Every year when <a href=”http://www.freecomicbookday.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Free Comic Book Day</a> rolls around, I try and come up with fun new things for our patrons to enjoy. This year, our library team’s awesome Ashlynn asked if she could help with the activities and I was all like <em>HECK YEAH BECAUSE I HAVE AN IDEA THAT’LL TAKE TIME TO DO!!! </em>And because of her awesome assistance, I was able to do it. <em>Yay!</em>
So I present to you:
<a href=”https://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ukulele-comic-parody-songs.pdf” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><img class=”aligncenter wp-image-5791 size-large” src=”https://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/comic-book-parody.jpg?w=700″ alt=”Comic Book Parody Singalong Songs free for you to download and use at your next geeky nerd-filled library program | hafuboti.com” width=”700″ height=”578″></a>
That’s right – I took famous songs and wrote parody lyrics to help celebrate the comics nerd in all of us.
The most time-consuming aspect was that I decided to print out the lyrics on ledger paper, cut them out, and then hand-glue the lyrics and ukulele chords to a giant pad of paper. A projector would probably have worked just as well, but it wouldn’t have worked for us during this particular event.
Here’s what it looked like in progress. I should note that I did <em>not</em> write this particular parody – it was written by the <em>Unbeatable Squirrel Girl</em>’s Ryan North and Erica Henderson:
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This took me many many hours – more than I had estimated. So when FCBD arrived, I had not practiced my ukulele enough to sound passable. Thankfully, I had the incomparably talented <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/badlandgirls/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><em>Badland Girls</em></a> to back me up and make me sound so much better. <em>Yay!</em>
<img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-5790″ src=”https://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/fcbd-singalong.jpg?w=700″ alt=”Rebecca, Rhea, and Destiny – commemorating a successful Free Comic Book Day together at the Gretna Public Library | hafuboti.com ” width=”700″ height=”525″>
<em>Aren’t we adorkable?!</em>
We’re also showing off our favorite song: a parody of CCR’s <em>Down on the Corner </em>that’s all about <em>Guardians of the Galaxy.</em> For fun, I tried my hand at <a href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vidding” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>vidding</a> for the first time. I hope that you enjoy the results!
Did that make you wanna singalong? Did it make you want to add a singalong element to your next geeky library program?
<strong><em>Then do I have a treat for you!</em> </strong>
Go up to this post’s top image and click on it. You’ll be able to download a pdf of <em><strong>ALL</strong> </em>of the songs that I parodied, including their ukulele chords!!!!! <em>Yaaaaaay!!!!!</em>
<strong>Here’s the song list:</strong>
<li>Batman Smells (<em>Jingle Bells</em>)</li>
<li>Sub-Mariner’s Kingdom (<em>Octopus’s Garden</em>)</li>
<li>Odinsleeping (<em>Are You Sleeping</em>)</li>
<li>Black Panther Rules and Fights (<em>The Lion Sleeps Tonight</em>)</li>
<li>Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Theme (<em>Spider-Man Theme</em>)</li>
<li>King of the Sea (<em>Yellow Submarine</em>)</li>
<li>On the Milano (<em>Down on the Corner</em>)</li>
I’ll likely add more songs every time FCBD rolls around again, and I’ll be sure to share those with you. If there’s a song or a comic book that you’d like me to tackle, then please let me know and I’ll see what I can do. Comment about it here or send me an email at [email protected] I can’t guarantee that I’ll turn your idea into reality, but know that I’ll try.