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Alex Ross at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood March 17th

Official Press Release

THE SUNSET STRIP – Comics, booze and cheesy nips for all will be

offered up to the tribe at Meltdown Comics' inaugural Speakeasy on the

Sunset Strip, a chance to party just before Wizard World LA.

It all goes down March 17, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. at Meltdown Comics &

Collectibles, 7522 Sunset Blvd. Special guest Alex Ross will be on

hand to chat with folks and sign books.

Of course it's free. Just show up.

Ross' photorealistic style first garnered international praise through

his stunning 1993 graphic novel Marvels, which told the story of the

emergence of superheroes through the eyes of an everyman newspaper

reporter. Since then, Ross' fully-painted creations have appeared

throughout the realms of publishing and entertainment. His work has

served as template for M. Night Shymalan's Unbreakable, and in 2002

the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences commissioned him to

create a unique image for that year's Oscar activities. To date, Ross

has raised more than $300,000 for charities including the Twin Towers

Fund, UNICEF and the Make-a-Wish Foundation through auctions of

painted artwork from his graphic novels.

What: Alex Ross Visits Speakeasy on the Sunset Strip

When: March 17, 2005

Where: Meltdown Gallery, 7522 Sunset Blvd., inside Meltdown Comics &

Collectibles.

Cost: Free

Information: 323.851.7223.

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