20 Years Later Press Release
In 1993 with little more than some Vertigo comics, a run of “The Crow”, and some Spider-Man t-shirts Meltdown Comics and Collectibles opened it’s doors. The neighbors were afraid to let their children come in and play the Jokers Wild pinball game and the pimps would run their girls in to hide from the cops. Constantly gazing across the street at the not-so-aptly named “Syds” children’s store Gaston Dominguez-Letelier and Ilia Carson-Letelier knew their dream of one day being the largest comic book store on the west coast would one day come day come true.
After 2 moves on the same block (and with the help of Francisco Dominguez and Hisami Dominguez-Letelier) in 2002, that dream materialized. Now the mecca for all things comic book, comedy, podcasting and pop-culture related bits, Meltdown celebrates its 20th anniversary this fall with a blockbuster line-up of events and programs that in the past have garnered such accolades as “Best of LA” LA Weekly, “Best of LA” LA Magazine, “Best Comedy” LA Weekly, “Top 50 things why LA kicks ass?” LA Weekly, “Best Store” Playboy Magazine “top 10 store you must visit before you die” etc…
Get ready for our 20th Anniversary Bash in October of 2013!



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Meltdown Comics opened for business in 1993, right around the time you were getting really tired of hearing White Zombie’s THUNDER KISS ’69.  The store was born out of love, as many direct sales comic book stores are, but it mutated to fit what Hollywood needed; a new joint where you could find what you came in to look for instantly, a place where your friends could meet to throw some dice or turn a card or two, a bright punk rock star in the firmament that spread the good word of artistic ink and collectible vinyl.

At 9000 square feet, Meltdown is the largest pop culture emporium west of the Rockies.  It’s ever-shifting stock holds new discoveries for even the most discerning reader and if you are new to the game the dimmest ember of obsession shall be fanned into a great bonfire here.  Meltdown’s proprietors have seized every opportunity to upgrade service within the store resulting in unparalleled relationships with vendor and consumer alike.  This means that as a customer of Meltdown, you have access to a worldwide network of purveyors of pop and if you don’t see what you want in front of you Meltdown can procure it almost instantaneously.

In 2004 Meltdown reconfigured the operation to expand their 10 yrs. old Gallery Meltdown to 2000 square feet. What was once a large stockroom has been transformed into a nexus of culture in Los Angeles, featuring well-reviewed group shows from prominent visual artists, lectures and workshops from industry professionals and free performances from some of the city’s most talented comedians, DJs and bands.

After 16 years of successful operation, Meltdown has grown into a traveler’s must-see destination and cultural landmark.  Meltdown was named Best Comic Store in L.A. by Los Angeles magazine, the LA WEEKLY, and was honored with the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award last Century. Perhaps most notably, Meltdown Comics was immortalized by becoming a part of the Simpsons universe in the episode “Husbands & Knives” where the store’s design and layout was utilized to show how great a comic book store can be. All that is left for us to do now is find a way to get comics to the International Space Station…and we’re working on it.


Meltdown…the Largest Comic Book Store on the West Coast

HOLLYWOOD — 1993, Meltdown was little more than the hope of two fans who took a risk and used their personal collection of comic books and Spider-Man memorabilia to open their own store.

Now the dream of Gaston Dominguez-Letelier and Ilia Carson-Letelier is one of the most respected comic book stores in the world. A must-see pop culture destination for some and a valuable research spot for others, Meltdown has become a key component in the cultural sphere of Los Angeles.

“When I arrive, the store is stunning. No leftover newspapers soaking up rain leaks. No chewing gum stuck on the sawdust covered floor,” said longtime Meltdown customer Don Murphy, producer of comics-related films such as From Hell and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. “Well-lit, well stocked, friendly. A place I actually want to go to”.

Meltdown has grown from 1,500 to 9,000 square-feet over the years and though it relocated three times, it remained on the same Sunset Boulevard block.

Constant too is its alien mascot, “Mel,” designed by cartoonist Dan Clowes. And of course, each move brought with it even more room for comics, toys, collectibles, clothing for young women and gifts infants and children.

The cosmopolitan approach to the core stock and comic books has earned praise from around the globe. Awards won over the years include a “Best of LA” nod from Los Angeles Magazine, top votes from the Sci-Fi Channel and a Will Eisner “Spirit of Comics” retailer award.

Meltdown has one of the best selections of comic books new and old that I have ever seen,” said Eric Reynolds, spokesman for Fantagraphics Books, one of the industry’s top alternative publishers. “Ilia and Gaston are more than just progressive business people. They’re also tremendous activists for the art form. Their obvious love of the art form is a rarity in the commerce-dominated world of retailing, and cannot be underestimated in an age where we all are desperate to reach out to potential new readers.”

For their part, Ilia and Gaston have continued growing their business, with moves into new realms such as toy design and manufacturing.

“With our success rate as high as it has been, look for total world domination by Meltdown in the future, and of course, an ever increasing selection of the best comics and comic-related merchandise” they said.

Gaston D.-Letelier | CEO Meltdown, Inc. | Tel # 1 323 851 7223 | Instagram | @meltdowncomics | 

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