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 202016
 

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Devastator Press x Meltdown Comics and Collectibles are proud to present Mike “Dr. Vireuss” Levine, author of Oh, the Flesh You Will Eat! — one of Splitsider’s Best Comedy Books of 2015.

Get a copy of our limited first edition hardcover signed by Dr. Vireuss himself. Bring your face masks, he’s contagious!

See you there!

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More praise for Oh, the Flesh You Will Eat:

“The perfect graduation gift for flesh-eating bacteria on the go and meatbags alike.”
-Nathan Rabin, author of Weird Al: The Book

“Disgustingly awesome. Hilarious, perverse and fun!”
-John Layman, creator of Chew

“If you read one lyrical ode to flesh-eating pathogens, make it this one!”
-Jeff Loveness, writer of Groot

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd. LA, CALIF 90046(map)
Here’s the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/438353779690655/

Jan 202016
 

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Via: www.mopedhero.com
The folks at Meltdown Comics have a long history of innovating to draw in new customers and give more service to their current subscribers. It’s not surprising that when we approached them about our new service they jumped on giving their box customers the best options for pick-up in LA. Starting Wednesday, January 20th, Meltdown Comics and Collectibles and Moped Hero are teaming up to bring same day comics delivery to Los Angeles.

The team at Meltdown has always supported independent and local businesses, so we’re happy and proud to return the favor by bringing affordable, speedy delivery to their offerings. For $5, we’ll deliver your Comic Book Day box subscription straight to your door, whether at work or at home.

Here’s all you have to do:

#1- Call Meltdown Comics (323.851.7223) and pay for your weekly books over the phone. Don’t have a pull list yet? Meltdown makes it incredibly easy to sign up, plus subscription customers get 20% off their books. http://www.meltcomics.com/blog/subscription-service/

#2: Tell the cashier you want delivery with Moped Hero and we’ll get the books out to you within a two hour window for only $5. You can even prepay for an entire month’s worth of deliveries for only $15.

#3: Enjoy your comics when they’re delivered straight to your home.

Not sure if you’re in our delivery radius, check the map below. We serve Downtown, USC, Echo Park, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Mid-City, Beverly Hills and UCLA. All major studios are in our delivery radius, Paramount, Fox, Warner Brothers and Disney.

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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