The Loft, Fortress Of Nerditude Part 2

I figured it would be appropriate to post this second part of the four part epic Loft, Fortress Of Nerdery post because I’m actually in Michigan at the cottage as I type (the folks got WiFi here, but it’s pretty slow). This section of wall has the only other two posters I ever paid money for. The Tom Grummett Titans poster just caught my eye at a convention. I never read that book and didn’t know Grummett’s name at the time, but there was something epic about the poster so I bought it. Grummett would go on to become one of my favorite artists. The other poster I purchased was the Kingdom Come one. I completely fell in love with that comic. It felt like the first great book to come out while I was actively reading comics that I could lay claim to (unlike something like Dark Knight Returns or Watchmen, which you can only come into if you’re a younger comic fan).

The rest of the posters are the usual Wizard poster entries, free promo stuff I got from the comic shop and other random stuff (like the hologram Superman The Animated Series Spaghetti-Os label towards the bottom right hand corner. Other favorites in this picture include the mobster version of Punisher shooting at Ben Reilly Spider-Man, Burnout from Gen 13 playing his guitar, the ad for the Ultraverse/Marvel crossover called Phoenix Resurrection and the Amalgam poster. It’s not the coolest poster in the world, I just loved that whole thing.

I’ll get some more pictures of the loft this weekend to give you a better idea of the layout or maybe put the Flip camera to good use. I’m sure you’re just on the edge of your seats to see how it’s been turned into storage for my parents’ stuff.

The Loft, Fortress Of Nerditude, Part 1

I’ve done a lot of talking about Man Caves on this blog, but I do have to admit that, at one time, I had a pretty rad Kid Cave growing up. My parents bought a cottage on a lake in Michigan an hour from Toledo. It was pretty awesome, but what made it even better was the barn-like garage across the street from the cottage that had a loft upstairs that my parents let me have the run of. I soon plastered posters over the walls, put up a dart board, scavenged some unwanted furniture and an old TV and had a pretty rad Kid Cave going on. One full wall had comics posters from all kinds of place and I figured I’d post the pics I have of said wall here for all to see. I used the few large posters I had as tentpoles and then filled the other spaces in with posters from the Wizard Poster Book and stuff from the free table at my local comic shop. Also, there’s the Death Of Superman poster I mentioned in this week’s Roseanne Comics Cavalcade! I can’t even say that I liked most of these books, I just thought the posters looked cool. For instance, I dig Gen 13 and Superman and Amalgam, but couldn’t care less about Spawn or Nightcrawler. Note the use of those black and white inserts DC used to put in along with their subscription comics, hence the Supergirl and Aztek pieces. Any questions about what’s what, just let me know!

Vicki’s My New Best Friend

Why, you ask? Because she used computer magic to take my crappy Man Cave plans and turned them into a 3D room (or some technical term I don’t know). Check it out after the jump.

So, here’s my original, boring plan:

And here’s Vicki’s awesome version:

This is just one of a few pictures. You can see the Jam Zone better in the others. I guess it also works as a slide show? I should really know more about this internet stuff. You can check out the whole shebang here.

So, sorry everyone I’ve known longer, but this is super awesome.

Further Man Cave Developments

Seeing as how my Man Cave post was one of the most popular ones I’ve ever done (and got the most comments with a whopping 7, though half were me), I figured it was a top worth revisiting. And by revisit, I mean I spent way too much time sketching out my theoretical space and then created a document in Photoshop to map it out. Check out the design after the jump.

For the most part, I think this bad boy is pretty self explanatory. I’ll start in the top left corner and move around from there. That box marked “TMNT” represents the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game. I would also accept the X-Men arcade game and/or The Simpsons one. I spent many hours standing around these three games in the Red Baron arcade which was located inside the Franklin Park Mall. The two story arcade is gone now, but man I’d like to get those games back in my life.

Moving to the right, you’ve got your basic entertainment center which will have to have at least two TVs, every video game system I own (NES, Sega Genesis, PS2 and Xbox 360) and a stereo (iPod plug in and record player, of course). Why two TVs you ask, especially considering there’s a TV on every wall? Well, because I like to watch TV while playing video games whenever possible. You’ve also got your couch and tables for holding video game controllers, magazines, comics, trades and, most importantly, beer. Plus a mini fridge right there for easiest access.

In the top right corner we have what I’ve dubbed the Jam Zone. The square on the ground is a rug for the drum set. You can see the two amps (guitar and bass) and I’d have my guitars and basses on stands (maybe one like this). I’d probably have a laptop if possible or maybe just a four track recorder to make sure I don’t lose any of my awesome jams. Oh, and the amps are pointing inwards because that’s the best set up for playing with folks (I’ve thought about this way too much).

Below that we’ve got four shelves for comics, trades and my geekier books. I’d probably also keep my DVDs, CDs and records here along with anything else I’d want around. I’m thinking they’d be like library shelves, with books on both sides and little aisles. Pretty ambitious, but I think it’d work.

The circle table is basically there to take up some space. I’d say we could play poker there, but, as of now, no one I hang out with really plays poker. It’d probably be a card table so I could lean it up against the wall when not in use.

And then we have my favorite part, the bar. Ever since I started drinking in college, I’ve always wanted my own bar, especially a cool curved one like that. My Photoshop kung-fu is very week so this is the best I could create on here, but my drawing features a bar with much more of a curve to it. I’d keep it as well-stocked as I can with hooch and hopefully have a beer or two on tap. And of course, you can’t have a bar without darts. I’m sure some injuries will result from this, but, hey, no one said the Man Cave would be safe.

You’ve also got to imagine that the wall surfaces will probably be covered with posters of varying degrees of nerdiness like some of my original comic art, sketches, posters and maybe even a few of of the collages I’ve made (or will make in the many, many years it will take me to achieve such a rad pad). I might also put some shelves in here and there for displaying my way-too-big action figure collection in various ways (all those Toy Biz Marvel figures need to breath at some point).

I’m hoping that you guys will hit me back with your designs on your own blogs or photo pages. What do you think of my designs? Did I forget anything? I really want to hear how you guys (especially those of you who read but haven’t commented yet) would rock your man cave. Let me know!

My Man Cave

As I mentioned before, I really enjoyed I Love You, Man. I’m not going to get into all the greatness about it, but I highly recommend going to check it out. What I do want to talk about is the concept of the man cave.

I’m sure the idea goes back to cave man days when dudes had literal caves they would just hang out in and shoot pool or whatever. Tim Allen had some pretty cool man rooms on Home Improvement including the Man’s Basement and Garage. But, what really got me thinking about my future man cave was I Love You, Man, specifically the commercial where Jason Segel introduces Paul Rudd to the Temple of Doom or some such. Em must have seen me looking longingly at the TV and said “You can have a man cave when we get a house.”

Now, I’m still not sure if I believe her. I don’t necessarily want a basement or garage to hole up in and avoid my family. Really, I just want a cool place to put my stuff. In the movie, Segel is a single dude who has a garage behind his house that you can see part of here.

What I love about Segel’s man cave is his jam station. Ever since I started playing bass back in high school I’ve wanted a space like this where I could play any instrument I had, at least guitar, bass and a drum kit, hopefully some weird stuff like a lap steel, banjo or whatever else I can get my hands on. Oh, plus, I’d have to have some mics and some means of recording in case I came up with something that didn’t suck (unlikely, but possible).

Of course, I’d also want a section for my trades, comics and books too. Maybe the classier books can stay in the house, but I don’t think literate folks will be too impressed with my book about Tales from the Crypt (though they should). Of course, regular shelves would work for trades and I’m hoping that someone will invent an awesome way to store single issues. If not, I’ll hopefully be able to bring all my comics back to New York from Ohio (I miss them a lot, mostly what I don’t have in trade as well). I’ve actually got a good comic book storage idea in mind, anyone want to invest? Seriously, it’s a really good idea.

So, I’ll have instruments, books and comics, what else? Oh, of course, my toys. Thanks to my parents, I still have all the action figures I’ve ever had. I’d like to display them all over the room, maybe even with dioramas! That’s super nerdy, but what the heck? I’ll have plenty of time to do awesome stuff in my man cave.

I’d also love to have some kind of bar set up. This could be in the man cave or the house, I don’t really care which, but I’ve always liked the look of a well stocked bar and maybe even a tap or two. Hey, a guy can dream can’t he? Why not shoot the moon, Batman has a robot dinosaur after all.

Round things out with a TV or three, a record player, a bunch of video game systems (from Nintendo up to Xbox 720 or whatever) and a nice stereo and I think I’d be pretty well set. Oh and a dart board. I love darts. Damn, I better start working, this man cave isn’t going to furnish itself.

So, do you have a man cave? If so, what’s in it, if not, what do you want in it?