Some people feel weird about reading comics in public, possibly because most of the general public thinks they're for children. Whatever the case may be, there's nothing to be ashamed of, unless you're reading Marvel. Just kidding! Do the world a favor today and join lots of others for International Read Comics in Public Day!!
The folks from the Daily Cross Hatch came up with the idea and I have to say, it's simple yet brilliant. Here's the gist:
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.
Take to the streets. Be proud. If someone asks what you’re reading, say, “a comic book” (the phrase “graphic novel is also acceptable, but let’s face it, it sort of defeats the whole purpose). Heck, lend them a book, if you’ve got an extra—what better way to make a new friend and convert a new reader?
I told you it was simple! The blog DC Women Kicking Ass (I totally approve of that name.) has taken the concept a bit further with "Women Read Comics In Public." It's nothing different than the event as a whole, they're just encouraging the ladies to get out there in force since, you know, girls don't read comics. ;)
Both sites suggest you having someone take a picture of you in the act as well and sending it to them. The addresses are readcomicsinpublic [at] gmail [dot] com and dcwomenkickingass [at] yahoo [dot] com I say send it to both. You know that's what I'll be doing.