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Look, if it’s posted on the Internet it must be true, right? The extremely generic-looking website Holiday Insights asserts that Sept. 25 is National Comic Book Day, although it admits it could find no documentation or factual information to back that up. Apparently there has been no presidential proclamation, or at least none that the crack research team at Holiday Insights could dig up.
As a former reporter, though, I can tell you that these manufactured holidays are a godsend on a slow news day. So despite the absence of any visible celebrations in the comics world, a number of Patch.com sites have picked up on it. The most comprehensive one I found was from the Port Jefferson, New York, Patch, which asked readers what comics they read, interviewed a local retailer and reached out to their library for a list of suggested reading. Amarillo.com posted a slideshow of comic book heroes. And this is kind of cool: Last year, someone asked Victor Dandridge what he was doing to celebrate. He had never heard of National Comic Book Day, but he decided to run with it and had a celebration at his local comics store; I’m assume he was the one who also created the logo above.
If you really want to celebrate, though, check out Alex Zalben’s list of ten suggestions for celebrating National Comic Book Day, including dressing as your favorite creator, getting bitten by a radioactive animal, and baking a “variant cake”: “Every great holiday has its own food … for National Comic Book Day, it’s traditional to bake a four-color cake, and then make another cake covered in foil called a ‘variant cake.’ You must NEVER eat or touch the variant cake.”
How will you be celebrating this important holiday?