Sep 262014
 

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Eat More Art Out Productions is bringing back the seventies and honoring one of the greatest sitcom series of all time with their first group art show, “Come and Knock On Our Door: A Tribute to John Ritter”.

October 17th, 2014 – 7 pm
Meltdown Gallery inside Nerdist Showroom, Hollywood, Calif.

Former roller derby girls Jane Dope, Sleazy Bake Oven and Hussy Whipped are trading their scuffed up skates and stinky safety gear for artist wrangling and gallery receptions as they host their first, of hopefully very very many, themed group art shows that might more accurately be described as art parties. Their plan to dish up a healthy serving of quality art in a low pressure, highly themed atmosphere is a foolproof recipe for an unforgettable event. “We want art to be fun and inviting, even if you think you know nothing about it. Our motto: Grab a beer and tell your inner critic to relax. It’s just art!”

Jane Dope is the founder of Angel City Derby Girls’ annual silent auction fundraiser Eat Your Art Out. In recent years, the trio has teamed up with Angel City Derby Girls and Titmouse animation studios to bring this Los Angeles art scene staple to unprecedented success. Now these ladies for ready for year ‘round curating! Art parties for all!!

For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/eatmoreartout, www.facebook.com/events/1455932761347195

Follow Eat More Art Out http://instagram.com/eatmoreartout

What: Eat More Art Out Productions Presents:
Come and Knock On Our Door: A Tribute to John Ritter. Artists include: Dave Macdowell, Jim Mahfood, Mike Huddleston, Yelley and many more. Music, food-truck, open bar, treats, photo- ops. Original artwork and limited edition prints for sale!

When: October 17, 2014 from 7p-11pm

Where: Meltdown Gallery inside Nerdist Showroom,
7522 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, Calif. 90046 (map)

Additional info: www.facebook.com/events/1455932761347195

 Posted by at 1:00 pm
Sep 252014
 

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***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Meet An Iconic Super Hero’s All-New Creative Team…

What: Straight from their work on the hit “Arrow” TV series, join new
GREEN ARROW comic book writers Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski along with colorist Gabe Eltaeb for a signing of their debut issue.

Kreisberg, Sokolowski and Eltaeb will be on-hand to sign copies of
GREEN ARROW #35, while supplies last.

Where: Meltdown Comics (7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif.)

When: Wednesday, October 1 starting at 7PM

Interviews available with Kreisberg, Sokolowski and Eltaeb from 6-7PM

For more information, please contact sean_marier@bhimpact.com

About GREEN ARROW #35
Ollie is trying to put his life together after the grueling events of “Broken,” and finds himself back in Seattle on a mission from a mystery woman. Who is she – and what’s next for Green Arrow?

 

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 Posted by at 1:59 pm
Sep 192014
 

 Original Article: http://spelunk.in/2014/09/19/an-interview-with-alex-preukschat-creator-of-bitcoin-comic-the-hunt-for-satoshi-nakamoto/

An Interview with Alex Preukschat, creator of Bitcoin Comic: The Hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto

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In Spain, a trio of friends are making a comic book about Bitcoin. Spelunk.in had a chat with with Alex Preukschat, technical author and creator of Bitcoin Comic: The Hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto.

A-Shiba-BitcoinComic.org“The Bitcoin Comic book (BitcoinComic.org) is a 112 page matrix style adventure graphic novel with an educational twist,” explained Alex. “We decided to do an adventure story to attract anyone who wants to read a great story, but at the same time during the plot we explain the main aspects about money and bitcoin. Our main aim is to educate people in a fun and easy way about money and bitcoin because we think that people need to understand money to create a better society.

He further explained “Our money can only be as good as the people using it, and the people using it need to be educated about it to create better quality money. Bitcoin offers all that because it allows any user to become his own central bank through the decentralized consensus based Bitcoin protocol.”

The Story: The plot revolves around two characters: Alice and Bob. Bob is being chased by a mafioso group of thugs who think he’s Satoshi Nakamoto and who are trying to kill him to grab his stash of Bitcoins (which is rumoured to be worth about $1bn), but Bob is saved by Tak; a cypherpunk hacker who knows the score and is watching out for him. Bob says he’s totally innocent and doesn’t even know what Bitcoin is, so Tak has to explain it to him and to add to the mix, agents contracted by the NSA are monitoring the situation, and they have their own ideas about what to do with “Satoshi”…

The comic is littered with subtle visual references and the dialogue lays out in straight terms what Bitcoin is, why it’s so radical and what blockchain technology means for governments and society in general. It’s illustrated in an edgy street-wise style that will appeal to a young independent comic-buying crowd.

“The Hunt for Satoshi” has a crowdfunding campaign running on Swarm to raise 42BTC in order to go to print in November 2014. They will be printing 1500 copies in Spanish, 1000 in Polish (released later this year), and the English version will depend on how well their crowdfunding efforts go. US readers can either buy the book through Swarm, or visit Los Angeles based Meltdown Comics. The book is being put out by Spanish publisher Dibbuks. At the time of this article, they are at 41%. Future plans for the book include a digital version on Comixology.

52_1“I learned about [bitcoin] for the first time April 2011, but I got goxed when I tried to buy some with MtGox that same year,” said Alex. “I didn’t look into it again until early 2013, which is when I bought some. I learned about it in a video from Amir Taaki talking in a Amsterdam and loved the philosophy behind it and wanted to explore more.”

Alex met SWARM.co in London at Coinsumm.it, where he did a presentation of the comic book to the bitcoin community.

“I met swarm and we fell in love into each others projects and decided it to be the first project the run on their bitcoin 2.0 crowdfunding platform,” added Alex. “It is a very cool way to do crowdfunding.”

“I met the Spanish publisher in Angouleme two years ago and we became friends. Angouleme is the biggest comic show in Europe. I’ve been reading comic books since my childhood – initially Batman, Superman, Spiderman and Asterix. After university I started reconnecting with comic books and discovered Maus, Persepolis, etc and got completly hooked again into graphic novels. For me graphic novels are an amazing form of art.”

“Last October I proposed Ricardo from Dibbuks to do a comic about bitcoin and he immediately loved the idea and introduced me to Josep,” said Alex. Josep Busquet is his co-author, who handles the main plot. His previous work includes La revolución de los pinceles (2009), Bacon and Friends (2012) and Puntos de experiencia (2013). Josep introduced him to José Ángel Ares, an artist. Some of his previous work includes Solomon Kane (2011), Apalpa-dor vs Papá Noel (2012) and Rosa y Javier (2013), which was his first graphic novel.

The publisher didn’t know what Bitcoin was until this project, but now plans to make all of his books available with cryptocurrency.

When asked how he thinks comic fans will react to the story, Alex replied “I think they will recognize a cool story about bitcoin and then discover how similar that world is to the comic world. A world of freedom where we do amazing things in the real world and share them for humanity to create a better world.”

12_5Bitcoin Foundation chief scientist Gavin Andresen will sign five copies of “The Hunt for Satoshi” in dedication to the memory of Hal Finney, the cryptographer who was the first employee at PGP Corporation, who created the Re-Usable Proofs of Work scheme on which Bitcoin is based and who received the first-ever Bitcoin transaction from Satoshi himself. Hidden in a 90’s message in the book is a dedication to Hal.

They are also running an art contest; information for both can be found at swarm.co/hal

Back this project! https://www.swarm.co/comiccoin
Visit Bitcoincomic.org

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 Posted by at 1:38 pm
Sep 172014
 

Our flagship show is The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, and produced by Emily Gordon. You can track The Meltdown minute to minute by following us on Twitter at @meltdown_show. We’ve hosted the likes of Donald Glover, Zach Galifianakis, Dana Gould, Brian Posehn, Ed Helms, Aziz Ansari, Robin Williams, Maria Bamford, Louie CK, Jeff Ross, David Spade, Marc Maron, and you never know who will drop by! We’ve been written up in LA Weekly, the LA Times, SplitSider, SpitTake, LA Weekly again, Los Angeles Magazine, Serial Optimist, and the LAist, we were profiled on Last Call with Carson Daly as well as Time Warner’s SoCal OnDemand. Kumail and Emily were chosen as two of the “most interesting people in LA” in LA Weekly’s 2012 People issue. (Jonah’s very interesting too, we promise.)

We were named the #1 comedy show in Los Angeles by LA Weekly in 2012, crowned the best comedy show in LA by Splitsider, and named one of the top live shows in LA by Serial Optimist! And in May 2013, Hollywood Reporter named us one of the hottest places to see comedy in LA. Each week we have original artwork on sale, created by Dave Kloc, (here’s a recent profile of him) and you can check out photos of our show via Tyler Ross, our photographer!

QUOTES!

“…the epicenter of LA’s alt-comedy scene.” -Hollywood Reporter

“An intimate li’l gallery space in the back of a comics shop hosts a packed lineup of truly superb comedians” -LA Weekly

“Ray and Nanjiani are two of the funniest comedians going and they have a funny rapport with one another up top. Their show, produced by Emily Gordon, is as expertly-curated as Bang Bang was, with a nice mix of excellent unknowns and big names taking the stage each week.” -Splitsider

“The amount of love and enthusiasm put into this show is quite evident. From the very get go, you feel that you are part of something very special.” -Serial Optimist

“With occasional live music and a near-naked host in a fireman’s uniform, it feels as if anything flies at “The Meltdown.” -LA Times “Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray’s white-hot The Meltdown show packs ‘em in on a weekly basis” -LA Weekly

“What binds the show together is the connection between its hosts; as both good friends and skilled comedians, Ray and Nanjiani work off each other seamlessly, guiding things along with expert control while making sure to let the spotlight shine brightest on their guests.” -SpitTake

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Every Wednesday from Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, Calif.

 Posted by at 3:07 pm
Sep 112014
 

BAT_GIRL_3D_Cover_B_580_5375751e903881.01762188-e1400303943995Welcome back you frequenters of the @MeltdownComics blog!

While there were many amazing titles from each publisher, it’s a challenge for me not to spend all my time talking about the lenticular 3-D covers DC COMICS has been churning out for their New 52 Future’s End One-Shots! There hasn’t been one bad cover in the entire mix. Anyone from Phantom Stranger, to Swamp Thing; Constantine to Comrade Grayson, everyone has their time in the sun.

Though it was a close call, as to who would receive the shout-out, props have to be given to BATGIRL, and the T.T.F.N. of GAIL SIMONE‘s fantastic run. From the start of her arc, reader’s understood quickly that Simone knew what she was doing, walking the line perfectly between making us care for Barbara and Bargirl in equal measure. That carries through in this one-shot, as we experience Babs’ wedding-night tragedy and the resulting figure she builds herself to be in response. One note of enjoyment: Javier Garron’s art loosely sets the tone of the book in line with that of The Dark Knight/Rises, as we see the bat-pod, Bane’s fur lined trench-coat (all while wielding a detonator with the ability to blow the city to smithereens). The final comment on the issue is the lasting message. I won’t spoil anything for anyone, but as you can imagine, it’s clear Simone is hopeful for any and all girls who aspire be like Batgirl, and encourages those aspirations with a few simple sentences. An excellent close to BATGIRL!

For those of you who enjoyed the SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF TIME videogame, you better gear up for the newest title from MARVEL COMICS, none other than EDGE OF SPIDERVERSE: SPIDER-MAN NOIR! This issue kicks off the spiderverse with a bang, offering first the badass spidey in black noir-garb (that’s a word). The noir setting hits dead-on with the tonal re-envisioning of classic characters, and I can only imagine will make for a more exciting read as the other Spider-men are introduced. As long as I get to see Humphrey Bogart as Doc Ock, I’ll be satiated. Get caught in the web of EDGE OF SPIDERVERSE!

There seems to be a trend in comics of the sci-fi aesthetic in the old west landscape, and that trend doesn’t appear to be slowing. The newest title out of IMAGE COMICS that brings that aesthetic to life is COPPERHEAD. There’s a new Sheriff in town, and her name is Sheriff Bronson. Never mind the fact that on her first day on the force, she receives the armor from her predecessor, pocked with fresh bullet holes. I was worried too that there would be no Colonel Sanders like figure, but rest assured, they made sure to include one. Just throw in an illiterate wombat deputy on steroids, and you have COPPERHEAD!

Surely, but leastly not last: we have a very special final issue for you folks, one that delves into the very trials and tribulations one faces when owning a comicbook store, not unlike your very own @MeltdownComics. Brace yourself, cause things are about to get Meta when discussing NUMBER ONE from INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE. The story follows a belabored comicshop owner, let’s call him GARY SCOTT BEATTY, for now. Good ol’ Gare-bear recounts what it was like for him in the early days of comics in the 60’s, from headshops to grocery stores and back. As Gary grew, so did his shop, and when it started going under, so did many outside and personal aspects of his life. The charm of this book resides in Beatty’s honesty and exhibition of what makes a comicshop thrive, which is the generations of customers, friends, who were in their own way saved by comicbook heroes. The nature of his pay-it-forward attitude is inspiring, and certainly opens up a fantastic discussion on retail stores vs. stores active in the community. If you want a good lesson in the comic biz, and a reminder of why these fables are important, check out NUMBER ONE.

That’s all for this week, but before you go…

Lastly…

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Thanks for reading!

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@iam_DVDM

Sep 112014
 

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Join us for the first-ever Melt-thology Comix Jam at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles on September 16!

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 $2 for printing costs). When you come to the next month’s comix jam you’ll get a complete zine with everyone’s contributions inside!

• 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 $2 will have a copy waiting for them the next time they can make it out.

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

 Posted by at 12:59 pm
Sep 112014
 

KillerMermaid_Web_adCome Celebrate the release of Killer Mermaid on DVD, the actresses Kristina Klebe and Natalie Burn will be signing your copy down at Meltdown Comics on Wednesday, September 17th from 7pm-8pm. We will also be giving away limited edition posters, signed by the director, so make sure to come by early!

About Killer Mermaids:
Two beautiful young women go on an exotic Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned military fortress. What was once a carefree adventure becomes a deadly fight for survival.

 Posted by at 12:30 pm
Sep 052014
 

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@SuicideGirls Geekology Book Signing Saturday, September 6th at 5PM. Come say hello, buy a book and get it signed by your favorite Suicide Girl.

“Geekology” is our hardcover tribute to the gorgeous geeks, naughty nerds, and captivating cosplayers that makeup Suicidegirls. This beautiful coffee table book comes stocked with hi-res nude images and detailed blurbs written by each featured model….. The force is strong with this one.

Saturday, September 6th at 5PM
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl. LA, Calif. 90046 (map)

 Posted by at 7:48 pm
Aug 312014
 

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concretepark2This Wednesday, September 3rd at 7pm, Concrete Park signing with Tony Puryear, co-creators Erika Alexander and Robert Alexander.

A troubled young outcast from Earth awakens on a distant desert planet that’s gripped by gang war. Will the exiles of Scare City destroy each other or create something surprising, beautiful, and new? Concrete Park returns with volume 2’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T arc—a sexy sci-fi saga by Tony Puryear (Eraser) and Erika Alexander!

* Blockbuster screenwriter Tony Puryear cowrites and draws!

“The swagger of the characters and their surroundings just burst off of the page.”—Read about Comics

“Every time I think I know what is going on in Concrete Park, [it] throws me for a loop. I have to read more.”—Comics Bulletin

Concrete R-E-S-P-E-C-T #1 signing.
September 3rd, 2014 pm
7522 Sunset Bl. Calif. 90046 (map)

 

 Posted by at 4:55 pm
Aug 302014
 

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Fireworks Finale: The Simpsons Take the Bowl
September 12th & 13th 8pm, & 14th 7:30pm

Hollywood Bowl       

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

The Simpsons is widely considered to be one of the greatest TV shows of all time – 28 Primetime Emmys®! The longest running American sitcom ever continues to thrive with its dead-on satire and razor-sharp wit. Journey from the Springfield Bowl to the Hollywood Bowl for this unprecedented event, as the orchestra accompanies your favorite scenes on the big screen. Join the celebration of a quarter century

Artists

  • Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
  • Thomas Wilkins, conductor
  • Hank Azaria, host
  • Nancy Cartwright
  • Beverly D’Angelo
  • Jon Lovitz
  • Yeardley Smith
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic
  • Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles
  •  Conan O’Brien
  • Matt Groenig
    Presented by LA Phil. For tickets and information visit Hollywood Bowl.com

    Link: Tickets Here

    Facebook.com/HollywoodBowl

    Twitter: @HollywoodBowl

    Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability subject to change.

Follow/Like Meltdown on Facebook  and at Noon today we’ll be giving away of tickets to The Simpsons Take The Bowl.

 

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