Jared Goodrich waited half his life on Thursday.

It was the day Rutlander, 31, opened Night Legion Comics on Woodstock Avenue, the city’s first comic book store in over a decade.

A fan of comics since childhood – in college he said he did a thesis on the Rutland Halloween Parade’s links with the comic book industry – Goodrich said he realized he was time to try his luck when he lost his job in December.

“This lovely lady here, my fiancee, said ‘Start the comic book store or you’re going to kick yourself,” he said. “I worked for the BROC microenterprise program. They guided me through all the processes. I started this in January and opened the store today.

It was a smooth opening. The store had a lot of empty space on Thursday, but Goodrich said more were coming and distribution was slow in part because of the pandemic. He said he plans to have a big opening once the product arrives.

Marvel was well represented on the main displays, and trinkets for sale included X-Wing “Star Wars” drones and animated cells from the cartoon “Ewoks”.

“They had the main thing I wanted to get, which was ‘BRZKR’,” said Cheyenne Callahan, 28, of Rutland. “It’s great. It’s much better than driving all the way to West Lebanon. I used to go there every two months. I’m not really a weekly comic book buyer, but there are a few things. that I love.

Goodrich has said he will wear all of the major lines – Marvel, DC, Image, Darkhorse, IDW, manga publisher Yen Press – and that he hopes to defend less important lines like “BRZKR,” a series created and written by Keanu. Reeves.

“I also want to sell local artists, because I want to encourage local art, local comics,” he said, pointing attention to a drawing board set up against a wall. He said local artists can rent table time and that he will encourage them to sell their art at the store.

One table contained a few boxes of used comics.

“I’m going to go to flea markets and yard sales,” he said. “I’m going to buy and sell comics. I have a guy who wants to send Silver Age comics with me, so I’m going to do consignment contracts.

Goodrich said he started reading comics after watching “Batman: The Animated Series” as a kid, but it was Frank Miller’s reading “The Dark Knight Returns” that got him hooked. .

“I’m obsessed,” he said. “History, art, everything about this book.”

Goodrich is a cosplayer, and a few people he knows from the hobby attended the opening Thursday, including a man dressed in a bat jumpsuit who would only identify as “Batman.” The Caped Crusader said he met Goodrich at a toy depot and followed his struggles with multiple sclerosis and his efforts to open the store.

“You see the devotion,” Batman said. “People need to be reminded that good pays off after all hard work. “