This has been a long form home decor project of mine for the past few years. It originally started when I was still in school and had access to a number of utilities and art supplies therein, specifically their mat cutter (for framing purposes, their iMac’s were also extremely useful with their constantly updated versions of Photoshop, but I digress.)
The inspiration originally came up after the conclusion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 finished its publication run back in 2011 and the way the final issue cover was a melancholy mirror of the much more uplifting cover for the very first issue (and the first time the Slayer was seen back in action in continuity since the series ended in 2003.)
So after an excesive amount of measuring, second guessing and at least 3 ruined sets of mat board, I’d successfully mounted both issues side by side. Not only is the emotional juxtaposition striking, but you can also see the 3 years and change of improvement in cover artist Jo Chen’s overall style. The OCD in me still resents Dark Horse Comics for the change in font and format of the issues’ author and title layout, but that’s just me splitting hairs.
So here we are in 2019, several years after the initial project and I found myself in A.C. Moore and decided to dump some disposable income on my very own mat cutter (not to mention a BOGO deal on decent quality frames.) After more than a fair amount of trial and error on a home setting, the trilogy of framed first and last issues. Proud owner of Brian K. Vaughan’s series Y: The Last Man and Brian Azzarello’s pulp crime noir series 100 Bullets.