We here on the Kill Shakespeare team are big fans of comics. Not just the super-hero books (tho’ we love those too) but the notion that there is a comic for EVERYONE .
And one of the ways to show that to people is to read comics — in public.
I know, I know — its a scary idea. And, I”ll admit that occasionally the Wednesday books stay in my bag on the TTC in favour of the latest issue of WIRED or a “proper” book — but the time has come to stand up and unite.
Or rather, unknown to me until the day OF, the time ALREADY came.
Yes it was National Read A Comic In Public Day on August 28th, and by all accounts it was a screaming success. Some very cool people we have met before in San Francisco were part of the event, and it was spearheaded by Brian Hibbs the accomplished author of Tilting at Windmills (one of the best collections of comic-related essays ever) and owner of the very excellent Comix Experience.
So a tip of the hat to Brian, and to everyone AROUND THE GLOBE who went out and read a comic in public, and hopefully inspired someone new to try out this awesome medium of ours.