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Bill shows us Shelf Porn the Chicago way

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, where fans show off their collections. Today’s shelves come from Bill on the outskirts of Chicago, who shows us his comics, trade paperbacks, statues, art prints and more, with special guest appearances from Jim Lee and Grant Morrison.

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Take it away, Bill …

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I live in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. I’ve been collecting comic books since the first grade (I just turned 28), and thanks for a wonderful mother I’ve been going to Chicago Comicon/WizardWorld every year since the third grade. I have a really solid collection of original sketches and autographs from the shows, but until my roommate moves out and I have a whole room to display them they have to stay boxed. I’ll walk you through my collection as you would see it if you were actually in my house.

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I went to my first San Diego Comicon in 2011 and caught the premiere of Captain America there. They were providing free Mondo Posters, so being a fanboy I had to frame it because it’s an awesome poster and it always reminds me of SDCC. I know Steve Rodgers should command more respect than my bathroom, but until my roommate moves out and I have a dedicated comic book room it will have to make due.

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This is the main living area of my house and where I house all of my trades. I just got into trades probably 3 or 4 years ago, before that I was all about the single issues. But space began to be an issue, and now I’ve grown to like the trade format better. One benefit of living in the Chicago are is that we have two pretty big shows every year, C2E2 and Chicago Comicon so many of these are signed. I absolutely love flipping through a trade and seeing that Mark Millar or Scott Snyder personalized something for me. I really enjoy the size and production quality of DC Absolute’s, i just wish they collected more for the price point. A lot of these trades I was able to pick up at shows for a pretty good deal, but others like Starman I could not wait to become collected and bought on release day.

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This is my prized possession. I think I was in the first grade when my dad bought me X-Men #2, my first comic book. Years later I met Jim Lee and explained to him how much this comic meant to me. He was nice enough to take a picture with me (great guy).

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this is what you see as you move through the house and ascend to my bedroom

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Sounds like you can’t wait for that roommate of yours to move out. Nice collection! It’s nice to see one that’s so well rounded.

You sound very passionate, keep it up!!

That’s nice and all, but after the Batcave, I’m not impressed. No offense.

Oh, and nice Jesus statue :)

cool collection espically managing to get a few signed pieces by stan the man himself. and sounds like you and your roommate have reached the point where its time to move on to other things. besides you wanting more space to properly display your collection out in the open more.

Nice collection.

Who did the Batman art with the orange background on your desk next to the Quitely statue?

The fact that you have three autographed Stan Lee comics IMO makes that bat cave irrelevant. If I visited your flat you’d just see me staring at those three frames all day! Good stuff. A nice collection just patiently waiting to be displayed in your very own Man Cave.

Funny thing – I have that same issue of X- Men but autographed by Chris Claremont.

Look forward to seeing your stuff after the flat mate moves out.

Love the collection – you’ve got some great graphic novels.

Now I want to read Bone by Jeff Smith.

Nice collection. I like that you’ve got everything in alphabetical order regardless of publisher.

Bill Priestley

April 28, 2013 at 8:06 am

Thanks for the nice words guys. It was really fun to come home from c2e2 and find my collection here. To be honest I’m not sure who did the Batman art, my Sister got it for me as a gift from a local art show.

For some reason, the phrase “ascend to my bedroom” made me both guffaw and cringe.

VibraniumSpork

April 29, 2013 at 1:32 am

First though: nicely organized collection.

Second thought: how tiny is Jim Lee!?!?!?! Unless you’re some kind of giant (and/or Jim was sitting down in that photo) he looks to be almost Lilliputian!

I know what it is like not having a dedicated room for collectibles I live with my parents in an 11 by 11 foot room :/ can’t complain about free living space in my case.

Nice collection. Mine was spotlighted a few weeks back and looks like we have pretty similar tastes.

i used to have a buddy christ
from dogma right?

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