These can be a fun way to share everyday experiences and frustrations. But inspiration doesn't always strike when you are in front of the computer, and not everyone has a smart-phone with convenient apps to make rage comics whenever, wherever. Well, fret no more my friends - enter the Pocket Rage Maker! Yes, with this handy little tin, you too can experience the joy and satisfaction of making rage comics on the go!
(I suppose it should be said that rage comics often contain material that may be unsuitable for some readers, including [but ommited here] the classic "f7u12" text implying someone cursing in frustration. While it is up to you what you put in your own comics, keep this in mind when sharing your comics with others or viewing them online)
Step 1: Gather Materials...
White enamel-coated metal sheet (to act as a dry-erase board)
Magnetic sheet (I used a sheet of magnetic business cards)
Spray adhesive or glue
Black felt scrap
Black fabric scrap
Fine-tip permanent marker
Emery cloth or sandpaper
Dremel tool with cutoff wheel
Gluegun (not shown)
You will also need access to a computer (with internet connection) and a printer
Note: Use all necessary safety equipment and follow all saftey procedures when working with sharp objects and power tools. Always use spray paints and other aerosol products in a well ventilated area. Minors should be under the supervison of adults.
Step 2: Prepare the Tin...
With a flathead screwdriver, I gently pried the hinges open just enough so I could remove the lid from the base.
With a peice of emery cloth, I sanded the top of the lid. Since I was painting the lid a similar color red, I didn't need to worry about sanding the edges.
After cleaning the area, I sprayed it with a few light coats of red spraypaint. The paint I used had pretty good coverage, but you may want to consider a coat of white primer first if you are concerned that your paint may not cover well.
Set this aside to dry as you continue.
Step 3: Cover the Bottom...
I wrapped the sides with masking tape to prevent any overspray, and sprayed the bottom of the base with spray adhesive. I then pressed this down onto a scrap of black felt, and let it dry. After trimming the excess felt around the edge, the base was finished.
Step 4: Make the Faces...
I wanted to use the traditional faces you commonly see in rage comics, so I went online and grabbed screenshots of my favorite ones. I resized them to about an inch in height, arranged them in a photo editing program, and printed them out.
Since I was using a sheet of magnetic business cards, I cut out clusters of faces that fit in each card, to avoid placing any over the lines where the cards seperate. I then layed these clusters face-down, sprayed the backs of them with spray adhesive, and affixed them onto the magnetic sheet. After letting the glue dry, I cut them out, leaving me with a collection of small, magnetic rage faces.
Step 5: Shorten the Marker...
I layed it across the top on the tin to get a rough idea of how long I wanted it, and made a mark. I then made a mark about a quarter of an inch further to make an allowance for the end cap that I would be replacing after I had made the cut. I cut the marker at the second mark. (Note: Markers of this type had a felt core that is soaked with ink. While not as messy as liquid ink, care should still be taken to prevent unwanted stains)
I then popped the end cap off the piece I had removed, and tried to press it into the open end of the shortened marker. There are ribs inside the tube that prevented an easy fit, so I trimmed off the part of the cap that fit inside the tube, and hot-glued the cap on the end. I feel this still makes an acceptable seal, and if done carefully, you don't even notice that it is glued in place.
Step 6: Prepare the Panels...
I marked out four 2x3 inch panels that would fit nicely inside the tin, and cut them out with the Dremel tool and cutoff wheel. (You can use whatever method is easiest for you, but keep in mind you don't want to damage the surface or warp the metal). I then filed the egdes smooth. You may want to round the corners as well.
To arrange them in the classic four-panel layout, I used a scrap piece of black fabric. I layed the four panels face-down, and sprayed the backs with adhesive. I then placed the panels in a two column/two row layout onto the fabric, leaving a slight gap inbetween them. This will allow the four panels to be folded up together and placed inside the tin. After the glue was dry, I used a straightedge and a craft knife to trim the excess.
Step 7: Assemble...
Fold up your panels, and place it the tin along with your rage faces and marker.