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Shelf Porn | New shelves, Big Numbers and … shoes?

While reading comics is fun, sometimes managing your collection can be a lot of work — but the end results can make it all worthwhile. Today’s Shelf Porn comes from RM Rhodes, creator of the “experimental” comic Oceanus Procellarum. You can find Rhodes at SPX this weekend. Rhodes recently put in custom shelves to manage not only his books, but also his wife’s shoe collection.

If you’d like to see your shelves featured here, let’s make it happen — drop me an email at jkparkin@yahoo.com, with a write-up and some jpgs.

And now let’s here from Rhodes …

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My name is RM Rhodes and I’m a creator of experimental comics living in the Washington, DC metro area. I’m the easiest person to find at SPX – just look for the man in the purple suit.

I’ve been waiting to write up my shelves for a while. Over the past two years, I started collecting French Bandes Dessinees albums at a furious rate, building an overflow pile that stood over 4 feet tall at one point. It was taller than my cousin’s son and had smaller piles of graphic novels in orbit around it. We decided to get custom shelves put in, but it took a long time to find a contractor.

We finally got them put in on the first of September. We spent most of the weekend putting books on the shelves and moving them around, a process I tried to document as best I could with my camera phone. We still have to do something about the lighting and not everything is in its final resting place.

Pictures 4 and 5 show the results from the initial round of putting books on the shelves from their temporary resting place in the closet. In this version, you can see the initial demarcation of some areas that have filled in as we started moving books around – the erotic section on the top right, the odd-sized books (large and small) directly below. Picture 6 shows the intermediate arrangements of the wall of trades on the left side.

My wife wanted to put her Fluevog collection in the center curve of the shelves, so we did (picture 7). Then I started putting art behind the shoes, to maximize the space and make it much more of an artistic display. While doing this, I discovered that I have two copies of Big Numbers #1 (picture 8). Interesting note: the Fluevog on the left in picture 8 has been signed by John Fluevog.

It’s impossible to get a good picture of the whole sweep of the shelves, so I’m stuck taking pictures of the pieces. Pictures 9, 10 & 11 are the current state of the shelves, after a great deal of shifting around and additional material. Notice how the erotic section is now two full shelves – we’re still picking erotic books out of the stacks.

The rest of the photos are a snapshot of the various thematically organized shelves. For example: I have enough albums that I can break them down by language of origin (Francophone vs Anglo Saxon) and hardback/softcover. And I can further discriminate between trade-sized hardbacks and album-sized hardbacks (for both languages of origin).

From left to right, top to bottom, I have the following: Anglo-Saxon hardback albums (picture 12), Francophone hardbacks (picture 13 – I later split them by size), Anglo-Saxon hardback trades (picture 14), Francophone soft-cover albums (picture 15), Anglo-Saxon softcover albums (picture 16), oversized art books (picture 17), two shelves of erotic comics (picture 18 & 19), reference books and phone books (picture 20), large odd-sized books (picture 21) and two shelves of trades (pictures 22 & 23). These last two shelves are little odd-sized books and trade paperbacks. I also have magazine stacks and gaming books strewn through the lot.

My wife’s other contribution was her insistence that the trade paperbacks be organized by series and in order. So we did that last night, after I took pictures 12-23. Like I said, it’s a process.

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Those custom shelves are pretty sweet. I know that finding a good contractor is very difficult – So I just had my dad build mine (with my help of course!). Nice shelves for sure though.

The…Shoes…Oh, the shoes…Note to self – Do not let my wife see this lest she decide to have some of her things (quilts and antiques) enter into the rec /comic den room…It’s the only space that is “mine”!

Lovely collection demonstrating a deep and intelligent engagement with the medium . Fact: nice shoes are much cooler than action figures.

After a long, rewarding day on the convention floor, it was great to come home and see this.

As an added value for people who are up late reading, here is the piece of free propaganda that I handed out today: http://bit.ly/kzhz1S

Very nice. Those rounded shelves are a nice touch. And from what I’ve noticed, you got a lot of good stuff there.

Comics and Fluevogs?! *swoon*
So jealous of those book shelves.

You can’t beat getting tailor-made shelves. Definitely the way to go. They look great.

Interesting compromise: shoes and comicbooks! I ended up exiled to the loft with my stuff…

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