Wednesday, November 5th at 7PM, Michael Stock, Sina Grace and Hope Larson sign Penny Dora and The Wishing Box. Come down to Meltdown, get stuff signed and chit chat with this awesome team.
Penny Dora and The Wishing Box Signing
with Michael Stock, Sina Grace and Hope Larson
7522 Sunset Bl.
Los Angeles, Calif 90046 (map)
Image Comics’ PENNY DORA & THE WISHING BOX – Once upon a time, “Part Time Punks” DJ and writer Michael Stock and artist Sina Grace (BURN THE ORPHANAGE, LI’L DEPRESSED BOY) conjured up a story about the ever-curious Penny Dora and the unexpected gift that arrives on her doorstep in PENNY DORA & THE WISHING BOX. This new fantasy adventure series will begin in November from Image Comics with a special 28-page first issue.
One day, a young girl named Penny Dora discovers a mysterious box on her front doorstep. It is a magic box with the power to grant wishes…but what she’s about to unwrap is the darker and creepier meaning behind the old adage, “be careful what you wish for.”
Stock cited his daughter for first inspiring him to write about Penny Dora’s adventures. “Penny Dora is actually based on a story my daughter Nico wrote when she was 8 years old for her school paper. The first issue is basically an expansion of her original story. S
ince then the story has grown through talks we had in the car on the way to school in the mornings via a playful papa/daughter back and forth game of ‘what if.’ The cat in the book, Iggy, is based on our cat (also named Iggy, and also a great lover of ham).”
Grace added: “The minute I read Michael’s scripts for the series, I was absolutely enchanted by Penny Dora and her world. It’s been a dream to breathe life into the adventures of fantastic and charming characters. I can’t wait for the world to see!”
PENNY DORA & THE WISHING BOX is an whimsical retelling of the Pandora myth and an all-ages fantasy adventure perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Ted Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin. Eisner Award winning cartoonist Hope Larson (A Wrinkle In Time, Mercury) provides the alternate cover for the 1st issue and lettering for the series.
Join us for the first-ever Melt-thology Comix Jam at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles on September 16!
How it works:
• Show up at the Melt at 7:00 and draw a page of whatever you want.* At the end of the night we’ll collect all the art (and $2 for printing costs). When you come to the next month’s comix jam you’ll get a complete zine with everyone’s contributions inside!
• There is NO set theme and ALL skill levels are welcome!
• All of your original art will be returned to you along with your copy of the zine at next month’s meeting.
• Everyone who turns in art and $2 will have a copy waiting for them the next time they can make it out.
*Want to do a one-page self-contained strip? Awesome! One page of a longer, serialized story? Fantastic! A stand-alone illustration? Excelsior!
TWENTY-ONE ARTISTS GATHER FOR FUNDRAISING SIGNING OF “THE SAKAI PROJECT” BOOK
Los Angeles, CA – On Saturday, August 16, twenty-two members of the cartooning community will descend upon Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard to sign copies of Dark Horse Comics’ recently released book “The Sakai Project” to help raise money for the medical bills of fellow cartoonist Stan Sakai, creator of Dark Horse’s “Usagi Yojimbo” comic book, now in its thirtieth year.
Fundraising efforts were initially spearheaded by the Comic Art Professional Society (CAPS), an organization of professional comic book artists and writers of which Stan Sakai is a member. Organized by artist Tone Rodriguez, CAPS began collecting original art last December for an online auction to lend a helping hand to Sakai, whose wife Sharon has been suffering from an inoperable brain tumor. As art poured in from the cartooning community, many pieces were custom drawings of Stan’s samurai rabbit creation Usagi Yojimbo.
Bill Morrison, a member of CAPS and an art director at Bongo Comics (publisher of “The Simpsons”), approached Sakai’s publisher, Dark Horse, about collecting these wonderful images into a book to also benefit the Sakais. Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson was enthusiastic about the idea, and offered to pay for the book’s publication so that all sales could go to the Sakais. Bill Morrison proceeded to volunteer his time to edit the book in tandem with Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley which was designed voluntarily by noted book designer Serban Cristescu. The result is a beautiful 160-paged hardcover art book featuring interpretations of Usagi Yojimbo by some of the top cartoonists in comics today.
Between the online auction and the book, the cartooning community came together in a unique way to help one of their own. Now twenty-one artists local to Los Angeles will gather one more time to help their friend with a fundraising book signing event.
Attending the signing event will be “The Sakai Project” contributors Sergio Aragonès (“Groo the Wanderer”, “MAD Magazine”), Mark Evanier (“Groo” writer), Tom Luth (“Groo” and “Usagi” colorist), William Stout (noted illustrator), Ricardo Delgado (“Age of Reptiles”), Jeff Keane (“Family Circus”), Rubèn Procopio (“Batman 66”), Dean Yeagle (“Playboy”), Bill Morrison (editor of “The Sakai Project”), Tone Rodriguez (“The Simpsons” comics), Steven E. Gordon, Anson Jew, Benton Jew, Aidan Casserly, Chad Frye, Brad Rader, Patrick Scullin, Robert Stanley, Mark Dos Santos and Mike Kazaleh all joining with Stan Sakai (“Usagi Yojimbo”) himself.
Books will be sold for $45 each, or if fans already have the book, they will be charged a nominal $15 to have their books signed by the artists in attendance.
In addition to “The Sakai Project” book, there will be limited edition prints available exclusively at the event of four images from the book by artists attending the signing: Sergio Aragonès, Stan Sakai, William Stout, and Bill Morrison.
The event will take place on August 16 from 4-6pm at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046. Thanks to Meltdown, all proceeds go to Sharon & Stan Sakai to help with their medical bills.
Media may access a PDF of “The Sakai Project” for review purposes:
This Saturday, August 16th, 4-6pm at Meltdown Comics and EPIC SIGNING EVENT!
7522 Sunset Bl. LA, Calif. 90046 (map)
MELTDOWN COMICS & NERDIST SHOWROOM PRESENT
MEATBALL HEAD: AN ART GALLERY CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS OF SAILOR MOON
AN ART EXHIBITION PAYING TRIBUTE TO TWO DECADES OF SAILOR MOON CURATED BY NICO COLALEO, AUGUST 16TH THROUGH AUGUST 24TH AT MELTDOWN COMICS!
FOR LOVE AND JUSTICE! MEATBALL HEAD IS AN ARTISTIC CELEBRATION OF THE BELOVED JAPANESE PHENOMENON SAILOR MOON, BROUGHT TO YOU BY OVER 85 TALENTED ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY. AFTER FIGHTING EVIL BY MOONLIGHT, YOU ARE CORDIALLY WELCOMED TO JOIN US FOR THE OPENING RECEPTION AT NERDMELT INSIDE MELTDOWN COMICS (7522 SUNSET BLVD, LOS ANGELES) FROM 7PM-11PM, SATURDAY, AUGUST16TH, 2014!
ENJOY FREE BEER AND WINE, ALONG WITH SAILOR MOON-THEMED ENTERTAINMENT, DECOR, SURPRISES, AND PHOTO-READYBACKDROPS. SO START PLANNING NOW, BECAUSE IN THE NAME OF THE MOON, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO WANT TO MISS THIS FANTASTIC EVENING!
FEATURING WORK BY KELSY ABBOTT, AARON ALEXOVICH, NATASHA ALLEGRI, BENJAMIN ANDERS, KIM ARNDT, WHITNEY AVALON, ATOMIKITTY, ERIC BAUZA, JESSICA BORUTSKI, MATT BRAILEY, KAITLIN CALLAHAN, TONY CHRISTOPHERSON, DAISY CHURCH, JENNY COLALEO, NICO COLALEO, ALEXANDRA COWARD, CHEYENNE CURTIS, JACK CUSUMANO, TERI CUSUMANO, ZAN CZYZEWSKI, BECKY DREISTADT, BRIANNE DROUHARD, JULIANNE ECKERT, MICHELLE FEALK, JENNY FINE, SOTT FORBES, KATE FREUND, PHYLCIA FUENTES, ANDREA GERTSMANN, J.R. GOLDBERG, LORRAINE GRATE, JESSIE GREENBERG, GINA GRESS, HAYLEE HERRICK, BRENDA HICKEY, STARLINE HODGE, GENEVA HODGSON, ROBERT LZA, HENRIQUE JARDIM, MOLLY BATES JOHNSON, JOSH KARP, VALERIE KEISER, L.M. KNIGHT, KATE LAIRD, JESS LANE, ALICE MEICHI LI, KEVIN SUKHO LEE, JOANNA LEITCH, JEAN LIANG, TROY LITTLE, LINDSEY LYDECKER, KATHRYN MARUSIK, PERIN MCCLEAN, ERIN MCGATHY, KALI MEADOWS, ZOE MOSS, MEGAN NAIRN, DARON NEFCY, BRENT NOLL, ROCKY OLIVARES, ERIKA PAGET, HANNAH NANCE PARTLOW, SHADI PETOSKY, SARA POCOCK, WHITNEY POLLETT, JULIA PRESCOTT, EMILY QUINN, SANDRA RIVAS, WILLY ROBERTS, DEANNA ROONEY, JENNIFER RUIZ, AUSTIN SALMI, KATIE SHANAHAN, SARAH SIMES, BOB SUAREZ, THOM FOOLERY, BABS TARR, ARICA TUESDAY, JULIA VICKERMAN, JAMIE VICKERS, JEFF VICTOR, JEREMY WOJCHIHOSKY, EDDIE XU, AND JESSICA YOST
On August 1, Marvel Studios is released one of their biggest gambles yet: An ensemble science fiction comedy based on a series of comics relatively few people have ever heard of. Oh, and it’s called GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, which might end up being a little confusing for some people. But with an intense marketing campaign, Marvel’s proven formula for success, and the dedication of fans around the world, the movie already has a ton of positive buzz.
But it gets better. Do you know how many women are writing big superhero and science fiction movies these days? If your answer was a really low number, you’re probably still overestimating. The imbalance between male and female screenwriters is even more pronounced when it comes to the big summer movies. Which is why it’s so awesome that the GUARDIANS story was developed and co-written by Nicole Perlman, a first-time screenwriter.
Nicole joins us at the Nerdmelt Showroom to talk about working in Marvel’s writing program, developing a story based on a little-known comic series, and writing dialogue for a gun-toting raccoon. Get hooked on a feeling – reserve a seat today
A documentary film two years in the making, providing an insightful look into the lives and inspiration of over fifty prolific artists’
Temple of Art is an ongoing 2 year art and photography project, a unique conversation between over 50 artists that include original work incorporating multiple modalities and disciplines. The show currently has a book being published by Baby Tattoo, a gallery opening at La Luz de Jesus, a prime time panel at Comic Con 2014 and a feature length documentary produced by Allan Amato (commercial photographer, Justified, Wilfred, Necessary Roughness) and executive produced by Jon Schnepp (Director: Metalocalypse, Venture Bros) Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls, TED The Art of Asking) and Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline)
Since early 2012 Allan Amato has been photographing fine artists and inviting them to interpret those portraits through their particular medium. An artist’s work can act as both bridge and barrier; at once deeply personal and highly distorted; the lens through which they present their perception of the world, and the world that in turn interprets them.
By merging the objectivity of portrait photography with the subjectivity of drawing, painting, and sculpture, the artist is contextualized within the constructed reality of their own work.
The TEMPLE OF ART show provides an insightful look into the lives of working artists by following the progress of the collaborations from conception to completion, alongside interviews with the artists themselves.
Rarely are we given an opportunity to confront our perceptions of reality and self; this show illuminates the universal tension between the pursuit of our vision and the demands of a critical world.
Dave Mckean (Mirror Mask, Sandman)
Barron Storey (Sandman:Endless Nights, Marat-Sade Journals)
Kent Williams(Kent Williams:Ophthalm, The Fountain)
Jason Shawn Alexander (Abe Sapien, Batman-End Game)
David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil)
Bill Sienkiewicz (Electra Assassin, The New Mutants)
Grant Morrison (Batman:Arkham Asylum, The Filth, Happy)
Jim Mahfood (Clerks, Tank Girl)
As well as:
Kozy N Dan, Soey Milk, Christine Wu, Shaun Berke, Junko Mizuno, Stephanie Inagaki, Coop, Dan Quintana, Greg Ruth, Roman Dirge, Danni Shinya, Karen Hsiao, Gail Potocki, Matthew Bone, Satine Phoenix, Dave Stoupakis, Vincent Castiglia, Marc Scheff, Zak Sabbath Smith, Kellesimone Waits, Ping Zhu, Ken Garduno, Jenna Gibson, Brian Thies, John Malloy , Jaw Cooper, Jasmine Worth, Hueman, Rebecca Guay, Scott Fischer, Theresa Fischer, Jensine Eckwall, Rovina Cai, Christiane Shillito, Dadushin, Kyle Stecker, You Jung Byun, Jon Burgerman, Dongyun Lee, Justin Volz, Dorian Iten, Zelda Devon, Nicole Maloof, Kurt Huggins
A coming of age story of a Thai American teen, finding acceptance and empowerment cosplaying as her favorite superhero.
Fed up with her mother calling her a fat and stupid Water Buffalo, Ann runs away from home to join the circus, or more likely, to hang out at the local fantasy con. There she encounters monsters, superheroes, warriors and ninjas in preparation for the battle against her arch nemesis.
Who is Wonder Buffalo?
Wonder Buffalo is me. She’s you. She’s anyone who ever got looked down upon, anyone who got bullied or mistreated just for being different, or as we prefer to call it, unique. She is the epitome of the misunderstood, mistreated and unappreciated. And she will never let any of these keep her down. She is a work in progress. Always growing, learning, becoming better, stronger, tougher. What’s her superpower? Tenacity.
Wonder Buffalo to us is a way to show and tell everyone that you are great, that you are awesome just the way you are. Find the superhero inside of you and stand up for yourself against any oppression.
Berg on Berg
Berg on Berg is the brainchild of Christine T. BERG and Simon ShterenBERG, see what we did there? Two unique individuals with artistic sensibility and big dreams striving to put their offbeat sense of humor and individuality into every artistic endeavour they set their mind to. Most of the time you will find them throwing off ideas or punches and coming up with kickass stories, especially those that deal with diversity and empowerment.
Nerdist Industries presents the 5th annual #SUMMAHFEST with the King of Summah, Howard Kremer, for a full day of comedy, music, waterslides, food trucks, free beer, water balloon fights, summah costume contests and more summah fun.
We want to thank you for being a part of the NerdMelt community with a gloriously fun, free summah bash. The party starts at 2pm. Bring your bathing suit or best summah costume and enjoy the food, drinks and outdoor activities.
At 6pm, Howard Kremer brings you some of his favorite comedians and musical guests, featuring
Steven Brody Stevens
and more to come
Plus musical guests Golden Afternoon and rappers Nova Rockafeller and Hot Karl (Jensen Karp).
It’s stupid fun every year, so don’t miss it!
No RSVP required for the party. Please RSVP for admission to the show at 6pm.
Weeks before its July 23rd premiere, YOU can watch the first episode of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail on Amazon!
This first episode has sets from Steve Agee, David Koechner, Neal Brennan, and Moshe Kasher, and appearances by Adam Scott, Natasha Leggero, Danielle Kramer, and Brent Weinbach. This is your intimate look at what happens onstage and backstage at the show we’ve been running for almost four years now!
Watch it here!