Andre Greenidge of the Ontario comedian e book retailer Heroes World, loves his clients. However one particular buyer must be Iman Vellani, who performs Ms Marvel within the new Disney+ TV collection and the upcoming film The Marvels. His retailer is reverse her Excessive College, and she or he has been coming to the shop for years, And the primary comedian with Ms Marvel in it that she purchased, she purchased from him beneath his suggestion. And as you possibly can see, the shop has reciprocated in sort.
Located reverse a highschool, Heroes World has at all times loved an viewers of college youngsters, however not at all times for comedian books. They’ve buying and selling playing cards, they’ve motion figures, they’ve T-shorts and different ephemera. However Andre remembers Iman Vellani as a younger schoolgirl shopping for a lot of again points, and never simply current stuff however diving into the eighties, particularly Iron Man within the subject 2o0s. However she additionally purchased new comics from him, and he recollects declaring the 2017 run on Iron Man, particularly the duvet with Riri Williams as Iron Man, and Ms Marvel, and she or he picked it up with the brand new releases. Andre bought Iman her first Ms Marvel comedian – and it wasn’t the final. She would generally come into the shop a few instances a day, and if she was ever a greenback quick, she would fastidiously make it up at a later date.
Heroes World – and the varsity – closed their doorways through the pandemic, so Andre stopped seeing virtually all his clients. However when the information in regards to the casting of Ms Marvel for the TV collection and The Marvels film got here by, he recognised her, and when the native information station got here selecting across the college and the neighbourhood, that simply confirmed it.
However issues opened up once more, And final December, Iman got here again to the shop with a pal, absolutely masked, and went straight to the brand new comedian e book launch wall. Andre hailed her, saying “you are simply going to return in and never say something? Congratulations!” There have been geeky elated moments with digital excessive fives over her casting.
He additionally obtained to talk to Matt Lintz on her Facetime, who performs Bruno Carelli on the present, and who thanked him for promoting Iman her first Ms Marvel comedian, telling him that her comics data was what propelled her to know the character and get the half. Iman advised Andre that her comedian e book retailer proprietor, her aunt and her drama trainer had been the three individuals most chargeable for the place she was now. Andrew advised me that he likes to see a real fan, somebody who is aware of the comics as a lot as she does, enjoying that half.”
Iman Vellani has additionally continued to go to the shop and has posed for selfies with clients – and with Andre in fact. and advised him that her coolest second to date was filming with Samuel Jackson. Now that his participation with The Marvels film is on the market, Andre feels happier to share that now. Andre tells me that “the woman you’re seeing in interviews is genuinely the actual deal, she’s a sweetheart, she’s sensible, she actually loves comedian books. I hope the individuals at Marvel recognise this, I hope Marvel makes use of her for comics and literary outreach, for illustration, for getting younger individuals into comedian books.” And in addition, in fact, for telling Kevin Feige when he will get issues flawed. Heroes World simply celebrated its twentieth-year final yr, it is a cherry on the highest. He tells me that there’s “nothing like studying a comic book e book to demise if I can get one other child like Iman to do the identical…” It is a noble calling.