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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.


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 and pick up one of (or all of, why not?) our many comic book, movie and tv posters to hang on your wall.




Matches 1&2 Picture Frame Championship: Round 3, Match 1 & 2

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be playing in the final match….

R3M1 Results R3M2 Results


Elite 8 went almost as fast as it began, the series that will be playing in the final four have been decided. This Picture Frame Championship started off with 16 different frame series from 4 different categories: Wood, Metal, Poster frame, and Specialty.

The final four picture frame series that will be competing in these two matches are as follows: Corporate Narrow picture Frame Series is playing against Glory Metal Picture Frame Series; Deluxe Poster Frame Series is competing against Shadowbox Showcase Picture Frame Series. The winner of Match 1 & 2 will be the two series that will go head to head in the final match to see who will be the Ultimate Picture Frame! Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 1 & 2 of the final four will expire 4/1/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!



First up:

Team Corporate narrow Frame Match 1 Team Glory metal Match frame

Followed by:

Team Deluxe Series Frame

Team Shadowbox Showcase frame

Check back to see who will be the winner of the first match of round 2 in the Picture Frame Championship.

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2015 Picture Frame Championship Team Bios

2015 Picture Frame Championship Team Bios

We have selected the picture frames that will be competing head to head in the 2015 Picture Frame Championship. It was a tough choice choosing between so many of our favorite frames but for the sake of competition we pushed through. Read through each bio, peruse each picture frame’s roster and chose which frame you feel should become the ultimate champion. One match will be posted everyday on our blog for you to vote on. The first match will begin Monday, March 16, 2015 and will continue until one picture frame remains.

Without further ado, The picture frames:


Team Architect


The Architect series measures in at ¾” by ¾”. It is made from all natural real wood. This picture frame is small but mighty, with the capability to be engraved with any name or logo.


Team Cafe Narrow


The Café Narrow Series measures in at 1 ¼” by ¾”. It is made from an eco-friendly wood composite. This series is known for its rich energizing members.



Team CBG


The CBG Series measures in at ¾” by  “. It is made from real ash wood. Have a tight budget? This series Delivers.



Team Corporate narrow Bio:

The Corporate Narrow Series measures in at 1 ¼” by ¾”. It is made from an eco-friendly wood composite. This series is known for its clean lines and classic colors


Team Glory metal


The Glory Metal Series measures in at 5/8” by ¾”. It is made from a sturdy aluminum material. This series is no stranger to competition and has earned its name.


Team Heavy Metal


The Heavy Metal Series measures in at 5/8 ” by 1”. It is made from a sturdy aluminum material. This series is known for never missing a beat with home décor.


Team Metal I


The Metal I Series measures in at 3/8 ” by 7/8”. It is made from a sturdy aluminum material. This series stands apart with its bright shiny finishes.



Team Metal II


The Metal II Series measures in at 3/8 ” by 7/8”. It is made from a sturdy aluminum material. This series is known for its contrast colors in and out of the office.


Team Shadowbox Elite


The Shadowbox Elite Series measures in at 7/8” by 1 5/8”. It is made from real wood. This picture frame series is no stranger to being part of the elite team.



Team Shadowbox Showcase


The Shadowbox Showcase measures in at 1” by 2 ½ ”. It is made from real wood. This picture frame series is known for getting deep into the game.



Team Deluxe Certificate


The Deluxe Certificate Series measures in at ¾ ” by 11/16 ”. It is made from real wood. This isn’t the first time that this picture frame series had the chance at receiving an award.


Team Economy Certificate


The Economy Certificate Series measures in at 1 ½ ” by 7/16. It is made from real wood. This series is one of a kind.



Team Budget Saver Bio:

The Budget Saver Series measures in at 1 ¼” by 7/8”. It is made from a polystyrene material. This series may be sharp around the edges but it has won the hearts of many.




Team Corrugated Bio:

The Corrugated Series features 4 plastic pieces that slide on and off. It is made from a Mylar material. This series holds the title of being a fan favorite since the beginning!




Team Deluxe Series Bio:

The Deluxe Series measures in at 1 ” by 5/8”. It is made from a polystyrene material. This picture frame series is known for its curved frame and saturated colors.




Team Simply Poly Bio:

The Simply Poly Series measures in at 1 ¼” by 5/8”. It is made from a polystyrene material. This picture frame series is simply on par with the rest of the teams.

Frame Championship

Frame USA Championship Match

Update: Final Championship Match: Corporate Narrow Series VS Shadowbox Showcase Series.Expires 4/2 3:45 PM EST.

 Round 3, Match 1 & 2: 
Corporate Narrow Series VS Glory Metal Series & Deluxe Poster Frame Series VS Shadowbox Showcase Series.Expires 4/1 3:45 PM EST.

Update: Round 2, Match 3 & 4: Deluxe Poster Frame VS Simply Poly Series & Deluxe Certificate Series VS Shadowbox Showcase.Expires 3/31 3:45 PM EST.

March Madness: Basketball Championship

It is about that time of the year again. In less than a week college basketball teams from across the United States will compete for the ultimate title of NCAA National Championship. Universities, big and small will be on the edge of their seats as they cheer on their favorite team. Families and friendships are torn apart based on the team they back. Cinderella stories of underdog teams rising to the top make the entire nation’s hearts swell (Go Dayton Flyers!). They don’t call this time of year, Madness for nothing.

So what does college basketball have to do with an American picture frame company?

We offer over 100 different series of picture frames. Not to mention the picture framing accessories that we have available. So during a time when competition is on everyone’s minds, we begin to wonder, which one of our picture frame series is the best; the ultimate champion of picture frames.

Sure we have a list of 12 bestsellers in the wood category, but that’s one category and the NCAA doesn’t declare 12 champion teams, they declare 1! With the help of our customers we are going to hold our own championship to determine the winner.

the first ever 2015 picture frame championship.

We have begun narrowing down our 100 different series to choose the top 4 series of each of our categories: Wood Frames, Metal Frames, Poster Frames and Specialty Frames.

Each picture frame series will first compete within the category but as the competition progresses they will go head to head with the other categories to find the ultimate champion.

On Friday we will announce which frames we have selected for this championship and why they have been chosen so stay tuned to see if your favorite picture frames are in the running.

This blog will provide you with real-time coverage of the 2015 Picture Frame Championship.



Most Popular Picture Frame Sizes–Revisited

One of our most popular blog posts to date has been a post about most popular frame sizes We thought we would bring it back as we enter into the holiday season as a resource for you as you purchase picture frames. Enjoy!

Most popular frame sizes

We are often asked what our most popular frame sizes are. It is first important for us to clarify how our sizes work in general. Here is the list of all of the sizes that we consider to be standard frame sizes:

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A listing of our standard picture frame sizes.

In our experience, these are the most popular and most utilized sizes overall. These sizes cover a wide range of photograph sizes, poster sizes, art print sizes, and many other common sizes we see every day. Our most popular sizes are:


5x7’s are a very popular frame size because so many photographs are printed off in the 5×7 size. 5x7’s are the perfect size to display your photos on a desktop at work, home, or to give a precious memory to someone close to you.

Frames with a smaller molding such as our Corporate Thin series are great but don’t be afraid to go with a wider moulding such as our Bistro Series


Our 8×10 picture frames are top sellers at Frame USA. Once again, 8×10 is a common picture size, but it is also a perfect frame because it includes a mat. Our 8×10 frames come with an off white mat for a 5×7 image, allowing you to mat your 5×7 picture to help highlight your memories.


8.5 x 11 picture frames are a popular size for documents and certificate. Check out our wide variety of specialty certificate frames or our very popular diploma series. But all of our wood frames and metal frames can be used for documents,diplomas and certificates.


11×14 frames also include an off white mat but for an 8×10 image. Many of our customers love this size because they can use the frame with the mat, or remove the mat and highlight their 11×14 photographs. Our picture frames all offer this versatility, making Frame USA’s picture frames perfect for any occasion or event.

Some great frames in this size would be our Architect and Corporate series


If you are looking for a medium sized picture frame, the 16×20 size is a great choice. Our 16×20 picture frames include an off white mat for an 11×14 image. This option provides just over 2” of matting on each side of your image. This is a great size picture frame because you can make it a highlight piece on your wall, or part of a mixture with other frames to form a collage on your wall.

This is a great size to go with a wider picture frame such as our Verona Wide Series.


Our largest popular size picture frame is our 24 x 36 size. 24 by 36 is the main size that most posters that are sold come in. Therefore if you are looking to frame a poster for a dorm room, your office or house, or to give as a gift, this is the perfect picture frame size for you.

Plaque-mounting your image is another option that would work well, which is basically a way to display an image without a frame. (They do get considerably heavier with size, though!)


Know the size of your fine art but not sure which frame you would like to order? Purchase a sample!

When choosing the best picture frame size for you, always make sure to measure your image first. All of our frame sizes are based on the inside dimensions. Therefore if you have an 8×10 image and do not want to use the mat, you still want to order an 8×10 frame. If you have an 11×14 image and do want to include a mat, it is important to order a larger frame size to accommodate this.

Now the question is what is a custom size frame? A custom size frame here at Frame USA is any size outside of our standard 32 sizes (refer to chart listed above). We can produce almost any size frame your heart can imagine. Our only limitations come into play with the width of the moulding- the thinner the frame, the smaller the maximum size will be.

We hope this article on our most popular frame sizes has provided you with all of the information you may need when ordering our picture frames. If you ever have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!

How To Frame A Poster

Tips for framing a poster

Posters are a great way to decorate your bedrooms but we often see people struggling to know how to frame posters. We thought we would help everyone out and give you our suggestions on framing posters! Spoiler Alert: We have a sale on poster frames going on right now, coupon code and more information about the sale are at the bottom of this post!


There are two things that make framing posters so difficult: The Size and the cheap poster prices.  Posters are generally large; the standard poster sizes are typically 24×36 and larger.  It will come to no surprise to you that large picture frames are going to be more expensive than small frames. So we thought we would give you our products that will make framing posters quick and easy. We have separated out our suggestions based on the age of the recipient.


framing a poster for Young Children:

When it comes to framing posters for children you want to keep it as inexpensive as possible because they are so young and their tastes in things change so rapidly. They may decide that the movie Frozen is there favorite thing in the whole world one minute and then decide the next that their favorite thing in the whole world is actually My Little Pony.

You also have to be worried about safety when it comes to hanging large pieces in your children’s room.

For these two reasons we suggest going with our basic plastic poster frame: The Corrugated Series.

This series is made of Mylar which is a thin plastic channel with colored film on it. The sides of the poster frame slide off and back on for easy assembling. This series is one that will fit in every single group because it is so simple. They are available in all standard poster frame sizes.



This group has a pretty wide range of ages in it so there is more options for framing posters.

As mentioned above, our corrugated series is great for all ages, especially young children and teenagers. Another perk of the corrugated series for your older children is that they don’t need help assembling the frame. They can change out their poster choices easily with the slide off strips.

The kids in the middle of this age group are beginning to get more solidified interests and may want to have a sturdier frame. We suggest considering our Foam Core Series. This series is similar to the Corrugated poster frame Series with one difference, instead of cardboard backing it comes with a much sturdier Foam Core Backing.

For kids at the top of this age group, they know their interests, they are thinking about college and life after high school. You want something that makes their room feel like their own space, and  give them the option of having something inexpensive but incredibly sturdy. We have a third option in our Mylar Poster Frame Series called The Hardboard Poster Frame Series. This series is perfect for kids who have posters that must last (until they get to college and completely change their interests). Our Hardboard Posterframes are cheap poster frames with an incredibly sturdy backing.


The three posterframes mentioned above definitely still apply to these kids because college kids are rough and things break so why not give them a cheap poster framing option. Our Corrugated Series is probably the most popular with the dorm crowd because it’s light weight and can be hung using poster mounts on dorm walls.

For the kids that want a little bit more elegance for their apartments and dorm rooms we offer two affordable poster frames that have an elegant flair to them. Our Deluxe poster frames and Budget Saver Poster Frame Series are made from polystyrene which is hard plastic frame that is lightweight. They feature a more prominent molding to be a conversation piece in their home away from home.



For those that have graduated college and/or have been in the workforce for quite some time you know what you like, and you have a more flexible budget when it comes to framing posters. You could always go with your traditional black wood frames, but if you still want cheap frames for posters than you will be very interested in our newest posterframe picture frame line. Our Simply Poly Series has all the style of a classic wood picture frame moulding but it’s made out of the same material as our Deluxe and Budget Saver so it should be high on your list of cheap framing options!

We absolutely love Simply Poly here in the office because they are so durable, and versatile but still have such an elegance that none of our other posterframes posses.


Want to know the best part about all of these suggestions? Right now you can get them for 10% off!


Take 10% off Posterframes with code: WHITEBOARD

Starting today until November 17th at midnight you can get any of our posterframes on for 10% off the listed price using the coupon code WHITEBOARD. Add that to your list of cheap framing options and you got yourself beautifully framed posters for cheap!

Poster Frames

Poster Frames and Poster-Sized Frames

Poster Frames
Ian Waugh uses our Clean Cut series to make beautiful poster frames.


Our poster frames are ideal for just about any job you can think of (including personal art use!) But sometimes you need something a little more. Sometimes you want to make a point, or use a different color. Luckily, most of our regular frames come available in poster sizes! From wood to metal, you can usually get exactly the size you are looking for in a larger size.

Common poster frame sizes

  • 18×24 inches – Lobby and venue posters for concerts, plays, or other events
  • 24×36 inches – Common dorm room, band, black light, or decorative posters
  • 27×40 inches – US Full sheet movie posters (Occasionally 27×41 inches. Measure your art if you are unsure.)

Like Ian’s example above, a higher-quality wooden frame will make your collection timeless. This isn’t to say our branded Posterframe collection is anything less, but consider the looks of our most commonly purchased poster-sized frames: Corporate, Architect or Clean Cut Frames. For collections or a movie poster favorite, you will love them!

The best option is to try them out and see which profiles are right for you! You have FREE frame samples delivered to your door from our Frame Samples page. Simply look under “New Arrivals” on either the wood, metal, poster, shadow box or certificate pages.

Remember, if you need any help with your poster frames, please call 800.577.5920 or click here if you have custom framing needs.

Enjoy, and thanks for shopping with Frame USA!


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Choosing the Right Frame for the Job

Artist Evelyn Henson Gives Readers a Quick Framing 101

Choosing the right frame for your business can be a lot of hard work. Having the right frame for the job takes both intuition and some pretty basic knowledge of what makes a good complete work of framed art.

This weekend, we discovered an article written by Evelyn Henson that went into some good details about what to buy, where to buy and what kinds of frames go best in any given situation. Join us while we summarize this article (while also adding our own advice as framers!)

Below we will list these tips from Evelyn Henson’s blog, but add our own 2 cents as professional framers!


One of the highlights we spotted was to be sure that you’re personally in love with the frame. Before you even think about the artwork, think about how you’ll feel months and even years down the line with that frame on your wall. Once you’ve found a few that fit that criteria, you’ll want to try and see what matches best with your particular artwork. You can also work backwards if you’ve found a great frame, but have no art. Websites like offer a wide variety of art prints that are more than reasonably priced.

Another question the artist posed was the source of frame material. Knowing whether you’re looking for wood, metal or plastic will save you time and money in the long run. As a general rule:

  • Plastic frames are best used for posters or a more thin printed material.
  • Wood frames are usually some of the best in the market. While Henson was of the opinion that white is the best color, this can be problematic if the frame has defective joins or scratches. We prefer black picture frames, and based on the thousands of orders we see for them, we have to agree with the majority! Black is a very standard, very impressive color for most artwork.
  • Metal picture frames typically go well with modern art pieces and minimalist concepts.

We hope this little tidbit of information has helped you with your framing purchase. Have a great day, and let us know in the comments what your favorite type of frames are!

standard photo sizes

Weekly Picture Frame Sale – March 17-24

This week, we’re expanding on our blog post we made here talking about the typical photo sizes. A standard photo size will fit inside one of these frames without any trouble, whether you’re looking for an office frame for your desk or a poster frame for a large print display.

Now until Monday, March 24, you can save on both Frame USA’s Deluxe Poster Frame series and FrameCloseout’s 5×7 premium wood frames. Just use the coupon code in the advertisement upon checkout!

To find out more about standard photo and frame sizes, see our previous blog post here.

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Two popular sizes, the 5×7 and poster sizes (shown: 24×36.)
How to choose Photo Print Sizes

Photo Frames and Standard Photo Sizes

Standard Photo Sizes for your Photo Frames and Fine Art

Have you ever had trouble knowing at what size to print your photographs? Maybe you’re a beginning photographer, or you’ve taken a really great shot and want to print some of your work for friends and family. Knowing exactly how to size your printed photographs can be tough, and so can the daunting task of finding some appropriate photo frames. This week, we thought we’d share some industry standard photo sizes and how to get the most out of displaying your photography.

4×6 / 5×7

The standard size for displaying photos on your desk, table or counter space. A popular size for children’s photos and building a frame collage on your wall. When you order these from us, we attach an easel to the backing for ease in making them stand on any surface in your home or office. In addition to all of the above points, they are also the most affordable. You can pick these up for relatively cheap, insert your photos or art prints, and sell them for a good profit. Your audience will be best suited to families with younger children and newlyweds, so if you’re a portrait photographer, these are some great frames to stock up on.

8×10 / 8.5×11

Two of the most popular sizes in both photography and framing alike, you can’t go wrong by having a stash of these sizes. A great size to start with, these are perfect for either wall mounting or for standing display on a flat surface. Much like the smaller photo frame sizes, these are great for portrait and family photography. It is a popluar choice for mantlepieces, photo walls, staircases and for standing on end tables. When you buy from us, we typically include an easel backing for standing purpose. Luckily, they’re also easy to hang!

Choosing Photo print sizes
We use 8×10 and 8.5×11 frame sizes on our retail wall for customers to use as reference to their art.

11×14 / 11×17

The preferred size print for most musician venues and unofficially dubbed the “mini-poster”, these are probably the best route to take when you’re looking to print something to be mounted on the wall as art. The 11×17 and 11×14 sizes are standard for posters that need to be downsized into a smaller form. Should you be planning to sell bulk prints of your work online or at a convention space, this size will the the perfect way to sell your photographs. Not too big and not too small– if you’re advertising for anything in a creative setting, these two sizes will draw far more attention than a smaller size, so be sure to use these to your advantage!

Some great frames in this size would be our Architect and Corporate series.

24×36, 27×40 and 27×41

For those with the “go big or go home” mindset, you may want to aim for these sizes. At this point, we definitely recommend a frame to keep your art scratch-free and to highlight the print as a whole. Plaque-mounting your image is another option that would work well, which is basically a way to display an image without a frame. (They do get considerably heavier with size, though!)

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We also offer great poster and photo frames to showcase your work. These will fit your photo print sizes.


Which sizes are the best for your line of work? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear what your line of work is and how you maximize your return from sizing your picture frames correctly.