Worried that you won't be able to find the perfect gift for the fanboy or fangirl in your family this holiday season? Fret not, O mundane one. We have you covered.
How about the DC Comics Book and DVD/Blu-Ray Slipcase Set ($145.99)? This huge collection features six graphic novels plus the animated movies based on them, namely "Batman: Black and White," "Death of Superman," "Batman: Year One," "Justice League: Origin," "JLA: Earth 2" and "Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortal." That's a pretty classy package that can stand on your bookshelf for all to admire.
And you might have heard there's a movie coming in December from long, long ago and a galaxy far, far away, and there's plenty of stocking stuffers to support it. Marvel Comics, for example, is publishing new collections, like "Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes" ($19.95), as well as collections of their older material (from the 1970s and '80s) in a variety of formats.
Walk into any comic shop, and there will be something for every fanboy or fangirl on your list.
Do they like "Orphan Black"? IDW has just released the first volume of its new series, collecting issues 1-5 ($19.99). How about H.P. Lovecraft? Try the Cthulhu Molded Mug ($16.99). Did I mention Game of Thrones? Parker Bros. has just released a new GoT Monopoly game ($59.99).
"Nightmare Before Christmas" is represented this year by a Jack Skellington coffin doll ($59.99). For the occult-minded, there's the Justice League tarot deck ($24.95). And if Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" is a favorite show in your household, try his graphic novels, "Get Jiro" and "Get Jiro: Blood & Sushi" ($22.99 each).
Lastly, if "The Sandman" is one of your favorite series, you're really in luck this year. Neil Gaiman has written a new miniseries, a prelude to the famous saga, which has been collected as "The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition" ($24.95). If that's not enough to scratch the Sandman itch, famed artist Kevin Nowlan has designed, and sculptor Phil Ramirez has sculpted, a Sandman chess set ($249.95).
So don't worry about the perfect gift for your fanboy or fangirl. Just get 'em all!