Thursday, June 14, 2012

Gay Comic Book Fans to Marry on the Same Day as Northstar from the "X-Men"

As you know, Marvel Comics' Northstar will be marrying his long-time boyfriend Kyle Jinadu next week in Astonishing X-Men #51. Marvel is promoting the heck out of this comic book event. They are also releasing the comic book one day early and encouraging comic book shops to host Northstar/Kyle wedding receptions and parties. Interestingly, different comic book shops are running with the idea, including London's Orbital Comics shop, which has rented a nearby gay club and will host a party featuring "cheap drinks, Northstar & Kyle-themed cocktails, dancing, and copies of the issue available for sale a day early (including the rare 'Marvel weddings' variant!)".

Tonight I learned of different gay comic book fans who have decided to either marry each other or renew their vows on the date (and at the location) of Astonishing X-Men #51's release date:
Collectors Corner in Baltimore, familiar to Bleeding Cool readers, are celebrating their own gay wedding as two longtime customers renew their vows for an event in store to celebrate the release of Astonishing X-Men #51.

Midtown Comics are hosting a private same sex wedding in their Downtown store in Manhattan.

And MaximuM Comics of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, are taking it all one step further, featuring five gay couples in one store and six in another getting a “commitment ceremony”, as gay marriage is not legal under state law, though it does now allow same sex unions.

The staff at both shops will be fully tuxedoed, wedding cakes, flowers and gift bags are on the way, with money raised going to AFAN Aid for AIDS NV.
I gotta admit that I cannot ever imagine marrying my husband or renewing our vows in a comic book shop. But you gotta give these guys and gals their props for originality and comic book loyalty. I wish the blushing brides and gushing grooms the best on next Tuesday's collective nuptials.

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