Feb 162015

SparksNevada_MeltdownComicsBen Acker & Ben Blacker with the WorkJuice Players from the Thrilling Adventure Hour as well as special surprise guests will be singing at Meltdown Comics on 2/18 at 7pm.

The series based on the hit Nerdist podcast will feature McKelvie and photo variants

Ben Acker and Ben Blacker’s all-new series inspired by the hit Nerdist podcast Thrilling Adventure Hour to be titled THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR PRESENTS… SPARKS NEVADA: MARSHAL ON MARS featuring a variant cover by Jamie McKelvie and a photo variant of both creators in retro Thrilling Adventure Hour style.

In SPARKS NEVADA: MARSHAL ON MARS #1 you’ll want to shine your astro spurs and don your robot fists! Justice rides a rocket steed across the crimson plains of the fourth planet, where one man brings fear to robots and aliens…and hope to humans who make this frontier planet their home. He is…SPARKS NEVADA: MARSHAL ON MARS by Acker & Blacker, J. Bone, Jordie Bellaire & Marshall Dillon.


Jun 252014

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Meltdown Comics & Nerdist Writer’s Panel: Comic Edition presents Comics Legend Neal Adams for Lecture, Signing, Video Presentation and Chocolate!

Saturday, June 28th, 2014 starting at 2pm, come join Neal for a spectacular showing of what his studio does in New York as well as hearing great stories of Comics History told to you by the legendary man himself Neal Adams!

Heath Corson from Nerdist Writer’s Panel: Comic Edition will host a talk with Mr. Adams. Neal will present “Blood” the Motion Comic in it’s early stages for the graphic novelDark Horse Presents” “Blood due February 2015 as book one of the graphic novel. Directed by Neal and animated by his Production Studio who worked on the “Astonishing Xmen Motion Comic for Marvel. Neal will be doing “Blood” as a Motion Comic and then as a fully animated movie. He’ll also discuss “How Comics Happened and the Dirty Silver age” and then Q&A as well.

2pm – 4pm: Meltdown Comics & Nerdist Writer’s Panel: Comic Edition presents Comics Legend Neal Adams for Lecture, Signing, Video Presentation ($5 TICKETS HERE)

5pm: In-store signing

Chocolate provided by Sweet Hollywood, Sweet Candy Shop, LLC

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Heath Corson is a proud co-host of the Nerdist Writer’s Panel: Comics Edition as well as an award-winning writer. He wrote the animated DCU movies JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR and the upcoming BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM, due out this summer. After adapting Jill Thompson’s SCARY GODMOTHER comic to the stage, he was approached to write the adaptation for television. Then he moved here from Chicago where the movers stole all of his stuff. It’s a good story. Ask him to tell you it. He has since bought new stuff.

Nerdist Writer’s Panel: Comic Edition this podcast stumbled out of the radioactive sludge of the Nerdist Writer’s Panel and grew into a powerful four-headed beast. Mightily co-hosted by Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour), Heath Corson (Batman: Assault on Arkham), Adam Beechen (Batman Beyond) and the ever lovin’ comics legend Len Wein (Wolverine, Swamp Thing, etc) this fantastic four probe the secret inner thoughts, techniques and processes of the some of the most creative minds in comic books.

Meet Comics Legend Neal Adams Saturday June 28th.
First autograph is FREE! (Additional autographs are $10 each) Portfolios, Art Prints, Books and Sketches will be available for purchase! We are also taking on commissions so now is the time to get a piece of art drawn up by Neal Adams. Email Jason at adams@nealadams.com
And Jason will work out characters and prices with you. Maybe get a Batman Black & White Variant blank with a Batman head sketch drawn on it. You can also call Jason at 212-869-4170 or email adams@nealadams.com

Jun 032014


Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Los Angeles Film Festival returns June 11–19 to L.A. LIVE. Don’t miss out on red carpet premieres, conversations, live music, free outdoor screenings and films from around the world. Meltdown Comics is proud to host the screenings of Jossy’s and Harmontown. In Jossy’s, five young women reluctantly agree to join a secret team of super heroes and battle intergalactic evils in the broad parody of Japanese sentai shows like Kamen Rider and the Power Rangers. Harmontown follows NBC’s Community writer/producer Dan Harmon as he hits the road with his popular podcast, accompanied by his co-hosts, his girlfriend and a whole lot of baggage. For more info and tickets visit lafilmfest.com

Joshi Zu
plays with Kekasih
The Beyond
(Japan, 2014, 97 mins)
In Japanese with English subtitles
International Premiere
Directed By: Yuichi Fukuda
Screenwriter: Yuichi Fukuda
Cast: Mirei Kiritani, Mina Fujii, Mitsuki Takahata, Kasumi Arimura, Mizuki Yamamoto, Jiro Sato, Ken Yasuda, Sarutoki Minagawa

Five reluctant young women are recruited to become Earth’s last line of defense in this broad parody of Japanese Super Sentai shows like Kamen Rider and the countless iterations of the Power Rangers. Wearing the prerequisite color-coded uniforms, the team must fight off intergalactic villains like StinkBug and Mutant Mucus despite an utter lack of training. Even more problematic, however, is discovering that alien invasions are terribly inconvenient when they arise during a first date or trip to the salon, forcing our heroes to choose between their personal lives and saving the planet. (Spoiler: The planet doesn’t always win.)

Yuichi Fukuda, director of last year’s one-two punch of Kid Police and HK: Forbidden Super Hero, packs his latest with affectionate jabs at a beloved genre, awesomely lo-fi monster suits and plenty of superhero silliness.


Harmontown 2Harmontown
Summer Showcase
(USA, 2014, 101 mins, DCP)
Directed By: Neil Berkeley

Screenwriter: Neil Berkeley
Producer: David Heiman
Cinematographer: Ryan Carmody
Editor: James Andre Leche
Music: Ryan Elder
Featuring: Dan Harmon, Jeff B. Davis, Erin McGathy, Spencer Crittenden

On the surface, Harmontown is a road movie about the boozy live shows of the popular podcast of the same name. Capturing backstage shenanigans and philosophical musings along the way, the film follows a band of misfits that include TV writer/producer Dan Harmon, actor/comic Jeff B. Davis, Dungeon Master Spencer Crittenden and Harmon’s girlfriend, writer/comic Erin McGathy, as they tour the country.

Ultimately, however, it’s a portrait of the talented Harmon–a riveting blend of righteous arrogance and destructive self-loathing–whose seemingly flippant disregard for the TV industry is matched only by his desire to be deified within it. Director Neil Berkeley is as unrelenting as Harmon is willing to pursue candor at all costs as he battles with demons and deadlines. The resulting fireworks make it easy to understand the passionate and heartfelt following Harmon has amassed.

Feb 072014


Harmontown Teaser from mr brkly on Vimeo.

Harmontown Teaser #2 from mr brkly on Vimeo.

Jan 162014

The Mutant Season: Eric Esquivel → Listen)))))

Gil sits down with comic book writer Eric Esquivel to talk about his work on Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time, and more, and the importance of not being a couch potato!

Follow @mutantseason on Twitter!

Dec 282013


via: Nerdist.com: Nerdist Industries is proud to present the grand opening of THE NERDIST SCHOOL, L.A.’s brand new multi-level Improv and Sketch Comedy Training Program!

THE NERDIST SCHOOL [7518 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046] is committed to become a fertile breeding ground for future writers and performers by offering a variety of classes in improv, sketch, TV writing, storytelling, animation, and more – all taught by dedicated and experienced instructors. Students of THE NERDIST SCHOOL will also have the opportunity to perform next door at The Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, L.A.’s hottest comic book store and alt comedy venue.



Improvisational comedy is based on the fundamental concept of living in the moment, listening and adapting to the world around you, and supporting one another in creating comedic moments and rich environments.

THE NERDIST SCHOOL will offer 4 levels of improvisational comedy classes. Each class will run for 8 weeks, culminating in a graduation performance at The Nerdist Showroom at Meldtown Comics. The normal tuition for any class (improv, sketch, etc.) will be priced at $350 but if you sign up for a class between now and December 31, 2013, you will only pay $300 per class!

SUNDAYS 3pm-6pm
Starting January 5th, 2014

[JAN 5 – FEB 23]


Rebekka Johnson is a multifaceted comedian living in Los Angeles. She has been teaching improv for over ten years at various schools around the country including The PIT in NYC, UCLA and Columbia University. Rebekka currently serves as writer and producer of Speakeasy, a talk show hosted by Paul F. Tompkins for Mademan.com. She has also directed episodes of Speakeasy featuring Michele Rodriguez, Steven Yeun, Judy Greer and Jake Johnson. Rebekka is a co-creator of The Apple Sisters, an award winning musical comedy trio. With The Apple Sisters she has produced countless live shows, two albums and many videos, including Shit 40’s Girls Say. Rebekka has written content for Slate V, Chow and Atomic Wedgie. She has directed several stage shows including, The New York Smiths (featuring Chris Smith and Rebecca Delgado Smith), Rachel Bloom is a Triple Threat and The Irish Peddlers. She continues to write and produce her own material across all platforms.


Starting January 16th, 2014

[JAN 16 – MAR 5]


Tara Copeland made her way into comedy after 18 years in Arkansas via Bryn Mawr College, where she discovered her love for sketch and improv while performing with The Lighted Fools. Tara is a member of the group Mother (2001 Cage Match Tournament Champions), who invented the forms The SleepOver and The Soundtrack and the group Ms. Jackson (2004 ECNY Best Improv Group)! She has also appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Best Week Ever, College Road Trip, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and the latest season of Arrested Development. She performs regularly with Baby Wants Candy and The Made Up Musical. Visit www.taracopeland.net for information on upcoming shows, resume and reel.


Sketch comedy thrives on the organic dialogue developed in improv, but with the ability to hone and refine a scene the possibilities become extra endless. Keep audiences at the edge of their folding chairs and learn to harness your comedic perspective, write beats for a scene, and create characters with elastic statuses.

MONDAYS 7pm-10pm
Starting January 6th, 2014

[JAN 6 – FEB 24]

Instructor: DAN TELFER


Dan Telfer has been writing and performing comedy for over 15 years. As a writer for The Onion he wrote both editorial content and the web series The Onion’s Extremely Accurate History of the Internet.  In addition to The Onion his writing has appeared in Paste Magazine and The A.V. Club. In Chicago he started with ImprovOlympic in the late 90′s and ran with the sketch groups Blewt! and Rogue . Starting with Chicago and continuing in LA, he has had the distinct pleasure of teaching at Second City. But he is perhaps known best for his stand-up chunk “The Best Dinosaur,” which became a runaway viral video hit and earned him an internet following.