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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

Is it time once again for shelf porn? You better believe it is!

Our guest of the week is John Kovaleski, who is not only a collector but also a fine cartoonist in his own right, having authored the (now sadly defunct) Bo Nanas comic strip for a number of years, as well as been a regular contributor to Mad magazine. He’s also got a new comic out, Great Scott, which you can learn more about here (he’s also going to be selling it at SPX if you happen to be down that way and feel like sending some money his way).

With that introduction out of the way, let’s get right to it and have John take us on a tour of his shelves …

My shelves are all cheapo brown pressboard affairs (none bought new) that just about cover my third floor studio’s shared wall in our 100+ year old duplex.

When we moved in I spent a lot of time unpacking the books and trying to find the right place for each. I was trying to put them in categories. My wife asked if anyone but me would know. I said another nerd might.

Bookcase on the left: Top shelf – biography and collections. Second shelf – foreign comics. Third shelf – Non-mainstream/graphic novel-y stuff. Fourth shelf – MAD paperbacks, Popeye cup, gag cartoon paperbacks. Bottom shelf – gag cartoon hardcovers.

Bookcase on the right: Top shelf – hodge podge of hard-to-categorize books (ie,comics cookbook) and fiction about the comic industry. Second and third shelf – research and how-to. Fourth and bottom shelf – gag cartoon hardcovers.

Cut off on the top you can see the bottom my Batman alarm clock (which went off at 4:00 am – while still packed in a box – the first night we moved in), Mickey Mouse ears and a Kermit the Frog candlestick phone.

Bookcase on the left: All comic strip collections.

Bookcase on the right: Top shelf – biography. Second shelf – animation, EC comics, Will Eisner. Third shelf – Comic book and non-mainstream/graphic novel-y stuff. Fourth shelf – illustration, MAD related books. Bottom shelf – editorial cartoons.

Shelf one, two and four are all Peanuts. Shelf three is paperback comic strip collections (BC, Wizard if Id, Denise the Menace, etc.)

And I have two shelves of signed books.

Of note, books signed by 1) Nico (from Paraguay), 2) Gahan Wilson, 3) Mell Lazarus (one of his non-cartoon novels), 4) Jules Feiffer, 5) Viril Partch.

Of note, books signed by 1) Bill Watterson*, 2) James Kemsley (from Australia), 3) Milt Gross, 4) Chuck Jones.

*He used to sign books for a friend who owned a small bookstore in Ohio. When it became too well known that he was doing this he stopped.

And now stuff that isn’t books.

First off let’s look at some drawers. On the front of the top drawer of the file cabinet is a Batman door sensor. Pass your hand in front of it and it plays the 90s animated Batman theme and says, “Batcave defense program activated. Please wait for security clearance.” On top left there is a picture of me in my superhero costume. (It’s not my fault – read here.) There are also various bobble heads, including one of me my friend Chuck Gamble made for for 40th birthday. On the side are some odd candies from Seattle’s Chinatown. On the top of the dresser are some fake Bo Nanas merchandise I made as holiday gifts for my clients. Down the side is some escape artist nerd stuff (yep, they’re real handcuffs). Down the front, a couple of lanyards with buttons to keep them from being under foot.

Left to right: A special edition Batman thingy, a cardboard Dilbert periscope, Aku from “Samurai Jack”, Ned* and a Dick Tracy lunchbox. Next shelf: mini Batman/Mr. Freeze Rock ’em sock ’em robots being crushed by books.

* Ned was a product the Lynn Johnston created based on a naked suction-cup-to-window guy (a la Garfield) that the character Michael had in her comic strip “For Better or for Worse.” I think these were prototypes and she brought a bunch to a cartoonist gathering in Toronto. This one is signed.

Left to right: Avon Peanuts soap from the 70s, an Opus phone (take the handset from his back and he turns his head toward you) and a bird sculpture by a cartoonist friend.

In 1995 the National Cartoonist Society had their Reuben Weekend in Boca Raton, FL to celebrate the new International Museum of Cartoon Art…except the museum wasn’t finished yet. So one of the receptions was a hard hat party. We were all given hard hats and Sharpies and, well, you can see what happened. (The fancy-pants glass box is actually an aquarium in its side.)

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