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quick question for doujinshi owners [Aug. 27th, 2009|07:53 pm]
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How do you store your doujinshi? I currently have all of mine in cardboard banker's boxes, but they are very heavy when filled and takes up too much room when not totally filled. Are there good containers that fit the typical doujinshi and stacks well? I'm dying for space (and am desperately missing the two extra bedrooms I used to store crap in...). ;_;
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[User Picture]From: sara_tanaquil
2009-08-28 10:22 am (UTC)
I keep mine on a bookshelf, spines out, just like books. It seems to work pretty well, but I have a somewhat larger-than-usual proportion of doujinshi which approach commercial quality in their binding (I collect mostly published author doujinshi). Also, it's a bit hard to find a specific dj, so I've been thinking about putting in plastic or cardboard dividers with labels, just like in the doujinshi stores in Japan.
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[User Picture]From: sara_tanaquil
2009-08-28 10:24 am (UTC)
PS If you're short on bookshelf space (aren't we all?) and are committed to keeping dj in boxes, look into the cardboard boxes used to store American comics. They are smaller and more compact than banker's boxes, and come in a number of different sizes to accommodate different size comics. You can also get sleeves and plastic/cardboard dividers in the same size. I found a lot of mine at collectible card shops locally or online.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-08-29 09:36 am (UTC)
Oh, how I wish I had the bookshelf space. I don't have the space for my *books* let alone my doujinshi. I'll have to look into comic boxes and see if they'll work for me. Thanks for the tip!
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[User Picture]From: wednesday_10_00
2009-08-29 02:43 am (UTC)
This is funny, because I was thinking about posting a similar question to my flist. I used to keep them in bank boxes, but found that too cumbersome, so I switched to one of those plastic cart/drawer thingies (in the far corner of this picture). However, I'm not finding that to be much better. They're so heavy it's hard to open the drawers all the way, so it's annoying to try to get to the ones in the back. I've been thinking about switching to comic book boxes (like sara_tanaquil suggests), but I'm afraid that doujinshi are so much heavier than comic books that that wouldn't be any more practical. (Plus, in my room, I couldn't leave that on the floor for fear of them being ruined in a flood.) Putting them on a bookshelf sounds nice, but I don't have space for that currently.

...I'm no help, basically, but...misery loves company?
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[User Picture]From: sara_tanaquil
2009-08-29 01:35 pm (UTC)
I love pictures of your room. I want my room to look like that!

They're so heavy it's hard to open the drawers all the way, so it's annoying to try to get to the ones in the back.

I have had the same problem with my drawers of academic articles (I use plastic file drawers to temporarily handle the overflow from my larger file cabinets), which makes me think that maybe the solution would actually be a small set of steel file drawers. High-quality office metal file drawers, unlike those cheap plastic things, are made to carry that kind of weight and still open smoothly. They're not cheap, though, or easy to move around.

Also, you'd have to watch out for slump. If you don't brace the contents firmly (like, with a sliding brace that keeps contents in the front of the drawer--most good file drawers have one), they can slump down and become warped. I don't care when this happens to a 200+ page xerox, but I'd hate for it to happen to my doujinshi.
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[User Picture]From: wednesday_10_00
2009-08-30 05:02 pm (UTC)
You know, I may just do that. I was just looking at Staples.com, and they actually have some file cabinets that are like the metal kind, but wooden on the outside, so they look like a little dresser (would make a nice bedside table?). I wouldn't mind having something like that in my room.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-08-29 05:57 pm (UTC)
I'd thought about plastic drawers, but I guess they won't work. Oh well.

I'm jealous of your bookshelves. My manga and books are in 60-odd boxes. :P
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[User Picture]From: wednesday_10_00
2009-08-30 05:04 pm (UTC)
What's really sad is that even with all those shelves, I still have some books in boxes. >.>;;

I feel your pain, though, I think it's going to be ugly when I move out of here...
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