For a long time we had a very bold and to-the-point purple sign (which tied-in to our purple-tinted labels that indicate our graphic novels). It did its job, especially when we ended up moving this particular section three times in as many months.
Well, naturally, I grew bored with it and decided that it was time to upgrade the sign. I saw the last image in this post posted on Pinterest, and thought that I could improve on it a bit. I knew that I didn’t want to use anything as serious as Maus, and thought that this fun “bursting-out” imagery would do better with the superhero genre. I also wanted to have the inside of the burst be the actual inside of the graphic novel. And since this sign would be visible on the next aisle over, I decided to take the back cover of the book and add one of the characters popping out to the sign to help direct people. So that’s what I did!
I love Tiny Titans (awwww yeah!), and thought that this cover would be super-dynamic and fun for the children – as well as being very eye-catching. I rocked (technical term) my mad Photoshop skillz, was helped by one of Bruce’s genuine comic fonts, then cut, glued, and taped my way to a fun dimensional sign. The paper bursts are actually on the outside of the plastic sign holder. I adore Wonder Girl, therefore she ended up being the helpful guide. I printed Wonder Girl and her word balloon out on a thicker cardstock paper so that she’d stay upright and not be see-through.
There you have it, folks! If you have any questions about what I did here, then please don’t hesitate to contact me. My first attempt at the bursting effect was an utter failure and had to be recycled – so I’d be more than happy to let you know what not to do.