We’ve been running several e-tail items here on The Beat over the last few weeks but as the precious hours until Christmas morning tick away, there’s no time to trust to the Post Office, so may we suggest a trip down to the local comics shop for some great gifts? Here are some stores with gift suggestions of their own:
• Joe Field at Flying Colors in Concord, CA has an ad about shopping local that is running on local TV stations. And here’s a Gift Guide video. AND a nice shopping list to print out:
• The Big Planet chain in metro DC has this spiffy cut-out gift guide
• Edward Greenberg at Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery in SoCal suggests a couple of items which are doing well:
In both of our stores, one of the biggest lines of products for holiday gifts has been the Eaglemoss line of Metal Figurines. Each one is individually boxed, and come with a very good quality magazine on the character. Over 300 characters from Marvel & DC have been made and we try to have as many in stock as possible. People come to us for the selection, which is second to none.
• Jason Grazulas at BSI Comics in Metairie, LA suggests:
“Officially licensed by Hasbro, Transformers Vault: The Complete Transformers Universe reveals, for the first time ever, a comprehensive history of the Transformers. Fans now have a hands-on guide to the epic battle between the Autobots and Decepticons, including the toys, the original animated series, comics, collectibles, and merchandise, as well as animated and live-action feature films. Five visually driven chapters go behind the scenes of everyone’s favorite robots in disguise, featuring early animation sketches, interviews with creators, patents, prototypes, action-figure designs that never made it to production, vintage packaging art, and development art from the films.”
“Written by LEE BERMEJO Art and cover by LEE BERMEJO Inspired by Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol, BATMAN: NOEL features different interpretations of The Dark Knight, along with his enemies and allies, in different eras, from writer/artist Lee Bermejo (JOKER). In this spectacular, oversized graphic novel, Batman must come to terms with his past, present and future as he battles villains from the campy 1960s to dark and brooding menaces of today, while exploring what it means to be the hero that he is.”
• Steve Anderson at Third Eye Comics in Maryland tells us his two-stores have their own gift guide up. And he has a gift suggestion:
My own personal last minute gift suggestion is Walking Dead Rise of the Governor. This has been mega popular, as it’s an item that most fans will like, but have not yet gotten around to purchasing themselves yet. I’m still impressed by how many people are coming through for this one.
As far the number one gift idea we’ve been recommending? Batman the Black Mirror. A good Batman graphic novel never fails, and this is one that fans who may have read the story in issues, would still want to own.
These all sound great to us — and check out past Gift Guides for more ideas. Happy shopping, everyone!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.