Comic Book Story Match: 2nd run start at Black Ice

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Standing on flood-damaged flooring, Black Ice Comics owner Shana Porteen, center, performs the wedding ceremony for Melanie and Clint Salmi at the comic-book store Wednesday.

HOUGHTON — “You are my constant friend and faithful partner. I promise to listen and learn from you, support you and accept your support. Every superhero has a rebirth story. This union begins ours.”

With those words, Clint and Melanie Salmi began their second run among friends and family at Black Ice Comics in Houghton. It’s the first wedding held at the shop, which opened in 2016.

Both Salmis are comics enthusiasts. Clint wore a Batman T-shirt for the occasion, while Melanie wore one with The Flash’s logo.

Their children served as best man and maid of honor, wearing a Batman T-shirt and a Harley Quinn shirt respectively.

“If it wasn’t for this place, my son wouldn’t be able to read as well as he does,” Clint said. “He was well below his reading level, and now he’s reading a grade level above. It’s solely because of this place.”

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Standing on flood-damaged flooring, Black Ice Comics owner Shana Porteen, performs the wedding ceremony for Melanie and Clint Salmi at the comic-book store Wednesday.

They decided upon the shop after it was damaged in the June 17 flood.

Shana Porteen, the shop’s owner, became an ordained minister for the occasion.

“Especially after the flood did so much damage, I thought it might be something to lift her spirits,” Melanie said. “I think it was exciting for her to do our wedding.”

Porteen gave them a backdrop with totems from their enthusiasms: Along with volumes of “Batman” and “The Flash,” there were also books and Funko Pops figures from Brian K. Vaughan’s “Saga.”

“Clint, Melanie, the whole family was here helping when I was flooded out,” Porteen said. “They helped me out the whole week. They brought meals. They worked until everybody was in pain and had blisters on their hands, helping me get the carpet out.”

The couple’s been together for 12 years, including a previous marriage lasting about three years.

“Even when we got divorced, I think we were only apart for four months,” Melanie said. “Basically enough time for the judge to say ‘You’re divorced,’ and we were like ‘Yeah, let’s get back together.”

The Salmis may not be the only Black Ice couple for long. Porteen has already received a request to marry another set of customers.

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