May 232017
 

Do you want to learn how to make comics? Or sharpen your skills? Meltdown Comics offers classes taught by working professionals. Writer Eric Esquivel (Vertigo, IDW, DC Comics) and Colorist/Writer Chris Northrop (Image Comics, Top Cow Productions) are both teaching new sections for their courses in June. Come meet with them and get a free class in writing and coloring comics at the Meltdown University Open House before the courses begin. Coffee and snacks included! Registration is discounted for courses if you come to Open House and 10% off in store on all purchases as well.

website: http://meltdownu.meltcomics.com/

Apr 262017
 

Happy to announce we have added a new instructor and writing class for June! Eric M. Esquivel is a 15 year Comic Book Industry veteran and instructor who has written for Archie, Boom, DC, Dynamite, Heavy Metal, IDW, Nickelodeon Magazine, Starburns Industries, Vertigo, Zenescope, and more. Eric will be heading up the writing class at MeltU! His first class section will be formally announced next week.

Meltdown University:
Meltdown University was started in 2008.  We host classes on writing, drawing, inking, coloring,kid’s comics, life drawing.

Our teachers are professional artists, comics pros, writers, and editors who have taught at the Joe Kubert School and UCLA. Our students are everyone and anyone — school teachers, film producers, bookstore workers, professional screenwriters, supermarket clerks, animators, you name it.

If you want to make comics, and you have the desire and energy, we’ll show you how.

Meltdown U lives at the prestigious multi-faceted and entertainment hub that is Meltdown Comics. Under their roof, we share the space with great comics, nationally recognized comedy, art events, signings and more

More info on classes here -> Website: www.meltdownu.meltcomics.com

Website: www.meltdownu.meltcomics.com
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/meltdownUni

 

Apr 192016
 

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It’s been a busy month or so at Meltdown University.  We’ve been to conventions, seen lots of progress on students’ comics in the classes, and just finished an Inking series.

On Sunday March 6, I had a table at the LA Zine Fest at The Majestic in Downtown LA.  It was a HUGE affair and was packed to the rafters with zinesters, comickers, and fans. The table was filled with Melt U student comics from the past few years and sales were the best yet at any con or fest.

LA Zine Fest seen from the Mezzanine level at The Majestic.

LA Zine Fest seen from the Mezzanine level at The Majestic.

Also there was Melt U grad and consistent-comics-maker Sarah Bitely.  Sarah’s been working on her comic Pimpkillah for years (the first issue was done in a Melt U Creating Comics class) and is in the planning stages of making it into a film.

Sarah Bitely with the latest issue of Pimpkillah at LA Zine Fest.

Sarah Bitely with the latest issue of Pimpkillah at LA Zine Fest.

From March 25 to 27, WonderCon was going on at The LA Convention Center, having moved up from Anaheim. This was an even bigger show than last year and attendance was high (Saturday tickets sold out before the con started).  I was there making connections for some comics projects I’m working on, buying back issues of Jack Kirby comics, and as usual, ran into some past and present Melt U students.  I also managed to find a group of very cheeky Spider-Men (Spider-Mans?).

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BUT — there were Melt U grads there selling their comics, too!  Laraine Mestman shared a table with Bibi Davidson for the three days.  They made new comics friends, networked a little, and sold copies of their comics — Laraine’s Being Frank and Bibi’s Pyper.

Laraine and Bibi at WonderCon 2016.

Laraine and Bibi at WonderCon 2016.

Back at Meltdown in the Melt U classes, in the latest Creating Comics class, student Matt Buga is working on a pretty surreal story about a duck who takes a boy and his Legos on an adventure.  Here’s an example of his layouts, which are the type of things YOU’LL be doing if you take the class!

Matt Buga's layouts.

Matt Buga’s layouts.

The Drawing Basics class is starting again THIS SATURDAY, April 23, from 11:30am to 2:00pm.  It’s a six session class where you’ll learn drawing fundamentals, everything from figure drawing, to perspective, to light and shadow, to drawing the face.  Below is a page from Jack Hamm’s Drawing the Head and Figure, a book I use material from for the class.

How to draw the face.

How to draw the face.

Also coming up is the next Creating Comics class on Thursday, April 28 at 7pm.  The class is for both writers and artists looking to learn how to make comics. It’s 14 sessions just like a college class.  The writers learn scriptwriting skills, story structure, get info on how to work with artists, and will complete a short comics script by the end of the class.

The artists also learn story structure, as well as visual storytelling techniques, page layout, panel composition, and more. They finish the class having completed an 8 to 10-page minicomic. All while having fun and learning about comics!

For more information and to sign up for the classes, go here: 

http://meltdownu.wix.com/new-melt-u-page

And who am I, you ask?  I’m Jim Higgins, Meltdown University’s program director and founder.  I was an editor at DC Comics for six years, am a small comics publisher, have written comics, and done some screenwriting.  I’ve taught comics classes for 18 years at places like Otis College of Art and Design, CalArts, UCLA Extension, The Society for Illustrators, The School of Visual Arts in NYC, and more. I’m presently a freelance writer and comics editor.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you around the store.

Yours in comics,

Jim Higgins