at 7:00 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

Hours: Meltdown Gallery/NerdMelt Showroom is open during Meltdown Comics store hours –
Thursday thru Tuesday 11am-9pm, Wednesday 10am-10pm
Admission:
Free and open to the public

Press & Show information/Contact:
Francisco Dominguez francisco@meltcomics.com or Meg Meg.PR@meltcomics.com
Resident Whovian: Benjamin Dunn bcdunn@gmail.com

Participating Artist:

Abbybelle Daniel Spellman John Devilman Messy Pink
Adam Murray Deanna Rooney John Mathot Michael Thomas Grant
Adam Rosette Dik Pose Jon Schnepp Michael White
Aimee Steinberger Doc43 Rueda Jonathan Woods Mike Pflaumer
Aldrin Cornejo Donna Letterese Jordan Mizell Monstark
Aliki Grafft e.D. Xu Josh Karp Nate
Amy Smith Ellie Kushner Josh Prieto Nathan Chesshir
Amy Watson Emily Barr Joshua Pruett Pierre Bernard Jr.
Aun-Juli Riddle Eren Unten Justin Bloomer Pinguino Kolb
Ben Collison Erin Pearce Justin Ridge Rebecca Lord
Bernyce Talley FriedGoldenMonkey Kali Fontecchio Roger Kuhns
Austin Salmi Galo MAKE Canote Kate Ward Sarah E. Kushner
Bill Rude Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca Katherine Waddell Satine Phoenix
Black_eM Heather Carlton Kelly McKernan Sergio D. Robleto
Brandon Bird Holly Knevelbaard Kelly Singpo Sherwin Viray / heydanger
Brian Fyffe Holly Payne Kenny Keil Simon Sotelo
Caroline Louis J.Q. Hammer Kevin Sukho Lee Stephen Kramer Glickman
Cassie Soliday Jack Rossi Laura Knight Susan Mandel
Chelsea Kenna Jared Konopitski Lauren Andrews TAHK0
Christopher Bennett Jean Kang Liane Ricci Tiki Jay One
Christopher Graybill Jeff Rebner Lincoln Kamm Tomi Monstre
Cleia Barreto Jeremy Wojchihosky Lissa Treiman Tristan Child
Daisy Church Jim Koch Maggie Rossetti Valerie Petrarca
Damon O’keefe John Abarca Maha Tabikh Yesenia Prieto
Dana Lechtenberg Alex Willan Mandar Zoë Moss

 

About the Gallery:
Meltdown Gallery on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. Meltdown Gallery is located within Meltdown Comics, one of the most respected comic book stores in the world. Meltdown Comics/Meltdown Gallery is a key component in the cultural sphere of Los Angeles. Meltdown Gallery exhibits local and international established and emerging artists working in the mediums of graphic novel/comic art, designer toys, graffiti/aerosol painting, photography, illustration, and digital artwork.

About Meltdown Comics:
In 1993 with little more than some Vertigo comics, a run of “The Crow”, and some Spider-Man t-shirts Meltdown Comics and Collectibles opened its doors. The neighbors were afraid to let their children come in and play the Jokers Wild pinball game and the pimps would run their girls in to hide from the cops. Constantly gazing across the street at the not-so-aptly named “Syds” children’s store Gaston Dominguez-Letelier and Ilia Carson-Letelier knew their dream of one day being the largest comic book store on the west coast would one day come day come true.

After 2 moves on the same block (and with the help of Francisco Dominguez and Hisami Dominguez-Letelier) in 2002, that dream materialized. Now the mecca for all things comic book, comedy, podcasting and pop-culture related bits, Meltdown celebrates its 20th anniversary this fall with a blockbuster line-up of events and programs that in the past have garnered such accolades as “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…

About NerdMelt:
You won’t find a marquee for the NerdMelt Showroom on Sunset Boulevard, or any signage, for that matter. When you walk in to the verifiable comic book Mecca that is Meltdown Comics and head to the back, a Nerdist logo greets your entrance to one of the most unique performance  paces in Los Angeles. It isn’t your typical showroom with plush chairs, dark walls and a far off green room marking the divide between performer and audience. This is NerdMelt Showroom. If NerdMelt’s vitality is partially drawn from its unique aesthetics and surroundings, perhaps the rest is thanks to the community that has found itself drawn to the vision of Chris Hardwick of bringing the best, most unique, nerd-centric entertainment to you. It’s a place for Dan Harmon to hold court among a hundred or so adoring fans. It’s a place to see your favorite podcasts recorded live, in the flesh. It’s a place to spend your Sunday afternoons listening to Ben Blacker host the best television writers in the industry discussing their craft. It’s a place where every Wednesday night any standup comedian you’ve ever wished to see could be at The Meltdown with Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, from Louis C.K. to Jim Gaffigan to Robin Williams. It’s The Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics and it’s the D.I.Y. beating heart of Los Angeles’s comedy

TheDoctorIsIn2013 Click to view show poster.
Poster and flyer art by
Dana Lechtenberg

Follow us:
The Doctor Is In Twitter/Instagram official hashtag #TheDoctorIsIn2013
Meltdown Comics Twitter/Instagram – @MeltdownComics
NerdMelt Twitter/Instagram – @NerdMelt

 Posted by at 8:30 am
Jul 122013
 

summahfest2013Every year, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail throws a party, hosted by Howard Kremer, to honor the amazingness that is summah. That’s not a typo: it’s summah, not summer. Summah is the best version of summer there is, and for the 4th year in a row, it’s also an amazing party. We’ll have water guns, hula hoops, chewing gum, leis, water guns, a DJ, food, booze, and at the end of a sun-soaked day, a comedy show! Best of all, it’s all FREE!
On Saturday, August 10th at 2pm, come and behold the wonders of Summahfest with us.
Summahfest starts at 2pm!
The show will start around 6pm!
Lineup to be announced soon!
You will not be allowed in without RSVP and valid ID! We don’t fuck around.
So RSVP and let’s party.

RSVP HERE

Jul 122013
 
via: beyond-festWHITE500 ...............................[about Beyond Fest]

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After the phenomenal success of two sold-out shows, we are elated to announce a third and final West Coast performance by Italian prog rock pioneers Goblin playing live on October 21st at the Egyptian Theatre.

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM, Saturday July 27th through  BPT_logo_main

Playing Los Angeles for the first time in their 40 year history, Goblin will perform a full, live set pulled from their most iconic scores, including: Dario Argento’s giallo classics Suspiria, Tenebrae, and Deep Red, George A. Romero’s seminal Dawn of the Dead,Roller, Il fantastico Viaggio del Bagarozzo Mark, and the most recent Back to the Goblin. Other famous scores never performed live anywhere will be included in this show.

The line up for this show will include original members since 1975 Claudio Simonetti and Maurizio Guarini (keyboards) and Massimo Morante (guitar). The band is rounded out by drummer Titta Tani and bassist Bruno Previtali that joined in 2010.

Immediately following Goblin’s performance will be an incredibly rare 35mm screening of Argento’s career-defining giallo masterpiece, Suspiria.

To celebrate Goblin’s first shows in Los Angeles, co promoters Death Waltz Records is releasing a tour-exclusive EP featuring four brand new versions of the Goblin classics Suspiria, Tenebrae, Profondo Rosso & Roller. These re-recorded versions by the recently reunited band not only manage to capture the spirit of the original recordings but instill them with an urgency and intensity that is truly representative of their recent live performances. The EP will only be available on the US tour and will be pressed on blood red 180g vinyl featuring exclusively commissioned artwork by legendary poster artist Graham Humphreys (Evil Dead, A Nightmare On Elm Street).

Beyond Fest is also producing a limited edition poster for the event. Designed by Graham Humphreys, the poster will draft off of the artwork featured on the Death Waltz Records EP and is available exclusively at the show.

There are two tickets available: VIP and General Admission. VIP tickets are priced at $75 (plus booking fee) and limited to 65 tickets. VIP tickets include: access to band sound check, pre show meet and greet with the band, commemorative event poster signed by Graham Humphreys (variant version of that detailed above), and first entry into theater for the live performance and Tenebrae screening. General admission tickets are priced at $30 (plus booking fee) and provide access to the live performance and Tenebrae screening.

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM, Saturday July 27th through  BPT_logo_main

Jun 282013
 

Meltdown Comics friends Amity and American Cinematheque announce Beyond Fest!

Creative collective Amity and the American Cinematheque announced today that they are partnering to create Beyond Fest, a festival featuring the best in world genre programming, October 13 – 27, 2013 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

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Dedicated to delivering the elite in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema, Beyond Fest will globally program a diverse and eclectic mix of gala premieres, rare retrospectives, and special events, all of which are anchored in bringing firsts to the community of genre fans in Los Angeles. Beyond Fest’s programming slate launches with the announcement of the first Los Angeles performance of Italian Prog Rock pioneers Goblin, who rose to cult fame through their work with horror maestro Dario Argento.

“We’ve always wanted to bring a world-class genre festival to Los Angeles, so we figured we’d do something about it with Beyond Fest,” said Christian Parkes, principle at Amity. “As fans ourselves we want to create something that is comparable to the very best festivals out there, and partnering with the American Cinematheque allows us to do exactly that: we want to give the film community here direct access to what others are seeing around the world.”

“There are so many great films being produced in every corner of the world, and we want to reflect that when programming Beyond Fest,” said Grant Moninger, American Cinematheque programmer. “By focusing on world cinema, it gives us the opportunity not only to select the very best films out there, but it also allows us to program films that might not be seen in a theater in the US.”

Reflecting Beyond Fest’s  commitment to original and diverse programming is the announcement of Goblin  performing on October 22nd at the Egyptian Theatre. Playing Los Angeles for the first time in their 40 year history, Goblin will perform a full, live set pulled from their most iconic scores, including: Dario Argento’s giallo classics Suspiria, Tenebrae, and Deep Red, and George A. Romero’s seminal Dawn of the Dead. Immediately following Goblin’s performance will be an incredibly rare 35mm screening of Argento’s 1975 masterpiece, Deep Red.

To celebrate Goblin’s first show in Los Angeles, co promoters Death Waltz Records is releasing a tour-exclusive EP featuring four brand new versions of the Goblin classics Suspiria, Tenebrae, Profondo Rosso & Roller. These re-recorded versions by the recently reunited band not only manage to capture the spirit of the original recordings but instill them with an urgency and intensity that is truly representative of their recent live performances. The EP will only be available on the US tour and will be pressed on blood red 180g vinyl featuring exclusively commissioned artwork by legendary poster artist Graham Humphreys (Evil Dead, A Nightmare On Elm Street).

Beyond Fest is also producing a limited edition poster for the event. Designed by Graham Humphreys, the poster will draft off of the artwork featured on the Death Waltz Records EP and is available exclusively at the show.

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 Posted by at 7:59 pm
May 032013
 

fcbd2013Hey all, we’ve got a bunch of stuff going on all day long. From Shia Labeouf signing at 10 am, Devastators take over Free Indie Comic Book Day, plus Sales! 20% off all TPB’s, Back Issues by the Pound!, and back by popular deman ” Let’s Make a Deal on Statues”,Super secret Jim Mahfood FCBD 2013 Commemorative T-shirt printed on-demand only. And if you’re worried there won’t be any tunes to bop your head to while at Meltdown, fear not DJ OLD BOY will be spinning tunes throughout the day. Fun times begin at 10am! See you here!!!
Free Comic Book Day is
Saturday May 4th, 2013
Meltdown Comics opens at 10am
7522 Sunset Blvd.
LA, CALIF 90046 (map)

 Posted by at 5:06 pm
Nov 122012
 

Come early for a pre-event signing of “Limited Shits and Only at Meltdown items” from 9-10pm. THIS PART OF THE EVENING IS FREE TO QUEUE UP FOR AND ATTEND! (NO OUTSIDE ITEMS WILL BE SIGNED/ ALLOWED)

BACK SHOWROOM EVENT IS SOLD OUT

One Night Only! Join us for a special evening of some next level shit with Die Antwoord featuring a video marathon with LIVE directors commentary by Ninja and Yo-landi hosted by Xeni Jardin (Boing Boing)! The screening will feature “Zefside”, “Enter the Ninja”, “Evil Boy”, “Rich Bitch”, “Fok Julle Naaiers”, “I Fink U Freeky”, “Baby’s On Fire”, “Fatty Boom Boom”, “WAT POMP” and “DIS IZ WHY I’M HOT .”

NerdMelt Showroom inside Meltdown Comics

7522 Sunset Bl. LA, CA 90046 (map)

Hungry? Come enjoy the newest member of Meltdown’s Food truck line-up “Rogue Grilled Cheese” Truck. Check out their menu here.

 Posted by at 9:55 am
Oct 302012
 

Come early for a pre-event signing of  “Limited Shits and Only at Meltdown items” from 9-10pm. THIS PART OF THE EVENING IS FREE TO QUEUE UP FOR AND ATTEND! (NO OUTSIDE ITEMS WILL BE SIGNED/ ALLOWED)

BACK SHOWROOM EVENT IS SOLD OUT

One Night Only! Join us for a special evening of some next level shit with Die Antwoord featuring a video marathon with LIVE directors commentary by Ninja and Yo-landi hosted by Xeni Jardin (Boing Boing)! The screening will feature “Zefside”, “Enter the Ninja”, “Evil Boy”, “Rich Bitch”, “Fok Julle Naaiers”, “I Fink U Freeky”, “Baby’s On Fire”, “Fatty Boom Boom”, “WAT POMP” and “DIS IZ WHY I’M HOT .”

NerdMelt Showroom inside Meltdown Comics

7522 Sunset Bl. LA, CA 90046 (map)

Oct 232012
 

INVOCATION I is presented by D.B. Think Tank at 7518 and 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046 (next door to, and inside of Meltdown Comics) from November 2nd – November 18th, 2012. The opening party will be at 8PM on November 2nd, 2012, Antichrist Kramer and Peter Beste will be in attendance signing. DJ Jonbenet (Dominick from Ash Pool/Prurient) will be doing a special 7″ only black and death metal DJ set. The closing party is at 8PM on November 17th, 2012 and Alexander Brown will be in attendance from New Zealand signing an exclusive print with other events TBA.

Our inaugural show, INVOCATION I, is an exploration of darkness and esoterica from five artists who, with work featured on top black, death and doom metal records and in occult and art publications, create the aesthetic that helps to define the modern fringe of extreme art and music.

Antichrist Kramer is a painter, musician and record label owner who is influenced by nightmares and dreams, esoteric ritual, mind expansion and above all else his hatred, disgust and rage towards this world/paradigm and the majority of its inhabitants. His work has been on releases from many modern legends of black and death metal such as INQUISITION, VASAELETH, PSEUDOGOD, NYOGTHAEBLISZ, HELLVETRON, THE TRUE WEREWOLF, GOATPENIS, ABSURD, EMBALMED as well as his own musical projects DEATHKEY and INTOLITARIAN; and labels such as Osmose, Nuclear War Now, Hells Headbangers, No Colours and his own labels – Satanic Skinhead Propaganda and Audial Decimation records. His labels have releases from all the aforementioned bands as well as BLASPHEMY, SARCOFAGO, SETH PUTNAM/ANAL CUNT, SATANIC WARMASTER, CONQUEROR, REVENGE, PRURIENT, FELDGRAU and GRUNT. This is Kramer’s first gallery show in 10 years and we are honored that he chose us to bring his dark masterworks to an unsuspecting public.

Peter Beste is an American documentary photographer best known for his work documenting subcultures. His first book True Norwegian Black Metal (Vice Books 2008) is a seven-year exploration into the dark world of black metal music in Norway.  The country’s largest musical export gives birth to this notorious subculture- an obscure mix of Occultism, Nordic mythology, and extreme heavy metal which aggressively forsakes Norwegian mainstream society. Beste’s unprecedented access and insight results in a stunning and honest visual testimonial and has been exhibited in over 12 countries. Beste’s next venture was to return to his Texas roots to investigate the infamous world of underground Houston rap with writer Lance Scott Walker. Known around the world for its original sound, it’s gritty, violent and drug-promoting lyrical content, Beste presents an honest and compassionate look into the homes and personal lives of Houston’s rappers, and everyday inner-city citizens of the Houston neighborhoods. Through integrating himself into their world for over seven years, Beste’s photos give his audience an honest look rather than the exaggerated commercial-friendly facade commonly presented. This project has culminated into two books to be released in March 2013. Beste has had solo exhibitions in London, New York, Tokyo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Los Angeles, Madrid, and others. His work has appeared in American Photo, Arkitip, Juxtapoz, British Journal of Photography, Dazed and Confused, London Observer, Modern Painters, VH1, MTV, NRK (Norway), XXL and many others.

The Black Ink Warlock, a.k.a. Justin Bartlett, applies boundless visual style to depictions of the arcane. His developed portfolio representing clients of various trades exposes an illustrative language often derived from the occult, where theology and religion meet strife. Here he has mastered visual manipulation of his equally imaginative clients within several genres of extreme music. With pen and ink, Bartlett renders visions unseen by the naked eye, awakening apparitions as ambiguous as those creatures created by Edgar Allen Poe or ideas fostered by Aleister Crowley. Self-taught, the illustrator/designer has developed a style that’s equally recognizable as it is versatile. Bartlett’s work has been selected for worldwide exhibitions and his illustrations have cloaked the pages of Vice Magazine and he has been featured in Illustration Now! and 3X3 Magazine.

Alexander “Bad News” Brown is a New Zealand based illustrator whose finely detailed work has graced the albums and shirts of top metal bands such as MITOCHONDRION, IMPIETY, CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS, NAILS, VASAELETH, ALDEBARAN, PSEUDOGOD, DIOCLETIAN, HERESIARCH and his own roaring black/death metal machine WITCHRIST. This is Alexander’s first gallery show and we are proud to have his world class illustrations here.

Denis Forkas Kostromitin is a master painter from Moscow, Russia. Growing up in Russia he was initially a self-taught artist. When he was still in his twenties, Denis frequently visited China as an interpreter and a journalist and eventually came across the opportunity to study traditional Eastern painting techniques. His research of philosophy and the occult – both ancient and modern – coupled with the unique sense of aesthetics produce beautiful and bewitching works, which grace the covers of records from HORSEBACK, CASTLE, RIDE FOR REVENGE, DEAD REPTILE SHRINE, WRATHPRAYER, FUNERARY CALL and AVE MARIA. This is the first exhibit in the United States to feature Denis’ work.

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Oct 162012
 

Guess what, L.A. — horror won’t be ending on Halloween night.
The terror actually begins on Friday, November 2nd as Johnny Ryan unleashes the beast that is Prison Pit 4!

Be one of the first to wrap your slorge around the highly-anticipated latest volume in Ryan’s sci-fi-prison-planet-gore-fest-slugfest-a-thon serial at Meltdown Comics.

And yes, it’s true: Cannibal Fuckface goes to Hollywood.

via Fantagraphics.com: “We’re sealing up his crate, plastering those “Caution: Dangerous Animal” stickers on the outside, and sending Cannibal Fuckface to the signing. God forgive us. Chances are, you’ve heard legends of his performances in Seattle, Portland, and, most certainly, San Diego. Trust us, you do not want to miss what’s sure to be another incredible (and dangerous) performance.

Ajax Wood IS Cannibal Fuckface // Photo credit: the amazing Jonas Seaman

November 2nd, 2012 at 8pm
Meltdown Comics (map)
7522 Sunset Bl. LA CA 90046

*** CAN’T MAKE IT AND WANT A SIGNED BOOK. ***
*** PRE-ORDER SIGNED PRISON PIT 4 HERE ***