By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Lacie and Lee Bishop-Wallace planned to marry next year but, two weeks ago, they decided they didn’t want to wait any longer.
It left them scrambling to line up all the details, including finding a place for the ceremony, which took place Monday, Nov. 28.
“We wanted something other than the courthouse and tried to think of a place we love in town. Lacie suggested Tony’s,” said Lee.
Tony’s is Tony’s Kingdom of Comics on River Road North, owned by Keizerite Tony Grove. The couple spends a not-insignificant amount of time in the shop.
“I love it here, and we’re both huge nerds. Much of our relationship has been comic conventions and various nerd events,” Lacie said.
Lee emailed Tony immediately.
“At first, I was overwhelmed. I had a Black Friday sale coming up, my father had passed a few days before and I’m working on an event for our 10th anniversary, but there was no way I could say, ‘No,’ to these two,” Tony said.
When she heard that Tony had accepted the proposal, it brought tears to Lacie’s eyes.
Lacie and Lee met briefly in person once before encountering each other online, which led to dating and, now, marriage. They bonded over their interest in comics and the fandom culture that surrounds them. Lacie is a fan of Captain America and Captain Marvel in particular. Lee prefers Hellboy and other indie comics.
While comic shops are a little offbeat as far as wedding venues go, both Lee and Lacie had a blast making the announcement to the 30 or so friends and family who attended.
“Most of them thought it made complete sense and the others thought it was amazing,” Lacie said. “A lot of them helped us pull this off and the shop was already decorated.”
Lee and Lacie made a donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children, a regular beneficiary of the shop’s charity events, in exchange for use of the space.
As for Tony, the ceremony was a bright spot in what’s proven to be a difficult couple of weeks.
“It fills my heart. It’s not about the shop. I know these things help, but that’s not the point. It’s what you do for friends,” Tony said. “My dad was my lifelong best friend, he got me into the Freemasons and was always proud of the charity work we did through the shop. He didn’t always understand the comic culture, but this would have made him smile.”