…and this is AWESOME: Read Comics in Public Day!!!

As we write, Read Comics in Public Day, celebrating the ninth art on The King’s birthday, is well underway. A Flickr pool has been set up and people around the world are participating, with meet-ups going on in Australia, London, New York, Boston, Alaska, San Diego, and beyond.

The brainchild of Brian Heater and Sarah Morean, the goal of the holiday is to publicly proclaim comics solidarity and post the results to the internet.

And don’t forget the one for Ladies!

More coverage via Whitney Matheson and Glen Weldon.

We’ll be out and about and posting our photos in a bit.


  1. Andrew Laubacher says

    “As we write, Read Comics in Public Day, celebrating the ninth art on The King’s birthday is well underway.”

    Um, which “King’s” birthday? Martin Luthor King, Jr. was born on January 15th. Are you thinking of the anniversary of the “I have a dream” speech?

  2. says

    >> Um, which “King’s” birthday? Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15th. >>

    And Nat “King” Cole was born on March 17.

    But since neither of them are someone you’d immediately think, “Ah, yes, we should celebrate comics on their birthday,” I’m thinking the King is question is Jack “King” Kirby, born August 28, 1919.


  3. hikaru go says

    Hah! …and I was just about to wiki Elvis’ b’day ’cause I wasn’t sure either until Mr. Busiek slapped me with a brick of common sense.

  4. Andrew Laubacher says

    In his book, MEN OF TOMORROW: GEEKS, GANGSTERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE COMIC BOOK, Gerard Jones gives Kirby’s birthday as August 18, 1917. At the time I posted, I did not realize that the Jones book was in error. Thanks for the correction.

  5. Andrew Laubacher says

    Of course, it didn’t help matters that the BECKAPOCALYPSE: THE BECKONING event in D.C. had brought the MLK speech to the forefront of my mind, either.

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