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Shelf Porn Saturday | A collection mom forgot to throw out

Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, where fans show us their collections. Today’s submission comes from Victor Liew in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

If you’d like to see your collection right here on Robot 6, just send me a write-up and some jpgs, and we’ll make it happen!

Now let’s hear from Victor.

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I began officially collecting comic books with Alpha Flight 1 by John Byrne, which led to his Fantastic Four run, which led to Uncanny X-Men, which led to New Teen Titans, and so on. So far, I’ve managed to confine my hobby to one basement room in the house. The highlights include a complete run of Miracleman 1-24 and to date I am three issues away from completing the 300-issue run of Cerebus – unfortunately I require 1, 3, and 4 which are pretty difficult to find at an affordable price.

Although my comics are in long boxes, I keep my graphic novels, hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and collectibles on shelves. Most of the Star Wars toys are original to my childhood. Luckily I was not one of those kids whose parents threw out their toys. I managed to keep mine in pretty good shape for the most part. Other items I was able to reacquire as I got older, got a job and actually had some cash to buy.

The shelf with the Lone Wolf and Cub/Samurai Executioner/Path of the Assasin manga digests also holds most of my Star Wars swag. On the top shelf is a Dark Knight promotional vacuform (although it’s a little beat up) plus the LP for the original Star Wars record album.

The manga spin rack that holds the Archie digests was retrieved from a “dumpster dive” from a local comic shop that threw it out. It was perfectly fine so I pulled it out of the garbage, threw it in my car and drove off before too many people noticed what I was doing.

I went on an Absolute edition binge, much to the detriment of my wallet. The Battlestar Galactica Viper on the shelf is an original toy from 1979 . I also have a Cylon raider on the adjacent shelf. In both cases, they shoot out small red missiles but this was changed due to safety concerns as kids were getting nailed in the eyes with the missiles. Later versions of the viper and raider had missiles but they did not detach from the ships.

The room has original artwork from Steve Rolston on Queen and Country, a Darick Robertson head sketch of Billy Butcher from The Boys, and a Steve McNiven Nemesis sketch. The Batman Earth One print was signed by Gary Frank at Fan Expo in Toronto 2010.

Hope you like what you see. I love looking at other collector rooms so hopefully my room is worthy of inclusion. Happy New Year!

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Wow! I have the Yoda handpuper (my gran bought it for me way back when) and I’ve never seen anyone else have it again! good purchase! Love his hair on him!

I still haven’t figured out a good way to store those small Dark Horse manga books. I have the same ones on the shelves here (LW&C, PotA, Samurai Executioner). Right now they’re all just shoved in cardboard boxes. Anybody know of a vendor that sells an appropriate storage solution? They are shorter and wider than mass market paperbacks.

Nice and tidy collection! You have a lot of stuff and there’s still space for it grow.

Some very nice stuff! All these years and with all the boxes of comics I own I’ve never thought to stick anything between them and the carpet, but d’oh it makes sense to guard against damp, insects etc!

So, YOU’RE the guy who likes Jar Jar Binks!

I want to open the long boxes and look at the comicbooks! ;)

And seeing “300″ on the shelf made me smile!

Thanks for sharing this!

Aaron Scott Johnson

January 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I’m happy to know someone else in the world read Reid Fleming: World’s Toughest Milkman. Awesome!

so cool!!! I love the Batman in the frame. And i love how you have Spider-man 1 and 2 but not 3 you are a man of principle. great looking room.

nice collection love the old yoda puppet for that thing proably cost a fortune. plus also love the Zoltar bust from Gatchaman. nice collection including the comic spinner rack.

Nice collection you got there.
That 3-D Dark Knight promo, if I were you, I wouldn’t leave it at that height like that. It is rare and sought after collectable. I used to have one but it was easily shattered when it fell onto the ground. It is very fragile due to it’s exposure to uv ray and cheap plastic composition that badly aged. I wasn’t alone, I heard orhers who had one were heartbroken when it fell and  shattered. Extra care is required.

Keeping the comics boxes off the carpet is a smart idea. Never know when a flood may occur.
Comic drawer boxes are the way to go.
Best-Mike

Awesome collection. A spinner rack is definitely worth a dumpster dive.

pharon f fanboy

January 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Master

Captainamerica4

January 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm

The spinner rack was great but the story behind it made it even better. Good show!

how did he get an unfolded planetary poster?

wow, I have the EXACT same collection of those little Manga books, the tiny sized ones, all still here in case i want to reread them one day. Everything else has been sold on Amazon, and I just bought a house. No joke.

Great collection. I’m not typically OCD or anything, but the one thing I always manage to notice in someone’s collection, whether I want to or not, is when they have volumes filed backwards. Akira…2…1…gah! I knew someone who did this will ALL their books deliberately, and it drove me up the wall.

Hah, I have that cool Yoda puppet too, somewhere with my old stuff at my mom’s house still.

My first reaction is you do not need that many copies of Watchmen.

Have u thought the akira books Might be shelved 2,1, because thats the direction they would be in japan. Very anal maybe. But possible.

There was this guy at this place I interned who liked Jar Jar Binks a lot. He thought he was hilarious. However, he hated Darth Maul, didn’t think he war remotely scary. But again, he loved Jar Jar Binks…

Turns out he was an alchoholic.

True story.

Thank you for showing your collection. Its fun to have a room to showcase and enjoy this medium, as well as share it on a site like this with others.

** 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.

@Rich: Try Bags Unlimited. They have storage boxes/cases, bags and other archival storage products for all manner of media. I know they have boxes specifically for storing multiple volumes of manga. Without knowing the dimensions of the books you have I don’t know if those are the correct size for your books. If not I’m confident that BU has some type of box that will suitably fit your needs.

[No, I do not work for Bags Unlimited. :P ]

wow esta la edicion de lujo de watchmen tambien las tres de the lord of the rings
y las 6 de star wars y watchmen directr cut

ahhh mi pieza es casii igual a esa solo que con algunas cosas de planeta deagostini
aunque la mayoria son en ingles

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