Holiday Gift Guide (for comic nerds) December 13, 2013 – Posted in: Blog – Tags:

 

If you have a comic nerd in your life this is the only holiday gift guide you’ll need.
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ART – Comic art is the perfect gift, and obviously something we can help you with.  If you need a hand figuring out what to get, just contact me and I’d love to help – even if you don’t buy from us (though we’d certainly appreciate it!).

 

BOOKS – There are some really stunning books available that focus on comics and other nerdy stuff.  What’s become popular in the last couple years are gorgeous over-size hardcover editions of popular comics.  These make amazing, memorable gifts.  Here are some killer examples.

 

Out of print for over thirty years, this brand new edition  has been meticulously restored from original artwork in Walt Simonson’s studio - and published at the original artwork size!  This book is huge!

Out of print for over thirty years, this brand new edition has been meticulously restored from original artwork in Walt Simonson’s studio – and published at the original artwork size! This book is huge!

One of the greatest Batman tales ever told presented in a format worthy of it's greatness.  DC has really set the standard for hardcover graphic novels with their "Absolute" editions.  ANY Batman fan would LOVE to own this.

One of the greatest Batman tales ever told presented in a format worthy of it’s greatness. DC has really set the standard for hardcover graphic novels with their “Absolute” editions. ANY Batman fan would LOVE to own this.

The Sandman series has been printed countless times (including in the very nice over-size Absolute editions), and deservedly so.  It's one of the greatest graphic novels ever printed.  A perfect gift for someone who loves comic, but not necessarily just superhero books.  The Omnibus editions have high quality embossed covers, a high quality binding as well as a whopping 1000+ pages!  With just two volumes you can have the entire Sandman series.

The Sandman series has been printed countless times (including in the very nice over-size Absolute editions), and deservedly so. It’s one of the greatest graphic novels ever printed. A perfect gift for someone who loves comics, but not necessarily just superhero books. The Omnibus editions have high quality embossed covers, a high quality binding as well as a whopping 1000+ pages! With just two volumes you can have the entire Sandman series.

This book doesn't reprint comic stories, but rather tells the incredible story of Gene Colan.  Any fan of comics will enjoy this - any fan of Gene's will treasure it.

This book doesn’t reprint comic stories, but rather tells the incredible story of Gene Colan. Any fan of comics will enjoy this – any fan of Gene’s will treasure it.

I hesitated to list this book as it's currently out of print and only available through 3rd party sellers - but damn it - it's THAT good.  This book is a must own for any fan of Bernie Wrightson.  Page after page of high quality images of classic Wrightson work.  Stuff you can't find anywhere else.  This book is a treasure.

I hesitated to list this book as it’s currently out of print and only available through 3rd party sellers – but damn it – it’s THAT good. This book is a must own for any fan of Bernie Wrightson. Page after page of high quality images of classic Wrightson work. Stuff you can’t find anywhere else. This book is a treasure.

Dr. Who is HUGE this year.  Even if your nerd has never watched the show, they're probably curious.  Dr. Who has everything nerds love.  This book would be a terrific jumping off point for a new viewer.

Dr. Who is HUGE this year. Even if your nerd has never watched the show, they’re probably curious. Dr. Who has everything nerds love. This book would be a terrific jumping off point for a new viewer.

The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a compilation graphic novel featuring ten short stories all based on characters from the superb podcast of the same name.  The book itself is of very high quality with stunning artwork not only among the ten stories, but throughout the entire design of the book.  A LOT of thought and effort went into this book.  My highest possible recommendation.

The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a compilation graphic novel featuring ten short stories all based on characters from the superb podcast of the same name. The book itself is of very high quality with stunning artwork not only among the ten stories, but throughout the entire design of the book. A LOT of thought and effort went into this book. My highest possible recommendation.

Fables is one of my all-time favorite comics.  Issue after issue the quality never falters.  For all those wanting to dive into FAIREST or FABLES, this original graphic novel is a fantastic entry point, as well as a great new chapter for those that have been following Bill Willingham's fairy tale epic for years.  I'd be remiss if I failed to mention that our very own Meghan Hetrick supplied some of the artwork for this terrific book!

Fables is one of my all-time favorite comics. Issue after issue the quality never falters. For all those wanting to dive into FAIREST or FABLES, this original graphic novel is a fantastic entry point, as well as a great new chapter for those that have been following Bill Willingham’s fairy tale epic for years. I’d be remiss if I failed to mention that our very own Meghan Hetrick supplied some of the artwork for this terrific book!

The phenomenally popular Rocketeer by the legendary Dave Stevens is collected in its entirety for the first time as an oversized hardcover, in a beautiful slipcase, including hundreds of never-before-seen Rocketeer drawings and preliminaries by Dave Stevens! This impressive collection combines The Rocketeer and The Rocketeer: Cliff's New York Adventure into a single volume, completely re-colored, as per Dave Stevens' wishes, by renowned colorist Laura Martin. The best possible reproduction and the highest production values will ensure that this is the definitive Rocketeer collection. Additionally, hundreds of drawings, sketches, and preliminaries by Dave Stevens, nearly all published here for the very first time, will make this a very special book.

The phenomenally popular Rocketeer by the legendary Dave Stevens is collected in its entirety for the first time as an oversized hardcover, in a beautiful slipcase, including hundreds of never-before-seen Rocketeer drawings and preliminaries by Dave Stevens! This impressive collection combines The Rocketeer and The Rocketeer: Cliff’s New York Adventure into a single volume, completely re-colored, as per Dave Stevens’ wishes, by renowned colorist Laura Martin. The best possible reproduction and the highest production values will ensure that this is the definitive Rocketeer collection. Additionally, hundreds of drawings, sketches, and preliminaries by Dave Stevens, nearly all published here for the very first time, will make this a very special book.

Rarely before and rarely since has comics seen a talent as innovative as Jim Steranko. Blending together influences from Pop Art to Salvador Dali and Will Eisner to Wally Wood, Steranko's boundary-breaking style is an incomparable visual language that continues influence and inspire storytellers decades later. Now, for the first time ever, Marvel is proud to offer the complete Steranko Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in one volume!

Rarely before and rarely since has comics seen a talent as innovative as Jim Steranko. Blending together influences from Pop Art to Salvador Dali and Will Eisner to Wally Wood, Steranko’s boundary-breaking style is an incomparable visual language that continues influence and inspire storytellers decades later. Now, for the first time ever, Marvel is proud to offer the complete Steranko Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in one volume!

There's a reason this series of comics regularly comes up when ever someone discusses "greatest comics ever".  If you're looking for a noir/crime/superhero comic - they don't come any better than this.

There’s a reason this series of comics regularly comes up when ever someone discusses “greatest comics ever”. If you’re looking for a noir/crime/superhero comic – they don’t come any better than this.

 

STATUES – Action figures for adults.  Some of these are really, really well made.  Here are some particularly nice ones…

Inspired by the classic The Killing Joke.  This one's a real stunner.  Stands 11" tall.

Inspired by the classic The Killing Joke. This one’s a real stunner. Stands 11″ tall.

If you're looking for the perfect gift for a Spider-Man fan who grew up in the 1980's - this is it!  The black costume was the coolest thing in the 80's!

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a Spider-Man fan who grew up in the 1980’s – this is it! The black costume was the coolest thing in the 80’s!

Who wouldn't want this?  Seriously - it's Stan Lee!

Who wouldn’t want this? Seriously – it’s Stan Lee!

Based on the iconic Year One image by David Mazzucchelli, this statue would be the show piece of any Batman fan's collection.

Based on the iconic Year One image by David Mazzucchelli, this statue would be the show piece of any Batman fan’s collection.

 

NERD CLOTHES – Strangely being a nerd is now cool.  One of the many benefits to that for us “true” nerds is a huge amount of nerd clothing is now available!

A classic.

A classic.

Captain America fleece hoodie.  Who doesn't love a good hoodie?

Captain America fleece hoodie. Who doesn’t love a good hoodie?

Love Iron Man, but are still a closeted nerd?  Here's a more subtle display of your inner nerd.  Those in the know will instantly recognize you as one of their own - everyone else will just see a nice design.

Love Iron Man, but are still a closeted nerd? Here’s a more subtle display of your inner nerd. Those in the know will instantly recognize you as one of their own – everyone else will just see a nice design.

Retro.

Retro.

 

 

LOCAL COMIC SHOP GIFT CERTIFICATE – Can’t decide – or are afraid you’d buy the wrong thing?  You can never go wrong with a gift certificate from your local comic shop.  There’s even an handy-dandy Local Comic Shop Locator tool on the web!  Just punch in your zip code!  Give them a call or stop in – they’ll hook you up!

 

 

 

 

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