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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

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Hello and welcome once again to Send Us Your Shelf Porn, the only Internet comics column where you, the reader, have the chance to be King (or Queen) Geek for a day! Wouldn’t you like to be King (or Queen) Geek for a day? Sure you would! So send me photos of your comics collection, be it large or small, along with any commentary/explanations you see fit to give, to cmautnerATcomcastDOTnet and I’ll post them here so everyone can go “Man, I always wanted that book. Howcum he has that book and I don’t? Life is so unfair.”

This week our special guest is Ryan Kirk of San Antonio, Texas, who has managed to accumulate quite an impressive array of books. Take it away Ryan!

My name is Ryan Kirk, and these are my shelf porn pics. I’m not a prominent blogger or anything, I do post on Comic Book Resources (under Ryan K), for whatever that’s worth. I live in San Antonio, TX and work for the state. Well, that’s enough biographical info, I’ll talk a little bit about my pictures.


The main shelf is the bulk of my collection. It’s made up of three cheap, 5-shelf bookcases I bought at Wal-Mart. I mounted them together and to the wall. As you can probably see, they’re not made of the sturdiest of material and in some ares the shelves are dipping from the excessive weight. I’ll have to upgrade eventually, but that’ll have to wait. For the most part the books are organized alphabetically by cartoonist. From Abel, Jessica to Yang, Gene Luen. Of course not everything on those shelves is the product of a single creator. All of my Alan Moore and Grant Morrison books are listed under their names, because they’re the reasons I have the books in the first place. In the case of Catwoman: The Dark End of the Street by Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke, I put the book under Cooke, because (no offense to Brubaker), I like Cooke more. There’s a couple other ones like that in there. Seems like a bit of a strange system now that I write it out, but it works for me.


On the third section of the main shelf, after Mr. Yang’s American Born Chinese, I have my collection of anthologies. Mome, a couple Kramers Ergots, Non 1-5, etc. On the shelf directly below that I have books about comics in no particular order. Biographies, history, guides. It’s an area of my collection I’d like to expand one day.



On top of the bookcases I threw up some books that just wouldn’t fit anywhere else. Kramers Ergot 7, some of the big Acme Novelty Library issues, Fantagraphics’ Popeye collections, Brian Chippendale’s Ninja. Then I tossed some smaller books in front of them like Lone Wolf and Cub and Fantagraphics’ Peanuts collections. At some point I’d like to integrate LW&C, Peanuts, and the rest of those smaller books into the larger, alphabetical collection. But that’ll require more shelf space, which I’m basically out of as it is.




The bottom shelves of the three bookcases that compromise the main shelf, are filled with the books that would otherwise destroy my flimsy set-up. IDW’s Library of American Comics, Gary Panter, The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics. Basically anything too heavy, or slightly too tall. Again, I’d like to integrate everything but the art books at some point in time. It bothers my OCD to have them separated.


The manga shelf is also alphabetical by cartoonist, or in the case of books with an individual writer and artist – by writer (sorry artists, I had to make them fit into my system somehow). These actually all were part of the main shelf at one point, completely integrated with their American and European counterparts. But at some point something needed to give on that main shelf, and separating the manga seemed like a decent enough idea. Again, in my OCD utopian future, they will be reunited with my comics from the rest of the world. Except for maybe the Akamatsu books, which I really should just hide under the bed or something.



At the top of my closet, I have my collection of Marvel Essentials and DC Showcase Presents. I really love the value of these books and the way they look all lined up together. A couple of years ago, I had a standing order at my LCS to pull every one of these that came out. But when Marvel and DC started releasing 2 a month, I couldn’t keep up with even browsing them. So now I haven’t bought any in a couple years except for at used bookstores. Down at the beginning of the line there are my collection of Dark Horse’s Chronicles of Conan and Savage Sword of Conan reprints. And some Vampirella Chronicles from Harris.