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08/14/2006: "Rik Maki @ Meltdown"

Sketches & Signs- Sept. 16th
Exhibit- Sept. 16th - 27th

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MELTDOWN COMICS presents – SCRIBBLIN’ AWAY WITH RIK MAKI – a book signing, demonstration, and sale of drawings by one of the most prolific and influential artists working in feature animated films today.
Originally from Vancouver Canada, RIK MAKI began his career as a freelance cartoonist and advertising illustrator, working for the National Film Board of Canada before coming to America in 1978. He has spent the past 16 years designing characters for such contemporary animated classics as THE LION KING, ATLANTIS, A BUGS LIFE , HERCULES, TARZAN, TREASURE PLANET, and FINDING NEMO. A self-described "blue collar artist" Maki is addicted to the honesty of quick sketches. He draws anything from animals to aliens and on anything from used mail envelopes to discarded cardboard, and has even produced an entire series sketched on placemats and napkins from his favorite Studio City restaurant. His work has been collected and published in two sketchbooks – “Scribblin’ Away at Mike’s Café” and “Scribblin’ on Scrap” along with the original artwork will be on display and available at Meltdown Comics.
"Many of these sketches are beautifully detailed. Clearly, here is an enormous talent who can create on the spur of the moment, be it aliens or funny characters, men or women." –Bud Plant.

Rik Maki will be in attendance on Saturday SEPTEMBER 16TH from 7-10pm at Meltdown Comics at 7522 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90046 scribblin’ away at his desk made visible through a digital camera feed that allows guests to take a peek at him sketching live.

“Quick sketches have an immediacy and a life in their first impression that you don't get with a drawing that's been tickled to death” , says Maki, “I just like the honesty and imperfections of the quick sketch. ”

SCRIBBLIN’ AWAY WITH RIK MAKI on Saturday, SEPTEMBER 16th from 7:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m. is free and open to the public, and Meltdown is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Exhibit and Sale runs from SEPTEMBER 16TH- 27TH at Meltdown Comics 7522 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90046 with the artist in attendance on September 16th. For more information call (323) 851-7223 or visit

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ABOUT THE ARTIST - Veteran Disney Character Designer RIK MAKI is better known by his industry peers as Mr. Old School, having contributed countless character designs drawn very quickly in pencil for such noted contemporary classics as THE LION KING, HERCULES, A BUG’S LIFE, FINDING NEMO and TREASURE PLANET. One of the most prolific quick sketch artists in the animation industry today, Rik Maki’s creative imagination combined with skill and dedication to the art form of drawing has earned him over a dozen feature film credits and the enduring admiration of his colleagues.

MELTDOWN COMICS is the largest comic book store on the west coast spanning over 9,000 square feet. Their web site at represents a large on-line selection of books, movies, toys and t-shirts. The store itself is located in the heart of Hollywood and as part of an ongoing effort to support the comic arts community Meltdown Comics holds regular book signings and art shows to showcase the personal works of leading artists in this field.