Things to Do With Recycled Comic Books

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Recycling comic books into artwork is a great way to express yourself using someone else's material. Learn about things to do with recycled comic books with help from an experienced graphic designer and illustrator in this free video clip.

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Hi, everyone. My name's Gene, I'm an illustrator and graphic designer. I've been working in the industry for a little over 15 years, and in this video, I'm gonna show you a couple things that you can do with recycled comic books. Let's get started. Alright, so anybody who loves comic books and is a comic book collector, it's time to look away. Let's talk about a few thing you could do with some recycled comics. Now, the first thing you could do that I totally never did when I was a kid, because I was kind of a book collector, is you could page through here and find some cool artwork that you like. Usually I'd probably go for like some kind of crazy action scene, or like a full page spread, something, oh there you go, we're just gonna use Scott Pilgrim volume 5. We're gonna go in and, oh my God, I know a lot of you are probably cringing right now, I'm actually even gonna tear this, look at that. I'm just tearing it right up. It's like whatever, I'm just tearing it, no big deal. There we go. I'm gonna set aside this comic book here, and I'm gonna cut out Scott Pilgrim, or this is I guess Scott's girlfriend. And kind of, you know, I mean you can go along the lines if you want, or you can just cut out a big square, but what you wanna do is cut out all your favorite characters. Everybody loves Spider-Man and Scott Pilgrim's babe here, and. Then put a bunch of 'em together in a giant collage on your wall. You know, your sister probably has a bunch of Backstreet Boys, or New Kids on the Block, or you know, a bunch of those boy bands that those girls like these days, now that it's totally like 1994, and by 94 I mean it's 10 years, 20 years after that, and nobody even knows who New Kids on the Block are anymore, and Backstreet Boys is just Justin Timberlake, or maybe he was in one of them other boy bands, I don't even know, but the point is, when your sister puts a boy band thing on the wall, you have to combat the boy bands, and you do that by putting pictures of Scott Pilgrim's woman on there. So you take two or three of those, and you have Spiderman, maybe Batman, and maybe one of them Superman ones, and you put 'em all together and you take some glue, and you just glue right on the back there, and then right on to the page. Another quick thing you could do, and this is probably gonna be a lot easier, is look through your comic, and maybe you're like, you know what? I don't think I wanted these panels to go here. I wanted this crazy guy right here to be over here. Well now, I'm just gonna cut those panels out, 'cause you know what? I didn't want him to say those things. And you can actually take any re-edit your comic books any way you want. You're the person in charge. So now, instead of, you know, this guy on T.V., telling us his plan, I'm gonna come over here, and I'm gonna go back in time in the comic book. I'm just gonna tear that right out, and I'm gonna put it over here, 'cause I want him to be over here now. And if you took a little bit more time, you could actually replace all the panels, and you could cover over these words and make your own words, just make your own comic book out of somebody else's drawings. So there you go. Those are just a couple things you could do with recycled comic books. Alright, so there you have it. If you are going to recycle your comic books, there are a couple of interesting things that you can do with them. Thanks for watching, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.


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