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Send Us Your Shelf Porn

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Send Us Your Shelf Porn

Welcome to another edition of Send Us Your Shelf Porn. This week we’ll be gazing a the shelves of George Gustines, New York Times editor and guiding force behind the newspaper’s debut of their new weekly comics — sorry, “graphic books” — best seller list.

Remember, we want to post your shelf porn photos here. Send any and all pictures to cmautnerATcomcastDOTnet and we’ll have them up and about in a few weeks time.

But enough of that. Let’s let George talk for a bit …

“I’m the managing editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine and I write about comic books for the newspaper. My bylines can be found here. But let’s talk shelving. Last year, my partner and I did some apartment renovating. The trade-off to having more adult living quarters (meaning no comics stuff stored/displayed in our bedroom) was that I got a lot of room in our den.”

“Combined, the shelves are about 9’W x 4’H x 16″D. It seemed liked infinite storage space, but I’m already taking advantage of the bottom level’s depth. The organization of the books drives me vaguely crazy. I’d prefer a strictly alphabetical approach, but I know I’ll run out of space, so I grouped the “completed runs” together in order to double them up. So behind series like Bone, 52, Lucifer, Pulse/Alias, Sentinels and StormWatch are various DC Archive and Showcase collections and a set of Marvel’s Essential X-Men. Aside from titles that are really over — like Preacher and Sandman — the logic of what to group there is sometimes strained. For example, “Batman: No Man’s Land” is at the bottom, but the current Grant Morrison stuff is at the top.”

“(Random thoughts: Does anyone group all the hardcovers and softcovers? I’m not sure it would gain me anything, but the notion continues to entice me. Also: In order to try to keep my collection manageable, I do a periodic purge. If I’m never going to reread the book, it has to go… eventually.)”

“The top shelf is devoted to my sweet, sweet toys (I started to say “action figure collection,” but c’mon, let’s be real). The pic below gives you a good example of how far I’ve taken it — I almost wish I had never discovered custom figures on Ebay. I grew up on the various SuperFriends cartoons, so I had a natural affinity for the Justice League when my sister bought me a copy of JLA 200. Needless to say, I got hooked, and I eventually discovered The New Teen Titans. Because of my obsessive-compulsive tendencies (in a comic fan? Say it ain’t so!) I limited myself to buying the satellite-era JLA and any and all Titans (including lots of customs like Phantasm and Pantha, which I bought, and Wildebeest which was a birthday gift).”

“The full view pic at the top shows a couple of cheats — Power Girl? Booster Gold? — but those were either gifts from friends, bundled with other Ebay purchases or figures I just couldn’t resist (Earth-Two Huntress and Robin). I suddenly feel I’m at confession. My partner isn’t going to read this, is he?”

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