Reading Comics in Public: 2011 Edition

It is amazing how quickly a year goes by, but August 28th is here again. Erika and I ventured out to read our comics in public in honor of the day. The day being International Read Comics in Public Day, of course (and Jack Kirby’s birthday!). Last year was the first year, and we certainly wanted to continue the tradition.

The holiday was started under the premise that once upon a time reading a comic book was not such a noble endeavor. Blasphemy if you ask me, but I have met a person or two (or three) who thinks it is a childish or trivial interest. Those of us who love comics know better, and adore the brilliance of sequential art.

I also think that honoring the tradition could not be at a more important time. Comic sales are on the decline. We all know it. While publishers work feverishly to figure ways to boost sales with relaunches, commercials, and events; for the uninitiated actually seeing people, all kinds of people, reading a comic will leave far more of an impression than corporate marketing. Comics may not be reaching extinction tomorrow, but I’d like to see that trend reversed.

I hope that you made it out today to be seen reading that comic unabashed. If you haven’t yet, the day is not over. Better yet, any day of the year will do just fine, too. And all you ladies reading comics, send your pictures over to Women Read Comics in Public.

Merry International Read Comics in Public Day!

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12 thoughts on “Reading Comics in Public: 2011 Edition

  1. Mine photo submission will occur later this week. I have something fun planned for it. bugt you two are absolutely amazing with how outspoken you are about comics and this day in particular. I promote this blog to all my friends who think they would be interested. Please it up!

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  2. Without typos…My photo submission will occur later this week. I have something fun planned for it. but you two are absolutely amazing with how outspoken you are about comics and this day in particular. I promote this blog to all my friends who think they would be interested. Please keep it up!

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  3. I could not read outside on the 28th for we got a bit of the tail end of IRENE, and it was wet out which is not good for one’s books of any sort or genre.
    But I thank-you both for reading comics outside in public. : )

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    • Oh and more importantly I had to attend a funeral earlier in the day on the 28th, which was a very sad but thoughtful occasion. My neighbour’s grandson had a heart attack at the age of 18 while he was playing hockey. : (
      His life was short but full of fun and life, and from his passing I have re-learned a grand lesson… to be thankful.
      So I just want to say THANK YOU E AND V FOR BEING HERE WITH YOUR SITE AND YOUR SENSE OF FUN! Your Blog is a wee spot of joy and fun for me.
      : )

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  4. I inadvertently read my comic both on a train and bus coming home from FanExpo in Toronto on the 28th (didn’t know we had an official day for it). I picked up Invincible Ultimate Collection vol 1 at the show and happily read it on the trip home. Guy (comic fan) seated behind me saw I was reading it and we chatted a bit.

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  5. Gave a family member the DK2 books to while away a flight… not sure if a pressurised cabin at thousands of feet counts as public, but they were finished by the time the plane landed.

    (Not that DK2 was so hot, but I knew the guy in question would be interested!)

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