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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

Welcome to Shelf Porn, your weekly invitation to check out someone’s collection. Today’s Shelf Porn comes from Jason Wood, co-host of the 11 O’Clock Comics podcast and a columnist for iFanboy. Jason shows us his terrific comic room, including his comics, graphic novels and lots of original art.

Jason’s pictures were the last ones I had in the queue, so unless you want to see reruns next week or (shudder) my badly organized shelves, please send your write-up and pictures to jkparkin@yahoo.com as soon as you can. Our readers thank you in advance.

And now here is Jason …

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My comic room is located on our bottom floor, with a long hallway that leads to it as well as adjoining rooms. I decided to turn that hallway into a gallery of sorts, to show off some of my original comic art and commissions that I’ve had the good fortune to procure over the years. You’ll notice on the right a great two-page spread of Alpha Flight, and on the left sketches from Mike Norton (Rocket Raccoon), JunBob Kim (Magneto), and two Deadpool sketches (below the window) from Mahmud Asrar and Kevin Mellon.

When you first come down the stairs to that hallway, you’re greeted with Paul Pelletier’s brilliant Guardians of the Galaxy work.

Here are some more terrific pieces from Mike Norton (Black Panther), Buzz! (Ms. Marvel), Juan Castro (Deadpool/Wolverine), Julian Lytle (Ants webcomic strip), Tom Fowler (Wolverine barbecuing Deadpool) and Erik Jones (Domino).

On the right wall I have a cluster of Marvel pages (as well as a Polaris commission from Todd Nauck and a Spider-Woman/Shanna commish by Martheus “Jetta” Wade).

On the left side are some pages from a number of my favorite contemporary series.

A Skottie Young page from the Eisner-Award winning The Wonderful World of Oz series.

A Sean Murphy page from amazing Joe the Barbarian mini-series.

A page from Charles Paul Wilson III‘s incomparable work on The Stuff of Legend.

The first page from the new web comic Mystery Solved! (written by Zack Kruse, art by Big Jim Miller).

OK, now it’s time to go INTO my comic room. Keep in mind this was a concrete and cinder block weight room with industrial carpeting when we moved in, so I had some work to do before it was ready for the comforts of geekdom.

On the wall when you first walk in is storage for art supplies, favorite books I like to reference and re-read, as well as some DVDs. Adorning the top are a number of my favorite comics and a T’Challa statue (one of my three favorite characters).

Right above that are three more pieces of art. A page by Gabriel Hardman from Avengers vs. Agents of Atlas (one of my favorites), a recent commission by Jim Rugg featuring Afrodisiac and a few of my favorite female characters, and then a Mike Norton commission with Cap and the Falcon versus Flag Smasher.

On the opposite wall (the wall with the door), I have a configuration of DrawerBoxes. I also have two more of my favorite art pieces: A commission by Tom Fowler where he pays homage to Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner (using Deadpool and Wolverine) as well as a Freddie Williams piece with three of the six members of the Six Pack.

My wife suggested a cool divider for the DrawerBoxes, for use when I’m not digging into them.

Here is the entertainment center, which features some of great art books, collected editions, a Wolverine statue and a Deadpool commission by my buddy, and all around comics powerhouse Jeff Lemire.

Last but certainly not least is the wall for collected editions (aka the “Shelf Porn”).

As you can see, there is plenty of room for additional stuff; which is great because I still haven’t worked my recent New York Comic Con haul into the mix. I also have another grouping of art I need to get framed and mounted into the gallery when I have the time.

Hope you enjoyed the peek into one podcaster’s comic obsession.

Thanks for letting me share my Geekum Geektorum.

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The wall of art is amazing and the library is just perfect.

Those are some great commissions. Love the Road Runner homage with Wolverine and deadpool.

Sigh. Just when I think I may submit my pics, an amazing collection and set up like this pops up and makes me reconsider. Great stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All those trades and no volumes of Cerebus in sight. Otherwise, holy smokes, that’s an awesome set-up. I really need to invest in some nice shelving. Thanks a bunch for sharing!

I also use the Don Martin/Mad magazine box cover for display in my living room….. What a fun image! —-but my favorite is your Deadpool/Wolverine ‘beer’ drawing….

Lemire is a great guy…like the Nobody piece by him…my wife and 1.5 year old son at a Toronto con spent a few minutes with Jeff..I was elbow deep in long boxes..and had a nice conversation with him..he took a few minutes and drew some quick sketches that went with the trades my wife bought…the Nobody and Sweet Tooth..and he made a nice dedication to my sleeping son…can’t say enough about my love of Lemire (Canuck love)…I digress…you have a great set-up and a lovely collection.

Joe the Barbarian, Stuff of Legend and Wizard of Oz originals?! So jealous! You are a lucky man.

Some of the mounting of the art worries me. If the pieces don’t have mat board between them and the glass, then they need to be mounted to acid-free mat or foam core, with spacers in-between them and the glass. Over time, humidity will cause art to adhere to glass and once that happens, it cannot be removed. Acid in backing board/papers is also a threat. Give your original art the best treatment if you haven’t already! :) I’ve seen so many stuck-to-glass art in my time it makes me (and the owners) want to cry!

As for the rest, great clean presentation! Unfortunately, our library has floor-to-ceiling shelves or windows, so only one small wall to mount art (and it’s full), but everybody should fill up their space with comic displays/art! :)

Wow, that’s terrific. Thank you for sharing it all with us.

I would say I have a comparable collection of books… in the same Ikea shelves, with the same Ikea chair! But no original art to speak of. I’m impressed that you got the shelves to hold so many Omnibuses… I have mine at the ground level for fear of collapse.

Nice stuff. Im a bit jealous at the organization. I hope my library looks half as good.

Also to IOLA,

Thanks for the original art–display advice.

Another tip on displaying the original art would be to display it for about 6 months and then return it to storage. Too much light exposure can cause the paper to age prematurely over time. Learned this a few years ago from working alongside the curatorial department of an art museum.

All that being said, that’s some mighty fine shelf porn ya got there, mister.

It’s nice to see a lot of books on Shelf Porn. Wow that’s a nice collection. $$$

Stuff I’m most envious of: Ms. Marvel – Buzz pic and the Wolverine & Deadpool Looney Tunes homage.

Want to get the Lost Girls and Kirby: King of Comics books too. And is that Wednesday Comics hardcover? Need that.

I’m a bit concerned about the unshaded windows. Wouldn’t there be a risk of fading or damage to the artwork from sunlight?

That is pretty damn awesome.

Lost Girls…. you dirty pervert!! :D

Great collection btw

Excellent! Love the room! Nice to see a few Bowen statues too.

I wasn’t to fussed on the wall art
Simply because I don’t like that sort of thing, but as far as I’m concerned that is the best comic
Collection ever. I still don’t get why criminal is in the marvel omnibus collection.

“I wasn’t to fussed on the wall art”

Huh?

- Well there was three I liked, the beer one, the One with Logan(Wolverine) cooking a sausage and there was another one but I can’t work out who the characters were:.

@Connorllew- Criminal is a Marvel book, published under the Icon imprint.

Amazing…

Wow. I love the display of art, and I admire the hallway wall decorations very much! :-)

*You would think with ‘shelf porn’ article where we get to diplay our work that all comic shops would look like this -Now, I know the garage/basement feel that us ‘old-schoolers’ grew up with is quite nastalgic and filled with character, but this type of decor and arrangement is like a wine that has properly aged… Even places like Time Travelers in Detroit has totally upgraded its shelving, level of upkeep, organization which has a very simple, clean and more comfortable atmosphere that allows it to be very accessible to new customers… Also check out The Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor, MI. The successful graphic book shops that are dedicated to this type of upkeep and setup of their shop’s space.

** This is a question for those of us who love collecting as well as ‘investing’.
When to sell?
If our economy is only going to be getting worse (WTO allows for US companies to outsource, and for other countries that do not have anti-trust laws to use the WTO for their own monopolies to subsidize and protect their new companies in the USA, -also Social Security as of 2015 will always be a liability for the US, and the next ten years gas prices will go up, and so will the US Federal Reserve’s interest rates creating inflation and further devaluing the value of our savings accounts, and everyone believes that the 2020′s will be the next depression -less than ten years away) so, -when are we supposed to have a market of people who will buy our collections?

If we ever recover from the next depression with the same type of culture we have now -who in this new post depression world will even be familiar enough with print (non-digital) media to want to buy a long box of comics? ***I had to liquidate my original collection trying to pay off debt, before I eventually declared bankruptcy, but I am interested in constructive feedback as I consider growing my new collections. Thank you.

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