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Usually Saturdays are a happy time here at Robot 6 as we share a fan’s collection with the world, but today’s edition is bittersweet, as future father Rich shares the collection he sold on eBay to buy nursery furniture. Rich’s art, figures and more have moved on, and hopefully this post will help give Rich the closure he needs. (But seriously, congrats to Rich and his wife on the upcoming addition to their family).

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And now here’s Rich …

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In Memoriam (2005-2013)

Hi, my name’s Rich and I’m a secondary school teacher from the UK. Due to the imminent arrival of my first bundle of joy later this year, I recently sold the vast majority of my comic book collection to gain funds for nursery furniture. Before I posted the fruits of my seven year old collection out to their respective eBay winners, I felt compelled to take a record of what I’d amassed as a personal reminder of the parental sacrifice I’ve made with absolutely no element of resentment to my unborn child whatsoever. So here it is, the obituary of a collection that is, by the time you read this, a distant memory.

First things first, to put the photos in context, the entire collection is housed in my office at school (my wife isn’t keen on having the walls of our house covered in comic art for some reason) but it’s an office I share with another teacher so there’s a sort of invisible line down the middle of the room that I can’t encroach past. That said, I like to think I’ve maximised the space I’ve got to work with.

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The first thing that hits as you walk in is the original art on the wall facing you. There’s a McGuinness page from the outstanding Joe Kelly run on Deadpool, a Steve Dillon page from The Ultimates and a Doug Braithwaite page from Punisher Max.

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Underneath, there’s a Mike Collins Slaine page from Diceman, and two Carlos Ezquerra pages from Strontium Dog, the detail on which are incredible. I was raised on 2000ad and Strontium Dog and Ezquerra were my absolute favourites so to own these is a dream.

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Underneath those are sketches I was lucky enough to get from the living legends that are Alan Davis, Mark Farmer and Steve Dillon from various UK conventions. To be able to watch these guys, whose work has meant so much to me and whose art I spent hours copying as a kid, sketching in front of me was honestly mind blowing. Mark Farmer especially was inspiring to a frustrated writer to talk to. Anyway, there’s sketches of Harry 20, D.R. and Quinch and from Preacher, Jesse and Tulip.

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Next to the art on the wall is a signed photo of The Fonz I was lucky enough to get when the school librarian (after much pleading from me) managed to get Henry Winkler in to do a book signing for the kids, which leads you down then to the bookcase.

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I’m a total Marvel zombie but most of my collection is in floppies so this bookcase houses a lot of my non-Marvel collection. There’s runs on Scalped, Fables, Transmetropolitan, Planetary and Ellis’ Stormwatch stuff here, all ably watched over in the corner by Ram-Man.

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On the shelf underneath are some random hardbacks, including the wrist breaking Invisibles omnibus.

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Next to that are my Invincible collection and a signed Neil Gaiman book, (again courtesy of the marvelous school librarian!)

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Keep the picture of The Fonz.

I love my son with all my heart, but daaaaayaaaam that was a good collection. At least, something of ot survived so you can share with your child in the future and he or she can think “My dad’s cool.”

Very bold and noble move. I’m sure that you won’t regret it too much in a few months.

I sold the vast majority of my collection once before and worked on replacing it when I was in better financial shape. Hang in there! You’ll have that thrill of the hunt all over again, and maybe discover some new aspect of collecting, too. Congrats on being a new dad!

Man, I would never sell my comics for a kid but I guess that’s one of many, many reasons its a good thing me and my wife have decided not to have children. Despite that, I admire your sacrifice because when somebody does have children, they should come first.

It also makes me sad, as a married comics fan, any time that I see somebody’s collection shoved in an awkward corner because their partner doesn’t want evidence of it in the house, but it seems like this is a pretty normal thing unfortunately.

nice collection and at least you should be happy for the reason you sold some of it was for your offspring and that is worth any sacrifice and at least you got to keep some of the art you worked hard to get. that you can share with the bundle of joy later on

I kept all my comic stuff when I had my boys. I couldn’t wait for them to be old enough to dive into it and enjoy it.
We all do what we have to.

I’ve never understood that whole “I have to hide this stuff away because my wife doesn’t like it”. Like she’s saying “I love you, but I don’t love you that much”.

Bloody love that Strontium Dogs Star Scan. Even from the long shot I looked and it and thought bloody hell is that what I think it is! Very pleased for you that you managed to keep the art. Some lovely stuff there and heck the Omnibuseseses, Omnibusi… whatever are to big to be nice to read so…

Good luck with the arrival, hope you have as much fun with yours as i do with mine.

Nice collection, but as budman2008 also stated, it makes me sad too when ever I see a “hidden away” collection. In my optics, a partnership is just that, a “partner”ship.

She gets to have all her shoes, filling out all the closets and so on, and even though it doesn’t make sense to a regular guy, that she absolutely needs to have all the pairs of shoe you can imagine existing, she still does. And just as she doesn’t understand why in the world he would like to have something as weird as a quick drawing from a guy she or none of her friends have ever heard of before, hanging in plain view, he’d still like that. And so on and so on…

Both should accept that even though they don’t get it, apparently their partner does. I seriously doesn’t get these relationships where one of the persons are totally dominant and with strictness and cane in hand, decides how “their” lives should be lived.

Further more, I of course doesn’t know anything about your financial situation, but the first thing to spring to my mind is. If you can afford such a extensive collection over the time span off seven years. Then how in the world can you not afford a baby if you just stopped buying future comics, arts, figurines, etc. ?

But oh well, if you can’t and that the baby seriously only would thrive if “you” sold all of “your” beloved possessions, then congratulation, You, just took a major steep towards being a truly devoted dad :D

For such a short timeframe, that was an awesome collection! Glad to hear you were able to keep some pieces. :-) As a husband and father of 3, I know all too well the compromise and sacrifice. 90% of the floppies are gone, but over time have been replaced with trades and hc’s and now occupy our loft (home of future shelf porn). You are brave and noble to do what you did, and truth be told, anything comic related can be replaced but your kid(s) cannot. No brained there. Good luck with your future family endeavors!

All I can say is I’m glad I’m single.

But seriously, I can see getting rid of some tradepaperbacks which generally have no long lasting value and ditto for some Direct Sales comics but those toys WILL increase in value later on, especially if said popular character is still around after 50 years! The same can also be true of original artwork–which is ONE OF A KIND! Most journeyman artwork will only appreciate to a certain level, but what if one of them decides they’re sick of drawing comics and goes on to become either a popular illustrator (ala Frazetta) or an amazing FINE ARTIST (like Lionel Feininger)? –And the autographed picture of HENRY WINKLER–c’mon IT’S THE FONZ! His leather jacket is in the Smithsonian Institute for crying out loud! Parents may love their children but why is it that it’s only THE WEALTHY who think about leaving their children a legacy, no matter how “small”?

If I sound shrill it’s only because I passed up the chance to buy the QUEEN AMIDALA doll when it was cheap now it’s too darn expensive–if you can find it! The same for BLACK CANARY BARBIE!

damn Rich, Ireland calling, I’ve have been in for some of that, but as a Dad too, I understand your pain – mine’s in the attic!

I must have the best wife in the world . When building our new home she let me join 2 rooms to make my man cave . Very admirable looking to support family first before your own obsession . You can always go back to that once you are in a better financial situation and share that obsession with your kids . Btw Congratulations , what did you have ?

as much as i mourn your collection, as a newly minted father of a 9-week-old baby girl, i understand doing whatever it takes for your baby.

congrats on building such a cool collection. and congrats on making a beautiful baby.

No man cave, no man

Baby furniture must be expensive in the UK….. Because my collection has survived the birth of three children, and if anything has continued to grow, particularly now I have mini-me’s to appreciate it with myself.

Nooooooooooo! As the soon to be father of a second son, take it from me, you don’t need half the stuff “everyone” tells you you do.

That’s quite the sacrifice, but Rich’s baby is one lucky kid to have a dad like him.

Yeah, our poor son (now 24 and in the Military) Grew up around my love for comics, and my Spider-Man toys and merch collection, and his mom’s love for video games… He turned out fine, except he doesn’t ever want to collect anything, he says. After living with us for 18 years (we’re retired Military) we moved so many times, and had to pack up all my Spidey collection items (I have more than any kid should have) he told us that he’ll never collect anything but dust.
Yeah, Rich’s baby is one lucky one. Never lose your desire Rich!!!

What baby wouldn’t want to grow up in a room like that?

Awwww man, somebody would’ve given you their old crib and drawers set because their infant had outgrown them. They would’ve been happy just to get the clutter out of the house.
You could’ve had your baby furniture and your sweet collection too. C’est la vie bro.

Good for this guy, but I’m way too selfish to give up my awesome collection for some wailing insatiable monster

Very noble. I wouldn’t have done it.

What else you got for sale?
What’s your ebay page?

I think you would have been one of the cool teachers in my school. Good collection.
And good luck with your baby.

Wow that’s a great collection!

Congratulations and your kind increase!

This is why I ain’t never having kids! Also no women will touch me, true, but also I get to keep m stuff!

Just to represent: When my husband and I (a woman) moved in together, we made our second bedroom into a library, and it is half comics. We have comic art in the living and dining rooms (that *I* bought) with other pop art and toys throughout. You can balance a traditional decor and still display TPB and art in a classy way.

So yeah, not all wives opt for huge shoe collections and steal the closets. In fact, the hubs and I have about the same number of shoes. :P

The OP had a nice, tidy collection. It’s just stuff though. You still read and enjoyed it. You’ll probably start the collection up again at some point. Maybe this time with an eye for what the future baby boy or girl would like to share with you (Preacher is probably best left for later, haha)!

At moments like these I realize how happy I should be with my girlfriend who reserved an entire wall in the living room for my collection, drives my bum all across the country (and across borders for that matter) to find new stuff and even adds items to the collection when she happens to see them somewhere. Eitherway, I can only imagine how hard it must be to part with these pieces of your life, I don’t think i coule ever cope with it. Then again, maybe having a baby makes you see the world differently.

Great collection. Shame it had to go, but I fully understand doing whatever it takes for your kids. My wife tried the old “it all has to go” on me when our 3rd child came along. Instead, I built a mancave out the back and moved everything out there. There is virtually no evidence that I even live in the house – she couldn’t be happier.

What is that set of hardcovers on your desk with the mosaic spines? Looks awesome.

Great collection!

First of all, congrats to the baby, man! Family is important.
I just have to say that I read that “I sell my collection, now that the baby is coming” thing a lot and will never understand that. I mean, yeah, if you are that short on money its a way to finance things, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A friend of mine, who has almost as big a collection as mine (which is to say pretty big, with hardcovers, absolutes and a lot of statues) really amped up his collection when the baby arrived. He went the opposite way and he works in a very very badly paid job where he is not far from minimum wage, so it is doable. He is just lowering other expenses for it, like ditching his season ticket for his favorite soccer club, or no more ordering takeout and so on.
This is not a critique against your desicion, man. Don’t get me wrong. I just find it strange that there is this weird ritual of loosing all “childish things” you yourself enjoy, when the kid is coming. So, in a way, you kinda drown the kid in yourself, for your kid, even when you may not need to.

I mean, downsizing your collection is one thing (I do that almost yearly… weeding out comics I will never read again), but completely giving up something you are passionate about seems really wrong in my mind. Again, if there is no other way to keep food on the table for your family, than its a different story.

Still… what is your wife selling to buy stuff for the baby? (Don’t answer that. This is not directed at you, but more of a rethorical question) Is she selling those 50 pairs of unneeded expensive shoes she never wears too? What about her book or DVD collection? What about the second car your family may not really need, because one of you could easily drive to work on a bike?

Again, this is not directed at you, since I don’t know the full story behind the desicion. Maybe you are sick of the stuff anyway and its just time. I am just worried about the trend I see here, since I think its wrong to having to sacrifice everything you enjoy for your family, if you maybe don’t really have to do that. I find that a bit worrying.

And @ kralcm: Wow, man. That sounds rough! To be honest, when your girl/wife doesn’t accept what you love and even want it out of the house and likes that there is no evidence of you living there… man… for me that would be it.
I seem to have it really good. My girl and even girls before her, always were not only ok with my stuff, but really enjoyed it themselfes. My girlfriend is even getting me more statues for the living room, since she loves the look of them, when they are displayed in a cool way.

First off……….congratulations on the baby!
I just cannot conceive of spending my life with someone, who wouldn’t share my love or at least tolerate the things I hold so close to my heart. i.e. Movies and comic books. I’m lucky that we have enough space in our home to accommodate my man cave, where I can display my comic book statues and movie posters. I can understand (at a push) getting rid of the graphic novels, as they can be replaced – but as for that signed artwork, DR and Quinch, Miracleman, Preacher and Strontium Dog? Unique and irreplaceable. A damn, shame.

Thanks for all the great comments, folks! Let me just clarify a few things though. None of the artwork has been sold off as it means too much to me. Also, as far as the omnibus editions and hardcovers go, I sold them because I either had most of the content in floppies or in other formats. The reason for the sale was mainly to declutter and have a clear out, not so much because I was skint. The new arrival just seemed to make the decision easier.
Also, I need to just go on record as saying that my wife didn’t even know I was selling my collection, much less force me into it! The main reason the art and books were at work is to liven up my office and my working day, not because my wife is some dragon who won’t let me have my own hobby.
But anyway, I hope you enjoyed the collection and the good news is that my daughter, Megan, is four months old now and is absolutely beautiful!
Cheers!

What are those books in the last picture that combine to make one large picture on the spines?

Congratulations! As a father of two, I can understand and empathize completely with what you’ve done, all the way down to finding a way to keep your favorite pieces!

At the end of your life (morbid, i know) what will you be more proud of having?

1) Some comics

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2) Your daughter

Good for you, sir.

I used to have a massive toy collection. A lot of high-end, expensive toys that filled my den. When my fiance got pregnant, I knew I’d lose the den. (We live in a one bedroom + den condo). So I had to decide if I just pack my toys away and hope I get to see them again one day, or I sell them and let someone else enjoy them. I don’t believe collections should be boxed away; I think they should be out for people to handle and enjoy. So I sold about 90% of the toy collection, keeping only the ones that meant the most to me (usually stuff I had a childhood connection to).

After I sold them, I was actually ashamed at how much I had spent on toys over the years. We’re talking thousands and thousands of dollars. The plus side, that money came in handy this year. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss my collection. That said, my collection was always a thorn in my fiance’s side. I didn’t collect until after we met, so it’s not like she knew what she was getting into. It started out small, then got way out of hand. But after I sold everything, and after the baby came, my fiance realized just how much that collection meant to me. The house was dominated by her stuff and the baby stuff, and I had nothing of my own. So this year she made a space for me, where I keep my hardcover comic book collection and a few toys. It’s my wall, and she no longer says anything about it, knowing how much it meant to me.

I totally feel for you having to sell your collection. At least you kept some stuff. And like you, my fiance didn’t push me to sell my collection; it’s just one of those things you do as a man when you have new responsibilities.

Having the pleasure of working with Rich I can honestly say that his passion and love for his collection is amazing. However, I have also had the pleasure of meeting his stunning daughter and she is worth any sacrifice. Besides, the Rich I know will build and probably enhance this collection.

A few people have asked about the books with the image on the spines – they’re called ‘the ultimate marvel graphic novel collection’ and I think they might only be published by Hachette in the UK. There’ll be 60 hardback books overall and I’m keeping hold of them, which also forced the clear out of the omnibus editions so I didn’t have the same issues twice ( or in some cases, three times).

I would do the same in the same situation. I’m glad only the books got sold… I mean, seriously, the books can be replaced with enough money, it’s the original art that’s priceless.

Congrats on the baby.
The Fonz. Nuff Said !!!!!
Selling was the best thing you have done.
Before my first kid was born, I had a world class book case, with everything fom statues to bookends to original art.
Slowly my daughter and her brother swallowed up the bookcase.
My stuff has been in the attic for the best part of 12 years, just moved into a new place and have started to build a new Man Cave, inspired by Shelf Porn.
Expect to see it here next year.
Again congrats

I love the suggestions that his wife sell off her shoes, because everybody knows there is a thriving market out there for used shoes.

@ Sean

LOL. Perhaps on the Podiatrist Black Market?

Thank goodness Rich didn’t have dusty shelves – they’d have crucified him.

Nope never! I started collecting again a year ago and my wife is due on Halloween with our 4th child. In fact our new daughters name is harley quinn.

I’ll probably end up in the same situation sooner or later.

As a matter of fact, I’m thinking about things to let go now. One should not be so attached to “things” so much that they should out value another person. If getting rid of things helped to pay for baby expenses, I’d do it.

However…

My gf/wife could cry, kick, scream, complain, argue, whatever…I will NOT get rid of my comic statues. Period. The books can go, I like them but I also read digital so no huge loss there. But not the statues. I have to draw the line.

My aunt has always let my Uncle keep all of his Playboys, and a stack of them is in the bathroom at that! And she has no problem with it at all. So I’m spoiled in what I think a woman should let a man have as far as our toys go. Let us be satisfied, and we keep you satisfied. Simple as that.

Lee
September 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Baby furniture must be expensive in the UK….. Because my collection has survived the birth of three children, and if anything has continued to grow, particularly now I have mini-me’s to appreciate it with myself.

Everything in the UK is expensive bro. I kept my collection when my daughter was born 16yrs ago but over time I’ve let it go in various ways anyway. So take the money and run mate lol

Congrats for the happy bouncing girl!

Its good to know you kept the original pieces. I can understand the need to declutter. I got rid of some redundant things myself not so long ago. Congrats on the new child!
-Z

Okay, this school librarian is connected!

Ah, I don’t think I could ever do this. It reminds me of when I started trading in games. I still regret losing some games. And games are easily attainable! Maybe one day, when I have my own little bundle of joy, I’ll end up selling my Comic book collection, but hopefully not :)

Good luck with the baby, Rich, and maybe one day, you can start a collection together.

Okay, I’m not trying to start something, but I just have to say, I kinda hate the idea that, when a man gets married, he is just expected to leave behind his hobbies and interests that are deemed too geeky. And yet, some wives have entire rooms for their clothes. I don’t get some interests, but so what? I’d rather my partner be happy. The double standard just really bugs me, and I always see it. It’s my hope that I will be able to share my games, books and comics with my kid(s). It’d keep me from turning into a bitter jerk, and help me bond with them.

Of course, you are doing this willingly due to financial obligation, and this doesn’t apply, so, again, good luck with the baby :)

I’m feeling somewhere between staggered, amused and annoyed by some of the just barely fucking passive aggressive comments on here. For the last time, my wife had no idea I was even selling my books off and although I mentioned she wouldn’t want the art hanging on the walls at home, neither would I for that matter.

Also, I know I mentioned I was selling the stuff to buy baby furniture so have maybe given the wrong impressions for my motives but I am in no way a pauper who was forced into selling comics just to get by. Yes, the money went some way to buying things for Megan but we went on holiday with the proceeds and I’ve bought even more comic art with most of it! I just needed a clear out of the office is all.

So although I pretty much wish I hadn’t ever bothered putting my collection up for this feature, thanks to those who posted nice comments about the collection and my becoming a father. And to those people who felt the need to vent about women as hobby nazis or other people’s motives for selling their own property…well you can all suck a big bag of dicks. Cheers,

Rich

@ Rich. Yeah. I’m kind of getting that “Congrats; must suck to be you” vibe here, too. Just from a few comments, though.

The greatest compliment I ever got from a fellow fan was “You don’t have a ton of stuff, but what you have is, like, the best of what’s out there.” I wanna pass that on to you. Glad you hung on to some things.

And seriously, congrats on the little one. Raising kids is actually a lot of fun. I did the “clearing out” thing, too, 10 years ago when my wife and her son moved in. I boxed up the whole collection, and it remains in the attic (my choice, like you). I also gave away (!) my 1967 Dodge Dart to make room for my wife’s car in our driveway. Last year, she said “I really wish you’d kept that car. I would have gotten rid of mine and driven that or yours instead.” D’oh!

To summarize: You rock. And always run things past your wife.

Valiant revived Mighty Samson a while back, which was a 60s predacessor to Thundarr–but somehow it lacked the gusto of the latter. It’s hard to believe there isn’t a Thundarr revival going on right now, given how popular dystopian and post-apocalyptic stories and games are these days.

Talk about missed opportunities!!

Gah, wrong story! (Second time I’ve done that!)

Awesome collection though–esp. love the Fonz!

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