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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly voyage into the home of a comic fan. Today’s collection comes from Steve Tabala, a digital illustrator who shows us his shelves of comics, trades, statues, art books and more. His “to read” pile looks like he’s building a fort, making my own pile look not quite as intimidating. It’s certainly a good way to spend more than a few Saturday afternoons.

If you’d like to see your shelves featured right here on Robot 6, check out the details here.

And now let’s hear from Steve …

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Hi, I’m Steve, I’m a digital illustrator and I’ve been collecting comics for about 20 years. Growing up, I had a couple friends who were into comics, so I had my mom buy my first comic in a local drug store, and would go along to the grocery store to pick up comics off the rack near the registers. Eventually, I would come to find out there was a comic store near where my brother had his guitar lessons, at which point I learned new comics came out weekly. Having loved comics for so long and having a love of art lead to my parents allowing me to attend the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc., and while there my knowledge and love of comics exploded, and I felt I had to own and read as many comics as possible, much to the detriment of my bank account. Unfortunately I can’t show everything I have, because it’s stored away, but these pictures show about 95% of my collection.

The first two pics show the majority of my trades and hardcovers

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Here’s a pic of the smaller bookcase to the left of the big three bookcases.

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Next up is the majority single issues in boxes with some more books on top.

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A closer look at the books and things on top. I love those Little Nemo books.

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Great setup. This is what a collection should look like. Looks like its used plenty.
love the TMNT figures

Great collection Steve. That big white space on the side of that longbox stack is begging for some art!

love your set up that is how one collector really shows off their stuff. and if nothing else you will not have to wonder if you have any thing to read given the size of your read pile

Thanks for the compliments! I have since added much more to my “To Read” pile, including more Essentials, Showcase titles, Marvel Omnibus’, and my usual monthly stack. It’s exciting, intimidating to look at, and irritating that I can’t take a few months off to do nothing but read.

I’d just move the collector boxes away from the rads.

Great collection. I particularly love the Gil Kane statue as I’m currently reading that Superman tradepaperback.
I hope that the long box next to the bed is in a guest bedroom!! After twenty years of marriage one thing I’ve learnt is to NEVER bring comics into the bedroom ( read into that what you will!)

This is what iam talking about! Finally a great shelf porn! love the TMNT figures. love the “U” effect on those shelfS from the weight!

I actually drooled over the TMNT statues.

Allen – I have control of the heat, so if I have to turn it on I just move whatever is up against them.

Jamie – I’m in a small apartment, so almost all of it is in the bedroom. If I get married and get a house, I hope to have my room for my stuff.

Andre – Thanks! I flip the adjustable shelves whenever I remember to, the really bent ones are fixed in place.

I have a bunch of the drawer comic boxes and they are great. You can stack the world on top of them and they wont crush the books inside!

waaay too many MARVEL trades you got there. to me a good trade either collects a great run, a nostalgic run, OR a great story with a beginning middle and end. 90% of what marvel pumps out is just garbage.

@ Andre: what do you mean “finally a great shelf porn?” the last several have been excellent!

@ 40yr reader: you can never have enough of those amazing Marvel Essential collections ( not to mention the DC Showcase ) and I can see an amazing array of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko collections too. I think I can see a lot of Fantastic Four trades as well. While I’m not a big Marvel fan now, making out that 90% of their Essentials and Bronze age trades as garbage is ridiculous. Those are legendary volumes collecting the likes of John Romita, John Byrne, George Perez, Carmine Infantino, Curt Swan, and Jose Garcia Lopez, and writers like Stan Lee, Chris Claremont, Steve Englehart, etc

Lastly, dude you got to camouflage those long boxes in the bedroom! Think about the ladies!!!

Jamie – Thankfully, I’m taken, and I only need to think about one lady, and my girlfriend hasn’t said anything about the boxes (not necessarily a good thing). She did see the giant pile of Essentials and Showcases and wondered if I had read those yet. I’ve been trying to get her to read some comics, but she hasn’t had time.

Now THAT’S a good collection! i think i’m in love with the TMNT statues…..

Thought you’d be curious to know as well, there’s a facebook page called “big glasgow comic page” that seems to have nicked your idea and is running a “shelf-porn” piece, down to even having the same name and getting people to send in pics of their collections.

Great collection Steve! Any place online where we can check out your art?

Nick – I can’t seem to post a link in the comments but if you click on my name it’ll take you to my deviantart site. Thanks!

You can also check out the website of the company I work at called Fractured Pixels at fracturedpixels dot net

WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE TMNT FIGURES?!! They’re fantastic!! What brand are they? Around when were they released?! I NEED a set of those ASAP!!!!

Paul – Those were made by Neca, realeased a few years ago, and at the time I got them off of ebay the cheapest I could find them was $80 for all four. They made them in both black & white and color.

THANK YOIU! I’ll have to look them up? Are they made of metal/pewter? Or just regular plastic action figures? I’ve never seen them before but I LOVE them! I was a big TMNT kid (and guess I still am). Nice collection!

Just regular plastic and poseable. I was a big TMNT fan as a kid, too. Thanks!

Great collection! Nice to see someone with a “to-read” pile as big as mine.

Steve: A little tip on those sagging white shelves/bookcases – take a couple of paint stirrers, cut them to height and slide them in between a couple of books in the middle of the shelf to prop up the shelf above and keep it from sagging from the weight of the books. Plus, because the paint stirrers are so thin, you’ll barely see them in between the books.

Great collection man, and nice layout for everything. That’s quite the to-read pile!

Rjackson – Thanks for the tip!

Great collection Steve . Those trades and hardcovers look brilliant . It makes it very difficult collecting floppies when publishers put out these awesome collections ( unless you double dip ). I am very jealous of your Fantastic Four vol 2 omnibus , at the time I was short on cash and missed out . Great stuff !!!

Massive!

Awesome collection! Too bad they’re mostly Marvel ;)

How much do your books weigh? I’ve been shopping around for a 5-shelf bookcase for my tiny apartment lately, and while I like what you have there, the shelves can only hold up to 35 pounds, if I recall correctly (the bottom ones can hold 50 pounds, I believe).

Do your shelves hold up the books well? Obviously I wouldn’t recommend putting the hardcovers there… but I haven’t been sure if my DC paperbacks and DC Showcases would hold up well if I wanted to put them on the third and fourth shelf and so forth.

Thanks for sharing!

Batmansgirl – The weight of the book depends on the type of paper used, so they vary from book to book. These bookcases were cheap, and as you can see they begin bowing after a lengthy time, so I will flip the boards when I can, except the ones that are fixed in place. A good, solid bookcase will either be more expensive than you’d like, or just build the one you want yourself. I’ve been tempted to do the latter, but I’ve been content with these for now. The DC Showcase volumes are very light so they can go on any shelf without worrying if the shelf will hold.

How do you like those drawer boxes??

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