Jul 092014
 

Whether or not you’re going to Comic-Con in San Diego, if you want to get work in the comics business as an artist, you’ve got to have the right stuff both in your drawings and in your portfolio!

In this one-day, get-it-all-in workshop, veteran comics editor, comics teacher, and Meltdown University Program Director Jim Higgins will go over what every aspiring comics artist needs to know and what they should have in their portfolio. This is a workshop that will cover getting into the comics business as an artist, what comics editors are looking for (and NOT looking for!), and how to make your time (or your art’s time) front of an editor count.  Jim will speak and then review all the attendee’s portfolios.

There are at least ten conventions in the LA area every year (can you believe it?) and every one of those is a chance to show your work to a publisher.

If you’re going to San Diego Comic-Con with your art this is your LAST CHANCE to get a professional critique of your portfolio!

When:  Saturday, July 19, from 11:00am-2:00pm.

Price:   $25 payable the day of the workshop.

Bring:   Your portfolio, ready to go, partly ready, or some samples of your art. Jim will help anyone at any stage of preparation.

We may have to cap the number of people who attend so sign up so reserve a space!

E-mail us at meltdownuniversity@gmail.com and give your full name and e-mail address.

 

Feb 062014
 

learnbitcoinatmeltdowncomicsSpelunk.in will be hosting a class this Sunday from 3-4pm at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. This is an entry-level class, geared to comic book fans and small press artists who want to learn more about Bitcoin. There is a $10 class fee, and you’ll leave with $5 in Bitcoin in the digital wallet of your choice. Please bring a cellphone (or laptop) and we’ll help you set up a wallet, teach you the basics of Bitcoin, and show you different ways to sell your books in person and online. Space is limited to 20 people.

RSVP HERE

Mar 272013
 

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MELTDOWN

MEET THE MASTERMINDS BEHIND LA’S NERD EMPIRE
Intro by Marco Beltran

Meltdown Comics, to put it bluntly, is fucking awesome. I’m sorry for using the f-word in the description to this place, because it doesn’t lend itself much to the imagination but I felt that any set of words that my 25-year-old brain came up with did not do the place justice. I tried. Honestly, I did. I had this whole thing about how walking into the store was like walking into a dreamscape, and that it was like how the child version of me imagined my room would look like when I grew up, but how would this help someone who’d never been there or never heard of this place? The store also changes a lot. I could tell you about the big “Big Boy” statues or the area dedicated Star Wars stuff, but then I’d sound like a liar and jerk if you, dear reader, read this and decided to make a trip and these things were not there!

The truth about Meltdown Comics, as you’ll hear straight from the owner/co-founder Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, is that it’s the closest thing a building can come to being alive. It has a soul. It’s changing, adapting to the tastes of the staff and clientele, and serving as the epicenter for the LA comedic and creative scene. Several podcasts are recorded here: HarmontownMutant SeasonIndoor KidsYou Made it Weird, to name a few. You can take comic book writing, illustrating, formatting, classes taught by industry professionals. It’s a hub for nerdom, nerd culture, and nerd-centric programming. It should be the first place you visit when you make trip out to Hollywood.

Hopefully by the end of this feature you’re as inspired as we were, or at least feel validated in your pursuit of doing what makes you happy. That’s why we’re all here, right? To find happiness?

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Mar 062013
 

NEW-MLTU-LOGOthenetworkMeltdown University Presents: The Network – Animation

Hi — Jim Higgins, Meltdown University’s Program Director here to tell you about the latest event from Meltdown University: The Network. Our subject this time is Animation!

After our last successful workshop and day of networking about comics, I wanted to continue the idea of having an afternoon where aspiring and beginning artists and writers can learn some of the basics of a creative business. This time the focus is Animation. You’ll learn what kind of jobs there are, what kind of skills the work entails (some you can learn right here at Melt U!), and how you actually apply and get into the Animation industry. Like the comics biz, it’s not easy but we’ll give you as much info as we can to help you give it a shot.

The day will consist of talks, an interview with a jack-of-all-trades animator, activities to help attendees focus their ideas about what they want to do in animation, all ending with free time to socialize, chat, network and make connections, or just talk animation and comics with like-minded humans. Here’s the schedule:

Introduction
I’ll start the day with a brief overview of the animation business, some history, and a description of some of the jobs and studios.

An Interview with Kyle Carrozza
Kyle pic for Network event

I’ll talk on stage with cartoonist and animator Kyle Carrozza. Kyle is known for his web comic, Dumm Comics’ Frog Raccoon Strawberry and his Nicktoons cartoon pilot, MooBeard the Cow Pirate. He’s provided storyboards for Fanboy & Chum Chum and Disney’s Fish Hooks. He’s known in entirely different circles for the odd songs he records as TV’s Kyle and as half of the nerdcore duo Scooter Picnic.
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Frog Raccoon Strawberry (link)

Meet, Workshop, Charge Up Your Brain
You’ll spend an hour and a half taking some of what you’ve learned and as well your own ideas and engaging in workshop activities designed to focus your ideas, generate new ones, and to help you make decisions about what you might do or create if you entered the world of animation.

Network and Chill
The rest of the time will be spent informally, with all of us chatting and having fun. This is a good time for you to show others your artwork or portfolios, pitches or minicomics, or even see if there’s someone you might want to collaborate on a project with. Melt U will provide some refreshments and music. And a good time will be had!

When: Saturday, March 23rd, from 1-5pm
Where: Meltdown Comics! Of course!
Cost: A mere $10. Purchase Ticket Here

We had very good attendance last time so we strongly advice that you get your tickets in advance to reserve a seat.