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: http://idgafos.com

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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.  SerialKillerShop.com 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: http://serialkillershop.com

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 http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/google-shows-off-self-driving-car/2014/10/27/a72f77ca-5961-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html), automated home security systems (see http://www.securitychoice.com/adt-home-security/Alabama/), or wars fought entirely by remote controlled drone (see http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/12/the-drone-wars/308304/).
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 »

Oct 272009

Thurs 10/29: Clive Barker, Ray Zone and Chris Monfette


Meet Horror Baron Clive Barker, King of 3-D Comics Ray Zone
and Writer Chris MonfetteThursday, October 29th, 6pm
Meltdown Comics/Sunset Blvd.


Tyrese Gibson releases MAYHEM!

 Posted by on August 9, 2009
Aug 092009

August 5th, 2009
Los Angeles, CA

mayhem_posterTyrese Gibson releases MAYHEM! #1 with a huge signing and mini concert.

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Jun 112009
The fine folks form THEONERING.NET got a chance to talk with Tyrese Gibson from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, about MAYHEM! Tyrese gives us a sneak peek at his new comic book debuting August 5, 2009

Pre-order the comic at Meltdown Comics http://www.meltcomics.com 323.851.7223 or at http://www.buymayhem.com
And hey Cliff ‘Quickbeam’ Broadway and your gang Meltdown Comics thanks you for the coverage of Guillermo Del Toro the Strain Book release and this latest episode!