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All-Star Batman and Robin
Batman The Long Halloween
Final Crisis
Sandman Vol. 1
Kingdom Come
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1
Before Watchmen MinutemenSilk Spectre
Identity Crisis
Superman for Tomorrow
Blackest Night
Batman Knightfall
The Killing Joke
The Death of Superman
Batman Dark Victory
Infinite Crisis
V for Vendetta
Green Lantern Rebirth
American Vampire Vol. 1
Batman Inc. Vol. 1
Superman: Earth One Vol. 1
Fables Vol. 1
Arkham Asylum
Superman Secret Identity
Punk Rock Jesus
Before Watchmen Nite Owl Dr Manhattan
Batman The Court of Owls Vol. 1
Superman Last Son of Krypton
Before Watchmen Ozymandias Crimson Corsair
Batman: Earth One Vol. 1
Superman Birthright
Batman Year One
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 2
Justice League Vol. 1
Batman Inc. Vol. 1 Deluxe
The Girl with TheDragon Tattoo Book 1
Batman The Dark Knight Returns
Batman and Robin Vol. 1
Batman The Dark Knight Strikes Again
Superman: Earth One Vol. 2
Daytripper Vol. 1
All-Star Superman
Before Watchmen Comedian Rorschach
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…



Here’s how it works:



THIS WEEK’S CODE: “…covered two sketchy dudes in goop.”

Thanks for reading!



Sep 112014


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!

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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.

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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)

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Aug 312014


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)


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Aug 302014


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

Hollywood Bowl       


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


  • 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

    Link: Tickets Here

    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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Aug 302014

For those of you who have been keeping up with my posts in the @MeltdownComics blog, some of you might know that I’m:

A) A DC Comics guy.

B) A believer in Superman.

C) A Slave to story, but also artwork (like 90% of comic book readers).

Let me share a quick story with you:

When I was a young padawan, somewhere around the age of 10, I met a guy, let’s call him Robert, for the moment. Robert was a student who required the aid of my mother; and she prompted me to meet him for the first time. At this time, some people might think it necessary for me to mention that Robb is a quadripelgic. But I didn’t see that. What I was greeted with was someone my age, who loved all the same things that I did, yet didn’t want to enjoy them on his own. When we first met, Robb asked me if I liked video games.

I said, “Of course!” Who in their right mind didn’t love video games during the year of 2000-2001?

What Robert asked me next would be the foundation of a long relationship for years to come.

“Would you want to play mine? I’m not very good, and I like watching others play, instead,” he said.

I believe what I said was something along the lines of, “sure,” but to a 10-(ish)-year-old, having someone ask you to play a next-gen console FOR THEM should have been met with a “hell yeah I will!” Let’s say for the sake of argument that I was concerned about my first impression, so I played it cool. From then on, Robb would go on to educate me about all of ‘nerd-culture’, this was before “”””””nerd-culture”””””” (and yes, I’m layering that in quotes) became a popular, commercial exterior that one could inhabit.

“Why is he drawing that distinction???” you may ask.

Because I am a proud Millennial. To some, that might seem like a redundant phrase, but to me, it is the identifier I was born into. To many of the people who first read Jack Kirby’s (RIP) New Gods, and were forever changed, I would be willing to bet you forever identified yourself as someone who started reading at the “peak” of comics. Some people might identify as having read comics when Watchmen was first coming out.

All of that is fine….because it’s not about when you started reading, it’s about if you still read. Are you still a comic book reader? Or have you allowed yourself to become jaded, and stop? That’s the true sign of someone who was only ever interested in the exterior of “nerd-culture:” they find a reason to duck out. The truest “nerds” will find a million and one things to gripe about, but will never leave comics behind, because these books matter too much. You might have heard the signs of either someone about to leave, or someone proving their allegiance, subtly:

“DC comics are so ANTIQUATED!!”

“Oh here goes Marvel again, up to their same time-travel narrative they ALWAYS do!”

Often times, we become so VERSED in the world of comics, that we forget why we started reading them in the first place. I’m writing today to remind those that read superficially, or those that have turned comic books into nerd-rage-fuel, why you might have picked up a comic book, those years ago.

Think back to your earliest superhero days. Who did you want to be?

Was it Superman? I bet I knock out half of you in one swoop with that one.

How about Batman? Yeah, another large percentage.

Captain America, Wonder Woman, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Trini the Yellow Power Ranger ……the list goes on (some of you even got upset that your hero wasn’t mentioned.)

The point is, we will forever need to look at how a story could mean something to us, if we ever desire to derive meaning from that source.

The example I’ve been leading to:

My first trade-paperback I ever read, thanks to Robb himself, was Mark Waid and Alex Ross’ KINGDOM COME, from DC Comics.

That will forever be the book I reference to. Forever.

When I first started reading KINGDOM COME, I thought, “I don’t want to read about a geriatric Superman.” But I was encouraged by both Robb, and his dad, John, Robb’s own comic influence, to read it cover to cover. Once I opened it, that was an easy feat, because the pages were lined with ALEX ROSS artwork. For those of you who haven’t read an Alex Ross book, do it, because there is arguably no better artist than he. For those of you who hate Alex Ross, get over yourself. I don’t care what bad experience you’ve had with him, because he was selling pieces of his art for “too much,” or because he wasn’t the nicest to you that one year of Comic-Con. There will forever be a moment in an artist’s life where he did not please a fan, and it will forever be YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, as a fan, to still take the most from the piece of art that they have created. For the years to follow, I would find it difficult to read books that didn’t feature the same photo-realistic look of superheroes that Ross’ pages feature. Eventually I would find the charm underneath the cartoon-based art, but that would be after some years.

But that was just the hook, Ross’ art. What held my attention in KINGDOM COME was the epic storytelling of Mark Waid. It is a very fine line to walk, in any medium, between entertaining an audience and offering something outside of entertainment. What I understood about Waid, despite how young I was, was that he gave a shit about what he was writing, that he knew a great deal about the characters he was privileged to work with, but also wanted the reader be engaged. Waid wasn’t flexing in an esotertic fashion all over the page. His commentary and themes were presented as such, because he wants the discussion that follows after the read. “I had fun,” becomes “I don’t even know what I would do if I were Superman in those circumstances.” Though he isn’t the first or only person to take comics seriously, I believe him to be an early figure t to subversively open a dialogue on the importance of comics and their teachings to generations to come.

For me, my initial read of KINGDOM COME will always be clear. For those of you who haven’t read it, but are interested, I’ll set up the first third of the book for you, as a tease to read the rest (this is often how I pitch the story to customers in store, if you come in, I will still bid you the same courtesy):

Superman has retired, not exactly through his choosing. We thought we knew better than him. We gave into fear and said that we needed to take harsher extremes against criminals who repeatedly killed innocent civilians. Superman opposed, and another figure answered the call of the people. Distraught by how quickly we, the people, turned against him, Superman flies into exile and solitude.

Surely this new champion would improve upon Superman’s reign. Surely he would continue to teach the youth how to responsibly use their powers, and lead these decent metahumans towards a path of virtue. That isn’t the case. This new champion abandons the people, leaving them to figure out their own lives outside of his exterminating of villains. But what happens when that becomes the model of power? What happens when danger and threat are no longer premeditated, but random byproducts of a reckless sect of the youth, who care little for others outside of their own existence?

That’s when it’s time for Superman and the Golden Age heroes to return.

Sound like an epic to you?

The reason I chose this book to start with, and part of the reason why I think it’s important I identified myself as a Millennial earlier, was because it was the first time I considered why we need superheroes in our lives, something beyond the thought of rescuing a cat from a tree. Examples of characters achieving feats, and conquering fears far greater than our own; superheroes are our North Stars.

For years to come, after my initial read of KINGDOM COME, I would watch my generation grow distant from the idea of Superman.

“He’s overpowered.”

“He’s just a big, blue boy scout.”

“I can’t relate to him, he’s got no depth.”

I don’t imagine this post will eliminate those sentences from ever being uttered again. In fact, I imagine there could be blow back from people who have inhabited a persona that lives to oppose his optimism. Or it could all just not matter.

The fight against that pessimism is the task at hand for my generation, I think I knew that when I read it. We have to be torchbearers. An entire generation of great human beings, who accomplished tremendous feats, have laid a foundation for us. And it is our responsibility to continue that greatness, whether it be in the field of comics, and/or beyond. There will come a time when I, and my peers, must step up.

That is how I feel about a book from 1996, about a character created in 1938, that I read around 2001, and am talking about it in 2014. I encourage all of you to read KINGDOM COME and consider how it relates today, and I think you’ll find a deeper appreciation for characters you’ve been exposed to for years. But then I would encourage you to read a New 52 era Superman story, to stay current, to grow with the character and embrace this era, because there’s worth in this age to. And if you disagree, then you’re only feeling the same feelings writers and artists felt when they took the character into another direction themselves, artistically, so I would encourage you to do the same.

Know what came before you, what you grew up on, where you’re at, and you’ll know where to go.

Thanks for reading!




Aug 292014

Posters, Scripts and More for Signing Will Be Made Available For Purchase


Saturday, September 6, 2014 7:00pm.
Meltdown Comics
WHAT: On September 6, 2014, Sharknado 1 and 2 screenwriter, Thunder Levin will be appearing at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles for an autograph signing at 7pm. The signing will take place prior to the screening of Sharknado which starts at 9pm.
WHO: Thunder Levin – Screenwriter and Director
WHEN: Saturday, September 6th 7:00 PM
WHERE: Meltdown Comics 7522 Sunset Blvd. LA, Calif. 90046 (map)
CONTACT: Danny Deraney: 323-333-8501 or

ABOUT THUNDER: Best known for writing the screenplay’s to Sharknado 1 and 2, he is also written and directed three films: “Mutant Vampire Zombies From The ‘Hood!”, an independent horror/comedy starring C. Thomas Howell; and more recently “American Warships” a military action film starring Mario Van Peebles & Carl Weathers which premiered on the Syfy Channel in 2012; and “AE Apocalypse Earth”, a science fiction film starring Adrian Paul & Richard Grieco released in May 2013.


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Aug 282014

pop1.164617_thumbHello all and thank you again for visiting the @MeltdownComics blog!

Who here likes Justin Bieber? Rhetorical? Well if you’ve ever wished to see someone step full-bodied onto his twig and berries, you might like one of DARK HORSE COMICS’ newest titles, simply named, POP #1. It’s a pretty easy concept to understand: We’re welcomed into a world, not too far off from our own, where Pop stars are, quite literally, grown out of bio-organic tanks. If you’re a fan of the Fifth Element (and I mean let’s face it, who isn’t?) then you’ll notice a similar relationship between our female-pop-star-on-the-run/beat-white-guy paring, and our beloved Corbin/Lilu team, except maybe a sadder, less quippy Corbin. (Allah bless Bruce Willis….) The art definitely lives up to the title, playing within the concept of “pop” within comic book history, borrowing color palettes and stark, simplistic structure, reminiscent of 70’s/80’s era comics. If Curt Pires can deliver more commentary on Pop culture, taking it one step beneath the superficial, he’s got me hooked as a reader. Excellent first issue for the POP creative team!

Have you ever noticed how there’s a divide between people who openly accept the idea of the vigilante, and others who consider them insane to lead their lives in such a way? We’ve seen it often times with Batman in The Killing Joke and Court/City of Owls, then there’s also the character called Crazyman (which we still have his candybars for sale @MeltdownComics). What if there were a team of crazed vigilantes, overcoming there own psychological tendencies and habits to fight crime against organized criminals? Then we’d be talking about SUNDOWNERS #1 from, again, the peeps over at DARK HORSE COMICS. This title manages to play within the typical team-up form, yet immediately offer sympathetic characters which we can relate to. While they’re all slightly, but undeniably eccentric, we watch as the head psychiatrist figure turns their odd anecdotes into derivatives towards prognosis. It’s early on, but I smell the whiff of a punk thematic undercurrent, pretty pungent. Also, the title/cover might mislead you to think the story is about vampires, that’s just when the heroes fight crime/attend therapy. Don’t miss SUNDOWNERS!

As I’ve previously mentioned, I have an unwavering affinity for Superman. For those of you that share the same, or even those who give Supes books a try on occasion, I highly recommend this week’s issue of ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #16, subtitled: Past, Present, & Future. The self-contained, yet still episodic structure of the story, is well executed. Where many creators might attempt a similar “through-the-ages” book and brush lightly on each decade, this creative team gracefully highlights the changes Big Blue has undergone, yet tapped into the constant: his optimism within any circumstance. The book serves as a reminder that we should never stop believing in our ability to overcome, no matter how near the edge of destruction we are. (*side note: almost missed in the brief cameo by Batman, dude’s totally dual-wielding some 30’s era pistols. Oh, Bats…). Take off with ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #16!

Talk about another self-contained issue, this next might be the most polished, dense one-shot I’ve come across. Which one-shot you ask? I’m talking about JAEGIR from the creators/world of 2000 AD! This book was definitely a slow burn. At first, I thought I was going to lose interest, but that was my not being prepared for so much in one issue. Gordon Rennie pulls a slight-of-hand in the script that manages to give you almost a full war-time history, character introductions with backstory, action-sequences that move from set-piece to set-piece, and an epic conclusion that leaves you saying, “…but wait, we’re getting more of this right?” The art from Simon Colby is positively brutal. His own artistic play within past and present tense storytelling should not go unrecognized, as the parallels drawn are completely enjoyable. Well done, JAEGIR team!

Last, but not least, we have the moment we’ve been waiting for. Week to week for some time now, we’ve slowly watched as the covers of WOLVERINE have progressively destroyed that short fella’s right hand, promising, counting down the months he had to die. Well…..SPOILER ALERT……………….I’M NOT KIDDING, I’M ABOUT TO TELL YOU WHETHER HE DIES OR NOT, AND I’M GIVING YOU PLENTY OF TIME TO STOP READING/GIVING YOU ENOUGH SPACE BETWEEN THE ALERT AND THE REVEAL SO YOUR EYES DON’T ACCIDENTLY SEE IT AND THEN YOU FIND OUT HARRY WAS A HORCRUX ALL ALONG. OK….HERE WE GO…wolverine doesn’t die. Yeah, that’s pretty much how I felt to. A fantastic marketing ploy, odd payoff. Did I need to see him die? Not really, because then I would have had to then accept an odd coming-back-from-the-dead story, which are always harder to pull off then the catharsis of killing the character. I think Marvel could have gotten away with killing him off though. We don’t have another Wolverine movie or cameo coming out for a while, kill him off. Keep him dead long enough till we miss him desperately, then bring him back. It doesn’t have to be Bucky or Barry Allen level of years gone, but something. Could they kill him off next week, sure. That would be weird, but sure. This issue just felt very much ado about nothing. I’m sure, in the same regard to Taxi Driver, and both Dark Knight Rises and Breaking Bad, the fan theory that Wolverine actually did die could be teased out, as his waking up in the hospital are some of the most idyllic panels of a Wolverine book to date, but that would only hold weight with the plot points of the next issue.

It isn’t often that I take the time to touch on an issue I didn’t have a positive experience with, but take this as an invitation for the diehard Wolverine fans, who will never stop buying, to come into the store and chat with me about it, because I’m sure we’ll have words to say.



Here’s how it works:



THIS WEEK’S CODE: Rhinstone eyes like factories far away.

Thanks for reading!

-Derrick, @iam_DVDM


Aug 282014

Hello, Current and potentially new Comics for Kids students!

This email is just a quick announcement that class has been cancelled for this week.  I (the instructor) have been sick, and I am hoping to be back in commission next week!


(Please enjoy the cheery, happy cartoon work by one of our students shown above, as this is a less fun announcement)

As I’ve mentioned before, we generally love it when people who are interested to pop in and take a class.  That won’t be possible tomorrow, but if you are interested, check out the Meltdown U page for information.  Our class time is actually going to be CHANGING, from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM in the future.

If you are still interested in having your child take a class at Meltdown, please email me (the instructor), directly with questions, at  Again, this email is just to let people know of our mini-hiatus.

Please check the blog, and the “At A Glance” Section of the Meltdown site for updates as to next week, when we should be back, on September 4th.

Hope everyone is well, and remember to A, B, C: Always Be Creating!

Thanks so much,


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