Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Read Comics In Public Day 2013

Little Russell Burbage reading comics at Christmas 1976
According to an article I read on , "Reading in Public Day" was started in 2010 by Brian Heater and Sarah Morean of indie comics site The Daily Cross Hatch. It's supposed to be a day to celebrate literacy and the legitimacy of comics as an artform. August 28 was chosen because it is the birthday of Jack "King" Kirby, who did so much for both the DC and Marvel universes. This is a day when comic book fans in the US can pull out their favorite trade or monthly and show their love of reading in public. The idea is to show the "outside world" that comics really are very popular, and not just appreciated by a marginalized group. Comics are loved all over the world, but somehow in the US the vision still lingers of people who live in their parents' basement and argue over who is stronger, Superman or the Hulk.

So grab something and take it with you on the bus, subway, or at the office during your lunch break. Nerds unite!

And while we're at it....
Happy Birthday Jack Kirby!
We comic book fans owe you a debt we can never repay! 


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