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Hello and welcome once again to Shelf Porn, where fans send us pictures of their collections. Today’s shelves come from Kevin Brennan, who shows us the interior of Build Studio in Calgary, which is decorated with toys, graphic novels and more.

If you’d like to see your own shelves featured here on Robot 6, check out our submission instructions and guidelines.

And now let’s hear from Kevin …

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My name is Kevin Brennan and I run a small, two-person design studio out of my home in Calgary, Alberta called Build Studio. It’s been a great excuse to decorate our work space with the things we love: comic books, Lego, movies, TV and the Calgary Flames. It’s not as large a collection as some of the others featured on Shelf Porn, but we like it and it’s easy enough to dust.

Here are a few details about some of the less obvious pieces in the collection:

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The five prints above the shelves are from an etsy shop by artist Jan Skácelík.

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Comic spinner rack full of graphics novels and trades. A Yoda vs. Hulk poster that was used as a recruitment poster for Industrial Light and Magic.

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Lego mug for coffee and a shot of where I spend too much of my time.

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L – R: Lego R2D2, Astro Boy, Comic Book Guy bobblehead, Darth Vader, Lego VW Van, Whaleboy, Staypuft, USS Enterprise, Galactus, Iron Giant and Magneto paperclip holder helmet.

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Tony Harris preliminary cover from Starman #28.

Wedding gift from a friend is a commissioned Spider-man homage by Fred Hembeck.

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L – R: Chewbacca bobblehead, Lanny MacDonald booblehead, Keaton Batman figure, Back to the Future III Delorean, Jarome Iginla bobble head, Slinky, Mike Vernon bobble head and Dexter action figure

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The Supermen print is by Jason Palmer.

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The William Shatner print is by Nick Dewar and was purchased at The Shatner Show at Uppercase Gallery.

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The shelf facing the desks features Scabbers the hamster (named by our 4 year old) and a bunch of graphic novels, trades and books.

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Death sketch by Chris Bachalo. Bone statue by Bowen Designs. An old Polaroid camera of my wife’s parents. A shell from WWI I inherited from a family member. World’s Finest #142, the first appearance of Composite Superman.

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Close-up of the trades and books.

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Close-up of the trades and books.

And that’s it. Hope you enjoyed our shelf porn.

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Thanks for posting our little studio on Shelf Porn. The collection is definitely not as extensive as others but it does the trick for us. There’s another 10-11 long boxes tucked away in the basement but I haven’t found a cool way to present those yet. It’s tough to balance a functional office space, avoid too much clutter (dust collectors) and still showcase all the stuff we love.

nice collection love that one super man print. and also the gumball machine acting like a book end.

I love Douglas Coupland and Nick Hornby.

I know some people showcase massive collections, which can be impressive, but I’d much rather have a place like this that looks sleek and has a lot of good stuff, but not no clutter.

Yeah, that row of books really jumped out at me when I was putting this together … Douglas Coupland, Christopher Moore, Nick Hornby, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Lethem … those are all authors on my shelves as well.

World’s Finest #142…soooo jealous.

Kevin Brennan

June 8, 2013 at 7:24 pm

The World’s Finest comic is definitely more sentimental than valuable. My boys have a Composite Superman action figure (DC 1st Appearance) they’ve been playing with for years. Sometimes he’s Batman, sometimes Superman.

I picked up this issue because they enjoyed reading the mini-comic that came with the figure.

I read it as a kid – i think it was in a DC Digest. I know I can pick up a copy for 10-20$ but it is something I hope to stumble across some day. It is something to keep an eye on when at comic stores or yard sales.

Good stuff! This is my kind of collection too. Streamlined down to the best books you love, instead of everything you could ever buy.

I love the work area too. Where are your desk(s) from?

Thanks everyone for the kind words about our space.

The books (Hornby, Coupland, etc) were the only books to survive the cull last year. I’m trying to keep only the books I will likely read again. I’m learning to ‘let go’ in my old age.

iola, the desks are from Ikea. They have lots of different configurations (left and right curves) for this style so it worked great for us.

LOVE the Tony Harris’ ‘Starman’ #28 cover you’ve got! I’m a huge fan of Robinson’s run Starman and it looks like you are too!

Where did you get the desk at? I am looking for something like that to function as my work study. LOVE the spinner rack. Any comic enthusiast/collector should have one in their collection somewhere.

Jeremy M., the desk(s) are from Ikea. It is two of the Galant model desks with opposite corners. I did a bit of cutting of an extension piece to make the two come together as seamlessly as possible.

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