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Meltdown Comics and EMET Comics invite you to a sneak peak of EMET comics’ first line of comic books! Come celebrate Empowered Women, Female Creators, and Bold New Stories.

Emet Comics’ Signing
Wednesday, September 16th – 7pm
7522 Sunset Bl. LA, CALIF 90046

About EMET COMICS:
Emet Comics is a publishing company creating content about a new generation of female protagonists – intelligent, flawed, and not afraid to ruffle a few feathers. We recognized the lack of diversity still prevalent in media and joined the movement to change it; not just by telling stories about relatable women, but by giving female writers and artists a platform to express their unique perspectives on history, literature, and the world we live in.

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About Romeo & Juliet and Guns:
Cover1_R&J&G-(1)Set in a modern Verona, the Montoyas and Capulets are warring assassin clans, serving contracts for Henry’s, Hamlets and MacBeths. When Jo Capulet and Roman Montoya are thrown together after a mission gone wrong, they see in each other a chance for a new life, even if it means destroying everyone in their path.

Writer Emily Dell
Emily Dell’s latest film B-Girl was released worldwide on Netflix, Showtime and Starz and won Best Feature at the LA Femme Film Festival. She is currently under contract to write and direct the action movie The Rules of Business for The China Film Corporation. Emily played rugby at UC Berkeley and studied Shakespeare at Oxford. In her proudest moment as a writer she once sold a dirty poem for a bottle of 18-year-old scotch.

Artist Mollie Helms
After mastering the ancient techniques of computer animation and illustration at the Ringling College of Art & Design, Mollie Helms embraced the classic combo of paper and ink and transitioned to storyboarding and drawing comics. When she’s not making art, you’ll find her running a falafel factory in her kitchen with her dog and two pet birds, terrorizing the neighborhood with her squawky roommates and the tantalizing aroma of deep-fried chickpeas. You can see her art on Instagram at @molz1ee.

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About Zana:
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In a future South Africa in which apartheid never ended, the appearance of an angry ancestral spirit sets two village girls on the path to a dangerous destiny.

Writer Jean Barker
After a 10-year, successful writing career as a journalist and humor columnist in South Africa, Jean Barker came to the USA to pursue her long-delayed dream of becoming a filmmaker. Her short film Paradise Road, shot in her hometown of Cape Town in 2012, screened in South Africa and France. She earned her Masters in Directing and Screenwriting at Chapman University, and her sci-fi thesis film One More Day won her the prestigious Director’s Guild of America (DGA) Student Jury Award for Women Directors in 2014 and has screened at many top international genre festivals – and most recently at San Diego Comic-Con. With her ability to make sweaters from scratch and survive in the wild with only a Swiss Army Knife, Jean’s prepared to defy both the coming apocalypse and petty gender stereotypes.

Artist Joey Granger
A freelance artist with several years of experience in character design, original publications, and private commissions, Joey Granger studied art and music at Wingate University before pursuing art privately. Creator of the webcomic Babblefish reaching over a 100 thousand notes on social platforms, Joey puts heart into illustration services that help build character depth, and exemplify authors’ visions.

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About The Wendy Project:
Cover3_WendyA modern-day Wendy Darling confronts her sanity when she suspects a mysterious flying boy has abducted her little brother. Placed in a new school, Wendy struggles to separate fantasy from reality as those around her start to resemble characters from Neverland.

Writer Melissa Jane Osborne
Melissa Jane Osborne is an actor and writer who has worked with Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Samuel French Festival, NYFringe, Playwright’s Horizon’s Theatre School, and Stella Adler Studio of which she is an alum. Her work in new media spans from the Internet sensation The Burg to creating the first interactive scripted iPhone game Campus Crush for the Episode App, which has spawned multiple sequels and become an international teen sensation with over 6 million views per month. Her short film OMA is currently in production starring Lynn Cohen (The Hunger Games). She is a member of NYC’s FAB Women and Los Angeles’s IAMA Theatre Co. When Melissa was a kid, she broke four puppet theater kits from telling stories too hard. Now that she’s an adult, she hopes to break even more.

Artist Veronica Fish
Veronica Fish has illustrated for clients such as Nickelodeon, MARVEL, Wired Magazine, LEGO, The Girl Scouts of America and Conde Nast Publishing. Her paintings have been shown in galleries around the world, and she currently drawing a couple issues of “Archie” for Archie Comics, “Howard the Duck” and “Silk” for Marvel, and is developing an animation based on her graphic novel Pirates of Mars with JJ Kahrs. She once ate three chicken hearts on a stick, which would make her a triple-Khaleesi in the Game of Thrones universe.

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About Helena Rose: An Intergalactic Fairytale:
Cover4_HelenaRoseAn alien child prodigy must embark on an adventure through space to find a cure for her terminal illness.

Writer E.O. Levendorf
E.O. Levendorf received a BFA with honors in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch School Of The Arts. While in school, she directed experimental films and music videos, one of which was featured on Kanye West’s blog. She wrote and directed the short film Ribbons which was reviewed by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone to be “an astonishing piece of work, visually inventive and brimming with spirit and heart.” She wrote and directed the full length musical The Mirror Show which premiered at The New York International Fringe Festival and was reviewed by Kathryn Osenlund to be “the only musical fringe performance I’ve seen in the last thirteen years whose approach to the genre emerges from the last century to begin to inhabit the 21st century.”

Artist Sonia LiaoSonia Liao is the artist and writer of the ongoing webcomic Zaen Well, and has also drawn for The End: Issue 5. She’s currently working as an art consultant for the upcoming Legend of Zorro comic by Comicflix. Sonia’s love of collecting Alpaca plushies is rivaled only by her hatred of Frosted Mini-Wheats (she keeps perfectly “Full and Focused” without them, thanks for asking).

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About Joan of Light and D’Arc:
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Gilles de Rais was a French nobleman and commander in the royal army. He fought alongside Joan of Arc in 1429 against the English and Burgundian allies, and the two were believed to be close comrades. Nine years after Joan was burnt at the stake for heresy, Gilles was accused, convicted and hung for the mass murders of children in horrifying satanic rituals. This is the story of their friendship.

Writer Jo Buckman
Jo Buckman is a film and television writer, and winner of the 50 Kisses Competition at the London Screenwriters Festival for her short film script, You Used to Bring Me Flowers. In 2014 she wrote and produced the commercial, Once She Was Just Like You, which garnered the Nahemi Kodak Student Film Competition. That same year, she sold her first feature Rock Gene to Composmentis Productions. It is expected to start production this year.

Artist Duncan Eagleson
Duncan Eagleson has created art and designs for book covers, movie posters, videos and more for clients such as New Line Cinema, Warner Communications and DC Comics, as well as rock groups like The Who, Phil Collins, Def Leppard and The Clash. In comics, he contributed art to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and adapted and illustrated Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour. He has created sculpted leather masks for Wes Craven’s Cursed, the WWE wrestler Kane, the Smithsonian, the Big Apple Circus, and magician Jeff McBride. His novel, Darkwalker, is now available.

Sep 032015
 

starwarsWritten by the mercurial JJ. Follow her on Twitter

So you’re a huge Star Wars fan. In fact, you can’t remember the last time you weren’t one. The Star Wars franchise has been a part of your own life’s journey for so long now that, to some degree, looking up towards the sky and having the odd Ewokese conversation with Yoda in your head has become somewhat of an ordinary thing.

Being a part of the Star Wars legion is hard work! But, it’s also a real break from life’s earthly disappointments, something your partner takes equal pleasure in. You bonded over that fact. The next thing you know, you’ve spawned little miracles that were conceived that fateful night you decided to role play as Han and Leia.

How do you get your kids to appreciate Star Wars from a young age?

1)    Introduce them to the original comics
It’s probably best to avoid screen time first. I know that some kids will do anything for an extra half an hour watching the tele or gawking at a bright computer screen, but if you really want your kids to become a part of the Star Wars universe the right way, dig into your comic-book collection. Pull out your originals and/or subscriptions. Most like Star Wars Adventures (Dark Horse Comics) and The Clone Wars Comic (by Titan Comics) even include simple games and puzzles, and are suited for kids aged 4+.

2)    Screen time: start with the series
Don’t dive straight into major screen time. That means, don’t start with the movies. However, this is a personal preference. I have to admit, I really wasn’t fond at first, but it grew on me bit by bit. I probably would have had a different view if I’d jumped straight into Star Wars IV: A New Hope immediately. Why not test the waters with the animated Clone Wars series first.

3)    How about some casual games?
Reading comics is an active leisure. Watching the TV series is a passive activity. Balance it out with another activity: play some games. There are board games– perfect for a family night in- and there are online Star Wars games too. Watch out with the latter though- you wouldn’t want them to get too sucked in!

4)    More Screen time: the Sagas
Some people advocate splitting up the the movies in to 20 minute sittings so that you also have the chance to pause and discuss certain scenes and themes. There’s another use and excuse for doing this: violence and passion. Those cute love scenes, first kisses and badass galactic battles are going to spark interest and raise questions. You know what’s best, what to address and when to skip over certain scenes they can revisit later.

5)    Play dress up!
Okay, this tip will probably work on the girls more than it will the boys. Dressing up as princess Leia was so much fun for me when I was a kid. I remember adopting her hairstyle with pride. Boys will love Darth Vader masks and those lightsabers. Plus, you’ll be the coolest parents ever if you join them in on the fun. You’re never too old to play dress-up!

6)    Geek out: teach them Galactic Basic
This is a tough one because it requires a lot more discipline than the above, but you can definitely trick your kids into learning one of the Star Wars universe languages by convincing them that it can be their secret language. Kids love speaking in code. Plus, if you get them to learn the basics, they’ll

Sep 022015
 

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Meltdown Presents: History of The Batman with Londyn! #016 – The Batman Symbol w/ Special Guest Pash

In this episode, Londyn and Adam are joined by special guest, Pash, to discuss the Batman symbol worn on his chest and its various incarnations. The symbol is one of the most iconic brand marks in existence and is recognizable in every major culture globally.  How did this happen despite it changing over time?  Find out this answer and more by listening in. Special guest Pash is a brand strategist, author, and educator with 25 years of experience in the field of design. He is currently VP of Brand and Design at ABC.
Produced by Mason Booker and Adam Silverstein.
Engineered by Mason Booker
Theme music by ROYALTYFREEMUSIC
Logo design by Hannah Nance Partlow, hannahnance.com.
Sep 012015
 

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We just partnered with Raising My SuperKids to spread the word about a great cause. Smile Train, Toys For Tots, Children’s Cancer Association, USA for UNHCR (part of the United Nations) and Icing Smiles are just a few of the causes that have partnered with Raising My SuperKids.

We believe you’ll be excited to want to become a part of.

Raising My SuperKids® is a fun and exciting free-to-play mobile game that allows you to select your own superkid, explore and discover your child’s superpowers, and raise them from infancy through adulthood. Raising My SuperKids provides a great way to help causes by allowing the players to make a difference just by playing the game and having fun.  Stan Lee’s daughter, JC Lee, is involved and we’d love to have you join us as well.

We encourage you to join the Raising My SuperKids Initiative and become part of the journey to make a difference in the world. You’ll also be involved in helping them make the game as fun as possible. Please support the initiative by going to – RaisingMySuperKids

Thank you.
Meltdown, Inc.

Aug 312015
 

Yay for original ideas from creative and talented people! That will make more sense when you hear about our guestses!

Today in the digital age of ComicsFix App comix (that’s how you spell comics in the future) we picked out some REAL ZINGERS. Dan picked the unique and visually stunning Hell, Nebraska. It’s about a teacher who decides that Hell should actually exists to he creates it in Nebraska. Cool, huh? Gabey-poo picked Eye of the Gods – A Graphic Novel, a thriller about a comic artist that gets down on some gnarly future technology with mixed results. Go read it/them. DL ComicsFix and party hardy.

Our guests today are Rina Hoshino and Kenneth Pulgar-Vidal, actor/producer and creator/writer/director of Angelic Magica, a short film in the works that takes the best things about anime and puts it on film. We could go on and on describing why it’s so cool, or you could just watch the show, and find out for yourself.

Also donate to their indiegogo campaign to help make this thing come to life in short film form which will then lead to it becoming a feature film! Search for Angelic Magica on Indiegogo and check out all their stuff here on their website: http://www.angelicmagica.com

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:
http://www.facebook.com/battlecastshow
http://www.dlodband.com
http://www.meltcomics.com

Aug 312015
 

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For one night only, artists and fans of The Simpsons will party like kings! Damn hell ass kings!

This Fall, curators Julia Prescott and Nico Colaleo invite you to bask in an entire art gallery themed around America’s favorite family, THE SIMPSONS. In celebration of the show’s impossibly long-running legacy, artwork from over 80 Los Angeles artists will be featured – including work from past and present Simpsons crew members!

Don’t be a dorkus malorkus – Run down to the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics (7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles) for the gallery’s opening reception on Friday, September 25th 2015! With plenty of Springfield-themed entertainment, decor, surprises, and photo opportunities, it’ll be a shin-diddily-dig that even your surliest neighborinos will enjoy. So grab a Flaming Moe and prove you CAN win friends with salad, because this is one evening that’ll make you say, “Everything’s coming up Millhouse!” (BRING MONEY.)

FEATURED ARTISTS
Kelsy Abbott, Annisa Adjani, Aaron Alexovich, Benjamin Anders, Ashlyn Anstee, Atomikitty, Eric Bauza, Jessica Borutski, Matt Brailey, Tony Christopherson, Daisy Church, Nico Colaleo, Victor Courtright, Cheyenne Curtis, Mike Dougherty, Julianne Eckert, Kelly Eden, Jenny Fine, Phylicia Fuentes, Jennifer Gheduzzi, Mike Hollingsworth, Robert Iza, Molly Bates Johnson, Josh Karp, Matt Kiel, Sam King, Natasha Kline, Dave Kloc, L.M. Knight, Danielle N. Kramer, Kate Laird, Jess Lane, Kevin Sukho Lee, Frank Macchia, Kathryn Marusik, Mike Mayfield, Erin McGathy, Zoë Moss, Adam Murray, Megan Nairn, Damon O’Keefe, Kent Osborne, Erika Paget, Hannah Nance Partlow, Sara Pocock, Jeremy Polgar, Julia Prescott, Kati Prescott, Ryan Quincy, David Reilly, Sandra Rivas, Willy Roberts, Deanna Rooney, Austin Salmi, Stephen Sandoval, Kevyn Schmidt, Matt Taylor, Steven Theis, Ashley Thorburn, Arica Tuesday, Maria Vitan, and Jessica Wills

FEATURING SIMPSONS STAFF ARTISTS
Brad Ableson, John Achenbach, Summer Allen, Shaun Cashman, Benny Crouse, Sam Grinberg, Jennie Hoffer, KC Johnson, Tammy Manis, John Mathot, Shannon O’Connor, Tom Richner, Alex Ruiz, David Silverman, Shane Sowell, Joshua Taback, Cyndi Tang-Loveland

Aug 312015
 

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Meltdown Presents: The Disney Click Episode 5: Grim Singing Ghosts: The Best Music from the Disney Parks Featuring DLOD

Music plays a large part of the immersive themed environment experience.  Join Rick and Briers and their guests Gabriel Valentin and Dan Brozo from the Digital Lizards of Doom Live at Meltdown podcast as they reminisce about their favorite songs from Disney Parks (with clips from the great new album, Walt Disney Records the Legacy Collection: Disneyland) in the Disney List.  We also get to hear about their personal connections to Disney.  Plus, Briers talks about Run Disney and its upcoming events.  Put those earphones on and go for a jog around the park with our first music episode.
Join the discussion on:
Twitter // @thedisneyclick  Instagram // #thedisneyclick
Produced by Terri Lubaroff and Mason Booker.
Engineered by Mason Booker
Theme music: “King of the Swingers” performed by the Swing Ninjas  www.freemusicarchive.org
Break Music: “Jazzy Frenchy” www.bensound.com
End Credit Music: “Dill Pickles” perfomred by the “Heftone Banjo Orchestra” www.freemusicarchive.org
Logo design by Hannah Nance Partlow, hannahnance.com.

Read more at http://disneyclick.libsyn.com/05-grim-singing-ghosts-the-best-music-from-the-disney-parks-featuring-dlod#uoOw357uTPbFfbFc.99

Aug 282015
 

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Meltdown Comics and Heavy Metal Present: Jack Kirby and Barry Geller’s Lord of Light in Full Color – Art Show

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 more to be announced.

Aug 262015
 
Meltdown Presents: The Disney Click #4: Tigger Down! The Brian Bradley interview
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Not only is our guest Brian Bradley the exec producer and writer of the upcoming ABC series Uncle Buck (and former writer on MadTV, Happy Endings and Scrubs), but he was also a long-time cast member at the Disney parks.  Listen as Brian joins Rick and Briers to tell stories as only he can about angry mustached mimes, Tigger in the toilet and singing twisted holiday carols at the Haunted Mansion.  We also explore Disney lore in a discussion about crazy things supposedly witnessed at the parks and talk about our wish list if we worked for Disney.
 Twitter // @thedisneyclick    Instagram // #thedisneyclick
Produced by Terri Lubaroff and Mason Booker.
Engineered by Mason Booker
Theme music: “King of the Swingers” performed by the Swing Ninjas  www.freemusicarchive.org
Break Music: “Jazzy Frenchy” www.bensound.com
End Credit Music: “Dill Pickles” perfomred by the “Heftone Banjo Orchestra” www.freemusicarchive.org

Read more at http://disneyclick.libsyn.com/#oiweFrdSdkobwFti.99

Aug 262015
 

Meltdown Presents: History of The Batman with Londyn! #015 – Top 10 Elseworld Versions of Batman.

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Londyn and Adam explore 10 various versions of Batman that exist outside the main DC continuity.  These “Elseworld” versions give the creators freedom to develop a Batman that is unique and exciting and unrestrained by years of backstories.  Find out which Batmen made the list!
Produced by Mason Booker and Adam Silverstein.
Engineered by Mason Booker
Theme music by ROYALTYFREEMUSIC
Logo design by Hannah Nance Partlow, hannahnance.com

Read more at http://meltdown.libsyn.com/#yrHjhdAzBPKV7obX.99