Nov 202016
 

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Van Saro is a gallery exhibiting street artist using classical painting skills to expose the corruption and hypocrisy of modern society. His latest exhibition, Concrete Jungle, is a metaphor for the struggles of American immigrants. If you’ve lost sight of the American Dream, this episode of Pod Sequentialism with Matt Kennedy might inspire you to pick up a can of spray paint and make a statement.

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Guest: Van Saro

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Jul 152015
 

Psyched up after being at Comic-Con and need a place to put all that comics-positive energy?  Didn’t get to go and are feeling out of the comics loop?  Either way, get your post-Comic-Con groove on by taking one or both of the Meltdown University classes starting THIS SATURDAY.

In the Creating Comics class, writers learn how to write a comics script and how to find and work with an artist. Artists who take the class learn how to write, layout, and draw an eight to ten-page minicomic.  Everyone learns about visual storytelling and how to sell and market their work in the comics world.

The Art of Inking is a class where you’ll get the skills you need to ink over the pencils done either by you or someone else, using various different tools and methods to create a solid-looking finished product.  You’ll learn about the variety of different disposable pens, about working with brushes, about inking with different dip pen nibs, and more.

I’ve had 17 years of experience teaching comics classes in some of the top art schools around, like The School of Visual Arts, CalArts, Otis College of Art and others.  I was an Editor at DC Comics for six year and have published some indie comics anthologies under my own imprint, New Suit.

Don’t forget the next Melt-thology Comics Jam is on Tuesday, July 21 at 7pm and the ZineMelt mini-zine fest is on July 25 from 11am to 5pm outside the back door of the store.

There’s still time to join so click the link for more info and to sign up!

http://meltdownu.wix.com/new-melt-u-page

Jim Higgins

Program Director

Meltdown University

Apr 142013
 

artistinvitedrwho2013Allons-y, Friends of Meltdown Comics!

We proudly invite you to exhibit your work in the “Doctor Who”-inspired art show at Meltdown Gallery — which will run November 1 – 23, 2013, in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the seminal British sci-fi series.

The “Doctor Who”-inspired art show will be a fun event those who have had artwork displayed at Meltdown and for first-timers. We’re planning loads of “sugar on top” perks to make this event a memorable one. One of those “fantastic” perks is Meltdown Gallery’s association with Nerdist Industries. We will be work to get the maximum amount of exposure possible for the art show through Nerdist Industries’ different platforms.

So, mark these dates on your calendar:
-The show’s opening night party is scheduled for Friday, November 1st, 2013
-The closing night party will be scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 — which also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the 1st episode of “Doctor Who”!

Artwork exhibited can be in any style and/or medium, and must be turned into Meltdown Comics by Friday, October 25th, 2013 to be eligible for participation. If you’re interested in taking part of this exhibit, please send an email ASAP to LETSMAKESOMETHINGUP@GMAIL.COM along with your contact information and a link or JPEG samples of your work.

*ARTIST WILL BE INFORMED OF PARTICIPATION VIA EMAIL. 
*YOU HAVE TILL 4/20 TO ENTER, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL GO AWAY SATURDAY, APRIL 20th FOR ANOTHER MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PARTICIPATING ARTIST. 
!!!SEND YOUR SUBMISSION NOW!!!

About MELTDOWN COMICS:
Meltdown Comics — located on 7522 W. Sunset Blvd., in the heart of Hollywood, California — opened its doors in 1993 and has since become one the most respected comic book stores in the world. Taking a sophisticated approach to merchandise and operations, the 14,000 sq ft giant has garnered a reputation for facilitating successful gallery openings, and hosting award winning live comedy shows and podcast events in The Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics. The shop is a must-see pop culture destination for anyone visiting Los Angeles.

Selected Awards and Recognitions:
-“Best of LA” by LA WEEKLY several years running
-“Best of LA” by LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE several years running
-“One of The 10 Stores You Need To Visit In The USA” by PLAYBOY MAGAZINE
-Several comic book industry awards that are too numerous to mention
-Our very own episode of “The Simpsons” entitled “Husbands and Knives” (Season 19, Episode 7) where a cool shop based on Meltdown Comics becomes Bart and Lisa’s favorite hangout spot

Curator’s Notes:|
-Pricing will be discussed once contact is made between gallery and artist.
-To and from shipping of artwork will be paid by the artist (shipping address: Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046).
-Local artist are asked to drop off and pick up art at Meltdown Comics (7522 Sunset Blvd., between Gardner and Sierra Bonita, Los Angeles, CA 90046).

Mar 272013
 

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MELTDOWN

MEET THE MASTERMINDS BEHIND LA’S NERD EMPIRE
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?

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Oct 262012
 

 

ROOKIE day in LA with Tavi Gevinson.


Come down for: Workshops • Readings • Signings • Conversations

Saturday, November 10, 2-5 PM at Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown 

In partnership with L.A. Zine Fest, Meltdown Comics & Drawn and Quarterly.

(Live cast worldwide via Stickam)