X-Men's gay marriage issue inspires comic store weddings 0
Artwork from Marvel Comics "Astonishing X-Men #50" is shown in this undated publicity photograph. Marvel comic book crime fighters X-Men have put down their weapons and picked up wedding rings for the first same-sex marriage in the superhero world. (REUTERS/Marvel Comics/Handout)
Comic book stores south of the border are doubling as wedding venues on Wednesday with the release of the highly anticipated gay marriage issue of Astonishing X-Men.
Midtown Comics in New York City sorted through more than 50 applications to choose two couples who will exchange vows in the store Wednesday, alongside the release of the comic book where superhero Northstar weds his boyfriend Kyle in Marvel's version of NYC.
"This came about in the course of conversation with friends at Marvel, in which we offered to host a wedding event to commemorate the landmark wedding," Midtown chief managing operator Gerry Gladston told Newsarama. "We thought it would be great to take this opportunity to promote equality and tolerance, in the spirit of the X-Men themselves."
Maximum Comics in Las Vegas, where same-sex marriage is not recognized, will play host to 11 "commitment ceremonies" on the special day.
And two longtime customers of Collectors Corner in Baltimore, Md., will renew their vows in the store.
"Feel free to bring cameras, gifts and an open mind," reads the event's description.
Other comic shops across the country are celebrating the issue's launch by having book signings, giving away free swag, or hosting mixers playfully described as bachelor parties and wedding receptions for Northstar and his beau.