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‘Miranda Mercury’ writer Brandon Thomas shares his Shelf Porn

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look into the home of a fan. Today’s shelves belong to Brandon Thomas, writer of Voltron and The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury. Brandon shares his collection of original art, statues, trade paperback and much more.

If you’d like to submit your own collection for all the world to see, check out the details and send it our way.

And now here is Brandon …

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My name is Brandon Thomas, and I write comics. I just wrapped an 18-issue run of Voltron comics for Dynamite, and before that wrote for Marvel, DC, Arcade and launched The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury with Archaia summer before last. I’m also something of a collector—books, limited edition busts, original artwork and prints, cool figurine things, and other assorted odds and ends. For years, I didn’t have a space that could hold even close to everything, but when my wife and I decided to move from Chicago to San Diego, and buy our first house, I started to wonder what everything all together might look like.

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So having this additional space was a HUGE reason that we ultimately chose this particular house. Originally, this entire section was outdoors, and it was enclosed awhile back to give the house a dedicated family room. For us, it provided another entire room to work with that could serve as my office space, an out-of-the-way spot for the dog’s crates, and another potential spot for guests to stay in…while completely surrounded by all of this cool stuff I’ve accumulated over almost ten years. And honestly, this still isn’t everything, but what I’d say is a healthy start.

Let’s begin with the walls—

Spent years amassing all of this original artwork and prints, some of it actually the product of my own scripts, which is the best thing about writing comics honestly. Artists in attendance (in no particular order)—Lee Ferguson, Craig Cermak, Mshindo Kuumba, Cory Smith, Adrian Nelson, Dustin Nguyen, Mark Bagley, the late great Clement Sauvé, Sho Murase, Keron Grant, Sanford Greene, Stuart Immonen, Gabriel Ba, Stuart Sayger, and Brion Salazar.

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The Mark Bagley original from Ultimate Spider-Man #107 was an anniversary present from my wife that to this day she still won’t reveal the final price tag for. She picked this page specifically because I mentioned it specifically in an Ambidextrous column that I’d written years and years before we ever met.

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Sketchbooks and art books from a number of artists whose work I adore. The plastic shelving unit (which we called ‘shelf talkers’ at Barnes & Noble) was actually picked up at a Borders that was going out of business, and I wish I’d gotten two of them (like my wife said I should) but I was being stubborn and couldn’t really imagine a good use for them yet. Should’ve known better because they work great for smaller, uniquely sized books like these. Underneath are a few assorted books of uncommon size and girth, wrapped around Eric Canete’s glorious “Encore” hardcover, which was worth every single penny I paid for it.

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Really the main course of things down here—three massive shelves that are holding the majority of my always expanding book collection. Since I have a somewhat sordid history of breaking book shelves by loading too much stuff on them, decided to go with solid wood this time. They’re also bolted to the wall because of earthquake concerns, and I think the weight is distributed pretty evenly now, after days of adjustments where I swore the wood was creaking. There’s also scattered bits all around—Batman Black & White statues, posters, the glory that is Wednesday Comics, and a couple category signs I got during my time working at Barnes & Noble.

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Very cool.

I’m drowning in envy!

very nice !!!!

that is really neat collection espically all the art work you have aquired over the year and your wife really loves you to go all out to get that one print and not reveal what she spent on it after all this time.

Great collection. Where did you get the wood bookshelves? I can relate to the overloading of non-wood shelves…

Thanks everybody for the kind words! Took me a few years of amassing all this, so I’ve been super excited to finally have a space that holds almost all of it.

JenJen- Those are actually from IKEA. It’s called the HEMNES and it’s one of the few bookshelves they have that’s made of solid wood. Comes in the black-brown color there, a lighter gray-brown, and a white.

Thanks again, and Demoncat4, I agree. My wife is pretty awesome…

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Abdulkareem Baba Aminu

April 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

Best. Wife. Ever.
Oh and your collection’s cool, too :-)

Great collection. I’m curious about that Christopher Priest Black Panther hardback.

Nice use of (I assume) retired “Graphic Novels” signs from your former life as a Barnes & Noble bookseller, Brandon.

And let me second — or third or fourth — the plaudits for your extremely thoughtful wife.

Please tell: Where did the Bats animated series print come from?

Brandon Thomas

April 4, 2013 at 11:05 am

Bison4Life- Had them done by a guy named David Banks, who I think used to work for a book bindering company, and has now gone into business for himself. Great guy, very easy to work with, and I think (it was awhile ago)) that I paid roughly 40 bucks for each book, which holds around 25 issues each. Third one is a little shorter, but includes the tail end of the BP run, plus The Crew…

Marc- Wish I had more of the signs, man, but 2 works for now :) The Batman print, titled “Three For Justice” is from the old WB Studio Store, and holds the distinction of being the first thing I ever put on a credit card…

Thanks all for the kind words, especially about my wife!

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Brandon Thomas

April 4, 2013 at 11:07 am

Sorry, meant to include this—links to David Banks’ blog, which includes a ton of recent samples can be found at http://dpbanks.com/

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Wow, very nice set up. Awesome

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