Perth Writers Festival

The Perth Writers Festival is now underway until March 1, in the capital city of Western Australia with a host of events, including some that will be of interest to pop culture curious, such as The Game Changers about the video game industry, and a free screening of the recent TV documentary Comic Book Heroes about Perth publisher Gestalt Comics. That follows Graphic Detail, a talk focused on print vs digital comics.

The Game Changers Event

City of Wanneroo Pop Culture Festival

City of Wanneroo pop_culture_festivalIt’s always encouraging when libraries or local governments encourage arty and creative activities. The City of Wanneroo, here in Western Australia recently started their Pop Culture Festival, with a focus on cosplaying, but also a discussion, and workshop wit writer/artist Justin Randall (the excellent horror comic Changing Ways), as well as an anime film festival.

Go here for further info.

Read Comics in Public Day on August 28

This Sunday, August 28 is International Read Comics in Public Day. The title says it all, but check out their site to see what it’s all about, plus events in cities all over the world where you can let passres by knwo of your unabashed devotion to sequential art, and meet fellow fans too. Awesome.

Most of my comics reading is done in public anyway, on the bus or train. It’s a good opportunity to let those around you know that yes, comics still exist, and this is what they look like. Go forth ambassadors!

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?

While you’re at it, why not get a friend to snap a picture of you reading? Send it along and we’ll post it up for you in our photo gallery and on our site.

It’s all pretty straight forward, of course, but if you’ve got any questions–or suggestions–feel free to drop us a line at readcomicsinpublic@gmail.com.

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