Feb 072016
 

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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/

Feb 042016
 

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Daniel Clowes has been working on his latest book, Patience, for five years. At 180 pages, it’s his longest work to date, more than twice as long as Wilson, his graphic novel about an abrasive loner in Oak­land who claims to be a people person but actually can’t stand most of them (nor they him), and Ghost World, the artist’s most popular work, about the disintegrating relation­ship between two teen girls in an unnamed American suburb. From the time Clowes began the book in 2010 until its completion last October, he didn’t show a single page of it to anyone, not to Erika, his wife of 20 years, nor to his publishers at Fantagraphics, who will release the book this March, nor to his closest friends.

Clowes is in an upstairs room of his Piedmont home, a lovely two-story 1912 Craftsman set along an equally lovely tree-lined street of this East Bay suburb, talking about how the book came to be. Six feet tall and slim, Clowes has a salt-and-pepper beard and sharp blue eyes. Despite possessing the most sardonic of wits on paper, he laughs easily and often in person, at his jokes and others’. This afternoon, he’s taking care of his beloved beagle, Ella, who has dementia and barks every 20 minutes or so because she forgets that Clowes is at home. Along one wall of the room, which doubles as artist studio and comics archive, collections of Peanuts and Nancy and Gasoline Alley share shelf space with Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library and the complete works of R. Crumb. An old-timey paperback carousel is stocked with Mad magazine reprints; in a nearby cabinet there’s a tin-toy knockoff of Fred Flintstone, his 5 o’clock shadow an eerie blue.  Read the rest of the article here: https://story.californiasunday.com/daniel-clowes-patience

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Illustrations by Rutu Modan, Anders Nilsen, Richard Sala, Isabel Seliger, Seth, and Anuj Shrestha

 

Jan 232016
 

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Meet actor, filmmaker and cookbook author, Joe Zaso! Wednesday, Feb 3rd – 7pm.

Joe has appeared in such films as THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, BARRICADE, VIRUS X and 5 DEAD ON THE CRIMSON CANVAS. He has also written five cookbooks under his character of Café Himbo. These cookbooks feature recipes from such cult movie celebs as Catherine Mary Stewart (THE APPLE, NIGHT OF THE COMET), Rutanya Alda (MOMMIE DEAREST, AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION), Barbara Magnolfi (SUSPIRIA), Armand Mastroianni (HE KNOWS YOU’RE ALONE), Lynne Griffin (BLACK CHRISTMAS), Russell Todd (FRIDAY THE 13thPART II), Adrienne King (FRIDAY THE 13th), Desiree Gould (SLEEPAWAY CAMP) and many many others!

Joe will have cookbooks, DVDs and photos available for purchase and autographing. COME SAY HI!

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl.
LA, CALIF. 90046

Jan 182016
 

CHARLIE BROWN TEASER FLYER

Everybody knows Charlie Brown. Peanuts have been a part of comic & animation history for over 50 years, influencing many generations of cartoonists and artists.

NOW come check out over 100 artists from all different backgrounds draw these classic characters in a way you’ve never seen before

Grand Opening: Friday, February 5th 2016
Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
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Jan 162016
 

WaffleParty

Meet other geeky singles while we serve up some super fun waffles on a Saturday morning! Come by Meltdown Comics for some sugary, sappy fun!

We have the wonderful Chef JoAnna helping with our waffles + treats! Super excited!

We’ll also have fabulously geeky tea from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe! They make some of my favorite teas ever.

Facebook Event Page: Waffle Party! A Singles Brunch at Meltdown Comics

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd. LA, CALIF. 90046

Dec 182015
 

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Come meet the wonderful crew from EMET COMICS this Saturday and help the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.

Saturday, 12/19/2015 at 6PM
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl.
LA, CALIF. 90046 (map)