One must always make the best of a bad situation -- even if trapped on an uninhabitable island with no one but a volleyball for a friend, at least you can look forward to watching yourself three times a weekend on TBS. Finding inspiration amidst utter desolation, the woman behind Crab Apple Design
CAD produces a swathe of actually cool paper goods and functional trinkets from reappropriated geek ephemera, an idea hatched after an elementary school teacher's then boyfriend (now husband) dragged her kicking-and-screaming to Austin Books and Comics, then serendipitously suggested she keep occupied in the place every young woman dreams of finding herself: the collectibles section. Just arriving for sale in said comic shop this week, the bulk of CAD's 250+ items are sketchbooks/journals with artist-quality blank drawing paper, metal spiral binding, and laminated front covers featuring Bronze Age comic-book glory like a 1980 Star Trek ("The Enterprise's Weirdest Voyage"), '72 Batman ("How Many Ways Can Robin Die?"), and "World's Mightiest Mortal", a 1977 Shazam -- a hero whose conversational superpowers were pretty much limited to "Artist: Donna Summer". Animated action continues with sets of cork-bottomed coasters featuring Superman, Doctor Strange, and The Jetsons, diverging from comic territory with designs like antique patent diagrams and patterns from the interior of security envelopes, something few notice as they hurry to see the size of their bonus...sigh.
Should you not be into drawing or respecting wood tables, she's also offering retro stickers (air mail labels, milk caps) and planners/organizers adorned with vintage maps -- if you don't think using something that outdated will turn you into a Castaway, well, it Wil, Son.