Mar 272013



Intro by Marco Beltran

Meltdown Comics, to put it bluntly, is fucking awesome. I’m sorry for using the f-word in the description to this place, because it doesn’t lend itself much to the imagination but I felt that any set of words that my 25-year-old brain came up with did not do the place justice. I tried. Honestly, I did. I had this whole thing about how walking into the store was like walking into a dreamscape, and that it was like how the child version of me imagined my room would look like when I grew up, but how would this help someone who’d never been there or never heard of this place? The store also changes a lot. I could tell you about the big “Big Boy” statues or the area dedicated Star Wars stuff, but then I’d sound like a liar and jerk if you, dear reader, read this and decided to make a trip and these things were not there!

The truth about Meltdown Comics, as you’ll hear straight from the owner/co-founder Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, is that it’s the closest thing a building can come to being alive. It has a soul. It’s changing, adapting to the tastes of the staff and clientele, and serving as the epicenter for the LA comedic and creative scene. Several podcasts are recorded here: HarmontownMutant SeasonIndoor KidsYou Made it Weird, to name a few. You can take comic book writing, illustrating, formatting, classes taught by industry professionals. It’s a hub for nerdom, nerd culture, and nerd-centric programming. It should be the first place you visit when you make trip out to Hollywood.

Hopefully by the end of this feature you’re as inspired as we were, or at least feel validated in your pursuit of doing what makes you happy. That’s why we’re all here, right? To find happiness?

Jun 152012

It’s a crazy world, and crazy times, and YOU need to express how you feel!  That’s why you should be learning how to do your own comics.  In the Creating Comics class, former DC Comics editor and long-time comics teacher Jim Higgins gives you all the key information you need to make comics a career or to become an independent self-publisher whose comics get out into the world.  Jim taught at The School of Visual Arts Cartooning program in NYC, and presently teaches in CalArts’ prestigious Character Animation program and at the rigorous Otis College of Art and Design.

The class is open to writers, who learn story structure and how to write a comic book script, and to writer/artists, who learn about story and how to tell it visually in comics form.  The writers benefit from seeing the artists create a comic step by step in front of them and the artists benefit from having very story-focused feedback from the writers.

The writers will complete a script for a short comics story and artists will write and draw their own 10-page minicomic.  And then they will go forth and make comics at will!

WHAT TO KNOW: The class is $25 a session and will be meeting for 14 Wednesdays, like a semester of college but much cheaper and way more fun.  It starts on June 27th at 7pm.

WHAT TO DO:  For more information and to sign up, go to the link below.  And that’s it!  What are you waiting for?


Feb 142012

Anyone signed up or interested, please come on down.  Instructor Chris Northrop will be there ready to go!

Satine’s @DrawMelt class is cancelled for tonight so she can enjoy Valentine’s Day but returns next week.