Mar 242012
 

“The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist” is In-Store today! Come be the first of your pals to get your copy plus 2 tix w purchase! (while supplies last).

A one night only event honoring the release of the First Monograph of Clowes’s work. Hosted by Blair Butler (of G4’s Fresh Ink), this night will include a discussion with Clowes and Mark Frauenfelder of BoingBoing, and a Q&A with the man of the hour!

Also in attendance: Alvin Buenaventura the Chief Cloweseania Chronicler and Author of “The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist”

Buy one (1) copy of the book from Meltdown Comics and you get two (2) tickets to the evening’s events. An extra ticket can be bought for $10

Or if you’re not in LA, you can just buy a SIGNED copy of the The Art of Daniel Clowes

No individual tickets will be available, as this event is to celebrate Clowes new book, so find a friend and join us for this once in a lifetime event! A short signing will take place directly after the Q&A

The First Monograph on the Celebrated Cartoonist

The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist Edited by Alvin Buenaventura Designed by Jonathan Bennett Interview by Kristine McKenna Introduction by George Meyer Essays by Chip Kidd, Susan Miller, Ken Parille, Ray Pride, and Chris Ware 

“Clowes has explored the tedium and mystery of contemporary American life with more wit and insight than most novelists or filmmakers.” —New York Times

 “A master storyteller and artist. There is poetry in every panel.”—Esquire

“The country’s premier underground cartoonist.” —Newsweek

Throughout his twenty-five-year career, Daniel Clowes has always been ahead of artistic and cultural movements. In the late 1980s and 1990s his ground breaking comic-book series Eightball defined the indie aesthetic of alternative comics, with wit, venom, and even a little sympathy. His breakthrough success, Ghost World, convinced mainstream readers of comics’ literary potential. In the new millennium, with works such as Ice HavenWilsonMister Wonderful, and The Death-Ray, Clowes has redefined the graphic novel as an art form. Continue reading »

Jan 052012
 

Grant Morrison explores the underbelly of pop culture and modern society through the prism of comic books and his music tastes are just as thoughtful.

He stopped by LA-based public radio station KCRW (89.9 FM and KCRW.com) to share five songs that have inspired him throughout his life on the Guest DJ Project. Clever lyrics always catch his ear, from Morrissey to The Mutton Birds, and he reveals the track he considers the theme song to his cult favorite comic series The Invisibles — “Mogadishu by Baader Meinhof.

From Grant:
“This particular song is just so cool, for me this is the essence of cool, this song, and it’s a really sexy, slow, kind of iconic song. And what it made me feel, it was very much of a time where I was doing The Invisibles comic, which was about a group of sexy terrorists, you know occult terrorists. And this would have been the theme song of The Invisibles. You know I think it says everything about that outlaw glamour, the life lived on the fringes of the law, and on an international scale, and I really love it for that. It’s the sexiest song about terrorism that you will ever hear.”

He also praised the psychedelic hip hop of Dr. Octagon (“It sounded like comic books, it sounded like my favorite science fiction, it sounded like the weirdest television show you’d ever seen.”) and the Beatles parody group The Rutles. He says the work of Eric Idle and, in particular, songwriter Neil Innes resulted in “a parody that’s as good as the original, and in some cases better because Innes is such a genius song writer. He’s actually better than any of the song writers in The Beatles, as regards lyrics.”

“You know sometimes in my work I love to pastiche other writers. I kind of learned it all from Innes and The Rutles.”

Grant’s full Guest DJ Project set is offered streaming, for download and as a podcast (with a transcript) here: http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/gd/gd120104grant_morrison

Grant’s most recent release is a book analyzing superheroes called Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero. Available at Meltdown Comics


Grant Morrison Guest DJ Project Set List

1 – The Queen Is Dead – The Smiths
2 – Mogadishu – Baader Meinhof
3 – The Heater – The Mutton Birds
4 – Blue Flowers – Dr. Octagon
5 – Joe Public – The Rutles

About KCRW: KCRW 89.9FM
is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW.com.  KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. . Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. KCRW’s acclaimed Music Mine app for iPad is dedicated to music discovery.

Dec 262011
 
DnDMelt’s Celebrity Charity Dungeons and Dragons Event!

When: January 28, 2012. Time: 1-6 pm Where: http://meltcomics.com (online) Charity: Reach out and Read Los Angeles Http://rorLosAngeles.org @ReadTogether

Meltdown’s own Satine Phoenix (http://satinephoenix.net/is Hosting a 4 table Celebrity gaming event. Each table, with up to 6 players per table, will be running the same adventure written by Celebrity Writer Keith Baker (creator of Eberron, who will also be DMing one of the 4 tables.)

The fundraising part of this event starts HERE!  We’re working with Stickam.com to bring to you, wherever in the world you are, Pay Per View access to each table. With a minimum payment of $1 you can watch how one table of creatives solves this adventure. Don’t limit yourself to one group, watch all 4 tables! But that’s not all, you’ll be able to purchase the adventure as a PDF for $5 to play with your own group of gamers!

The proceeds will then be announced the following Monday (allowing all who wish to continue to donate through the weekend to do so) and presented to Reach Out and Read.

What exactly 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.

Visit Http://rorLosAngeles.org for more info or chat with them directly on Twitter @ReadTogether

If you want more information about this event email DnD@meltcomics.com

http://www.meetup.com/DnDMelt/