Studio tour part 2 – Shelf porn

Don’t blame me – that’s what people call it because book people (of various ilks) like to see what others of their ilk have on their shelves. (This pretty much ran as you see it on Robot 6 last week – I’ve added a couple of things…and fixed some typos.)

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.

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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. (On the far right is one of a series of posters done for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in the 80’s (I think). This was done by “Wizard if Id’s” Brant Parker. The odd thing is that the thumbs are on the wrong side of the hands.)

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.

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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. (Surprised?)

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.

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Shelf one, two and four are all Peanuts. Shelf three is paperback comic strip collections (BC, Wizard if Id, Denise the Menace, etc.) On the bottom shelf you can see an unglazed piece of pottery of Jiggs from the comic strip “Bringing up Father.” (I’ll talk about the puppet on the right in a later post.)

And I have two shelves of signed books.

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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) Virgil Partch.

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

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

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2 Responses to “Studio tour part 2 – Shelf porn”

  1. Margaret Shulock Says:

    Lot and lots of yummy things, John. But the Gahan Wilson signed book is to die for!
    Margaret

  2. KOVALESKI Says:

    Now that I think of it, it might be the first signed book I ever got. (Wilson’s going to be on of the special guests at SPX this year,)

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