The Beat definitely lapsed into blog-silence this holiday weekend, but it was for a very good cause — the ongoing re-shelving and organization of our Hoarders-like graphic novel library. While we had the idea of the end result being the comics equivalent of Cribs — a Shelf Porn pictorial — we realized that releasing too much information about Stately Beat Manor’s ultra-high end layout and design would cause a national security breach that would make the Salahi Incident shrivel to insignificance. So alas, it must dwell only in the imagination.
However we can share the satisfaction of finally uniting so many brethren at long last — all the LOVE & ROCKETS collections in order, the works of Kyle Baker and Rick Veitch united in orderly fashion, Adrian Tomine and Tom Hart sections, Carol Tyler and Carol Swain, House properly shelved with Jessica Farm, and so on. Truly a majestic feeling.
The engine of this renaissance? Of course, it is the mighty Expedit:
The holy grail of pack rats everywhere, this warhorse mixes strong design (the square!) with function, making an essential tool for those who can’t throw things out. Its sturdy components enabled an organizational plan of equal utilitarian simplicity. Finally, all the books about comics in one cube; sweet Euro comics — from Mattotti to Depuy and Berberian to Blaine — in another; one cube for Ellis, Morrison and Moore, one for the good manga.
Of course, there were some troubling gaps that were discovered along the way. How did we manage to miss so many volumes of Iron Wok Jan? Why do we not own SCOTT PILGRIM 4? (Must have read it in galleys — to t’ Borders wit’ ye!) And so on.
As our twitter followers also know, we learned some basics of construction along the way. When assembling Ikea furniture, do not put a peg where a screw is supposed to go. In case such a thing happens, it is good to have a drill handy. Preferably a drill that has been properly charged. Also, watching the James Bond marathon on whatever channel is running it this year is a good way to kill time while you wait for the drill to charge. That kind of thing. And, you know, bring a towel.
We made some wonderful rediscoveries along the way. How could we ever forget Steven Weissman, whose post it is posted above.) Or NON #5 — a silk screened cardboard-boxed anthology companion to KRAMERS ERGOT. Or CASTLE WAITING. Or …so much good stuff. I love comics! Yo dawg! A lot of reading to do over the holidays.
Special props to Future Mr. Beat who labored mightily to enable all this to compass.