Oct 032015


Come one, come all, Wednesday, October 21st at 7PM – Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen will be at Meltdown signing, greeting and chatting up about SURVIVORS CLUB.

One was possessed by a poltergeist. Another was trapped in a haunted house. A third had a killer doll. Ever wonder what happened to these children of the 1980s? Find out in SURVIVORS CLUB, a new series cowritten by renowned horror novelist Lauren Beukes and award-winning cover designer and illustrator Dale Halverson, with art by Ryan Kelly (NORTHLANDERS).Having found each other over the internet, six grown-up survivors are drawn together by the horrors they experienced in 1987 when a rash of occult events occurred around the world—with fatal results. Now, there are indications that it may be happening all over again. Is it possible that these six aren’t just survivors—but were chosen for their fates? 

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl. LA, CALIF 90046 (map)

Oct 022015


Emily V Gordon has written a book, and it’s time to celebrate it!

Have you ever wondered what the best version of yourself would be? Have you wondered whose permission you’d need to be the best version of yourself? Well wonder no more – Super You is a funny, relatable self improvement guide to help you release your inner superhero!

Superheroes don’t start from glorious beginnings. Their origins are almost always marked by traumatic events that leave them helpless and scared. Batman witnessed his parents’ murder. Superman was sent away from his dying planet with no one to guide him as he grew up. Orphaned Catwoman was forced to steal food to survive on the streets of Gotham.

What makes these superheroes super is their determination to not be defined by helplessness. They embrace their origins, their flaws, and their mistakes, and strive every day to become the best versions of themselves – for the benefit of themselves and others.

Super You is a fun, friendly, and unabashedly geeky guide to becoming the superhero of your own extraordinary life. Author Emily Gordon examines comic book tropes to find lessons that anyone can apply toward overcoming tragic events and adversity in their own lives. With activities in every chapter to help identify each person’s superpowers, special tools, personal kryptonite – and weapons against it – Super You is the perfect sidekick for every growing hero, empowering everyday people to transform into the most kick-ass versions of themselves.

You’ll see stand-up, you’ll hear comedians talk about the long road to becoming the best version of themselves, you’ll make anonymous confessions!

Afterward you can buy the book, have it signed by Emily, and take home a free poster of an illustration from Super You: Release Your Inner Superhero!


NerdMelt at Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl. LA, CALIF 90046 (map)

The DLOD Show – Ep27 Cosplay Dreams 3D

 Posted by on October 1, 2015
Oct 012015

Dan got into a motorcycle accident, but he’s fine and he’s got some COMICS TO TALK ABOUT WOOOO.

His choice on the ComicsFix app this week is a horror/thriller comic called Hunger House. Gabe’s pick is the wacky and hilarious Mega Maiden and Chop Chop Princess. Get the ComicsFix app on yer phone or tablet today.

Our guest today is the duo that created the world’s first 3D cosplay film, Cosplay Dreams 3D. Gulliver and Christine Parascandolo follow the stories of a handful of different cosplayers from mega all-stars to people just scratching by with their passion of designing costumes and playing characters. Oh yeah and it’s all in 3D. Pretty neat.

Find them at

As always, thank you guys so much for checking out our little show!!

Find more about what the dudes are up to when they aren’t nerding themselves silly:

Sep 202015


Meet Nick Bicanic, creator/writer of Executive Outcomes. Wed. 9/23/7pm at Meltdown Comics,
7522 Sunset Bl. LA, CALIF 90046 (map)

Executive Outcomes

Major Cobus Claassens commands a team of 150 mercenaries contracted to bring stability to the war-torn West African country of Sierra Leone. Battling overwhelming odds, Cobus and his men train and fight alongside a small contingent of soldiers against a murderous band of 15,000 rebel fighters bent on genocide.

No amount of soldiering has prepared the men for the vicious arena of butchery, treachery and mounting political pressure they experience while trying to do what is just.

What difference does winning make – if they lose their humanity in the process?
Sep 202015

Batman Day at Meltdown Comics and Collectibles on September 26, 2015. Brian Buccellato & Kyle Higgins will be signing. Free DC swag while supplies last. Put in it your calendar!


Sep 202015


Come one, come all, Let’s kick of the fall, With a dope new comic, And a story that’s atomic.
Meet and greet series writer Mark Landry; Wednesday, Sept. 30th, 7pm Meltdown Comics.

*FREE limited-edition posters, available while stocks last.
*Exclusive signing with writer Mark Landry
*Meet the hero of the series!

Bloodthirsty: One Nation Under Water
(W) Mark Landry (A) Ashley Witter (CA) Nick Runge
Haunted by the catastrophe that tore his city apart ten years ago, Coast Guard veteran Virgil Lafleur struggles daily with the hardships of a post-Katrina New Orleans. But when his younger brother’s murder leads him into a vortex of intrigue, corruption, and violence, Virgil becomes obsessed with bringing the killers to justice and exposing the horrific secret hiding beneath the Mississippi. From screenwriter Mark Landry and artist extraordinaire Ashley Marie Witter comes this visceral revenge thriller that merges the real-world hopes and horrors of a post-disaster community with an engaging thread of political corruption, class divide, and blood-curdling terror!


The DLOD Show – Ep25 Jace Hall

 Posted by on September 17, 2015
Sep 172015

Jam-Packed with gizuests today! First we’ve got Josh from Meltdown Comics to show us a few of his indy comic picks:

Ruth and Annabel Ruin Everything
Death Saves
Some Space
Only available at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles

Dan and Gabe’s ComicsFix choices were Spaced Out (the story of what happens to test-monkeys after their mission to outer-space) and Off Life (an off-beat British indie collection of comics collected and put into one lovely collection). Get the ComicsFix app on yer phone or tablet today.

Our guest today is the MAGNANIMOUS (or however you spell that) Jace Hall. You may know him from making games like F.E.A.R. or Shadow of Mordor. Maybe you know him from IGN or his youtube show The Jace Hall Show. Maybe you even know him from producing rad tv shows like V or from his role at Twin Galaxies- historians of gaming achievement. Or mayyyyybe you even know him from the time he rear-ended you on a New Jersey turnpike. Either way he’s rad and insightful, and a joy to rap out with.

As always, thank you guys so much for checking out our little show!!

Find more about what the dudes are up to when they aren’t nerding themselves silly:

Sep 172015


Meltdown Comics and Heavy Metal Present:
also featuring works from:

The King of Comics made his Heavy Metal debut with full color versions of his legendary concept art for “Lord of Light.” This fabled collaboration with filmmaker and visionary Barry Ira Geller is best known for it’s use as a cover for to rescue six American diplomats held hostage in Iran.


Meltdown Comics and Heavy Metal Magazine invite you to an exclusive gallery event showcasing this work in bold psychedelic blacklight! Co-creator Barry Geller will be in attendance to answer questions, and sign copies of Heavy Metal #276.

Evening includes; Nerdist Writers Panel Live with special guest, Black Light Art, Music, Drinks and JUST ADDED SKINNER – KRK RYDEN – DIRTY DONNY

Sep 142015


Join us for the next Melt-thology Comix Jam at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles as we celebrate our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY on TUESDAY, SEPT 15TH, 2015! We’ll be drawing Issue #13. Come Draw, Come Party, Come for Cake!

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 $3 for printing costs). When you come to the next month’s comix jam you’ll get a complete zine with everyone’s contributions inside!

Got a great idea for the cover? Whoever calls it first gets it. (DM me on Instagram at @melt_thology or shoot me a message on FB.)

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 $3 will have a copy waiting for them the next time they can make it out.

If you want extra copies of Melt-thology, you can toss in another $3 per zine and we’ll print ’em up for you.

Tips for a successful comix jam:

We draw from 7:00pm till close (9:30-10:00pm), so if that’s not going to be enough time to finish your page, you can start your pencils/sketches/thumbnails/whatever at home, then finish the page at the store. But if you walk in with a finished piece, hand in two bucks, then walk out, it kind of defeats the purpose of a social artist jam.

Art is scanned in with a basic 8.5×11 scanner, and is only adjusted for contrast. Erase your pencil lines if you don’t want them to show up. Alternately, pages drawn with very light pencil won’t scan as well as darker pencil/ink.

Art will be printed at 4.25 x 5.5, so consider keeping your layout to roughly that proportion if you don’t want a lot of white space at the top and bottom of your art.

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

Follow us on Instagram: @melt_thology

Comic Mecha Come to Life

 Posted by on September 14, 2015
Sep 142015


Giant mecha robots, capable of inflicting and sustaining immense damage, have long been showcased in Japanese pop culture. The first appearance in manga of such a large robot was Tetsujin 28-go, which debuted in 1956. Other manga and anime series built upon the idea until the mecha robot trope became a recognized subgenre of fiction in Japan. Beginning in the ’90s, there has been a vast and growing market in the United States for Japanese animation and comics, including those titles that feature futuristic, hardcore robots.

Though fans of these robots have for many years had to content themselves with watching and reading fictional depictions of them, that’s about to change. In June this year, the American firm MegaBots challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industries of Japan to a robot duel to take place in about a year. Incredible as it may seem, both companies, prior to the challenge, had already produced robots capable of participating in such a brawl. The Mk. II robot by MegaBots can move at a top speed of 2.5 miles per hour and is designed mostly for long-range, projectile combat. Japan, however, boasts the mighty Kuratas robot, which moves at up to 6 miles per hour and can be equipped with diverse weapons systems, including a BB cannon, a launcher and a giant hand. The founder of Suidobashi, Kogoro Kurata, accepted the challenge but added the proviso that he wants the robots to grapple in hand-to-hand combat rather than just firing guns from afar.

Kurata stated that he was entranced by mecha robots from a young age and thought that they would become commonplace. “But no matter how long I waited, people were only able to make small robots…I thought ‘I can’t wait anymore,’ and set out to make one myself.” The co-founder of MegaBots, Gui Cavalcante, is driven by the vision of a sports league allowing spectators to cheer on their favorite robots as they face off head-to-head.

Although a few precursors to the modern warrior robot trend can be found in the works of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, the modern concept originated in Japan. Popular entries in this category of fiction have included Mazinger Z in the early ’70s and Mobile Suit Gundam a popular anime series that debuted in 1979 and has become a long-running franchise, reminiscent of the Star Trek properties in its broad appeal and longevity.

The Kuratas robot is actually for sale for about $1 million each, so members of the public can have their very own mecha robots. If that’s out of your price range, you may wish to consider the Landwalker by Sakakibara Machinery Works, which comes with a price tag of a “mere” $318,000. The Kuratas received more than 3,000 orders from customers, who all eventually backed out of their purchases. Perhaps they were enthralled with the prospect of owning a human-controlled, multi-ton, gun-wielding robot like they had seen in Mobile Suit Gundam but then changed their minds when faced with the prospect of paying $1 million. Of course, automated technology is available at more reasonable price points in smart home appliances and automated security systems, but those applications are just not as undeniably cool as fighting robots are.

The rules and venue for the upcoming contest have yet to be determined, but it’s likely that both teams will implement changes and upgrades to prepare their robots before it’s showtime. If the battle were to happen today, it’s likely that Team Japan would take the victory because Kuratas can handle both melee and distance fighting. But MegaBots has started a Kickstarter campaign to add armor and close-range combat weaponry to the Mk. II. More than $450,000 has already been pledged of the $500,000 goal. Assuming the desired upgrades are successfully implemented, it could be a close contest indeed.

While we’ve seen many encounters between miniaturized robots trying to push each other or knock each other down, this upcoming battle will be the first involving huge robots utilizing industrial-grade weaponry. Regardless of the outcome, it will truly be something to behold and might even be considered a historic event if this type of combat ends up becoming popular in the future.