Doug: Today we'd like to hear our readers sound off on comic book storage -- shoot, collectibles storage in general. As Karen and I have shown in the past, we have myriad displays for our collections. What we'd like to know is how you store your "stuff"? Are you a longbox user? Do you have a shelving system? How about storing titles alphabetically, or by genre? Do you keep the Giant-Size and Annuals in with the regular title, or do you have a separate spot for them? As you can see from the photos below, I even group tpb's and hardcovers with action figures to make a display. Which books (I'm thinking of the Marvel Treasury Editions) do you have a tough time storing?
Doug: Filed under "what not to do", when I was a child my first storage system was just to stack the books flat in a pile. If you've ever done this, then you know that spine-rolls will be the outcome. Later, I graduated to the notion that storing them upright, as books on a library shelf, was the way to go. The fall-out of that is ink from bright, colorful covers rubbing off on the white ads on the backside of the book to the right. So my Rick Barry and Dr. J. ads (as well as the "Why is this man smiling?") are a bit muddy many years later. Of course, this was way before the days when I ever knew of plastic bags and backing boards. And those things? Oh, yeah -- if you buy cheap ones they, too, can harm your funnybooks.
Doug: So maybe a question within this is: do you store your comics for preservation or for protection? For example, my collection is in our basement. I have a dehumidifier in the room, and I try to have as many books in bags and longboxes as possible (newer stuff? Meh... who cares?), as my comics room sits under our kitchen and laundry room. Yeah, you can see the rain forest-like disaster coming some day, can't you? As I said, I've provided some photos of my room -- it's a mess right now, as I've been meaning for many months to set up the card table and get down to some bagging, boarding, and cataloging. Hasn't happened. Oh, and that raises another question: How many of you have an inventory system? Database, etc?
Doug: Have at it!
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