I know I have done a lot on comic book heroes and their spaces in the past, but actually showing off your geekdom could be a great way to personalize your space. There are many ways you can do this.
We all have characters that we identify with for one reason or another. I personally grew up with the X-Men, Spider Man and Ninja Turtles cartoons so these characters all have a degree of nostalgia intertwined with them.
My personal favorite strategy is to look for black and white pictures from the artists. These un-colored or under colored works usually look especially detailed and avoid the bright colors that are used primarily for marketing. Think about the picture that Samuel L. Jackson’s character Elijah from Unbreakable. This picture showed a deeper meaning, the struggle of good against evil according to him and showed a level of sophistication that does not belong in a child’s bedroom. Having these types of artwork can make you look like a collector, and not a run of the mill geek. Here are a few under-colored ideas for you to look for.
These pictures can show a deeper meaning that color can hide. Seeing that picture of Wonder Woman looks stern and determined, similar to Rosy The Riveter with a mean streak. Having her dolled up will red lipstick and a yellow corset takes away the grimness that black and white portrays.
If you decide you want to take the colored route, look for more iconic scenes or classic covers of classic comics. Once again this will make you look like a collector. Here are a few very popular comics that many fans will recognise right of the bat.
Obviously having the originally print of these comics on the
wall would be a good choice too, but who can afford that.
Action figures are one more option for collectors. Many people do not think of them as toys, but instead as collectibles. They are miniature statues of beloved characters. Some people have even created shrines to these heroes, making their homes a “hall of fame” for comic characters. I advise subtlety so that you don’t come off looking like Steve Carrell in 40 Year Old Virgin. Make it look as professional as possible, and know when to stop. Here are a few examples of too much…
And here are a few more subtle ways that you can highlight your collection.