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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

MELTDOWN collected!

Readers of this site will probably remember how I ranted last year about the cool comic MELTDOWN and how much I liked it. Well, if you didn't try it then, here's your chance! I recently received the following email from writer David B. Schwartz:

Hi, Bill!
Thanks again for the great review you gave to our comic MELTDOWN on the website!
I just wanted to give you a quick heads up about our latest MELTDOWN news. A press release is below, but I'd be happy to offer up whatever additional info you might like. Needless to say, we're really excited about the book.
Also attached are two pieces of artwork for your viewing pleasure: our cover art (by the incredible Chris Bachalo), and one of the cool pin-ups we've got in the TPB (this one's by Micah Gunnell).
Thanks again for all of your support!

Critically Acclaimed Series Collected in Jam-Packed TPB
Just a year ago, very few readers had ever heard of David B. Schwartz, Sean Wang, or their comic book MELTDOWN. Of course, that was before their Image Comics miniseries began garnering some of the strongest reviews for a debut comic in years. Now, due to the overwhelming fan reaction for MELTDOWN, the boys are back at work putting together a jam-packed trade paperback edition.

“We’ve got the full 96 pages of story that were in issues one and two,” says Schwartz, “but there’s gonna be a lot more than that. We’re really thinking of this like an ultimate edition DVD release, and packing it with tons of great bonus features.”

“I’m opening my entire sketchbook,” said Wang. “You’ll get to see all of the design work I did when creating the look of these characters, and I talk you through the whole process.”

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The senses-shattering collection will also feature:

- “The Making of Chris Bachalo’s Cover," a rare look inside the creative process of one of comics’ top artists, where you’ll get to see his thumbnails, pencils and inks.
- A foreword by superstar writer Robert Kirkman, creator of THE WALKING DEAD and INVINCIBLE.
- The original series pitch
- Pin-ups by other great artists, giving their interpretations of the MELTDOWN characters
- Deleted scenes, alternate endings, and more…
- Plus much, much more cool and exciting behind the scenes material!

MELTDOWN tells the story of a reluctant superhero whose fire-based powers are killing him by melting him down from within. With only 7 days left to live, he must put his life in order, and make amends for all of his regrets. The script is by David B. Schwartz, artwork is by Sean Wang (creator of RUNNERS), colors by Guru-eFX, and incredible covers by both Bachalo (issue 1) and Greg Horn (issue 2).

"MELTDOWN: The Definitive Collection" trade paperback, a 152-page full-color comic, ships JULY 5...

Sounds great, David! Looks like I'll be picking this up just for the extras! Veddy cool!

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At 5/31/2007 9:13 PM, Blogger stymieresh said...

Hey Bill, that does sound pretty darn cool. How did I miss that the first time you raved about it? How much does this collection cost?

BTW, side comment here: just read "Pride of Baghdad." EXCELLENT graphic novel. Truly original storytelling, have you read it?

At 5/31/2007 11:19 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Apparently it's $15.95... well worth it in my humble opinion.

PRIDE OF BAGHDAD was very excellent. I assume you're reading writer Brian K. Vaughn's EX MACHINA, right? Always in my Personal Top Ten every month...

At 5/31/2007 11:20 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

The Flare is dying. His own super-powers are eating him alive, melting him down from within. During his final days, The Flare must struggle with his volatile life and the questionable decisions he's made along the way, hoping to find redemption before time runs out. See the final moments that prove what a hero can -- and should -- be, in the stunning mini-series that took the comic industry by storm. One of the year's MOST CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED series is finally collected in this ULTIMATE trade paperback edition, JAM-PACKED with NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN BONUS MATERIALS, including: a foreword by ROBERT KIRKMAN, all-star artist PIN-UPS, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of CHRIS BACHALO's cover art, CREATOR'S COMMENTARY, DELETED SCENES, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, CHARACTER DESIGNS, and more!

At 6/01/2007 9:09 PM, Blogger jason said...

Who does the interior art, this guy Sean Wang?


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