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!