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Six 2012 Shelf Porn submissions I envy

Our Shelf Porn feature almost died from natural causes earlier this year. It wasn’t because we wanted it to die, but after four years, the submission well began to dry up. Could we have reached a point where everyone who wants to show off their shelves has shown off their shelves? I thought. You always hear about this limited number of comic collectors out there in the world, so maybe, statistically speaking, we’d hit critical mass on the subset of that number who own cameras or like to take pictures or read the site or whatever.

It wasn’t the first time we’d seen submissions slow down, but there was enough of a gap between February and July that I thought maybe that was it. But you can’t keep a good Shelf Porn down, it seems; over the past few months, we’ve had a bit of a resurgence in submissions. In fact, I think I have enough submissions to make it through the end of January. So thanks to everyone who submitted this year and kept it from going the way of the dinosaur.

With it being the end of the year and all, I wanted to look back at the year in Shelf Porn, and as I started going through the ones we’ve posted here, it occurred to me that a lot of them had some defining element that really jumped out at me–usually in the realm of “Man, I wish I had one of those!” So instead of doing a “best of” list, I thought I’d focus in on six 2012 submissions that made me envious …

1. Charlie Whittle’s comic drawers: Like most fans, I use longboxes to store my collection, and those boxes inevitably end up tucked away where nobody can see them. Charlie Whittle, whose collection we featured back in October, manages to get around the longbox dilemma by storing his comics in pull-out drawers:

The good news is these were from IKEA, meaning they should be pretty easy to find … unless, of course, IKEA stops carrying them, which they did. “The wood shelves are from IKEA. They don’t supply the pull-out drawers anymore unfortunately,” he said in the comments section. “My wife and I cleaned our local store out last year. It’s a shame because they really are nice for comics.”

I don’t know if I really have room for that many drawers, but I love the thought of having my comics available so easily and looking classy.

2. Lance’s Stormbreaker: There’s a lot to like about this submission from Lance, who, I should note, proudly displays his longboxes for the world to see. Of note in his submission were the cool little Star Wars display he had set up and the one item that seemed to bring the most attention in the comments section: Stormbreaker!

I like the thought of, post-Ragnarok, Beta Ray Bill’s fabled hammer sitting on a shelf in someone’s bedroom. (Also, you gotta love the cat sneaking up on the Black Panther statue, ready to strike).

3. Robt Seda-Schreiber’s spinner rack: Spinner racks pop up in Shelf Porn submissions from time to time, not only adding a nostalgic feeling to anyone’s set-up, but also offering a cool way to display your comics for everyone to see. I’m calling out Robt Seda-Schreiber’s spinner rack in particular for two reasons: first, I dig the Galactus vs. everyone statue on top of it, which recreates the cover to Fantastic Four #243, and second, that rack in particular was featured in the movie Unbreakable. Which is a pretty cool movie prop to have.

4. Derly’s copy of El Eternauta: I had never heard of El Eternauta before it was featured in Derly Fernandez’s collection back in October, but based on the reactions it received in the comments section, now I want it.

Rodrigo Baeza breaks down what it’s about in our comments section: “For those who haven’t read it (it’s unfortunately not available in English) it’s a 300+ page science-fiction story (originally published between 1957 and 1959 in weekly installments) by Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Francisco Solano López about a group of people in Buenos Aires dealing with an alien invasion. It’s truly an amazing book.”

5. John E. Petty’s Shakespeare bust: I figured I’d have something from John E. Petty’s collection on this list, if only because his Shelf Porn extends to just about every room in his house. And since I already have those 1970s Slurpee cups, I think I’d got for the Shakespeare bust:

… if only because it would give me access to the secret Bat poles behind the bookshelf.

6. Jens Lund’s studio set-up: And finally, we have Jens Lund’s studio in Copenhagen, Denmark:

… which just looks like an absolutely wonderful place to work and play. He’s also got a cool set-up for his comics, lots of cool statues … I probably wouldn’t get a lot done with a set-up like that, but I’m willing to give it a try.

Happy holidays everyone, and as always, you can send your Shelf Porn directly to me at jkparkin@yahoo.com!

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Well it isn’t that I didn’t want to send any pics of my shelf porn its just that I can’t. I am buying a new house and have most of my stuff packed. SO hopefully in Jan. I can send some pics

Backdoor brag?

great, now i really really want a spinner rack!

I want a spinner rack also, but they aren’t easy to find.

That first one is awesome.

The file cabinet was a stroke of genius. I wish I had thought of it. I will be employing the idea soon though. So thanks to Shelf Porn for the feature and to Charlie Wittle for the idea!

Wanna see El Eternauta in english? Find somebody who speaks the language (Rodrigo Baeza, maybe?), with his help get in touch with the argentinian publisher (here: http://www.historietasargentinas.com/contacto.php ), which will point you to who you can talk to for the rights or maybe make the dealing themselves, calculate how much will it cost (rights, translation, printing a run enough for Diamond distribution) and create a kickstarter campaign for it.

El Eternauta is (rightly!) famour among english-language comics scholars, many of them will contribute for the campaign, so it won’t be too hard to get the financing. Heck, I already have FOUR different editions of that comic myself and would be tempted to contribute anyway!

This is actually possible in the mad future we all live!

Gosh, I was thrilled to even be featured in the first place, but now to make this auspicious list is even more delightful.
I thank you again for your inclusion & your hard work in compiling this feature.
As I mentioned in the comments section in the original post, the spinner rack was really a beast to find. I must’ve called every comic & general store, old timey newsstand, etc., I could find in the tri-state area until lucking into that bad boy. It was in the back of a huge & wonderful (albeit a bit unkempt) shop outside of Philly where they indeed did film “Unbreakable”, so not only did I finally obtain somewhat of a collector’s holy grail, but I doubled down on its geek status as well. I am a lucky boy indeed!

I want one of those baseball bat display cases like Charlie Whittle has for my own collection of Marvel and DC Eaglemoss lead figurines. If I only knew where to get one…

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