Meltdown Comics, one of the most well-known comic book stores in the United States, will close for good on April 1 after 25 years in business, the Los Angeles store has announced.
Meltdown founder Gaston Dominguez-Letelier wrote a letter on the shop's closing, which was published Wednesday by Nerdist. No specific reason is disclosed for the decision, with Dominguez-Letelier instead reflecting with appreciation on Meltdown's run. "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."
Located prominently on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, Meltdown frequently hosted high-profile signings and events. Along with comic books, the store sold toys and apparel, and hosted pop-up stores from brands such as So So Happy.
Beyond its status as a comic book store, Meltdown also included a performance venue, used primarily for comedy, called the NerdMelt Showroom. Standup sets filmed at the NerdMelt Showroom were aired from 2014 to 2016 on Comedy Central's The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, hosted by current Mystery Science Theater 3000 star Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, who along with Emily V. Gordon was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for 2017's The Big Sick. Along with the store, the NerdMelt Showroom is also closing.
Meltdown has already announced a 50 percent off everything liquidation sale via social media. Nearby store MegaCity One extended a "warm welcome" to former Meltdown customers on Twitter, with the endorsement of Meltdown.