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Come for the Shelf Porn, stay for the massive “to read” pile

by  in Comic News Comment

Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly voyage into the home of a comic fan. Today’s collection comes from Steve Tabala, a digital illustrator who shows us his shelves of comics, trades, statues, art books and more. His “to read” pile looks like he’s building a fort, making my own pile look not quite as intimidating. It’s certainly a good way to spend more than a few Saturday afternoons.

If you’d like to see your shelves featured right here on Robot 6, check out the details here.

And now let’s hear from Steve …

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Hi, I’m Steve, I’m a digital illustrator and I’ve been collecting comics for about 20 years. Growing up, I had a couple friends who were into comics, so I had my mom buy my first comic in a local drug store, and would go along to the grocery store to pick up comics off the rack near the registers. Eventually, I would come to find out there was a comic store near where my brother had his guitar lessons, at which point I learned new comics came out weekly. Having loved comics for so long and having a love of art lead to my parents allowing me to attend the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc., and while there my knowledge and love of comics exploded, and I felt I had to own and read as many comics as possible, much to the detriment of my bank account. Unfortunately I can’t show everything I have, because it’s stored away, but these pictures show about 95% of my collection.

The first two pics show the majority of my trades and hardcovers



Here’s a pic of the smaller bookcase to the left of the big three bookcases.


Next up is the majority single issues in boxes with some more books on top.


A closer look at the books and things on top. I love those Little Nemo books.

Another bookcase with Kirby, Ditko, Starman HCs, and other non Marvel/DC books.


A little section showing my larger-sized books on top of some more comic boxes.


Another bookcase with prose novels, art books, and reference books.


A smaller bookcase with some DVDs, blu rays, and art books.


And lastly, my “To Read” pile.


If you’d like to see your collection featured here on Robot 6, here’s what you need to do:

1. Take some photos and save them as jpgs.
2. Write a little something about your collection
3. Send them to me in an email.

Some additional tips:

1. Although we don’t have a minimum or maximum limit on photos, usually 10-15 should suffice. They also don’t need to be huge, so if you can shrink them down so they are less than 1000 x 1000, that would be great. You can help make your collection look nice by being sure to focus, use the right lighting, dust your shelves beforehand, etc.
2. You can either write something up that’ll appear at the beginning of the post, or you can describe each item. Be sure to indicate where each image should be placed within your write-up, but don’t embed the images into a Word doc. Just put the file name in brackets where you want the image to appear.
3. When sending images using something like YouSendIt or DropBox, please keep in mind that I may not get to your submission for a month or more, so make sure you don’t delete them or that they won’t expire.
4. Please include your name (just your first name is fine) and location with your write-up.