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Double Midnight Comics: Uniting The Comic Faithful

By Paul Rowe

Comic books have captured the hearts of Americans since Superman helped usher in the Golden Age of Comics in 1938. Nowadays, comics are one of the most lucrative print mediums in existence. With the rise of the graphic novel and the international superhero movie craze, comics are drawing in more people than ever before.

"My brother and I grew up reading comics," says Chris Proulx, co-owner of Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, New Hampshire. "I met my business partner Brett in high school and we all made weekly trips to the comic shop. When we decided to open our shop we recognized the need for a clean, friendly environment that was welcoming to the hardcore fans and the novices alike."

Opening on the eve of the superhero movie boom initiated by the Marvel films X-Men and Spider-Man, the planets seemed to have aligned for Double Midnight Comics. Since those early days, this loveable shop has evolved into a hub for comic lovers.

"Our stores are considered geek community centers," says Proulx. "We're always running events from creator signings, to weekly Magic the Gathering and Pokémon tournaments, to our women's comic club?there is always something cool happening at our shop."

For many individuals, comics are a way to connect with a larger community based on a shared passion. Enter the comic book convention.

"In 2003 we launched the Granite State Comicon: a 2 day celebration of pop culture featuring comic book artists and writers, celebrities, workshops and panels, gaming and more," says Proulx. "People love coming out to celebrate the things that they love with other people."

Granite State Comicon is a family-friendly event. Kids love meeting their favorite characters live in-costume, always open to autographs and photo-ops. Billy Dee Williams will be at this year's event. That's right, folks: Lando Calrissian in the flesh.

Double Midnight's biggest event of the year is Free Comic Book Day. Held the first Saturday of May each year, the lines last all day, and impassioned comic lovers can't wait to get their hands on some free reads and merchandise.

Providing toys, apparel, comics, games, action figures, cards, and more, Double Midnight Comics, says Proulx, "is all about comics, games, and community."

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