This Saturday is the international Read Comics in Public Day and as you might have already deduced – it’s a day to come out of the closet as a comic book reader an flaunt it (just the comic book, please) in public. RCiPD is being spearheaded by Sarah Morean and Brian Heater founders of The Daily Cross Hatch. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
According to their website, here’s the purpose behind the date:
Comics are now widely accepted as a legitimate and vibrant art form?so why do I still feel a bit embarrassed to let strangers know about my not-so-secret passion?
My fellow Daily Cross Hatch editor Sarah Morean suggested that we turn the joke into something a bit nobler?and perhaps more permanent. And thus, the first annual Read Comics in Public Day was born.
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?