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January 30, 2010

Jeff’s Comic Room Makeover

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Written by: Jeff
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I am incredibly indecisive.

I am so thankful for Urbanspoon on my iPhone, which tells me where to eat out. I have the hardest time making decisions about certain things…not the big stuff, mind you, but things like what shirt to wear in the morning or which album to listen to next.

So I need some help, ComicAttackers.

This month, my wife and I are buying a house (Whoo-hoo!). It’s a great old house, circa 1915. Its got tons of room for our growing family. We landed on this house after a crazy dream I had; I dreamed our realtor showed us an historic house with tons of rooms. In fact, in the dream I said, “Man, this house has TONS of rooms…I might even get to have a comic book room!” The following week, our realtor did, in fact, show us a house with tons of rooms. Perhaps there was a glitch in the Matrix, but it got me all kinds of excited!

I finally get to have my comic book room!

Like many historic houses, this one has a crazy layout. But upstairs, there are 5 rooms which could be bedrooms. Our kids are still little, and aren’t quite ready for their own rooms, so we get to be creative with them. My wife has designated one a playroom, one an art room for the kids, and two guest rooms. She is kind and gracious enough (is she reading this?) to let me have one room to do whatever I wish. She calls it my “office,” but as all good fanboys and fangirls know, this is going to be my “Man-Lair.”

A snapshot of the room…

But like I said, I need some help. I’m proposing that the fandom of ComicAttack.net help me decorate my comic book room. You heard me right, I want YOU to help me decorate this room.

Over the course of the next few months, as we transition into this new space, I’ll be chronicling the evolution of this room. This column will be a place to discuss ideas, be incredibly creative, and most importantly, be a place to VOTE on what needs to be done. Everything from flooring to paint, from comic book storage to decorations, I need you to free me from the tyranny of indecisiveness. Feel free to send in your own specific, creative ideas, and have them posted here. Like all good make-over shows, this one has a tight (read: non-existent) budget, so ideas must be artistically, functionally, and financially creative.

First on the agenda is a name for this very column. I’ve come up with some names for the column, with the help of Andy, but can’t quite settle on one. So vote below for one of the names I came up with, or choose “Other” and write your own idea in the comments below. If your idea rocks my socks, I’ll send you a free comic book (and not a sucky one, I promise).

Next time: Gasp at the Horror of–The Current Comic Space! AAAHHH!

Jeff Jackson



  1. Comic Cave Makeover. Love it!

  2. Billy

    🙁 I wish I had a mancave 🙁 I voted for Comic Cave Makeover!

  3. This is AWESOME!! I voted for Design my Danger Room.

    I can’t wait to design my Geek Den one day…


  4. Research the paint you’re using and stuff, and make sure the fumes, etc., won’t have an adverse effect on the paper of your comic books. I don’t actually know that that ever would be a problem, but paint is weird….
    Build shelves. Don’t just stack comic boxes, or you’ll never be able to get to anything. Unless you want to go all out and buy those fancy boxes that pull out like drawers.
    Save the top areas for posters, displaying beloved issues, hanging figures, etc.
    Those are my suggestions.

  5. Thanks Kris. Be sure to stay tuned and offer those ideas again!

    I hadn’t thought about the paint damaging the comics. Has that happened to any of the rest of you?

    The shelf ideas are good ones. I will definitely need bookshelves or hanging shelves for all my TPBs.

  6. Does the window allow for direct sunlight? Because that would be bad!

  7. There are two windows in the room, on the north and east sides of the house. The room gets good sunlight, but there are also plenty of trees around that side of the house. I don’t think it will be that bad.

  8. Kristin

    They’re called curtains! Black out curtains would be best. 🙂

    I don’t actually know if things like paint or wood varnish would really affect your comics, but they do have fumes, and if there’s a lot of sunlight in the room, it can heat it and put it back into the air. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to look into it.

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