Is that a 3-D Jaws card?

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Why, yes it is.

As part of my ongoing quest to finish setting up our house, I have found myself going through many things and trying to find a place for them.  This week, I was able to do a few things, so expect a couple updates within the next week.  Sorry these aren’t as Crafty as I would have liked, but if you stick them out, I did do a mini-craft that I will post.

On this site we are going to look through many collections that I have been putting together all my life.  One of the first things that I had to go through was my card collection.  I don’t mean greeting cards, or sports cards here.  Although I do still have a box of old baseball cards that I should go through.  And I didn’t include my Magic cards, as there are just too many, and I need to sell most of them.  Interested? Email us.

No, here I’m going to talk about my comic and miscellaneous, and random other ones that I had acquired, including some that I just bought last month.

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Here is my collection, or most of it, semi-sorted into groups.  We got some Marvel cards, X-Force, X-Men, Spider-Man, Heavy Metal magazine covers, Arthur Suydam artwork, some Marvel game, TMNT TV show cards, Archer, and even one lone DC card.  That’s right, Gangbuster, in all of his glory.

My original plan was to narrow done these cards to a core group that were the best of the best and represented the interests I had.  This didn’t take as long as I thought it would.  Many cards I eliminated just because I didn’t like the way that they looked (sorry X-Force).  Some because I just had no interest in them (Marvel game and Heavy Metal).  I mean, don’t get me wrong, some of those cards were cool, but I just don’t think that I liked them enough to put them on display.

Finally I got the ones that I thought were good enough, and diverse enough, to add to my wanna-be-shelf-porn library.  As you can see, I only got vertical ones, and I did include two sketch cards and a Magic card.  I thought that this would look good in a tasteful frame.

imageTop row, left to right, they are:  Archer (Sterling Duchess), the Deadpool card from the polybagged X-Force #1 (worthless, utterly worthless, even in the bags), a Groot sketch card from last year in Boston.

Middle row: Glow in the dark Ghost Rider, Arthur Suydam artwork, Avengers team card.

Bottom: Aces Weekly sketch card from Dubai Comic-Con, Marvel “comedy” card, MTG Dark Ritual card (not a rare, but a solid card to have in a black deck).

As luck would have it, I was able to find several nice frames at Goodwill, which was having a huge sale.  So I was getting frames for under a dollar.  These were nice, too.  You’ll see some of them in a later post.  Unfortunately, the sheets of cards would not fit. So I had to do a bit of cutting and re-arranging.  In the process, I switched out a couple of cards.  This was mostly done to make it fit, but I also think it looks a bit nicer now, with the horizontal cards.

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As you can see, I took out the Avengers card, the hilarious Marvel “joke”, and the Ghost Rider.  Looking back now, I think I want to put the Ghost Rider back in and take out the Magic card, but maybe that would just be too much Marvel.  In case you can’t tell from the glare, the two horizontal cards that I put in are the Jaws card, and one of Kraven the Hunter with a gunshot wound to the head, which isn’t in the original Kraven’s Last Hunt (or Fearful Symmetry for you snobs), I don’t think.

So where does this go?  Well, for now, it goes under my shelf of many things.

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Someday that will require updating, and so someday, that too will be an article here on Giant-Size Comic Things, your home for stuff about comics and things.  Think you got a better catch phrase? Leave it in the comments.

A New Year!

Hello and welcome to GSCT.  I”m you’re guide today, and I must say, it’s been a while.  You’re looking good, as usual.  Me?  Well, I don’t think I lost some weight but thanks for saying so anyway.  Well, here we are.  Finally, it’s 2015.  Everyone needs to be on the lookout for time travelers, be they mutant or hoverboard riders (or mutant hoverboard riders for that matter).

With a new year, we here at GSCT and proud and excited to announce that we will have some new content appearing on this page.  You’ve already seen the start of a new comic that is ongoing.  We also have a former writer (me) is coming back to us and bringing with him a whole host of things.  New baby, new house, in a new country, and with new things to discuss.

The new house has finally allowed me and my family to start what I had always hoped would be the other half of this website.  Not only will we continue to discuss all things comic-related, but we will also be starting to spread the geekery through our home.  The column name may be changing over time, but expect a once-a-month home project.

The other columns I had will be on continued hiatus, but we might see some slip in now and then.  Once a week, at least, is my goal for this year for site updates.  I’m sorry that it won’t be more, but hopefully this will be better than nothing.

I’ll see you in a day or two with project number one.

Stay warm, and stay geeky!

Some artwork to share out

So, it’s been a while since I did any real drawing.  I say “real drawing” because I have, of course, done some doodles over the years, but I have not just sat down with the idea of drawing in far too long.

So, last week, I forced myself to.  I made myself draw for about an hour a day.  I actually did more than that, but that had been my goal.  I did pencils and then inked them, as I love doing black and white art.  As the drawings were definitely comic book related, I present them to you, internet.

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Here is the Punisher, which was the first one I did.  I used an old Punisher video game ad as a guide.  Not that great, but okay for a warm up.

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Here was the next one.  M.O.D.O.K. (as if you didn’t know).  I don’t know why he has Norman Osborn hair, but I think it works alright.

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And the weirdest Inhuman, Lockjaw.  I am still mystified and confused by this character.  Was he a human who became a dog, or did the Inhumans put a pet through the Terrigen Mists?  Either way, here he is lifting a leg to pee all over something or other.

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Finally, I did a team picture.  And of course, I did the most famous superhero team of all time, the GLA.  In case you didn’t know, I love the GLA.

Well, I hope you enjoyed taking a small look at some artwork.  Comments?  Criticisms?  Requests?  Let me know in the comments.

 

 

A few things were waiting for me…

So, I’m finally back to writing here.  I know that many of you followers out there were wondering when I would post again, and I’m sure you’ve been missing those great columns, such as Free Comics Now! and Cartoons and Cereal.  Have no fear, they will be coming back, and Rewinding the Week will in another month or so.  Thank you to the kind folks who inquired after me.  I will also be trying hard to start a couple more posts a week, having to do with collecting in general and some graphic novels.  Here’s the start of that.  This is a picture-heavy post.

So when I got back from moving, I found a stack of packages waiting for me at my mom’s, where we have been staying while we look for our own house.

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Nice stuff, I know.  I was pretty excited about it all.  It was like a birthday for me, and actually was only a couple weeks after my birthday.  Almost all the stuff there was comics-based, so it was a great thrill.  Please keep in mind that these packages represent over a year of stuff, and it was all very cheap.  Now, the big boxes are really stuff for storing my comics, as my collection looked like this:

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But I ordered some supplies from Comic Supply, which is a website that sells that sort of thing, as well as some back issues.  I have ordered through them a couple times, and I found that the delivery was never quite as fast as they said it would be, but the customer service was good.  They also have a rewards program that allows you to earn points and then get some discounts.  They also send me coupon specials to order things in particular months.  Not a bad site to check out.  This was my loot from them:

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Bags, boards, boxes, dividers, and a bunch of comics to fill some gaps in my collection.  The actual sorting will be discussed in a future post.

Next up is a site called My Comic Shop.  This one I really like.  I only bought back issues from them, but they have an excellent selection at cheap prices.  Often times, they have more than one copy of a back issue and different qualities are sold for different prices.  The shipping was cheap and fast.  Check them out for sure.  Here was a quick shot of how well they packaged (very thoroughly) and a couple of the gems I picked up:

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Yeah, that is the first appearance of the GLA I got up there.  Also Ms. Marvel for my daughter, a 2099 issue that I needed, and Secret Warriors #2, since my copy had a bit of a mistake, but that’s the subject of another post.  Anyways, there were a bunch of other comics I got here, but I don’t want to bore you with all of them.

The next package was from Amazon.  I’m sure you all know enough about that site.  Well, I had gotten a gift certificate for my birthday and so I picked up a couple of things.

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So, first up is The De-Textbook by Cracked.com.  If you don’t read cracked, you are missing out.  it is informative, yet hilarious.  Think of the Daily Show, but with more internet.  This is a collection of historical articles from the site, and I look forward to going through it at my leisure.  The other picture shows the few graphic novels I bought.  I had mentioned in free comic reviews that I would like to read more of Saga and Change, and now I have the chance to.  I also got the Deadpool Max hardcover complete edition.  I have a few of the issues, but in looking for the rest, found it would be cheaper to buy the whole thing.  Expect reviews of these to come at some point.

I also got a few comics from my former local comic store.  This guy, Ahmed at Time Out For Comics, does a great job at selling comics online.  You can subscribe to him and he’ll get you what you need.  They all come in new condition, bagged and boarded.  Since I was overseas, I used him a lot to get some current issues.  I also picked up a few packs of 90s trading cards that I’ll share at some point. 

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So I’m getting the Ms. Marvel’s for my daughter, but then I started picking up Miracleman and of course, the Sandman Overture.  Got a couple spur-of-the-moment ones too.  And he sent me all the Free Comic Book Day comics.

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Card packs that were only $1 each.  I’ll show you the contents some other time.  Have to keep some mystery.

IMG_6854It was the store’s 20th anniversary, so he also sent out little pins.  Pretty cool.  I don’t know if I’ll wear it, but it’s nice.

Finally, there were a couple more packages.  One from Ad House Books and contained Duncan the Wonder Dog.  They were having a sale one day, and I had heard good things about this book so… there it is.

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I had also contributed to a Kickstarter a while ago, and was pleased to get my copy of Code Monkey Save World.

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So that was it for my website-related windfall.  But I also got a couple other awesome things that I want to show you. 

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First is a new vinyl by Spose, who is an amazing musician you should check out.  He’s the best rapper in Maine, and I know that doesn’t sound too impressive, but trust me, he’s cool.  This was a limited edition, and I’m grateful to my sister for picking it up for me while I was away.

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The other thing is this great painting of Jesus riding a dinosaur.  This was done by my friend Jason Littlefield of Anti clothing.  You can check out his work.  He’s always doing something cool and I look forward to getting more art from him in the future.

Finally, done.  That is it for today.  I’m worn out.  It’s been too long since I’ve written, and I’m a bit out of practice.  What did you think?  See anything you liked?  Any suggestions on new things to look into?   Let me know!

 

 

 

 

Paper Crafts (part 2)

Last time, in my small craft corner of this website, we looked at making Cubee Crafts.  They are simple, yet make great decorations, and of course, best of all, they are free.  Today I’m going to talk about something else you can make with paper, just as free, but a bit more geeky.

I’m talking about making dice.  Have played Dungeons & Dragons in my youth, I was familiar with many different dice, and as I still play a game of magic now and then, I have a few d20s still lying around.  Today I’ll show you 6 oversized dice I made, which are the most common ones used in gaming.

There are five platonic solids, the tetrahedron (d4), cube (d6), octahedron (d8), dodecagon (d12), and icosahedron (d20).  If you’re unfamiliar with platonic solids, they are 3D shapes that are made of regular polygons.  Regular polygons are shapes with equal sides and angles, such as squares.  Each vertex of a platonic solid is also identical to the others, meaning that the same number of sides always come together.  I found the nets for the platonic solids over at this website.  They also have nets to make a lot of other 3d shapes, but none that I would use today.  I have used several of them when I teach mathematics, though.  The last shape, a decahedron (d10), I found over here, is not a platonic solid.  Even though every side is the same shape, the sides are not regular polygons, and the vertices are not all identical.  Okay, that ends the math lesson, so I’ll get to the art side of things.

First thing to do is to print off the actual patterns.  Like the Cubee Crafts, I would recommend using a thicker paper, however, this time around I just printed them on normal paper to start with.

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I also got some different paper from my work.  It was thicker, colored, and also had a nice texture and pattern already, which I thought would look good on the dice.  I wanted to use the thick paper for the dice, but couldn’t get it to print onto it.  I chose the sandy brown color to do my first set on, as I had enough of it, and I do live in the desert here.  I think when I return to my home, I will make a few new sets in various colors.

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I then just stapled the patterns to the thicker paper.  This allowed me to cut out the pattern easily, without the thinner paper moving away, which would have resulted in some edges not being exactly right.

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After cutting out the patterns comes the harder step.  Not too difficult, mind you, but the hardest part of this project.  Folding.  I enjoy origami, and so it wasn’t much of a issue, but it can be challenging.  The lines that you would normally fold on are not on the thicker paper, so you have to try and eyeball where they would go based on the printout.  There are several flaps that need to be folded correctly to held hold the sides together.

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Finally, when it is all folded, you can start to glue.  I used superglue for some, and hot glue for others.  It doesn’t really matter, as long as you hold it until it dries.

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And then you’re done!

Here you can see my the other four of my five platonic solids, all completed.  I have the 3 triangle-based ones…

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and the pentagon-based one.

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And here is the last, non-platonic solid, but just as important, d10.  I actually added the numbers onto this one, although I’m not sure if I like it like that or not.  We’ll see what I do next time.

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I hope you enjoyed this small tutorial of making your own dice.  I don’t know if I’d use them for a D&D or Warhammer game, but I might keep them around on my shelf, make them heavier and into bookends, or even make larger scale models.  Our Nerd Home did a giant d20, which looked awesome, but I think you need the whole collection.

Paper Crafts (Part 1)

Do you like geek decorating?  Of course you do, you’re on a comic book website aren’t you?  So do I.  I love going over here and seeing all the “Shelf Porn” (don’t worry it’s SFW).  One thing that I get insanely jealous over though is the amount of statues or figurines that some people have.  Now, I like to have playable toys, (and I’ll say for my daughter) but still, the statues look awesome.  Now a lot of people seem to get those bobbleheads or minimates or whatever else is cool these days.  I’d like to, but I just don’t have the money to spend on those things.

Which is why I was so happy when I found CubeeCraft.  It’s all free, and there are so many to choose from.  You simply print off the designs (I suggest cardstock or thick paper), cut them out, fold them together, and BAM!  Awesome art to line your shelves with.  And what a amazing array of them too!  TMNT, Marvel heroes, DC heroes, Arrested Development, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Dragon Ball Z, Princess Bride, Mario, and the list goes on and on.  You can also print off blank ones, or design your own.

So today, I’m here to give you a little crash course in making your own FREE! paper statues.

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Here is what the design looks like when you print it out.  As you may or may not know, this is the prince from the wonderfully simple game, Katamari Damacy. Again, I use thicker paper, as it holds up better and makes folding it easier.

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Now it is all cut out.  I use an exacto-knife to do this, as there are some slits you have to cut.

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Here are the individual parts all folded.  Most of them follow this pattern.  Legs, torso, two arms, and head.  There are ones with extra bits or accessories as well.

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Now I’ve started to put them together.  I like to put the feet in first, and then the arms.  I bend the flaps inside the torso down so that they lock in place better.  If you don’t, they tend to fall out if they get moved.  The head gets put on last, and I do the same thing, folding the neck flaps inside before I put the top of the head into place.

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Ta-da!  Easy.  The whole process only took about 15 minutes.  The first one you do might take a bit longer, but it’s an easy groove to get into.  Not only that, but it’s an easy enough thing that kids can do it to.  The whole family can find some character they like.

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There are a couple my daughter did.

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And there’s some by my wife.  I was actually going to do a different paper craft today, but in our process of going through stuff as we prepare to move, I came across some undone cubees, and so decided to let the force guide me.  We had done a whole lot of these last year and taken then home with us.

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This is a small selection of some of my favorite ones I had made.  I hope you enjoyed this and I hope that you try making some of your own.  My next goal is to make some larger ones.

 

Harry Potter Wands

Last week, I talked about how my daughter and I celebrated Star Wars Day.  This week I’ll show you another craft we did.  This one wasn’t related to a holiday, and is actually not even related to comics.  But I think it’s okay to put some Harry Potter stuff on here too.  We recently finished reading the first book as a bedtime story and then watched the movie.  My wife was waiting for this day for ages.  Now, we could finally do a craft that she had seen on Pinterest a while ago.  Harry Potter wands.  And it was surprisingly easy!

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We started off with just some chopsticks, marbles, beads, and a hot glue gun.  Just gloop a whole bunch of glue onto the end you want for the handle (we chose the thicker end) and glue a marble onto the base of it (totally optional, but it provides a nice weight and makes it a bit longer).  When the glue is mostly cooled, you can shape it a bit by rolling it around and make the grip to your liking.  You can also add beads in the glue to give it more texture (or add a unicorn hair or phoenix feather).

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After the glue is completely dried and you’re happy with how it looks, you just add paint.  We used acrylic, since it dries quickly.  We had to put on a few coats of it to really make the color right.

And that’s it!  So easy.  I went over mine again with a lighter color on a dry brush to make it look a bit more worn and three dimensional.

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So there they are.  A close up showing the highlights on mine, and then the three of ours all together.  I also made another wand later, in an almost white color, but don’t have a picture of that.  These have already been used for playing some magical games and will find a nice home in our library when we move home.  One day, Our Nerd Home. One day we will be your equal.

So try it out for yourself.  It’s quick, easy, and fun.  You can make any sort of design you want, but just remember, the wand chooses the wizard, so let yourself feel the magic flow through you.

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Star Wars Day Crafts!

Yes, I know.  May the Forth is a ways behind us now, but I’m not the best with uploading pictures to the computer.  Hopefully that will change in a few months when I start my own nerd home (those guys are a huge inspiration!).

Anyways, this is a small post to get started with some crafts.  There will be a couple more posted, maybe over the next two weeks, depending on how I get the pictures up.  No promises, anyway.  But a few weeks ago, my daughter and I celebrated the most holy of Fan-based holidays by watching a certain film and doing a few other Star Wars-sy things.

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This is an origami finger puppet of an Ewok we made.  (Did you know the word Ewok is never mentioned in the movie? Of course you did, you’re on a fairly geeky site already.)  It was actually remarkably easy to construct, and involved very little folding, but a little bit of tearing.  What is nice is that if you use origami paper, one side becomes the pattern for their clothing and the other side you can color to look like their fur.  We found the instructions on how to do this in a book my daughter has, Origami Yoda.  It is one of a series and we will try to get more of them when we venture back to our own Hoth.  But that’s not all we made!

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Look!  It’s Princess Leia’s necklace from the first movie!  Although, is she really still a princess?  Her whole planet was destroyed, so who would her subjects even be anymore?  Huh.  Anyways, this was a pretty easy make as well.  Just some string, aluminum foil, glue sticks and a bead for the end.  Just fold the foil into squares over the string, glue them down and make a loop with bead at the end to fasten it.  Here’s my daughter working on hers.

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And here are our two necklaces!  Don’t we look fancy!  If you want faces, too bad, you gotta pay for that kind of exposure.

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To top off our day, we also played with some of my Star Wars toys from my childhood.  Upon bringing them out, my wife commented that they were like Polly Pocket, which I cannot confirm or deny.  I know that they are cool and reminded me of Mighty Max toys from back in the day.

Each disembodied head opens up to display a little scene and a figure.  There were also a couple sets of figures without heads, such as a swarm of jawas and the cast from episode IV and VI.  This was before the prequels, so thankfully there was no Jar Jar head.

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And that was pretty much our day.  We also watched the first episode of the Clone Wars animated series, so that might be a feature on a Cartoons and Cereal at some point in the future.

Come back next week when we will do another craft, this time straight from the Diagon Alley.