August 28 is International Read Comics in Public Day!

I'm doing my part to support International Read Comics in Public Day. Won't you help, too?
201008192010 The concept is fairly simple: we’re asking that everyone take an hour or two out of their day on August 28th (also the birthday of Jack “King” Kirby, incidentally) to read a comic book in a public setting–a park bench, a beach, a bus, the front steps of your local library (we do ask, however, that you be mindful of local loitering laws). Let strangers see you reading a piece of sequential art.

[Mark's] comic of choice is Tippy Teen, a late-60s Archiesque Tower Comics series by Jughead artist, Samm Schwartz. If you look closely at the cover of this $0.25, Comics Code-approved issue, you’ll notice a prescient warning about the dangers of online dating. If you look to the left of Frauenfelder, you’ll see a sign that reads, “Wine. It’s what’s for dinner.” Coincidence? Perhaps.

Mark Reads Comics in Public


  1. Unfortunately I don’t think I would get much notice reading a comic in public here in Tokyo.. :0/ It seems to be the norm rather than the exception..

    1. I tried to like comic books. I really did.

      Same here. I don’t DISlike comic books, but frankly, when I’m reading fiction I prefer the pictures my brain makes to the ones someone else drew.

  2. Personally I read comics in public quite a lot, here in the UK. I like to jump on the London Underground, whip out my latest purchases and get reading.
    Unfortunately, no one has ever paid attention to my reading habits. It’s not the done thing on the underground, despite having the highest public density and being plainly obvious to everyone around me that I’m doing something ‘abnormal.’
    If anyone can think of somewhere I could read in public where someone might be interested in what I’m doing, I’d quite happily go there and do it. Although I feel handing out free comics in public would achieve a lot more than simply reading them.

  3. Hey, I will definitely do my bit….my choice would be Asterix and Tintin to some extent. I will read both at campus, at bus, in the canteen, at office…let me see where else I can! Quite an interesting job for me.

  4. Honestly I don’t really like this idea, it implies people might be embarrassed to do so anyway. And reading comics in public isn’t so uncommon. In New York, depending on the line, pretty much every subway car has at least one person reading a comic of some sort.


        “An interesting fact about white people is that they firmly believe that all of the world’s problems can be solved through “awareness.” Meaning the process of making other people aware of problems, and then magically someone else like the government will fix it.

        This belief allows them to feel that sweet self-satisfaction without actually having to solve anything or face any difficult challenges. Because, the only challenge of raising awareness is people not being aware. In a worst case scenario, if you fail someone doesn’t know about the problem. End of story.”

  5. Will this be August 28 every year, or the last Saturday in August? I think you’d get more participation if it were always on a Saturday.

  6. Whenever I buy my mags, inevitably the chap behind the counter begins to place them in a black plastic bag, which I’ve come to think of as a “porn” bag. I still have to remind the guys, despite being a regular for years, that I’m happier walking around with my mags in plain site than I am walking around with a porn bag.

    I’d be happier walking around with porn in plain sight than walking around with a porn bag. I might not be good about taking reusable bags with me to Trader Joes, but if I was buying porn I’d sure bring my own bag rather than parade about with one of them black porn bags.

    Can’t say I read comics in public every day…but I certainly don’t think twice about it on the days that I do.

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