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A well-organized basement highlights this Shelf Porn

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today’s shelves come from Gord in Calgary, who sent us pictures of his comics, statues and more during last June’s floods.

If you’d like to see your collection featured here on Shelf Porn, check out the submission instructions for complete details.

And now let’s hear from Gord …

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I am a social worker in Calgary, Canada. There are major floods happening all over my city right now and here I am taking photos of my comic collection! I think that says something about me. Anyways, my collection used to sit on crappy wooden shelves in stark short boxes in a back room but after watching all of the awesome collections on Shelf Porn I was inspired to bring my collection up to snuff. I think it’s at the point right now where I can show it off. Of course, like any collection, this is a work in progress and it doesn’t look exactly as I want it, but it is pretty good.

My wife is not relegating my collection to some corner of the house and so I have bits upstairs and down. So here is a tour of some of the shelves.

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Here is the most of it! In the basement.

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I was very tickled by finding the comic rack. This sweet old lady in a corner store sold it to me recently on my hunt for my shelf porn!

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I know people hate on the Sentry, but he is honestly one of my favorites. And Paul Jenkins is a good guy!

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I have to say finding the right shelves and the right boxes was quite the ordeal. Ikea shelves are nice, but finding any boxes that fit them is incredibly difficult. I hunted but eventually found some boxes at Staples which work excellently. They are a bit pricey though here in Canuckaland. I made the labels for the boxes myself.

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This is a drawing that my son did for a cover of a comic when he was 5. I was into self publishing at the time, and did this anthology of true stories from creators childhoods. Lots of writers and lots of artists all contributing.

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Here is my last copy of the comic. Fiona Staples digitally painted underneath the picture my son drew and that was the cover. There’s some really great collaborators on this project such as Fiona, my kid, Andrew Foley (Cowboys and Aliens), Chris Peterson (Darkhorse’s Grindhouse), Jay Bardyla (Happy Harbor Comics owner in Edmonton), etc. I’m very proud of this project.

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Here is the family space upstairs! It’s a real mishmash of graphic novels and other books so have a closer look!

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So I joked with my wife about how I wanted to have something like this and one morning I awoke to find it hanging above the fireplace! After I changed my underwear I christened her the best wife in the world! It’s got a COA and is even signed by Lucas and Williams etc etc etc. She won it at an auction for charity.

Thanks for having a look!

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I really like how you store and present your comics! Very neat! The Star Wars poster is drool worthy.

Love the collection! Might I ask how you went about making those labels for the boxes? And what boxes are those, I really like them.

Thanks and keep up the good work!

nice collection speiclaly love that one comic rack. and don’t blame you for winding up having to change your under wear for most star wars fans would do the same if they wound up with something like that espically having george lucas hancock. your wife is the best for getting that for you .

Can you be specific about the exact Staples boxes you’re using? And how many comics fit in each of them? Yours is the best alternative to short boxes that I’ve found yet!

Nice collection.

I also use magazine boxes to hold my comics in a similar fashion to yours. However I decided to modify the boxes to allow me to store the comics facing outwards, not sideways. Basically I got two boxes and with a bit of cutting and taping joined them together (black boxes to camoflauge the black tape joining them together – can’t even notice the tape.) As a result I can store up to 100 comics in one modified folder instead of about 30 comics. In addition it allows the comic in front to be displayed and makes the room look a little more interesting ( not to mention allowing me to identify the alphabetical order of the comics within.)

The Star Wars poster is very cool too.

Cheers

Like a true Canadian, he has at least one Herman Treasury lol

Fantastic collection, thank you for showing us. I love everything except Star Wars, but your wife is awesome for buying that for you and for a charity auction as well. She earned that title.

Hey Gord,

Excellent set up! I have the same Ikea shelf and Staples magazine boxes, filled mostly with art books. My comics are still in long boxes in the basement. Kudos for getting your collection organized! Cool to see the local talent in your collection…where is the Vicious Ambitious books? GarSeeYa!

I appreciate this love of Thor.

I love your solution for comic storage, and it is so cool that you were inspired by this CBR series. A great cross between a comic store and a library. I won’t add another comment about the Star Wars poster (because I am not worthy of such greatness), but I absolutely dig that you have Neil Peart’s book on your shelf! Nice job all around.

The Walt Simonson #337 Thor which started one of the greatest runs in comics along with the signed Star Wars poster are my favourites

Great room! You have a lot of second volumes in your trades, what’s up with that? I’m the same because I can’t pass up a bargain so end up with loads of random volumes!

Francis, do you have a video or anything showing how you make your boxes? I’m intrigued…

Hey thanks everyone! One of the reasons I look forward to this feature is all the positive comments that people have in this community. It’s reassuring.

The magazine boxes are from Staples. They’re Staples brand and have a width of 4.25 inches. This means they don’t store a heck of a lot and the overflow will likely reach into those short boxes you have in storage.

The labels were poor man’s lamination. They are made with packing tape and then glued to the boxes.

And yes, I am a sucker for a bargain! I have a lot of bargain books. Some of the best stories I’ve read have been in those books and that’s why I hang onto them.

Will see you next weekend, Gerald!

You Sir have given me hope on my search for a sweet old lady to sell me her old comic book rack. I know there has to be another one out there, just waiting for me.

Great setup!
Love how clean it is

red shelves and white boxes – oh canada, eh?

It’s the first time I see boardgames in a Shelf Porn in a few months (years ?)… Great selection you have here !

Nice collection! Realy like the ikea shelves with the magazing boxes for your individual issues. Gives the room a very clean, professional look. Got me thinking that I need to look into that and finally get rid of these stacks of longboxes that my girlfriend hates so much.

Diggin it from Down Under Mate…!

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