2017 CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
amazon.comEARTH STATION ONE: TALES OF THE STATION VOL. 1 & 2
Vol. 1: amazon.com
Vol. 2: amazon.com
BOBBY’S BIG BOX O’ BOOKS makes a great gift for any holiday!
Get these 7 autographed paperbacks by award-winning author Bobby Nash (a $70 value) for only $50 plus $5 shipping and handling (international orders will, unfortunately, be more on shipping. Contact me and we can work out intl. shipping). GET YOURS TODAY!
SANDERSON OF METRO
Two masters of the superhero pulp fiction world, Frank Dirscherl and Bobby Nash, have come together to tell the NEVER before told origin of the first Wraith/Paul Sanderson, as only they could.
The Wraith: Sanderson of Metro novel is now on sale in hardcover and paperback wherever your favorite books are sold.
Amazon (paperback): amazon.com
Lulu (paperback): lulu.com
Barnes & Noble (paperback): barnesandnoble.com
Amazon UK (paperback):amazon.co.uk
Lulu (hardcover): lulu.com
FOLDING DESK PRO
A height adjustable, tilt-top desk that securely holds laptops, iPads, books, puzzles, games – even snacks!
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There are so many great comics coming out these days, it’s hard to know where to begin!
At the top of my list is the brilliant Velvet (Image) by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, and Bettie Breitweiser. A Cold War thriller starring a kickass heroine, Velvet spans the 50s through the 70s, weaving a web of intrigue and action. Brubaker spins a helluva yarn, and Epting and Breitweiser deliver cinematic magic! Spring for the deluxe hardcover—collecting the first 15-issue arc—you’ll be glad you did.
Next up is Thief of Thieves (Image) from Robert Kirkman, Shawn Martinbrough, Felix Serrano, Andy Diggle, Nick Spencer, and James Asmus. Heists, capers, grifts, and cons come together in a dynamic and slick story of family, lies, and redemption. Kirkman conceived of the book as working like a television writers room, but the idea was abandoned by the third arc, when Andy Diggle came on board. The writing transitions are pretty seamless, though, and Martinbrough and Serrano deliver dynamite visuals.
Tim, Seeley, Mike Norton, Mark Englert, and Crank! bring us Revival (Image), an undead urban noir. Seeley’s a modern master of horror, and Norton demonstrates again and again how there’s nothing he can’t draw. Englert and Crank! add their nuanced colors and letters, subtly moving the narrative along.
And if I can indulge in a little shameless self promotion, I’d suggest the Athena Voltaire Compendium (Action Lab). Athena Voltaire follows the 1930s adventures of a globetrotting aviatrix as she takes on Nazis, supernatural creatures, and occult horrors. I wrote and drew the Compendium, a 224-page hardcover, that collects a rescripted and remastered version of the Eisner-nominated webcomic, along with other adventures…all for $20.
Additionally, I’d like to suggest Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead (Action Lab), the first volume in our all-ages kids vs monsters series. This volume features a bunch of misfit scouts who have to band together to save their town from a zombie outbreak. I wrote it, Mark Stegbauer drew it, and Jason Millet & Drew Browne colored it. It’s a love letter to kids adventures like the Goonies and Monster Squad.
Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is the most fun I’ve had in a really long time.
Highly recommend for Christmas
Maybe it’s because I’m such a bookworm, but I think the reason I love giving books during holidays is that they have an extended life after the season. With that in mind, here’s a few gift suggestions to help you play Santa Claus!
Moving Target: The History and Evolution of Green Arrow by Richard Gray is the definitive tome on the Emerald Archer. I really enjoyed getting to know the author and interviewed him in my weekly column: http://tinyurl.com/GAcomicmix . Moving Target available now through Sequart.com (and most booksellers). If you prefer to snag it at your local comic shop, order it with code NOV172163 and it will be in stores come January.
John Siuntres’ Word Balloon Podcast offers one-on-one interviews with the industry’s most interesting creators. Siuntres, a longtime radio professional, knows how to get folks talking. I’m driving more and I listen to this show to find out more from creators I like and to learn about new things from creators with whom I’m less familiar. The podcast is free, but you could make someone a part of the League of Word Balloon Listeners with a gift donation. Find out more at: http://wordballoon.blogspot.com.
In Lady Action: The Sand of Forever, author Ron Fortier delivered a thriller cocktail that’s one part Modesty Blaise, one part 007 and one part Indiana Jones. But it gets even better, as Airship 27 just released the audio book version. I think that Kalinda Little does a spectacular job reading it, but find out for yourself here: http://tinyurl.com/LAaudio
Michael Eury’s Back Issue Magazine celebrates comics of the 70s, 80s and today with insightful articles and columns. Sometimes I’m afraid to pick up an issue because I can never put it down! A year’s subscription would make an enduring gift that fans will appreciate throughout the year. Subscriptions available here: http://tinyurl.com/BackIssueSub. And Eury’s
This fall, I bought a copy of Classic Comics Press’ Kelly Green: The Complete Collection by Stan Drake and Leonard Starr from Emil Novak at Queen City Comics. I promptly wrote about how much I enjoyed it here: http://tinyurl.com/KellyGreenComicMix. Classic Comics Press Publisher Charles Pelto does a great job with all his books (available here: www.classiccomicspress.com ) and you can’t go wrong with any of them for gifting.
The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide always seemed like a “must have”, but each year, publisher J.C.Vaughn and his merry band make it even more and more “must have-ier”! I especially liked Jim Steranko’s Batman cover on this year’s edition.
FanSets is a company run by fans for fans – and it shows. They have created gorgeous enamel pins featuring characters from Star Trek, Valiant, DC, Harry Potter, Firefly and more. Available at your local comic shop or FanSets.com .
I haven’t completely finished Craig Yoe’s Super Weird Heroes even though I wrote about it earlier this year here: http://tinyurl.com/CraigYoeComicMix. That’s because it’s so much fun that I just don’t want it end. The good news is that I understand he’s working on a sequel! (And Michael Eury’s Hero-A-Go-Go has a different focus, but’s a fantastic book that I can highly recommend too.)
All the best to you and yours this Yuletide Season!
The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China HC
The Official Art of Big Trouble in Little China HC
WWE Vol. 1 SC
Planet of the Apes Archive Vol. 1: Terror on the Planet of the Apes HC
Hero Squared Omnibus SC
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Adult Coloring Book
Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern SC
Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York SC
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Poster Book
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Year One Deluxe HC
Hellraiser Omnibus Vol. 1 SC
Maze Runner: The Death Cure Official Graphic Novel Prelude SC
Realist Plug and Play HC
Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal Vol. 1 HC
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales HC
Mouse Guard Alphabet Book
Cursed Pirate Girl Adult Coloring Book
Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Adult Coloring Book
Lumberjanes / Gotham Academy SC
Lumberjanes To the Max Ed Vol. 1-3 HC (Vol. 3 came out this year)
Misfit City Vol. 1 SC
Bad Mask OGN HC
Giant Days: Not on the Test Edition Vol. 1 HC
The Backstagers SC
SLAM! Vol. 1 SC
Clueless: Senior Year SC
Coady & the Creepies SC
Adventure Time Comics Vol. 1 SC
Over The Garden Wall Vol. 1 SC
Brave Chef Brianna SC
The Not-So Secret Society OGN SC
The Deep SC
Mega Princess SC
Steven Universe (Ongoing) Vol. 1: Warp Tour SC
Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre specializes in a particular field of law: The Supernatural! (Hey, somebody’s got to defend them!) There’s been many collections of the comic, including:
Tales of Supernatural Law (volumes 1-7)
Werewolf of New York and other Tales of Supernatural Law
A Vampire in Hollywood and other Tales of Supernatural Law
Zombie Wife and other Tales of Supernatural Law
Supernatural Law: The Missing Links
To order, go here: Exhibitapress.com
Rick Grimes, Michonne, Ezekiel, Shiva; Commander, Samurai, Sensei, Tiger – THE SHIVA FORCE! This 4 figure set comes in collectible Shiva Force box with individually carded figures inside.
The Will and Lying Cat come in an awesome 2-pack. The Will comes with collapsed and extended lance, and Lying Cat comes with alternate legs (a standing pair and a sitting pair) and “Lying” word bubble! Also coming in a 2-pack is Alana and Marko’s daughter Hazel along with her babysitter, Izabel. Hazel comes with her beloved doll, Ponk Konk, and Izabel comes with a plastic stand so she can watch over Hazel.
Green Valley Hardcover ($30)
The knights of Kelodia are the finest in the land, but they’ve never faced a POWER like the one that resides in the Green Valley. Now they’re about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime—to stop a wizard and slay his dragons—but there’s no such thing as magic or dragons…is there? Eisner-nominated writer MAX LANDIS (Chronicle, Superman: American Alien), artist GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (Amazing Spider-Man) and Eisner-nominated colorist JEAN FRANCOIS BEAULIEU welcome you to the world of GREEN VALLEY…where nothing is ever what it seems. Collects GREEN VALLEY #1-9
Who is Negan? Since his debut in THE WALKING DEAD #100, the charismatic psychopath has antagonized Rick Grimes, murdered his friend with a baseball bat wrapped in barb wire (which he calls “Lucille”), and led the Saviors into war against Alexandria and the neighboring communities. But who was he before society broke down? That question will be answered here, collecting the “HERE’S NEGAN!” story originally serialized in IMAGE+ magazine.
Thea dreams. Not of a better life, but of revenge on the clan that ruined her family. With ferocious battles between man, machines, and monsters ahead…who knows where her quest for vengeance will take her? Creator DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON (Space Mullet) and colorist MIKE SPICER present a bold new vision, where the beauty and imagination of Studio Ghibli meet the intensity of Mad Max, in this all-new Skybound Original. Collects EXTREMITY #1-6
Matthew Szewczyk – Managing Editor
The Mighty Crusaders return in December but you can read all about the history of Archie’s super-hero line in Rik Offenberger’s comprehensive and incredibly detailed MLJ Companion.
A stunning 288 page full color book, it will give you more information about the Crusaders, The Shield, the Fly and all the other classic characters than you could ever have hoped to learn.