Feb 072016


Book stores aren’t supposed to exist anymore. Especially independent ones.

The sad truth is that, at one point, Amazon and waning attention spans massacred these outlets, turning customers into e-shoppers and proprietors into paupers. Which is why exceptions have to be exceptional.

Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard is one of those special misfits.

It’s a 10,000 square foot playground offering cartooning and writing classes, open mics, events, shows—the store’s even spawned a network television series starring names even non-geeks recognize. Oh yeah, and the place also sells comics. Tons. Everything from the spandex set to avant garde graphic novels. French, Spanish, Japanese creations, lots of toys, plus books with characters who grapple with love, rejection, and how to pay the rent—issues the store’s 45 year-old bearded Chilean owner has faced repeatedly for the past 26 years.

“I lucked out,” said Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, who opened Meltdown in 1993 with his then-wife Ilia. “I do daily what I love. When I started out, it was scary. Because if I fail, I’m done. So there was no option to fail.” Read the rest of the article here: http://smashd.co/take-a-page-from-meltdown/

Feb 042016


Daniel Clowes has been working on his latest book, Patience, for five years. At 180 pages, it’s his longest work to date, more than twice as long as Wilson, his graphic novel about an abrasive loner in Oak­land who claims to be a people person but actually can’t stand most of them (nor they him), and Ghost World, the artist’s most popular work, about the disintegrating relation­ship between two teen girls in an unnamed American suburb. From the time Clowes began the book in 2010 until its completion last October, he didn’t show a single page of it to anyone, not to Erika, his wife of 20 years, nor to his publishers at Fantagraphics, who will release the book this March, nor to his closest friends.

Clowes is in an upstairs room of his Piedmont home, a lovely two-story 1912 Craftsman set along an equally lovely tree-lined street of this East Bay suburb, talking about how the book came to be. Six feet tall and slim, Clowes has a salt-and-pepper beard and sharp blue eyes. Despite possessing the most sardonic of wits on paper, he laughs easily and often in person, at his jokes and others’. This afternoon, he’s taking care of his beloved beagle, Ella, who has dementia and barks every 20 minutes or so because she forgets that Clowes is at home. Along one wall of the room, which doubles as artist studio and comics archive, collections of Peanuts and Nancy and Gasoline Alley share shelf space with Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library and the complete works of R. Crumb. An old-timey paperback carousel is stocked with Mad magazine reprints; in a nearby cabinet there’s a tin-toy knockoff of Fred Flintstone, his 5 o’clock shadow an eerie blue.  Read the rest of the article here: https://story.californiasunday.com/daniel-clowes-patience



Illustrations by Rutu Modan, Anders Nilsen, Richard Sala, Isabel Seliger, Seth, and Anuj Shrestha


Jan 202016

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Via: www.mopedhero.com
The folks at Meltdown Comics have a long history of innovating to draw in new customers and give more service to their current subscribers. It’s not surprising that when we approached them about our new service they jumped on giving their box customers the best options for pick-up in LA. Starting Wednesday, January 20th, Meltdown Comics and Collectibles and Moped Hero are teaming up to bring same day comics delivery to Los Angeles.

The team at Meltdown has always supported independent and local businesses, so we’re happy and proud to return the favor by bringing affordable, speedy delivery to their offerings. For $5, we’ll deliver your Comic Book Day box subscription straight to your door, whether at work or at home.

Here’s all you have to do:

#1- Call Meltdown Comics (323.851.7223) and pay for your weekly books over the phone. Don’t have a pull list yet? Meltdown makes it incredibly easy to sign up, plus subscription customers get 20% off their books. http://www.meltcomics.com/blog/subscription-service/

#2: Tell the cashier you want delivery with Moped Hero and we’ll get the books out to you within a two hour window for only $5. You can even prepay for an entire month’s worth of deliveries for only $15.

#3: Enjoy your comics when they’re delivered straight to your home.

Not sure if you’re in our delivery radius, check the map below. We serve Downtown, USC, Echo Park, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Mid-City, Beverly Hills and UCLA. All major studios are in our delivery radius, Paramount, Fox, Warner Brothers and Disney.


Jan 182016


Everybody knows Charlie Brown. Peanuts have been a part of comic & animation history for over 50 years, influencing many generations of cartoonists and artists.

NOW come check out over 100 artists from all different backgrounds draw these classic characters in a way you’ve never seen before

Grand Opening: Friday, February 5th 2016
Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Jan 162016


Meet other geeky singles while we serve up some super fun waffles on a Saturday morning! Come by Meltdown Comics for some sugary, sappy fun!

We have the wonderful Chef JoAnna helping with our waffles + treats! Super excited!

We’ll also have fabulously geeky tea from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe! They make some of my favorite teas ever.

Facebook Event Page: Waffle Party! A Singles Brunch at Meltdown Comics

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd. LA, CALIF. 90046

Heads up! by Jamie Iovine (@jamie_iovine)

 Posted by on January 4, 2016
Jan 042016

Welcome to 2016 everyone. We are a year wiser, older, and poorer from all the crap we bought Dec-Jan. Anyway here are some things you, the public at mass, need to look out for this week, because if I didn’t tell you, who would?

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-As gamer channels and “lets play” shows become more and more popular and oversaturated there is one channel that I believe stands above the rest. There is a man who has been giving us constant geek/nerd/gamer entertainment for a few years now. This man is names Jontron. If you haven’t checked out his show on youtube yet you are missing out on quite a bit. What he offers more so than other youtube gamer channels is his wit, writing, and overall aesthetic of the show. He is not only the funniest gamer show host I have ever come across (sorry Pewdiepie) but he covers the games and the shows that he “reviews” in the most entertaining way. He doesn’t just play the game, he shares his aggravation and combines it with his comedic wit and talent that I don’t think any other gaming channel has. You aren’t just watching a guy play a video game on youtube, its a comedic adventure you will want to watch again and again. He just did multiple Star Wars games episodes before the movie came out that are MUST WATCHES. Check out his Twitter account: @JonTronShow and watch his episodes at https://www.youtube.com/user/JonTronShow

-The Rock has announced that he WILL in fact be at Wrestlemania 32 in Dallas, Texas. The Great one AKA Dwayne Johnson will be involved at the grandest stage of them all but in what capacity? He was at Wrestlemania 31 last year but in a very non physical role. He showed up, talked a bit, got slapped, Ronda Rousey showed up and stuff happened but it was certainly no match. The encounter was originally thought to set up a match between The Rock and Triple H at this year’s show but since Dwayne Johnson has signed onto the Baywatch Reboot it doesn’t seem likely that he will be performing in a match due to insurance problems. The last time the Rock performed at Wrestlemania 29 in New York, he suffered a hernia, torn adductor and torn abdominal muscle. All in all, even though he looks like a real life silverback, he is not in the same ring shape he was in his prime. Although it is doubtful that we will see him participate in a match, it will be interesting to see what capacity we see the People’s Champ at the show of shows.

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-Seinfeld fans (there are a few out there right?) have you always been a fan of the show but thought “I would love a drink while staring at that famous portrait of George Costanza from the episode “The Package”? Well long no more fans of shows about nothing, because there is a restaurant in Australia that is ENTIRELY dedicated to the stumpy, balding casanova we all know and love. Yes, there is a restaurant called “George’s Bar” in Melbourne, Australia that is everything Costanza. Describing it wouldn’t do it justice so here are a few images. Yes its exactly what you think it is.

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-I know I am a little late on the bandwagon for this one, but there is a new Netflix series called “Making A Murderer” which focuses on a man named Steven Avery who spent 18 years in jail for sexual assault and attempted murder. He was eventually released but then arrested again and accused of a separate murder. If you are a serial killer documentary addict like I am you will definitely love this series. It’s one of those shows that you find yourself questioning wether or not its a drama or reality. I can’t give too much away without spoilers but definitely check it out. All the episodes are up so get your binge-watching on. It is “cuffing season” after all…

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-Just a heads up, pre orders for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset start Wednesday. I still have yet to try one but from what I’ve been told this tech will be revolutionary to gaming and movie viewing experiences. From what I understand the technology isn’t exactly perfect yet but as time goes on I believe we can see something truly special from Oculus. Theres no price tag yet so your guess is as good as mine as to how much of a dent this will put in ur wallet. My scientific estimate… A LOT OF DOLLARS!

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-If you weren’t able to catch Eli Roth’s latest bloodbath “Green Inferno” when it was in theaters, fear no more you bloodthirsty masses. Tomorrow “Green Inferno” drops on blu-ray/dvd/digital release. If you have seen any of Eli Roth’s previous works you will know that you probably don’t want to eat lunch before watching these movies. I won’t say much because anything I don’t want to give away ANY of the moments (and trust me there are many). The movie was originally only released in a few theaters so I know a lot of you missed out on this. The movie was heavily inspired by both “Cannibal Holocaust” and is a satire on millennials which I think always need to be taken down a peg. If you want gore laughter and the need to cover your eyes on more than one occasion, get this movie tomorrow, you won’t be disappointed.

Thats it for this week Melters. Wait till Friday when I give you fun shit to spend your money on this weekend…