SAGA - COMPLETE
Here it is! The finished, patina’ed, cleaned and framed version of fionastaples's amazing cover. I hope it does it justice. It's made of a combination of translucent and opaque glass, which might have been a mistake… It looks nice without light behind it, but then the sky appears to be dark. But maybe Alana is sneaking out on her night shift to read under the light of the moons? I really like the backlit version too, but it loses the skin color detail. But then it has the advantage of looking nice both at night and during the day. There is no paint on this one! All the lines you see a solder lines. 
20x30 inches, about 170 individual pieces of glass
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SAGA - COMPLETE
Here it is! The finished, patina’ed, cleaned and framed version of fionastaples's amazing cover. I hope it does it justice. It's made of a combination of translucent and opaque glass, which might have been a mistake… It looks nice without light behind it, but then the sky appears to be dark. But maybe Alana is sneaking out on her night shift to read under the light of the moons? I really like the backlit version too, but it loses the skin color detail. But then it has the advantage of looking nice both at night and during the day. There is no paint on this one! All the lines you see a solder lines. 
20x30 inches, about 170 individual pieces of glass
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SAGA - COMPLETE
Here it is! The finished, patina’ed, cleaned and framed version of fionastaples's amazing cover. I hope it does it justice. It's made of a combination of translucent and opaque glass, which might have been a mistake… It looks nice without light behind it, but then the sky appears to be dark. But maybe Alana is sneaking out on her night shift to read under the light of the moons? I really like the backlit version too, but it loses the skin color detail. But then it has the advantage of looking nice both at night and during the day. There is no paint on this one! All the lines you see a solder lines. 
20x30 inches, about 170 individual pieces of glass
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SAGA - COMPLETE
Here it is! The finished, patina’ed, cleaned and framed version of fionastaples's amazing cover. I hope it does it justice. It's made of a combination of translucent and opaque glass, which might have been a mistake… It looks nice without light behind it, but then the sky appears to be dark. But maybe Alana is sneaking out on her night shift to read under the light of the moons? I really like the backlit version too, but it loses the skin color detail. But then it has the advantage of looking nice both at night and during the day. There is no paint on this one! All the lines you see a solder lines. 
20x30 inches, about 170 individual pieces of glass
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SAGA - COMPLETE

Here it is! The finished, patina’ed, cleaned and framed version of fionastaples's amazing cover. I hope it does it justice. It's made of a combination of translucent and opaque glass, which might have been a mistake… It looks nice without light behind it, but then the sky appears to be dark. But maybe Alana is sneaking out on her night shift to read under the light of the moons? I really like the backlit version too, but it loses the skin color detail. But then it has the advantage of looking nice both at night and during the day. There is no paint on this one! All the lines you see a solder lines. 

20x30 inches, about 170 individual pieces of glass

SAGA - IN PROGRESS
So I usually never ever post photos of unfinished things, but it’s gonna be a while before I can get the solder to frame it and I’m just so excited about this piece. Saga was, I believe, the first American comic book I’ve ever read. Ever. Even before Sandman. It’s also the comic that introduced me to the wonderful fantasticgirlreadscomics comic book club and plunged me head first into this insanely awesome universe. 
It is also so, so, so good. 
And fionastaples's art is stunning! - so free yet so expressive. And this particular cover is just Alana in one image, and just bloody cool in general. 
I still have to solder on the frame, and patina it black. My phone categorically refuses to render the actual colors of the glass, so that almost navy blue is actually a clear turquoise in real life. The bubble is made from the glass the brimples were made from ;) and I aligned the streaks of the mocha skin glass to the line of her cheekbone. That skin tone was the hardest to figure out! There are no “hazel” or “coffee” or “chocolate” or “amber” colors of glass, just weird orangy-brown and “peach”. Hurmf. 
Feet for scale! My biggest piece yet. 
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SAGA - IN PROGRESS
So I usually never ever post photos of unfinished things, but it’s gonna be a while before I can get the solder to frame it and I’m just so excited about this piece. Saga was, I believe, the first American comic book I’ve ever read. Ever. Even before Sandman. It’s also the comic that introduced me to the wonderful fantasticgirlreadscomics comic book club and plunged me head first into this insanely awesome universe. 
It is also so, so, so good. 
And fionastaples's art is stunning! - so free yet so expressive. And this particular cover is just Alana in one image, and just bloody cool in general. 
I still have to solder on the frame, and patina it black. My phone categorically refuses to render the actual colors of the glass, so that almost navy blue is actually a clear turquoise in real life. The bubble is made from the glass the brimples were made from ;) and I aligned the streaks of the mocha skin glass to the line of her cheekbone. That skin tone was the hardest to figure out! There are no “hazel” or “coffee” or “chocolate” or “amber” colors of glass, just weird orangy-brown and “peach”. Hurmf. 
Feet for scale! My biggest piece yet. 
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SAGA - IN PROGRESS
So I usually never ever post photos of unfinished things, but it’s gonna be a while before I can get the solder to frame it and I’m just so excited about this piece. Saga was, I believe, the first American comic book I’ve ever read. Ever. Even before Sandman. It’s also the comic that introduced me to the wonderful fantasticgirlreadscomics comic book club and plunged me head first into this insanely awesome universe. 
It is also so, so, so good. 
And fionastaples's art is stunning! - so free yet so expressive. And this particular cover is just Alana in one image, and just bloody cool in general. 
I still have to solder on the frame, and patina it black. My phone categorically refuses to render the actual colors of the glass, so that almost navy blue is actually a clear turquoise in real life. The bubble is made from the glass the brimples were made from ;) and I aligned the streaks of the mocha skin glass to the line of her cheekbone. That skin tone was the hardest to figure out! There are no “hazel” or “coffee” or “chocolate” or “amber” colors of glass, just weird orangy-brown and “peach”. Hurmf. 
Feet for scale! My biggest piece yet. 
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SAGA - IN PROGRESS
So I usually never ever post photos of unfinished things, but it’s gonna be a while before I can get the solder to frame it and I’m just so excited about this piece. Saga was, I believe, the first American comic book I’ve ever read. Ever. Even before Sandman. It’s also the comic that introduced me to the wonderful fantasticgirlreadscomics comic book club and plunged me head first into this insanely awesome universe. 
It is also so, so, so good. 
And fionastaples's art is stunning! - so free yet so expressive. And this particular cover is just Alana in one image, and just bloody cool in general. 
I still have to solder on the frame, and patina it black. My phone categorically refuses to render the actual colors of the glass, so that almost navy blue is actually a clear turquoise in real life. The bubble is made from the glass the brimples were made from ;) and I aligned the streaks of the mocha skin glass to the line of her cheekbone. That skin tone was the hardest to figure out! There are no “hazel” or “coffee” or “chocolate” or “amber” colors of glass, just weird orangy-brown and “peach”. Hurmf. 
Feet for scale! My biggest piece yet. 
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SAGA - IN PROGRESS
So I usually never ever post photos of unfinished things, but it’s gonna be a while before I can get the solder to frame it and I’m just so excited about this piece. Saga was, I believe, the first American comic book I’ve ever read. Ever. Even before Sandman. It’s also the comic that introduced me to the wonderful fantasticgirlreadscomics comic book club and plunged me head first into this insanely awesome universe. 
It is also so, so, so good. 
And fionastaples's art is stunning! - so free yet so expressive. And this particular cover is just Alana in one image, and just bloody cool in general. 
I still have to solder on the frame, and patina it black. My phone categorically refuses to render the actual colors of the glass, so that almost navy blue is actually a clear turquoise in real life. The bubble is made from the glass the brimples were made from ;) and I aligned the streaks of the mocha skin glass to the line of her cheekbone. That skin tone was the hardest to figure out! There are no “hazel” or “coffee” or “chocolate” or “amber” colors of glass, just weird orangy-brown and “peach”. Hurmf. 
Feet for scale! My biggest piece yet. 
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SAGA - IN PROGRESS

So I usually never ever post photos of unfinished things, but it’s gonna be a while before I can get the solder to frame it and I’m just so excited about this piece. Saga was, I believe, the first American comic book I’ve ever read. Ever. Even before Sandman. It’s also the comic that introduced me to the wonderful fantasticgirlreadscomics comic book club and plunged me head first into this insanely awesome universe. 

It is also so, so, so good. 

And fionastaples's art is stunning! - so free yet so expressive. And this particular cover is just Alana in one image, and just bloody cool in general. 

I still have to solder on the frame, and patina it black. My phone categorically refuses to render the actual colors of the glass, so that almost navy blue is actually a clear turquoise in real life. The bubble is made from the glass the brimples were made from ;) and I aligned the streaks of the mocha skin glass to the line of her cheekbone. That skin tone was the hardest to figure out! There are no “hazel” or “coffee” or “chocolate” or “amber” colors of glass, just weird orangy-brown and “peach”. Hurmf. 

Feet for scale! My biggest piece yet. 

I’m late to the party, but here is my stealth cosplay of Captain Marvel for Guardians of the Galaxy! So many good things about that movie, and a couple of confusing ones. I need to see it again. 

I’m late to the party, but here is my stealth cosplay of Captain Marvel for Guardians of the Galaxy! So many good things about that movie, and a couple of confusing ones. I need to see it again. 

womanaconda asked:

so i found your blog through the book binding post and i'm crying because all your crafts are so amazing! do you have an etsy store or anything like that? or can i just pay you to bind my comics for me? <3

Hello! Thank you thank you! :D 

I am selling a couple of things here. It’s not a lot, I just opened it a couple of days ago! I’ll be making more small stuff to sell for relatively cheap as time goes on. 

When it comes to binding comics, I would definitely, absolutely bind them for you. Because of copyright stuff, I will only bind things that you send me - I will not sell you issues that I have bought but I can sell you my work/skill/binding materials. So if you send issues my way, I will send them back to you bound! It’s a base 20$ fee plus the cost of materials used for the cover stuff (whatever you choose to bind the issues in - leather, cloth, a special kind of paper, a printout of your art, the skin of your enemies…) and whatever else you want to put on there (I can add gold leaf, embossing, calligraphy, embroidery…), and, well, shipping. Let me know if you are interested, and we can talk specifics! 

As a baseline, here are some examples of approximate prices for various cover materials:

Regular bookcloth (library quality, somewhat water-resistant) - 12$

Leather - 60$

Printout of your art (you would send me the picture electronically) - 17$

Fabric (depending on what kind) - 6$-20$

If you have an idea of what you want on the cover I would gladly realize it for you, or you can give me creative license and I can cook something up myself. It’s all up to you! I am merely the craftsman. Thank you for your interest in my work! 

On The Making and Pricing of Stained Glass

Hello everyone! I am so happy that my stained glass pieces seem to generate mostly positive responses. For those of you who have taken a look at the etsy shop, you may have been surprised by the prices. I have done quite a lot of research when it comes to pricing stained glass pieces and have even spoken with a few artists that sell their craft for a living. Stained glass is a rather expensive hobby; each of the pieces that I have made so far had several hundreds of dollars worth of raw glass alone; then there is solder, copper foil, flux, patina, frame etc. as well as all the tools required to treat those materials (cutter, snapper, grinder, pliers, foiler, soldering iron, brushes…). 

But mostly the pieces take a very, very long time to make. Each panel takes about a week full-time, and it requires physical and skilled work. The size of the piece is not the only thing that matters, either - the number of pieces is a very important factor, as each piece of glass has to be cut, ground, foiled and soldered individually. The frame has to be sawed, the chemicals involved in the soldering and patina are really not good for you, the lead itself is really not a healthy thing to be playing with and that’s without counting all the cuts and glass splinters you get from cutting the glass. All in all stained glass is not a trivial craft that requires a substantial time commitment and a fairly large initial investment. 

This is also my first foray into etsy - I don’t yet have a good feel for where the “reasonable” gray area stops. I don’t even know if people are interested in that kind of stuff! (hopefully they are, because I really need to pay rent). But if you are looking for a custom-made stained glass panel of comparable size, you would probably end up paying a couple grand no matter what is on it, especially if it’s handmade. 

Man, I hope this did not come out preachy. I just feel that because stained glass is a rather obscure and not often seen craft, most people are not aware of what goes into making it. As previously mentioned I am a newbie, so I can only get better from here. I just hope you enjoy it. :)

BUCKYYYY
Bucky, finally in stained glass edition! With silverfoil (mirror glass) for his arm and beautiful snow glass for the background, because RUSSIA. Complete with sadness eyeliner of doom.
It is also now FOR SALE on etsy! Along with my other pieces. It would take a while to ship because of the logistics, but it&#8217;ll get there. 
The photos are terrible, my apologies. I was just really excited to post it. Almost done with my newest piece, ran out of solder before I could make the frame (sadness times infinity). 
The image is inspired by the art of very, very talented tumblr user axeeeee. 
Bonus progress pictures. 
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BUCKYYYY
Bucky, finally in stained glass edition! With silverfoil (mirror glass) for his arm and beautiful snow glass for the background, because RUSSIA. Complete with sadness eyeliner of doom.
It is also now FOR SALE on etsy! Along with my other pieces. It would take a while to ship because of the logistics, but it&#8217;ll get there. 
The photos are terrible, my apologies. I was just really excited to post it. Almost done with my newest piece, ran out of solder before I could make the frame (sadness times infinity). 
The image is inspired by the art of very, very talented tumblr user axeeeee. 
Bonus progress pictures. 
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BUCKYYYY
Bucky, finally in stained glass edition! With silverfoil (mirror glass) for his arm and beautiful snow glass for the background, because RUSSIA. Complete with sadness eyeliner of doom.
It is also now FOR SALE on etsy! Along with my other pieces. It would take a while to ship because of the logistics, but it&#8217;ll get there. 
The photos are terrible, my apologies. I was just really excited to post it. Almost done with my newest piece, ran out of solder before I could make the frame (sadness times infinity). 
The image is inspired by the art of very, very talented tumblr user axeeeee. 
Bonus progress pictures. 
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BUCKYYYY
Bucky, finally in stained glass edition! With silverfoil (mirror glass) for his arm and beautiful snow glass for the background, because RUSSIA. Complete with sadness eyeliner of doom.
It is also now FOR SALE on etsy! Along with my other pieces. It would take a while to ship because of the logistics, but it&#8217;ll get there. 
The photos are terrible, my apologies. I was just really excited to post it. Almost done with my newest piece, ran out of solder before I could make the frame (sadness times infinity). 
The image is inspired by the art of very, very talented tumblr user axeeeee. 
Bonus progress pictures. 
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BUCKYYYY
Bucky, finally in stained glass edition! With silverfoil (mirror glass) for his arm and beautiful snow glass for the background, because RUSSIA. Complete with sadness eyeliner of doom.
It is also now FOR SALE on etsy! Along with my other pieces. It would take a while to ship because of the logistics, but it&#8217;ll get there. 
The photos are terrible, my apologies. I was just really excited to post it. Almost done with my newest piece, ran out of solder before I could make the frame (sadness times infinity). 
The image is inspired by the art of very, very talented tumblr user axeeeee. 
Bonus progress pictures. 
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BUCKYYYY
Bucky, finally in stained glass edition! With silverfoil (mirror glass) for his arm and beautiful snow glass for the background, because RUSSIA. Complete with sadness eyeliner of doom.
It is also now FOR SALE on etsy! Along with my other pieces. It would take a while to ship because of the logistics, but it&#8217;ll get there. 
The photos are terrible, my apologies. I was just really excited to post it. Almost done with my newest piece, ran out of solder before I could make the frame (sadness times infinity). 
The image is inspired by the art of very, very talented tumblr user axeeeee. 
Bonus progress pictures. 
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BUCKYYYY

Bucky, finally in stained glass edition! With silverfoil (mirror glass) for his arm and beautiful snow glass for the background, because RUSSIA. Complete with sadness eyeliner of doom.

It is also now FOR SALE on etsy! Along with my other pieces. It would take a while to ship because of the logistics, but it’ll get there. 

The photos are terrible, my apologies. I was just really excited to post it. Almost done with my newest piece, ran out of solder before I could make the frame (sadness times infinity). 

The image is inspired by the art of very, very talented tumblr user axeeeee

Bonus progress pictures. 

I was supporting Carol Corps with a stealth cosplay of Captain Marvel at the Guardians of the Galaxy showing this Saturday! Also picked up the Carol from Fantastic Comics, unfortunately they cannot put it up for safety reasons. Huzzah for Captain Marvel!

I was supporting Carol Corps with a stealth cosplay of Captain Marvel at the Guardians of the Galaxy showing this Saturday! Also picked up the Carol from Fantastic Comics, unfortunately they cannot put it up for safety reasons. Huzzah for Captain Marvel!

The Hawkguy wooden box
Pyrography along with embroidery were my very first crafts&#8230; Russia is very big on the whole &#8220;decorating things by burning them&#8221; thing and I remember doing it very young (at this point I just think my grandparents were a bit insane because I would not trust a 7-year-old with a soldering iron; but hey - I wasn&#8217;t raised in the Soviet Union, just born in it). 
As always, the Hawkguy (Matt Fraction and David Aja) holds a special place in my heart. It&#8217;s a rather small box (4.5 inches wide), pyrographed, colored with ink, with gold leaf for Kate&#8217;s aviators (because she is classy) and aluminum leaf for the rims and bumpers of the car. 
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The Hawkguy wooden box
Pyrography along with embroidery were my very first crafts&#8230; Russia is very big on the whole &#8220;decorating things by burning them&#8221; thing and I remember doing it very young (at this point I just think my grandparents were a bit insane because I would not trust a 7-year-old with a soldering iron; but hey - I wasn&#8217;t raised in the Soviet Union, just born in it). 
As always, the Hawkguy (Matt Fraction and David Aja) holds a special place in my heart. It&#8217;s a rather small box (4.5 inches wide), pyrographed, colored with ink, with gold leaf for Kate&#8217;s aviators (because she is classy) and aluminum leaf for the rims and bumpers of the car. 
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The Hawkguy wooden box
Pyrography along with embroidery were my very first crafts&#8230; Russia is very big on the whole &#8220;decorating things by burning them&#8221; thing and I remember doing it very young (at this point I just think my grandparents were a bit insane because I would not trust a 7-year-old with a soldering iron; but hey - I wasn&#8217;t raised in the Soviet Union, just born in it). 
As always, the Hawkguy (Matt Fraction and David Aja) holds a special place in my heart. It&#8217;s a rather small box (4.5 inches wide), pyrographed, colored with ink, with gold leaf for Kate&#8217;s aviators (because she is classy) and aluminum leaf for the rims and bumpers of the car. 
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The Hawkguy wooden box
Pyrography along with embroidery were my very first crafts&#8230; Russia is very big on the whole &#8220;decorating things by burning them&#8221; thing and I remember doing it very young (at this point I just think my grandparents were a bit insane because I would not trust a 7-year-old with a soldering iron; but hey - I wasn&#8217;t raised in the Soviet Union, just born in it). 
As always, the Hawkguy (Matt Fraction and David Aja) holds a special place in my heart. It&#8217;s a rather small box (4.5 inches wide), pyrographed, colored with ink, with gold leaf for Kate&#8217;s aviators (because she is classy) and aluminum leaf for the rims and bumpers of the car. 
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The Hawkguy wooden box
Pyrography along with embroidery were my very first crafts&#8230; Russia is very big on the whole &#8220;decorating things by burning them&#8221; thing and I remember doing it very young (at this point I just think my grandparents were a bit insane because I would not trust a 7-year-old with a soldering iron; but hey - I wasn&#8217;t raised in the Soviet Union, just born in it). 
As always, the Hawkguy (Matt Fraction and David Aja) holds a special place in my heart. It&#8217;s a rather small box (4.5 inches wide), pyrographed, colored with ink, with gold leaf for Kate&#8217;s aviators (because she is classy) and aluminum leaf for the rims and bumpers of the car. 
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The Hawkguy wooden box

Pyrography along with embroidery were my very first crafts… Russia is very big on the whole “decorating things by burning them” thing and I remember doing it very young (at this point I just think my grandparents were a bit insane because I would not trust a 7-year-old with a soldering iron; but hey - I wasn’t raised in the Soviet Union, just born in it). 

As always, the Hawkguy (Matt Fraction and David Aja) holds a special place in my heart. It’s a rather small box (4.5 inches wide), pyrographed, colored with ink, with gold leaf for Kate’s aviators (because she is classy) and aluminum leaf for the rims and bumpers of the car. 

Cutting Glass

This is how glass is hand-cut! Following all my stained glass posts there was some confusion as to why certain shapes had to be separated into two pieces of glass and how do you even cut a piece of glass to the shape desired. So here are some photos and explanations, hope this helps! 

Tools you need:

Cutter (green), snappers (black), special pliers (blue), glue stick!

First of all, the pattern you have chosen needs to be labeled and cut out with special three-bladed scissors: 

Then, pick a piece and glue it onto the glass. The cut will always have to go from one edge of the glass to the other (can’t stop a crack in the middle of the glass sheet!) so a bit of strategy is required as to not waste too much material. Pick an edge to cut first (again, strategize: cut the side that is closest to the edge first, that way if the cut fails you can always just shimmy up the paper a bit and re-cut). The cutter is basically a small serrated wheel (like a pizza cutter) that introduces flaws to the glass along a line. On the photo below you can see the white line created by the cutter:

Then, you can either use the snappers is the cut is more or less straight or the pliers if the cut is too curved. Or a combination of both (use snappers to prime the crack at the edges and use pliers to finish propagating the crack), or just how you feel like it - it’s kind of a skill to acquire. 

So now it becomes apparent that certain shapes cannot be cut this way - inward angles for example and inward curves that are too steep. If you have a rather small radius of curvature you can iteratively cut into the curve (see below) to release the friction “pressure” of the sides (it’s… difficult to explain…) 

Welp, that’s it for cutting. The edges are kind of messy at this point so next step is grinding! 

Brimpers Assemble! 
To celebrate the magnificent work of art that is Sex Criminals I have made two stained glass&#8230; &#8220;brimples&#8221; (is that the official name or is it just something elusive-j cooked up?) to be gifted to Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky at SDCC. Unfortunately I was not there to hand them off in person but my wonderful friend elusive-j was, thank you so very much for being my liaison! 
Sex Criminals is amazing and inspired and I hope that the comic book universe continues to produce little (does size matter? discuss.) silly, introspective and unapologetic gems of sexual poetry. 
Chip Zdarsky for scale
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Brimpers Assemble! 
To celebrate the magnificent work of art that is Sex Criminals I have made two stained glass&#8230; &#8220;brimples&#8221; (is that the official name or is it just something elusive-j cooked up?) to be gifted to Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky at SDCC. Unfortunately I was not there to hand them off in person but my wonderful friend elusive-j was, thank you so very much for being my liaison! 
Sex Criminals is amazing and inspired and I hope that the comic book universe continues to produce little (does size matter? discuss.) silly, introspective and unapologetic gems of sexual poetry. 
Chip Zdarsky for scale
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Brimpers Assemble! 
To celebrate the magnificent work of art that is Sex Criminals I have made two stained glass&#8230; &#8220;brimples&#8221; (is that the official name or is it just something elusive-j cooked up?) to be gifted to Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky at SDCC. Unfortunately I was not there to hand them off in person but my wonderful friend elusive-j was, thank you so very much for being my liaison! 
Sex Criminals is amazing and inspired and I hope that the comic book universe continues to produce little (does size matter? discuss.) silly, introspective and unapologetic gems of sexual poetry. 
Chip Zdarsky for scale
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Brimpers Assemble! 

To celebrate the magnificent work of art that is Sex Criminals I have made two stained glass… “brimples” (is that the official name or is it just something elusive-j cooked up?) to be gifted to Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky at SDCC. Unfortunately I was not there to hand them off in person but my wonderful friend elusive-j was, thank you so very much for being my liaison! 

Sex Criminals is amazing and inspired and I hope that the comic book universe continues to produce little (does size matter? discuss.) silly, introspective and unapologetic gems of sexual poetry. 

Chip Zdarsky for scale