I love Christmas! It is by far my favorite time of the year. Not only do I get to gorge myself on pie and turkey, but I get to buy presents for all of my loved ones. Here are just a few suggestions for your loved ones. I have broken my list down into convenient, if not slightly random, categories:
Young Fans: There are tons of books for comic fans that are less than four feet tall. And I’m not talking about myself. Sonic, Star Wars Clone Wars Adventures, Naruto, Avatar, Sabrina The Teenage Witch and (my personal favorite) Owly. All of these books are $10 and under and with Sonic and Sabrina you can choose between single issues and collections.
Old Fans: Our selection of Marvel Masterworks and DC Archives always amazes me. These reprints wonderfully collected in hardcover form. And at $50 to $55 they are considerably more affordable then buying the single issues. And even if you do have the issues it is nice to have a copy you can read without worrying about damaging anything.
Fans of all ages: Shazam! And The Monster Society of Evil. This is my favorite book of the year. It has something for everyone. It is easy to follow for people who don’t read comics. You are given the back story and you don’t have to worry about 40 years of continuity while you are reading this. And it has the feel of an older comic which appeals to fans who’ve been reading for years. It is fun for both young and old. And if you look hard enough you might even find a Shazam! hardcover signed by Jeff Smith himself.
Spidey Fans: Spider-Man: The Icon. I’m sure you've heard us go on and on about it, but that’s just because it is awesome. Jason calls it a “massive tome of Spider-Man knowledge.” I think he read that some where on the internet.
Buffy Fans: Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Long Way Home TP. This trade collects the first 5 issues of the new series. I have been enjoying the heck out of this book. It picks up where the season left off. And this new story arc just keeps getting better and better.
Indy Fans: Exit Wounds, Pride of Baghdad, Mouse Guard, The Three Paradoxes and Apollo’s Song. It has been a great year for comics, especially independent books. I mean just look at that list.
Comic Strip Fans: Little Nemo in Slumberland, Peanuts, Modesty Blaise, Dennis The Menance, James Bond. If you haven’t checked out our strip section you should. There are some really cool things hiding out in the back of the store.
Robot Fans: Omega The Unknown. I have no idea what is going on in this comic, but I like it anyway. But what I do know is that there are robots. Lots of robots.
Your girlfriend who you want to get into comics: Kabuki, Y: The Last Man, Fables, and Runaways. Chicks dig these books. I speak from personal experience.
Your boyfriend who you want to get into comics: Preacher, Loveless, Criminal, Scalped, Immortal Iron Fist, Thor. The list goes on and on. There are plenty of books for guys who have never picked up a comic and guys who haven’t picked up a comic in years.
Stocking Stuffers: Jason already mentioned Minimates, but we also have the Classic Marvel Figurines. You can get most of your favorites. Spidey, Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, Shadow Cat, Doc Octopus, and many more. But be warned: they are made of lead. So don’t lick ‘em! (I never get tired of that joke, even if everyone else is.)
If anyone out there in the blog-o-sphere has any suggestions for books we should carry in the store let me know. I need all the help I can get keeping the store fully stocked.