May 252016

Write Up 5/25/16

A thousand hello’s Melters! I hope you all are doing as amazing as we feel! As you are probably aware, we are inching ever closer to the weekend and its not just any weekend, its Memorial Weekend! Lets get over this hump of a slow ass week by going over some very interesting developments in our world shall we? Ok lets get down to business.


I know that we are just barely getting into summer and, you probably don’t want to think of anything past July right now but this is really cool news and I felt you all should know as soon as I saw this. I am a huge fan of horror movies, just can’t get enough of them. We all know that one of the pioneering movies in the Slasher film genre is John Carpenter’s Halloween. After the initial success of the first two movies Carpenter left the franchise and the sequels were largely hit or miss depending on who you ask (I personally love Rob Zombie’s Remake) due to his absence. This will all change because it was announced that Carpenter is returning to the franchise he made famous as he will be producing the next Halloween installment. Stay tuned for further details.


Now this is big news, probably should have started with this. Disney continues their domination of everything that has ever been invented with a recent business deal that is leaving a lot of movie distributors upset. Disney has just announced that their entire library will be available on Netflix. That means every Disney movie, plus Marvel, PLUS STAR WARS. Thats quite the library! This will have huge effects on the film distribution industry, and I am very interested to see where this goes next.


Another case of will he or won’t he? So its pretty much a fact that Tom Holland killed it as the new Spider Man in Civil War. He is hands down the best Spider Man we have seen yet and I for one am extremely excited for his standalone film, Spider-Man: Homecoming. It has been reported in the news that Marvel has been courting Michael Keaton to play the role of the main villain. While it hasn’t been announced what Spidey Bad Guy he will portray a lot of fans speculate it may be the Vulture. Be that as it may, Keaton has not officially signed on to the film. One week he’s in, one week he’s out and as of this week he’s back on board. While its not official yet I would love to see Keaton go up against the web slinger. Bringing Keaton’s super hero journey full circle from Hero, to retired hero, to villain.


Now onto wrestling news. Any wrestling fans that were watching Extreme Rules Sunday we got a pleasant return in the form of Seth Rollins who has been out for nearly half a year with a torn leg muscle. He returned after the main event to attack Roman Reigns stating his intention of challenging for the WWE Heavyweight Championship in a few weeks in Vegas at Money In The Bank. Should be an amazing match between the two former Shield Members to say the least!

Heads Up! By Jamie Iovine (@jamie_iovine)

 Posted by on February 10, 2016
Feb 102016

Good evening fellow Melters!  While it is usually my job to keep you guys updated on things that are going on in the store, new releases, etc, there have been a lot of interesting story developments in our favorite mediums these past few days.  Here are some interesting pieces of news and stuff that plain old just interests me that you, the people, should be aware of.

Once again, I must reiterate, I am NOT a sports fan.  If its not sports entertainment (wrestling) I’m usually not interested.  While I am not into sports whatsoever I do respect athleticism and superhuman feats of strength, so whenever I see something that makes me go “oh wow” then I feel it is my duty to share it with my readers.  So in a women’s gym meet UCLA faced off against Utah.  During this meet UCLA gymnast Sophina DeJesus did a routine that simply must be seen to believed.  I really wish I could put it into words, but it involves a lot of Nae Naes and Dabbing.  See for yourself the awesomeness.


It was announced today that Disney has started principal photography for Star Wars Episode 8!  We are still reeling form the geek porn that was Star Wars The Force Awakens, and it seems that Disney will not let up on giving us more tales from A Galaxy Far Far Away.  Thats not all, Disney CEO Bob Iger also announced the planned release date for a stand alone Han Solo movie!  The Han Solo origin movie will be released May 2018.  We are getting Star Wars Rogue One next year as well so we have plenty of Sci Fi goodness to look forward to.


Some of you may or may not be aware that Sega has partnered with Sony Pictures and production has started on a Sonic The Hedgehog movie.  While we don’t know much about the movie as of yet, it was revealed today that the movie will be a Live Action/CGI hybrid, much akin to the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies.  This method has not been done perfectly yet (see the Smurfs and/or Chipmunks movies) but I am willing to give Sony the benefit of the doubt and wait until we see some footage to pass my judgement on this.  Sega’s track record hasn’t been all that great to the Blue Blur recently which further leads me to worry since Sega is developing the all the CGI for the movie.  While we all know and love Sonic’s original Sega Genesis titles the most recent outings by the Sonic Team have been pretty much garbage.  Will this be a faster version of the Garfield movies?  We shall see.


I am a huge fan of old school horror movies.  I literally could watch any of the original Universal Horror Monster films any time of the week front to back.  These movies changed how horror was done and made characters such as Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster as famous as Elvis or Mickey Mouse.  Universal has announced plans to reboot a lot of their Horror Monster properties and one of said properties in development is the Invisible Man.  This is definitely one of my favorite movies due to the fact so much went into the character devolpment of the Invisible Man that we didn’t get with most monsters in cinema.  A character actor was definitely needed for the role and I don’t think they could have picked a better actor for that role than Johnny Depp.  Yes Johnny Depp himself will be playing the Invisible Man in the upcoming reboot.  I love this casting choice and can’t wait to see more from this project.

So some genius took Mario Kart, and Star Wars and gave us this masterpiece.  It’s not a real game and more than likely never will be, but its always fun to play “what if?”  Check it out for yourself.

Heads Up By Jamie Iovine (@jamie_iovine)

 Posted by on February 3, 2016
Feb 032016

Good evening Melters!  It was another beautiful day at Meltdown comics.  There are a few things this week that I want to share with you, the unwashed masses.  So without further ado, here are a few things that should be on your radar this week in the world as we know it.


Growing up I really can’t think of anyone else who was as big of a Power Rangers fan as I was.  There was nothing I enjoyed more than waking up every Saturday and seeing what my favorite “teenagers with attitude” were up to every week.  When I found out that Saban was rebooting the franchise with a blockbuster movie coming up I was ecstatic!  Power Rangers redone with a serious tone and no camp?  This I have to see!  They have already casted the original 5 Rangers, mostly unknowns, but there was a casting reveal this week that really got me pumped for this movie.  The incredibly talented Elizabeth Banks has been cast as the main villain, Rita Repulsa!  While I didn’t have the first clue who could possibly play this iconic role but the choice is PERFECT.  I truly believe she will nail this.  I truly can’t wait for this movie to come out.

I’ve always been a fan of actor, Anton Yelchin.  From his indy flicks to his role in Star Trek I always saw big things in store for this kid, and it seems his upcoming film will back this up.  I am also a huge fan of Patrick Stewart and the fact he’s a main antagonist in the film only makes me want to see it more.  Check out the trailer, judge for yourself.


Now if music is your thing I have something just for you, you audiophiles.  DJ, producer and just ridiculous person in general, Dillon Francis, has recently released a look book online that you can check out that shows off his new lifestyle brand called, IDGAFOS that is currently available on his online store.  If you’ve ever heard Dillon’s music or been to one of his shows, you know that he is not like any other of these performers out right now.  He has his own brand, multiple personalities, and a love for all things absurd.  IDGAFOS is a movement spearheaded by Dillon (which is an acronym for “I Don’t Give A Fuck Or Shit”) that embodies his way of living and Dillon’s approach on life.  IDGAFOS means living for yourself, being you, and not worrying about what other’s think and to be positive about who you are and what you represent.  The collection features a series of new graphic t-shirts, bold colored embroidered shirts, and much more modeled by Dillon himself and the lovely model, Emily Kretz.  Check out the store and the look book here:

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Now if you know me, you know I love me a good t shirt.  If you’ve ever come into Meltdown, chances are you won’t see me with the same shirt twice.  I am always on the hunt for a new store that will sell me shirts with ridiculous stuff printed on them and I had to share with you guys my most recent find. is a t shirt store that features all of your favorite cinema murderers.  From Norman Bates, to Leatherface, To Patrick Bateman every major character with a large bodycount can be found on this sight.  Be sure to pick of some Serial Swag here:

Oct 302014

hulkvswolvie.jpgWhat lurks deep beneath the surface of ourselves? What are we capable of, if freed from our society’s restraints? In the case of The Incredible Hulk, it’s unbridled anger and destruction — a desire to see everything reduced to rubble. As we gear up for Halloween, let’s look at the connection between the Marvel character and the fears (and literary tropes) upon which he was based. Writers and thinkers have long pondered the hidden facets of our minds, those dark corners that we find ourselves reluctant to shine a light onto. At the same time, science rushes forward, leaving us to fear the misuse of the steadily rushing advance of technology.


For an example, look no further than Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, an obvious influence on the character of the Hulk. In the novel, a London doctor creates a potion that allows him to entertain his base instincts without fear of ruining his social standing. This potion creates the split personality of Mr. Hyde, an ugly and deformed man with no concern for anything but the needs and desires of himself. He maims and kills without a care until the formula wears off and he becomes himself, forced to cope with the damage he has wrought.




If this sounds familiar, it should. The creation of The Hulk takes not the form of a serum, but the blast of Gamma radiation suffered during good-natured Dr. Bruce Banner’s attempt to save a friend from death during a Bomb test in the desert. This blast, a modern equivalent of a magic potion, frees the personality traits that we fear are inside us just as it does in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Hulk retains some of his humanity of course, and as his rage subsides he reverts to his “good side” once again, left to see the product of his rampages. The use of Gamma radiation is an obvious allusion to post World War II anxieties about the misapplication of science, and growing fear about the role of technology in a global society gone mad. It’s just as relevant today, when you read about all of the uranium mining and nuclear weapons production that occurs today under the radar of international watchdog organizations, and all of the other fascinating (if not unnerving) technological developments in the world, like the creation of cars that can drive themselves (see, automated home security systems (see, or wars fought entirely by remote controlled drone (see
We all have become angry at some point in our lives, of course. Though what we would do if we were unstoppable? Without an understanding or a care about the rules that we’ve made for ourselves? Would we be able to remain good people if given complete freedom to become what we hide? This dualistic nature of humankind and our fear of what we don’t understand is what The Hulk explores, seeing that he remains a popular character today, these questions still keep us awake at night pondering the darkness with us.

Nov 012012

Hi Everyone!

Just in time for Post-Halloween, you can check out our lesson from last week.  It focused on creating MONSTER characters– which meant traditional, scary Halloween types, as well as how to create one’s own monsters by mixing and matching animals and creatures (much the way the animators did when creating the famous Beast from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”).

As usual, scroll down to see what the lesson was, and then peek below to see the monstrously creative work the students did.  Have fun!

                                  OCTOBER LESSONS:                    

­                                   An Introduction to Creating Your Own Monster Characters!                                     .

Monsters can be very scary, but they can also be funny—much like Zombies or Zombie stories, stories about Monsters—or Monsters themselves— can be a comedy OR a drama, and they are often featured in the Horror Genre.  If not Horror and Halloween, Monsters can show up when it is a fantasy story.

What do you think of when you hear the word “Monster?”  What are some differences between different types of Monsters? 

Historically, when movies about monsters first came out, the monsters were often somewhat smaller- vampires, werewolves, and Frankenstein’s monster are not much bigger than humans.  Interestingly, after the Second World War, monsters such as King-Kong and Godzilla became more popular.

Some studies suggest it was a response to war and weapons in the world– think of Godzilla, who is a huge monster that only science and weapons can defeat. Continue reading »