This Saturday, it's International Read Comics in Public Day

Saturday marks the first International Read Comics in Public Day, an event established by Brian Heater and Sarah Morean to encourage fans to help promote the medium by, well, reading comics in public. On the bus, in a cafe, on a park bench -- anywhere people can see you enjoying a comic. (Aug. 28 is also, appropriately enough, the birthday of comics great Jack Kirby.)

"Take to the streets. Be proud," Heater explains. "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?"


The event received high-profile endorsements this week from NPR's Glen Weldon, USA Today's Whitney Matheson and The Detroit News' Eric Henrickson.

More information is available at the event's website, which features a downloadable poster. There's also a Flickr pool, to which people are encouraged to submit photos of themselves participating in International Read Comics in Public Day.

(Photo courtesy of Life.com's wonderful "In Praise of Comics Classics" gallery.)

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