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Member: Powerslave214

CollectionsYour library (3,457), Wishlist (2), All collections (3,459)


TagsScience Fiction (1,221), Comics (1,104), Fantasy (962), RPG (518), Illustrated (490), Art (235), Magazine (230), Star Trek (171), Cinema (165), Neil Gaiman (156) — see all tags

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About my libraryMy main areas of book collecting are Illustrated Science Fiction and Fantasy, SF/Fantasy reference books, Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Comics, various artists (see tags)

GroupsAdventure Classics, Art Books, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Comics, Cover Art, Drawn!, Everything Illustration and Comic Art!, Eye Candy: illustrated kid's books, late 40's to early 70s, Final Frontier - Spaceflight, Golden Age Illustratorsshow all groups

Favorite authorsRay Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Gary Gianni, Michael William Kaluta, Mike Mignola, Mark Schultz, William Stout, Charles Vess (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBud Plant/Hutchinson Books (by appointment only), Fireside Books and Prints, Givens Books, Stuart Ng Books, Too Many Books

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Real nameScott Conner

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Sadly I haven't gotten around to Of Dice and Men yet. It's on my shortlist of books to read though. I'll let you know when I do.
Regarding the Groo Chronicles - had it for a while and just recently found it.
Yup, It were Larry.
There are lots of us Sergio fans around here. It was a fellow Groo fan who led me to librarything.
I'm not sure if Len Hatfield was ever involved with RPGs. It wouldn't shock me, but I never talked with him about them. I know that Len Lakofka was involved with TSR back in the Good Ol' Days and wrote a column in Dragon as well as some of my favorite AD&D modules. He recently resurfaced and put out a new (free) adventure and is coming out with some more.

That's sad to hear about the state of the stores in Blacksburg. Always sad to see old favorites either go away or fall from glory. I haven' talked with Shane in many years, but hope he's well. I know he's still involved in the game industry. He was always a great guy and lots of fun.
A few years ago I heard about that digitization of pulp and SF books or magazines at Tech, but haven't heard much about it recently. I had a great prof there, Len Hatfield, who was in the English department and taught a very cool SF literature class which I had he chance to take. I think he was possibly involved at some point in that digitization project.

Books Do Furnish a Room is indeed still in Durham, and probably a mile from my house, along with another small-ish used bookstore. There's a really good one in Chapel Hill as well, plus Raleigh has a few, so I feel pretty lucky. There was a really great used bookstore in Blacksburg I used to hot every week, and of course I was always hanging out at the Fun 'N Games RPG Shop when Shane and Michelle Hensley were there. No idea if any of those places are still around.
No problem. Have you tried Jodorowsky's stuff? Some of it has been translated into English.
Thanks for the complement! I was surprised by the books I received for Christmas this year, all of which I wanted very much, but wasn't expecting to receive. I'll be getting to both Star Wars books sometime in the near future. Yes, we certainly have a good selection of used bookshops here in C'ville. I'm especially fond of Read It Again Sam, which is on the downtown mall. If you make it up here to do some book shopping, be sure to include them on your list. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, and a good selection of books that is always being added to.
The new Valiant companion was published in early January. It is very handsome and sharp.

Yes, Seth Fisher...I get angry and sad every time I think of him on that damned roof. What a loss.
Hey, the Exodyssey book is really good, full of quality artwork, definitely recommended if you like Scifi stuff.
You'd asked quite a while ago how I obtained the Prince Valiant books published by Fantagraphics. I ordered the ones that were available from Fantagraphics themselves, and the rest I got on eBay. I've actually gotten rid of quite a lot of stuff by giving it to the Fairfax County Library (but not the Prince Valiants!) I see from your library that you are interested in art books. Are you an artist? S. Bell
I just uploaded some interesting Booth books with illustrations... More to come!
Great additions of the William Stout Convention sketches.... I remember seeing him in July during the San Diego Comic Con.... talking about how we both missed Dave Steven's booth (and person).. they always shared a section together..... Thanks for sharing!!!!
Keep checking out my library.. I'm just getting started on this.. and am still new... I still have many more rare and out of print books to add...... You really have an impressive library... very cool!! Thanks for sharing
I have met C. Vess several times and he is a very nice and informative person. You can check out my art collection at I am blessed to own two original Frankenstein plates.. dimensions are about 17X13.. a decent size. Your best bet on obtaining the Pogány Wagner trilogy (plus Faust and Rime of the Ancient Mariner) is from and Ebay. They are a bit expensive.. but well worth every penny!!! Thanks for sharing your info!....
Scott --

I don't have the earlier editions of "Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative" or "Comics and Sequential Art" anymore. I had signed copies, but I gave them to a friend.

There is a sticker on the cover of the new editions that promises new and updated material. The introductions say that previous editions of the books used photocopies of Eisner's artwork, whereas the new editions use original art or scanned images. The new text material is probably related to the Internet: CS&VN has the chapter "Teaching and Learning Sequential Art for Comics in the Print and Digital Age"; C&SA has the chapter "Comics and the Internet".
Oh, I sent you the link to my collection...but just look around and you'll find everyone else's stuff
Have you been to comic art
it's cool to see everyone's collections...and fun to see where some famous pieces wound up.
I see you have the new Roger Dean book too. That's a book I've been hoping for for decades!
John Fleskes is a friend of a friend of mine and lives fairly, I've been looking forward to the Stout book for quite a while. And I can't wait...
I've met and spoken to Bill on several occasions - really nice guy. I've got an extra copy of the Dinosaurs Donning limited I hope to get him to sketch at some point.
Yeah, I love the Flash Gordon artwork, but the writing was pretty lame.
Re: La Chronique des Immortels : Le Making of

It's the making of book for a French graphic novel based on a German(?) novel. I haven't seen the graphic novel or the book, so I can't compare. I got it purely for the wonderful artwork.

The text is in French (which I can't read) so I can't really say anything about it. The artwork, however is amazing. There are character studies ranging from really rough pencil drawings to inked to colored studies. There are architectural-style drawings for some of the buildings and interior locations. They also do full background paintings (almost like matte paintings) for some locations. There are also rough page layout drawings with what appears to be the finished page side by side for comparison. You also get some pictures of the artists' workspaces (which I always find neat). The book really almost looks like a film development book rather than a graphic novel development book.

The book is expensive but worth it. It's a nice hardback with good printing on nice heavy paper. I picked mine up from Stuart Ng, who I give the highest recommendation...

If you have any other specific questions, let me know.

Yeah, the chapter breaks are blank pages. It threw me for a loop when I found my copy years ago...
I don't believe it's a binding error - the blank pages are mostly on the back pages of stories just prior to the next story. I see that there are some entire blank pages between stories - I suspect that the pages were kept in order left-right as many of Kurtzman's pages flow across continuing pages left-right - that would explain the blanks - I'm betting he specified that style as part of the printing agreement.
I don't remember off-hand if Strange Adventures has blank pages - do you want me to dig up my copy and look? Does it look like pages are missing?
There was a Dark Horse Presents series (63,64,65) with a lot of Moebius work. Some early editions of Heavy Metal had a lot of Moebius work. They all should be easy to find. The Magic Crystal and Icaro had art by Moebius and are widely available. Amazon and eBay occasionaly have some nice finds, but for the rest I am afraid you have to learn to read French.
On the Prince Valiant Page - I got close to purchasing one when it was announced but then held off - I'll probably go for it at some point. Gary's a super nice guy - he did an octopus-headed pirate for me in one of my sketchbooks many, many years ago (it was from a backup story in an early Vertigo book). He was a guest at Dragon*Con at the time and we ended up going to dinner with a group.
It's been a while since I attended a Heroes con - back when I was working for Bob Burden we would attend early on, but in the later years we stopped going - the last time I mostly hung out with Paul Chadwick and Scott Hampton (this was many years ago like I said, late 80's) and ended up buying some Concrete art, including the back cover to issue 2 (or 3, I don't off hand remember which and it's stored with other artwork). Is Sheldon still running that or is he long gone? If you'll look through my collection you'll see a lot of Ellison stuff that I got from Chris Foss back in the 80's - I also met him at a Heroes Con - I'm not sure if he still sets up anywhere, but he used to sell under "Nomad Comics" as he had a 50's Chevy with a matching trailer. I always thought that was a class act. Are you coming down to Dragon*Con this year? I haven't decided yet if I'm attending - those guys pissed me off and I've been boycotting the last couple of years. I was going to go to ComicCon this year but decided to pass (I usually go every-other year) - with the economy like it is I'm not doing much more than local stuff so I may end up at Dragon*Con after all.
"Chutes Libres" has B&W reprints from early Kaluta stuff from Web of Horror and Graphic Showcase and other early fanzine stuff. It also has a color section (poor reproduction) of the posters he did for Christopher Enterprises.
I'm particularly saddened by Will Elder's death - the Mad era of great creators is slowly dwindling away. Also Robert Aspirin died unexpectedly last week - I'm not sure if you were ever a fan, but the "Myth" parodies of fantasy novels were always good for a light read.
You have a really nice collection of comics. I am particularly impressed that you own all three volumes of Manuscript Press's Prince Valiant reprints, which are huge in size.
Seth Fisher was awesome. I wish he left more behind...
I have one of the limited edition hardcovers of Porter's The Book of Ellison that I'm interested in selling, if anyone's buying.
Thank you, I see that you also have excellent taste in books!'s nice to see good books on the concept guys.
Iain McCaig's got a book coming out in, I've got mine pre-ordered at Amazon.
Thanks for adding me too.
Here's a link to another on-line obsession of mine (original comic book art)

And about Ron Cobb...years ago, a friend of mine was working with him at a now defunct video game company.
He was still doing great work.
It would be nice to see a new book on him covering his old stuff plus what he's been up to lately.

Thank you for adding me to your "interesting libraries" list, Scott! :)

I think I'm still in LT-shock from just how eerily similar our libraries are... when I scrolled through the books we shared my jaw literally dropped open! wowza! Imagine someone who is as deeply an admirer of all things Neil Gaiman-related as I am! I admit I wasn't sure that was possible. *grin* Didn't you love his cameo in "Starchild" by James A. Owen? I am delighted to see that's one of the series we have in common. The illustrations and narrative in that graphic novel are outstanding! Glad to find a fellow fan.

Well, I can see I'm going to have to spend much more time prowling your library- pen in hand, jotting down wishlist titles with a gleeful smile. Perhaps then I could offer some more clear comments, since right now my mind's still abashedly reeling at the similarities we share. Cheers! (OH, and I'd welcome any comments/suggestions from you as well). :)

Much bliss & happy reading!

Yeah, I'm finally actually getting into the meat of my Ellison collection. Here's some back and forth between me and Keith Kramer about that - just FYI.


When I met you for the second time in Cleveland, I had with me a copy of "The Book of Ellison" by Porter, et. al. Harlan signed it "Burn this bag o' crap. - Harlan Ellison." You have 365 (or a years-worth) of tags for Harlan, but no Book-of. Do you not have a copy out of respect for Harlan, or have you not been able to find one?

Serious question....not trying to pull your chain like last time. :)



I am only beginning now to catalog my Ellison books and materials. When I was the #2 guy on Library Thing it was from listing just "bank shot' materials that I would come across while cataloging other things. Someone else's book with an Ellison introduction for instance. The 365 tags I have up now represent perhaps 25% of my Ellison collection. Much less if you count some audio and video I'll be folding in with the books and magazines. Eventually I'll probably have a few thousand legitimate Ellison tags plus the ephemera where the connection won't be instantly obvious to the outsiders.

As for the Andrew Porter "Book of Ellison", I have a copy (or two) of the Trade Paperback edition, plus the early issue of ALGOL where about 75% of the materials originally appeared. My copy of that ALGOL is signed by Andrew Porter AND Harlan and may be unique in that regard. Certainly there would only be a handful in the world.

Harlan's animosity over that book was not an overnight thing. In the 1970's and 1980's he was reasonably happy to sign it. Problems arose over things Andrew Porter published in the late eighties and 1990's and "oughts" in Porter's magazine and because he may have been associated in some way with "Enemies of Ellison", although I have never seen a smoking gun in that particular regard.

And in terms of PURE SPECULATION - beyond all that - there is the issue of it NOT being a particularly attractive book - which has come to rankle more over the years. And finally there ***MAY*** have been a bootleg of the limited edition of the HC - although, again, that is a whisper of a rumor and I have never seen one of those mythical unauthorized HC's.

For the record, I don't own the authorized Algol Press signed/lmtd. HC but would buy one for say $50-60.00 if I saw one for sale. I've not seen one in a couple of years and when I do I'm never flush.

Now you know what I know. Cheers - Barney
Hello! thanks for the comment, and likewise. See a lot of must-read-books in your collection . My most recently purchase is Modern Masters Volume 11: Charles Vess, witch you share too.
Received the God Machine the mail yesterday and read it. Pretty Good. Hellboy novel series seems to be going along pretty nicely.
I have read all the Hellboy novels now, except God Machine, which I have on order, and Odd Jobs, which I hope to get sometime in the near(ish) future.

Hey, congratulations on finding the Cobb book, and for an unbeatable price too!

And yes, we are both on the Kaluta list. You'll find more than a few Kaluta related art books in my library.
That Hellboy book is on my wants list, I haven't read any of them yet, but it will be sometime later this year. I don't have one of the early 'Odd' ones, either, so there are two I don't have, as far as I know.
Hi Powerslave,

The Ron Cobb book is great. I was very pleased to find it at a convention years ago, as Cobb's film work was an early inspiration for me, especially his Conan art. There's a lot of his earlier work here as well, cartoons and illustrations for magazine and advertising. If you can find it, its worth picking up.
thank you for the additional information on the ERB Library of Illustration. I found out they existed about 5 years ago, and I guess I will have to find a copy somehow, somewhere.

PS: Isn't this place (LibraryThing) great! I only stumbled across it a couple weeks ago.
The Pogany work is spectacular! The third volume of the trilogy (Lohengrin) is very pretty too - and I love his line work for the Children's Homer and some of the other Colum books - but beg, borrow or steal a copy of his Ancient Mariner; it's my favorite! Great design work start to finish. If it's not the perfect book, it hasn't been made. I like your collection - nicely put together. best, scott
Powerslave: Thanks for your question. The conceptual material I have can range from Duchamp publications (I always have a good selection of these) to books by Ed Ruscha (none now unfortunately-they are too easy to sell to keep for long) or Gordon Matta Clark. I have some interesting Seth Siegelaub publications, and individual issues of the periodicals Aspen and SMS. I also usually have secondary material about any of the figures in the field, from Larry Wiener to the Vienna Actionists. You should look at my website (, and in particular, the 20th Century, Part II document on the catalogue page. There is a good representative sample there. New things get put on the 'new arrivals' page as I have a chance to catalogue them, although I have lots of stuff to catalogue right now. If you're looking for something particular, let me know. If ia don't have it, I may know where to point you.

Nice collection by the way.
There was a throwaway line in Team Knight Rider about 'David Bowman, Frank Poole'. Pretty minor, but I thought that was a fun one when I heard about it.
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