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Who’s ready for  another round of Shelf Porn? Oh, let’s not always see the same hands …

Our guest this week is artist, blogger and graphic designer Dan Bru, who has has done a fabulous job decorating his “man-cave,” though a few of the more possessive collectors amongst you may balk at his method of decorating his walls. To see what I mean, click on the link and let Dan take you on his tour …

Hi. My name is Dan Bru, and I am a freelance graphic designer, artist, and a blogger of all things nerdy .

My wife and I recently bought a 1935 bungalow in West Paris, ME, and I turned one of the upstairs bedrooms into my office/display area. What’s great about the upstairs is that my 2 boys and I pretty much rule it as our “man-cave”. There is their bedroom, my office, a cozy reading nook, and a large den area.

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As you walk up the stairs, you can turn and see the first toy collection resting in a built-in shelving area above the staircase.

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Looking immediately to your left, you will see the reading nook; complete with candy machines that need to be filled, an ottoman, lamp, and reading material.

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Directly past that is my room; as you walk in, I have my record collection displayed on the wall, along with a toy gun that belonged to my mother in the 1950s.

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To the left are my two white shelves; holding the bulk of my toy and graphic novel collection. I used to make custom Mego figures full time for about three years, but the only custom I have left is “Brainiac” that I bought on Ebay a few months ago. I wanted to save one of the over 100 characters that I ever made for my own collection, but alas, every time I looked at my customs, I saw $100 instead of a custom Mego toy.

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Anywhoo, I don’t really collect anything in particular; I just pretty much grab anything that I find pleasing to look at or read. It just happens that I mostly like superhero, monster or robot stuff. I have 22 short boxes filled with everything to original EC comics, great gold & silver age Marvel & DC, to current indie stuff. Next to the TV is the top half of the Gene Simons costume that I made for Halloween ’98.

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I also sacrificed a few silver and bronze-age comics to create a sweet decopaged mural on the slanty ceiling above my desk.

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To the right as you walk in, you will see a nook with my new retro futon with an awesome hanging lamp from the 60s that I recently found in a nearby antique shop. The wall behind the futon is covered with Mad, Cracked and Crazy magazines that I bought as a child.

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On the side of the slanty wall I have displayed many of the 1970′s horror comics that I bought as a wee lad.

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In the right corner, I have my work area with my iMac, 18″ Alien toy, tiki mug, a Golden Minotaur statue from “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad”, and a glow-in-the-dark skull from the Magic Shop at Disney World.

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Considering he’s got shit plastered on the wall everywhere that room is still so insanely well lit. That’s an impressive feat.
I like this impressive collection, and imagine being his kid. That’s one hell of a play room.

“My wife and I recently bought a 1935 bungalow in West Paris, ME, and I turned one of the upstairs bedrooms…”

Bungalow? Upstairs? DOES NOT COMPUTE.

That aside, I like what’s been done with pages on the walls. Might give it a try myself sometime.

Very nice! Sweet collection balancing on the edge between collector and hoarder. I like the collage effect.

Well done!

I miss my magnetic Batman.

Conan the Librarian

January 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Ouch. It hurts me to see those destroyed comic book pages all over the ceiling.

Thanks for posting pics of my collection! First off, I would like to clarify that no comics above the grade of Good – were harmed in the making of my office; all of the silver age stuff was either coverless or completely detached. Secondly, although the term “bungalow” used to refer to a strictly single-story structure, in Britain and North America a bungalow today is a residential house, normally detached, which is either single story, or has a second story built into a sloping roof, usually with dormer windows. I’m just sayin’. Thanks for all of the kind words in regards to my collection; I’m still looking for a vintage comic-book spinner rack, so if anyone can point me in the right (under $300) direction, I would greatly appreciate it!

Bruce D. Spruce

January 18, 2010 at 8:16 am

I had trouble typing, b/c the tears were streaming down my face, that was so beautiful … A+

cool office!… the pages on the wall look very good

You have done an outstanding job with your decorating skills. I have never thought about using comics in that way but that may be something I need to look into. Well done sir and kudos on your action figure and toy collection. Great stuff!

nice collection my friend

similar to how I want to do my home, I have a lot of those same comics, toys and mags. Noticed some of the Famous Monsters mags. Very cool!

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