Feb 072016
 

g_melt

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/

Dec 072015
 

shout

An Evening of Live Music, Magic and More
with Joel Hodgson Special Guest Hosts Paul & Storm
with Appearances by Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, Jonah Ray and Many More!

Final Countdown Commences at 5 pm on
Friday, December 11th, 2015
Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles

mst3kMELTDOWN

Calling all MST-ies: it’s the final countdown! For the past three weeks, MST3K fans old and new have taken up the rallying cry of “Keep Circulating the URL”, raising more than $4 million and guaranteeing at least six brand new, feature-length episodes of the award-winning comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. As the Kickstarter campaign to #BringBackMST3K comes to a close on December 11th, and needing to raise an additional $1.5 million to fund a full season of 12 episodes, MST3K creator Joel Hodgson will host a very special event, “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Final Countdown! A Livestreaming Telethon with Joel Hodgson & Friends to Help #BringBackMST3K. ” Powered by the XSN, the Internet’s home to discover, buy and sell collectables, the telethon will be hosted at the legendary epicenter of cool, Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles.

Starting at 5 pm PT on Friday, December 11th , Hodgson will welcome a cavalcade of celebrity friends and supporters for an evening of laughs, music, magic, special offers, and MST3K memories as they join forces to ensure the campaign meets its ultimate goal of $5.5 million to produce a full season of 12 episodes. Along with special guest hosts, w00tstock founders and musicians Paul & Storm, the telethon will include in-person and video appearances from Felicia Day, Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount, Patton Oswalt, Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, Robert Lopez, Pendleton Ward, Dana Gould, Steve Zaragoza, Freezepop, Starbomb, Master Pancake, John Carney, Game Grumps, and many more!

Fans will be able to participate in the festivities by tuning into the livestream of the event at MST3K.com/FinalCountdown and The Official MST3K YouTube Channel, and join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #BringBackMST3K.

While Hodgson will be involved in writing and all facets of production of the new series, MST3K’s new episodes will feature comedian Jonah Ray as the new host “Jonah Heston”, actress and comedian Felicia Day as the next Mad “Kinga Forrester”, actor and comedian Patton Oswalt as the next evil henchman “TV’s Son of TV’s Frank”, comedians Baron Vaughn and Hampton Yount as the newest voices of “Tom Servo” and “Crow T. Robot”, and of course, new cheesy movies to riff.

To contribute to the campaign and for updates, visit www.bringbackmst3k.com, and follow MST3K on Facebook (facebook.com/MST3K), Twitter (@MST3K) and Instagram (@MST3K).

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Contact: Sarah J. De Bruin, Shout! Factory sdebruin@shoutfactory.com /310-442-5013

 

Oct 022015
 

SUPERYOU

Emily V Gordon has written a book, and it’s time to celebrate it!

Have you ever wondered what the best version of yourself would be? Have you wondered whose permission you’d need to be the best version of yourself? Well wonder no more – Super You is a funny, relatable self improvement guide to help you release your inner superhero!

Superheroes don’t start from glorious beginnings. Their origins are almost always marked by traumatic events that leave them helpless and scared. Batman witnessed his parents’ murder. Superman was sent away from his dying planet with no one to guide him as he grew up. Orphaned Catwoman was forced to steal food to survive on the streets of Gotham.

What makes these superheroes super is their determination to not be defined by helplessness. They embrace their origins, their flaws, and their mistakes, and strive every day to become the best versions of themselves – for the benefit of themselves and others.

Super You is a fun, friendly, and unabashedly geeky guide to becoming the superhero of your own extraordinary life. Author Emily Gordon examines comic book tropes to find lessons that anyone can apply toward overcoming tragic events and adversity in their own lives. With activities in every chapter to help identify each person’s superpowers, special tools, personal kryptonite – and weapons against it – Super You is the perfect sidekick for every growing hero, empowering everyday people to transform into the most kick-ass versions of themselves.

You’ll see stand-up, you’ll hear comedians talk about the long road to becoming the best version of themselves, you’ll make anonymous confessions!

Afterward you can buy the book, have it signed by Emily, and take home a free poster of an illustration from Super You: Release Your Inner Superhero!

RSVP HERE -> SUPER YOU RSVP

NerdMelt at Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl. LA, CALIF 90046 (map)