New York, NY, March, 2002 When was the last time you picked up a comic book? If you answered,"not since I was a kid," then the New York City Comic Book Museum wants to change that. "A lot of people grew up reading comic books, and have fond memories of those days," remarks David Gabriel, president of The New York City Comic Book Museum. We want to give New Yorkers the chance to rediscover comics and to relive their youth." On Thursday April 11, 2002, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the NYCCBM joins forces with the MTA, Landmark High School, and the NY Explorer Program, to put comics in the hands of commuters as a part of its "Reading on the Move: Ride the Subway, Read a Comic" program.
Beginning the afternoon of April 11, New York Transit customers using the West Side Columbus Circle Station will receive a free comic book, provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, to read on their journey. It is that simple --ride the subway, read a comic. In addition to raising awareness for the art form, the museum hopes former readers will be encouraged to get involved in comic collecting again.
"The comic book industry is the strongest that it has been for nearly ten years," says Gabriel. "With a slew of highly anticipated comic book inspired films like Blade II, Spiderman, and Men in Black II coming out this summer, the comic industry hopes to bring all sorts of new readers into the fold."
Part of the curriculum at Landmark High School is participation in community outreach work, so it is fitting that the Museum partner with them on this reading initiative. "The students are thrilled to be able to make a positive contribution by giving out free comic books to subway riders," says Landmark's Internship Coordinator, Shadia Alvarez.
The New York City Comic Book Museum was founded in 1999 and has promoted comic book history, preservation, literacy, social issues, and most recently a highly publicized exhibit of comic art in tribute to the heroes of 9-11, Heroes Among Us, set to begin a nationwide tour. The Museum is currently searching for a permanent home to serve as exhibit and classroom space as well as a research and preservation library. For more information on any of these programs, please contact us through www.nyccomicbookmuseum.org.