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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means. Yes, it’s Shelf Porn time once again! Our Guest this week is Mark Poulton, the VP of Operations at Arcana Comics, as well as the writer/co-creator of Koni Waves. Since  Waves takes place in Hawaii, Poulton decided to build a tiki bar in his basement to display his collectibles.

Before we get to Mark’s collection, though, let me offer my regular reminder. Sure, you may be saying “My collection is nowhere near as awesome as the ones featured here. There’s no way I should send my pics in.” You know what I say to that negative thinking? Fiddlesticks! Send me photos of your collection, be it large or small to cmautnerATcomcastDOTnet and we’ll post ’em with love no matter what.

Now, here’s Mark to take us on a tour of his home …

First off, I want to Chris Mautner for a great feature like Send Us Your Shelf Porn. I truly enjoy seeing how other people display their collectibles, not only for ideas on how to display my stuff, but just to see the cool things people collect. Recently, my wife and I finished our basement and my wife was kind of enough to let me make it my comic room. My goal was to create an environment to not only house my collectibles, but for me and my friends to hang out at after local cons or to discuss projects. Since my comic book, Koni Waves, takes place in Hawaii, my wife thought I should have my very own tiki bar! So grab a barstool and enjoy the tour…

First thing when you head down the stairs to the basement, you see some framed artwork as well as a Koni Waves collage a friend made for me.

The artwork on the left is a Koni pin-up from Mathew Tow and an Avengelyne vs. Koni Waves pin-up from myself. On your right are the covers to my creator-owned book Club Vampire by Mathew Tow, and the variant cover by myself. I’m really not a fan of my own artwork, but my Club Vampire variant (which is a homage to the Lost Boys movie poster) is one of my favorite things I’ve done.

Once you get to the bottom, you’ll see the lay of the land. The pool table came with the house so we decided to design the room around it. I’m not much of a pool shark, but my wife got me some Phillies/Mets pool balls for Christmas so the Phillies can beat up on the Mets all year round.

On the left hand side, I have a couple of movie posters and skateboard decks. I have the Lost Boys 2 movie poster signed by the entire cast. One of the perks of going to SDCC every year with Arcana is getting the chance to wander off for a couple hours for these signings.

Next is my Lost Boys skateboard deck. Mathew Tow, who is my co-creator on Club Vampire, was nice enough to do this skateboard deck for me at Wizard World Philadelphia a couple of years ago.

You then have my Punisher poster signed by Thomas Jane, as well as my Darkness skateboard deck which I got signed by Stjepan Sejic this year at the Arcana booth.

Further down the left wall, we have a limited Lost Boys movie poster which was created for a recent showing of the film in Texas. The theater had sold out of them, but I contacted the artist who created it and was fortunate enough to purchase one of the last ones.

Next is the original artwork to the cover of issue #4 of the Lost Boys comic book by Jonathan Wayshack. By now, I’m sure you can guess I’m a huge Lost Boys fan so I definitely had to have this when I saw it for sale.

On the wall nearest the steps, I have some of my baseball and wrestling memorabilia in an Ikea glass case I got off Craig’s List. Craig’s List is a great place to find shelving or cases for your stuff. I got 2 of those glass cases for $40. On the first two shelves, I have a bunch of George Brett baseball stuff as well as an autographed Joe Dimaggio baseball. Then the bottom 2 shelves have some Philadelphia Phillies and WWE collectibles.

Next we have my comic toys and collectibles. First are 2 CGC’d Koni Waves comics. I’m not big into getting my comics graded, but I just liked the cases they came in. I thought they made for easier display. I lucked out and found a surfboard style shelf at a boardwalk shop and thought it would go great with my tiki bar.

Beside the CGC’d comics is my case of Spider-man, who is probably my favorite comic book character. I have various busts and action figures. You’ll also notice a pair of Spider-man cowboy boots. My wife wanted to have a country western style wedding, so I had these boots made to wear with my tuxedo. I retired them after the reception.

The bookshelf holds a bunch of action figures (Awesome Toys, Misfits signed by the entire band, Power Rangers, and Kamen Rider), as well as some signed comics by Michael Turner, Rob Liefeld, and Tyrese. I have a little shrine to Youngblood and more Spider-Man toys. I also have all my Cable/Deadpool tpbs and Witchblade/Darkness tpbs on display, as well as some custom tpbs I had made. I’ve been going back and getting all of my Extreme Universe comics bound into Exteme Essential tpbs.

The right wall has prints and framed original artwork all related to Rob Liefeld. Rob is my favorite artist and the reason I wanted to get into comics in the first place. Now, I’m lucky enough to get to work on some of his characters including a new Avengelyne series.

First up, is a commission my wife surprised me with at SDCC in 2006. It was my first con as a pro, and my wife had Rob do this Bloodwulf commission for me.

Next is a print of the Avengelyne vs Koni Waves oneshot Arcana is releasing. It was done up like a vintage boxing poster.

Next to it is the original painting from the boxing poster. Koni Waves artist Stephen Sistilli gave it to me as a house warming present.

Then we have a parody of the boxing poster featuring teen versions of Avengelyne and Koni Waves. This was done for the upcoming Koni Waves teen spin-off, Koni Confidential.

Finally, we have a piece that means a lot to me. It’s from X-Force Vol. 2 #1. Rob gave me the page as a gift at NYCC ’07.

On the same wall, I have a case of signed baseball helmets including my favorite player, George Brett. Others are Don Mattingly, Scott Rolen, and Robin Yount. I have some signed wrestling pictures as well as another skateboard deck. This one was done by Ken Haeser and Buz Hasson from the Living Corpse. They did Koni Waves with Demonslayer and Avengelyne.

My spinning DVD rack holds some custom built DVD box sets I have including all of Kevin Smith’s films, Hellraiser, Halloween, Spider-man, and more.

Finally, the tiki bar. My father-in-law and I built this out of plywood. We then wrapped the exterior in bamboo. The top of the bar is made with floor panel, and then we did the bamboo trim around the edges. The chairs were bought at Target. Behind the bar I have a Mark Brooks X-Men print. I’m not a huge X-men fan, but I love Brooks’ artwork and I especially love that Deadpool is standing away from all of the other mutants in the print. I then have a couple of my more exclusive comics, Club Vampire sketch cover and Avengelyne vs. Koni Waves SDCC cover on display.

Off to the side, I have a print of Koni Waves with Flavor Flav and Chuck D of Public Enemy. It’s for an upcoming team-up. Surrounding it, I have different Koni Waves sketch cards by various artists. The upper right one is probably my favorite. It’s done by Todd Nauck.

Now, the coolest feature of the room is probably the comic closet. I built this (along with my father-in-law’s help) cedar closet to store my comic books. I store most of my comics in D-ring binders so to the left I have a couple bookcases.

To the right I keep stock of some Arcana books for con season.

I hung up some autographed horror posters, because this is the only place I could get away with displaying them. My wife thought they were too scary for the main room. I have a Freddy vs Jason poster signed by Robert Englund and Ken Kerziner, a Hellraiser poster signed by Doug Bradley, and Urban Legends 2 signed by the entire cast (Eva Mendes, Joey Lawrence, Anthony Anderson, etc.).

So that’s pretty much everything. I hope you enjoyed a tour of my comic tiki lounge!

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