Gotham Central is a comics and collectibles shop owned and operated by Carlos Camara in Mississauga, ON. The store opened on January 21st, 2012 and has since expanded to 7000 sq. ft. Merchandise includes new comic books, retro comic books, graphic novels, action figures, toys, Funko Pop figures, Statues, and more comic-related merchandise. In 2018, Gotham Central also received the 2018 Harry Kremer Award (Retailers) of the JOE SHUSTER AWARDS. The JOE SHUSTER AWARDS is a Canadian national association that recognizes Canadian talent in creating, self-publishing, and selling comics.
Gotham Central is also a community supporter and ambassador for the Holland Bloorview Hospital having raised over $8000 since their involvement in 2017. The Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital.
While at Gotham Central, I had the privilege of speaking with a variety of comic book creators who were also attending the special anniversary event including: Andrew Thomas, Casey Parsons, Craig Yeung, Mike Rooth and Ty Templeton.
I also spoke with the store owner Carlos Camara about the changes over the years at the store, the reasons for Gotham Central’s success and the potential for the future of comic book stores.
Here’s some of the current news about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.
SYFY Wire interviewed writer Blake Northcott about her one-shot from Aspen Comics titled Fathom: Spinning Our Fate. According to Blake: “Aspen Matthews is timeless, and we have Michael Turner to thank for that, but ultimately it’s the current creative team. The editors at Aspen realize it’s important to constantly make progress and challenge both ourselves and the readers. As a writer it’s very exciting to be a part of.”
You can read more at SyFy.com
CBC Radio reported that Scholastic Canada is actively looking for submissions by Indigenous authors to broaden their catalogue and make more titles available to students and teachers. This announcement comes along when Jay Odjick is about release his second illustrated book with Robert Munsch called Bear for Breakfast on February 11. You can read more at CBC.ca/Radio
The Verge published an article about Artificial Intelligence moving in the realm of making art. Dami Lee, a cartoonist and reporter at The Verge, wrote that AI is being considered to be added to creative tools like Adobe and Clip Studio for tedious, uncreative tasks like image cropping, auto coloring and more. You can read more on TheVerge.com
On the calendar, Chip Zdarsky will be on his book signing tour for Daredevil #1. On February 6, Chip will be at The Beguiling in Toronto. You can read more on BeguilingBooksAndArt.com
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