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Comic Books Conquer TV

It would be an understatement to say that comic book adaptations have overtaken television. One web article lists 42(!) announced series based on comics of all genres. Superheroes, horror, sci-fi and some plain old comedy (a series based on Archie Comics called “Riverdale” is being prepped by Warner Brothers Television). Due to the episodic nature of both mediums, these stories  seem to fare better (both critically and with viewers) than their big screen counterparts. In a television show, as in a comic, characters can develop and change over time, and story arcs can be more fully explored. In a movie, you have a limited amount of time with your audience to try and deliver a fully realized story. So maybe it’s not so surprising that these tv adaptations seem to connect better with their viewers.

 

The Walking dead
The Walking Dead Season 3
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One of the greatest comic book-to-small screen success stories is AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Based on the series by Robert Kirkman, TWD follows a group of survivors navigating their way through a zombie apocalypse (or more accurately, a post-zombie apocalypse world). It is gritty, violent and gory but depicts it’s characters’ attempts to hold on to their humanity in a world where being humane usually gets one killed. Now going into it’s sixth season, TWD continues to pull high ratings and generate buzz. It’s been so successful in fact, that AMC had launched a spin off series, “Fear the Walking Dead” to begin in August. “Fear the Walking Dead” will show the beginning of the plague that eventually decimates the world and show the collapse of civilization. “The Walking Dead” is not the only horror comics series to be adapted recently either. “Constantine” based on the “Hellblazer” comics from DC received critical praise at NBC, but wasn’t able to pull in the ratings it needed to make it to a second season. The CW gave us “IZombie” this year, based on the DC Vertigo book. Upcoming horror comics turned tv shows are “Lucifer” (the FOX network)based on a character from DC’s “Sandman” comics, and ” Preacher” based on the highly acclaimed DC Vertigo comic.

Daredevil
Daredevil

Of course, it’s the superhero comics we know best. They’re brightly colored and feature characters we can rally behind. This last year saw Marvel expand their Cinematic Universe (the films and shows that all tie in to one another) further into television with multiple titles. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returned for a second season and “Agent Carter” premiered, both at ABC, both part of the Avengers franchise. And over at Netflix, the new “Daredevil” reboot was just released to mainly positive reviews (especially for Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk, AKA Kingpin). All three shows connect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and characters from all of them may now show up in other films and tv shows within it. The big surprise, however, is the success that DC has found on television. They haven’st done very well with certain properties on the big screen (aside from the Tim Burton and Chris Nolan “Batman” runs and Christopher Reeve era “Superman”). Over the past few years, however, they’ve managed to build some very well received shows with “Arrow,” “The Flash,” and “Gotham.” All of which tweak their mythologies some but with a sense of fun that is sometimes missing from their movie adaptations. DC has also two adaptations coming up from the “Superman” universe; one is “Supergirl” premiering in November at CBS and “Krypton” which is in develpment at SyFy.

Jim Lee's Batman
Jim Lee’s Batman

The last few years have been called a “Golden Age” for television with so many scripted series pushing the boundaries of what storytelling can be, and what kinds of characters resonate with us. Comic books inject so much color (sometimes light, sometimes dark) into the medium that it’s easy to see why producers, writers, directors and actors fight to grab up these properties and try to bring them to three dimensional life.

So kick back, grab some popcorn and a drink, and strap in–your favorite characters are about to step off of the page and into your living room. And after your thrilling adventures are over, click into Posterservice.com and pick up one of (or all of, why not?) our many comic book, movie and tv posters to hang on your wall.

 

 

 

Pie A Manager in The Face for Charity

Last week we introduced the charity for the month of July and mentioned that we had an internal event planned to help raise even more money for this great organization. The charity that we chose is a unique concept that we felt deserved a little extra. During the month of July we will be donating $0.75 for every purchase of picture frames made on our website to a program that feeds hungry children during the summer months. These children are those that would ordinarily receive reduced lunches at school.

There comes a time in an employees career where you just wish you could talk back to your boss without getting fired; well our employees got the chance last week to let out all their anger and help feed kids in the process.

Pie Charity

We gave our employees 3 chances to pie the manager of their choice in the face by giving them three ways to enter the drawing. They could donate $1 for 1 Ticket, $5 for 6 Tickets or bring in 1 Jar of Peanut Butter for 3 Tickets… and boy did our employees deliver! We gave our employees a little over a week to purchase the tickets and when it came time for the managers to get creamed we had raised $114 and received 19 jars of peanut butter to be donated to the program created by Valley Interfaith. Since the opportunity to pie your manager only comes around once in a blue moon we wanted everyone to live through our lucky employees who had their tickets chosen; One of which was a bonus, because what would a pie your manager in the face charity event be if it didn’t involve the CEO of the company! As you look at these photos consider donating $1 the next time you order one of our high quality picture frames. All charitable donations made go 100% to Valley Interfaith’s Newest program.

 

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How Frame USA Employees Celebrate Fourth of July

In case you didn’t know, we’re pretty big fans of America. We’re an American made company that manufacturers high quality picture frames. All of our picture frames are manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio. Birthday celebrations are something that almost everyone enjoys but when it comes to the birth of this great Nation, the celebrations across the country get pretty crazy: parades, cookouts and even fireworks! So we wanted to let our customers know what our employees are doing to celebrate today for the Fourth of July.

Frame USA Employees Celebrate Fourth of July

we’ll end up grilling out and watching Independence Day for maybe the 100th time. Oh, and strawberry rhubarb cobbler will definitely be had by all.” – Erin Corley

“I’ve got tickets to see one of my all-time favorite guitar players and guitar great Steven Stills in Alexandria,,Virginia at a cool venue called the Birchmere.   Stills is part of the group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and he is incredible also as a stand alone artist.    He was also in a group called Buffalo Springfield which sang a well-known song “Stop, Hey What’s That Sound….”   He will be playing a retrospective concert of his career.   I plan to go with former Posterservice and Frame USA President Dana Gore!” – Daniel Regenold

“Typically the Kombrinck family packs up our folding chairs and finds a fireworks festival at any one of our local parks. We camp out around dusk eating funnel cakes and people-watching till the show starts. Then we sit back and watch the sky explode with color.” -Kelley Kombrinck

“we have family come to us. We have the best seats for the fourth, right in our back yard.  You see my neighbors (2) put on a fireworks display that most city or towns can’t compare too. Goes on for 2 hours. But the best part is I get to see my sister-in-law, and nephew.” – Jill Gugel 

“I’ll be taking my family up to the in-laws’ house Saturday morning for blueberry scones and a parade – both annual traditions in the family. That evening, if we’re lucky with the weather, trees in our line of sight, and with my daughter’s ability to stay awake that far past her bedtime, we’ll be able to see a fireworks display from our house.” – Zach Moning

“We like to sit out at the lake and watch fireworks going off all around us.” – Anne Decker

“For me, I just love relaxing with family and friends” -Kelly Ackerman

“Family BBQ! My Uncle is from Texas and makes the best brisket I can find anywhere around!” -Mark Jungkunz

“This year my husband and I will have a BBQ in our backyard, then head to Red White & Blue Ash to watch fireworks with our twins.” -Taylor Harris

“Grill out with family in Blue Ash and then the Fireworks in blue ash and showing art on fountain square a part of Art on Vine series  the next day” -David Estep

“We go  to Brookville  In to our cabin and have our own fireworks display.” -Cathy Chapman

 

As you can see our employees celebrate the Fourth of July in a wide variety of ways. However you celebrate the Fourth of July always remember what the holiday is really about and remember Be Safe!!

Movie

Thoughts on Remaking Classic Movies

We’re a poster company so of course we love movies we have a variety of posters of from classic movies for all generations. These movies were so iconic they have made a lasting impression on the world to the point where they are talked about to our children and our children’s children. There is no set of guidelines to determine whether a movie will last for years to come, it just sort of happens.

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Wizard of Oz Home
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Scarface- Classic
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Jaws – One Sheet
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Star Wars – Episode 4
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In the past couple of years there has been a trend in the movie industry of remaking or expanding on classic movies years after the initial release. It seems like right now this trend is at its highest. The past couple of months there have been a few that have been making headlines. Jurassic World has shattered the box office, The Terminator Genysis came out July 1st and looks to be a thriller. Soon we will have a new Star Wars and Ghostbusters staring some pretty hilarious ladies. The main movie that sparked our interest in this trend was Terminator. We’re pretty big fans of the original movies so when we heard that another movie was coming out and that Arnold Schwarzenegger was to pick back his role up we were skeptical but intrigued.

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Terminator 2 – One Sheet
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Terminator 2 – Collage
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The Terminator – I’ll Be Back
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While we have yet to see the film so we can’t tell you how it is, it did get us thinking on whether recreating or expanding on classic movies is a good thing or if it is a bad thing. The verdict is still out but here are some pros and cons of the whole thing.

One of the biggest pros is it allows all the original viewers of these movies to relive their time with the classics, even if the recreation falls slightly short of their expectations. When Toy Story 3 came out the theater wasn’t filled with children it was filled with adults who grew up watching the previous movies, who grew up with Andy and his toys. When Jurassic World came out people remembered cowering in their seats at the carnivores chomping away and how awesome it would be if we all could have a pet dinosaur. That emotion that you feel during a movie is what hooks you and makes you enjoy the expansion or the remake. It brings you back to your childhood where times were simple.

The con is that the children of today’s world (who don’t have wise parents, aunts and uncles, or grandparents to enlighten them) won’t ever see the classics. Why choose the broken down pick up when you could have the shiny new Ferrari? Its their loved ones excitement for the classic that makes them jump on board and be pulled in.

The classics don’t have the technology that the newer movies have, although it may have been awesome when you first saw the movie (and probably still is in your eyes) but kids seeing these movies that have special effects not created on the computer but rather by crafty camera angels and green screens are only seeing cheesy movies that don’t grab their attention.

The one thing that the remakes and the expansions do provide is for a way for our kids,nieces, nephews, granddaughters and grandsons to connect with us by letting them see a form of something we love in a medium that they enjoy.

What do you think? Should classic movies be remade or expanded upon?

Tell us in the comments!
The Peanut Butter Program

July Charity of the Month: Valley Interfaith’s Peanut Butter Program

Almost everyone knows the feeling of skipping a meal. At first you may not notice it but the second your stomach growls almost assault the person next to you, you become aware. For most, this feeling isn’t a regular feeling but rather a rather unfortunate side effect of being too busy. For some, however this feeling is one that they deal with on a daily basis.

Educators found a solution to this problem for today’s youth by providing reduced lunches to these students during the school year. They were aware that the meal they provided may be the only meal this child eats all day. These type of programs are a fantastic depiction of generosity and compassion that people have; but what happens when school is out for the summer?

The children go back to not eating, or eating very little having to share with siblings and parents until the school is back in session.

An organization thought this was unacceptable so they set out to create a program to fix it and Frame USA and Posterservice decided to help them out by choosing this program as our July Charity of the Month .

Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing center, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, created The Peanut Butter Program. The program was designed to provide children and their families with peanut butter for meals during the summer months.

This organization’s vision is to “help [their] clients break their cycle of dependency, and regain their status as productive participants in society.” The creation of The Peanut Butter Program is making them one step closer to making their vision a reality by feeding the city’s youth!

We are so passionate about this cause that we have planned an internal event that we’ve done once before with such fantastic results that we would do it again : Pie A Manager in the Face for Charity. Stay tuned next week for the full messy report, don’t worry there will be pictures!

 

Let’s Talk About Posters: Rack Track Program

After being in business for over 30 years we have come to a conclusion: College students really like posters (shocking, right?). While the college students are off soaking up the sun and definitely not thinking about calculus or physics (for the most part…), the employees at their colleges are starting to get everything ready for the NEXT school year. Part of that preparation includes the purchasing of their customers favorite things: POSTERS! That’s where we come in, one of the busiest time of the year for Posterservice is starting this week. We have put together a whole bunch of packages that are 100% made for bookstores and other stores that market to college students. We thought we would kick off the back to school season with a video starring none other than your favorite poster guy: David Estep.

David is the go to person when it comes to knowing  what all the programs we have to offer our customers when it comes to posters. One of our most worthwhile program is our Rack Track program. I won’t try to sum up what this program is all about — because it’s much more entertaining to watch a video about it!

Posterservice’s Rack Track Program

If you can’t possibly imagine starting the new year off without becoming a participant in our Rack Track Program, give one of our trained specialists a call at 1-800-577-5920 and place your order today!

Cambridge Series

Frame USA’s New Product: Introducing The Cambridge Series

So in the past two weeks we have introduced our Frame-an-Album Series and our Noble Series. I bet you weren’t expecting us to come back and introduce yet another new product series into our high quality american made picture frame line; but we enjoy keeping our customers on their toes! We are back again to introduce to you a product that is sure to be an A+ in everyone’s eyes.

Introducing the Cambridge Series

Cambridge Aged Gold Cambridge Gold   Cambridge Silver

This series joins the metallic wood frame family with three different colors: Aged Gold, Gold and Silver. These colors are more muted then the other gold and silver frames that Frame USA has available. Which makes Cambridge the frame series to go with if you’re searching for a modern but still classic frame. The Cambridge series was inspired by the antiquity and the esteemed halls of academia. It is a 1 3/4 inches wide profile. Each frame features a unique inner edge that makes any piece stand out.

 

Cambridge Profile Cambridge Aged Gold Corner Cambridge Gold Corner   Cambridge Silver Corner

Like your teachers always told you, don’t judge a book by the cover, don’t judge this Series by it’s textured front. This moulding only appears to be intricately textured, it actually features a smooth consistent finish.

This new series is a surefire way to enrich the appearance of your framed photos or artwork. Add elegance and sophistication to your home, office or studio decor with Frame USA’s Cambridge Series Today!

We won’t ruin the surprise, but we will give you a hint, there’s more new products coming to Frame USA’s American Made Picture Frame line.  Find all the information about them on our blog!

June Charity of the Month: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Cancer Sucks. In this day and age this statement has gone from simply an opinion to a cold hard fact. There are countless of different organizations out there that have made it their mission to finding a cure and helping those affected by this awful disease have a better life.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) began in 1949 by Rudolph and Antoinette De Villiers. The De Villiers were the parents of  Robert “Robbie” Roesler De Villiers who five years before the start of the organization had been taken by Leukemia. Since their start LLS has donated more than $1 billion to research to advance therapies and save lives.

LLS Charity

Today, LLS is known as the largest voluntary health organization that is dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

This organization has adopted a unique philosophy that couldn’t be said any better:

Whenever we talk about cancer, we always use the same word. Someday. Someday there will be a cure. Someday we won’t lose the people we love. But when is someday? With LLS’s research partnerships and collaborations with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, patients support services and advocates working for blood cancer patients everywhere, someday is today.

We have chosen Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as our charity of the month for June. For every purchase of picture frames made on our website we will be donating $0.75 to this organization.  But don’t let the charity stop there, you have the opportunity to help out the countless of individuals fighting for their lives. When you check out on frameusa.com, Framecloseouts.com, and Posterservice.com consider donating just $1 to this great organization.

 

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Frame USA’s New Product: Introducing The Noble Series

Last week we let our readers in on a pretty big secret: Frame USA is in the midst of adding a whole bunch of new picture frame series! We introduced a specialty frame that really makes our hearts skip a beat. We are now back to bring you the next newest product line. This frame brings to mind kings and queens and royal parties. Don’t be fooled by the lack of gold and ornate texture this series is a classic interpretation of modern nobility. Which makes it’s name so fitting,

Introducing the Noble Series

Noble Honey Noble Espresso   Noble Black

A rounded moulding with a rich wood grain running through out. This series is available in three rich exciting colors: espresso walnut and Honey and Black Satin. The colors will give three rich options sure to cover any decor aesthetic.

This frame series is 2 inches wide with a deep rounded edge. This series is available in standard sizes all the way up to 24×36.

Noble Profile Noble Honey Corner Noble Espresso Corner Noble Black Satin

This series has all the elements you could want in a picture frame: rich color, bold finish, substantial but elegant moulding, inexpensive price. This frame will go great with nature landscape, family portrait, Diploma and certificate. Making the Noble series fit for all the people of the land!

This new series hangs confidently, not loudly on your walls. Add a touch of nobility to your walls with Frame USA’s Noble Series Today!

Check back for more new product introductions as we roll out with these great new lines.

A How To on Frame USA’s Online Custom Framing Tool:Build A Frame

Build A Frame has been  around for quite some time, but we are still getting some questions about it. So what we did was come up with a fool proof info graphic that goes through what Build A Frame offers and how awesome it really is.

Here are the top ten reasons why we think Build A Frame is the next best thing since sliced bread:

  1. Build a Frame lets you make your art into a framed masterpiece without evening have to leave your house
  2. Almost any size can be entered into Build A Frame with a click of a few keys.
  3. You can not only get a single mat but you can also get a double and a triple.
  4. You won’t have to worry about buying hanging kits, all Build A Frame orders come with them!
  5. Build A frame lets you get your favorite poster from Posterservice.com framed before you even ships from the warehouse
  6. You don’t have to worry about printing your image, Build A Frame gives you the option to make Frame USA Employees print it for you on super nice high quality paper.
  7. You’re not limited in what type of frame you can get. Build A Frame has all options
  8. Custom matting from Build A Frame gives you endless options
  9. Build a Frame gives you three choices of glazing, not just forces you to choose the most expensive option!
  10. Build A Frame lets you have a custom framing experience that you desire, stick to the basics or go for the gold either way Build A Frame is a winner.

 

Build A Frame Infographic