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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

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Who’s ready for  another round of Shelf Porn? Oh, let’s not always see the same hands …

Our guest this week is artist, blogger and graphic designer Dan Bru, who has has done a fabulous job decorating his “man-cave,” though a few of the more possessive collectors amongst you may balk at his method of decorating his walls. To see what I mean, click on the link and let Dan take you on his tour …

Hi. My name is Dan Bru, and I am a freelance graphic designer, artist, and a blogger of all things nerdy .

My wife and I recently bought a 1935 bungalow in West Paris, ME, and I turned one of the upstairs bedrooms into my office/display area. What’s great about the upstairs is that my 2 boys and I pretty much rule it as our “man-cave”. There is their bedroom, my office, a cozy reading nook, and a large den area.


As you walk up the stairs, you can turn and see the first toy collection resting in a built-in shelving area above the staircase.


Looking immediately to your left, you will see the reading nook; complete with candy machines that need to be filled, an ottoman, lamp, and reading material.


Directly past that is my room; as you walk in, I have my record collection displayed on the wall, along with a toy gun that belonged to my mother in the 1950s.





To the left are my two white shelves; holding the bulk of my toy and graphic novel collection. I used to make custom Mego figures full time for about three years, but the only custom I have left is “Brainiac” that I bought on Ebay a few months ago. I wanted to save one of the over 100 characters that I ever made for my own collection, but alas, every time I looked at my customs, I saw $100 instead of a custom Mego toy.


Anywhoo, I don’t really collect anything in particular; I just pretty much grab anything that I find pleasing to look at or read. It just happens that I mostly like superhero, monster or robot stuff. I have 22 short boxes filled with everything to original EC comics, great gold & silver age Marvel & DC, to current indie stuff. Next to the TV is the top half of the Gene Simons costume that I made for Halloween ’98.



I also sacrificed a few silver and bronze-age comics to create a sweet decopaged mural on the slanty ceiling above my desk.


To the right as you walk in, you will see a nook with my new retro futon with an awesome hanging lamp from the 60s that I recently found in a nearby antique shop. The wall behind the futon is covered with Mad, Cracked and Crazy magazines that I bought as a child.


On the side of the slanty wall I have displayed many of the 1970’s horror comics that I bought as a wee lad.



In the right corner, I have my work area with my iMac, 18″ Alien toy, tiki mug, a Golden Minotaur statue from “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad”, and a glow-in-the-dark skull from the Magic Shop at Disney World.