Mar 012015

backto thefuture

BACK TO THE FUTURE: A 2015 Art Tribute

Great Scott! 2015 is finally here, the year in which Doctor Emmett Brown and Marty McFly traveled to in the beloved film trilogy Back to the Future. So what better time to hold an artistic tribute? Brought to you by 88 talented artists from around the industry, and curated by Nico Colaleo!

Join us for this gallery’s opening reception at Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics (7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles) from 7pm-midnight, Friday March 6th 2015! Enjoy beer and wine (it’s free, butthead). Along with BTTF-themed entertainment, decor, surprises, and photo opportunities. So synchronize your watches, grab your hoverboards, and watch out for that manure truck, because you won’t want to miss the most extraordinary evening of all time! After all, it is your density.

Back to the Future: A 2015 Art Tribute from Nico Colaleo on Vimeo.

Rachel Adams, Aaron Alexovich, Benjamin Anders, Kim Arndt, Whitney, Avalon, Eric Bauza, Jessica Borutski, Emilie Brailey, Matt Brailey, Emily Brundige, Kaitlin Callahan, Mallory Carlson, Nikki Cash, Daisy Church, Nico Colaleo, Victor Courtright, Alexandra Coward, Cheyenne Curtis, Jack Cusumano, Zan Czyzewski, Matt Doering, Mike Dougherty, Julianne  Eckert, Kelly Eden, Jenny Fine, Forosha, Phylicia Fuentes, Andrea  Gertsmann, Jennifer Gheduzzi, Tais Ghelli, Jessie “Velociraptor”  Greenberg, Gina Gress, Rex Hackelberg, Kassandra Heller, Jordan Hill, Starline Hodge, Chett Hoffman, Robert Iza, Henrique Jardim, Jert, Molly Bates Johnson, Josh Karp, Valerie Keiser, Natasha Kline, L.M. Knight, Chris Korn, Danielle N. Kramer, Kate Laird, Jess Lane, Joanna Leitch, Lindsey Lydecker, Frank Macchia, Kathryn Marusik, Mike Mayfield, Perin McClean, Erin McGathy, Kali Meadows, Marlo Meekins, Zoë Moss, Megan Nairn, Brent Noll, Dan O’Connor, Damon O’Keefe, Ekaterina Oloy, Hannah Nance Partlow, Sara Pocock, Jeremy Polgar, Whitney Pollett, Julia Prescott, Kati Prescott, Sandra Rivas, Willy Roberts, ROCOM, Deanna Rooney, Jennifer Ruiz, Johnny Ryan, Austin M. Salmi, Stephen Sandoval, David C. Smith, Bob Suarez, Joshua Taback, Matt Taylor, Dana Terrace, Arica Tuesday, Jeff Victor, Maria Vitan, Erni Walker, Luke Weber
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Feb 262015

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Feb 262015


Two back-to-back, informative demonstrations and panel discussions ​with representatives from the biggest pioneers in digital comics today. The creators and staff of Madefire, Thrillbent, ComicsFix, Tapastic and Scrollon talk with utter transparency about how they do what they do–and how young creators can join the digital comics movement.

Special Guests: Mark Waid (Thrillbent), Doug Lefler (Scrollon), ​Josh Wilkie (Madefire)

This event is FREE. RSVP to reserve a seat!

The Digital Comics Coalition is the brainchild of Min Kim (Tapastic). Members include Mark Waid (Thrillbent), Josh Wilkie (Madefire), Felix Kiner (ComicsFix) and Doug Lefler (Scrollon). This diverse group of comics creators, programmers, businessmen and filmmakers joins together regularly to share ideas on the innovations happening today in digital publishing.

Can’t make it? Watch it live here


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Feb 172015

As a comic book enthusiast (like Michael Jackson was), you probably have comics that you want to protect. Maybe they’re even comic books you created yourself. But what happens if your comic book collection is stolen or catches on fire? Believe it or not, there are insurance companies that specialize in collectibles. Let’s take a look at how to choose between these companies, and we’ll also provide some simple tips for caring for your stash.

Many people believe that their collectibles are covered under their homeowner’s insurance (visit site). With many homeowner’s insurance policies, there is either limited coverage on collectibles such as comic books, or in many cases, no coverage at all. Sure, you can buy extra coverage sometimes, but even then the policy is limited and vaguely worded. If you lose an Action Comics #1, which has sold for over $3 million, you wouldn’t be too happy if it was replaced with just any Action Comics issue. This type of replacement actually satisfies insurance company requirements many times.

Because of these vague insurance policies, there are insurance companies that specialize in collectibles like comic books. Just like any insurance, it is always good to know what you are looking for and what you are getting. Here are some tips when collectible insurance shopping:

  • Speak with an insurance provider who specifically deals with comic book insurance.
  • Always read the fine print. The devil is in the details.
  • Make sure you know the current market value of your comics. The best idea is to have your collection appraised annually.
  • Verify the amount your collection is insured for.
  • Ensure you are protected in all 50 states.
  • Photograph your collection. This is especially important for rare and high value items.

You can attempt to avoid the need for insurance altogether with some protection at home. In case of a fire, your shelves are likely to help fuel the flames. To help prevent that, invest in some fireproof shelving units. These shelving units are not only functional, but can really help keep your comic collection neat and organized. Another popular option is a fireproof comic safe. A safe not only protects your collection from damage, but can also help to deter theft.

No matter what you choose, the important thing is that you are happy with the safety of your comic book collection. There are plenty of choices out there, but not all of them have your best interests at heart. Remember our tips and shop around wisely.