I wasn’t even supposed to be here today—not in this city, not in this country. I had big plans for staging a Read Comics in Public Day photo at Newark Airport, or maybe in a plane over the Atlantic on the way to Berlin. We’ll all have to settle for the above shot taken atop a table in a bagel shop in Astoria, Queens. But even with that pang of disappointment in mind, there’s something oddly romantic about the concept of reading comics at the end of the world.
The worst of Irene has passed over us, but it’s still ominous out there, all windy and gray and wet, pieces of trees in the street and the fronts of numerous stores still taped and boarded. The subways are still blocked off, so there’s not a lot of opportunity to leave my neighborhood, so for today’s second annual RCiPD, it was just me, an everything bagel, and a copy of D&Q’s upcoming Daybreak collection—an appropriate choice, given the chaos outside.
Images of the event have been pouring in all day, and from the looks of it, our friends across the globe have been faring much better than us. We’ve received submissions from Germany, Brazil, the Philippines, all over the US, and more. And we’re expecting the images to keep coming in, as the day progresses, given the tremendous feedback we’ve seen with the countless planned meetups.
I’ve pulled a few favorites from today’s event (so far). Please check them out, after the break. And a special thanks to Wired, USA Today, Comics Alliance, and all the other countless people and publications who have spread the word this year.