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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

Welcome to another edition of Send Us Your Shelf Porn, Our special Guest this week is  Rickey Purdin, who works as a Representative — Marketing Publications at DC. You may also know him from his previous stint as Entertainment Editor at Wizard Magazine, or via one of his two blogs.

Remember, we here at Shelf Porn can’t do it alone. We need your help. If you love feasting your eyes on the bookshelves of others, then take the time to consider a donation of your own. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about donating your pictures to Shelf Porn, but have just been too busy. Or tired. Well, there’s never been a better time than today! Just email your photos to cmautnerATcomcastDOTnet and we’ll send you absolutely nothing except for our thanks. Oh, and we’ll post your pictures here for everyone to see.

Speaking of which, let’s take a look at Rickey’s collection. What have you got to say about this stuff sir?

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The main bookshelf in the apartment stands behind staircase and holds the majority of our books both graphic and prose. We decorated the top with toys (that’s Domo with a Jason Voorhees mask!) and bookended the white shelves with brown ones holding comic book collected editions mostly from Image, DC, Marvel and Dark Horse ’cause they’re all one size.

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Here’s the bottom left of the above photo. The only place I could find to safely store Kramers Ergot #7 from my cat’s predilection to cough up hair balls on the books I like most is right there between the shelves (to the right in this picture).

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Here’s the bottom right of the first photo above. Here’s where I hide my DC Absolute editions and the Goon flask I got from Eric Powell for Christmas one year while I worked for Wizard Magazine.

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A couple wall-mounted Ikea DVD holders (for our TV shows like Arrested Development and Freaks and Geeks) on each side of a Best Buy DVD holder (for our general movies like Monster Squad and Hot Rodand Dirty Dancing) make for great storage space in the living room. But add a painting of you playing Halo from your best friend? Priceless.

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At the top of the stairs is our dining room and here’s one wall of it. We’re slowly replacing the years-old longboxes with Drawerboxes for uniformity and an attempt to make our collection look a bit more classy. My girlfriend makes wear-able fairy wings and to the left you can see a pair on a mannequin alongside a wall covered in art she picked out. To the right of the boxes is a bookshelf holding mostly indie titles. And my keys. And if you’re like me, you’ve got random stacks of single issues EVERYWHERE.

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Up top are some oversized books I can’t fit on shelves. Below that are handmade minicomics in little boxes I transformed into minicomic short boxes.

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Here’re more minicomics, my Acme Novelty Libraries, some Comics Journals, the beauty of a Mome collection and, to the bottom right, the random reference comics I have such as a full run of DC’s Who’s Who and a fat stack of DC Secret Files and Origins (I want to MARRY that series).

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On the opposite wall I have two perpendicular shelves. That’s my Target reading chair.

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Artist Scott Mills was open for commissioning tiny drawings a couple years back and I snagged these from him to hang in the small openings on the wall. Here we have Morpheus, Kamandi and Reverse Flash…

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…and Kid Flash, Scarecrow and Darkseid!

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Up top of the first perpendicular shelves are more over-sized books. The Smithsonian Collections are so fun to flip through! Meanwhile, Mr Miracle and Orion guard my Watchmen and ninja sketchbooks up on top.

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My embarrassing “still need to read” shelf. Don’t judge me for not cracking Love and Rockets yet.

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Some overflow mainstream books in alphabetical order from the main bookshelf. Superman’s my boy. Also seen is my disc-shooting gun (like Madman!), my Watchmen movie countdown clock (sent from the studio!) and a few Flash and Green Lantern rings my cat likes to chase.

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The bottom shelf is a little taller, so it houses my Watchmen Absolute edition, some reference books and my Friday the 13th oral history book. Did you know Ron Moore of Battlestar Galactica did a draft of Freddy vs Jason? It’s true!

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The other half of the perpendicular shelf holds my growing manga collection. Stuff like Dragonhead, Uzumaki, Drifting Classroom, the Tomine-edited Yoshihiro Tatsumi books and other stuff along with similarly sized English digests like the Scott Pilgrim library, King City and more. I’m especially pleased with this section having multiplied into the size it has.

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And at the bottom is my Kirby/Kirkman/Vaughan hardcover collection.

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Our staircase is lined with original art including this spasm-inducing homage piece by Jim Rugg. When I left Wizard, my friends got this for me featuring Kamandi and Impulse (my two favorite characters) saving me from a falling girder.

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For my birthday, my buddy Kevin asked Shane Davis to knock out this Kirby OMAC (one of my OTHER favorite characters).

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At MoCCA I snagged this Evan Dorkin art of Kamandi from the Bizarro World comics collection.

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And this is one of two murals by Jim Mahfood hanging above my front door and given to me by the incredibly thoughtful and generous Kat Amano!

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And lastly, here’s the first piece of original art I ever bought. It’s Dale Eaglesham’s disturbing splash page from HERO #16. HERO remains one of my favorite books of all time and this page scared the beans outta me when I first saw it, so I grabbed it for shockingly cheap at New York Comic Con.

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6 Comments

God I love this segment of Robot6. Possibly my favorite thing you guys do.

I agree with Scott. I love looking at other people’s book shelves.

Rickey Purdin is not just a fine writer and a collector of glorious things. He’s also a total dreamboat and a generous lover.

*swoon*

There are seriously whole rooms he didn’t even cover. It’s a magical place, Rickey’s apartment.

Make me feel better about my own mess! lolll

Good stuff! :)

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