Robot 6

Saturday Shelf Porn!

Hello and welcome once again to Shelf Porn, now on Saturdays! Today’s Shelf Porn is courtesy of Robin McConnell from the Inkstuds radio show and who recently published a book collecting many of his interviews with comic creators.

If you’d like to share your collection with the world, please email a write-up and pictures to jkparkin@yahoo.com. As I said last week, we’re always looking for collections large or small, even if it’s just a picture or two … I’ve got a couple of single pictures I’ll group together into one post when I get a few more in. So send’em today!

And now here’s Robin …

*****

I have been collecting comics most of my life. After a period of purging myself of my collection, the bug bit me and I started up collecting again. Since starting the Inkstuds radio show, I have amassed unruly amount of comics and show no sign of slowing down.

I have most of my comics in five old fashioned Ikea shelves across one wall of my living room. I really hope an earthquake doesn’t hit while I am searching for my favorite Richard Corben book.

I have put my meager collection of comics related toys on top of the shelves. I am not really much of a toy person, but certain items are far too nice to refuse purchase. In this photo, you will notice the Love and Rockets Vol 2 # 1 Cover Proof. I bought that the Fantagraphics store when Jaime was there a couple of years ago. Next to that, is a tapestry that my girl friend did of the most excellent Enid Coleslaw. Daniel Clowes is one of my favorite cartoonists. I named the Inkstuds show after a strip he did. I have since been informed by Daniel, that he did not come up with the phrase, but I still source it to him.

The art work here is by Eleanor Davis. I am a huge fan of her work. there is also a box of art by Ivan Brunetti that seems to have fallen over.

If you look carefully, you can see some very unusual gems, like the Dupuy and Berberian sketchbooks.

Dear DC, please finish reprinting the Mad Archives. Thank you.

More toys.

Here is a selection of collections by some underground creators,  some fantastic Europeans and more.

I am really excited about the Manara collections that Dark Horse announced last year, but I dont know if there is much that I don’t have.

A sampling of some of my bound books. There are more coming. I have pretty high ceilings, so that Kramers 7 fits quiet nicely on top.

I maximize my space usage as much as I can.

On top of my comics collecting. I have also been getting into collecting art. I think there will be a post of art for next week.

Frank Miller and Alan Moore really cemented me in comics obsession at a tender young age. I don’t know if I should thank them, or send angry letters. I would love to interview either of them, if I ever got the chance.

Comics seem to be getting bigger and bigger. You can’t see my favorite ting on that shelve, which is a run of David Mazzicchelli’s Rubber Blankets.

I don’t know why i didn’t get a good image of the shelf with all my Moebius books, but they are there, along with my Kramers Ergots, Richard Corbens and a bunch more great collections

The copy of Non 5 in the middle is a must have just for the level of work that Jordan Crane put into it. We had a great discussion of the book and disasters that went a long with its publishing.

Heavy shelf. That Milo Manara Foemina book is unreal. Huge full sized reproductions of his work. Another feature of this shelf is a run of Raw magazine and the big Carl Barks collection on top. I am sure regular Robot6 readers know about the Fantagraphics reprint project of his work. I for one, and very excited.

Comics comics comics.

The bottom of these shelves are filled with my collection of bound comics.

Binding comics can be lots of fun. I have put together 4 books of work by Alex Toth. It can be a lot of fun hunting through cheap bins and reader copies for books that will get bound up and torn apart. Binding frightens some collectors, but I don’t really care. This is my way of archiving.

More bound books. I like Batman.

These kind of speak for themselves.

There are some of my favorite bound books on this shelf. The Dave Cooper, Chester Brown, Pete Bagge  and Daniel Clowes books have all been signed and doodled in. It’s a blast seeing the response of an artist whose work I have bound up.

I hope I never have to move.

Some more European goodies. Will someone please publish Hugo Pratt in English again?

The work in the stand at the top is my collection of silkscreened books, including work by Mat Brinkman, Jon Vermilyea, Michael Deforge and some Le Dernier Cri collections.

I have books too.

The top shelf has my collection of books by William S Burroughs and Charles Bukowski. I have a book signed by each of them, and a majority of the Burroughs are first editions.

Lastly, my Re:Search books. They are a big influence on what I did with the Inkstuds book which came out last fall.

News From Our Partners

Comments

33 Comments

That’s more than impressive.

I’m actually more impressed by the signed Burroughs and Bukowski’s than I am by the graphic novels. (And the graphic novels are damn impressive.)

Holy wowz. I heard about it, but damn – pretty awesome.

Color me all kinds of jealous.

yeah…um…ok…wow.

Exactly how I wanted my collection to look one day. Ah well….

Oh. My. God.
Now this… this is my kind of collection. This is way more impressive than a horrifying shrine to a superhero filled with action figures. This is the collection of someone who loves comics. Not superheroes, not a particular character, but a real love for the medium. Bravo.

Die and leave me your collection please.

I hope Show Us Your Shelf Porn still exists in 20 years when I can complete this exact same collection.

Thanks for the kind words. I am pretty proud of my mess. I will probably be doing another shelf porn post that is just my art collection.

@manglr – The Buk and Burroughs were crazy finds in the same bookstore for a way too cheap.

@Gabe – you need to come by sometime for a nerdout.

@Stuart – It will probably look amazing. Collections have a weird way of amassing very quickly.

@Mattfunk – nothing wrong with capes, just not my scene. You may see my obscene collection of bound batman books. I am going back as far as I can getting Batman and Detective bound. I have all the way back to the Neal Adams run done.

@amlah – i expect to have a tomb made out of my bound books and cheap ditko reprints.

@mxy – if shelf porn exists in 20 years, you will find photo’s of me buried under bound versions of the complete Zero Hour.

nice collection. but, am I missing something…why do you have all the Cerebus collections except the first one? O.o and, do you only get collected books now, and not single issues that come out? Just as your collection proves, there is much variety in the medium, but more than half of it does not make it into ‘book’ form.

that is incredible!! well done, love the leather bound books
what a great idea!!

Wow. This is major league impressive. I’m kinda jealous.

Oh no, don’t get me wrong, superheroes are great. It’s just nice seeing a collection that’s impressive in both size and diversity. A lot of the shelf porn subjects are pretty narrow with what’s in the collection, even if there’s a ton of it.

@michael I do have the first Cerebus book, but my neighbor is borrowing it. I thought I got everything back for the photos, but still a couple of things missing. I still pick up separate issues, i just have my white box put away. I am not really into much that is coming out from the big publishers though, and realistically, i dont have time to keep up with that stuff when I have interviews to prep for. It really just depends on what I find for cheap. I think the 4 Alex Toth books are a good measure of what has yet to be collected. Unfortunately a lot of what is being collected of older material is also horribly reprinted a la the Marvel Masterworks or DC archives, leave art looking like they were coloured with an amiga in the early 90s. I love to collect the work by select creators and then get it bound up. I am currently working on a series of Wally Wood books. You would be surprised how cheap some of the staff is.

@AndrewC I actually got the idea when I heard that Diana Schutz does the same thing. Seth also gets his comics bound.

This is just brilliant!
About your bound comics, are they monthly comics that you got bounded together?

I love, love, love this blog! These collections make me covet and are aesthetically pleasing. However, I can’t help but think that if all those featured in these posts donated their graphic novel collections to libraries we’d have a lot more fans. Before you ask, yes, I’m a librarian. ;) I don’t keep any of the graphic novels I purchase. I read them then donate them to my library for a tax write-off. If any of you with collections as massive and beautiful as this are feeling generous, you’re local library would love to be able to offer these extremely in-demand materials to the community. :)

Not the flashiest collection, but certainly one of the most impressive.

Just out of curiosity, how big is the room where you keep all this?

This is a completely stupid question, but one that has been bothering me for no other reason then my own insane mind…but why are the books set backward by number? For instance – the “Y: The Last Man” trades start 10, then 9, then 8 and so on. I just was curious if there was a specific reason for that?

@David I was wondering the very same thing!

So jealous! What is that Jose Munoz book? I’m guessing a European edition, but I want it!

totally jealous. Seems to be a very comprehensive collection, I’m wondering if there are books that you covet which have evaded your grasp?

I wish my local comic shops were so well stocked! Holy crap, nice bunch of books! *envy*

Robin McConnell

February 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm

@arnaudXIII – the bound books are a mix of issues, like say getting Starman bound, before there was any talk of those pretty omnibus collections. I have other books, like say a collection of Kaluta work that is a mix of stories and covers that he has done throughout the years; ripping apart an old issue of house of mystery and tossing what I didn’t want from that comic.

@Wally Strong – I have much appreciation for libraries and have donated a number of books to the Schulz library at the Cartooning School in Vermont. I also think folks should be cautious before donating to a library. make sure they understand the work. Would that particular library understand the importance of RAW 1 even though it looks like a tabloid sized magazine.

@Matt Duarte – It’s a big living room and the smaller shelves in a hallway.

@David and k-man – it’s my own weird idiosyncrasies.

@Chris Day – that Munoz book is great. All sorts of paintings. Nothing like his work in Joe’s Bar or what Giffen ripped off. :) I picked it up at Forbidden Planet NYC. it was the only thing I could find there. Too much of the store felt like the diamond back catalogue.

@Jack there is plenty that I want. Moebius 9 – Stel is a big one. Joe Keatinge showed me a stack of Geof Darrow stuff from Europe that had me feeling pretty jealous.

@Troy Little – Are there any good comic stores in PEI?

Have I gone mad or have you got all of your series ordered backwards, ie. left to right 5, 4, 3, 2, 1? What’s the philosophy there?

This is my style too, love for superheros but way more into the underground / indie stuff (aka real comics)
Zing!

So I know library binding does a lot of good binding, but it appears they are out of business now. Where do you get your binding done? I need to get started. If anyone else has opinions on this feel free to chime in.

That’s the nicest collection so far (yes, I’m late to this party. Have spent the last few days holed up inside poring over every Shelf Porn so far).

Leave a Comment

 



Browse the Robot 6 Archives