Feb 062017
 

Last week we talked about the new action zine scene, and this week we unleash the power and fury of Fine Art Comics and revisit the Appropriation vs. Parody debate with Dave Baker, host of the It’s Pronounced Zine podcast. Get the lowdown on high concept in this edition of Pod Sequentialism with Matt Kennedy presented by Meltdown Comics!

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Dave Baker

TW: @xdavebakerx

It’s Pronounced Zine

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Jan 282017
 

What if I told you that the most exciting work in sequential art was not happening in comics but in action zines written and illustrated by young women? Get the 411 on the new action zine scene with guest Tevy Khou on this you-heard-it-here-first edition of Pod Sequentialism with Matt Kennedy presented by Meltdown Comics!

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This Week’s Guest:

Tevy Khou

www.tevykhou.com

IG @Tevykhou

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Twitter: @PodSeq

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Produced by Mason Booker

Engineered by Matt Kennedy

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Oct 112016
 

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Super Sisters Bio
Super Sisters Zine is an anthology of contemporary and historical feminist zine culture. We are a group of artist who work to preserve and promote contemporary artists with feminist themes from Los Angeles. Together we are see and we are heard! RSVP HERE

Zine Release Party and Signing
November 5th, 2016 2PM
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl. LA, CALIF 90046

June Zinemelt!

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2016-06-03 11.25.28 pm

FREE TO ATTEND!

Its that time again, ZINEMELT!!

ZineMelt is a zine show where all the local DIYers can come sell their goods! A place for fans of indie comics, zines, art, pins, etc! It will take place in the AIR CONDITIONED NerdMelt Theater at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood!

You get 10% off an in-store purchase if you make a purchase at ZineMelt! Come support local artists!

Interested in tabling at ZineMelt? Email zinemelt@gmail.com for info and follow us @zinemelt on Twitter and Instagram and Like us on Facebook!! First-timer tablers welcome!

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Meltdown Comics and Collectibles
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Los Angeles, Calif. 90046

Apr 192016
 

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It’s been a busy month or so at Meltdown University.  We’ve been to conventions, seen lots of progress on students’ comics in the classes, and just finished an Inking series.

On Sunday March 6, I had a table at the LA Zine Fest at The Majestic in Downtown LA.  It was a HUGE affair and was packed to the rafters with zinesters, comickers, and fans. The table was filled with Melt U student comics from the past few years and sales were the best yet at any con or fest.

LA Zine Fest seen from the Mezzanine level at The Majestic.

LA Zine Fest seen from the Mezzanine level at The Majestic.

Also there was Melt U grad and consistent-comics-maker Sarah Bitely.  Sarah’s been working on her comic Pimpkillah for years (the first issue was done in a Melt U Creating Comics class) and is in the planning stages of making it into a film.

Sarah Bitely with the latest issue of Pimpkillah at LA Zine Fest.

Sarah Bitely with the latest issue of Pimpkillah at LA Zine Fest.

From March 25 to 27, WonderCon was going on at The LA Convention Center, having moved up from Anaheim. This was an even bigger show than last year and attendance was high (Saturday tickets sold out before the con started).  I was there making connections for some comics projects I’m working on, buying back issues of Jack Kirby comics, and as usual, ran into some past and present Melt U students.  I also managed to find a group of very cheeky Spider-Men (Spider-Mans?).

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BUT — there were Melt U grads there selling their comics, too!  Laraine Mestman shared a table with Bibi Davidson for the three days.  They made new comics friends, networked a little, and sold copies of their comics — Laraine’s Being Frank and Bibi’s Pyper.

Laraine and Bibi at WonderCon 2016.

Laraine and Bibi at WonderCon 2016.

Back at Meltdown in the Melt U classes, in the latest Creating Comics class, student Matt Buga is working on a pretty surreal story about a duck who takes a boy and his Legos on an adventure.  Here’s an example of his layouts, which are the type of things YOU’LL be doing if you take the class!

Matt Buga's layouts.

Matt Buga’s layouts.

The Drawing Basics class is starting again THIS SATURDAY, April 23, from 11:30am to 2:00pm.  It’s a six session class where you’ll learn drawing fundamentals, everything from figure drawing, to perspective, to light and shadow, to drawing the face.  Below is a page from Jack Hamm’s Drawing the Head and Figure, a book I use material from for the class.

How to draw the face.

How to draw the face.

Also coming up is the next Creating Comics class on Thursday, April 28 at 7pm.  The class is for both writers and artists looking to learn how to make comics. It’s 14 sessions just like a college class.  The writers learn scriptwriting skills, story structure, get info on how to work with artists, and will complete a short comics script by the end of the class.

The artists also learn story structure, as well as visual storytelling techniques, page layout, panel composition, and more. They finish the class having completed an 8 to 10-page minicomic. All while having fun and learning about comics!

For more information and to sign up for the classes, go here: 

http://meltdownu.wix.com/new-melt-u-page

And who am I, you ask?  I’m Jim Higgins, Meltdown University’s program director and founder.  I was an editor at DC Comics for six years, am a small comics publisher, have written comics, and done some screenwriting.  I’ve taught comics classes for 18 years at places like Otis College of Art and Design, CalArts, UCLA Extension, The Society for Illustrators, The School of Visual Arts in NYC, and more. I’m presently a freelance writer and comics editor.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you around the store.

Yours in comics,

Jim Higgins