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2nd Annual Read Comics in Public Day

9 August 2011 by

This August 28 marks the 2nd annual Read Comics in Public Day (RCPD). Brian Heater and Daily Crosshatch are calling us comic lovers out to represent by proudly reading our collections of sequential art in public.

Why August 28? It’s the birthday of comics legend Jack Kirby.

  • What:

    Read Comics in Public Day

    • Step One: get some comics
    • Step Two: go somewhere public
    • Step Three: read comics
    • Step Four: have someone take a photo
    • Step Five: upload the photo to your Flickr account, join the RCPD Flickr Group
  • Where:

    Wherever you are

  • When:

    August 28

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?

While you’re at it, why not get a friend to snap a picture of you reading? Send it along and we’ll post it up for you in our photo gallery and on our site.

It’s all pretty straight forward, of course, but if you’ve got any questions—or suggestions—feel free to drop us a line at readcomicsinpublic@gmail.com.

Thanks and happy reading

Last year for the 1st Annual RCPD I made a Facebook event and invited all my friends to join me at the Starbucks patio. We had a MOUND of comics and graphic novels and spent a good two hours of fun reading them, showing off our stuff to each other. I even got a random stranger to sit down with his latte and read a comic in public.

For my fellow comic loving geek girls planning to participate in RCPD, the Women Read Comics in Public tumblr blog also wants your celebratory pics for the day.

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