|Image courtesy of the official Read Comic Books in Public Day Facebook page.|
August 28th is 'Read Comic Books in Public Day', which was created by Brian Heater and Sarah Morean at the now defunct indie comics website The Daily Cross Hatch. It's a way to raise awareness of comic books and to help promote readership. It's also, by no small coincidence, comic book legend Jack Kirby's birthday!
Whether people realize it or not, comic books have an important place in modern (and classic) literature. It's not just a book, but it's also a piece of sequential art.
Comic books are the best of both worlds!
No need to be ashamed that your an adult (young or old) reading a book with pictures in it. We, as a comic book loving community, should share our love for them and let people know by reading them in public.
A very good example of the important role comic books play in literacy, hits close to home for me. My youngest son, Dakotah, absolutely hated reading. As a matter of fact he struggled doing it, which certainly contributed to the vitriole. However, since he started reading Captain America by Rick Remender, he has sat down to read a book once a month. And he probably doesn't even realize he's doing it!
There's still a majority of people out there who don't view comic books as real literature. They still think that they're 'kids books' and that those of us doing it need to 'grow up'. The less reading we do in our homes and the more we do out in public, will show others that there are great comic books out there to be read.
And, most importantly, they aren't just for kids!
Here are a few places that provide excellent opportunities to read comic books in public (other than your local comic shop):
- Bus Stops
- On the Bus
- Coffee Shops
- Waiting Rooms
- Auto Repair
So get out there and read those comic books in public and come back to let me know if it sparks conversation or if you have any interesting stories to tell.
Where do you plan on reading?
<- That there is your Comic Book Nerd reading at his daughter's Cheerleading practice!