May 182015
 

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Join us for the next Melt-thology Comix Jam at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles on MAY 19TH, 2015! We’ll be drawing Issue #9, and Issue #8 contributors will be able to pick up their copies and artwork!

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 $2 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

May 162015
 

Daniel Clowes at Meltdown Comics

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DANIEL CLOWES AT MELTDOWN COMICS
Launch Party for The Complete Eightball

Daniel Clowes will be at making his first Los Angeles appearance in several years at Meltdown Comics on June 5th to celebrate the release of The Complete Eightball, a two-volume collection of the influential and iconic comic book series, from Fantagraphics Books.

On Friday, June 5th, from 6-10 PM, Meltdown will be opening its Los Angeles doors to fans new and decades strong for a night complete with prizes, a book signing, costume contest, and an interview between Clowes and Mark Frauenfelder from Boing Boing.

Creator of touchstone stories such as “Ghost World”, “Art School Confidential” and “Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron”, Daniel Clowes changed the landscape of comics when he began publishing Eightball with Fantagraphics Books in 1989. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of its release, and celebrate the future, the biggest comic book retailer in California, Meltdown Comics, is pulling all the stops for this one-night-only engagement. Meltdown and Clowes’s relationship dates back over 20 years, when Clowes created the venerable Meltdown mascot, Mel, in the early days of the store.

From Associate Publisher, Eric Reynolds says, “It was literally unfathomable for us to consider any Daniel Clowes / Complete Eightball event schedule that didn’t include Meltdown Comics. I don’t know if there’s a bookseller in the country that has done more to promote Eightball and the work of Daniel Clowes over the past two decades. This is going to be a barnburner.”

WHO: Cartoonist Daniel Clowes
WHAT: Signing The Complete Eightball
WHERE: Metldown Comics – 7522 Sunset Blvd, LA, CALIF
WHEN: Friday, June 5th from 6-10 PM

About Fantagraphics Books, Inc.
Publisher of the world’s greatest cartoonists since 1976.

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May 162015
 

Today we filmed within our mother-ship of Meltdown Comics on Sunset in Los Angeles.

We kick off the show today talking about a heavily debated topic….Batman’s voice. Then we get into our brand new segment, The Tech Minute with Silly Valley!

We highlight a few choice nugs in our indy comic section: X-Files Season 10 and MIND MGMT.
New Praetorians: http://www.newpraetorians.com/
Space Negro – The Last Negro: http://spacemandead.moonfruit.com/space-negro/
After You Die: http://www.raminnazer.com/store#AfterYouDie

Our guest today is Mr. Hahn, the producer/DJ for the intergalactically renowned band Linkin Park. We talk Halo 1 and Neon Genesis Evangeleon and Batman and LP and everything else ever. Also he makes fun of us. He’s awesome.

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

For more from Silly Valley, hit up:
https://facebook.com/sillyvalley

May 082015
 


We open the show today with the boys feeling specifically sing-songy. Then against our better judgement, we do what we’ve been aske dto do a bunch of times now: a Star Wars trailer reaction video.

We highlight a few choice nugs in our indy comic section: X-Files Season 10 and MIND MGMT.
X-Files Season 10: http://www.idwpublishing.com/product-…
MIND MGMT: http://www.mattkindtshop.com/#!books/…

Our guest today is Adolfo Coronel, one of the five Minibosses that run Street Pass San Diego – one of the biggest Nintendo meet-up (mii-tup) groups on THE PLANET. We get into all the awesome stuff they do, and what you should do if you want to launch a world-renowned meet-up group as well. Also we go on a zillion tangents about video games. Fun.

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

Music at the end by Evgeny Grinko – “Sunset”