You love comics, the images, the words—the limitless artistic and storytelling potential. Why, then, is it so hard to express that affection sometimes? We’ve all likely been there at some point—maybe on a bus or in an academic setting or on a first date. We’ve all had a moment when, for something has held us back, not allowing us to tell the world.
Why is that, exactly? Comics have made their way into libraries and institutions of higher learning everywhere. Comics are regularly highlighted in publications like The New Yorker and The New York Times. A comic book has even won a Pulitzer. But yet, for some reason, when we find ourselves cracking one open in a public setting, we invariably anticipate the sideways glances and snickers of curious on-lookers wondering what a grownup is doing reading a funny book.
It’s time to smash that stigma, friends. In other words, as a great man once put it, “it’s clobberin’ time.”
This August 28th, The Daily Cross Hatch invites you to celebrate the first annual International Read Comics in Public Day. Let’s take to the libraries, the parks, the trains, and the buses, comic books in hand. Let’s show the world that we’re proud supporters of the vibrant art form that is comics—the greatest medium on earth.
We’re asking you, dear readers, to take an hour out of your Saturday to show the world what you think of sequential art. You can find more information about the event (included a full-sized, printable version of the above poster, designed by Eschew artist, Robert Sergel) over at the official Read Comics in Public site. And while you’re at it, send a photo of you reading comics that day to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, and we’ll see you on the 28th!