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So I’ve been collecting manga since 1998. I’ve got a huge collection of graphic novels, magazines, and floppy issues. I’m just as serious about collecting them as I am reading them, and I’ve got a number of rather rare and out of print items, some because I bought them and they went out of print, and others because I sought them out. I’ve also got a number of artbooks, both domestic and import, though I only pick up those a few times a year.
I used to keep a text-based list, as long as I’ve been collecting, of all my graphic novels as well as the series I’d collected in magazine and floppy comic book format. That list has bit the dust in favor of another format, which is more fun, namely the Librarything account.
So this page is not a total waste, here’s some photos of my collection! I just updated, so now this is a lot longer with new photos that are just as huge as the old ones. This got really long and ramble-y, so I’m pretty sure nobody will read this… but I had to put the photo of the CLAMP in 3D Land figures somewhere.
PHOTOS OF MY SHELVES AND PILES
Okay, you remember that old picture I had here of the pile at my parents house? Well, that blew up. I wish I could still point out oddities, but the only things worth pointing out are those horror manga in the pile on the right hand side, and you can’t see the cool stuff like the original editions of Uzumaki, Panorama of Hell, and Hell Baby that are all at the bottom of the stack. Mantis Woman is sitting on top of the pile, though, and that’s pretty notable. Dragon Head wouldn’t fit in that stack, so it got thrown in with the Trigun pile, and Variante is sitting on top of an exclusively CLAMP pile because I forgot to move it.
I can’t get a very good photo of the gigantic pile because it’s sitting in a narrow space between my bed and the wall. A large shelf now supports the stacks in the pile because they’re so tall. I am terrified this shelf will fall on me while I sleep. You can sorta see the two all-CLAMP stacks on the right hand side, nearly all of Astro Boy on the bottom shelf along with a ton of other Tezuka manga to the left you can’t see, Peach Girl (which is still notable because it’s awesome), the Miki Aihara stuff that’s been published in English, and… I don’t know, Cheeky Angel?
A really terrible picture of the top shelf. You can see the picture the Dragonball spines make, which is cool. All 42 don’t fit across, but the first 7 or 8 are just the dragon and the continuous image starts after that, so it worked out well. There’s some stuff hiding behind there, like Bleach and Hana-Kimi, but that stuff isn’t as cool as Dragonball. All my Fanfare volumes are also on the shelf below it, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from this picture.
This is the last picture from that large pile. I don’t know. Lunar Legend Tsukihime’s pretty cool. I’ve got a lot of GetBackers and Lupin III volumes, too, I guess.
There’s some stuff stacked at the foot of my bed too, but this is mostly Angel Sanctuary and other Kaori Yuki stuff. The latter pile also has Moon Child, X-Day, and a few other girly things. I just realized Angel Sanctuary is stacked upside down. Damn, and I can’t fix it from here.
I took a different picture of the actual shelf in this room, but it was somehow a lot worse than the old one. Just pretend the issue of Shoujo Beat with Princess Knight in it is on the shelf and it will be current. Same as last time though, two of my three longest series, all the old volumes of Oh My Goddess, almost all the issues of Animerica Extra, a bunch of floppies including all the issues of Pokemon (my first manga), a few issues of Animerica, a couple issues of Newtype, a few ancient Viz and Right Stuf catalogs, and a really old issue of Shounen Jump Japan with Luffy on the cover. Two issues of Shounen Jump USA too, the first and the 1-year anniversary issue, plus the issue 0 promo.
In my apartment in Chicago (which is where I actually live, the room in Ohio belongs to my parents, but I travel a lot for work and wind up there pretty frequently at the end of trips), I’ve got cases like a civilized person. This is in the front room with my real books, so I try to keep awesome series on it. Law of Ueki is more of a personal favorite than a universal one, but everything else on that shelf is totally boss. I still haven’t read Buddha, and I really should since I have that hardcover edition of volume 6, a very lucky thing indeed. I also keep my artbooks and CLAMP chess set out here, but I’ll talk more about that stuff later. There’s some anime on top, too. A lot of it is CLAMP, but I’ve got more anime, CLAMP and otherwise, in Ohio that is not pictured.
Remember how I used to have two shelves like that one above in the old pictures? Yeah, one of them totally snapped in half when I moved. I use the bottom half flipped upside down for mass markets et al now, but it committed shelf suicide when I tried to put manga back on it.
I’ve got two shelves in my bedroom to replace the one that broke. I can’t get clear shots of them because my room is small as well as dark. The first shelf, the one with the figures… eh. I don’t know. Detective Conan is on it? So is Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, After School Nightmare, and Skip Beat? There’s also a lot of stuff I still need to tackle, like Pet Shop of Horrors, the rest of Tramps Like Us, and the rest of Sgt Frog. No real theme to this case. I try to keep all my non-Yoshinaga yaoi on the bottom shelf. The Finder Series is down there, which is notable. The Luvluv books are down there too. You can also see my to read pile. I try not to put new volumes of series I’m currently reading on the shelf until I’ve read them because otherwise I’ll forget. I’ve not been very good about reading new stuff lately, so it’s piling up. Also, you can see a pile of ARCs on the floor in the corner.
The second shelf has my… er, Akita Shoten magazines on it, notably. That’s all the issues of Princess Gold year to date, plus the two issues of Mystery Bonita from this year that have had Deimos on the cover. I guess I keep longer series over here. Nana, new volumes of Oh My Goddess, Tenjho Tenge, Swan, From Eroica With Love, I”s, all of Fumi Yoshinaga’s stuff, Monster, you know. Lots of the same thing. The second from bottom shelf has a lot of volumes in Japanese, mostly stuff by Yasuko Aoike and Moyoco Anno, plus Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and Bride of Deimos (the new series sucks, but the old one was amazing). A few other random things are there, too.
The bottom shelf of that case has my hardcover Tsubasa volumes in Japanese plus some of my naughtier stuff. IWGP isn’t naughty at all, I’ve just been waiting a year for the third volume to come in so I can read it. Er, neither are a few of the others actually, but I still wouldn’t want my mom to stumble across any of these. I’m not sure why I took this picture. A lot of the rarer stuff is on this shelf (like Ultra Gash Inferno), but you can’t see it here. Maybe I wanted to take a picture of those Tsubasa volumes? But they’re not even very current, I’ve gotten some new ones since then, and I’m still 3-4 volumes behind. Silky Whip is tucked into a corner down here too, I guess.
STUFF THAT ISN’T MANGA, BUT IS STILL COOL
Here are my Trigun action figures. I stupidly passed on the chance to buy Meryl and Monev the Gale, but I’ve still got Japanese versions of both Vash and Wolfwood and the American version of Vash. All are awesome, but the Japanese action figures, while not as well-sculpted, had a ton of cool accessories. Also in this picture is a weird and tiny Sailor Pluto figure, all the Dragon Ball Z series 1 trading cards (stacked up with many duplicates, but I still can’t believe I got ’em all), and a pontiki toy, which was popular for about 30 seconds when I was in high school. Vash the Stampede was my favorite character for a long time. His wanted poster is in the background of at least one of those other photos.
I don’t have a huge collection of artbooks, but I have a lot, in both English and Japanese. I do have all of CLAMP’s artbooks (the Tsubasa artbook isn’t in this photo, but it’s around), and the two X artbooks and the larger RG Veda book are still among my favorites since they are too gorgeous to be believed. Far and away the best artbook on the shelf is Jojo a Go-Go, which is actually a box set of three different books, all of which are so full of awesome that I shed tears every time I flip through them. One of the other ones I’m really proud of is the Yasuko Aoike Princess Roman Album from the 70s, which has some awesome art not included in the large artbook, plus it’s old and I can’t believe I lucked into it. Other oddities include an Ai Yazawa book, one by Moyoco Anno, a really nice Mitsukazu Mihara book… and I’ll admit I still think all three of those One Piece artbooks are awesome. I’ve also got a couple magazines that are waiting to go to Ohio (the first issue of Yen Press and the first issue of Shoujo Beat), and a couple oversize manga volumes… but Tekkon Kinkreet is really like an artbook anyway. Plus a few doujinshi, two non-naughty Persona 3 doujinshi and a really hardcore Detective Conan doujinshi I couldn’t resist because it was ShinichixConan, which is like masturbation or something. I died when I pulled it out of a box when I moved and realized it was a Taishi Zaou/Mikiyo Tsuda doujinshi.
Hmm, what else? The CLAMP chess set? That’s pretty cool. That’s the board from Japan too, but I couldn’t get a set with the magazine holder because it was too expensive. The last two issues of CLAMP no Kiseki there are in Japanese because I started buying them backwards when Tokyopop stopped publishing them. I’ve got volume 11 in English still in the package in the rear, and I still need to pick up volume 12 just because. You can see I also store my volumes of boring postcards in all languages on this shelf.
The real bragging rights come with the CLAMP in 3D Land figures. This is a set of 40 different figures, released 5 at a time in 8 sets. In order to get all of the figures, you had to buy each set in a 10-pack, which was two of each figure as you see here, 80 figures total. Set 8 has still not arrived, but I’ll update this picture when it does. Different figures for the same series sometimes sit together in interesting ways, like the boys from Lawful Drug forming a staircase or Subaru and Seishirou sharing a globe, stuff like that. The ones with black bases are usually insanely intricate, the Kamui, Shun Shunkaden, and Miyuki-chan figures being my favorites in that area. I’m sort of sad there was no Hokuto figure, but what can you do. The awesome Kamui figure is my consolation. With the CLAMP chess set and extras, I’ve got 122 tiny CLAMP figures, which is like an army of… figures… I… can play chess with? I don’t know. They’re pretty awesome, and it’s something I’m insanely proud of.