Say What You See Puzzle #1

Inspired by my friend Matt’s really fun comic book puzzles over at the SyFy forums, I made this puzzle for Clavis Cryptica!  I’d like to start posting puzzles and riddles regularly for readers to solve.  Hopefully this first one isn’t too hard =)  Highlight after the image if you need some hints.  Post your guess in the comments (but don’t read them if you haven’t solved it yet!)  I’ll be posting the solution on Friday.

Good luck!

Hint #1:  Theme:  Proverb

 

Hint #2:   1. -U   3.Y+   4.E=I    7.-D     8. T+