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Shelf Porn Saturday | Statues, comics and pop culture from Michigan

Welcome to another edition of Shelf Porn, where fans show off the comics, toys and other things on their shelves. Today’s submission comes from Tim in Michigan, who works at a retirement community and is also a cartoonist. Tim shows us his man-cave/drawing room, which features statues, toys, graphic novels and more.

If you have some shelves of comics, action figures or other related collectibles you’d like to show off, send me a write-up and some jpgs at jkparkin@yahoo.com.

And now here’s Tim …

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My name is Tim Walburg and I live in Michigan. I work in the maintenance department of a retirement community. I also moonlight drawing cartoons for religious periodicals and a nursing website. Examples of my work can be seen at www.toonfever.com and www.realityrn.com. The money I make drawing cartoons is pretty much what I used to finance this room. (My wife just sees it as many missed vacations we could have taken).

I started collecting at the age of 17 and stupidly purged my collection at the age of 22. But what you see now is what I’ve been collecting for the last 26 years.

This is the entrance to my drawing room/den/man-cave. The room is 12×14 feet and I built most of the book shelves and displays:

As you enter the room these shots are going from your right in a counter-clockwise direction.

That’s an original Japanese poster from “The Empire Strikes Back” one of the few items that didn’t get purged.

The statues are not necessarily favorite characters, most are, but some are just beautiful sculpts and colors. Spiderwoman is a case in point…

The cabinets underneath hold my comic books, Mad magazines and various 70’s/80’s sci-fi magazines. All in short boxes of course!

As you can see I’m a pop-culture kinda guy. Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien…. Comics! I’m thrilled to have been able to get these Adam Hughes inspired Cover Girls of the DCU statues and the comic covers that were the basis for the statues signed by him at the last two C2E2 cons in Chicago:

I’m also a fan of Jeff Smith’s “Bone”:

And here are my comic collections:

In alphabetical order by character or creator…

Being a cartoonist myself I really enjoy collections of magazine cartoons and classic comic strip collections. Here’s my collection of “Peanuts”. Partial as I have more of the regular rack size books elsewhere. I’m stopping at 1982 because after this, in my opinion, ‘Peanuts’ started going downhill… repetitive and just kind of sad.

This is my collection of “Asterix” and various art books:

And my collection Of Manga and Mad collections apparently guarded by an alien… and R2D2!

And finally some closer shots of regular paperback size cartoon collections including “BC”, “The Wizard Of Id” and the aforementioned “Peanuts”:

Those are Korean masks given to me as a Christmas gift from our wonderful exchange student!

Well, that’s part of my collection, although I didn’t include pictures of my library of Bluray/DVD’s or prose novels. I love looking at pictures of other people’s collections and I hope you enjoyed mine!

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This is very neatly organized! How much were the bookshelves?

really cool collection. espically love the one statue of scarlet witch with the little bitty almost baby vision. plus also the mask.s and the posters of Nexus

Very nice indeed. I could happily spend a week or two reading some of those books…

Awesome collection and well, organization. It looks like how mine would look if I had the room.

A+

Very well organised collection. You are obviously very proud of your collection – deservedly so. Makes me realise I need to kick myself in the pants to get my own organised so well.

Great collection and very clean. Thanks for sharing.

Love the organization. It’s very nice.

Wow!! Amazing collection!!

Awesome collection and organization! Would love to have this room in my place!

Wow- that really motivates me to tidy up my collection!

Thanks for all of the kind comments! I’m very fussy so that manifests itself in tidiness and organization. All of the books I bought new still look new. I loan nothing out as it either never comes back or comes back in less than pristine condition. To Acer: I built almost everything (including the bookshelves) myself. I used to work in a cabinet building shop and we had some cherry laminated melamine scraps left over from a large job so I got my material at less than cost. I figure about $150.00 total.

Awesome! Especially enjoy the nods to NEXUS. Thanks for sharing!

Yup… where is Nexus? The best comic evah when written by Baron and visually realized by Rude!

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