Store owner Tiffany Young said on the day Arkham Comix opened last month, she broke down in tears.
“More than 400 people came into our shop that day,” said Young, who runs the store with her husband Bill. “We had no idea that Wilson would take us in and support us in that way.”
The couple will have a chance to celebrate their initial success in the community this Saturday at the store’s grand opening event.
Events are scheduled for the entire day and Young said she is expecting a turnout similar to the size of their opening day, if not larger.
Sylvan Heights Bird Park will be bringing feathered friends out to enjoy the festivities.
Rock City Powersports of Rocky Mount will be stopping by on an organized ride.
Ace’s Ale House will be providing North Carolina brews and Matty Begs Unplugged will be performing.
The Excelsior League will bring all of your favorite comic personalities to meet children and adults of all ages.
The N.C. Deadpool will be in attendance for photos and fun.
The 501st Rebel Legion and Mandalorian Mercs will also bring the force. Meet Jedi knights, Darth Vadar and others.
Comic artist Louis Small Jr. will be on site.
Sam Ellis, who was the lead animator for the television show “Archer,” will be stopping by to meet attendees.
Illustrator Hoyt Silva will also be making his first visit to Arkham Comix of Wilson, along with Richard Case, Chris Kemple and RJ Marchese.
And Dan Way, who has written for Deadpool, Wolverine, Hulk, Ghostrider, Venom, Gun Theory and others will also be in attendance. Way also wrote for the Deadpool video game and was a consultant on the Deadpool movie. Way’s band Gamma Gamma Ray will also be performing Ramones covers.
Them Rebel Scum from Rocky Mount will also be performing.
Comic and cosplay website The Variant will also be on site.
Young said she is excited to share her love of comics with the Wilson community.
“This is all about the community period. It’s not about us— it never has been,” said Young. “Without this community and their support, we don’t even exist, so we want them to know that we appreciate them too.”