With shopping days until that fateful Christmas morning ticking away to mere hours, the thought of not getting that perfect gift for the comic book fan in your life burns like the twin suns of Tatooine in your mind. Fear not, Grateful Gift Giver, for at the end of this article, your mind will be abound with ideas aplenty.
From casual fans, to hardcore bag-and-backers, comic book readers have a cornucopia of choices when it comes to items they can compliment their fandom with, from vast collections of comics, dvds, toy figures, games and clothing.
The obvious choice is to get more comic books for your Holiday Hero. While it seems simple, this task could be a bit more difficult that it looks. Comic books come in several types, from the monthly series that are stacked on store shelves every Wednesday, to collected trade paperbacks that gather several issues’ story arc into one large format book, to graphic novels that tell a complete story in themselves. If one is familiar with the comics their Gifting Target already has, or what genre they take in, take an educated guess on other comics they would enjoy, and visit one of Kansas City’s comic book stores to find some great reads.
Most comic fans have entertainment echelons that extend beyond the printed sequential page. The last ten years in Hollywood have seen a score of cinematic and television events based on characters that were first born on the pages of comic books. There are several collected DVD sets, Collector’s Edition DVDs, re-issues of classic TV shows and movies, and more recently, direct to DVD animated movies that are sure to please fans of any age. From the classic Superman television show from the Fifties, to the Wonder Woman series in the Seventies, all the way up to the newest imagining of Spider-Man and the insanely fun Scott Pilgrim vs The World, DVD movies and sets can be a great gift to your comic geek. These sets have become so numerous, that you can walk into almost any local Borders, Target and Best Buy to find several. You can also look at second hand retailers like Vintage Stock, for cheaper prices on some of the harder to find sets.
Toy figures of comic book , science fiction, and fantasy characters have boomed into a huge market in the last couple of decades. Go to any local big box retailer such as Walmart or Target, and there exists rows of toys dedicated to Star Wars, Marvel, DC and Transformers. Toys made in this modern day are detailed, articulate, and can just as well serve as a display piece for the older reader, as a play toy for the younger one. Most local comic book shops have a collection of rare toys and statues as well, and can help you find that unique piece to give.
Video games based on comic book heroes have been coming out for three decades. If the person you are buying for is a gamer, as well as a comic fan, there are dozens of games you can pick from. No matter if they play games on a Playstation, Xbox, Wii, PC or even their iPhone, there are video games based on numerous comic book properties that will make a great gift.
Lastly, and possibly the hardest to find in local markets, is original comic book art. While time is short, and gifts of this kind are generally more expensive than others, there are some local comic book stores in Kansas City that could still hold some pieces of original comic book art for sale. For most collectors and readers of comics, the action packed, detailed art given monthly by any number of the creative minds behind a particular title, is one of the main reasons they keep coming back to comics time and again. Giving a piece of original art from a favorite artist could make for one of the most memorable holidays your comic geek ever had.
With hopes that this quick guide has put down the path to a successful gift giving journey, have a Super Holiday and a Spectacular New Year!