Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The New Apartment, Part 22.


Minor update today. I stopped by the Container Store today, and picked up some stands to display some old comics. I just dug through my collection, and pulled out a dozen older comics, and some comics that are special to me. I think they really add to look of the library, and take up space on the empty bookshelves.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The New Apartment, Part 21.


And the last of the furniture I needed to buy is done. Behold, my new bookcases. This is the thing I was most excited about when I was planning on moving into this apartment: a wall to wall library.


Above the bookshelves are six original comic book pages. From left to right, a Detective Comics page by JH Williams, The Sentry by Jae Lee, Ultimate Spider-Man by Mark Bagley...


...Ex Machina by Tony Harris, Spider-Man's Tangled Web by Darwyn Cooke, and New X-Men by Frank Quitely. Better shots of these pages and all of my original art are up at my Comic Art Fan's Gallery.


The pile of books on the floor all the way to the left are books that don't fit on any shelves. The bookcase on the far left are all of my graphic novels and trades in alphabetical order. The small book case at the turn is full of Showcases, and Essentials. The Spider-Man book on the middle shelf is my first comic book of all time, I think I got it when I was three. It's signed by Stan Lee. The graphic novels continue to the top shelf of the middle book case. The third shelf down are all anthologies, and the bottom two shelves are filled with books about comic books and toys.


The first three shelves of the next bookcase are all books of comic strips. The bottom shelves are all books that don't really fit anywhere else, sizewise. On the last bookcase are art books on the first and third shelves, and the bottom two shelves are all needed to eventually be read.

Now, I'm fully aware that I have more shelves than books. And that's a good thing. I'm not planning on stopping buying books anytime soon, so I'm going to need that space eventually. I have an idea on how to fill these shelves for the time being, but I need to look into cheap, affordable way to do it.

So, I'm super happy with my new bookcases. Now, I'm pretty much done buying new furniture for my apartment.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

God Bless America.

God Bless America.
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Friday, July 03, 2009

The New Apartment, Part 20.


I finally got my poster from that awesome Neil Diamond concert I saw last Mayframed. It's the final piece I needed to complete my living/dining room area.


Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The New Apartment, Part 19.


Hey, I have a bed!


My new bed finally came in on Monday, and it's great. Now that this was in the apartment, I was finally ready to start decorating the bedroom. I started by finding a new place to hang the posters from two of my all time favorite movies. I still need to pick up a lamp for my nightstand.


Across from my bed is my bookcase, now all filled up. On top are my Muppet action figures, and below is every book I own that's not a comic book or comic book related. Also, shoes and other miscellaneous items.


Around the corner from my bedroom is my library, where my DVD collection now lives across from 35 longboxes of comic books.


Also in the library is this bookcase, filled with stuff I still need to take care of, including a bunch of pictures that I still need to find a place to hang. Eventually, this book case will be filled with odds and end for the library, including nice boxes for all my mini-comics, and to be read, and to be filed piles of comics.


In the living room, I decorated some more, finding more places for my framed comic book pages.


My original page from Local #2 sits to the left of the display case, while my original page from Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life sits to the right.


And I finally got my table cloth! I really feel it classes up the Ikea table. The space in between the windows is being saved for a very special piece I have currently at my framers. Oh, and if you look in the kitchen, you can see my new microwave above the fridge.

Remember this wire problem?


Well, here's the solution!


All the wires are tucked under this classy door saddle! All it needs is a coat of varnish, and it should be great!

So what's left?



This pile of books needs new bookshelves. I'm still trying to figure out how to get the wall of books idea I want for the best price and quality. I really like what I could do with the Ikea "Billy" bookshelves, but I am aware that the shelves are shit, and will probably start to buckle very quickly under the weight of all my comics. So, for now, they just sit in the spare room, waiting for me to re-evaluate my budget after paying off my bills.