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A comics professor shows us his Shelf Porn

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I shelve them by title rather than company or creator or genre. Shelving this way makes them easy to find and easy to lend. I’m always adding new things. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the titles currently on the shelves. If you see anything that you haven’t heard of or something that intrigues you, please let me know. I’d love to fill you in:

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Looking forward to integrating some of these oversized editions with the rest of the collection someday:

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Along with another stack of oversized books, I have 40+ editions of Best American Comics 2008 that I use in the classroom each semester:

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Big thanks to Robot 6 for giving me a chance to show off this growing collection. Teaching comics could possibly be the greatest job in the world.

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Lot of gems in there. Nice setup.

What is this all about? We all have something like this. Some bigger. Some smaller. Some neater and some less organized but the kind of people that hang around a site like this tend to stack their crap up and display it.

Very impressive collection!

It sure is eclectic, which is always a good thing. You can tell those comics give people great joy.

I may alphabetize my books after I’m done moving. My current set up is to organize everything by publisher first, then author or artist.

Lovely stuff. Looks a lot like my collection actually. I always wonder if I should push the book back flush against the wall so they pop in and out as in this collection or if I should grab each book and pull them forward to the flush line. Perils of being into books, I guess! Oh, and the Daredevil vol. 2 HC with the type 100% bigger is killing me.

alpha by title? or alpha by title/character?
no stack of free copies of X-Force 1 still in bag with card?

I wish they had classes like this when I was in school/ university. I recall wanting to do a book report on “Tarzan of the Apes” and being told the book was rubbish, then having a debate with my teacher about reviewing it as a historical piece of literature (discussing the racism and Western society’s thoughts on evolution) as well as the merits of E.R. Burrough’s writing style ( his ability to follow separate storylines and then link them up at the start of a subsequent chapter still amazes me.) But I lost the debate.
Nice collection here. I like the idea of having dinner with that as a backdrop. I personally group my comics by publisher (alphabetic order) and my trades by height (tallest to shortest) as well as thickness ( if there’s space available a thin trade will fil it up.)
And RY33 if this site isn’t for you, feel free to not visit. It’s not a compulsory course.

Nice collection, big respect for it–but I have to admit, the way it is organized bothers me to no end!

That’s it? I mean, the collection of a ‘comics professor’? There surely must be more that is not being displayed…I feel this shown representation has gotta be only what the miss’us could bear….very, VERY underwhelming in size as well as in content. Yeah. Yawn.

Seriously, TED?

The man has a FULL WALL of comics. Who cares if it’s organized and sorted or not?! A FULL WALL!! Everybody is jealous!!

Thank you for all the fun comments. And thank you to JK for reaching out to me for the photos.

As I mentioned before, I’m not here to compare my collection to those assembled by some of the very talented and immaculate collectors featured during other weeks. I totally understand how my “alphabetical by title” organizational style may drive some folks batty. After years of teaching comics, I have a hard time dividing books up by genre or publisher or size or shape. They’re all just wonderful comics to me. When so many of the books are coming and going at any one moment, it really is the easiest way for me and my students to keep track of them all.

Matsby – I checked out your art page. Very nice stuff.

nicolasix – That Daredevil Vol. 2 HC makes me insane too. :)

Jamie – I felt the same way too about the resistance to comics in the classroom for many years. That feeling is at the center of what drives me to make a space for young artists and writers to work with comics and to be taken seriously about their passion for the medium.

thanks for the response. Nice collection
I was actually curious – my wife gets nitpicky about order and would probably put the sole Hulk over in H away from all the Incredible Hulks. While I would probably put the Incredible Hulks in H with the sole Hulk…

Also what do the students tend to borrow the most?
I’d imagine some of those are hard sells- Bone is quite the paper weight, and some of those Grendel Tales stories are pretty disturbing.

If I were following my alphabetical by title system to the letter, I’d be in total agreement with your wife on this one. But for the sake of quickly locating things, I just stick all the Hulk related titles together. When I think Incredible Hulk, I think Hulk. Just how my brain works.

Most of my students are either undergrads or grads these days. Adult content in any books I lend isn’t really a problem. A lot of times, I just try my best to pair each student with a book that seems right for them. But Walking Dead, Y: The Last Man, Lone Wolf & Cub, and Astonishing X-Men are common requests. Recommendations that regularly garner good responses: anything by the Hernandez Brothers, Dash Shaw, Lynda Barry, Sara Varon, Craig Thompson, Kate Beaton, Guy Delisle, Rutu Modan, Julia Wertz, well… I could go on and on.

ReverseFlash

May 5, 2013 at 4:12 am

i wonder what’s that series of books next to Local and Logicomix?

and love the Fables books.

@ReverseFlash

Those are the old DH “Lone Wolf & Cub books”

No idea what TED’s problem is, this collection is nice and varied. I wish I had a copy of “Comix 2000″.

Great collection of books that really covers a lot of bases. I love the variety you have on your shelf and it’s nice to see some titles like Lone Wolf and Cub and Kabuki getting some love, since they so rarely get the attention they deserve.

I’ve never posted here before, but when I saw that you have the entire run of Sanctuary on your shelf, I had to. Sanctuary is one of those lost gems that came out in the late 90’s before the manga boom hit, when publishers didn’t really know what US readers wanted, and weren’t yet catering almost exclusively to the teen demographic with titles like Dragonball, Naruto, One Piece, etc.

The story, by Sho Fumimura, and the absolutely amazing art by Ryoichi Ikegami, details the life of two friends who want to change Japan. One takes the high road and joins the Japanese Diet, their equivalent of parliament, while the other takes the low road and joins the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia. Sanctuary chronicles their paths as they work their way up the ladder in their respective worlds in order to try and change Japan and bring it out of the mire and cultural stagnation of the post 1980’s economic crash. It has political intrigue, backstabbing, violence, sex, and more. Sanctuary is Game of Thrones turned up to 11 and seen through the hyperbolic lens of Japanese comics at their finest.

It has also never been reprinted and is incredibly hard to find.

What kind of shelves are those? I’m not seeing much sagging or bowing in them.

@nicolasix…OMG…tearing hair out…lol

Thanks for sharing your books. Kudos to you for teaching and having such a great resource for the students. Many of them probably couldn’t afford to buy a lot of these books and getting them through libraries isn’t always easy or an option. I would have loved that kind of access to comics when I was in school.

I’m a graduated business major but I did manage to work comics into one presentation. It was a women in business class and my presentation was about the representation of women in comics from the golden age to what was then modern comics (20 years ago).

p.s. Glad I’m not the only one that organizes my comics that way.

Stephen Conway

May 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm

@Nicolasix: Volumes 8, 9 and 10 of DMZ are out of order. It really did my head in.

If the organization of this collection drives some of you nuts, my TPB/Hardcover wall of randomly organized/stacked books would have some of you up the wall.

I don’t have mine in any order at all. I’ve always been a treasure hunter.

Speaking of the undergraduates cartoonists who regularly borrow books from these shelves, here are a few photos from their end of the semester comics reading that took place last night at Escapist Comics in Berkeley:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.540086659371626.1073741828.437230342990592&type=1&l=9b6136474e

(@Jacob – those are just old IKEA Billy bookcases that have held up over the years.)

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