Gay Couples Tie The Knot In NYC Comic-Book Shop

For comic nerds, Wednesdays are holy: That’s when new comics come out. For gay comics fans, though, today is especially sacred: Marvel Comics is releasing Astonishing X-Men #51, the highly touted issue in which gay mutant Northstar marries his boyfriend, Kyle.

To commemorate the event, two real-life same-sex couples—Scott Everhart and Jason Welker, and Khris Wilson and Chris Orme—are tying the knot for real this morning at 9am in a small ceremony at New York’s Midtown Comics. (A private reception will follow at the Eventi: A Kimpton Hotel.) “We’re honored to take part in this event today,” says Midtown Comics co-owner Gerry Gladston “and to help promote equality and tolerance, in the spirit of the X-Men themselves.”

The public isn’t invited to the ceremony, but fans and well-wishers are expected to gather outside the Financial District store, which will open its doors officially at 10:30am.

As for what made the grooms decide to sign up for the event, Everhart explains, “We are geeks in love, and what better way to tie the knot than in a comic shop!?”

Adds Wilson, “The idea of having a ceremony with some of my fictional icons in the same room is pretty cool.”

Given how comic-book nuptials are usually interrupted by rampaging monsters or super-villains, we hope the guys’ ceremonies are blissfully uneventful. Excelsior!


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  • jerbear

    That’s so amazing! I wish the couples a long and happy life together. I can’t wait to read that comic!

  • Javier Belasco

    please please please boycott the Wonder Woman forum over on Comic Book Resources.
    Its main moderator, David Berger, aka ‘Aegisbearer’, has still not been suspended or fired for sexual offences. Nearly 60% of previous posters there have boycotted so far.

  • Scott

    I was an avid Marvel mutants collector until the early 1990’s when the artwork fell apart and all the talent left for DC. I’m out of touch now. What’s a “Marvel Variant” edition?

  • Dan Avery

    @Scott: Varient editions are just alternate covers comic-book publishers release. the comic inside is the same—its just different artwork on the outside. This used to be reserved for special issues, but now Marvel does it for most every comic they put out—sometimes offering 3-4 different covers to entice fans to buy their favorite or collect them all.

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