Oct 132014
 

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Melt-thology is a monthly comix jam at Meltdown!

How it works:

• Show up at the Meltdown 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!

(Melt-thology is inspired by the monthly Dune Comix Jam at Cafe Racer in Seattle WA, organized by Max Clotfelter. Check out his work at maxclotfelter.blogspot.com)

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Oct 092014
 

themeltdownThis week, Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani welcome
Brent Weinbach
John Ungaro
Melissa Villasenor
Justin Willman
Caitlin Gill
Nick Youssef
Sean Patton

Tickets Here

If tickets for The Meltdown sell out online, we will have a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first come, first served basis. We suggest that you arrive by 7pm the day of the show in order to get any “at the door” tickets, but there is no guarantee they will still be available. Come on down!

 Posted by at 2:31 pm
Oct 052014
 

themeltdownThis week, Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani welcome
Kurt Braunohler
Pat Susmilch
From NYC, Phoebe Robinson
Laura Crawford
From NYC, JF Harris
…and a special guest

Tickets Here

If tickets for The Meltdown sell out online, we will have a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first come, first served basis. We suggest that you arrive by 7pm the day of the show in order to get any “at the door” tickets, but there is no guarantee they will still be available. Come on down!

 Posted by at 5:15 pm
Oct 012014
 

beyonfest2014THE MONSTER SQUAD
Presented by the American Cinematheque and Amity.

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Evening begins at 7:30pm with a pre-show hosted by The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail and introduction with THE MONSTER SQUAD director Fred Dekker and cast members Andre Gower, Ashley Bank and Ryan Lambert.

THE MONSTER SQUAD
1987, Lionsgate, 82 min, USA, Dir: Fred Dekker

Young kids form a club that is devoted to monsters but soon get more than they bargained for when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy and Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. The only souls daring enough to stand in their way? Our heroes, the Monster Squad! With Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Tom Noonan (as Frankenstein’s Monster) and Duncan Regehr (as Dracula).

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

 Posted by at 12:46 pm
Sep 262014
 

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Eat More Art Out Productions is bringing back the seventies and honoring one of the greatest sitcom series of all time with their first group art show, “Come and Knock On Our Door: A Tribute to John Ritter”.

October 17th, 2014 – 7 pm
Meltdown Gallery inside Nerdist Showroom, Hollywood, Calif.

Former roller derby girls Jane Dope, Sleazy Bake Oven and Hussy Whipped are trading their scuffed up skates and stinky safety gear for artist wrangling and gallery receptions as they host their first, of hopefully very very many, themed group art shows that might more accurately be described as art parties. Their plan to dish up a healthy serving of quality art in a low pressure, highly themed atmosphere is a foolproof recipe for an unforgettable event. “We want art to be fun and inviting, even if you think you know nothing about it. Our motto: Grab a beer and tell your inner critic to relax. It’s just art!”

Jane Dope is the founder of Angel City Derby Girls’ annual silent auction fundraiser Eat Your Art Out. In recent years, the trio has teamed up with Angel City Derby Girls and Titmouse animation studios to bring this Los Angeles art scene staple to unprecedented success. Now these ladies for ready for year ‘round curating! Art parties for all!!

For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/eatmoreartout, www.facebook.com/events/1455932761347195

Follow Eat More Art Out http://instagram.com/eatmoreartout

What: Eat More Art Out Productions Presents:
Come and Knock On Our Door: A Tribute to John Ritter. Artists include: Dave Macdowell, Jim Mahfood, Mike Huddleston, Yelley and many more. Music, food-truck, open bar, treats, photo- ops. Original artwork and limited edition prints for sale!

When: October 17, 2014 from 7p-11pm

Where: Meltdown Gallery inside Nerdist Showroom,
7522 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, Calif. 90046 (map)

Additional info: www.facebook.com/events/1455932761347195

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Sep 172014
 

Our flagship show is The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, and produced by Emily Gordon. You can track The Meltdown minute to minute by following us on Twitter at @meltdown_show. We’ve hosted the likes of Donald Glover, Zach Galifianakis, Dana Gould, Brian Posehn, Ed Helms, Aziz Ansari, Robin Williams, Maria Bamford, Louie CK, Jeff Ross, David Spade, Marc Maron, and you never know who will drop by! We’ve been written up in LA Weekly, the LA Times, SplitSider, SpitTake, LA Weekly again, Los Angeles Magazine, Serial Optimist, and the LAist, we were profiled on Last Call with Carson Daly as well as Time Warner’s SoCal OnDemand. Kumail and Emily were chosen as two of the “most interesting people in LA” in LA Weekly’s 2012 People issue. (Jonah’s very interesting too, we promise.)

We were named the #1 comedy show in Los Angeles by LA Weekly in 2012, crowned the best comedy show in LA by Splitsider, and named one of the top live shows in LA by Serial Optimist! And in May 2013, Hollywood Reporter named us one of the hottest places to see comedy in LA. Each week we have original artwork on sale, created by Dave Kloc, (here’s a recent profile of him) and you can check out photos of our show via Tyler Ross, our photographer!

QUOTES!

“…the epicenter of LA’s alt-comedy scene.” -Hollywood Reporter

“An intimate li’l gallery space in the back of a comics shop hosts a packed lineup of truly superb comedians” -LA Weekly

“Ray and Nanjiani are two of the funniest comedians going and they have a funny rapport with one another up top. Their show, produced by Emily Gordon, is as expertly-curated as Bang Bang was, with a nice mix of excellent unknowns and big names taking the stage each week.” -Splitsider

“The amount of love and enthusiasm put into this show is quite evident. From the very get go, you feel that you are part of something very special.” -Serial Optimist

“With occasional live music and a near-naked host in a fireman’s uniform, it feels as if anything flies at “The Meltdown.” -LA Times “Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray’s white-hot The Meltdown show packs ‘em in on a weekly basis” -LA Weekly

“What binds the show together is the connection between its hosts; as both good friends and skilled comedians, Ray and Nanjiani work off each other seamlessly, guiding things along with expert control while making sure to let the spotlight shine brightest on their guests.” -SpitTake

Purchase tickets to the live show.
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Every Wednesday from Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, Calif.

 Posted by at 3:07 pm
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)

 Posted by at 7:48 pm
Aug 272014
 

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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)

 Posted by at 1:31 pm
Aug 152014
 

Meltdown-CAPS-flyerTWENTY-ONE ARTISTS GATHER FOR FUNDRAISING SIGNING OF “THE SAKAI PROJECT” BOOK

Los Angeles, CA – On Saturday, August 16, twenty-two members of the cartooning community will descend upon Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard to sign copies of Dark Horse Comics’ recently released book “The Sakai Project” to help raise money for the medical bills of fellow cartoonist Stan Sakai, creator of Dark Horse’s “Usagi Yojimbo” comic book, now in its thirtieth year.

Attending the signing event will be “The Sakai Project” contributors Sergio Aragonès (“Groo the Wanderer”, “MAD Magazine”), Mark Evanier (“Groo” writer), Tom Luth (“Groo” and “Usagi” colorist), William Stout (noted illustrator), Ricardo Delgado (“Age of Reptiles”), Jeff Keane (“Family Circus”), Rubèn Procopio (“Batman 66”), Dean Yeagle (“Playboy”), Bill Morrison (editor of “The Sakai Project”), Tone Rodriguez (“The Simpsons” comics), Steven E. Gordon, Anson Jew, Benton Jew, Aidan Casserly, Chad Frye, Brad Rader, Patrick Scullin, Robert Stanley, Mark Dos Santos and Mike Kazaleh all joining with Stan Sakai (“Usagi Yojimbo”) himself.

EXCLUSIVE PRINTS, ONLY AVAILABLE AT SIGNING 8/16

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MELTDOWN COMICS & NERDIST SHOWROOM PRESENT

MEATBALL HEAD: AN ART GALLERY CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS OF SAILOR MOON

AN ART EXHIBITION PAYING TRIBUTE TO TWO DECADES OF SAILOR MOON CURATED BY NICO COLALEO, AUGUST 16TH THROUGH AUGUST 24TH AT MELTDOWN COMICS!

FOR LOVE AND JUSTICE! MEATBALL HEAD IS AN ARTISTIC CELEBRATION OF THE BELOVED JAPANESE PHENOMENON SAILOR MOON, BROUGHT TO YOU BY OVER 85 TALENTED ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY. AFTER FIGHTING EVIL BY MOONLIGHT, YOU ARE CORDIALLY WELCOMED TO JOIN US FOR THE OPENING RECEPTION AT NERDMELT INSIDE MELTDOWN COMICS (7522 SUNSET BLVD, LOS ANGELES) FROM 7PM-11PM, SATURDAY, AUGUST16TH, 2014!

ENJOY FREE BEER AND WINE, ALONG WITH SAILOR MOON-THEMED ENTERTAINMENT, DECOR, SURPRISES, AND PHOTO-READYBACKDROPS. SO START PLANNING NOW, BECAUSE IN THE NAME OF THE MOON, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO WANT TO MISS THIS FANTASTIC EVENING!

FEATURING WORK BY KELSY ABBOTT, AARON ALEXOVICH, NATASHA ALLEGRI, BENJAMIN ANDERS, KIM ARNDT, WHITNEY AVALON, ATOMIKITTY, ERIC BAUZA, JESSICA BORUTSKI, MATT BRAILEY, KAITLIN CALLAHAN, TONY CHRISTOPHERSON, DAISY CHURCH, JENNY COLALEO, NICO COLALEO, ALEXANDRA COWARD, CHEYENNE CURTIS, JACK CUSUMANO, TERI CUSUMANO, ZAN CZYZEWSKI, BECKY DREISTADT, BRIANNE DROUHARD, JULIANNE ECKERT, MICHELLE FEALK, JENNY FINE, SOTT FORBES, KATE FREUND, PHYLCIA FUENTES, ANDREA GERTSMANN, J.R. GOLDBERG, LORRAINE GRATE, JESSIE GREENBERG, GINA GRESS, HAYLEE HERRICK, BRENDA HICKEY, STARLINE HODGE, GENEVA HODGSON, ROBERT LZA, HENRIQUE JARDIM, MOLLY BATES JOHNSON, JOSH KARP, VALERIE KEISER, L.M. KNIGHT, KATE LAIRD, JESS LANE, ALICE MEICHI LI, KEVIN SUKHO LEE, JOANNA LEITCH, JEAN LIANG, TROY LITTLE, LINDSEY LYDECKER, KATHRYN MARUSIK, PERIN MCCLEAN, ERIN MCGATHY, KALI MEADOWS, ZOE MOSS, MEGAN NAIRN, DARON NEFCY, BRENT NOLL, ROCKY OLIVARES, ERIKA PAGET, HANNAH NANCE PARTLOW, SHADI PETOSKY, SARA POCOCK, WHITNEY POLLETT, JULIA PRESCOTT, EMILY QUINN, SANDRA RIVAS, WILLY ROBERTS, DEANNA ROONEY, JENNIFER RUIZ, AUSTIN SALMI, KATIE SHANAHAN, SARAH SIMES, BOB SUAREZ, THOM FOOLERY, BABS TARR, ARICA TUESDAY, JULIA VICKERMAN, JAMIE VICKERS, JEFF VICTOR, JEREMY WOJCHIHOSKY, EDDIE XU, AND JESSICA YOST

 Posted by at 11:57 am
Aug 122014
 

Meltdown-CAPS-flyerFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TWENTY-ONE ARTISTS GATHER FOR FUNDRAISING SIGNING OF “THE SAKAI PROJECT” BOOK

Los Angeles, CA – On Saturday, August 16, twenty-two members of the cartooning community will descend upon Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard to sign copies of Dark Horse Comics’ recently released book “The Sakai Project” to help raise money for the medical bills of fellow cartoonist Stan Sakai, creator of Dark Horse’s “Usagi Yojimbo” comic book, now in its thirtieth year.

Fundraising efforts were initially spearheaded by the Comic Art Professional Society (CAPS), an organization of professional comic book artists and writers of which Stan Sakai is a member. Organized by artist Tone Rodriguez, CAPS began collecting original art last December for an online auction to lend a helping hand to Sakai, whose wife Sharon has been suffering from an inoperable brain tumor. As art poured in from the cartooning community, many pieces were custom drawings of Stan’s samurai rabbit creation Usagi Yojimbo.

Bill Morrison, a member of CAPS and an art director at Bongo Comics (publisher of “The Simpsons”), approached Sakai’s publisher, Dark Horse, about collecting these wonderful images into a book to also benefit the Sakais. Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson was enthusiastic about the idea, and offered to pay for the book’s publication so that all sales could go to the Sakais. Bill Morrison proceeded to volunteer his time to edit the book in tandem with Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley which was designed voluntarily by noted book designer Serban Cristescu. The result is a beautiful 160-paged hardcover art book featuring interpretations of Usagi Yojimbo by some of the top cartoonists in comics today.

Between the online auction and the book, the cartooning community came together in a unique way to help one of their own. Now twenty-one artists local to Los Angeles will gather one more time to help their friend with a fundraising book signing event.

Attending the signing event will be “The Sakai Project” contributors Sergio Aragonès (“Groo the Wanderer”, “MAD Magazine”), Mark Evanier (“Groo” writer), Tom Luth (“Groo” and “Usagi” colorist), William Stout (noted illustrator), Ricardo Delgado (“Age of Reptiles”), Jeff Keane (“Family Circus”), Rubèn Procopio (“Batman 66”), Dean Yeagle (“Playboy”), Bill Morrison (editor of “The Sakai Project”), Tone Rodriguez (“The Simpsons” comics), Steven E. Gordon, Anson Jew, Benton Jew, Aidan Casserly, Chad Frye, Brad Rader, Patrick Scullin, Robert Stanley, Mark Dos Santos and Mike Kazaleh all joining with Stan Sakai (“Usagi Yojimbo”) himself.

Books will be sold for $45 each, or if fans already have the book, they will be charged a nominal $15 to have their books signed by the artists in attendance.

In addition to “The Sakai Project” book, there will be limited edition prints available exclusively at the event of four images from the book by artists attending the signing: Sergio Aragonès, Stan Sakai, William Stout, and Bill Morrison.

The event will take place on August 16 from 4-6pm at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046. Thanks to Meltdown, all proceeds go to Sharon & Stan Sakai to help with their medical bills.

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Media may access a PDF of “The Sakai Project” for review purposes:

http://www.mediafire.com/view/s3qcand0yjlm4sr/SAKAIPROJ_WM.pdf

This Saturday, August 16th, 4-6pm at Meltdown Comics and EPIC SIGNING EVENT!

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

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