Feb 072016
 

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Book stores aren’t supposed to exist anymore. Especially independent ones.

The sad truth is that, at one point, Amazon and waning attention spans massacred these outlets, turning customers into e-shoppers and proprietors into paupers. Which is why exceptions have to be exceptional.

Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard is one of those special misfits.

It’s a 10,000 square foot playground offering cartooning and writing classes, open mics, events, shows—the store’s even spawned a network television series starring names even non-geeks recognize. Oh yeah, and the place also sells comics. Tons. Everything from the spandex set to avant garde graphic novels. French, Spanish, Japanese creations, lots of toys, plus books with characters who grapple with love, rejection, and how to pay the rent—issues the store’s 45 year-old bearded Chilean owner has faced repeatedly for the past 26 years.

“I lucked out,” said Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, who opened Meltdown in 1993 with his then-wife Ilia. “I do daily what I love. When I started out, it was scary. Because if I fail, I’m done. So there was no option to fail.” Read the rest of the article here: http://smashd.co/take-a-page-from-meltdown/

Dec 072015
 

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An Evening of Live Music, Magic and More
with Joel Hodgson Special Guest Hosts Paul & Storm
with Appearances by Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, Jonah Ray and Many More!

Final Countdown Commences at 5 pm on
Friday, December 11th, 2015
Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles

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Calling all MST-ies: it’s the final countdown! For the past three weeks, MST3K fans old and new have taken up the rallying cry of “Keep Circulating the URL”, raising more than $4 million and guaranteeing at least six brand new, feature-length episodes of the award-winning comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. As the Kickstarter campaign to #BringBackMST3K comes to a close on December 11th, and needing to raise an additional $1.5 million to fund a full season of 12 episodes, MST3K creator Joel Hodgson will host a very special event, “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Final Countdown! A Livestreaming Telethon with Joel Hodgson & Friends to Help #BringBackMST3K. ” Powered by the XSN, the Internet’s home to discover, buy and sell collectables, the telethon will be hosted at the legendary epicenter of cool, Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles.

Starting at 5 pm PT on Friday, December 11th , Hodgson will welcome a cavalcade of celebrity friends and supporters for an evening of laughs, music, magic, special offers, and MST3K memories as they join forces to ensure the campaign meets its ultimate goal of $5.5 million to produce a full season of 12 episodes. Along with special guest hosts, w00tstock founders and musicians Paul & Storm, the telethon will include in-person and video appearances from Felicia Day, Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount, Patton Oswalt, Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, Robert Lopez, Pendleton Ward, Dana Gould, Steve Zaragoza, Freezepop, Starbomb, Master Pancake, John Carney, Game Grumps, and many more!

Fans will be able to participate in the festivities by tuning into the livestream of the event at MST3K.com/FinalCountdown and The Official MST3K YouTube Channel, and join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #BringBackMST3K.

While Hodgson will be involved in writing and all facets of production of the new series, MST3K’s new episodes will feature comedian Jonah Ray as the new host “Jonah Heston”, actress and comedian Felicia Day as the next Mad “Kinga Forrester”, actor and comedian Patton Oswalt as the next evil henchman “TV’s Son of TV’s Frank”, comedians Baron Vaughn and Hampton Yount as the newest voices of “Tom Servo” and “Crow T. Robot”, and of course, new cheesy movies to riff.

To contribute to the campaign and for updates, visit www.bringbackmst3k.com, and follow MST3K on Facebook (facebook.com/MST3K), Twitter (@MST3K) and Instagram (@MST3K).

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Contact: Sarah J. De Bruin, Shout! Factory sdebruin@shoutfactory.com /310-442-5013

 

Oct 072015
 

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Meltdown Presents: History of The Batman with Londyn! #021 – An Interview with Jason Shawn Alexander

Jason Shawn Alexander is comic book artist that also happens to a fine artist as well.  He is disciplined yet expressive.  His unique style has not only garnered critical acclaim, but has provided him with the opportunity to draw on Abe Sapien, Conan, Queen & Country and his creator owned Empty Zone.  Most importantly, Alexander has lent his dark, gritty style to the Batman Universe on Gotham Central and Batman: Arkham City Endgame.  There are some artists that are meant to draw Batman and Alexander is one of them.   Find out who he liked drawing the most and who he still wants to draw.  Check out his work here:  www.jasonshawnalexander.com


Produced by Mason Booker and Adam Silverstein.
Engineered by Mason Booker
Theme music by ROYALTYFREEMUSIC
Logo design by Hannah Nance Partlow, hannahnance.com.

Jul 212015
 

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 2.43.17 PMStep and Repeat is MOCA’s annual celebration of live performance. Now in its second year, it returned to The Geffen for a three-day program of music, performance art, comedy, poetry and dance, along with sets from DJs, food trucks, and special installations in the MOCA Store. Step and Repeat presented work from some of today’s most genre-defying and exuberantly experimental artists, with a special focus on the burgeoning performance communities in Los Angeles.

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James Fauntleroy is a Grammy Award-winning musician based in Los Angeles. Originally from Inglewood, he has been a fixture of global pop and urban charts since the release of “No Air”—an R&B duet co-written by Fauntleroy and performed by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown—in 2007. For Step and Repeat James Fauntleroy will premiere a new, live musical score to the 1991 animated film Felix the Cat: The Movie, performed with an all-star backing band. Critically panned at the time of its release, the film signaled a huge departure from the original world of Felix, taking viewers to an alternate dimension as Felix relied on his iconic Magic Bag of Tricks to save a beautiful princess. Fauntleroy recently revisited the film and was inspired to reimagine and retell Felix the Cat’s story through a unique musical experience across multiple genres including R&B, hip hop, alt rock and adult contemporary.

via: http://infinite-lives.co

Oct 132014
 

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Melt-thology is a monthly comix jam at Meltdown!

How it works:

• Show up at the Meltdown at 7:00 and draw a page of whatever you want.* At the end of the night we’ll collect all the art (and $2 for printing costs). When you come to the next month’s comix jam you’ll get a complete zine with everyone’s contributions inside!

• There is NO set theme and ALL skill levels are welcome!

• All of your original art will be returned to you along with your copy of the zine at next month’s meeting.

• Everyone who turns in art and $2 will have a copy waiting for them the next time they can make it out.

*Want to do a one-page self-contained strip? Awesome! One page of a longer, serialized story? Fantastic! A stand-alone illustration? Excelsior!

(Melt-thology is inspired by the monthly Dune Comix Jam at Cafe Racer in Seattle WA, organized by Max Clotfelter. Check out his work at maxclotfelter.blogspot.com)

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Feb 212014
 

It’s an age old statement, often exclaimed to the Comic Gods from within a sea of single issues: “I want to read a comic, but I have no idea where to start!”

You’re in luck! @MeltdownComics has shelves full of new titles, and we’re not only talking about the slew of Marvel #1’s released week-to-week.

Image Comics continues to impress with debuts of “Mercenary Sea,” “Fuse,” and the most recent “Undertow,” an Atlantis-meets-the-Matrix epic. How do those two go together? Read up and find out.

Dark Horse‘s “The White Suits” graduates from “Dark Horse Presents” into it’s own gritty title. If you’re a fan of noir and stylish assassins, check this one out!

With a successful @MeltdownComics signing in the bag, Oni Press’ “The Bunker” shook the shelves with a first issue that will literally break your brain (in a good way). Bunker Buzzwords: Future/Past-self, Presidency, Post-apocalypse, friendship!

From IDW, the character that’s permeated nearly every artistic medium and human heart out there, the swolest of the swole: Black Dynamite! Come join Byron Minns, Scott Sanders, and Brian Ash on March 1st, 2014 from 5-8PM @MeltdownComics, and get that #1 signed. Rumor has it Scott Sanders has soul music for us!

Out of the Marvel Comics bunch, “The Punisher” makes his way to sunny LA in his first issue, with a guest appearance from a Danny Trejo look-alike and many of the LA locales you know and love. But why stop there? Issue #2 introduces you to what could be Frank’s new mascot, and a surprise visit from a familiar Marvel villain.

Lastly, but certainly not least, “Black Widow” #1 delivers a rock-solid spy drama, written by the same writer of “The Punisher,” @NathanEdmondson. Want him to sign both those #1’s for you? Join us on March 12th, 2014 from 5:30-8:30PM.

Any of these titles grab your attention? Did you already pick one of them up this week? Let us know in the comments section which #1 titles you thought were the best/show the most promise, and we’ll give that title an in-depth spotlight review.

If you don’t want to miss any of these issues, follow the link to our subscription service below:

http://www.meltcomics.com/blog/subscription-service/

Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd. LA, Calif. 90046 (map)

Note: DC Comics, we haven’t forgotten about you. You’ll have your time in the sun.

 

 

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