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Minimal space, maximum usage in today’s Shelf Porn

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Minimal space, maximum usage in today’s Shelf Porn

Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at a fan’s shelves. Today’s collection comes from Marc in Hong Kong, who shows us how he uses the limited space he has available to display his stuff.

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And now here’s Marc …

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Hi, my name is Marc. I’m originally from Indonesia but I’m currently working and living in Hong Kong and anyone who has been to Hong Kong will tell you that space is a precious commodity over here as there is hardly any around. The same goes for my apartment. Space is at a premium and so what I’ve tried to do is make maximum use of whatever space I have available. Of course, that has forced me to keep some of my comics out of sight in storage boxes and so only my favorites are displayed. Luckily, my wife is a comic book fan herself so she doesn’t mind the place looking like a nerd shrine. That’s pretty cool of her.

This is my main comic shelf. It doesn’t display much but I consider these the staples of my collection, what I consider most read-worthy with high re-read value. My long-term favorites are stored here and whenever I get a new comic that makes the cut, this is where I stick it. Of course, if I run out of space then one or more books need to be demoted back to the storage box simply to make space. Notice that my comics and other things I hold dear are located on the upper portions of the shelf since I have a 21-month old daughter who just loves to pull out books within her reach and simply mangle them.

On top I have several hardcovers consisting of art and comic-related books topped of by an imposing Batman bust on a gargoyle and Nightwing jumping over a chimney. I found Nightwing in a second hand toy store and was happy as a clam when I found it at such a good price and in sich good condition. In the front are the Hot Toys Iron Man Mini Cosbaby set which we got at the insistence of my wife.

The top tier is mostly Tolkien stuff. I’m a self-proclaimed Tolkien nut and Tolkien stuff probably makes up the most of my non-comic book items. DVDs, Blu-Rays, novels, and the usual related items. There’s also a hardcover Avengers vs. X-Men because I couldn’t fit it anywhere else and it fits just nicely in that space right there.

The second tier is my DC shelf. As you can probably guess by now, I’m a big fan of the Bat-family of comic books, most notably Batman and Nightwing. There’s also a mythology book there because I love mythology and space was again an issue.

My Marvel shelf. This contains a lot of classic 80s-90s cross-over storylines such as Secret Wars and Infinity Gauntlet. I’ve really taken a liking to Uncanny X-Force with its realistic yet humorous tone. It has got Deadpool, after all, and Jerome Opeña is one my favorite artists along with Leinil Francis Yu. My favorite Marvel characters are Daredevil and Punisher although there are none of their comics on this shelf, they occupy another shelf which I will get into later on.

Right of the shelf is a stylized Dark Knight print that I found at a Street Market. Framed and at HK$ 90 (around US$ 12), it was a steal.

On the top of the light brown shelf, right next to my main comic shelf, we have my Lord of the Rings and Hobbit art and movie conceptual design books. Since I love to draw, I especially love the sketchbook by Alan Lee behind the Batman statue. Next to Batman is my Gil-Galad statue by Weta Sideshow Collectibles, in front of whom lies three shields representing the civilizations of Rohan, Gondor, and the Elves.

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