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« on: 12:05 AM | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 »

Here's the situation: after being away from comics for a while I started listening to AC [moment of silence] and this show. 

That was over a year ago, and a year of listening to 11 o'clock has got me hooked on comics.  It's also got me buying monthly comic titles again. 

During My Time Away From Comics, I got married.  My wife accepts the interest.  Up until recently I was only buying trades.  When I told her I wanted to buy more monthly titles, her only condition was that I come up with a creative way to display my wares. 

My wife is very interior design oriented.  She'd rather have my comics incorporated into our living space than have longboxes stored somewhere--which I'll admit, is kinda flattering and cool.  Unfortunately, I haven't had any strokes of genius about how to display them, and was wondering if anybody on the forum had found interesting ways to display and store their comics? (One note: those wooden/stackable drawer boxes are out.  She doesn't care for them, though if someone has a good idea that includes those, I'd be interested to hear it.)

Any input would be appreciated. 
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« Reply #1 on: 12:05 AM | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 »

Have you looked into Library Binding http://www.librarybinding.com/comic-books.php

You could have you single issue binded or you could try the Comic Storage boxes that they offer.

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« Reply #2 on: 12:05 AM | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 »

I don't know how creative it is, but my single comics are all bagged and (most crucially) boarded so that they will stand up on a bookshelf.  I have several dark brown bookshelves from Ikea for the purpose.  My girlfriend loves comics, hates comics boxes, but likes having them displayed library style on bookshelves.  
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« Reply #3 on: 12:05 AM | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 »

I've been thinking of buying a mess of these from BCW.

http://www.bcwsupplies.com/products/Comic-Accessories/COMIC-BOOK-STOR-FOLIO-15-IN.htm

Figured I'd scan covers to put in the front and make labels for the spine. As far as using them as some sort of decor, I just don't know what to tell you. I used to have a big plastic sheet, made for storing CD's and being hung on a wall. Would love to find something like that for comics. Still though, I have to many comics for all of them to be displayed.
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« Reply #4 on: 12:05 AM | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 »

Have you looked into Library Binding http://www.librarybinding.com/comic-books.php

You could have you single issue binded or you could try the Comic Storage boxes that they offer.



That is a really good idea, and one that hadn't come to mind b/c I'm still forming my monthly buying habits and am nowhere near having complete runs of any title yet, but once I do I would definitely consider library binding.
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« Reply #5 on: 12:05 AM | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 »

I don't know how creative it is, but my single comics are all bagged and (most crucially) boarded so that they will stand up on a bookshelf.  I have several dark brown bookshelves from Ikea for the purpose.  My girlfriend loves comics, hates comics boxes, but likes having them displayed library style on bookshelves.  

I can see this working, too. 
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« Reply #6 on: 12:05 AM | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 »

I've been thinking of buying a mess of these from BCW.

http://www.bcwsupplies.com/products/Comic-Accessories/COMIC-BOOK-STOR-FOLIO-15-IN.htm

Figured I'd scan covers to put in the front and make labels for the spine. As far as using them as some sort of decor, I just don't know what to tell you. I used to have a big plastic sheet, made for storing CD's and being hung on a wall. Would love to find something like that for comics. Still though, I have to many comics for all of them to be displayed.

I haven't come across these.  Thanks!

As far as the "display" aspect goes, that's not as crucial at this point, and not necessarily related.  She bought me a copy of the Flash #200 for our anniversary, and wants us to get some other old comics to frame, hang, and arrange together.  That project is currently on the back-burner.  The main concern is finding a "good looking" alternative to longboxes. 
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« Reply #7 on: 11:05 PM | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 »

Howabout comic cubes?

http://www.comiccubes.com/cc_gallery.html
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« Reply #8 on: 01:05 AM | Wednesday, May 19, 2010 »


I would love to buy from them. If I had the money I'd order one of those nice looking comic condos.
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« Reply #9 on: 09:05 AM | Wednesday, May 19, 2010 »


Those are really cool. Thats the problem with large collections though. Anytime you want to convert to a new storage medium your looking at spending a fortune. I would LOVE to get rid of my long boxes (50+) in exchange for a cool contemporary storage device but it would cost way to much. Even converting to comic drawers would be pricey.

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