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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before – so a Dog, Two Brothers, a Soulweaver and George W. Bush walk into a Comic Book Store…

Wait, you HAVEN’T heard this one before? Well head on down to Meltdown Comics on December 2 and experience it for yourself!

Four talented, diverse indie comic book creators converge at Meltdown Comics for an epic signing extravaganza! This signing is an extra special one for us as all of our books were born at the Meltdown University’s Creating Comics Class that Meltdown offers. It’s a homecoming of sorts for us and we’d love it if you could join us there! Come for the amazing comics, stay for the FREE WINE and FREE SNACKS! Under 21? That’s okay, we’ll have plenty of goodies for you too! Check out this incredible lineup of comics available at the event:

“BEING FRANK” by writer/artist Laraine Mestman is a touching true life tale about the struggles she had in the early stages of her relationship with her rescue dog Frank.

DEPARTURE, written by Jeane Wong, is a poignant, coming of age story about two brothers and their journey growing up in the South.

TEATRO PULPO is an ongoing series by writer/artist Bill Neal. The first three volumes feature damaged characters, twisted plots, and dark, surrealist horror.

In GEORGE W. BUSH: VAMPIRE HUNTER, written by Steve Wadinger, see the hilarity unfold as George W. Bush reads the book “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and believing it to be a true story, becomes a real life vampire hunter!

The creators will be signing from 7:00 – 10:00, so come on down and grab a book or four and then relax afterwards with a refreshing beverage. Plus if you have any questions about the Meltdown University’s Creating Comics Class let us know and we’ll be glad to answer them! Comics and beverages on a Wednesday night – who could ask for anything more?!

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Alert!  The next Meltdown U Creating Comics class is starting on Saturday, October 31 at 2pm.  That’s a DATE CHANGE from the previously announced starting date.  Learn to write and draw comics in a fun environment (you’re in a comics store, just for starters) with an experienced instructor (me), Jim Higgins.  I’ve been teaching college as an adjunct since 1987 and teaching comics at art schools since 1998, including CalArts, The School of Visual Arts, and UCLA Extension.  I’m a former DC Comics editor (in the Paradox Press imprint), a comics writer, film consultant, and someone who is passionate about the comics medium.

You can learn about writing, you can learn about drawing, but learning about those two disciplines as they relate to comics?  That’s something hard to find.  But it’s here for you in the Creating Comics class!  Writers take the course and finish a 15-page script, and also get lots of info on how to find artists and how to best work with them.  Artists take the class and write and draw their own 8 to 10-page minicomic.  Everyone learns the essentials of visual storytelling as it relates to comics.

ALSO — the Drawing Basics class is starting on Saturday, October 24 at 11:30am.  The class is six sessions and is pretty much described by its title — it’s about the fundamentals of drawing.  You’ll learn figure drawing, perspective, how to use light and shadow, basic anatomy, and more.  You’ll get a solid foundation in drawing in a short period of time.

For more information and to sign up, go here:

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