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Sunday, September 06, 2009

No Method, All Madness -- You gotta love the comic book shelf porn. As you'll see here, my graphic novel collection is rapidly outgrowing the space allotted for it. There was a time when I could easily describe the orderly method in which everything was shelved, but the many varying formats that comics and graphic novels come in these days means it's not always easy to shelve books by the same author together. How do you get Seth's tiny Bannock, Beans and Black Tea, say, next to the relatively mammoth George Sprott, without creating visual dissonance?

So there's not as much organization as I'd like on my bookshelves, but there are an awful lot of books I do like. I'll try to explain what's what as we go along.

(By the way, I updated this because I realized I missed a few shelves and had the time.)

Above is the main block of three (unmatching, much to my wife's dismay) bookcases. On the two to the left, I use bookends on top of the bookcases to add another shelf worth of space, while the far-right bookcase has The Complete Calvin and Hobbes and Gary Panter as virtual bookends keeping everything between them in place with their considerable mass.

Zooming in, these two shelves probably demonstrate the most effort at organization. On the top we have pop and pop noir comics by such creators as David Mazzucchelli (including some Italian collections I can't read but can look at the pretty pictures in), Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, and various Warren Ellis titles. On the lower shelf, Kirby and '60s Marvel predominate, along with the one hardcover and four trade paperback collections of the Kirby-as-genre Godland by Joe Casey and Tom Scioli.

Closer-up of the pop noir section, watched over by my new David Mazzucchelli Batman: Year One statue.

Some compromise at work here; the top shelf is all Alan Moore, the middle, scrunched shelf (I don't know how I got myself into this problem) is mostly The Complete Peanuts by Charles Schulz and similarly formatted books, then the bottom is more Alan Moore plus a batch of Absolute Editions and R. Crumb. Yes, there are at least four versions of Watchmen there. The most recent acquisition is the Graphitti Designs edition, which was a holy grail of mine for decades. On the bottom shelf, next to the regular ol' Watchmen TPB, is a custom Alan Moore Wildcats hardcover I scored on eBay recently for ten bucks.

Mostly Kochalka on the top here, and the lower shelf features my Los Bros Hernandez collection plus Richard Sala and Renee French.

One shelf down from there, we find Dan Clowes, Chris Ware, Grant Morrison and the Dark Horse Conan series.

One shelf further down, anthologies, art books and Hellboy.

D&Q on the top (plus recent Comics Journals and some Alan Moore overspill, you'll pardon the phrase), lots of artbooks in the middle plus French Authority hardcovers, Adrian Tomine and BWS (this is my most endangered shelf, ready to burst at any moment) to boot, and on the bottom, my Marvel Omnibus and other Marvel oversized hardcovers.

I try to keep books about comics on the top of the bookcases, as well as some odd-shaped stuff like the big Acme Novelty Library issues.

Here we see Calvin and Gary bookending other stuff. On the wall at far right are some Star Trek action figures, the top one a Scotty signed by the late James Doohan.

Just another view here, the clearest, probably, of my treasured, signed-and-sketched Hembeck Omnibus (near the center).

On the left of the three main bookcases, here's my repurposed DVD rack, holding manga and manga-sized titles and assorted odds and ends, plus a complete set of MOME on the top.

Closeup of the top shelves of the DVD rack...

...and the bottom.

Most of my loose Playmates Star Trek action figures.

Close up of the shelf dedicated to Star Trek original series characters.

Here are my DVDs, as long as I am showing you shelves of stuff. I draw the line at the soup and canned vegetables, though.

Near the center of this shot is a Mirror, Mirror Spock signed by Leonard Nimoy. You can also see my framed Justice League Unlimited lithograph, and the new Star Trek movie figures I swore I wasn't going to allow myself to buy. You see how that worked out.


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Blogger David Wynne said...


08 September, 2009 08:32  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

Oh, God, don't say that. It's well past the "more trouble than it's worth" stage. It was nice when it was two full bookcases and I could sleep at night not worrying about whether the cats need to find a new home to make space.

Not shown: The ridiculous piles of books between the repurposed DVD rack and the Wall o' Trek figures. Thank God for the Crop Image tool.

08 September, 2009 08:56  

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