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Feb 022014
 

Via: Spelunk.in
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Meltdown Comics in Hollywood made history today by being the first comic book store to accept Bitcoin. While some comics are sold online for bitcoin, no brick and mortar stores currently support it. General Manager Francisco Dominguez and his staff were giddy with excitement to conduct their first transaction.

I used Blockchain on my iphone to buy Daniel Clowes’s Death Ray book. Francisco rang up the order on a tablet using BitPay. It was a smooth transaction, and a bit later I bought some stuff from his employee, who was super psyched to take a bitcoin order. I got a Black Business Protection Lucky Cat vinyl figure, Adventure Time Mathematical Vol 3, and some strawberry Yan Yan. That also went seamlessly.

Los Angeles doesn’t have many places that take bitcoin, and Meltdown reaches a pretty broad audience. Most of the places here are service based (car insurance, plastic surgery, dentistry), while Meltdown has an irresistible product selection spanning books, games, toys, and even Japanese snacks. It’s a pop culture mecca, and people from all over come by to visit the fantastic artwork housed within.

Spelunk.in: For readers who haven’t visited Meltdown before, tell us a bit about the store.
Francisco: Meltdown opened in 1993 and has since become one of the most respected comic book stores in the world and a mecca for all things comic book, comedy, podcasting, product mix as well as a reputation for hosting successful events in their Gallery and NerdMelt Showroom. We are a must-see pop culture destination in LA. Please stop by, we accept BitCoin.

Spelunk.in: Why did Bitcoin draw your interest?
Francisco: I started to hear about Bitcoins a couple years back, just little chatter here and there. I followed it around for a bit until I met with Pinguino Kolb (long time customer/friend) who answered some of the questions I had, which are the standard for anyone running a business. Is it legit? How does it work? etc.

We at Meltdown like technology and like to move with it when possible. The thought of some magical money that’s not being spent and that I can accept to sell product was mindblowing. So it was a no brainer that i had to jump on this new currency.

Spelunk.in: What impact do you see Bitcoin having on the comic book community?
Francisco: Hopefully some, any would help at this moment. Brick and Mortar / Mom and Pop shops are closing as digital takes over paper print. Hopefully this new way of bringing revenue in to a business will help keep them/us alive.

Spelunk.in: What incentives do Bitcoin users have to spend at Meltdown?
Francisco: We’ll be the only comic book shop accepting Bitcoin. Down the line Bitcoin customers will start receiving special discounts, offers, swag, online shop, events, and more.

Spelunk.in: Would bitcoin be a good fit for artists looking into micropayments?
Francisco: Definitely a good fit for artist, hopefully with our structure they will pick up on it and generate more Bitcoin users.

Spelunk.in: Are you worried about risk attached to volatility of the currency?
Francisco: I just hope it keeps going up, cha ching@!

Francisco had been keeping an eye on Bitcoin for several months, gaining more confidence in the currency. At the start of the new year, I got a message saying “Bitcoin? Let’s do this.” He trained his staff on the merchant platform, and readied himself to field questions from customers. The first one was about how he determined how much a bitcoin was worth. Luckily, BitPay has a page that answers that (it’s calculated from the various exchanges in US/Europe). As Francisco studied Bitcoin, his passion for it grew. He currently plans to keep some bitcoin from sales, and not convert everything to fiat.

Meltdown is a great addition to the Los Angeles Bitcoin community. Their passion and excitement for the currency is infectious.

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.851.7223
Open everyday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
New Comics Wednesday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
http://www.meltcomics.com/

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 Posted by at 3:03 pm
Oct 222013
 

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EXHIBITION: The Doctor Is In: A Tribute to The Show
LOCATION: Meltdown Gallery, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
ON VIEW: November 1, 2013 – November 23, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 7pm

Hollywood, CA – Meltdown Comics, Inc. presents:
The Doctor Is In: A Tribute to The Show.

This interdisciplinary exhibition will bring together work by a group of [mostly] of over 100 local artists and followers to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the sci-fi cult classic. From angels who weep to Dalek plungers and whisks, the art about our favorite madman with a box police box will be nothing to shake a sonic screwdriver at.

Curator FD has assembled artists whose work for the shows includes animation, graphic design, illustration, graffiti, comics, painting, installation and performance. Each artwork presented was chosen based on the artist’s vision and how their work portrays a distinct Los Angeles interpretation of the monolithic British franchise.

The opening reception for The Doctor Is In: A Tribute to The Show will take place on Friday, November 1st at 7:00 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

Hours: Meltdown Gallery/NerdMelt Showroom is open during Meltdown Comics store hours –
Thursday thru Tuesday 11am-9pm, Wednesday 10am-10pm
Admission:
Free and open to the public

Press & Show information/Contact:
Francisco Dominguez francisco@meltcomics.com or Meg Meg.PR@meltcomics.com
Resident Whovian: Benjamin Dunn bcdunn@gmail.com

Participating Artist:

Abbybelle Daniel Spellman John Devilman Messy Pink
Adam Murray Deanna Rooney John Mathot Michael Thomas Grant
Adam Rosette Dik Pose Jon Schnepp Michael White
Aimee Steinberger Doc43 Rueda Jonathan Woods Mike Pflaumer
Aldrin Cornejo Donna Letterese Jordan Mizell Monstark
Aliki Grafft e.D. Xu Josh Karp Nate
Amy Smith Ellie Kushner Josh Prieto Nathan Chesshir
Amy Watson Emily Barr Joshua Pruett Pierre Bernard Jr.
Aun-Juli Riddle Eren Unten Justin Bloomer Pinguino Kolb
Ben Collison Erin Pearce Justin Ridge Rebecca Lord
Bernyce Talley FriedGoldenMonkey Kali Fontecchio Roger Kuhns
Billy the Kiddo Galo MAKE Canote Kate Ward Sarah E. Kushner
Bill Rude Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca Katherine Waddell Satine Phoenix
Black_eM Heather Carlton Kelly McKernan Sergio D. Robleto
Brandon Bird Holly Knevelbaard Kelly Singpo Sherwin Viray / heydanger
Brian Fyffe Holly Payne Kenny Keil Simon Sotelo
Caroline Louis J.Q. Hammer Kevin Sukho Lee Stephen Kramer Glickman
Cassie Soliday Jack Rossi Laura Knight Susan Mandel
Chelsea Kenna Jared Konopitski Lauren Andrews TAHK0
Christopher Bennett Jean Kang Liane Ricci Tiki Jay One
Christopher Graybill Jeff Rebner Lincoln Kamm Tomi Monstre
Cleia Barreto Jeremy Wojchihosky Lissa Treiman Tristan Child
Daisy Church Jim Koch Maggie Rossetti Valerie Petrarca
Damon O’keefe John Abarca Maha Tabikh Yesenia Prieto
Dana Lechtenberg Javier PB Mandar Zoë Moss

 

About the Gallery:
Meltdown Gallery on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. Meltdown Gallery is located within Meltdown Comics, one of the most respected comic book stores in the world. Meltdown Comics/Meltdown Gallery is a key component in the cultural sphere of Los Angeles. Meltdown Gallery exhibits local and international established and emerging artists working in the mediums of graphic novel/comic art, designer toys, graffiti/aerosol painting, photography, illustration, and digital artwork.

About Meltdown Comics:
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 its 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…

About NerdMelt:
You won’t find a marquee for the NerdMelt Showroom on Sunset Boulevard, or any signage, for that matter. When you walk in to the verifiable comic book Mecca that is Meltdown Comics and head to the back, a Nerdist logo greets your entrance to one of the most unique performance paces in Los Angeles. It isn’t your typical showroom with plush chairs, dark walls and a far off green room marking the divide between performer and audience. This is NerdMelt Showroom. If NerdMelt’s vitality is partially drawn from its unique aesthetics and surroundings, perhaps the rest is thanks to the community that has found itself drawn to the vision of Chris Hardwick of bringing the best, most unique, nerd-centric entertainment to you. It’s a place for Dan Harmon to hold court among a hundred or so adoring fans. It’s a place to see your favorite podcasts recorded live, in the flesh. It’s a place to spend your Sunday afternoons listening to Ben Blacker host the best television writers in the industry discussing their craft. It’s a place where every Wednesday night any standup comedian you’ve ever wished to see could be at The Meltdown with Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, from Louis C.K. to Jim Gaffigan to Robin Williams. It’s The Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics and it’s the D.I.Y. beating heart of Los Angeles’s comedy

TheDoctorIsIn2013 Click to view show poster.
Poster and flyer art by
Dana Lechtenberg

Follow us:
The Doctor Is In Twitter/Instagram official hashtag #TheDoctorIsIn2013
Meltdown Comics Twitter/Instagram – @MeltdownComics
NerdMelt Twitter/Instagram – @NerdMelt

 Posted by at 3:46 pm
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).

 Posted by at 7:32 pm
Apr 042013
 

WHEN: FRIDAY April 5th 7pm-10pm

Meltdown Comics and Satine Phoenix Bring you a Gallery opening of EPIC Proportions!

This Friday Feast your eyes on Artwork from over 20 artists whose talents focus on the Fantastical, Medieval, Ancient and Mythical. Inspired by Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Skyrim, Dungeons and Dragons, Elves, Dwarves, Warriors, Princesses, etc.

7pm – 8pm – Drawing Corner: 1 hour Life Drawing session with Model Liz Katz Cosplaying “Time of the Faeries

Throughout the evening we will be entertained by Labyrinth Masquerade performers.

GYGAX MAGAZINE will be there too!

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Enjoy Free drinks & Light Refreshments

 

 Posted by at 12:48 pm