Less Flat #2: Comics

We had this comic on our fridge for many years. It was getting sadly faded. So, for a gift to my wife, I wanted to rejuvenate it.

With the Glowforge I could add some layering for depth, which really made it stand out, plus a compound frame. (No trompe l’oeil cheating this time; it has real layers!)

I did some preprocessing in an image editor before applying a vectorizer followed by hand editing. Then I printed it on fine art paper, mounted it on plywood, and cut out the shapes.

The stained walnut plywood frame was assembled from straight laser-cut lengths, instead of being simply cut out, so that the grain would be aligned with the direction of the lengths. A personal engraving is at the bottom.

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That is quite an upgrade. I’ll say you never do half a job … you go all in!

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Wow, that looks so great! Now you can enjoy it for years to come.

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Very nice. For some reason, my mind was going somewhere else with “Be-ers” Must be too close to Cinco de Mayo for me. :wink:

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Oh my - I really love this! I hadn’t seen that comic before, but it so fits me and my husband! I didn’t realize until the third pic that you’d done more than just the frame. I bet your wife was absolutely thrilled!

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That is remarkable! She will love it.

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Yeah, me too. :slight_smile:

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He he. As for me, I’ll confess it was a couple of years before I saw the pun in the last line.

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Soooper fun! I’m definitely giving this method a try.

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Whoa - very nice!

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This is so nice

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That is amazing! I love the idea, especially restoring something that has been valued for such a long time and ensuring that it will last even longer!

Great job!

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Awesome, and very inspiring!

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@Purplie this is amazing, as all your creations are. Congratulations!
You inspire us once again.

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Great project!

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what did you use to color it?

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The comic backgrounds and figures were colored in the vector editor and printed on watercolor ink jet paper. The plywood walnut frame was darkened with a “Java” tint water-based wood stain.

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I wonder if it would be possible to track down the original artist and send them the story and a copy. This is wonderful.

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that’s a neat idea, although I’d be afraid of provoking anger over a “copyright violation” (even though it isn’t)

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Yeah, that turned out great! Any troubles indexing cuts against your printer? Mine is always a little off.

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