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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

Welcome to this week’s edition of Send Us Your Shelf Porn, where readers submit photos of their own comic collection.

This week we’ve got a special treat as none other than the renowned comics couple and Best American Comics series editors Jessica Abel and Matt Madden have consented to provide photos of their own storage solutions.

To see how they manage to take care of their copies of Infinity Crisis, click on the link below …

Sez Madden of the top photo: “These shelves are above Jessica’s computer and drawing table in our studio. The boxes contain comic books (pamphlets) and magazines. The second shelf up has a bunch how-to books and comics history books.”


“The boxes on the lower shelf are comic books organized by the authors’ last names. (The H box on the left is all Hernandez brothers.) Above you can make out boxes dedicated to comics, anthologies, and zines from different countries.”


“This badly organized bookcase contains mostly minicomics.”


“Minicomics are organized by size and nationality and a few other categories, like anthologies. The stuff piled on top is  waiting to be sorted through and filed.”


“In the back room of our studio we have two cases full of our own work–foreign editions, author copies, sketchbooks, and so on.”


“Here’s our main collection of books. Jessica cut down a few extra Ikea Billy cases so that we could stack them all the way to the ceiling. (Don’t worry, they’re screwed to the wall.) The left-hand case is all English-language books and anthologies; the middle is manga, Spanish language, and Italian; on the right, some more manga, misc. European (and Israel) plus a whole lotta French “albums”. And that’s a little Dupuy-Berberian silkscreen on the wall next to them (and a tiny Tom Hart drawing).”


“What’s porn without close-ups? Here’s some of my favorite French booty: a near complete collection of Edmond Baudoin’s books (some are out on loan). And to the right, the beginning of our Blutch books.”


“Our Spanish language collection covers Spain, Mexico, and Argentina primarily. These are surely among the very few copies of many of these books in the US.”


“Italian books. Some authors are published in multiple languages so we shelve them under the language their native language. You can see Mattotti in English and French, and Hugo Pratt in those two plus Spanish.”