9:56pm PT by Katie Kilkenny
Meltdown Comics to Close Its Doors After 25 Years
After 25 years, one of Los Angeles' most iconic comic book stores is shutting its doors for good.
Meltdown Comics, a comic book store and event and performance venue, will shut down on April 1, the store announced Wednesday in an open letter to Los Angeles.
"No business is easy, least of all one rooted in paper surrounded by brick and mortar, yet against all odds we survived just long enough to host, share and celebrate some of the most creative and imaginative artists in the world," owner and co-founder Gaston Dominguez-Letelier wrote in the letter. "It has been my personal privilege to welcome so many incredibly talented minds through our doors, giving them and their work a home in this great city of ours."
In addition to hosting book signings and author talks, Meltdown Comics' event space, called the NerdMelt Showroom, hosted high-profile comedy performances. From 2010-2016, Comedy Central's stand-up comedy series The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, was filmed entirely within the venue and featured names including Maria Bamford, Jen Kirkman, Steve Agee and Todd Barry. Harmontown, a documentary released in 2014 starring Community writer Dan Harmon, originated as a weekly live show and podcast performed and recorded at Meltdown.
Podcasts including Mutant Season, Indoor Kids and You Made It Weird were also recorded at the venue.
"And what a wonderfully surreal run it’s been," Dominguez-Letelier added in his letter. "We’ve watched every fad, trend and next big thing come and go while customers became celebrities, children blossomed to adults, geeks morphed into moguls, and fanboys scored Oscars."
At the end of his letter, Domingeuz-Letelier urged fans to keep buying, creating and supporting comics. "For one last time, #LetsgoMELTDOWN!" he wrote.
By Wednesday night Meltdown Comics' website featured a black screen urging visitors to join the store's email newsletter and see "what the next 25 years will bring."
Read the full letter at Meltdown's website.