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Posted by No_Name_ (17403 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't count the number of times I have gone to the park on a beautiful  afternoon and taken with me some of my favorite comic books to read for leisure- in public. Clearly, I have no problem letting people know that I am crazy about comic books, but I didn't always feel that way. There was a time when I was in fact a little bit shy and not so crazy about the funny looks I would get from strangers when they'd catch me reading the latest Batman trade. Now, I'm proud to say I- who cares! I've learned to embrace both the funny looks and the conversations that have started thanks to comic books!

I know all you guys are comic fans and you demonstrate that with all of your contributions to ComicVine, so why not take your passion to the streets this weekend? I know that's what I'll be doing!  A concept started by Sarah Morean and Brian Heater of The Daily Cross Hatch, "Read Comics in Public Day" is a day where we, as fans of the genre, can show all the "normal people" of the who "aren't nerds" that comic books are pretty awesome! So, to commemorate International "Read Comics in Public Day," this Saturday, August 28th, 2010, I am challenging you guys to take your favorite comics and hit the streets! Go out there and celebrate by reading your favorite funny books in public, and send us a photo! I want to see pictures of all of your adorable faces reading your favorite comic books at your local coffee shop, bookstore, local school, park, and etc. Feel free to post your photos in the comments section of this news post! I can't wait to see how many of you participate!
 
Thanks to DCWomenKickingAss for the heads up on this article.
#1 Edited by InnerVenom123 (29499 posts) - - Show Bio

I read comics in public all the time. I read them so much in high school that people were constantly borrowing my trades from me.... I'm still missing my "Maximum Carnage" and my "Deadpool VS The Marvel Universe" because of that =/

#2 Posted by NightFang (9904 posts) - - Show Bio

This feels like a gay pride parade but with comics, lol.

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#3 Posted by Kurrent (14061 posts) - - Show Bio

I've never hid the passion and dont think I ever will

#4 Posted by HaHaManHV (234 posts) - - Show Bio

I read comics in public all the time in my quest to spread the word. I even walk around with the title out and clearly readable so if anybody sees it and thinks it looks cool they know what to look for. Everybody needs to do their part!

#5 Edited by FoxxFireArt (3549 posts) - - Show Bio

I can only speak from personal taste, but I would find it quite interesting to see a lovely lady reading comic books. It would give me an idea on how to approach and what to say. lol
 
Probably the only reason I don't take my comics out is because it's a bit cumbersome. I almost never travel somewhere to read things. I like sitting out in my car port and read a nice book (comic, novel, or manga). I am more likely to take a manga out somewhere. If only because they are small and I can fit them in the pocket of cargo pants.
 
Uhhh, Babs. Did you mean Saturday August 28th 2010? The 27th was Friday. August 28th is Saturday, and the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream." speech. Though, this is a lot better than what that ass Glenn Beck is pulling on this day.
 
I do have to go to the library tomorrow to pick something up. They do have this little garden reading area outside. Perhaps, I'll take my X-Men Blinded by the Light with me and a manga from my collection.

#6 Posted by GraveSp (318 posts) - - Show Bio

I live in Arizona its to hot to go out  in public.  I was reading Scott Pilgrim outside of my classroom on Wednesday though so I'm going to say that counts 

#7 Posted by obscurefan (274 posts) - - Show Bio

Haha, I can't wait to ride the subway tomorrow and see if people are picking them up and reading.

#8 Posted by daken_2513 (416 posts) - - Show Bio

i always read comics in public
#9 Posted by rentfn (31 posts) - - Show Bio

but the sun is outside...it's scary seeing it when it's new comic day :)

#10 Posted by Krakoa (550 posts) - - Show Bio

Someone should set up a lawn chair and several long boxes in the middle of the highway and obstruct traffic like a comic book Tianemen [sic.] square.

#11 Posted by TheMess1428 (2176 posts) - - Show Bio

I read comic books in public everyday! One time on the city bus, some guy noticed me reading 52 Volume 3 and he asked me which one I was reading and then said it was a good story. I laughed.

#12 Posted by Daredevilwithoutfear (90 posts) - - Show Bio

I always Read Comics in the Starbucks I always go to... Two Days ago I was reading Batgirl Destruction's daughter.. Today I will Read Hellblazer and The Watchmen..

#13 Edited by ArtisticNeedham (2233 posts) - - Show Bio

I read comics out in public all the time.  comics and graphic novels and even how to draw comics type books.  But I had a big day planned of sitting and doing nothing tomorrow.  Guess I'll figure something out.

#14 Edited by jordama (4225 posts) - - Show Bio

X-Men first class tmorrow in the student center. I have learned not to read X-Fcator, I laugh to loud :)
#15 Posted by ImperiousRix (1069 posts) - - Show Bio

I've been known to read comics on campus before.  That, and if I was coming out of the comic shop with something I was super excited for, I might just read it in the parking lot. 
If this is an actual "thing", though, I guess I should go out of my way this weekend to make sure I bring some comics along with me when I go out.  If only hadn't started, I could do some ACTUAL reading... instead of this "academic" stuff.

#16 Posted by 123422 (1013 posts) - - Show Bio

I was gonna re-read Scott Pilgrim Vol. 6 today anyways, and i'm going out to buy some more comics also
btw, it is the 28th, not 27th

#17 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (8897 posts) - - Show Bio
@NightFang: LOL
#18 Posted by NightFang (9904 posts) - - Show Bio
@haydenclaireheroes said:
" @NightFang: LOL "
              Yeah i'm a sick man, lol.
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#19 Posted by ShirEPanjshir (588 posts) - - Show Bio

Heh. I read comics in public all the time, and while at the USA this might be something a bit more common, here it absolutely isn't ( for example, to my knowledge, there are only 3 comic book stores in the whole country here. And they are nowhere to be compared to lets say Midtown Comics. ). So people tend to either not really notice/realize it that I'm actually reading a comic and not, say, a gaming magazine. Though by the popularity of The Big Bang Theory and some other media attention comics have been getting, more and more people are becoming aware what these comic books are, and the funny looks are increasing. 
 
On the other hand; so is the interest for comics. When I arrived at my current school, I was like the only one who read comics, and I'm in a pretty nerd-ish education. By now several of my friends ( and my girlfriend ) are reading comics as well. Mostly on the computer, but a few of them actually buy them ( or have me go get them for them ) at the comic book store too. But as I said; I'm in a pretty nerd-ish education, my girlfriend is studying in the Biomedical sector, and if she takes one of my comics to class for when she gets bored, she gets a whole lot of funny looks and questions.

#20 Posted by CaptainUseless (730 posts) - - Show Bio
@Kurrent said:
" I've never hid the passion and dont think I ever will "
#21 Edited by MarchToWar (13 posts) - - Show Bio

I always read on in public, but hide my face with a scarf.

Not because I’m ashamed of reading comics, it’s because I’m extremely ugly.

Torch and pitchfork ugly!    

#22 Posted by Shanana (52920 posts) - - Show Bio

HAHAHA I was taking my "SOL's" and I finished early, So i pulled out my super girl comic  and my bestie made such a big deal about, it talk about embarrassed. Haven't done it since.

#23 Posted by imaginaryman (198 posts) - - Show Bio

haha I never new there was such a special day like this hahaha

#24 Posted by hdorman1 (4662 posts) - - Show Bio

i reas comics where i want to tbh 

#25 Posted by Dracade102 (8167 posts) - - Show Bio
@Lazy8 said:
"

I always read on in public, but hide my face with a scarf.

Not because I’m ashamed of reading comics, it’s because I’m extremely ugly.

Torch and pitchfork ugly!    

"


Bizarro hates you just the way you aren't
#26 Posted by Aspenite (892 posts) - - Show Bio

Count me in!

#27 Posted by Duncan (11440 posts) - - Show Bio

Damnit I can't go outside its raining.

#28 Posted by Backslash (8 posts) - - Show Bio

I always read in public when i ride the train, some people talked to me and said that they miss the comics and asks for updates.

#29 Posted by Primmaster64 (21138 posts) - - Show Bio

I read them a borders....does that count?

#30 Posted by Aquamariner (203 posts) - - Show Bio

Gotta love babs! 
 
hmmm... I may take it a bit further and read some comics in a park or subway...Naked! LOL 

#31 Posted by MatKrenz (1233 posts) - - Show Bio

This is a celebration i can get hooked on.

#32 Edited by THALASTDRAGON (387 posts) - - Show Bio

i do this all tha time. if i go somewhere, i like havin a trade or a few issues with me. and about 2-3 semesters ago, i started carrying a trade or hc with me on campus. i started doin this mostly becuz i started spending so much more time on campus, instead of heading back to my place. i figured i could catch up on reading inbetween classes or meetings. 
 
wasnt there something like this on facebook earlier this year? if i remember correctly, it was a week long thing too. i'll have to double check facebook. 
 
edit: yeah there was. it was in april, it was within two weeks of fcbd.
#33 Posted by wolfman54 (50 posts) - - Show Bio

Man i always read on the train and what not. Who gives a fuck, comics are the shit
#34 Posted by xerox_kitty (15762 posts) - - Show Bio

I had no idea it was Read Comics In Public Day!  I would have done this... while wearing my new Comic Vine t-shirt :)

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#35 Posted by goldenkey (2927 posts) - - Show Bio

we should meet in front of that politcians house.
#36 Posted by THALASTDRAGON (387 posts) - - Show Bio
@goldenkey said:
"we should meet in front of that politcians house. "

i like where ur head's at
#37 Posted by dcfox (150 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't own any physical comics. Do digital comics count?

#38 Posted by Zghost (100 posts) - - Show Bio

Best place for me to read comics is a local bar i know that has a nice outside porch area.  Get some sun, have a drink, and read a tradeback.

#39 Posted by ReverseNegative (2729 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool, I'll have to try it.

#40 Edited by VicRattlehead (41 posts) - - Show Bio

when i worked in belfast i usually read em all the time on the train going to and from work, you could usually spot 1 or 2 people sitting beside ye trying to read it outta the corner of there eye.... nothing to be ashamed about tbh its just a comic book...

#41 Posted by Ry Fryy (370 posts) - - Show Bio

I prefer the term "graphic novel" when reading them in public.

#42 Posted by sora_thekey (8153 posts) - - Show Bio
@xerox-kitty: You seem to be enjoying that T-Shirt! (I went to a concert wearing mine, and a girl came up to me and asked me what that's all about... the next day she e-mailed me saying she went on the site and just started watching videos here @CV)
 
I didn't know there was such an amazing holiday! Today I have to work but I'll read at work in front of Mickey & Friends! (Maybe I should go get a Boom! Disney comic...)
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#43 Posted by AMP - Seeker of Lost Knowledge (1221 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds like a groovy idea. It can also inspire young minds to read their comics in public as well. Unfortunately for me....I have to do some college homework and study for quiz by MONDAY. If the event is today....I'll do it later on towards the night.
 
ROCK ON COMIC-VINERS.

#44 Posted by spider-man 2996 (660 posts) - - Show Bio

I did it today

#45 Posted by GundamHeavyarms (701 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh, what a coincidence.  I just  happened to finish reading a trade while was eating lunch earlier this afternoon.  I dont mind reading comics in public.  I still think people might look at me funny, but no one has the guts to say anything to me about it.

#46 Posted by IronSpidy-Rooney (356 posts) - - Show Bio

Wish i had that much Pride bout that too take the looks like u do Babs 
Still it doesnt stop me

#47 Posted by Captain Fuzzy Bear (1 posts) - - Show Bio

I read comics at school all the time, and no one really calls me out on it.

#48 Posted by SuperGamera (565 posts) - - Show Bio

i publicly read all the time

#49 Posted by 651 (202 posts) - - Show Bio

when i went to get thenew -men this week i got alot of funny looks but who cares

#50 Posted by primepower53 (5686 posts) - - Show Bio

Went down to the park nearby  
Read comics in front of a bunch of people.  
Had an interesting conversation with a guy named Walter.