Hi, we are Allan and Hannah a husband-and-wife team from Lancashire. We make these fan creation frames in our garden shed or as we like to call it, The Bat Cave!
We are massive geek fans and love Comic Cons. In fact, this is why we started Comic Book Frames UK. Comic Cons can be very expensive and we wanted to be at one every weekend if we could. So, we decided let’s trade at them. One of the first things we decided was, whatever we were going to sell we were not going to make a profit from. As long as it covered our travel, hotel (if needed), traders table and the cost of our product materials we were happy. This would also keep the cost down for fellow Comic Con goers who bought our products so win-win.
Now all we needed to do was to come up with a product to sell! We wanted to sell something that no one else at comic cons where selling. We love seeing all the artist stalls and their amazing work and thought wouldn’t they look good in a frame on our wall at home and that was our eureka moment. Most art work didn’t come with a frame. Also, what about some of the other stuff you get from Comic Cons that could be framed like comics and signed guest pictures?
Allan’s always been in to arts and crafts and was volunteering at a local charity that upcycled furniture. It was here he came across and mastered the technique of découpage. Hannah (the brains of the team) then said why not découpage a frame with an old ripped comic book? So that’s what we did. We showed it to a few of our family and friends who loved it and Allan’s brother still has that frame on his wall.
It’s OK our family and friends loving our product but what about the average Comic Con goer? We decided to make a few more to see if we could sell any of them at a small Comic Con just down the road in Bolton. We sold out! We were over the moon and couldn’t wait to do another Comic Con. We did a couple more of the smaller local Comic Cons and started to improve our frames at the same time, both by the way they looked and the materials we used. We are both environmentally conscious so the materials we use need to be as eco-friendly as possible and all made in the UK (see Our Frames page to see what materials we use). We then started to increase our stock and go a little bit further afield.
It was around this time that we started our Facebook page. We had started to see a few of the same faces at our stalls (who we now call friends) and thought this would be a good way of keeping them up to date with our ever-growing collection of frames. It would also let people know which Comic Cons we were attending next. What we didn’t expect was the number of people who wanted to buy our frames after seeing them on Facebook. So, we set up our own website too, making the transition process easier for our customers and us.
We have now started going further and doing bigger Comic Cons like Comic Con Scotland and Wales Comic Con. However, we still keep to our original promises to do it for fun and not profit, to keep the cost of our frames as low as possible and to use materials that are environmentally friendly whenever we can.
So, when “The Blip” is over and we can go to Comic Cons again please come and say hi if you see us. We will not try to get you to buy anything from us as that’s not what we are about. We just love talking about Geeky things!
Hope to see you at a Comic Con near you soon