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READ COMICS: An Illustrated Imperative

A wide array of beloved comics artists help illustrate a simple but important message. Block photographs by Robert Stanievich.

From a store in Chicago called Four-Sided, we purchased these wooden alphabet blocks in order to spell a simple message, a directive for all graduates of alphabet blocks: READ COMICS.

We quickly put them on display at our exhibitors’ table. You might say this is preaching to the converted, but we view it as a celebration. You do not need us to tell you to read comics any more than you need Kris Kross to tell you to jump. But Kris Kross will make you jump. And we will make comics for you to read. You will make comics for us to read. So you and I drew on these blocks, and we’re saying it all together now.

The blocks, on location, doing their thing. Also pictured: Jason and Cara.

The blocks, on location, doing their thing. Also pictured: Jason and Cara.

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