Aug 312015
 

For one night only, artists and fans of The Simpsons will party like kings! Damn hell ass kings!

This Fall, curators Julia Prescott and Nico Colaleo invite you to bask in an entire art gallery themed around America’s favorite family, THE SIMPSONS. In celebration of the show’s impossibly long-running legacy, artwork from over 80 Los Angeles artists will be featured – including work from past and present Simpsons crew members!

Don’t be a dorkus malorkus – Run down to the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics (7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles) for the gallery’s opening reception on Friday, September 25th 2015! With plenty of Springfield-themed entertainment, decor, surprises, and photo opportunities, it’ll be a shin-diddily-dig that even your surliest neighborinos will enjoy. So grab a Flaming Moe and prove you CAN win friends with salad, because this is one evening that’ll make you say, “Everything’s coming up Millhouse!” (BRING MONEY.)

FEATURED ARTISTS
Kelsy Abbott, Annisa Adjani, Aaron Alexovich, Benjamin Anders, Ashlyn Anstee, Atomikitty, Eric Bauza, Jessica Borutski, Matt Brailey, Tony Christopherson, Daisy Church, Nico Colaleo, Victor Courtright, Cheyenne Curtis, Mike Dougherty, Julianne Eckert, Kelly Eden, Jenny Fine, Phylicia Fuentes, Jennifer Gheduzzi, Mike Hollingsworth, Robert Iza, Molly Bates Johnson, Josh Karp, Matt Kiel, Sam King, Natasha Kline, Dave Kloc, L.M. Knight, Danielle N. Kramer, Kate Laird, Jess Lane, Kevin Sukho Lee, Frank Macchia, Kathryn Marusik, Mike Mayfield, Erin McGathy, Zoë Moss, Adam Murray, Megan Nairn, Damon O’Keefe, Kent Osborne, Erika Paget, Hannah Nance Partlow, Sara Pocock, Jeremy Polgar, Julia Prescott, Kati Prescott, Ryan Quincy, David Reilly, Sandra Rivas, Willy Roberts, Deanna Rooney, Austin Salmi, Stephen Sandoval, Kevyn Schmidt, Matt Taylor, Steven Theis, Ashley Thorburn, Arica Tuesday, Maria Vitan, and Jessica Wills

FEATURING SIMPSONS STAFF ARTISTS
Brad Ableson, John Achenbach, Summer Allen, Shaun Cashman, Benny Crouse, Sam Grinberg, Jennie Hoffer, KC Johnson, Tammy Manis, John Mathot, Shannon O’Connor, Tom Richner, Alex Ruiz, David Silverman, Shane Sowell, Joshua Taback, Cyndi Tang-Loveland

Aug 282015
 

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Meltdown Comics and Heavy Metal Present: Jack Kirby and Barry Geller’s Lord of Light in Full Color – Art Show

The King of Comics made his Heavy Metal debut with full color versions of his legendary concept art for “Lord of Light.” This fabled collaboration with filmmaker and visionary Barry Ira Geller is best known for it’s use as a cover for to rescue six American diplomats held hostage in Iran.

Meltdown Comics and Heavy Metal Magazine invite you to an exclusive gallery event showcasing this work in bold psychedelic blacklight! Co-creator Barry Geller will be in attendance to answer questions, and sign copies of Heavy Metal #276.

Evening includes; Nerdist Writers Panel Live with special guest, Black Light Art, Music, Drinks and more to be announced.

Aug 132015
 

losangeleswebTickets: SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque

SuicideGirls is bringing back a revamped version of the sexiest, most clever and fun show on the planet for 2015!  The SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque is unlike any other burlesque act you’ve seen filled with pop culture references, high energy indie soundtrack and the sexiest choreographed strip tease to make your inner nerd explode with glee.

SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque has been wowing audiences all over the world with their geeky, sexy, fantasy show.  The show features stunning choreography from renowned choreographer, Manwe Sauls-Addison, who has worked who has worked with world famous performers such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga.  He has assembled a team of the most seductive and talented SuicideGirls to create the ultimate provocative tribute to pop-culture that Burlesque has ever seen.  With striptease performances in tribute to Star Wars , Orange Is The New Black, Donnie Darko, Clockwork Orange and more, this show will have you on the edge of your seat!

In the early 2000’s the SuicideGirls Burlesque show crisscrossed North America for 5 years.  The girls entertained thousands of people at sold-out shows, opening for Gun ’n’ Roses and Courtney Love and went overseas to perform at music festivals in both Europe and Australia.  In the fall of 2013, the girls decided it was time to continue their captivating worldwide rule and spent six weeks playing sold out shows across the United States.  Shortly after, they decided to take it world wide again!  With sold out shows in Australia, Canada and the US in 2014 they kicked off 2015 with a sold out performance in London. They can’t wait to continue their seductive worldwide rule!

“Comicon meets burlesque nerd orgy.”  Vice

“Dazzling a sold-out crowd at The Gramercy Theater” – Inked Magazine

“Outstanding performance!” – Playboy“Beautiful young women with tattoos” – Esquire

Tickets: SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque

Jul 222015
 

A WORD ABOUT DIVERSITY & CYBER-BULLYING
FROM OUR FOUNDER

In 21 years of business, Meltdown Comics and Collectibles has done and seen a lot of things. We’ve hosted thousands of events, introduced pop culture firsts from foreign countries, and we’ve hosted a menagerie of talented artists needing a safe forum to create and share their love of art.

Meltdown’s mission has always been inclusive. We welcome any size, shape, gender, race, religion, sexuality, and nationality. We want to push comics forward and welcome diverse voices who are aligned with our mission. To this end, Meltdown proudly presents The History of the Batman with Londyn! as one of our newest podcasts. After only the first two months, this podcast has already broken into iTunes top 50 podcasts and boasts over 55,000 downloads.

Unfortunately, with success often comes criticism. You may be surprised, but Meltdown is always open to constructive criticism about how to make our podcasts better. We do these podcasts for the fans and only want to deliver the best content, information and entertainment possible.

However, it has recently come to our attention that Londyn has become the victim of several vicious posts propagating outright lies regarding her character, ethnicity and veracity. These malicious posters use highly offensive language to describe Londyn that is that is racist, misogynistic, and cruel, not to mention outright false.

The haters accused Londyn of plagiarism on her Instagram account in August 2014 and again in January 2015. As a writer and artist, Londyn understands the importance of credit and would never intentionally mislead anyone, so when she first heard these accusations in August 2014, Londyn reached out to her research sources, learned that she was in fact not in compliance, and then worked with them diligently to ensure that all her posts were correctly cited. Any posts incorrectly cited or missing citations were immediately amended or removed. In an effort to further insure that she was in compliance, Londyn then asked her sources to review her posts so they could confirm that her current citations were proper, to which they replied that they were.

But this group of haters propagates the idea that Londyn continues to plagiarize her work on our podcast posts and on her Instagram account. Because we are a business that takes such accusations seriously, we actively investigated the claims, which were as recent as June 2015. We contacted Jamie Hari, Founder of the DC Database to determine whether Londyn was in compliance with digital copyright rules on Instagram and on her podcasts. After an in-depth discussion and review of Londyn’s Instagram account and podcasts, Mr. Hari issued the following statement on June 16, 2015:

“Wikia’s DC Database publishes its content under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3.0 (CC-BY-SA). Londyn and I have spoken about complying with the terms and conditions of this license for derivative use of our work in her History of the Batman Instagram blog and Meltdown Comics podcast. Having personally reviewed some of her recent content, I have no concerns about violation of our license at this time.”
– Jamie Hari, Founder of the DC Database

So, as it turns out, Londyn is in fact correctly citing all her sources. She is following the rules. She is NOT plagiarizing. And she is too kind to rise to the awful threats and attacks levied against her. We’re not.

To characterize a woman Meltdown only knows as a consummate professional, kind human being and beautiful woman of color in the way that these haters characterize her can only be described as cyber-bullying. It’s racist, misogynistic and slanderous. The haters have gone so far as delivering death threats. We do not condone or support this behavior whatsoever.

As a store that was founded by a 4th generation Jewish black woman from California and a Chilean male who is now an American citizen, we speak out in one voice loud and clear: we stand for diversity… we stand for inclusion… we stand for truth… and we stand with Londyn and her podcast The History of the Batman with Londyn!

Jul 212015
 

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 2.43.17 PMStep and Repeat is MOCA’s annual celebration of live performance. Now in its second year, it returned to The Geffen for a three-day program of music, performance art, comedy, poetry and dance, along with sets from DJs, food trucks, and special installations in the MOCA Store. Step and Repeat presented work from some of today’s most genre-defying and exuberantly experimental artists, with a special focus on the burgeoning performance communities in Los Angeles.

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James Fauntleroy is a Grammy Award-winning musician based in Los Angeles. Originally from Inglewood, he has been a fixture of global pop and urban charts since the release of “No Air”—an R&B duet co-written by Fauntleroy and performed by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown—in 2007. For Step and Repeat James Fauntleroy will premiere a new, live musical score to the 1991 animated film Felix the Cat: The Movie, performed with an all-star backing band. Critically panned at the time of its release, the film signaled a huge departure from the original world of Felix, taking viewers to an alternate dimension as Felix relied on his iconic Magic Bag of Tricks to save a beautiful princess. Fauntleroy recently revisited the film and was inspired to reimagine and retell Felix the Cat’s story through a unique musical experience across multiple genres including R&B, hip hop, alt rock and adult contemporary.

via: http://infinite-lives.co

Jun 282015
 

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IMAGE COMICS, BRIAN K. VAUGHAN & STEVE SKROCE ANNOUNCE SIGNING WARS

It’s Canada vs. the U.S.A. in an international signing tour to promote the release of WE STAND ON GUARD #1, writer Brian K. Vaughan’s first new book since SAGA, and a return to comics for legendary Hollywood storyboard artist (and proud Canadian) Steve Skroce.

WE STAND ON GUARD is an action-packed military thriller about a futuristic conflict between Canada and the United States, so in honor of their story, the creators will be appearing together at two different signings, one in each of their home countries.

Both events are free to the public, and the oversized 40-page first issue of WE STAND ON GUARD is only $2.99! Brian and Steve will be happy to sign whatever readers bring, time and lines permitting. You must purchase We Stand Guard from Meltdown Comics or other merchandise to get stuff signed.

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Celebrate the release of the all-new Nickelodeon Magazine with the awesome creators of Sanjay and Craig – Jay Howell and Jim Dirschberger plus Eric Esquivel (comic author), Sam Spina (comic artist) of Papercutz’s Sanjay and Craig comics!

All goes down, Wednesday, July 1st at 7pm
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl. LA, CALIF. 90046 (map)

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd.
LA, CALIF 90046 USA
323.851.7223
meltcomics.com

Jun 212015
 

IN THE YEAR 199X: A 90’S ANIME TRIBUTE SHOW 90+ Artists Celebrating a Decade of Anime

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — Calling all Anime fans! IN THE YEAR 199X is a celebration of Japanese animation in the 1990’s. The gallery event takes place at Meltdown Comics the weekend of Anime Expo® as more than 90 artists unveil works in celebration of their all-time favorite anime influences.

When: July 3rd from 7 to 11 PM

Where: Meltdown Comics 7522 Sunset Blvd. LA, Calif. 90046

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/103373916665573/

“Kids who grew up in the 90’s know it as the decade where anime found its crossover appeal in the West,” explains curators Zoë Moss & Jacob Strick. “It might have been on Toonami or on a bootleg VHS, but you were watching shows like Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon and Cowboy Bebop — not to mention some classic cinema like Ghost in the Shell, Perfect Blue and Princess Mononoke.”

IN THE YEAR 199X was created as a way for artists to pay tribute to the movies and shows that had a seminal impact on their own artistic growth. At the free art opening there will be a live DJ set by Tita Mosura, free food and drinks and an interactive photobooth.

“Whether you prefer dubs or subs – or Digimon to Pokémon – prepare yourself for the most animetastic tribute to 90’s Japanese cartoons!”

ABOUT THE CURATORS: Artists Zoë Moss & Jacob Strick have been collaborating for more than 10 years on everything from graphic novels to animated shorts. Their comedy gag webcomic Pizza Day Comics updates weekly (http://www.pizzadaycomics.com).

 At Anime Expo® Los Angeles? Need Directions? 

May 162015
 

Daniel Clowes at Meltdown Comics

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DANIEL CLOWES AT MELTDOWN COMICS
Launch Party for The Complete Eightball

Daniel Clowes will be at making his first Los Angeles appearance in several years at Meltdown Comics on June 5th to celebrate the release of The Complete Eightball, a two-volume collection of the influential and iconic comic book series, from Fantagraphics Books.

On Friday, June 5th, from 6-10 PM, Meltdown will be opening its Los Angeles doors to fans new and decades strong for a night complete with prizes, a book signing, costume contest, and an interview between Clowes and Mark Frauenfelder from Boing Boing.

Creator of touchstone stories such as “Ghost World”, “Art School Confidential” and “Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron”, Daniel Clowes changed the landscape of comics when he began publishing Eightball with Fantagraphics Books in 1989. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of its release, and celebrate the future, the biggest comic book retailer in California, Meltdown Comics, is pulling all the stops for this one-night-only engagement. Meltdown and Clowes’s relationship dates back over 20 years, when Clowes created the venerable Meltdown mascot, Mel, in the early days of the store.

From Associate Publisher, Eric Reynolds says, “It was literally unfathomable for us to consider any Daniel Clowes / Complete Eightball event schedule that didn’t include Meltdown Comics. I don’t know if there’s a bookseller in the country that has done more to promote Eightball and the work of Daniel Clowes over the past two decades. This is going to be a barnburner.”

WHO: Cartoonist Daniel Clowes
WHAT: Signing The Complete Eightball
WHERE: Metldown Comics – 7522 Sunset Blvd, LA, CALIF
WHEN: Friday, June 5th from 6-10 PM

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PRE-ORDER THE BOOK (Book, Tote Bag, Buttons, Boing Boing Talk admission + more included with all pre-orders ). Email staff@meltcomics.com or call 323.851.7223 to save a copy and pick up day of event. SRP: $119.99

About Fantagraphics Books, Inc.
Publisher of the world’s greatest cartoonists since 1976.

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Mar 232015
 

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Did you miss out on your opportunity to be at one of the eight tapings of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail for Comedy Central?

DON’T WORRY, YOU CAN STILL GET IN!

We are taping episodes on Wednesday, March 25th, Friday, March 27th, Wednesday, April 1st, and Saturday, April 4th at 7:30 and 9:30pm.

There will be room for many extra people at each taping. We will have standby lines inside Meltdown Comics, near the bathroom. Standby audiences are not guaranteed to get a seat but are welcome to stand. 

In order to be considered as a standby audience member, you must

-for the 7:30pm tapings, you must be IN THE STANDBY LINE by 7:00PM

-for the 9:30pm tapings, you must be IN THE STANDBY LINE by 9:00PM

-show up ready to sign a waiver to possibly appear on camera, laughing and looking as gorgeous as ever!

Jan 292015
 

PhotoGrid_1416966259208For Immediate Release:
Los Angeles, Calif. USA,  January 29th, 2015

Meltdown Comics is excited to announce our newest in-store addition:
the Open Intellectual Property (IP) Wall!

Due to a mounting excitement and demand for comic book adaptations into all forms of media—film and television in particular—Producers and writers are constantly on the lookout for the next hot adaptation. Meltdown receives requests for Open IP almost every day, and we’ve decided to make it easier for everyone involved by keeping new, exciting, and adaptable content all in one place!
We would like to extend our offer for your open IP properties to be better displayed on our wall. If you’re a publisher, just send us and email to staff@meltcomics.com with:
1) A list of the open IP properties you want showcased;
2) A corresponding list with the creators’ names, listing their previous works (to better draw association for the clientele).
Anything already optioned or ordered from a network will not be displayed.
This will be a spot for the newest creators and publishers to have their stories perused by the best in Hollywood.

“Meltdown has become the established nexus between comics and Hollywood.  With this newly dedicated section for Open Intellectual Properties, they are shortening the gap between industry professionals and independent creators.  This is why I am a regular here, because Meltdown knows how to serve its community.”  –Mike Le, screenwriter & producer

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