Feb 072016


Book stores aren’t supposed to exist anymore. Especially independent ones.

The sad truth is that, at one point, Amazon and waning attention spans massacred these outlets, turning customers into e-shoppers and proprietors into paupers. Which is why exceptions have to be exceptional.

Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard is one of those special misfits.

It’s a 10,000 square foot playground offering cartooning and writing classes, open mics, events, shows—the store’s even spawned a network television series starring names even non-geeks recognize. Oh yeah, and the place also sells comics. Tons. Everything from the spandex set to avant garde graphic novels. French, Spanish, Japanese creations, lots of toys, plus books with characters who grapple with love, rejection, and how to pay the rent—issues the store’s 45 year-old bearded Chilean owner has faced repeatedly for the past 26 years.

“I lucked out,” said Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, who opened Meltdown in 1993 with his then-wife Ilia. “I do daily what I love. When I started out, it was scary. Because if I fail, I’m done. So there was no option to fail.” Read the rest of the article here: http://smashd.co/take-a-page-from-meltdown/

Aug 102015

Meet our buddy, our pal, our good friend, our poster man, Dave Kloc.

This Week’s Poster – A Klocumentary from Alex Jacobs on Vimeo.

A short documentary about Dave Kloc’s weekly poster-making process for The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. Filmed entirely in the week of June 24th, 2015.

directed & edited by Alex Jacobs
shot by Alex Jacobs & D’arby Rose
colored by D’arby Rose
titles by Garrett Ross
music by Kyle Okaly
sound mix by Jake Robinson

Aug 162012

We are ecstatic to see Meltdown/NerdMelt Theater house screenprinter, rock n’ roller, hockey fan, animal lover, and all around stand-up guy Dave Kloc get a rave writeup in SO Magazine for his illustrations that are taking over the comedy scene one show poster at a time.

Kloc cranks out original masterpieces every week for our beloved stand-up show The Meltdown Show with Jonah and Kumail and has put out some insane album and poster art for Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, Jim Hamilton, and other people who’s names don’t necessarily have a “J” in it.

Get the full story by SO Magazine here where Dave talks art, comedy, and creepy imagery, and be sure to check out the rest of Dave’s world at davekloc.com. You can follow him on the Twitter at @KmanWorldwide. He’s a damn delight.