Jun 072015
 

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Calling all Anime fans! IN THE YEAR 199X is a celebration of Japanese animation in the 1990’s, curated by your favorite senpais Zoë Moss & Jacob Strick. Join us as we unveil the works of over 90 artists in celebration of their all-time favorite anime influences.

Kids who grew up in the 90’s know it as the decade where anime found its crossover appeal in the West. 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. Whether you prefer dubs or subs – or Digimon to Pokémon – prepare yourself for the most animetastic tribute to 90’s Japanese cartoons!

What: Opening party featuring food, music, 90’s anime nostalgia & fun!
When: July 3rd, 2015 from 7 to 11 PM
Where: Meltdown Comics inside Nerdist Showroom
7522 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046 (map)

Jul 272014
 

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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
Paul Danke
Cornell Reid
John Roy
Steve Agee
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.

 

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
 

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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

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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.

 

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(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.