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.
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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

Jul 242015
 

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COMIX: Beyond The Comic Book Pages is an exciting documentary about the world of comic books and the comic phenomenon, told through the thoughts and images of creators, writers, artists, publishers, comic book store owners, collectors, and most especially, the fans, who have made this phenomenon what it is today.

COMIX has some engaging one-on-one interviews with icons of the comic book industry, like Stan Lee (Spiderman, X-Men), Frank Miller (Sin City, 300), Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow), Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Superman), Mike Richardson (Founder of Dark Horse Productions – Hellboy, Sin City, Goon, and Concrete), and Marc Silvestri (Artist, CEO/Founder of Top Cow Productions and C0-Founder of Image Comics).

COMIX also delves into the world of independent publishers, like Top Cow Productions (Tomb Raider, Hunter Killer, The Darkness, and Witchblade), comic book store owners, as well as comic book conventions like Comic-Con, Wonder Con, Anime Expo, and Wizard World to document the fans of this phenomenon, with many fans in full costumes and some talking about how they made them (that’s for you cos play fans!).  We are so proud of the film and the caliber of people in it!

“My vision for COMIX started as an idea about how to make a comic book and blossomed into a full-length feature documentary about the comic book phenomenon. COMIX is my way of sharing the artistry that I love through a movie that was made by a fan, for fans,” says creator Michael Valentine.  “It has been amazing working on this film and the great people I have met along the way. I think comic book fans as well as anyone else who watches it will find it fun, informative, and inspirational.”
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COMIX is the brainchild of Film Maker/Musician Michael Valentine, a long time comic book fan. Michael’s creativity started at age 6 when all he wanted to do was draw John Romita Sr’s Spiderman and Neal Adams’ Batman which were some of his favorite comic books. Later, he got into other Marvel and DC titles like Captain America and Superman. At age 10, his life changed when he saw KISS for the first time. They were larger than life, the ultimate rock star superheroes. They even had a comic book. Michael never stopped loving comics. About 10 years ago, he came up with the idea of documenting the process of creating a comic book that blossomed into what COMIX: Beyond The Comic Pages has become.

Want to go? Free pair of tickets to the first 3 emails to staff@meltcomics.com with SUBJECT: I READ TO THE BOTTOM. Good luck!

Thursday, July 30 at 6 PM
The location is:  Regent Theatre in Westwood.
http://comixthemovie.com/  @comixthemovie

Jun 152015
 

Meltdown Comics presents
FOSSIL VS. FANTASY
Dinosaur discussion with Paleontologists
Dr. Robert Bakker, Houston Museum of Natural Science
Matthew Mossbrucker, Morrison Natural History Museum
LIVE from Alamo Drafthouse, Denver

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Monday June 15, 2015 – Meltdown Comics is excited to present an exclusive live streaming event with renowned paleontologists Matt Mossbrucker (National Geographic’s T-REX AUTOPSY) and Dr. Robert Bakker (DINO DEATH MATCH). Discover how the dinosaurs from JURASSIC WORLD compare to the fossil record in a sold-out event presented by Morrison Museum of Natural History in Denver, Colorado.

In his exciting follow up to Nat Geo Channel’s acclaimed special T-Rex Autopsy, curator Matt Mossbrucker will unveil the latest research in dinosaur exploration. “It’s really exciting to connect this generation of kids with ancient beasts of earth’s history” says Mr. Mossbrucker. “Working with Meltdown Comics we are able to spread our love of paleontology worldwide.”

Meltdown Comics CEO Gaston Dominguez-Letelier is proud to extend the educational arm of Meltdown University. “Artists have been inspired by dinosaurs since the beginning of drawing on cave walls. This unique partnership with the Morrison Museum extends the reach of MeltU and hopefully starts a new era in dino drawing.”

Alamo Drafthouse Denver is hosting this exclusive event which also includes a performance by TED talk alumni Ian Cooke playing a new dinosaur-themed musical piece. Fans are encouraged to visit Alamo Drafthouse to see full size dinosaur bones and connect with these renowned paleontologists.

TUNE IN Monday at 9pm ET / 6pm PT for this live discussion at YouTube.com/MeltdownComics

About Morrison Museum:  Morrison Natural History Museum offers a glimpse of the first important dinosaur discoveries in Colorado including fossils from the first Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus ever discovered. The 3,000 square foot exhibition offers an overview of local life history in context of area geology. Many of the fossils and fossil casts on display are touchable. http://www.mnhm.org

About Meltdown: Meltdown Comics, located in the heart of Hollywood, California on Sunset Blvd, opened in 1993 and has since become one the most respected comic book stores in the world. Taking a sophisticated approach to merchandise and operations, the 14,000sq/ft giant has garnered a reputation for hosting successful gallery openings, award winning comedy including the @meltdown_show on @ComedyCentral and live shows as well as podcasting events in their collaborative space with @NerdistDotCom, the @NerdMelt Showroom. http://meltcomics.com

Jun 082015
 

We start things off today welcoming guest Londyn Jackson aka @HistoryOfTheBatman on the show to tell us some stuffabout Batman we didn’t know.

We highlight Londyn’s picks for MUST READ Batman books in our comic section: “Hush” and “Year One”.

Our guest today is comedian Dean Delray. We talk about his arc from 20 years on the road as a musician to deciding one day he wanted to do comedy. Also a bunch of other random stuff as always. Hilarious and overall awesome dude.

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

Apr 032015
 

For immediate release.

Satine Phoenix debuts NEW PRAETORIANS Graphic Novel series at WONDERCON 2015.

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Artist casts herself as main character in New Praetorians.

On April 3rd, 2015 artist, actress & storyteller, Satine Phoenix, will be launching the first book of her Sci-fi graphic novel series “New Praetorians” at WONDERCON. 3 years in the making, New Praetorians is a serialized, female lead sci-fi story of obsession, revenge & redemption starring Satine herself as the lead character Colonel Sienna McKnight. Pick up a book at Booth #1104 at Wondercon, April 3rd, 4th or 5th at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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Colonel Sienna McKnight obsessively pursues her mother’s killer. Her journey of revenge evolves into a fight for the fate of the world and a unique orphan girl.

Sienna must put aside her selfish desires for justice, to fight an evil that has plagued humanity since the dawn of history. Experiments performed on an alien artifact give her and others around the globe exceptional abilities. Sienna and her special ops team must unite with allies she never dreamed of from the sands of the Wandering d

esert of Khorasan, to Geneva, to San Francisco and the outer limits of cold dark matter space. New Praetorians chronicles the struggles, tragedies and triumphs of Colonel Sienna McKnight.

“New Praetorians is full of talent and promise. Phoenix’s gorgeous and edgy artwork combined with Syrus’s larger than life characters are a one-two punch to the brain. A deadly female operative alone behind enemy lines fighting to escape a prison who is essentially a human weapon implanted with alien tech? YES, MORE PLEASE.” – Grant Imahara (Mythbusters)

“The New Praetorians ROCKS!! Take your secret covert super agent group,  a sprinkling of culty procedural television elements with a dash of superhero techno gadgets, then apply Satine Phoenix over all of this, and you get a fun fast-moving adventure!!!” – Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse, Death of Superman Lives)

“The action scenes are like ripping a band-aid off a scab. It is strange to have a friend for so long and not know they had something this intense inside them. I’m a little more scared of Satine than I used to be.” – Zak Smith (Gravity’s Rainbow, I Hit it With My Axe, Vornheim, A Red and Pleasant Land.)

Brilliant,

eye catching cover art by Jason Shawn Alexander (Hellraiser, Empty Zone, Batman) jasonshawnalexander.com, David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil, Fightclub) drdavidmrmack.tumblr.com & Stephanie Inagaki stephanieinagaki.com

“We created the story we always wanted to read. A Sci-fi story with a strong Eur-Asian female lead who’s duality (woman & leader) is approached with finesse.” explains Phoenix. “In the world of New Praetorians, aeons of old conflicts and deeply defined characters drive the story towards a shattering finale.”

Boldly captured by the digital inks of artist, co-creator & Academy of Art University SF Alumni Satine Phoenix, New Praetorians V1 #1 features 66 fully colored pages available in print & digital iBook format at NewPraetorians.com. Created by Satine Phoenix & RK Syrus. Written by RK Syrus. Colors by Mack Sutton.

Link to images: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzAJkojtsg7OYl9lUGNZMHZlOFk/edit?usp=docslist_api

For a review copy or if you have any questions please contact Matt Mangini at Press@NewPraetorians.com (818) 925-6954

Satine and RK are available for interviews.

Hard Cover Pre-Order Link: http://newpraetorians.com

Direct link to iBook: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/new-praetorians-v1-1/id979741844?mt=11&uo=4

Facebook:  Http://facebook.com/NewPraetorians

Twitter Promotion suggestions:

Check out the NEW #NewPraetorians Sci Fi Graphic Novel Series by @SatinePhoenix & @RKSyrus at newpraetorians.com #TeamNP

The New #SciFi #GraphicNovel series #NewPraetorians, by @SatinePhoenix & @RKSyrus now available on #ibook #Digital https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/new-praetorians-v1-1/id979741844?mt=11&uo=4

Get your #NewPraetorians Graphic Novel series soft cover book, issue 1 at newpraetorians.com #PreOrder. @SatinePhoenix @RKSyrus

 

 

Apr 032015
 

Today we filmed at the legendary VILLAINOUS LAIR in San Diego.

We start things off today going through our top three video game soundtracks in honor of iDIG VG music festival in Dublin, Ireland happening now.:
http://idigmusicfest.com/

We highlight a few choice nugs in our indy comic section: The Kitchen and Punks.
http://www.vertigocomics.com/comics/t…
https://imagecomics.com/comics/series…

Our guests for today are Cloud, Shanks, and (the fist of) Ace… three of the Four Lords- the people behind the Curse Born Saga. An amaaaaazing indie fantasy novel series.
http://www.curseborn.com/

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

Feb 262015
 

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

Sep 262014
 

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“I believe that Tabletop Gaming is exercise for Storytelling, in all of its forms.” – Satine Phoenix

CCDD is an Annual Charity event where Celebrities & their fans raise money by Playing Dungeons and Dragons at Meltdown Comics – LIVE STREAMED in the Nerdist Theater so YOU can donate from home!

Keith Baker (creator of Eberron) has custom designed a 2 hour game for this special event. Both he and Matthew Mercer (Voice actor – Attack on Titan/Thundercats) will be taking turns Dungeon Mastering 4 tables of 5 players over an 8 hour period. We will be STREAMING this event LIVE to raise money for the charity: Reach Out and Read.

Since our first game in 2010 we’ve raised over $3000 for RoRLosAngeles.org

We are members of the Tabletop Gaming community who want to show our support for Dungeons and Dragons and Future Gamers of the world. Help us Help Children by giving them the boost they need and showing kids that reading can lead to amazingly fun things… like playing!

What Is Reach Out and Read?

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.

Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. The 3.8 million families served annually by “Reach Out and Read” read together more often, their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies, with stronger language skills, and better prepared to succeed.

Pediatric healthcare providers (including pediatricians, family physicians, and pediatric nurse practitioners) are trained in the three-part Reach Out and Read model to promote early literacy and school readiness. Read More: RoRLosAngeles.org

If you come to Meltdown, you will not be able to watch the event as it is in a closed set. Watch alone or throw a viewing party. Just don’t forget to donate!!! You will only be able to receive a Viewing Password after you Donate to the Cause!

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Jun 192014
 

SNOWPIERCER_2

Event Information:
Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. – Bing Theater – Los Angeles County Museum of Art – 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
TICKETS: $5 general admission $3 Academy members, LACMA Film Club members and students with a valid ID.
Order Tickets Online

Presented as part of the Academy’s series spotlighting recent film festival standouts.

Tilda Swinton in SNOWPIERCER
Making his English-language debut, Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother) has crafted a darkly lavish science-fiction thriller that boasts an esteemed international cast led by Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer and Korean stars Song Kang-ho and Ko Asung.

Humanity’s fate after a second ice age hits Earth is confinement in a state-of-the-art train as it races around the frozen globe. For the survivors in the train’s forward compartments, the endless voyage is a breeze. But for the poor sequestered in the back of the rumbling express, the picture isn’t as rosy. Crammed in a state of permanent Dickensian squalor and subsisting on gooey protein blocks, they are closely monitored by armed guards and hectored by a bespectacled, snaggletoothed overseer. But when a band of desperate rebels begin to force their way to the front of the train, life as everyone has known it goes off the rails. Bong Joon-ho’s film astounds with its array of interior landscapes, hairpin narrative turns, mordant wit and breathtaking set pieces all within the confines of thundering railcars.

A box office smash in Korea and France, Snowpiercer arrives in America at the same time as its source, graphic novel Le Transperceneige, is translated into English, 30 years after it was published in France.

2013, 125 minutes, color, DCP | Directed by Bong Joon-ho; written by Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson; with Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Ko Asung, John Hurt and Ed Harris.