| By Joseph Burke |
Let’s get “geeky,” Clermont!
Are you into comics, manga, superheroes, science fiction or just geek culture in general? Well, buckle up, partner. Things are about to get “Marvel-ous!” See what I did there?
It’s safe to say that Clermont has plenty of awesome shops, events and enthusiasts that keep this comic culture thriving here in the “Gem of the Hills,” whether you live here or visit.
Comic Con Central
For starters, the past three years have offered up some big Hollywood names at the “Clermont Comic Con.” The con is held typically the second or third week in November, and just concluded 2017’s event on Nov. 19 at the Clermont Performing Arts Center.
This year’s event included Marvel Comics’ premiere artist of “The Invincible Iron Man” comics, Bob Layton; as well as Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on “The Munsters.” Last year, even famed comic legend George Perez was featured. For information on how to attend 2018’s event, visit ClermontComicCon.com.
A Shopper’s Haven
Speaking of comic books, where can a geek go to buy comics in Clermont?
Well, as luck would have it, we have several shops in town to #GetchaGeekOn. Subscribe to your favorite comics and support local shop owners. Check ’em out!
This privately owned store is located beside Epic Theatres at Clermont Landing. (You may remember it’s former location, where it opened in May 2016 inside the Rabbit’s Hole Book Store in downtown Clermont.) Mike and friends do a great job of getting rare collectibles, comics, trading cards, action figures and statues in stock and on display. Mike also is a 3D sculpt artist, and you can purchase his original Batman, Deadpool and other famed character sculpts at the shop. Be sure to ask about game nights, especially MAGIC!
Just a few months ago, this comic book shop opened by Home Depot on the northwest corner of Highway 50 and Citrus Tower Boulevard. One of nine locations in Florida, Coliseum Clermont carries all your favorites, from classic back issues to the newest releases, as well as a great selection of toys, board games, CCGs, statues, posters, T-shirts and all other manner of comic collectibles. Be sure to say hello to Daniel, who runs the front desk!
Next up, a newer shop is just getting established directly beside the Citrus Tower and near Irish Trails Farm & Pet Supply. But it already has a plethora of novelties to offer. Keeping in tradition with current comics, subscriptions and statues, Windu’s Comics offers more retro items like vintage ’70s, ’80s and ’90s nostalgia figures and memorabilia. Definitely a must for any comic or science fiction enthusiast.
Tune in for More
Also, for things even more awesomely nerdy, check out Clermont’s comic book podcast called “POPXcast,” hosted by yours truly, Joseph Burke. POPX for short, is a geek culture podcast that covers all the basics, like comic books, superhero films, science fiction, video games and beyond. The show even hosts celebrity guests, which previously included Jordan Woods-Robinson, of AMC’s The Walking Dead, who portrayed the role of Eric the past three seasons. Check out our live stream schedules and upcoming shows.
Stay geeky, Clermont, and share your comic enthusiasm with us!
Joseph Burke is a lifelong comic book nerd, retro enthusiast and pop artist who also paints popular characters in geek culture. The Clermont resident hosts POPXcast, writes for POZ magazine and works at Real Life Christian Church. Follow him on social media, @josephburkearts.