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Shelf Porn | Protecting your collection from sand and moths

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Welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at the collections of fans from around the world. Today’s collection comes from Guido Cuadros from Lima, Perú. It’s definitely a different kind of photo set than you’re probably used to seeing here, as Guido and his pal Grumpy Cat battle sand and moths to keep his collection protected.

If you’d like to see your collection here on Shelf Porn, check out all the details on how to make that happen.

And now here’s Guido …

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Hi, I’m Guido Cuadros from Lima, Perú. I am 32 years old and have been collecting comics for almost all of my life, since I was a kid (even when i didn´t know how to read, i asked my grandma to read me the comics, while i looked at the pictures). I have a comic-related blog where i write reviews, articles, interviews, analysis of the local market and stuff like that since 2009. I love reading comics and also the news sites and forums, like CBR or Bleeding Cool. Well, let’s talk about my collection and how I store my comics. First thing to say is that I’m not the “accumulator” kind of collector, those who never sell anything and keep everything forever. In my “peak moments” I have had like 10 times more comics than the ones I currently own. But, you know, in recent years I kind of have changed my mentality: I only keep the comics that I really, really care for, the ones I know I’ll want to re-read several times in the future. Because, you won’t take all this paper to the tomb with you, you know. You have to learn to be selective.

Well, I always see great collections and great shelves in SHELF PORN, most of them very neat and aseptic, some even look like little museums! My room is like the antithesis of that. Ok, the “sentimental reasons” are: I am not that obsessed with order and cleanness like others, and also don’t have the money to buy those expensive shelfs (hey, if I have money in my hands, I’ll buy comics with it!) But there are also some “scientific reasons” why I don’t put my comics on shelves: I live very near of some big sand mountains (a couple of kilometers from my home), so you can imagine that dust is a recurrent problem. And, here in Lima, every summer, we have like a moth invasion. Yeah, every January and February, every house in Lima is attacked by millions of baby moths who lose their wings and start searching something to eat, and their favorite meal is wood, or even better: paper. So, I don’t want my comics to be recipients of dust, nor want I them to be baby moth food, and that’s why i keep most of them in plastic bags, and then put the bags -full of comics-, inside plastic boxes or in drawers. Of course, I’ve put some of my “jewels” out of their bags so I can photograph them. ENJOY!

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This is my desk, where i put my most recent acquisitions, and the comics i’ll read through the week (I always read in my bed). You can see everything is in bags, because of the dust and moths problems i talked earlier. Also some rolled up non-used posters and that beautiful V-Mask.

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Almost 70% of the walls in my room are covered with posters. Here you can see some of them, and also my bed, where i read my comics. And my own grumpy cat!

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This is my usual method for storaging. Not very eye-kindly or cute, but safe and effective. Comics inside plastic bags and then inside plastic boxes.

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Also i put my comics in a chest of drawers, all inside plastic bags.

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Some stickers. I have a small collection of them in the side of a wood shelf. There you can see ”2 cañones” a peruvian comic character, or that amazing beetle-guitar some friend designed in photoshop.

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Ok, comics! Most of the Love and Rockets TPB’s by Fantagraphics.

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Another angle of the L&R TPB’s.

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Alan Moore is one of my favorite comic writers. Here are most of the TPB’s of his amazing ABC Universe.

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Carlos Giménez (Spain), another of my favorite comic artists. Here you can see a lot of ”absolute” editions of comics like: Barrio, Paracuellos, 36-39, Los profesionales. Also some Satrapi comics, a Kirby’s Demon HC and the graphic novel Paul Auster’s Ciudad de Cristal (by Mazzucchelli).

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These are peruvian editions of comics by Marvel and DC. A local newspaper sell them on a regular basis, (they print 10 000 copies, and distribute them all along Perú, at a very cheap price). Here you can see sagas like All Star Superman, Batman Hush or Iron man Extremis.

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I love big, extra sized art books (comic related or not) as well.

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DALÍ, My favorite painter of all time. This is an awesome edition by TASCHEN. Kind of an absolute edition, with all his paintings, in two books inside a case, it weights a ton!

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These are some HC’s, in bags on my desk. Remember: dust and moths, dust and moths.

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Every serious collector asks himself every day: What comic would I save in case of fire, earthquake or any other unexpected disaster? Well, in my case, these books will be my choice. My Jodorowsky comics collection.

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My Jodorowsky books, another angle so you can see he covers.

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More posters over my desk. Some Iron Maiden staff.

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This is the entry/exit of my room, more posters as you see.

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And this is my blog! www.comicapocalipsis.blogspot.com

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¡Me encanta su colección! Igual que usted, a mi no me importa tanto la manera en que todo está organizado; lo más importante es tener y preservar las riquezas que ha coleccionado. Dalí también es mi artista favorito y cuando termino de escribir este mensaje, voy a Amazon para comprar mi propia copia del tomo. Gracias por compartir.

Nice collection, Guido! Shows a lot of care in the lengths you go to protect everything from damage.
It’s cool to see collections from different parts of the world. I’ve always wanted to visit Lima.

Saving the Jodorowsky comics above all others. A man after my own heart.

Muy buena colección. Great collection.
Demuestra un muy buen gusto. It shows a lot of taste.

I enjoy reading these it always gives me new books to read. I have never heard of some of these books and it is always a great way to get into something new.

I will bring my comics to MY GRAVE!! they will have to pry them from my cold dead hands!

“Los tecnopadres” …. Ha! Awesome cool translation.

Very neat to see some foreign editions. Thanks!

I like that your collection is different from others posted on shelf porn. Keep your collection safe!

Hey guys! thanks for the nice comments. I know my collection is is not the biggest nor the better (and that my shelves are non-existent) but i think it reflects my personality.

Chris: Lima is a not a very nice city, i mean it has it’s beautiful zones (like the coast, or the historical center) but in general we call it ”Lima La Horrible” (The Ugly), the sky is always gray as the belly of a whale (as described by Melville in Moby Dick) and nowadays we have you know, a lot of smog, terrific traffic, overpopulation, and some other problems. But there are A LOT of beautiful cities in Perú like Cusco (capital of the Inka Empire), Trujillo (way up north, always sunny, with paradisiacal beaches) or Iquitos or Tarapoto (in the heart of the Amazonia). You are welcome to our country!

Yup: ”Los Tecnopadres” (spanish), as well as ”The Technopriests” (english), are both foreign translations from the original french title: ”Les Technopères”.

Maybe a more accurate translation -but not very good sounding- should have been ”Los Tecnocuras” or ”Los Tecnosacerdotes”. But i think Technopadres is good.

Translations are always a little bit tricky. For the english material, i prefer to buy the original editions (USA or UK) because i understand english (better than i write it, for sure).

But in the case of European comics -and some manga authors- then i prefer the spanish editions (’cause i don’t understand japanese, nor french, nor german, etc.) and reading them in english would mean a triple transaltion (the translator does it from french to english, and then i do it from english to spanish) and i think that’s a little bit detrimental for a trustworthy understanding of the original source.

Nevertheless, in the case of some manga authors (for example TEZUKA) i think the best editions are the english editions from VERTICAL INC. i prefer them over all the other editions, including the spanish ones.

Greetings to all!
Guido

Wow! What a struggle to keep your stuff safe, man! I would go crazy with those conditions, especially when I compare it to how obsessed I am with displaying everything. Thumbs up that you don’t let those sand mountains and moth attacks keep you from enjoying our hobby!

Buena broder se reconoce una gran colección.

Johnny Sarcastic

June 16, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Greetings from Canada, Guido!

Thanks for sharing your collection with us – you made me feel much better about mine as well! Shelving and space are a big problem for me, too, but at 30 years of age with a lifetime of reading under my belt my collection matters to me much like yours does to you.

Here’s hoping you keep those nasty moths away from your books forever!

Awesome! Keep it up!

Hey guys from CBR, sorry for the last couple of comments.

My blog http://www.comicapocalipsis.blogspot.com is one of the most visited comic-related websites of my country, and as you know, any successful website always atractts its unavoidable fair ammount of trolls, (as the 2 examples above, Pol and Leito).

Even I don’t understand what the heck they are rambling about, but I suggest just to ignore ‘em.

Thanks to all of you for the positive comments! Hope to see all your collections in next installments of SHELF PORN

Guido

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