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Tony goes crazy for comics, Star Wars and more

Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn, where fans show us their collections. Today’s very clean, well-lit room belongs to Tony from the website Crazy4ComicCon.com. Tony shares his collection of statues, movie posters and more.

If you’d like to submit your collection to Shelf Porn, scroll down to the end of the post to find out how. Submissions have been coming in like gangbusters over the last couple weeks, along with lots of quetsions about how to submit … so I’ve provided a few tips and guidelines as well.

And now here is Tony …

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Hi my name is Tony (aka: Crazy4ComicCon.com) I’ve been a nerd every since I could hold up a lightsaber. I’ve collected comics since the mid 80′s- the magical era that birthed masterpieces such as the Dark Knight Returns and Crisis on Infinite Earths. In many ways, Superman and Wonder Woman raised me as 2-dimensional parents. As a child of immigrant Korean parents, I identified with feeling misplaced in a foreign land. They certainly taught me the values of truth, justice, and the American way. As a result, I have devoted much of my life to helping others in anyway I can. From junior high on, my hobbies soon expanded to include all kinds of sci-fi with an obsession to Star Wars and Star Trek. I was the only kid in school who tried forming clubs with my friend based on Star Trek The Motion Picture (yikes). Eventually, as an adult, I found Comic-Con and everything finally came into focus. Through my website and Twitter (@Crazy4ComicCon), I have been able to connect with so many like minded fans and have gone from a lonely wandering misfit to now contributing to an active nerd community.

I work as a consultant from home and spend much time in my office. My main shelf displays much of my nerd passions- comic books, Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, and Comic-Con. One of my favorite pieces is my 12 inch Speeder Bike which patrols the area for vagrant Ewoks (my kids). My book shelf is flanked by the Justice League (by Alex Ross) poster and the Star Trek The Motion Picture movie still. I also have a humble collection of comic book original art that were signed and given to me by the artists. In the corner, the original Kenner Millennium Falcon is still one of my beloved childhood toys. At my computer, sits a lamp that I made from some of my favorite comic book titles. Up on more shelves sits more of my nerd swag. Besides work, this Fortress of Solitude is where I blog and Tweet about all things nerdy- and all this swag inspires me on a daily basis. Thanks!

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Thanks Tony! If you’d like to see your collection featured here on Robot 6, here’s what you need to do:

1. Take some photos and save them as jpgs.
2. Write a little something about your collection
3. Send them to me in an email.

Some additional tips:

1. Although we don’t have a minimum or maximum limit on photos, usually 10-15 should suffice. They also don’t need to be huge, so if you can shrink them down so they are less than 1000 x 1000, that would be great. You can help make your collection look nice by being sure to focus, use the right lighting, dust your shelves beforehand, etc.
2. You can either write something up that’ll appear at the beginning of the post, or you can describe each item. Please be sure to indicate where each image should be placed within your write-up, but don’t embed the images into a Word doc. Just put the file name in brackets where you want the image to appear.
3. When sending images using something like YouSendIt or DropBox, please keep in mind that I may not get to your submission for a month or more, so make sure you don’t delete them or that they won’t expire.
4. Please include your name (just your first name is fine) and location with your write-up.

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Nicely put together Tony :-) Can you tell us a little bit more about your original art pieces? that’s something I’d like to start trying to find for a wall or two in my place. Love the photos of your kids too, being a good dad is as a big a hero gig as it gets!

Cool stuff.
How was the lamp done with old comics or printed out images?

Waza,
My art pieces are original comic book art signed to me by the artists- Jeff Matsuda (The Batman), Andy Park (Tomb Raider, Spider-man, The Avengers Movie), and Hak Joon Kang (Teen Titans). They are mounted in a ‘floating’ glass frame. They look the best when placed on a colored wall. Thanks man.

Grant,
I printed out images from all my favorite comic books- vintage and modern. Then I used Modge-Podge to glue them onto the lamp. I love it and it looks especially cool at night when it’s glowing. Note: The key is not to overlap the images. Everything must be exactly lined up to the edges. If not, the light will look uneven through the overlapped parts of the shade. Thanks!

This is very nice. It’s a reflection of a love of the genre, but hasn’t fallen into the realms of obsessive behaviour. Congratulations.

I’m going to use your lamp idea too, so thanks for that.

I love how nuanced the collection is. Very toned down, simple, but it really highlights all of the pieces.
And the inclusion of the kids photographs is really touching. It shows that the love flows through the whole family.

Jimmy and Elliott,
Thank you for your compliments! Yes, the goal was simplicity and open spaces. I wanted this to feel more like a professional office and less like a 15 year old’s basement bedroom. I work hard to make sure there is no visible clutter. Of course it helps to have dozens of drawers and cabinets. Thanks so much and nerd on!

Where did you get the limited edition variant cover copy of “Daddy — Our Hero #1″?

You have achieved the impossible — a genre-themed room that any non-geek spouse would love.

The diversity of your collection, in combination with the family pictures is really nice. It conveys a sense of self that appreciates collectibles without being defined by the need to own everything. Good show.

“The diversity of your collection, in combination with the family pictures is really nice. It conveys a sense of self that appreciates collectibles without being defined by the need to own everything. Good show.”

Exactly. I agree.

what’s that little box with the dvds. i think i might want one for my special dvds.

Thats great… I think the kids show too much appreciation for you and not for all the cool stuff you have ;-)

I dont think I could have a room entirely devoted to just comics/superhero pop culture, but I like alot of people’s displays. Do you all have rooms that display other hobbies and interests…, or is this just it??? Im being light hearted, but I think its all great and I am glad other people raising their families with it :-)

Its amazing how its all just gotten so big and quite common recently.

David,
Yes, my spouse of non-geeky and she approves this room :)

Mark and Andrew,
Including my kids in my nerdom is important to me. My dad and I never shared interests so I definitely want to be different for my kids. I love when my kids show off this room to their friends.

David,
The box is a mail holder. I use it to rotate different DVDs and books I am reading.

AAB,
This is the only room that reflects my geekiness. I love my non-nerdy wife but she draws the line with my fandom bleeding into the rest of the house. Ha ha :)

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