Aug 12th 2011 By: Caleb Goellner
The second-annual International Read Comics in Public Day
event is coming up in just a few short weeks, meaning it's a fine time to start mulling over the goodness you'd like to show off to the world both in real life and on social media on Sunday, August 28. Started by The Daily Crosshatch
editors Brian Heater and Sarah Morean as a simple means of winning over the hearts, minds and dollars of the non-comics reading masses, Read Comics in Public Day is a time for fans to advocate for their medium of choice by plopping down in a public space with a cool comic. If you live in a ghost town or have crippling seasonal allergies, have no fear. You can also share a quick photo of yourself reading a comic or graphic novel via social media to get the attention of your friends/family/foes.
From Read Comics in Public Day
The concept is fairly simple: we're asking that everyone take an hour or two out of their day on August 28th (also the birthday of Jack "King" Kirby, incidentally) to read a comic book in a public setting–a park bench, a beach, a bus, the front steps of your local library (we do ask, however, that you be mindful of local loitering laws). Let strangers see you reading a piece of sequential art.
Take to the streets. Be proud. If someone asks what you're reading, say, "a comic book" (the phrase "graphic novel" is also acceptable, but let's face it, it sort of defeats the whole purpose). Heck, lend them a book, if you've got an extra–what better way to make a new friend and convert a new reader?
ComicsAlliance participated last year
, and managed to get the attention of a few passers-by even in the very comics-friendly cities of Portland and New York City. Imagine how many eyes you might catch on your home turf. Just remember, if you go the digital route with comics on your mobile device or tablet, crank your brightness and hold it far away enough from your face that people will notice what's on your screen.
See you guys on August 28.