“Gods & Monsters,” a one-of-a-kind, high-end comics and collectibles store, is coming to Artegon Marketplace Orlando when the destination opens Nov. 20, 2014 after having signed a five-year lease.
“Gods & Monsters will change the perception of what a comic and toy store can be,” said co-founders Todd Fisher and Anna Young. “Forget boring racks of worn out back issues and the same old action figures gathering dust in shoddy displays. We’re doing something different.”
The 18,898-square-foot store will feature new and rare releases, import items, and vintage collectibles, as well as decor created by scenic effects artists who have worked on Central Florida’s world-famous theme parks and attractions. In a sense, you’ll step into another world much like a reader does when reading a comic book.
Other highlights include:
- The Transmetropolitan Gallery
- A pop-culture, fine art gallery showcasing a constantly revolving selection of comic and media-themed art that includes sculpture, paintings, custom toys and original comic art from local, national and international artists.
- The Offworld L.O.U.N.G.E.
- A sci-fi gaming lounge very much inspired by the movie “Blade Runner,” where guests can enjoy flavored iced coffees, artisan sodas and themed snacks while facing off in a round of “Cards Against Humanity” or going at it in “Super Smash Bros” as they chow down on udon noodle cups at the White Dragon Noodle Bar.
- An Interactive App
- Hidden content can be uncovered throughout the store and beyond via the interactive app accessible on mobile devices (to be released during phase II).
In addition, the store will host special events such as creator signings, movie premieres and conventions where fans can meet their favorite writers, artists and stars.
“Much the same way Artegon Marketplace Orlando is equal parts attraction and shopping, Gods & Monsters is more than a shop,” said Steven Sless, executive vice president for Paragon Outlet Partners, LLC, the developer of Artegon Marketplace Orlando. “This is a perfect fit for the immersive, interactive experience we are creating here.”
Co-founders Todd Fisher and Anna Young have been in the comic and toy retail business for nearly 40 combined years. Multiple winners of “Best of Orlando” awards, the two have operated some of the region’s finest and best loved stores and galleries including Acme Superstore in Longwood, A Comic Shop in Winter Park, Tekno Comix in Altamonte Springs, and Park Avenue Fine Art and Russell-Alexander Fine Art in Winter Park.
Fisher and Young have established an Indiegogo campaign with a goal of $40,000 that you can contribute at the following link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-bring-gods-monsters-to-life. If it achieves its stretch goals, Gods & Monsters will donate 20 percent of the excess funds raised to The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, the country’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. The campaign closes Oct. 12 at 11:59 p.m.
Artegon Marketplace Orlando is a 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction scheduled to open on Nov. 20 — a week before Black Friday — in the heart of Orlando’s tourism district on International Drive. Developed by Paragon Outlet Partners LLC, it features Florida’s largest daily indoor artisan marketplace anchored by dining and retail brands including “Ron Jon Surf Shop” and “Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill.” The site formerly housed the Festival Bay Mall.
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