Let's be honest here. Yes, you may have a few comic fans you need gift ideas for this year…. but chances are what you're really looking for is gift ideas for yourself. Well whether you're giving or receiving, anybody should look forward to finding these under the tree this holiday season.
Saga Book One
Know someone who loves comics, science fiction, or just good stories? Then if you care about them at all you will purchase them Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples amazing, sexy, funny, perfect scifi-fantasy. The recently released Book One contains the first three trades and a ton of special extras, and believe me, there's no need to just buy the first trade. As soon as they read a few pages, they will want as much Saga as you can possibly give them.
Batman: Arkham Asylum 25th Anniversary Edition
Everyone you know owns The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke and Batman: Year One. But Grant Morrison's Arkham Asylum deserves to belong on any Batman fan's shelf, as the inmates literally take over the asylum, forcing Batman to face all his foes to save the innocent prisoners inside.
Hip Hop Family Tree 1975-1983 Gift Set
Ed Piskor's incredible, brilliant history of hip hop mixes history, biography and a pathological love of classic comics to crate something wholly unique, informative and most of all massively entertaining. Any indie comics lover should be blown away by Piskor's magnum opus, hip hop fan or no.
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal
BELIEVE THE HYPE. With the introduction of Kamala Khan, a teenaged Muslim who suddenly discovers she has incredible (and incredibly strange) powers, G. Willow Wilson has given us the best new hero of 2014. Ms. Marvel is massively fun and imminently relatable, and makes a perfect gift for all ages, genders, races, religions and species too, probably.
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind
Have a friend who still hasn't gotten over the cancelation of Firefly? Actually, maybe a better question is this: Do you have a friend who has managed to get over the cancelation of Firefly? Then he/she will still likely love Dark Horse's continuing adventures of Captain Mal and the crew of the Serenity, set after the events of the movie, as they flee the Alliance with a brand new baby on board.
Looking for the strangeness that only a manga can provide? Then look no further than Yusei Matsui's new cult favorite about an octopus alien who announces he's going to destroy the planet unless the high school students he teaches can assassinate him first. The first volume just got an American release last week!
Locke & Key Slipcase Set
Joe Hill's epic comic about the Locke family, a mysterious mansion full of doors to other dimensions, and a demon that wants into our world at all costs has been a fan and critically favorite, and now the whole series is available in one awesome (and reasonably priced) box set.
Smut Peddler 2014
A new edition of the ultimate ladycentric porn comics anthology! A who's who of indie comic artists provide 25 sexy and/or filthy tales of ribaldry for 2014 (and only $30)!
Complete Quantum & Woody Classic Omnibus
At long last, all of Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright's classic superhero buddy comedy is available in a single 624-page volume, including a ton of rare material. This series didn't just poke fun at superhero cliches, it also talked about race and the consequences of violence, while telling an intense story about the friendship between two hilariously flawed men. And their teleporting goat sidekick.
The Graveyard Book Vol. 1
When a child's family is murdered, the strange, supernatural inhabitants of a graveyard decide to raise him in Neil Gaiman's macabre, award-winning kids book. P. Craig Russell adapts it as a graphic novel, lavishly illustrated by Kevin Nowlan, Tony Harris, Galen Showman, Jill Thompson and more.
The Complete Far Side
Gary Larsen's bizarre, beloved Far Side comics have been collected before, but if you can't give someone one of the best comic strips of all time, what are we even doing here? The best part is that this collection is in paperback, making a more affordable collection of cows, aliens, and other assorted weirdness.
Marvel 75th Anniversary Omnibus
From 1939' Marvel Comics #1 to the present day, this massive, 1000-page omnibus contains over 30 of the publisher's most essential as voted on by the fans! It contains everything from the first issues of Avengers, Hulk and Fantastic Four to Thunderbolts, The Ultimates, Matt Frasction's Hawkeye, and more!
Superman Unchained: Deluxe Edition
Batman writer Scott Snyder and the iconic Jim Lee take on the Man of Steel as a new, much more powerful alien hero who arrived on Earth long before him forces Superman to question whether it's better to fight for truth and justice or "the American way."
Oglaf Book Two
This filthy fantasy webcomic [NSFW] is a perverted as it is funny, and holy crap is it hilarious. It's almost unfair how clever Oglaf is in addition to being so sexy; you (or your recipients) will appreciate the brutal takedown of fantasy tropes as much as the fucking. It's $20 here, but you can buy it and Book One for $38.
The Star Wars
The comic adaptation of Gorge's Lucas' wildly different first draft of Star Wars is more than just a cool movie artifact; it's a wild look at a film that was almost made — a much close adaptation of Akira Kuroswawa's The Hidden Fortress, and an adventure starring Annakin Starkiller, an alien Han Solo, the "Jedi- Bendu," and so much more.