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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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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.)
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.
Since 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.
Meltdown Vault: Disruptive Live TV and community production space
The Vault is public access TV for this generation: an open community production space for first-time producers and big name talent to develop experimental new shows and stream LIVE video.
Meltdown Comics has annexed additional space on SUNSET BLVD in Hollywood as a platform for artists from the art and video worlds to be openly creative. This is outside the retail environment: a private vault for the best in the industry to hone their craft and become even better. Throughout the last year the space evolved into a destination for independent filmmakers and creative artists to develop and showcase new work to a large online audience. The Vault has already produced over 1,000 hours of cool shows and currently broadcasts 10 hours of weekly programming to an audience of over 100,000 each week.
We are on to something big here. Some of the new series and shows incubated here at The Vault, free of corporate sponsor financing:
IHEARTCOMIX VICTORIOUS’ Matt Bennett BIG TIME RUSH’s Stephen Glickman Satine Phoenix TheOneRing.net Die Antwoord Hollywood Undead Escape The Fate Meltdown University with Jim Higgins BubblePunch Super*Market! XSN Nerdist NerdTerns
Stickam, the original and best streaming video service, was our key VAULT video partner but unfortunately market forces have affected our master plan to take over the broadcast world. While we explore options, the Meltdown Vault lives on at http://youtube.com/meltdowncomics & and ustream.tv/channel/meltdown-vault
THIS MEANS WE ARE ON OUR OWN.
All equipment has been donated by the community. Alliances have been forged with many companies including Peavey audio, TechZulu, Slave Boy Films, NERDIST and others. Our social media footprint is over 9,000,000 strong with over 37,000,000 views. Everyone has donated time, materials and equipment to build a great space to unleash creativity. Meltdown is personally invested for over $100,000 in hard costs (rent, utilities & maintenance). But there is still more to be done.
We need your help to continue growing this vision. Look at the artists and brands supporting us already. This has huge potential to usher in the new digital landscape of indie content from successful people. We want to keep this going!
To keep this community space open for another 12 months and continue growing to it’s potential, we need $50,000. How it breaks down:
Rent in Hollywood: $40k
Faster Broadband: $6k
As you may notice, all core funds are going to overhead and technology. People are still donating their valuable time to keep things running. The community keeps it running.
Hitting $60k will allow us to upgrade the studio to a TODAY Show-style window performance area on SUNSET BLVD.
At $75k we can bring on extra part-time staff for open public access times on weekends. The more we raise the more open times we can provide.
We will constantly be adding new updates and rewards to keep things fresh and fun. Please spread the word to your networks and let’s knock this fundraiser out of the park!
We’ve thrown many parties (all live streamed) in support of many films, shows and series – all of them open to the public. If we hit our goal, get ready for an exciting year of shows and events!
Remember, the Meltdown VAULT is for you!
- DISRUPTIVE TV – CLASSES & WORKSHOPS – VOLUNTEERS – COMMUNITY
We Want To Do Even More Cool Stuff
We have 2100 square feet of space on SUNSET BLVD that needs to be filled with equipment, tools, and supplies to bring our producers’ ideas to life. We need HD cameras, more mics, live editing workstations, set materials, animated motion graphic templates, longer HDMI cables, and so much more!
Not in LA?
Our production space is located in Los Angeles, but we know many of you that don’t live here like this project and want to support it. We thought long and hard about how to include you in the community from afar and hope that the rewards, as well as the quality content being broadcast, will bring you personal enjoyment. Don’t forget, if you plan to be in LA anytime in 2013, you can use the space to work on a project!
SATINE PHOENIX is a creative force and professional muse to the biggest names in fine art, comics and animation. Creator of the first weekly Cosplay life drawing course, model/actress and talent behind MONSTER MAIDENS from Maker Studios, professional D&D player and comic book artist/animator/illustrator… an all around creative. Satine balances the nerd with the cool at the Meltdown Vault.
JUSTIN SEWELL is a producer, marketer and professional nerd having worked on all the big fanboy documentaries – Ringers, Starwoids, StarWait, LiningUpTV, Indyfans and People Vs George Lucas – as well as marketing campaigns for WB, Disney, Lucasfilm, EA, Activision, and Paramount. He has produced over 10,000 hours of live streaming video content and earned over 18 million hits on YouTube.
EFREN TOSCANO is the Founder/CEO of TechZulu. Based in Los Angeles, California, TechZulu is an independent news organization delivering an insightful story of the technology industry by showcasing the very people creating it. TechZulu is rapidly growing to be the hub for Southern California technology companies news source. Efren has been chosen as one of LA Weekly’s People of 2009 and selected as a Top 20 Most Public Individuals in Los Angeles in Tech and Biz by NowPublic. A pioneer in live Web television, TechZulu engages millions of viewers through real time reporting at conferences and its weekly news show, TechZulu Live.
GASTON DOMINGUEZ-LETELIER is the owner and proprietor of Meltdown Comics, a pop culture Mecca that was named “Best Comic Store” by Los Angeles Magazine and was honored with The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. Along with his wife Hisami Dominguez-Letelier, Gaston started Meltdown 2.0 Productions, which has produced countless podcasts (“MeltCast”, “The Mutant Season with Gil”), web series (“NerdTerns”), and live events (“An Evening with Daniel Clowes”, “Die Antwoord Live”) that have emanated from the world famous Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics and The Meltdown Vault. He is also the brains behind Meltdown-branded events such as DrawMelt, DnDMelt and Meltdown University. Before founding Meltdown Comics, Gaston worked as a product development specialist for Disney Parks & Resorts.
MELTDOWN COMICS is over 10,000 sq ft of geek heaven in the heart of Hollywood and home to both the NERDIST podcast and NERDIST THEATER. Meltdown has always supported artists new and established, and this experiment in new media has been creatively rewarding but resource intensive. We want to continue supporting artists with this unique community space, enabling the next generation of content creators to get their start and grow alongside the titans of the industry. The Kickstarter funds will provide the equipment and resources to help our community produce real shows, but in order for the projects to be truly successful, we need the community to share their skills and knowledge with each other.
Creative trendsetters who call Meltdown their geek home include Guillermo Del Toro, Don Murphy, Clive Barker, Chris Hardwick, Kumail Nanjiani, Robin Williams, Justin Willman, Matt Bennett, Dan Harmon…
“Meltdown Comics is my favorite place in L.A where top directors and producers go side-by-side with the fans. As good as it gets.”- Guillermo Del Toro.
We’ve worked hard to anticipate organizational challenges so that we can *exceed* expectations, not just meet them! Here are some challenges — and our game plans for overcoming them.
REWARDS FULFILLMENT: We have amazing rewards and are doing all manufacturing and fulfillment in house! Kickstarter projects often encounter unexpected fulfillment costs — we have the e-commerce experience and know how to maximize resources.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLACE: Location, location — some cultural centers simply pick the wrong place… or haven’t picked yet! The Vault is ideally situated in the center of Hollywood for easy access by visitors, residents, and collaborators alike. The size will accommodate exhibitions, workshops, and large crowds for events.
SUSTAINABILITY: Will things continue long after the Kickstarter project period ends? We have a detailed plan. Meltdown Vault will sustain itself through production rentals, video rev shares, events (including conferences and charity concerts) and fundraising drives.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED: For the challenges we *don’t* know about, our trump card is our incredible community of reward donors and supporters — including our established filmmakers, artists, network of consultants, and more. If problems arise, we are confident that we can quickly crowdsource solutions from this community — and we are asking you to be part of it!
We have a printing shop in-house to fulfill all tee-shirt printing listed.
We for the last 2 yrs. have done a silkscreen printed poster every week.
We have the equipment and the production team to produce all shows listed.
We have the art staff to generate all the listed title cards.
We have manufactured NEON signs for companies including MARVEL, STUSSY, DISNEY, NERDIST, NBC UNIVERSAL, BBC, ETC…