WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28 IS ‘READ COMICS IN PUBLIC DAY’
Mark your calendars, this Wednesday is a special day devoted to increasing the visibility of comics/sequential art, promote it as a legitimate form of art/expression and to celebrate general literacy as consumed by people from all walks of life.
Read Comics in Public Day was started up in 2010 by Brian Heater and Sarah Morean of indie comics site The Daily Cross Hatch, as a day to celebrate literacy and the legitimacy of comics as an artform. It was supposed to be a day when, on the date of the late Jack Kirby‘s birthday, comic book fans could take the individual and usually private act of comic book reading out into the world and make certain that they got seen by complete strangers. The idea was to push against the notion that comics aren’t popular or are only read by kids; that they’re not just bought to be cased in plastic and kept in a cardboard box in the basement of the ponytailed guy from The Simpsons; that they’re not just for founding multi-million dollar movie franchises on. They actually can be enjoyed for their content by ordinary people.
Read Comics in Public Day is not just an opportunity to show strangers that comics are read, but to show the comics industry who comics are read by. To show the Big Two who is willing to take time out of their day to participate in a communal effort to make their product more visible to folks who might be interested, and to show them that it’s a much wider group than they think."
So, how will you celebrate this comics holiday? What will you be reading in public?
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