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Official 2014 Casual Comic Book Gift Giving Guide – Hot Gifts for Comic Book Fans this Christmas (Part 1)

Last year, I offered up my list of the hottest gifts for comic book fans, sci-fi geeks, and just all around nerdy folk. You know… my people.

This year, I’ve enlisted a little help from my friends. I’ll also be adding in my own two cents. But, it’s less than two weeks until Christmas, so let’s get this party started.

From Lindsay Jane – Geek girl extraordinaire

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow


“Not only is it well-written and incredibly well-drawn, it’s message is timely, considering what the video game industry has gone through in the last half of the year.” -Lindsay

Preview available at





“It contains true stories and journalism pieces drawn and illustrated by a variety of comic artists. You can get back issues and art prints on their site for a reasonable price.” -Lindsay

I’ve never heard of it, but it looks cool. Appears to be available only on iOS devices for now.

Here’s a description from their web site:

Symbolia merges thrilling true stories with amazing illustration and comics. We’ve been hailed as one of the top reasons to switch to digital comics by io9 and FastCo named Symbolia one of 2012′s best digital comics.

Every other month, we publish a themed issue containing 3 – 5 lively stories from around the world. Each issue includes sound, links, animations, interactive charts and more.

Build Your Own European-Style Charm Bracelet and Charm


Not technically a comic or pop-culture gift, I’ll let it go because Lindsay has about the best fashion sense of anyone I know. Plus, it’s on ThinkGeek, so it’s at least nerd-adjacent. There do appear to be some pop-culture charms available on the order page.

“And every geek girl I know is pining after one or more of these” – Lindsay

From Jeff Shields – Retro Toy Nut and DC Comics Apologist

Retro Mego Action Figures


There’s a metric ton of these things now available all over the web. Jeff sent me a link to Figures Toy Company, which he says has the best collection. I’ll be the judge of that…


Well, they’ve got Speedy and Kid Flash, so I guess I’ll concede the point to Jeff.

“I’ve been collecting since they started the retro MEGOs last year.  I keep them MOC, so I can’t vouch for playability, but the reproductions are nearly note-perfect, and their originals look great, too.” – Jeff

Captain America (1979) / Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979)


Wow… I didn’t even know this existed on DVD, but Amazon has it for less than $9.

“Return to those thrilling days of yesteryear before Marvel had a clue about what they were doing.” – Jeff

Legends Of The Super Heroes

Here’s another great addition to your DVD collection. You can finally get rid of that terrible bootleg VHS you’ve got on your shelf. (Or maybe that’s just me.)

“Return to those thrilling days of yesteryear before DC had a clue about copying what Marvel was doing.” – Jeff

As for me? I’m going to go ahead and post my #1 Hot Gift for Comic Fans here, just in case I don’t get around to the planned part 2 of this series.

Dancing Groot

If you’ve seen Guardian’s of the Galaxy, you know what I’m talking about here.

If you haven’t, well add the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu Ray to your list, too.

Thanks for checking in. Happy Holidays! And thanks again to my guest contributors, Lindsay and Jeff.



Casual Comic Book Gift Giving Guide – Hot Gifts for Comic Book Fans this Christmas (Part 3)

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, with the hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.” (Filling them with the best cool comic book related gifts)

Ahh… is there any holiday gift tradition more fun than the stockings? Finding stuff small (and inexpensive) enough to fill a stocking can be quite the chore. But, as someone who would rather get a half dozen small and fun gifts than a single large present, I spend a lot of time on finding the perfect stocking stuffers.

I took an afternoon and my smartphone to troll the aisles of Krypton Comics in Omaha, NE in search of great treats for all the good girls and boys on my list.

While the last two lists (Part 1 and Part 2) have been comprised of the items I found at Dragon’s Lair, the Lair really is Comics and Games, to me. Krypton Comics has a huge selection of the kinds of small (and large) toys that last minute shoppers will love when seeking to fill those stockings. Here’s the best stuff that I found: Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comic Book Gift Giving Guide – Hot Gifts for Comic Book Fans this Christmas

Thanks again to CJ and Craig over at Dragon’s Lair for helping me compile a great list of hot holiday gifts for the comic book fan in your life.

I stopped up at Dragon’s Lair (156th and Q) this weekend as they were setting up their holiday display and came away with a list of cool stuff.


If you’re looking for Christmas gifts, the guys at Dragon’s Lair are the people to ask.

Gifts for the Casual Comics Fan

I’m going to break the list into a few parts – mostly because there’s so much good stuff in comic shops these days.

Part 1 – Trade Paperbacks

Part 2 – Prestige Items and Books for more Serious Collectors

Part 3 – Odds and Ends / Stocking Stuffers Read the rest of this entry