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Send us your shelf porn!

Welcome to Send Us Your Shelf Porn, where bookshelves are the name and photos are the game.

Remember: we are always looking for new contributions, so if you think your shelves are special enough, send photos to cmautnerATcomcastDOTnet and we’ll post them here. Heck, send them even if you don’t think they’re special. We’re not picky.

Our guest this week is Fantagraphics promotions director, Mome editor and cartoonist (no, really, he’s quite good) Eric Reynolds. Mssr. Reynolds has quite the collection to share, but let’s let him talk about it, shall we?

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The good shit: Top left shelf is all Crumb, all the time. Top right is basically some of my favorite comics collections of all-time (non-Crumb/non-classic strips divison): Clowes, Woodring, Ware, Hernandez Bros., Burns, Bagge, etc. The two shelves below are older, vintage cartoon-related books (Abner Dean, Artzybasheff, Frank King, Krigstein, Addams, etc.). Next to the LPs are Mauldin and Sacco and Seth, with the bottom two shelves collecting my favorite comics by my favorite cartoonists ( Clowes, Crumb, Deitch, Bagge, Chester Brown, Burns, Woodring, Hernandez, etc.). Above the shelf is a Rusty Brown original by Chris Ware, and a portrait of myself and my wife by my pal Jim Blanchard. You can see an Al Columbia original cropped at the upper-right and a Woodring Frank page at the upper-left on the wall.

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This wall of books is roughly divided between art books on the left bookcase, and strip collections on the bigger bookcase. Plus oversized things like Kramers 7 that won’t fit anywhere else in my house. The painting in the upper left is by the great Dennis Worden. I need to water my plants.

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The uber-nerd shelf porn shot: the ‘trophy’ case. Mostly vintage comic strip “merch” and contemporary, alternative comics-related vinyl figures from Presspop and its ilk. And my autographed Stan Musial baseball.

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The stairwell of comics: Far left, on the white shelves, are my “mainstream” collections. Mostly Kirby, Ditko, Eisner, Toth, Kurtzman, Wood, Elder, Stanley, etc. The black bookshelf is a fairly random collection of contemporary GNs, and also some Manga, some old pocket books, etc. The two originals at upper-left are a one-pager by Jeremy Eaton and an EC page by Johnny Craig. The dolls cropped at top are old Johnny West figures from my youth. Greatest action figures ever! Below it all you can almost make out the Shamrock Squid page by Peter Bagge and Adrian Tomine, and a painting by Jason T. Miles. And two portraits of Robert Mitchum. Why not?

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The basement runoff shelves: minicomics on the left. On the right: foreign editions, my collection of duplicate Daniel Clowes books (the only artist I tend to every edition of every book of), copies of TCJ, the Believer, Duplex Planet, and various mags/zines.

I have other bookshelves with prose books, too. No, really!

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I love how people’s solutions to finding a spot for their Kramer’s Ergot #7 basically consists of just…….putting it anywhere it fits!! :D

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