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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

Welcome to another edition of our long-running and always fun Shelf Porn feature, where we ask fans to show us their collections.

Today’s shelves come from Connie, who shares her collection of manga, graphic novels, figures and more. If you’d like to have your shelves featured in a future column, you can send your pictures and write-up to me at jkparkin@yahoo.com.

And now here’s Connie …

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Most of my collection is manga. I’ve been collecting since 1998, and have over 3,000 volumes. But between my roommate and I, we probably have a couple hundred graphic novels of other ilks, too. I also collect reference and non-fiction books about comics. I work at a large used bookstore as a merchandiser, so I have a bad habit of grabbing any and all of the awesome stuff that comes in. I also have a website that I use to keep track of all the manga I read at http://www.slightlybiasedmanga.com.

My manga is split between my parent’s house in Ohio and my apartment in Chicago. In my bedroom in Ohio, I keep only manga, and mostly series that are either finished or aren’t a priority. The large black shelf is an Ohio shelf, the top row of cubes are full of magazines (almost a full run of Animerica Extra and a few random issues of other things) and manhwa, my Korean comics. The rest of the large shelf is split between Viz and Tokyopop, along with a little space for publishers I only have a handful of stuff from. The other shelf in Ohio holds almost all my CLAMP stuff (I have everything published in English and many of the series in Japanese) and all the medium-sized manga publishers, with stuff grouped mostly by publisher. I have the most from Dark Horse, Del Rey, and CMX.

The rest is in my apartment in Chicago. The vast majority of the manga is on three large shelves in my tiny bedroom (which is too small to take a picture of a whole shelf, the room is only about 8’x8′ and has a bed filling most of it). The books aren’t really sorted since I tend to move stuff around an awful lot.

One case has long series and more adult manga (ranging from touchy-feely romance to straight-up porn) I have. The second case in the bedroom has all of Fumi Yoshinaga’s stuff published in English, a CMX shelf with my favorites from that publisher, and the deluxe Japanese editions of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle. The third case has all my non-CLAMP Japanese books, along with the Absolute Sandman and The Complete Far Side. Spread around on the tops of the cases are a lot of Japanese anthology magazines (mostly about three years worth of Princess Gold) and the Battle Royale omnibuses.

I keep my to-read pile stacked on the floor of my bedroom. It’s a little large right now because I was gone for two weeks and got a few big boxes in that time. There’s also a windowsill which has a few long manga series I need to read on it.

In the living room of my apartment, there’s a small case that has all our DC graphic novels on top, with all the SHAZAM graphic novels in particular. The second shelf is all our 2000 AD graphic novels, which we’ve only been collecting for about six months. The Judge Dredd’s all mine (you can’t see them, but all the US crossovers and a few slender collected storylines are in there), and at this point, he’s probably my favorite comic character ever. The bottom shelf of this case has about six months worth of 2000 AD and some oddball Italian and Mexican comics, along with Barbarella.

There’s a large shelf by the front door door that has a bunch of my other graphic novels, along with my art history books and my comic reference books. There’s a lot of just… random stuff. Old issues of Terry and the Pirates, issues of Raw, any and all old American romance comics I find in bins (mostly silver age stuff, the golden age is still a little too rich for my blood), some unbelievably trashy 60’s women’s magazines, and some tabloid-sized comics. I love reading all those reference books, my favorite is The World Encyclopedia of Comics.

There’s also a case of manga in the front room. I’ve got a lot of Osamu Tezuka out here, but spread around, I’ve got everything of his published in English. The bottom shelf has all my manga artbooks in both English and Japanese.

My roomate keeps the Marvel comics in his room, along with his manga and random volumes of stuff. He’s also got about a hundred trashy sci-fi and horror paperbacks in there, along with a longbox containing all our loose issues of stuff.

My novels and other books are spread out in a few places in the front room.

I have random figures, mostly from Trigun (I’ve got the first two Kaiyodo and the McFarlane figures). I don’t really collect them, and many were gifts. I do have a complete set of CLAMP in 3D Land figures, all 40 of them with duplicates (the full sets all came with two of each figure), as well as the full CLAMP no Kiseki magazine collection and chess set, complete with Japanese board. I’m a crazy big fan of Yasuko Aoike, so I’ve got a ton of From Eroica With Love stuff around, too.

That’s probably a little on the long side, and I apologize, but thanks for bearing with me.

– Connie

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