Collectors Cornered #28 – Marvel X-Men Wedding Celebration And Gay Marriage

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This week we celebrate the release of Astonishing X-Men #51 with a renewal of wedding vows (Gay Marriage) in the store of two longtime customers, Mikal & Chris. Officiated by another regular customer, Stan C. About 25 or more friends, family and customers as well as local media showed up for the event. We are proud to have such a diverse and loyal customer base that is supportive of tolerance and respect for everyone in our community. All we need is love people, love and comic books.

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Marvel’s David Gabriel also helped with a little press;

He said that Marvel often encourages retailers to hold promotional events for the launch of milestone issues.

“The word went out sort of nationwide that things were going to be going on.  I just happen to have a personal relationship with Randy for a number of years and knew he was one of the perfect stores,” Gabriel said.

Randy is, of course, Collectors Corner owner Randy Myers.

“I’d love to take credit for [the event in Parkville] but Randy and Mikal [McCruden] should really get it,” Gabriel said.

Myers and McCruden have had a business relationship for years—Collectors Corner is where McCruden gets his monthly comics fix. Myers acknowledged that he was “taking a risk” of possibility alienating some customers by holding the event.

“When they got married two years ago, I was invited and I’m just his comics shop owner,” Myers said. “I’m happy for them and I’m happy we did it.”

Shop employee David Crispino agreed.

“These are real social issues that need to be overcome so that we can get on to bigger and better things. I would like to think that your average comic fan is accepting of new story lines and sometimes allegories and metaphors of real events. Hopefully it gets people thinking in a positive way,” he wrote in an email.