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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2014
DOGEPARTY WEST: LOS ANGELES AREA 1ST DOGECOIN PARTY AT MELTDOWN COMICS IN HOLLYWOOD APRIL 4TH, 2014

DogeParty on April 4th, at Hollywood’s fantastic Meltdown Comics

Los Angeles, Calif, March 31, 2014– Spelunk.in, a Los Angeles area group that hopes to teach interested parties about crypto currencies, is throwing a DogeParty on April 4th, at Hollywood’s fantastic Meltdown Comics.

DogeParty West is a good opportunity to learn more about the current slate of crypto currencies, setting up your own mining operation and scoring some free pizza. Sounds like a good time to me!

Spelunk.in is also creating opportunities to sponsor the Southern California Shiba Inu Rescue. Helping dogs is a sure way to get my attention.

Spelunkin is proud to present our first Dogecoin party – April 4, 2014!
Place: Meltdown Comics, located at 7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California.
Time: 7-10 pm!
Admission: FREE!

  • Music by DJ Headshot and Carl Schwenk.
  • Featuring LIVE SHIBAS from Southern California Shiba Inu Rescue and Two Dogs Farms!! We’ll be doing a doge contest where you can donate to your favorite dog soon, but if you’d like to send dogecoin to the charities, here are their wallets:
    -Socal Shiba Inu Rescue Doge Account: DTEPzQ8SP6xvPzudh5QNtcuUMrN9WRaUYt
    -Two Dogs Farms Doge Account: DGtdNLjE71CoWyPBHh3YpKhnzFo4ynDwNe
  • Come hang out with fellow doge fans, perhaps even dance with them! Bring a Shiba Inus and have it slathered in coos and joyous pets from strangers or enter it into our DogeDog contest!
  • Speak in simplified sentences all night!
  • Neon Roots is bringing their live cryptocurrency ticker.
  • Jeff Maki is play-testing a game, and Brad Wolf is demoing a doge-funded game.
  • Let’s Be Frank Food Truck will be serving human and doggy treats.
  • Live Reddit -Live streaming via MeltdownTV

Meltdown Comics, located in the heart of Hollywood, California on Sunset Blvd, opened in 1993 and has since become one the most respected comic book stores in the world. Taking a sophisticated approach to merchandise and operations, the 14,000sq/ft giant has garnered a reputation for hosting successful gallery openings, award winning comedy including the @meltdown_show on @ComedyCentral and live shows as well as podcasting events in their collaborative space with @NerdistDotCom, the @NerdMelt Showroom. Meltdown Comics recently made news by being the first brick and mortar comic book store to start accepting BITCOIN and on April 4th, will be first brick and mortar store to accept both BITCOIN and DOGECOIN in Los Angeles.

AWARDS:
“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… Plus: “Husbands and Knives” 7th episode of The Simpsons’ 19th season. 1st aired on Nov 18, 2007 – Lead segment is based on @MeltdownComics. (Google it.) ‘Nuff Said
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 Posted by at 8:00 am
Mar 202014
 

Meltdown Comics launches digital video agency MeltdownTV to connect Brands with cultural influencers in the geek space. New vertical led by veteran producer and entrepreneur Justin Sewell.

Director of Digital Content, MeltdownTV

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Justin Sewell brings over 12,000 hours of live streaming experience to MeltdownTV including industry leading  content in the geek space. In addition to bringing to life the feature documentaries People Vs George Lucas, Ringers: Lord of the Fans and StarWoids he is the creator and founder of LiningUpTV the first 24-hour live streaming network for Star Wars fans, and runs a profitable YouTube MCN focused on nerd culture with over 30 Million views. The newly created role Director of Digital Content is tasked with developing and monetizing great content for highly targeted audiences. Gaston Dominguez, CEO of Meltdown adds, “Mr. Sewell has proven track record of delivering the audience and revenue through merch and monetization, and we are excited to have him on the MeltdownTV team.”

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MeltdownTV launches in grand fashion Saturday, 22 March 2014 with Hellboy 20th Anniversary event streaming live from inside Meltdown Comics Hollywood and featuring creator Mike Mignola with special guests.

Meltdown Digital launches with an impressive slate of content partners including Sweet! Hollywood, noted DC and  BOOM! art instructors, XSN the first online-only shopping network for nerd culture, Famous Monsters magazine, and a stable of TV producers and talent from Food Network, Comedy Central, TBS, SyFy and more.

Business and content inquiries
justin@meltdowntv.com

 Posted by at 8:30 pm
Mar 172014
 
Mike Mignola at Meltdown Comics for Hellboy Day
Join us for a 20th anniversary Hellboy celebration! Creator Mike Mignola will be here, plus special guests!
Featuring Hellboy samplers, BPRD prints, chocolate Hellboys, and much MUCH more!!

March 22 marks the twentieth anniversary of Mike Mignola’s career-defining release of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1. After the character’s somewhat humble beginnings in an eight-page feature in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic-Con Comics special, Seed of Destruction would begin the long life of the beloved “beast of the apocalypse.”

In December, Dark Horse announced March 22, 2014, would be Hellboy Day, with events happening in comic shops around the world!
In addition to a slew of exclusive giveaways, Dark Horse has produced an all-new sampler comic featuring two classic Mignola tales, “The Ghoul” and “Another Day at the Office,” as well as two new stories by Mignola, Fábio Moon, and R. Sikoryak!

Look for the Hellboy: The First 20 Years hardcover collection, on sale in comic shops everywhere on March 19! This deluxe oversized hardcover presents Mignola’s favorite covers and illustrations in gallery style, from his first drawing of Hellboy through twenty years of publishing.

HELLBOY DAY — Saturday, March 22, 2014
Mike Mignola—Meltdown Comics—Los Angeles, CA
2 p.m. Meltdown Comics
Facebook Event Page:https://www.facebook.com/events/604965422917272/
Read more in the latest copy of Famous Monsters #273, featuring an interview with Mike Mignola by our own Meltdown Holly!available at ONLY at Meltdown Comics. (for now)
 Posted by at 10:00 am
Oct 292013
 

OtherDead-MDCFlyer-(2)Meltdown Comics and IDW present… The Other Dead/Hollywood Launch Party!

Featuring:

  • Kevin Eastman (TMNT, Heavy Metal)
  • Joshua Ortega (Gears Of War)
  • Digger T Mesch (Agent 88)
  • Sam Shearon (Ministry Artist)
  • Live Zombie Animal
  • Body-Painting by Dulce!
  • *Open Bar
  • Food Truck
  • Carnies
  • Costume Contest

We’re bringing madness to Sunset Blvd.

Wednesday 10/30/2013 6pm
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046 (map)

 

*open bar with purchase

 Posted by at 5:46 pm
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

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
Jun 042013
 

Hi, listen to this nice little deal…ready…here we go. Everyone with a ticket or handstamp to a show will receive 10% off all merch that night at Meltdown Comics. Sa-weeeet!

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So for instance, buy a ticket to the Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (pictured above) and when you come to the show, you can get 10% off merch at Meltdown Comics. Or maybe you wanna come to Harmontown (pictured below)…same deal!

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Come to a show, save some money at Meltdown. Tell your friends. Spread the word. Save some coin. Party. On.

For a full listing of shows you can check our show calendar RIGHT HERE.

 Posted by at 12:47 pm
Apr 152013
 

If you’re a fan of Geof Darrow’s comic, “The Shaolin Cowboy”, then you’re in for a treat. Wednesday’s Finest will be releasing a limited run of 500 pieces of a Shaolin Cowboy vinyl figure! The Shaolin Cowboy stands fourteen inches tall and is sculpted by Monster 5.
This totally awesome figure will be available in February 2013
Pre-order yours here -> Shaolin Cowboy Vinyl Figure PhotoGrid_1359589638891

 Posted by at 12:36 pm
Mar 122013
 

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As the resident manga maniac, allow me to present TOKYO BABYLON: a lost-license CLAMP masterpiece, originally published in English by Tokyopop before being resurrected by the ever-lovely Dark Horse for a well-deserved second life.

This comic is many things. It is both supernatural drama and romantic farce. It studies its characters with the intensity of a quirky indie film and yet still offers ghostly action sequences and pentagram-barriers—as if Gus Van Sant directed an episode of SUPERNATURAL. It was first written in 1991, narratively and philosophically ahead of its time in so many ways that its themes are relevant even now.

It also uses cultural magic as a thematic device. Look at your favoriate comics, folks: magical characters hold sway over us. The John Constantines and Doctor Stranges of the comic book world fascinate, conjuring spells that aid their cause but never break the rules of whatever given universe they’re tied to. That motivation laced into ability, the fact that Zatanna could probe the barriers of reality but chooses to interact with people instead, gives magical characters the kind of dramatic conflict that heroic straight-lacers are often wont to find.

The main character here is Subaru Sumeragi, clan leader and frequent user of onmyojitsu (yin-yang magic). Subaru lives in Tokyo with his twin sister, Hokuto. The two are often accompanied by Seishirou Sakurazuka, a kindly “veteranarian” who is regularly on hand to offer advice, claims to be in love with Subaru, and—when the situation requires—uses his own much-less-benign brand of onmyojitsu.

The best thing about TOKYO BABYLON is its genre-defying development. We begin with a “Young Romance”-ish summer special rife with humor and facepalming, and somehow end with… well, I hesitate to spoil anything, but let’s say that the scope of this magnificent story involves secret pentagram scars, sealed bets, murders, lost innocence (or should I say slaughtered innocence?), sacrifice, strange acceptance, and the truly morbid nature of cherry blossom trees. Its protagonists, as obvious bearers of the yin and yang, embody ancient symbols against a background of city life. It brings violence to places of previously sitcom-level simplicity. Its vacant end is Vertigo-worthy perfection.

Shop the manga section at Meltdown and receive 10% off when you select a MANGA DOESN’T SUCK-worthy title.

For more comic ramblings, follow me on twitter: @junkstory
#comicgeeksagainstmangadiscrimination

Feb 272013
 

The announcement back in October that Disney was acquiring LucasFilm for a paltry sum of $4 billion dollars was completely drowned out by a collective ‘geek-gasim’ heard around the world following their second surprise of the day. A new hope had sprung to life within us all when the studio dropped the bomb that they plan to continue on with the original “Star Wars” trilogy, starting with Episode VII in 2015. When I first heard that someone other than Lucas would have control of the reins over the project, I have to admit I thought it was some sort of sick twisted early Halloween ‘trick.’ Possibly perpetrated by a group like “Anonymous,” or those Chinese cyber hackers who keep messing with the D.O.J. When reality finally did set in, I (like many of you I’m sure) began to feel equal amounts of excitement and apprehension. I think we’re all still a little scarred and gun shy from the prequel atrocities, am I right? Does meeeza have to explainzza? (Yeah, that’s right. I went there.)

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As an avid reader of comics, and Darkhorse’s “Star Wars” titles in particular, my biggest issue with the acquisition and the subsequent revamping of the extended universe is encapsulated in the dilemma of the following question: Does this mean that all the hard work of many gifted graphic artists and writers, who contributed to what was once considered cannon, now null and void? I’m going to have to table that discussion for the time being, definitely a soapbox for another day.

sw4Since the announcement, the internet rumor mill has been working harder than a ‘man-scaping’ wookie, and conjecture is the current name of the game. And speaking of names, the exclusivity for a director shuffled through anyone who has ever had any interest in sci-fi what-so-ever, or has looked through the correct end of a camera. Every movie site was batting around names like; Jon Favreau, to Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Nolan, David Yates, to Zack Snyder, Brad Bird, Mathew Vaughn, Joss Whedon, to the obvious candidate of Lucas’ bestest frenemy Steven Spielberg… you get the idea. Of course we now know that the resuscitator of the “Star Trek” franchise himself, J.J. Abrams (Hey J.J., why no call back for the sequel? I’m so not feeling the love.), is set to direct a script written by Oscar winner Michael Arndt (“Toy Story 3″/”Little Miss Sunshine”). That’s just the beginning though, with casting and major plot points still up in the air –  crazy kooks like Super Shadow are going to continue to litter the web with inaccurate or out-and-out false information leading up to the very first trailer of the film and beyond. So let’s see if we can sift through the endless barrage of “bantha poo-doo” speculation, and separate the Sith Myths from the Force Facts.

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