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Saturday Shelf Porn

Welcome to another edition of our weekly Shelf Porn column! Today’s submission comes from Reverend Wallace Ryan, who shares his library or graphic novels, toys and more with us — including the above Captain America jack-in-the-box. You can check out a video of his set-up on Facebook.

If you’d like to see your pictures here one Saturday, we’d love to feature them — just send me an email with a few images and a write-up.

And now let’s hear from Wallace …

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I’m from Newfoundland & Labrador, off the east coast of Canada. I’m a cartoonist and comic book instructor(for over 10 years) at the Anna Templeton Centre. I even owned my own comic book store in the early 90′s called “The Daily Planet.” I’m assembling this library to be donated in the future to some worthy institution. I’m a big believer in paper comics as digital just can’t deliver the same experience as a real comic book. Oh and co-founder with Paul Tucker of the Breakdown Comic Jam held every month here in St. John’s…the oldest town in North America.

This library is comprised almost entirely of hardcover collections, archives and graphic novels. I’ve been working on it for almost 17 years. I do allow local comic artists to use it for research only and I use it for my Cartooning & Comics course and for our comic jams.

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cha-ching!

It nice too see someone who’s got a lot of books and not a lot of junk statues and such as well.

Wow, veeeerrrry nice. I see we have similar tastes, though I’m a bit behind in my purchases. I love seeing someone else getting into so many classic strips and comics.

Cool collection of books. I agree that its fun to see a collection that is almost all books and not toys. Not there is anything wrong with toys and statues.

It’s… beautiful *weeps*

I wept openly and uncontrollably.

Seriously, though, this is the most incredible Shelf Porn entry to date. That’s like the Library of Comics Alexandria.

An excellent collection but wow, was I really surprised to see this on shelf porn this morning. Not for the comics but because it was Wallace. I know him from way back in the late 80′s/early 90′s. Good guy and a good artist.

Amazing. Easily the best shelf porn entry I’ve seen. Printed material always better than toys and other stuff, much as I love that, too. Could easily lose a few years of my life in that collection.

I want that Captain America Jack-in-the-box to add to my collection of “junk.”

Wow, almost book for book this is the collection I had until I recently started to disassemble it. Just got too expensive to maintain. So glad to see someone with such a collection who plans to donate it. Awesome job Wallace!!

HOW do you afford all of that?????!?!?!!??!??!? I’m serious, what kind of job lets you have the time to get all those thick collections?

As much as I’d love to have them, those Absolutes are a bit too pricey for me. I’m very impressed though. Lots of stuff I’d love to own. Especially that Incal hardcover. I didn’t learn about THAT until well after it sold out.

Cool.

Agreed on paper comics 100%. That library is one heck of a benefit you’ll be leaving for generations ahead.

Great collection. Love all those oversized hardcovers!

Most impressive. Even if you’re getting these at wholesale, that’s still an impressive pile of $$$. Even more impressive is how neatly you’ve organized these and squeezed them all into such a relatively small space.

Gosh, I hope you’re actually READING these as well and not just hoarding them against the coming apocalypse.

That said, I notice you’ve missed quite a few of the Marvel Masterworks (although the Marvel Omnibus editions ARE nicer, if you have to pick one over the other). Also, I noticed a few DC Archives volumes missing from the set (although still, pretty damn close to complete).

Nice and eclectic too. But what, only one of the five volumes of Popeye that Fantagraphics has published so far?

And just think about how big this collection would be if you’d been assembling these since the mid-to-late 1980s. You did miss some good stuff in there that’s now out of print and hard to find.

Still and all, probably more impressive than mine. Certainly a lot neater.

I’mpressive percentage of hardcovers. I live in Norway where we are lucky if we get the cheap trade paperbacks.

Haha, I live in Denmark, we’re even worse off than Norway at the moment.
All our magazines has been cancelled, this includes even Spider-Man,
which is the best selling superhero comic we’ve ever had.

Extremely nice collection, as some other people poined out,
one could easely lose a couple of years in your library.

Sounds great that you let people use it for a research purpose,
and that your donating it once you leave this life.

I got that Cap jack-in-the-box on ebay a couple years ago for about $15. Was very happy to get it. It’s one of four toys I have on my bookshelves (w/ Marvel Legends 12″ Cap, B-A-F MODOK, and a Mighty Muggs Cap). Glad to see another one on display!

That is a damn fine library.
Just out of curiousity, do you have any relatives from Burnt Point/Conception Bay area?

I love the sense of balance between strip work and longer form comics in this collection. You clearly are building a collection of the best materials in editions that are designed to last. Well done. The only thing I would add is some of the black and white Swamp Things (for the line work).

Wow. Very impressive.

Dark Satanic Hayley Mills

May 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Puurrrrrr … lovely grown up collection.

Are those thick volumes by Marvel the omnibus editions?

David B Stewart

May 31, 2011 at 11:38 am

Wow. I’d love to know how the shelf with the Archive on it is constructed. Very nice!

Are you a multi-millionaire who the heck has that kind of CASH to be able to afford all that stuff . I mean it is awesome and impressive but you can not eat it ???????

Out of all the shelf porn posts I’ve seen, this is the one I would most want to have. I am so jealous of all of those hardcovers.

Rev Wallace Ryan

July 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I just seen this piece. To answer a few questions, I’m not a millionaire, but I do try to buy a book a week. And I do have half the DC Archives and plan to continue until I have them all. I don’t collect Masterworks that I have as Omnibuses. Thanx for all the kind words! Oh and the Archives shelf was hand built.

Love the Sin City collections! Also, the Calvin and Hobbes and the Far Side sets! Fantastic!

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