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Welcome to Shelf Porn. Our guest this week is blogger and manga fan Cathy Pajunen. Cathy had posted some pics of her collection on her blog, so I asked her if she’d be interested in doing an expanded tour of her collection for Robot 6. Thankfully, she said yes.

Remember that we’re also on the lookout for holiday-themed shelf porn this month. If you’ve got some swell DC or Marvel tree ornaments, or a Naruto-themed creche, take a pic or two and send them to cmautnerATcomcastDOTnet and we’ll post them here in the coming weeks.

And now, on with the tour:

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The first thing you see in my apartment is the row of bookshelves I have lining the back wall of the living room. (My couch usually hides all but the top two shelves, but it was sent out for repair when I took this picture.) I’ve moved twice in the past two years so a lot of my current arrangement is a reaction to all of the packing and unpacking I’ve had to do. I also had to find an apartment with sufficient wall space to fit my shelves (but still within my budget) so I try to be a little more ruthless these days about what I buy or give away. In a perfect world I would have a second bedroom or a den to house my hobbies. :)

Last year (move #2) I decided I had too many things and tried to reduce the clutter. I ended up giving away over half of my comic books (I’m trying to switch to trades), about a third of my novels and then balked when it came to my dvds. Since space was the issue I ended up ditching the boxes and moved the discs into binders. It’s not horribly exciting to look at, but the row of black binders on that first bookshelf is actually 2 tall bookshelves worth of dvds. It’s both funny and sad to remember how amazed and happy I was about that.

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The top half of the shelf are my newer graphic novels, dvds I still want easy access to and whatever manga I haven’t read yet. I like to keep them separate so I don’t lose track of where I am in a series, and the guilt helps to keep me from adding *too* many new books. In theory, anyway.

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When I first organized my manga I tried to keep it in rough groups. Shojo on the first shelf, shonen on the second and a mix on the third and fourth (so that my least favorite titles didn’t all end up together). My shojo books have grown faster than the other types so now they’re slowly taking over the other shelves. Nothing really stays in the same place for very long though, as I move them around depending on how often I get new volumes or stop collecting a title. I also love to lend my manga and graphic novels to friends so I might suddenly need room for a pile of books that were just returned.

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Part of bookshelves three and four. I try to layer things so that the books in the back peek out whenever possible. Since they’re not in alphabetical order, I can “lose” a series if they’re not visible and I forget where I shelved it.

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My last shelf has most of my novels, but I also keep my Mouse Guard figures here. They were a Christmas gift to myself a couple of years ago.

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My living room closet is home to my remaining comic books, a couple of boxes of older graphic novels and the 550 volumes of manga I wrapped in comic bags before my last move. My shelves were starting to overflow so I decided to store some completed series and things I didn’t reread. None of these boxes have labels (of course) and I’m dreading the day I have to actually find anything.

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Since I have so many shelves covering my walls I tend not to put up a lot of pictures or art. I couldn’t resist buying this print from Imaginism Studios at the last convention I went to, though.

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At one point I figured that if I were going keep buying random things they should at least be functional. My kitchen now has an Ouran High School Host Club tea tin and bag holder, some Starbucks city mugs I got on my second trip to Japan and a Chococat travel mug. I have a soft spot for Chococat.

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I have four more bookshelves in my bedroom – two smaller ones for manga, a tall one with the rest of my novels and oversized books and (the most dangerous) a small shelf next to my bed where I keep things I’m reading or just finished. Most of my toys and figures live in my bedroom as well. I’ve resisted the urge to put out all of the action figures and toys I’ve collected, though. Most of my superhero toys are still packed away.

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My tallest bookshelf is also home to my Studio Ghibli toys, a couple of Chococats, Invader Zim figures, a Wall-E and P-Chan.

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Most of my anime figures are on this wall. At the bottom of the picture you can see a musical Totoro I bought in a craft village near Kanazawa. I also bought a Totoro teacup that I keep on my manga shelves in the living room. I’m afraid of breaking it so it’s display only.

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My Ichigo Mashimaro, Fullmetal Alchemist, Tsubasa and Cardcaptor figures.

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The other side has Azumanga Daioh, Maison Ikkoku, some School Rumble and Rozen Maiden is on the bottom.

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My middle shelf holds another Fullmetal Alchemist set and Naruto.

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The next wall is a little more random. Assorted Bat Family figures, some Bleach and a (stupid stupid) Rat Creature. The Batmobile is actually a Christmas ornament I keep out year round.

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The opposite wall has a shelf with characters from Bleach, Escaflowne, Oh My Goddess, One Piece and Yotsuba&!.

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I’m a huge Yotsuba fan and the last few birthdays and Christmases I asked for the Revoltech figures. I have another Yotsuba that presides over my computer desk. (Along with most of my Chococat things. I will spare you the picture, though.) :)

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I keep my shonen-ai and yaoi manga on the smaller shelves in my room, generally because each publisher seems to put out different sizes which makes them hard to shelve with the other titles. They’re mostly organized by size but I try to keep volumes from the same manga-ka together.

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My plush anime toys live on one of my smaller bookshelves. Mr. Saotome was the first (a gift from my brother about 15 years back), but my favorite is Momiji from Fruits Basket. I try not to buy a lot of plush toys because not only do they take up a bit too much room, but unless people understand *why* you have those particular plushies you end up with a lot of teddy bears as gifts. I don’t like teddy bears. :)

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The Mr. Saotome is the bees knees. I can’t even tell you how much i’d pay for that and P-Chan. What kind of man am i?

the figurine collections are impressive. I’m partial to Kero-chan :)
how do you keep them from collecting dusts?

OutriderC@gmail.com

December 2, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Manga is pathetic.

Now there’s a nice, healthy, considerate, open-minded attitude.

OutriderC@gmail.com

December 2, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Sorry, Manga should be against the law.

I’m not much of a fan of manga but your a real asshole Outrider.

What an AWESOME collection!

I’ve not read much Manga (and wouldn’t have the first clue what shonen and shojo are) but that is an awesome collection in any format!

I’m jealous…

Zack: in the hand you can’t see Mr. Saotome is carrying a blank white sign, which makes him even more awesome.

badzphoto: dust? That’s why you put the shelves above eye level! Kidding… sort of. I don’t dust them often, that’s for sure.

And thanks for inviting me, Chris.

Nice diverse collection … A.

Great collection. Love the

Not a big fan of manga myself. I’m really only a Shirow and Otomo fan to be honest. The explosion over the last number of years makes it very hard for me to pick those gems out when I’m in the bookshop. Any suggestions?

Damn Impressive collection. At first when I started reading this I thought that this was some dudes room, but then as I got more down to the bottom I figured that there is no way this is a dudes room. Its too organized and clean. Great collection tho.

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