Oct 232014

themeltdownThis week, to celebrate FOUR YEARS of being a comedy show, we have transformed the room into the scariest campground you’ll ever see at a comedy show.
We welcome
Jen Kirkman
from NYC, Robert Dean
Janine Brito
Al Jackson
Dave Anthony
…and a special guest or two

And immediately after the show, please come to our official after party at the brand new Oinkster Hollywood at 776 Vine St! They’ll be open late to host us, and they’ll have food, craft beer, draft wine, horror movies, music, and more, plus you’ll witness the debut of a One Night Only Meltdown Burger + Intelligentsia Coffee Pumpkin “Get Pumped-kin” Milkshake!


If tickets for The Meltdown sell out online, we will have a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first come, first served basis. We suggest that you arrive by 7pm the day of the show in order to get any “at the door” tickets, but there is no guarantee they will still be available. Come on down!

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Oct 232014

edward-scissorhands-1“Wipe yaself off…ya dead.” -Chris Tucker, Rush Hour (1998)

This week was a pretty lethal week in comics!! If you’re looking for some fluffy-feel-good-patty-cake-books, try the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party down the block!

Speaking of properties that Tim Burton has made into films, let’s dive right in with our first issue of the week EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #1 from our IDW chums! Yes, as the Holiday-ish season starts taking effect, we will soon be reminded again that Nightmare Before Christmas is an amazing film, which will undoubtedly start the annual Burton-binge (for me: Nightmare>>Beetlejuice>>Batman Returns>>EDWARD SCISSORHANDS) Fortunately for us, KATE LETH and DREW RAUSCH are continuing the life of Eddie Sciz. Surprisingly enough, you’ll find with this issue some of the deeper understanding for our beloved title character comes with how he reacts to a character in the same boat as him, or more with nearly the same hands as him. An interesting point of view in the film is immediately challenged in this issue, as our misunderstood, loner hero, finds he must become a mentor to another misfit, Eli, who unintentionally (perhaps) kills something he only meant to hold (perhaps). RAUSCH’S facial expressions hit dead-on, as Burton’s stop-motion characters are known for having such dynamic expression in just their face alone. Grab a slice of this issue: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #1!

Speaking of holidays, do you know which one is not for a long time? FATHER’S DAY!! But that hasn’t stopped DARK HORSE COMICS from putting out a book with that famous holiday as the title…because it’s an awesome first issue! You know that opening scene in COMMANDO where the Governator just lifts random objects out in nature, then takes the time to interact with woodland creatures to teach compassion to his young Alyssa Milano daughter, only to be attacked by bad guys? Welllll…take that…flip it on its head…make the hero a true pacifist…and the daughter angsty…and you’ve got FATHER’S DAY!

STK652766-674x1024The perfect book to put you in the mood for All Hallows’ Eve, actually involves the caped crusader! Those of you who play video games from time to time know what Arkham Asylum is like as an entire city. Have you ever considered ARKHAM MANOR? DC COMICS has! After Arkham is destroyed, and the “patients” are stranded, the people of Gotham do not welcome them anywhere near the city limits. It is then agreed upon by Mayor Hady and company to open up a nearly abandoned Wayne Manor to house the criminally insane. MINOR SPOILER: The close of this issue is by far the best part, and sets up the entire book: After a murder in the newly christened Arkham Manor, Batman must admit himself as a “patient” to find the killer. An entertaining, stress-free (not exactly canon) first issue for you to enjoy: ARKHAM MANOR #1!

We close this post with two misunderstood villains squaring off. I might like to point out that I am squaring them off, DC and MARVEL may never get along enough to create this match up, so let us imagine what could be if these baddies came to blows. I’m talking about two mean dudes in orange and blue: DEATHSTROKE #1 from DC COMICS and AXIS: HOBGOBLIN #1 from MARVEL COMICS! Two very different tones set in each book! For DEATHSTROKE, the kill-count was up, as expected. Every pose hit by the merc-clops is dynamic and grabs the eye (zing)! As well, this is about the only issue I can think of where a villain with a name as lame as “Possum,” can actually be a villain not to be underestimated. Though there were a number of last-page twists this week, DEATHSTROKE walks away with the biggest WTF, in that I’m not sure what happened/is to come, but my attention is certainly had. Get your DEATHSTROKE on!

AXIS_Hobgoblin_Vol_1_2_Textless-500x759On the flip side, we have HOBGOBLIN who at the moment is attempting to redeem himself in the public eye, going a more commercial route to save face. If you’re going to “atone” why not make money off of it? You are warned from the beginning that this is an AXIS tie-in book, and does reference to where you might need to read before jumping into the title. Whether you go with AXIS or not, the read is still enjoyable, with a level of meta-humor that rivals Deadpool/Doop. Although it was a fairly minimal effort, I do appreciate the opening third that discusses why a character like Hobgoblin might exist, why characters in our real world exist that reject the culture surrounding them, the benefits of those that lead a more, literal and figurative, colorful life. I still think if our two Broncos/Bears themed villain-ish figures were to square off, Deathstroke would walk away victorious, but I’d be welcome to any pro-Hobgoblin supporters.

That’s it for this weeks reads! If you want to fan the flames of a DEATHSTROKE/HOBGOBLIN match-up, leave the name of the character you think would win in the comment section.



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THIS WEEK’S CODE: “Find some new friends, and hope you never see me again.

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Oct 152014

GLNG_Cv35_Previews_comp2_53bd9ae84f36e5.27705273‘Ello, chums! Got some catching up to do, we does!

If I had to sum up this week of comics in one phrase, it would be this: “set-up supreme.”

The Creators have shown us the path to the promise land, tantalizing we readers with providence! Whether that be in defining the DC COMICS Multiverse, keeping an eye to the Future to the degree BOOM! STUDIOS and IMAGE COMICS have shown, or killing a MARVEL COMICS darling: Wolverine (“who you calling ‘darling,’ bub?”).

In moments like these, we readers find ourselves in such a vulnerable position: “I’ve been burned before (insert publisher here), don’t do me again.” I’m here to point out what I see as a potential, bright future ahead. Without reading any copies in advance, let’s unpack this week and revel in where our titles are going.

With the introduction of The Multiversity, the success of Earth 2 and its merited World’s End book, as well as the Godhead story arc for our Green Lantern/New Gods Universe, DC COMICS has proven that the scope of its Multiverse is expanding and the response is positive. While many initially responded well to the New 52 reboot, it didn’t take long before the questions started coming: Where is this going? How are they going to address this? I need to know X before you move on to Y.

I believe the key to a truly cohesive and engaging universe is delivering on the periphery, individual-titled books, and their inclusion into the larger picture. Some might say “easier said than done,” but I caught a glimpse of what I’ve needed to see in this week’s issue of GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #35, Act I, Part 4 of GODHEAD. It might seem like an oddly specific beat to be talking about in the grand scheme, but that is exactly what is needed.

GLNG21-Kyle-close-upFirst off, let us establish who Kyle Rayner is nowadays, and who he’s always been. Kyle is the wielder of the White Ring. It has forever been his responsibility to shoulder the greatest power of the Green Lantern Universe, to be the Torchbearer (i.e. receiving Ganthet’s ring after the near-extinction of the Corps, serving as vessel for Ion pre-Sinestro-Corps-Wars, and inhabiting the role of White Lantern post-Brightest-Day). Needless to say, he has clout, yet he does not receive the recognition he often deserves. In this week’s issue, he is quite literally pulled from his own affairs to address the needs of The New God’s Highfather. To recap, that’s a central figure of one title, pulling another character into the bleed of two Universes, to address a threat to the Multiverse.

This is what has been needed for quite some time. At the start of the New 52, we had to first define each hero in their new existence, making it almost impossible for any cohesion to be established. Now, individuals are being recruited to take place in a larger event. The more DC includes their periphery characters, the more credit those characters and the Multiverse itself accrues. INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE is another example of a positive for the DCU/DCM. This is a property established by Jack Kirby himself, whose lore essentially pulls itself from the Bible itself! Again, another title that deserves more recognition than it’s gaining, yet slowly rises through to the spotlight again.

In short, I see what you’re doing DC COMICS and I approve in a big way!! I think it is very clear that the goal is to reach for something to the extent of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, and the challenge ahead will be what can add to that story, rather than how can we re-market the same story over again. It would not be the first time that has crossed anyone’s mind, but at least after this week, some of the pieces are in place to do exactly what is needed.

DC COMICS, tip o’ the cap to you, ol’ sport!

STK646569Now that the DC-Gushing is out of the way, let’s spend an equal amount of time on the IMAGE/BOOM!-GUSH-FEST! The reason I choose to pair these two this week is because of the effect each of their titles had on me, and just so happened to be paired in the same week. The titles in question are IMAGE COMICS’ SUPREME BLUE ROSE and BOOM! STUDIOS’ EVIL EMPIRE.

This would not be the first time that I mentioned MAX BEMIS and ANDREA MUTTI‘s sadistic EVIL EMPIRE on this site, nor do I  imagine it will be the last. The reason issue #6 gets a mention this week is compliments to the diagram drawn immediately, and aptly titled “HOW SAM GOT TO BE SO FUCKED UP.” This is intentional, as the steps shown to depict fucked-uppery in a human development display ways in which 90% of Americans as a whole are fucked-up. Thus, the dystopia is almost legitimized as a probable fate. The issue presses on to construct a deeper depiction of the concept of the “celebrity politician.” The strength lies in an inarguable sense, to an extent, of wanting to see that world, “to an extent” being the key phrase. The book challenges you to think about what you truly want to see in politics/society. Do we want the pomp-and-circumstance to be dropped, to bring about actual change? Is there danger to that? Is the danger worth it? Yes, this book has fun and goes to extremes we probably won’t see played out, but that’s not to distract from what could very much be true. An example of what I believe Evil Empire is predicting played out this week, as a few viral videos of First Lady Michelle Obama were released. They were premeditated, videos, clearly created for the sole purpose to entertain. There is a part of me that very much enjoys watching the President/Presidential family show they can have a sense of humor from time to time, but does comedic ability have the potential to become a prerequisite considered when voting in the next election? Will a simple party-friendly demeanor outweigh a positive political track-record? It is not an unfair question to ask, and Evil Empire indirectly teases out that question through hyperbole. I look forward to seeing what inadvertent or intentional predictions Evil Empire offers in the issues to come.

In the case of SUPREME BLUE ROSE #4, the idea of the “future” transcends politics for temporal positioning, or lack there of. I was immediately charmed by the work of both WARREN ELLIS and TULA LOTAY on SUPREME BLUE ROSE, but wanted to wait till the narrative was teased out further. ELLIS is well-known, but I would venture to say that many a fan will still be surprised at just how good of a story he can continue to deliver. Issue #4 seemed a perfect place to put the title on the radar. The series takes some getting used to, due to the fluid nature of time and the characters’ positions within time. We are encouraged immediately to get comfortable within a less-defined space, catching glimpses of futures, taking mantras from distant voices as we pass. Inserted into each mainline of action, we detour to a “pseudo-broadcast” from Professor Night. His questions are always blatant in tone, but we lack the context of which he speaks, to a degree. One could say he is clearly foreshadowing our suicidal destruction of the planet, yet there are so many other warnings hidden just out of reach. One character that appears to have the potential to answer some of these questions is Doc Rocket, who bears a likeness to an urban Albert Einstein. “Doc” is an insertion of catalytic energy, actually speeding into the narrative, seeking to unearth answers, quite literally trailblazing for the previously introduced characters. We’ll see just what Doc and the rest of the characters can do for space/time as we know it, check out SUPREME BLUE ROSE!

Finally, we have the moment, oddly enough, a good deal of us were hoping for: Wolverine is dead.

I could spill how he dies, but I’ll leave that for you to read/have spoiled for you elsewhere online. What I want to take the time to say is, I hope he stays dead. If you’re going to take away the surprise of his dying, then I have to imagine to give it any weight at all, you’re not going to bring him back until close to the release of the next film featuring Wolverine (Huge Jacked-man). I think nearly every fan would be disappointed to have an arc leading up to the arc leading up to his death, which was advertised as a historical event, just to have him return immediately. I would gain a great deal of satisfaction in seeing his “body” on display in the comics for a full year or two (human years, not comic years), before he’s brought back. If you share a similar sentiment, let us know! In the mean time, enjoy the closing chapter of THE DEATH OF WOLVERINE!

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




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THIS WEEK’S CODE: “Communal Sadomasochism

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Oct 132014

10688401_506009379533244_7734521537032589563_o (1)Monthly Comix Jam at Meltdown Comics
Melt-thology is a monthly comix jam at Meltdown!

How it works:

• Show up at the Meltdown 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!

(Melt-thology is inspired by the monthly Dune Comix Jam at Cafe Racer in Seattle WA, organized by Max Clotfelter. Check out his work at maxclotfelter.blogspot.com)



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Oct 092014

themeltdownThis week, Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani welcome
Brent Weinbach
John Ungaro
Melissa Villasenor
Justin Willman
Caitlin Gill
Nick Youssef
Sean Patton

Tickets Here

If tickets for The Meltdown sell out online, we will have a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first come, first served basis. We suggest that you arrive by 7pm the day of the show in order to get any “at the door” tickets, but there is no guarantee they will still be available. Come on down!

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Oct 082014


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Oct 052014

themeltdownThis week, Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani welcome
Kurt Braunohler
Pat Susmilch
From NYC, Phoebe Robinson
Laura Crawford
From NYC, JF Harris
…and a special guest

Tickets Here

If tickets for The Meltdown sell out online, we will have a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first come, first served basis. We suggest that you arrive by 7pm the day of the show in order to get any “at the door” tickets, but there is no guarantee they will still be available. Come on down!

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Oct 012014

beyonfest2014THE MONSTER SQUAD
Presented by the American Cinematheque and Amity.


Evening begins at 7:30pm with a pre-show hosted by The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail and introduction with THE MONSTER SQUAD director Fred Dekker and cast members Andre Gower, Ashley Bank and Ryan Lambert.

1987, Lionsgate, 82 min, USA, Dir: Fred Dekker

Young kids form a club that is devoted to monsters but soon get more than they bargained for when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy and Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. The only souls daring enough to stand in their way? Our heroes, the Monster Squad! With Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Tom Noonan (as Frankenstein’s Monster) and Duncan Regehr (as Dracula).


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Sep 262014


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

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Sep 252014



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

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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