It must be a perennial problem after each San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC): what should you do with your swag bags?

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These are just some of the swag bags we brought back from SDCC ©incoherentboy.com

To explain a little: these oversized bags, made of what must be polystyrene and/or PVC, are given out at SDCC every year. Some are given out by the organisers, while others can be picked up at different booths at the convention, depending on your luck. This year, each visitor was given a waist-high swag bag in a variety of designs. I landed a bag with a Man Of Steel design, the Superman reboot starring the soon-to-be globally famous Henry Cavill.

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While the girlfriend got a much-sought-after Big Bang Theory bag.

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The Big Bang Theory swag bag ©incoherentboy.com

During our four and a half days at SDCC, we also landed swag bags of various shapes and sizes for Homeland, The Walking Dead, Spartacus and Archer, all highly popular television series. Now, during the convention itself, they are terribly useful for putting all the other swag, or free stuff, that will naturally come your way: comics, pins, postcards, posters and more. Not to mention the fact that they look totes awesome. But once you come home and unpack, the question inevitable presents itself: just what do I do with these bags? They’re much too big for daily use, and yet way too awesome – and made of really good material too – to just discard.

Then I remembered this family I met while in line at SDCC.

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The most awesome family on earth. ©incoherentboy.com

When I asked where they got those vests and hats, they told me that they had made them out of last year’s SDCC swag bags. And so the idea came to mind: why not turn our own swag bags into something useful as well? But I didn’t know anyone who would provide such a service, until the girlfriend came across the website of local customised and handmade bag makers Uyii Bags. So in August, we made a visit to their workshop in Bishan, where we met the boss, Benny.

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Benny gives our bags the once-over. ©incoherentboy.com

We asked for two backpacks and two laptop sleeves, and having assessed the bags and the material, he told us that this was indeed possible. So we struck a deal and handed the bags over. And a little over a month later, here are the results. They are, quite simply, AWESOME. Let me show you the backpacks first.

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The front of the backpack. ©incoherentboy.com

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Here’s the back of it. ©incoherentboy.com

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This is the top of the backpack. ©incoherentboy.com

The girlfriend’s Big Bang Theory backpack was just as impressive.

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I really liked what he did with the Homeland swag bags too, turning them into really beautiful laptop sleeves. There were a number of zingers on them related to the show (“Can’t sleep. Too wired”, “Pharmacy’s closed. We’re doomed”), which were unfortunately, partially or completely cut off. We would have made backpacks out of them too, but the bags just weren’t big enough.

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SDCC, Homeland

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SDCC, Homeland

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The bags didn’t come cheap either, at a total cost of $195. But I think you’ll agree that the results speak for themselves. Besides, we are now SO ready for SDCC 2013.

 

Did you go to this year’s SDCC? What other creative things did YOU do with your swag bag?