Sep 142015


Join us for the next Melt-thology Comix Jam at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles as we celebrate our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY on TUESDAY, SEPT 15TH, 2015! We’ll be drawing Issue #13. Come Draw, Come Party, Come for Cake!

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 $3 for printing costs). When you come to the next month’s comix jam you’ll get a complete zine with everyone’s contributions inside!

Got a great idea for the cover? Whoever calls it first gets it. (DM me on Instagram at @melt_thology or shoot me a message on FB.)

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 $3 will have a copy waiting for them the next time they can make it out.

If you want extra copies of Melt-thology, you can toss in another $3 per zine and we’ll print ’em up for you.

Tips for a successful comix jam:

We draw from 7:00pm till close (9:30-10:00pm), so if that’s not going to be enough time to finish your page, you can start your pencils/sketches/thumbnails/whatever at home, then finish the page at the store. But if you walk in with a finished piece, hand in two bucks, then walk out, it kind of defeats the purpose of a social artist jam.

Art is scanned in with a basic 8.5×11 scanner, and is only adjusted for contrast. Erase your pencil lines if you don’t want them to show up. Alternately, pages drawn with very light pencil won’t scan as well as darker pencil/ink.

Art will be printed at 4.25 x 5.5, so consider keeping your layout to roughly that proportion if you don’t want a lot of white space at the top and bottom of your art.

*Want to do a one-page self-contained strip? Awesome! One page of a longer, serialized story? Fantastic! A stand-alone illustration? Excelsior!

Follow us on Instagram: @melt_thology

Sep 092015

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Emily V Gordon has written a book, and it’s time to celebrate it!

Have you ever wondered what the best version of yourself would be? Have you wondered whose permission you’d need to be the best version of yourself? Well wonder no more – Super You is a funny, relatable self improvement guide to help you release your inner superhero!

You’ll see stand-up, you’ll hear comedians talk about the long road to becoming the best version of themselves, you’ll make anonymous confessions! Afterward you can buy the book, have it signed by Emily, and take home a free poster of an illustration from Super You: Release Your Inner Superhero!


About the book:
What makes superheroes super is not their powers: It’s their determination to not be defined by helplessness. That’s why, in order to help everyday people reach their full heroic potential, Emily V. Gordon has written Super You: Release Your Inner Superhero. Super You will teach readers to embrace their origins as well as their flaws and mistakes, and strive every day to stand up for what they believe in—for the benefit of themselves and others.

Super You is a fun, friendly, and unabashedly geeky guide to becoming the superhero of your own extraordinary life. Gordon examines comic book tropes to find lessons that anyone can apply toward overcoming tragic events and adversity in their own lives. With activities in every chapter to help identify each reader’s superpowers, special tools, and personal kryptonite—as well as their weapons against it— Super You is the perfect sidekick for every growing hero, empowering everyday people to transform into the most kickass versions of themselves.

The Super You Event with Emily V Gordon & Friends
Meltdown Comics/NerdMelt
7522 Sunset Bl. LA, CALIF 90046 (map)

Your Kid’s #StarWars Inauguration

 Posted by on September 3, 2015
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So you’re a huge Star Wars fan. In fact, you can’t remember the last time you weren’t one. The Star Wars franchise has been a part of your own life’s journey for so long now that, to some degree, looking up towards the sky and having the odd Ewokese conversation with Yoda in your head has become somewhat of an ordinary thing.

Being a part of the Star Wars legion is hard work! But, it’s also a real break from life’s earthly disappointments, something your partner takes equal pleasure in. You bonded over that fact. The next thing you know, you’ve spawned little miracles that were conceived that fateful night you decided to role play as Han and Leia.

How do you get your kids to appreciate Star Wars from a young age?

1)    Introduce them to the original comics
It’s probably best to avoid screen time first. I know that some kids will do anything for an extra half an hour watching the tele or gawking at a bright computer screen, but if you really want your kids to become a part of the Star Wars universe the right way, dig into your comic-book collection. Pull out your originals and/or subscriptions. Most like Star Wars Adventures (Dark Horse Comics) and The Clone Wars Comic (by Titan Comics) even include simple games and puzzles, and are suited for kids aged 4+.

2)    Screen time: start with the series
Don’t dive straight into major screen time. That means, don’t start with the movies. However, this is a personal preference. I have to admit, I really wasn’t fond at first, but it grew on me bit by bit. I probably would have had a different view if I’d jumped straight into Star Wars IV: A New Hope immediately. Why not test the waters with the animated Clone Wars series first.

3)    How about some casual games?
Reading comics is an active leisure. Watching the TV series is a passive activity. Balance it out with another activity: play some games. There are board games– perfect for a family night in- and there are online Star Wars games too. Watch out with the latter though- you wouldn’t want them to get too sucked in!

4)    More Screen time: the Sagas
Some people advocate splitting up the the movies in to 20 minute sittings so that you also have the chance to pause and discuss certain scenes and themes. There’s another use and excuse for doing this: violence and passion. Those cute love scenes, first kisses and badass galactic battles are going to spark interest and raise questions. You know what’s best, what to address and when to skip over certain scenes they can revisit later.

5)    Play dress up!
Okay, this tip will probably work on the girls more than it will the boys. Dressing up as princess Leia was so much fun for me when I was a kid. I remember adopting her hairstyle with pride. Boys will love Darth Vader masks and those lightsabers. Plus, you’ll be the coolest parents ever if you join them in on the fun. You’re never too old to play dress-up!

6)    Geek out: teach them Galactic Basic
This is a tough one because it requires a lot more discipline than the above, but you can definitely trick your kids into learning one of the Star Wars universe languages by convincing them that it can be their secret language. Kids love speaking in code. Plus, if you get them to learn the basics, they’ll end up learning the basic Latin alphabet by default too. Now that’s worth it.

Aug 312015


EYE ON SPRINGFIELD: An Artistic Tribute to The Simpsons

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 Milhouse!” (BRING MONEY.)

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, Dean Heezen, 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, Jessica Wills

Brad Ableson, Summer Allen, Shaun Cashman, Benny Crouse, Jennie Hoffer, Tammy Manis, John Mathot, Shannon O’Connor, Tom Richner, Alex Ruiz, David Silverman, Shane Sowell, Joshua Taback


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


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.


Jun 282015


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.



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.

Jun 212015

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


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


“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 (

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