With the holidays upon us, we’re doing our best to help you guys find the perfect gifts for the geek in your life! Keep on reading to see what Chantaal, Angel and Lina think would be great gift ideas.
My top gift idea right now is prints from a fan artist I’m a huge fan of. modHero features mostly Marvel characters in great pop art style. Quoting Rogan Josh: modHero is a pop-culture design experiment re-imagining superheroes as arty vector drawings. The Iron Man print I own, and it hangs in a place of pride in my room, right over my bed. I’m buying the Hulking & Wiccan one for myself for Christmas soon. But this is about the comic book fan in your life, not me! The modHero prints are perfect to gift someone, especially if you know who their favorite characters are. From big names like the Fantastic Four andCaptain America to lesser known characters like Beak and Rocket Racoon, there’s something for everyone.
For the digital comics route, Comixology has a helpful guide on how to gift comics on their site.
But it’s not just about the comics! For awesome memorabilia, quick “comics” searche on Think Geek comes up with so much fun stuff. (I particularly love the Wonder Woman briefs, Bat signal and caped shot glasses.)
This year, I’m all about graphic novels and trade paper backs. We’ve had a lot of really good ones come out this year that are great ideas even for people who aren’t huge comic readers. I’d suggest the first trade paper back from DC’s Batman, “Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls.” (Amazon price: $16.49) It’s a great jumping-in point for someone who isn’t a regular comic reader, and a great read for someone who is. Oni Press has also been releasing full-color versions of Brian Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series. (Oni Press: $24.99 or $40.00) However, my biggest gift recommendation is the first trade paperback of Brian K. Vaughn’s “Saga” series. (Amazon price: $9,99) It’s probably a better idea for someone who is at least a little comic-savvy, just because of the wonderful oddness of the title, but there’s definitely a reason it was named one of Time’s Top Graphic Novels of the season.
When it comes to gift ideas I am all over the place. I always want to give someone something memorable or unique, but there just isn’t the time. Buying TPBs and other comics is a tough bet unless you know that person doesn’t have them already. Which is when giving the gift of comics I default to gift cards! (Lame, perhaps, but who doesn’t appreciate them?) Call the giftee’s LCS and see if they offer giftcards or anything similar. Store policies may vary, but it’s always worth looking into.
When it comes to giving books one of my top suggestions would be the A Wrinkle in Time graphic novel (Amazon Price: $12.98) which is a fantastic tribute/adaption of Madeline L’Engle’s book by Hope Larson. Also making the list are the Wizard of Oz graphic novels (the original plus Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, the Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz) (Amazon price: $13.59) which are a lot of fun and feed the part of me that is still eleven years old. If you’ve got an Austenite on your list who also happens to love comics, I suggest taking a look that the Marvel Classics take on Jane Austen’s works (Amazon Price: $10 to $13). It’s a nice little hybrid venture that I adore.
If you’re in the mood for something more physical and less bookish then I suggest trolling etsy to see what the great vendors over there have to sell. Might I suggest the laser-cut Avengers logo earrings? I own a pair myself and kind of love them in a big way. Or perhaps some Robin crime fighting bobby pins? How about some Wonder Woman wristies to go with your recipients lasso of truth? Or if you want to give something that can be hung on a wall then why not the Captain America: First Avenger typography print?
These are just a few ideas that we have and remember no matter what you give: it’s the thought that counts.