Captain America at free comic book day. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
Comic book characters came to life at Nerdvana's grand opening in Downtown Wilmington Saturday.
Characters like Captain America, Scarlet Witch, and even the Cape Fear Stormtrooper found time to show their support for free comic book day.
However, those comic book heroes were not only there to save the day, but to encourage reading for all young children.
"We look forward to it every year. We mark it on our calendar and count down the days," said Laura Patten.
Patten is a proud parent of two who believes reading is the key to success.
"Comic books are also very good for test score and reading levels," said Patten. "My son did not like reading until I got him into comic books."
Store owner, Richard Davis, was also not a fan of reading until he found comic books.
"From comic books I started graduating into novels, and now I am an avid reader. I read every day," Davis said.
However, not all comic books are meant to be read by children. As a result, Davis has turned down sales because the content in the comic book was not suitable for a child.
"Anyone who works here is always paying attention to what younger people pick up in the store," explained Davis. "Like Spiderman said, with great power comes great responsibility, and we want to live up to that."