Read a Comic in Public Day

He was sitting on the bench on his street reading The Walking Dead when the stranger approached him.

“Hi there. Reading a comic, huh?” she asked.


“In public?”

“Yeah, that’s the general idea.”

“You know Read a Comic in Public Day was yesterday, right?”

He looked over his copy of The Walking Dead and raised his eyebrows.

“You’re a day late,” she said with a sly smile.

“I worked all day yesterday. A double. And it doesn’t have to be Read a Comic in Public Day to read a comic in public. Maybe I sit here every Sunday and read. Maybe I read novels, literature, classics, and everything else on Sundays. Maybe this week just happens to be a comic.”

“Maybe,” she said with a hint of doubt, “But I doubt it,” she finished as she sat next to him. “Walking Dead, huh? Like zombies?”

“Who doesn’t?”

“True, true. So what did you read sitting here last week? War and Peace? Great Gatsby, perhaps?”

His face turned the slightest hint of red. “The Last Man,” he mumbled.

“Thought so,” she smiled.

She riffled through her bag and pulled out an earlier copy of The Walking Dead.

“Mind if I join you? I worked a double yesterday too.”


She opened it to page one. “Just don’t tell me what happens. You’re ahead of me.”

He continued to read, but now with a big smile on his face.


9 responses to “Read a Comic in Public Day

  1. thewhitebuffalowoman

    Very sweet! 🙂

  2. I need to learn SO MUCH from you, Den

  3. This post gives me a compulsion to buy a copy too…

  4. This made me smile. Your short stories are more intriguing than most.

  5. Oh I have to mention, it took me quite a few google searches to find your blog again, since I had deleted my previous posts on my old blog. All that came to my mind was “dennis foccachio….focario…focashraioro… lady in purple and yellow dress…bedpost..pills….” finally it came up.

  6. Again, I want to meet the people in your stories. I love reading them.

  7. I’ve been reading so many comics and graphic novels lately. Can’t get enough! I recommend Larry Gonick’s “Cartoon History of the Modern World.” It’s hilarious.

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