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Pop culture author shares his toys, trades and more

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Pop culture author shares his toys, trades and more

Happy Free Comic Book Day and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today’s shelves come from Brandon T. Snider, author of The Dark Knight Manual, DC Comics Ultimate Character Guide and many other pop culture books. Brandon shares his collection of trades, toys, art and more.

If you’d like to see your shelves right here on Robot 6, you can find details on submitting them at the end of this post.

And now here is Brandon …


A few years ago I had a chance to raid the closets at DC Comics before they got rid of a bunch of stuff and it allowed me to fill out my collection of DC trades really nicely. My Marvel stuff is lacking only because I’ve not been afforded the same kindness which I’m sure will be corrected once this goes post viral. I have no idea how I ended up with SO MANY collected editions but, as my accountant will tell you, it’s all research. As a matter of fact, when I was writing the DC Comics Character Guide I had my collection of Who’s Whos professionally bound. It made me feel like a king. That series was my gateway into the DCU and that was how I ended up approaching the book.

About my toys…

I love really stylized action figures and some of the smaller, weirder toys. I love my Justice League Tater Tots that were at Sonic awhile back. Tracking down all the Marvel Nogn’z was serious business which was then replaced by tracking down Marvel and DC Chibis. Oh and the DC Scribblenauts are going to be the death of me. As far as characters go, I can never go wrong with Grodd, Black Manta or Lex Luthor. Firestorm, Beast, Spider-Man and the Hulk are up there. The Superfriends are also my jam.

My Wolverine telephone doesn’t work but I like to pretend it does sometimes.

I like to cycle figures in and out and I try to keep it fairly diverse. Working from home can be challenging at times. If I get distracted, I’ll just stop and reorganize my shelves because deadlines don’t matter when Kilowog won’t stand up straight.

I mainly collect superheroes but I have at least one keepsake figures for every property I’ve ever worked on. Hidden within my menagerie are characters from Adventure Time, Regular Show, Annoying Orange and Transformers Kreo among others.

On the Walls…

– A piece of Zachary Baldus art that accompanied a story I wrote for the Official Smallville Magazine titled “Toy.” We couldn’t use the Toyman so we did our own version.

– A Batman movie poster signed by Adam West who also told me, when asked if he had any advice for a young actor, “Brandon, get out of the business.”

– An Independent Publisher Book Award and a PubWest Award for my book, The Dark Knight Manual.

– An original Alex Toth Black Manta model sheet from the Superfriends which is one of my most prized possessions as well as a piece by a guy on Tumblr who goes by DocGold13. Huge Black Manta fan here.

– A Cliff Chiang Teen Titans/Breakfast Club that’s the only thing I was able to salvage from a very long, very drunken night at NYCC years ago.

– A Superman print by JJ Harrison who did the art for a story I wrote for the Regular Show comic book called “Hot Tub.” He’s a great artist and an awesome guy.

– The Joker was a gift created by Travis Kramer using foam.


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 up a little something about your collection.
3. Send them to me in an email. Please put the text into an email and attach the images as separate files; don’t embed them into a Word doc. Uploading them to Dropbox or a similar service also works.

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