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‘Miranda Mercury’ writer Brandon Thomas shares his Shelf Porn

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look into the home of a fan. Today’s shelves belong to Brandon Thomas, writer of Voltron and The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury. Brandon shares his collection of original art, statues, trade paperback and much more.

If you’d like to submit your own collection for all the world to see, check out the details and send it our way.

And now here is Brandon …

Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look into the home of a fan. Today’s shelves belong to Brandon Thomas, writer of Voltron and The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury. Brandon shares his collection of original art, statues, trade paperback and much more.

If you’d like to submit your own collection for all the world to see, check out the details and send it our way.

And now here is Brandon …

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My name is Brandon Thomas, and I write comics. I just wrapped an 18-issue run of Voltron comics for Dynamite, and before that wrote for Marvel, DC, Arcade and launched The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury with Archaia summer before last. I’m also something of a collector—books, limited edition busts, original artwork and prints, cool figurine things, and other assorted odds and ends. For years, I didn’t have a space that could hold even close to everything, but when my wife and I decided to move from Chicago to San Diego, and buy our first house, I started to wonder what everything all together might look like.

So having this additional space was a HUGE reason that we ultimately chose this particular house. Originally, this entire section was outdoors, and it was enclosed awhile back to give the house a dedicated family room. For us, it provided another entire room to work with that could serve as my office space, an out-of-the-way spot for the dog’s crates, and another potential spot for guests to stay in…while completely surrounded by all of this cool stuff I’ve accumulated over almost ten years. And honestly, this still isn’t everything, but what I’d say is a healthy start.

Let’s begin with the walls—

Spent years amassing all of this original artwork and prints, some of it actually the product of my own scripts, which is the best thing about writing comics honestly. Artists in attendance (in no particular order)—Lee Ferguson, Craig Cermak, Mshindo Kuumba, Cory Smith, Adrian Nelson, Dustin Nguyen, Mark Bagley, the late great Clement Sauvé, Sho Murase, Keron Grant, Sanford Greene, Stuart Immonen, Gabriel Ba, Stuart Sayger, and Brion Salazar.



The Mark Bagley original from Ultimate Spider-Man #107 was an anniversary present from my wife that to this day she still won’t reveal the final price tag for. She picked this page specifically because I mentioned it specifically in an Ambidextrous column that I’d written years and years before we ever met.


Sketchbooks and art books from a number of artists whose work I adore. The plastic shelving unit (which we called ‘shelf talkers’ at Barnes & Noble) was actually picked up at a Borders that was going out of business, and I wish I’d gotten two of them (like my wife said I should) but I was being stubborn and couldn’t really imagine a good use for them yet. Should’ve known better because they work great for smaller, uniquely sized books like these. Underneath are a few assorted books of uncommon size and girth, wrapped around Eric Canete’s glorious “Encore” hardcover, which was worth every single penny I paid for it.


Really the main course of things down here—three massive shelves that are holding the majority of my always expanding book collection. Since I have a somewhat sordid history of breaking book shelves by loading too much stuff on them, decided to go with solid wood this time. They’re also bolted to the wall because of earthquake concerns, and I think the weight is distributed pretty evenly now, after days of adjustments where I swore the wood was creaking. There’s also scattered bits all around—Batman Black & White statues, posters, the glory that is Wednesday Comics, and a couple category signs I got during my time working at Barnes & Noble.



Was super excited when Hasbro started their Star Wars Unleashed line ages ago, but unfortunately, I was a dummy and didn’t snatch them up for regular price, which led to a lot of E-Bay purchases years after most of these were released. Totally worth it though, and will not make the same mistake when the Star Wars Black Label releases start. Other elements here are a collection of random busts, figures, and oversized hardcovers. Also my custom hardcovers of Priest’s Black Panther run and a “classic” bust of the character. And way in the corner, a poster of the only anime I’ve ever loved—Neon Genesis Evangelion. Had that for going on ten years now, and is by far my favorite image of the characters.




This shelf contains my own personal “League of Black Quarterbacks,” and I think the only one missing is Randall Cunningham, who might take a little more time (and money) to nail down. Most of these were actually a surprise gift from my wife back when we started dating, after I casually mentioned at work (where we met) that collecting up all the McFarlane Toy renditions of the black QB’s was something that I’d always intended to do, yet never got around to. She then conspired with another co-worker (a former sports writer) to track a number of them down, with me none the wiser. Was seriously one of the most thoughtful gifts anyone had ever given me ever, and went a long way towards telling me she was a definite keeper.



So there we go, that’s my office/nerd cave/gallery spot where I’m doing the majority of my work now. Sure there’ll be some changes and additions coming (already have this massive new Lion-O Mezco figure to fit in somewhere), but again, think it’s off to a healthy start. Thanks for checking it out and have a great one!


Thanks Brandon! 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.