For Thomas Yeldon, comic books are more than just a hobby, they are a way of life. On Saturday, Yeldon held the grand opening celebration of his new store, Larger Than Life Toys and Comics, in the Dick's Sporting Goods wing at Great Northern Mall in Clay.
The store is a first for Yeldon, of Syracuse, who has attended toy shows and comic book festivals for years. Larger Than Life first opened its doors Feb. 4, and the April 2 official grand opening was complete with costumed characters from the Garrison Excelsior 501st Legion of Imperial Stormtroopers and free food. Ray McCarthy, inker for "Red Robin" and "Batman: Shadow of the Bat" comic series and Mike Raicht, writer of "The Stuff of Legend" and "Raise the Dead" comics were also present, signing autographs and talking with excited fans.
"The good thing about this business is that it's ageless," Yeldon said. "That three-year-old over there could love Star Wars just as much as the 83-year-old man over there."
Larger Than Life carries hundreds of different comic book series-many updated weekly-along with action figures, memorabilia and apparel.
Yeldon prides his business on the ability to get any comic book ever made. Aside from selling new comic books, the store also purchases vintage comics and memorabilia to be resold in the store.
On May 7, the store will be participating in Free Comic Book Day, where comic book brands such as Marvel and DC hand out thousands of free comic books nationwide. Larger Than Life will be giving away up to $1,000 in prizes and giveaways, and world-renowned comic book artist Joe Jusko will be on site signing autographs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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