HESPERIA — Based on the popularity of Henry and Cathy Henrich’s comic book store over the last year, their “big gamble” in opening the store has paid off.

The couple that purchased the 27-year-old Norwalk-based Comic Cult store said they had celebrated the store’s one-year relocation anniversary in Hesperia earlier this month.

Cathy Henrich said the couple opened Comic Cult HD in the Park Center shopping center on the corner of Live Oak Street and I Avenue on her husband’s 40th birthday on Oct. 3 of last year.

“Celebrating my birthday by thanking the community for all their support is a great way celebrate,” Henry Henrich told the Hesperia Star. “We’ve built quite a family-friendly community here and we want to say thank you to them.”

Henry Henrich said the two-day party began with a few surprises, a variety of discounts and specials such as 40 percent off everything in the store’s back issue bins and 25 percent off all trade paperbacks/graphic novels.

Henry Henrich said Batman had left the Batcave and mad a one-hour appearance. The caped-crusader signed photos, posed for pictures and signed bat swag.

The couple opened the Hesperia store with little fanfare, but fans of the comic book and entertainment genre soon filled the store on a regular basis as they viewed bins of current and back issues of comic books from names such as Marvel, DC, Image, Valiant, IDW, Red Bloods, Star Wars and Boom.

Henry Henrich said the community has also been drawn to the store by its collection of hardback books and variety of tabletop games such as Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Heroclix, Dice Masters and Pokemon.

“On the weekend, we have nonstop gaming and we’re drawing everyone from the 6-year-old to the 40-year-old, “ Henry Henrich said. “We’ve accomplished our goal of having a family-friendly store where people can enjoy themselves and feel safe.”

Henry Henrich said the store’s cosplay community has also grown, with several cosplayers making appearances at the store, including one young Star Wars fan who built his own Mandalorian armor, which includes the store’s logo.

“We also have a program for school-aged kids where they can bring in their report card and get store credit,” Henry Henrich said. “We’ll post a copy of the report card in the store, with the parent’s blessing of course.”

Henry Henrich said when a local taco vendor helped with a recent fundraiser for injured Sultana High School football player Bruce Henderson, he told his customers they’d get $1 in store credit for every $1 spent at the taco truck.

“We had people heading over to the truck and one guy dropped $60 for tacos just to get the credit,” Henry Henrich said. “That guy got his fill of tacos, Comic Cult gear and the money went toward a worthy cause.”

Comic Cult HD is located at 9594 I Ave. Store hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Fri., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

For information on tournaments, special events, military discounts and other information, call 760-998-2730 or visit www.facebook.com/ComicCultHD.

— Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.