Superman needs his Fortress of Solitude and Batman has the Bat Cave. We all need a favorite space to relax, reflect, write, read a book, watch a movie or showcase a favorite collectible or souvenir.
Maybe it’s a game room, library or secret space hidden by a moveable bookcase that leads to a man cave.
I’ve always been curious what curios J.J. Abrams keeps close by, what books fill Stephen King’s shelves, what collectibles does Patton Oswald possess, what artwork lines Jim Lee’s walls, how many toys fill John Lasseter’s Pixar office and what movie memorabilia does Steven Spielberg showcase? Perhaps someday I will find out!
The answers would reflect the owner’s personality, interests, accomplishments, etc. Equally as fascinating to me would be how the items were displayed.
So, I thought I would let you into my world and show you my office and give you the nickel tour.
This is where I write THE FIRE WIRE every day. My walls are filled with MONDO posters from my favorite films and artists such as King Kong by Laurent Durieux, Star Wars by Tyler Stout and The Dark Knight Rises by Olly Moss. I write the blog on a MacBook Pro and back everything up to a 1TB Apple Time Capsule.
The bookcase is filled with my Stephen King book collection and signed books by Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill and David Sedaris. The bottom shelf contains oversized books, art books and graphic novels.
I lucked out and was able to get a Mike Mitchell Batman print. He releases very small runs and only made 20 of this image.
The Frankenstein print was rendered by the great poster artist, Drew Struzan. I was able to meet him at the Los Angeles MONDO screening of the film.
I am a huge Batman fan and my favorite graphic novel is The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. This statue pays homage to that book. It was made by Kotobukiya, a Japanese manufacturer of science fiction, comic and movie sculptures.
A replica of the 1964 Batmobile from my favorite television show as a child. The Batman and Robin figures did not come with the vehicle and had to be hunted down separately.
Another Kotobukiya Batman statue based on the art of Jim Lee, another favorite artist of mine. I love the cape!
A one of a kind Batman commision created by the Brazilian artist, Rafael Grampa. Trust me, you will be hearing a lot more about this amazing artist over the next year.
Batman Black & White statues by Frank Miiler, Paul Pope and Jock.
More Batman Black & White statues by David Mazzucchelli , Alex Ross, Mike Mignola, Jim Lee and Brian Bolland.
A close-up of the Olly Moss Rogues Gallery piece. I love that Moss hides clues and hints in his work. The Joker has a Bat symbol hidden in his smile, Poison Ivy’s lips are composed of a leaf and the Riddler’s hat is formed with a question mark.
A prized possesion from my bookshelf is this inscribed Marvel book from my childhood idol, Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor and countless other iconic characters.
Another favorite book is Icons by Jim Lee. Jim took the time to sketch Batman for me.