CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As the money continues to trickle in globally since the release of "Black Panther," the comic book industry is also seeing green.
At Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, one clerk says the books and paraphernalia have been selling out since the movie was first teased.
“We do some numbers on 'Black Panther,' that’s for sure,” store clerk Samuel M. Reynolds-Oosting says.
Bringing in old and new readers, comic books are nearly a billion dollar industry. He says he’s seen families come in and introduce younger kids to not just "Black Panther," but other comic books. He says having an inclusive cast for the movie also brings in new customers.
“It’s kind of skewing more female recently, too. A lot more people of color are also coming in,” he says.
And for those first-time readers entering into the world of Wakanda, Reynolds-Oosting says it would be great to start off with a series by Christopher Priest, Ta-Nehisi Coates or Reggie Hudlin.
"Black Panther" and Marvel’s story continues with the April release of "Avengers: Infinity War." So, you have plenty of time to catch up.
Plus, there is an opportunity to chat all things comic books at the 2018 Heroes Mini Convention in Charlotte this summer.