Art, Comics August 28, 2011

Today, 28 August 2011, is International Read Comics in Public Day. This is the second time it has been staged. It began last year and was created, sponsored and promoted by The Daily Cross Hatch. I have participated in the event on both occasions (see photos below) and chose the location outside my local library in Sydney. The City of Sydney Library branches carry an increasing range of comics and graphic novel titles including some manga. August 28 was also artist Jack Kirby’s birthday so I decided to read some early stories from the giant X-Men Omnibus that he created along with writer Stan Lee. Last year I read early issues of Peanuts by Charles Schulz. It was fun doing this.

Dr. Michael Hill a.k.a. Doctor Comics reading comics in public 2011. (Photo by Louise Graber)

Dr. Michael Hill a.k.a. Doctor Comics reading comics in public 2010. (Photo by Louise Graber)

UPDATE 2012: Art Gallery steps  I participated for the third time in 2012 when I read ZAP Comix No.4 in front of the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney. This comic features a dazzling psychedelic cover design by Victor Moscoso that the morning sun illuminated really well. On reflection, I expect that I shall not be formally participating in this event again as I have managed to read comics in public on a regular basis in pubs and cafes, on public transport, in parks and gardens, not as part of any crusade but because that is what I enjoy doing. I love reading comics, wherever I happen to be.

Dr. Michael Hill a.k.a. Doctor Comics reading comics in public 2012. (Photo by Louise Graber)

UPDATE 2013: at the beach!

Reading Brian Ralph's Daybreak at the beach at dawn.

Reading Brian Ralph’s Daybreak at the beach at dawn.

UPDATE 2016: VIVID Festival, Sydney Harbour Bridge

Reading Comics-Unflattening

Unflattening by Nick Sousanis under lights,  juxtaposed with the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

Related post in this blog:  I Love Comics!


Creator and former Director of the Master of Animation course at the University of Technology, Sydney, Dr. Michael Hill has a Master's degree in animation and a PhD in comics studies, prompting his introduction on ABC Radio as “Doctor Comics”. A member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Comic Art, and former member of the Comics Grid Journal of Comics Scholarship and the Advisory Committee of the Q-Collection Comic Book Preservation Project, he has delivered public lectures on Comics, Anime and Manga and held academic directorships in Interdisciplinary Studies, Animation, Design and Visual Communication. Having donated his collection of research materials on Australian alternative comics to the National Library of Australia he is now active in the artistic domain, writing, drawing and printmaking, creating art postcards and prints and his own graphic novel Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions of Doctor Comics.

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