Happy New Year from the Harvey Mercheum! What a busy year 2017 was! Looking back, some of the highlights of 2017 that stand out to me include:
I would say, looking at this list, that 2017 was a good year for the Mercheum. Here’s hoping that 2018 is even better!
Because I had not formalized my list of special days, I missed acknowledging Local Comic Shop Day last year. This year I am more prepared. Please consider visiting your friendly local comic shops today!
Today is National Comic Book Day! It is not an “official” holiday, and does not get anywhere near as much attention as Free Comic Book Day. Take a moment today to show this holiday some love and read a comic book!
Today starts Banned Book Week. Given the current political climate in the United States, our right to read is more precious than ever. Banning extends to comic books as well, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is there to help defend our rights. They have released a handbook with more information, go to their website and read or download it now!
NOW AVAILABLE: CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook 2017!
Today is Museum Day Live! While it is fun to visit virtual museums like the Harvey Mercheum, it is much better to see exhibits in person if possible. Search for a participating museum near you and go visit!
I am not sure what made me start acknowledging “special days”, but I have been doing it almost since the start of the Mercheum Blog. While working on the big project gathering data on every post made, I decided to make a list of what days I had acknowledged. I then summarized the list, and broke the result into two categories:
Acknowledge every year
- World Intellectual Property Day
- Free Comic Book Day
- International Museum Day
- World Wide Web Day
- World Photo Day
- Museum Day Live!
- National Comic Book Day
- Local Comic Shop Day
Acknowledge with related exhibit
- Record Store Day
- International Tabletop Day
- National Pin-back Button Day
- Official holidays, such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving etc.
I intend to use these lists to help keep me on track with posting in the future. Are there any days you feel should be included that are not? Should I stop acknowledging special days? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
I almost missed the chance to acknowledge World Wide Web Day! Hopefully you had a chance to browse the Web today, and visit sites like this one.
This would be a particularly appropriate day to visit the World Wide Web Foundation, and learn about how they are working for a world where everyone has the same rights and opportunities online.
This week, May 7-13, is National Postcard Week! When I was very young, I used to collect postcards. In fact, it was one of the first collections I remember having. Now when I travel, I still buy postcards, but they end up in a scrapbook along with the rest of the ephemera from the trip.
To celebrate this week, I decided to try my hand at making an old style travel postcard. I love learning new things, and this gave me an excuse to try some new techniques in Adobe Photoshop. I made it to the postcard standard size of 4 1/4 inches by 6 inches. I did not have any printed, but if you wish to download and print it, make sure scaling is turned off or set to 100%:
Click for full size, then right click to save
Enjoy the week, and let me know what you think of my postcard in the comments below!