With the sad closing of the Artegon Marketplace on International Drive, Orlando, many people expressed much anger and sadness, none more than those who find themselves deeply steeped in "geek" culture. For along with the closing of the awesomely unique mall, went the possibility of ever walking into our favorite shop there, "Gods and Monsters". It was a sad day indeed; was being the operative word here.
Not long after the announcement of the marketplace's closing, the owners of "Gods and Monsters" went on Facebook to calm the heartbroken fans, ensuring that it wouldn't be long after that a new location would be found, and the store we all love to hang out in and spend a shitload of money at, would be opening up again. That day is finally arrived, read on:
You followed us through our painful birth, successful growth, and sudden, tragic end at our former location... NOW join us in celebrating a rebirth, in our wonderful new home, at the Orlando Crossings plaza at 5421 International Dr!! Saturday, February 25th, 11am-9:30pm. Free admission and all ages are welcome!
Followed by a concert performance in our atrium with Aurelio Voltaire, beginning at 10:30pm! You can read the biography for this beloved DragonCon favorite here: www.voltaire.net/biography
All ages welcome. $6 cover for the concert, with partial proceeds going to Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. http://cbldf.org/
As before, we'll have comics, trades, toys, statues, collectibles, games, and pop-culture decor available for sale by our familiar crew... We'll have lots of gaming tables set up for you to sit down and enjoy our large selection of demo games... And your favorite bar faces will be on hand giving away free drinks, to all you 21+ Gods & Monsters, while they last!
Coffee Shop of Horrors will be giving away free coffee samples of their top sellers! www.facebook.com/CoffeeShopofHorrors
The Mobile Pokemon Center will be set up with fun snacks and activities for all ages to enjoy! Mobile Pokemon Center--Central Florida
Face-painting by Orlando Face Paint, from 1:30-7:30pm:www.facebook.com/MissMandiIlene
Some of our favorite pop culture art vendors will have booths selling their work, doing live art and selling commissioned pieces!
Guest Artists will include:
Dennis Hansbury, www.facebook.com/dennishansburyart
Bonnie Wong, www.facebook.com/BonnieWongArt
Morgan Wilson, www.facebook.com/LuxNovaStudio
Vaughn Belak, http://vaughnbelak.bigcartel.com/
Justin DeTiki Tanner, www.facebook.com/de.tiki
Edmund Dan's art, Edbot 5000 www.facebook.com/eb5kindustries
Morgan Birch, www.facebook.com/MorganBirchArt
Rangerstop will be here promoting their Con, with power rangers merch for sale: www.facebook.com/Rangerstopcom
Medieval Times will have their Knight of the Realm here for photo ops and prizes 11am-1pm!
Our wonderful Minotaur mascot will be bouncing around for photos! Costumes are encouraged, and staff favorites will be rewarded with prizes!!
Try a demo of Pathfinder, the table top role-playing game! There will be one hour demos, with characters and dice provided, and your play will earn you credit towards your own Pathfinder Society character that you create and bring to games across the world. Games will run from 12pm until around 8pm. To learn more about Pathfinder Society, please visit:http://paizo.com/pathfinderSociety
And Bill Silvey will be running an Original D&D game - '74 edition! Details to register for the game session to follow.
Music being spun by DJ Spank & DJ Math(ew)Matics
Opening for Aurelio Voltaire is local band, Vladimir Van Nilsson
Art & Gregory will have the Gods & Monsters podcast set-up, live streaming throughout the day.
...WE WILL HAVE SHUTTLE BUSES RUNNING FROM 11AM - 10PM TO AND FROM OUR OVERFLOW PARKING LOT, AT I-DRIVE NASCAR (5228 Vanguard St) FOR THE DURATION OF THE EVENT...
!!LOOK FOR US INSIDE THE ENCLOSED CENTER ATRIUM, IN BETWEEN GIRAFFAS AND BEVFLY WINE OUTLET!!!
From their official Facebook page.