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Thursday, August 25, 2011
International Read Comics In Public Day - Sunday August 28th of 2011
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Book History


Michael D Hamersky On Comics Suggests You Attend...

The 'Read Comics In Public Day' Event Near You!

Which Runs On Sunday, August 28th of 2011 Internationally!

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Far Top Left Photo:  Adam West (Batman) and Yvonne Craig (Batgirl) reading Detective Comics #359 (The Debut of Batgirl in Comics!) in 'public' (publicity shot) back in 1966!
Above Photo: The 2011 Read Comics In Public poster for Local Comic Book Shops to download and print off for the event!

TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3493:

Yesterday I was 'invited' by LCBS owner Randy Myers, to attend the 'Read A Comic In Public Day' event at Collectors Corner in Baltimore, Maryland, via the Facebook event page for that event.  (As seen here!)

I had to decline as I am on the West Coast, and wondered if there were any of these 'Read A Comic In Public Day' events closer to me in the San Diego Metro Area...

I found that there actually was one, at this Facebook event page, '2nd Annual Read Comics In Public Day - San Diego' sponsored by Chriss Cornish.  It is being held on Sunday, August 28th from 11:00am - 3:00pm at the Starbucks on the corner of Balboa and Genesse (4227 Genesee Ave) in San Diego.

Here is more info taken from the Facebook event page that Chriss posted:

NOTE: Different location from last year!

August 28 is international Read Comics in Public Day (RCPD). The first was held last year. 

Some of us San Diego sequential art lovers gathered at the Starbucks by Mysterious Galaxy, in the Clairemont neighborhood. This year we'll instead by at the Starbucks at corner of Balboa and Genesse.

We'll be meeting up outside at the tables so that those with budgets that don't stretch to venti lattes can still participate without feeling self conscious.

Read Comics in Public Day was founded in 2010 by Brian Heater and The Daily Crosshatch. It began as a joke; something about Heater reading novels on the train because it’s too embarrassing to read comics. His fellow Daily Crosshatch editor Sarah Morean had the idea to take the joke to nobler heights. And thus we have Read Comics in Public Day.


RCPD is scheduled for August 28 because it is the birthday of comics great and Marvel universe co-founder Jack Kirby.

Be seen reading comics in public.

Step 1: get some comic books, graphic novels, or other works of sequential art

Step 2: go somewhere public

Step 3: read the comics

Step 4: have someone take photos and upload them to your Flikr account after joining the RCPD group

Repeat steps 3 and 4 as desired

____THE PLAN, STAN____
On Sunday, August 28, we will congregate at the Starbucks at the corner of Balboa and Genessee (San Diego, CA)

We'll start at 11:00am and go to around 3:00pm, or whenever.

* Comics and/or graphic novels. Please bring some to share if possible - it's a great opportunity to introduce fellow comic lovers to new titles. And not everyone has the budget to have something new to read.

- What about digital comics?
 The goal of RCPD is to be SEEN reading comics, in public, by strangers. If the public can not tell you are reading a comic than we don't really achieve that goal. 

THAT SAID, if you have some way to make it very obvious you are reading a comic on your digital device (short of announcing, "oh, I am enjoying this digital comic" every two minutes) than it's all good. Otherwise, let's stick to the always obvious traditional printed format.

There are also other locations internationally that are being shown with Facebook event pages, including:

Bakersfield, California

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Frankfurt, Germany

Berlin, Germany

There are other events that don't seem to have Facebook event pages, but are being held, including:

Portland, Oregon - Perth, Australia -  Roanoke, Virgina - Overland Park, KS - and others...

You can see more of those and other news of this event at the main web site here: International Read Comics In Public Day  

Additionally, here is the origin of 'Read Comics In Public Day' from the web site by Brian Heater & Sarah Morean:


Like so many great things in this world, Read Comics in Public Day has its roots in a joke. I don’t remember the exact wording, but it was something off-handed about reading novels on the train, because I was too embarrassed to read comics in public. Like many good jokes, that one had its root in the truth.
I run a comics blog, I travel to comic conventions, and many of my good friends are involved in some form or another in the comics industry, but I still find it hard sometimes to get around the stigma. Take that time, two years ago, when I was having my taxes done. The accountant asked if I had made any charitable donations in the prior year–I’m pretty sure she snickered when I attempted to explain to her what the CBLDF is. “That’s all right,” she said, “We don’t have to fill in the name.”
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?
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
Thanks and happy reading.
- Brian Heater

The main Facebook event page for this 'Read Comics In Public' Day is the one created by Brian & Sarah at:  'Read Comics In Public', where you can find even more events and news.

Thanks to Randy Myers of Collectors Corner for bringing this year's event to my attention, so that I could blog about it before Sunday arrives!

Tina, Vinnie & I are planning on attending the event in San Diego.  Considering that we will be at the 2nd Annual So Cal Comic Con in Oceanside, CA the day before all day, selling comics from our table there... We'll need a place just to sit and read comics on Sunday to relax after being on our feet all day at the Con!

See you there...???!!!


~Michael D Hamersky - who is asking you for your vote in the current voting going on over at The Shel Dorf Awards web site. I was nominated for 'Comic Blogger of the Year' on Monday, August 8th!   

While being honored to be nominated, I'd also like to win! The competition has some other good nominees for the same category I was nominated for, so I'm asking for your help on this!  Voting ends on September 4th!

If you have enjoyed this blog or any of the others in the now over 3,482 blogs in this series of mine, I'd appreciate your vote!

Here is a direct link to the voting page. 'Comic Blogger of the Year' is the category, and 'Michael Hamersky On Comics' is the name I'm listed as to vote for.

Here is a link to blog #3481, where I went more into depth on this topic.

My thanks to any of you that take the time to vote for me!


My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now at 3,493 total posts in number!   I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!

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And for those of YOU that haven't yet... I would appreciate it if YOU would!!!

~ Michael D Hamersky

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Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2011 8:18 AM PDT
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