For those of you who enjoy reading comics online, watching television or reading Harry Potter, we recently discovered a new way to waste enormous amounts of time! We built a huge window display for 826 Valencia, and quickly discovered that it was far more involved of a task than one might consider reasonable. You too can do this, and here's how:
Write, draw and color a comic. The more panels, the longer this will take to make, and the more you will curse yourself. Here's what we started with.
Print your comic out in an enlarged version at your local copy shop. This will cost a real lot of money. Be sure to pay for your supplies before your bank puts a hold on your account because somebody got your number and has begun making fraudulent charges in your name. Because that's what happened to us.
Paste all your print-outs onto all the foamcore you just bought. (The foamcore will cost even more than the printouts!) Then start cutting things out. To make this particularly hard, use a foamcore that's so thick it makes it almost impossible to cut in any accurate manner. This will help to frustrate and tire you, making the task not only time consuming, but also incredibly unpleasant.
A friend can help you, but don't expect this to expedite matters in any considerable way. You will both spends hours on a floor, hunched over with scraps of paper and foamcore strewn about.
Take all the pieces you have to the location where you plan to put your display together and begin assembling. Be sure to bring fewer supplies than necessary, to make a seemingly easy task unnecessarily difficult.
Again, employ the use of a friend. If they seem hesitant, act confident that the entire process should only take a couple of hours. Then, when it ends up taking over 6 hours, and you don't finish until 2:30 in the morning (on a week night), you can both have a good laugh. Ha ha!
That's it, you're done! You've just poured countless hours and all sorts of money into a window display that's too large to keep and so fragile you'll have to throw it away when it's time to come down. It will be as though it never existed!
For added emotional strain, give no forethought to the architecture of your display, making occassional maintenance necessary.
And if you really want to look ridiculous, place your display under an enormous mural designed by somebody who is regarded as one of comic's greatest artists.