For those who love comic books, there is at least one day where you can celebrate with friends who share your passion. National Comic Book Day is here for you.
What is National Comic Book Day?
This is an annual day where comic book lovers gather in their respective communities to share their love of comic books. From its humble origins to spawning huge blockbuster movies, comic books have been a part of popular culture for over a century. This year, National Comic Book Day is scheduled for September 25th, 2020. It will consist of many comic book day activities in major cities such as Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, and across the USA.
While COVID-19 may limit the personal gatherings, virtual sessions may provide the connection that many comic book lovers will enjoy on this remarkable day.
In the USA, comic books have been around since well before the American Civil War. The first known comic sold in the US was The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck, a Swiss comic that was printing in English which appeared in 1842. Over the next half-century, comics appeared in newspapers and other publications much like they do today.
It was not until the turn of the 20th century that the comics we know today in terms of their book-like form began to appear. The first comic book was published in 1933, but the key event occurred in 1938 when Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the Superman comic. This brought in what is today known as the Golden Age of Comics. This lasted until the mid-1950s when it began to lose interest with the general public.
However, in the early 1960s, Marvel helped revive interest which led to the Silver Age of Comics that lasted until the early 1970s. Realistic superheroes combined with imaginative storylines not only defined the era but also serve as the basis for the current run of comic-based blockbuster movies. The Bronze Age of Comics followed afterward running from the mid-1970s and over the next decade as darker plot elements along with socially relevant issues were highlighted.
It is the expansion of interest in comics today which is fueled in large part by the cinematic blockbusters based in comic lore that led to the inception of National Comic Book Day. For those who love comics, this is a day of celebration.
How to Celebrate National Comic Book Day?
With events happening in different cities as well as being online, the best way to celebrate this remarkable day is by sharing your love of comics with fellow comic book lovers. It al begins when you read the comics you have collected over the years, but you can also head to your local comic book store, gather at the official celebration points across the country, or stay home and celebrate online with virtual activities that spread your joy of comic books around the world.
It’s also a day to explore the many new comics that are being produced today, both in traditional print and digital form. This means discovering new comics to add to your collection which joins old favorites.
Most of the activities center on discovering new comic books, reading old favorites, sharing your love of comics with other comic book enthusiasts, and watching television shows and movies based on comic book heroes. The activities themselves will also depend on the venue and what events are planned for your community. Plus, there are online celebrations as well which will offer plenty of activities to enjoy.
There are some interesting stats about comics and National Comic Book Day which makes celebrating this event even more special.
10-Year-Olds: Did you know that over 60% of comic book readers started before they became 10 years old? Reading early, whether comic books, newspapers, fiction or non-fiction books can develop good reading habits. For those who love comic books, that passion seems to begin before the age of 10. However, the statistic also means that nearly 40% pick up the passion to read comics after the age of 10.
Digital: Physical comics books have declined in sales in recent years. In 2017, the drop was 6.5% for comics and graphic novels in 2017 alone. However, digital sales of comics have been on the rise. It does seem that as with many traditional print products such as comics, newspapers, and the like, more people are turning to the digital form.
Is National Comic Day and Free Comic Book Day the Same?
No, they are two separate days. National Comic Book Day is generally held around the 25th of September each year, though the exact day may vary.
Free Comic Book Day is held annually on the first Saturday in May. This means that you have at least two nationally recognized days to celebrate comic books.
Where to Celebrate National Comic Book Day?
Where to attend in 2020 will depend in large part on what communities are holding gatherings due to the coronavirus. For areas that are considered low risk, your local comic book shop will be the place to gather. There, you will find fellow lovers of comic books and can discover new comics as well.
For areas of risk, there will be virtual events that you can attend online while staying safe at home. They will provide the community interaction that makes this day so special.
What was the First Comic Book?
The first comic in book form was Famous Funnies, which was published in 1933. Before that, comics were limited to newspapers or publications that included other material. As mentioned earlier, Obadiah Oldbuck is considered the first comic that was published.
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There are many comic book day activities that you are participating in as part of National Comic Book Day. From cities across the USA which include Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, LA, and so many more, you can visit your local comic book shop, attend a gathering, or stay safe during COVID-19 and enjoy being part of the comic book community at home on September 25th, 2020.