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Saturday Shelf Porn!

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Hello and welcome once again to Shelf Porn, now on Saturdays! Today’s Shelf Porn is courtesy of Robin McConnell from the Inkstuds radio show and who recently published a book collecting many of his interviews with comic creators.

If you’d like to share your collection with the world, please email a write-up and pictures to jkparkin@yahoo.com. As I said last week, we’re always looking for collections large or small, even if it’s just a picture or two … I’ve got a couple of single pictures I’ll group together into one post when I get a few more in. So send’em today!

And now here’s Robin …

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I have been collecting comics most of my life. After a period of purging myself of my collection, the bug bit me and I started up collecting again. Since starting the Inkstuds radio show, I have amassed unruly amount of comics and show no sign of slowing down.





I have most of my comics in five old fashioned Ikea shelves across one wall of my living room. I really hope an earthquake doesn’t hit while I am searching for my favorite Richard Corben book.


I have put my meager collection of comics related toys on top of the shelves. I am not really much of a toy person, but certain items are far too nice to refuse purchase. In this photo, you will notice the Love and Rockets Vol 2 # 1 Cover Proof. I bought that the Fantagraphics store when Jaime was there a couple of years ago. Next to that, is a tapestry that my girl friend did of the most excellent Enid Coleslaw. Daniel Clowes is one of my favorite cartoonists. I named the Inkstuds show after a strip he did. I have since been informed by Daniel, that he did not come up with the phrase, but I still source it to him.


The art work here is by Eleanor Davis. I am a huge fan of her work. there is also a box of art by Ivan Brunetti that seems to have fallen over.


If you look carefully, you can see some very unusual gems, like the Dupuy and Berberian sketchbooks.


Dear DC, please finish reprinting the Mad Archives. Thank you.


More toys.



Here is a selection of collections by some underground creators,  some fantastic Europeans and more.


I am really excited about the Manara collections that Dark Horse announced last year, but I dont know if there is much that I don’t have.


A sampling of some of my bound books. There are more coming. I have pretty high ceilings, so that Kramers 7 fits quiet nicely on top.


I maximize my space usage as much as I can.



On top of my comics collecting. I have also been getting into collecting art. I think there will be a post of art for next week.


Frank Miller and Alan Moore really cemented me in comics obsession at a tender young age. I don’t know if I should thank them, or send angry letters. I would love to interview either of them, if I ever got the chance.


Comics seem to be getting bigger and bigger. You can’t see my favorite ting on that shelve, which is a run of David Mazzicchelli’s Rubber Blankets.


I don’t know why i didn’t get a good image of the shelf with all my Moebius books, but they are there, along with my Kramers Ergots, Richard Corbens and a bunch more great collections


The copy of Non 5 in the middle is a must have just for the level of work that Jordan Crane put into it. We had a great discussion of the book and disasters that went a long with its publishing.


Heavy shelf. That Milo Manara Foemina book is unreal. Huge full sized reproductions of his work. Another feature of this shelf is a run of Raw magazine and the big Carl Barks collection on top. I am sure regular Robot6 readers know about the Fantagraphics reprint project of his work. I for one, and very excited.


Comics comics comics.

The bottom of these shelves are filled with my collection of bound comics.


Binding comics can be lots of fun. I have put together 4 books of work by Alex Toth. It can be a lot of fun hunting through cheap bins and reader copies for books that will get bound up and torn apart. Binding frightens some collectors, but I don’t really care. This is my way of archiving.


More bound books. I like Batman.


These kind of speak for themselves.


There are some of my favorite bound books on this shelf. The Dave Cooper, Chester Brown, Pete Bagge  and Daniel Clowes books have all been signed and doodled in. It’s a blast seeing the response of an artist whose work I have bound up.


I hope I never have to move.







Some more European goodies. Will someone please publish Hugo Pratt in English again?










The work in the stand at the top is my collection of silkscreened books, including work by Mat Brinkman, Jon Vermilyea, Michael Deforge and some Le Dernier Cri collections.






I have books too.



The top shelf has my collection of books by William S Burroughs and Charles Bukowski. I have a book signed by each of them, and a majority of the Burroughs are first editions.


Lastly, my Re:Search books. They are a big influence on what I did with the Inkstuds book which came out last fall.