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Joe Henderson
12-16-2008, 06:43 PM
Gonna be a bunch of trades for people this year, and thought I'd check and see if there were any out of the box ideas here. I'm already gonna get some Captain America and Action Comics: Legion of Superheroes (of all things--way to go Johns) for people, but suggestions both Marvel/DC and indie are welcome! Basically, a good trade or HC, especially something new to this year.

TonyFleecs
12-16-2008, 06:46 PM
I'm giving the Gotham Central HC.

jason hissong
12-16-2008, 06:48 PM
New this year. . .

Berlin vol 2: City of Smoke, and, of course, Berlin vol. 1: City of Stone
Ex Machina Hardcover
Acme Novelty Library 19
The Alcoholic
The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard


Those are all new to this year, except the one Berlin volume.

Joe Henderson
12-16-2008, 06:51 PM
New this year. . .

Berlin vol 2: City of Smoke, and, of course, Berlin vol. 1: City of Stone
Ex Machina Hardcover
Acme Novelty Library 19
The Alcoholic
The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard


Those are all new to this year, except the one Berlin volume.

I'm unfamiliar with all of those except Ex Machina. Which is your favorite? Might buy one of 'em for myself to check out.

jason hissong
12-16-2008, 06:52 PM
I'm unfamiliar with all of those except Ex Machina. Which is your favorite? Might buy one of 'em for myself to check out.

Oh man. My favorite?


Well, they're all great. But if I had to pick one favorite I'd pick Berlin.

Joe Henderson
12-16-2008, 06:52 PM
I'm giving the Gotham Central HC.

Now that's a mighty fine gift. Does it have the Joker story in it? That and the Bullock story were my faves.

Adrian B AWESOME
12-16-2008, 06:56 PM
DC Vault
Vertigo Encyclopedia
Bottomless Belly Button
Fables: The Covers by James Jean

ImLactoseIntolerantUJerk
12-16-2008, 06:57 PM
i've heard a lot of praise for the alcoholic, but i don't know anything about it. care to try and sell me on it?

jason hissong
12-16-2008, 06:59 PM
i've heard a lot of praise for the alcoholic, but i don't know anything about it. care to try and sell me on it?

It's about an alcoholic. The story follows the protagonist Jonathan A. through his trials and tribulations of drinking. It presents the messed up situations he finds himself in, the compulsion he has to keep continuing his pattern of behaviour, and his interpersonal relationships, especially with his great aunt.

It is funny, tender, and heartbreaking all at the same time. I appreciate the work, as someone who has been affected by the disease of alcoholism throughout my life, as it reflects a nuanced approach to the individual and to the disease.

Make no mistake, it's not an easy read- at least it wasn't for me- but it's worthwhile.

Adrian B AWESOME
12-16-2008, 07:00 PM
Isn't it rather...well...autobiographical as well?

Doc Randy
12-16-2008, 07:01 PM
Pardon the shilling, but if you want nice comics that are a great value, here would be my recent Oni Press suggestions:

LOCAL HC (http://www.onipress.com/display.php?type=bk&id=349) (a spectacular hardcover with 384 pages for only $29.99)
http://thequarterbin.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/local-hc-mockup.jpg

CROGAN'S VENGEANCE (http://www.onipress.com/display.php?type=bk&id=352)(another beautiful hardcover for only $15!)
http://www.onipress.com/images/books/onibk_352.jpg

SALT WATER TAFFY (http://www.onipress.com/display.php?type=bk&id=338)(a great series of digest all-ages adventures. 96 pages for $5.95!)
http://www.onipress.com/images/books/onibk_338.jpg

CWebb
12-16-2008, 07:03 PM
I requested the Marvel Boy HC and the Joker OGN, but I guess I can't really recommend since I've yet to read them.

jason hissong
12-16-2008, 07:03 PM
Isn't it rather...well...autobiographical as well?

That is a logical conclusion, yes.


Pardon the shilling, but if you want nice comics that are a great value, here would be my recent Oni Press suggestions:

LOCAL HC (http://www.onipress.com/display.php?type=bk&id=349) (a spectacular hardcover with 384 pages for only $29.99)
http://thequarterbin.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/local-hc-mockup.jpg

CROGAN'S VENGEANCE (http://www.onipress.com/display.php?type=bk&id=352)(another beautiful hardcover for only $15!)
http://www.onipress.com/images/books/onibk_352.jpg

SALT WATER TAFFY (http://www.onipress.com/display.php?type=bk&id=338)(a great series of digest all-ages adventures. 96 pages for $5.95!)
http://www.onipress.com/images/books/onibk_338.jpg


OH FUCK ME. How could I forget the LOCAL HC? That's a thing of beauty.

ImLactoseIntolerantUJerk
12-16-2008, 07:04 PM
i'm giving out the y: the last man deluxe hardcover to a bunch of non-comic book friends. i feel like maybe i can rope some more people into the medium with it.

justjeffery
12-16-2008, 07:11 PM
I HIGHLY recommend Comic Book Tattoo for anyone thats a fan of comic art or Tori Amos.. its a beautiful book.

Adrian B AWESOME
12-16-2008, 07:11 PM
I'm telling you guys:

Bottomless Belly-Button. It's 720 pages long.

It's like the new Blankets or whatever the current cool "indie" comic is. (not mocking indie comics :heart: but the overwhelming one-time exhuberance over Blankets)

TonyFleecs
12-16-2008, 07:48 PM
Now that's a mighty fine gift. Does it have the Joker story in it? That and the Bullock story were my faves.
Freeze story and the Montoya gets outed/Dent story. And one of the 1 or 2 issue ones.... That I can't remember now.

greg donovan
12-16-2008, 07:50 PM
any of the Flight volumes that used to be put out by image.

ZombieSpeedball
12-16-2008, 07:55 PM
I need to head to the comic store this weekend to see what I can pick up for my friends and my dad. Probably something Batman for one friend, something Superman for another, and maybe something Vertigo for another.

Adrian B AWESOME
12-16-2008, 08:21 PM
Freeze story and the Montoya gets outed/Dent story. And one of the 1 or 2 issue ones.... That I can't remember now.

It's #1-10 per the description on DC's site.

Adrian B AWESOME
12-16-2008, 08:23 PM
Yeah, DC fucked up ROYALLY on the Gotham Central trades...#11, 16-18, 26-27, and 31 were NEVER reprinted, yet they bothered to reprint random No Man's Land stories from BATMAN CHRONICLES #16 and DETECTIVE COMICS #747 instead.

Fucking awful.

Lucky me, I have all 40 in monthlies.

Blane
12-16-2008, 08:28 PM
I HIGHLY recommend Comic Book Tattoo for anyone thats a fan of comic art or Tori Amos.. its a beautiful book.

Great to know. I got it for my sister, sight unseen because she loves Tori. I saw the cover and it looks fantastic. I am hoping that she loves it.

shoelaceless
12-16-2008, 08:30 PM
Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw
Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*! by Art Spiegelman
Heavy Liquid by Paul Pope
Local by Brian Wood & Ryan Kelly

And although I'm not sure if it will actually be available by Christmas, Kramers Ergot 7 (http://www.buenaventurapress.com/KE7/index.php) is amazing.

ForkDolphin
12-16-2008, 08:35 PM
The new Mice Templar hardcover is fabulous! Even if you're not a mouse!

ghost_writer
12-16-2008, 08:45 PM
I am gifting Y The Last Man Deluxe Edition Book 1 for a couple of friends who are currently on the fence about comics. I bought the first Runaways digest for my girlfriend a couple years ago and now she's more open to reading comics. I swear, BKV is comic book marijuana.

Supreme Convoy
12-16-2008, 08:47 PM
Hack/Slash trades or the omnibus. Really good stuff for horror fans!

Simps
12-16-2008, 08:49 PM
Yeah, DC fucked up ROYALLY on the Gotham Central trades...#11, 16-18, 26-27, and 31 were NEVER reprinted, yet they bothered to reprint random No Man's Land stories from BATMAN CHRONICLES #16 and DETECTIVE COMICS #747 instead.

Fucking awful.

Lucky me, I have all 40 in monthlies.
I think the driving force behind that that was Rucka, who I believe I recall saying a few years ago that not every story needs to be collected. I think part of it was about focusing on the stories Lark drew, but that fell apart towards the end of the series.

Blane
12-16-2008, 09:02 PM
I am gifting Y The Last Man Deluxe Edition Book 1 for a couple of friends who are currently on the fence about comics. I bought the first Runaways digest for my girlfriend a couple years ago and now she's more open to reading comics. I swear, BKV is comic book marijuana.

I have those Runaways digests and I give them to people all the time. It hasn't failed me yet. That YTLM and Scott Pilgrim.

Adrian B AWESOME
12-16-2008, 09:13 PM
I think the driving force behind that that was Rucka, who I believe I recall saying a few years ago that not every story needs to be collected. I think part of it was about focusing on the stories Lark drew, but that fell apart towards the end of the series.

But at the same time, you lose out on a bunch of great stories, including the Greg Rucka one-off about Poison Ivy.

I don't know why they'd do something like that to their own book...

Supreme Convoy
12-16-2008, 09:26 PM
Oh, not exactly a comic book but this is the best Christmas present I received. There are several moments where I flip through the book and say "The hell? _______ drew this?"

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61%2BZrNVO7jL._SS500_.jpg

Rantz
12-16-2008, 09:31 PM
I HIGHLY recommend Comic Book Tattoo for anyone thats a fan of comic art or Tori Amos.. its a beautiful book.

At the risk of shilling, yes... and the lovely HC special edition is out now... just in time for the holiday gift-giving season!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3168/3062563412_f4ccd5cf97.jpg

Andreas
12-16-2008, 09:52 PM
Check the archive of the latest Alternative Review Group thread (http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showthread.php?p=5517707).

Among my favorites this year were:

- The Education of Hopey Glass HC (Jaime Hernandez)
- Little Vampire (Joann Sfar) (also Sfar's Vampire Loves)
- True Story, Swear To God Archives Vol. 1 (Tom Beland)
- Skyscrapers of the Midwest HC (Joshua W. Cotter)
- Local HC (Brian Wood & Ryan Kelly)
- Red Colored Elegy HC (Seiichi Hayashi)

- The Mice Templar Vol. 1: The Prophecy HC (Bryan J.L. Glass & Michael Avon Oeming)
- Yotsuba&! (Kiyohiko Azuma)
- Monster (Naoki Urasawa)
- Comic Book Tattoo (ed. Rantz A. Hoseley)
- Kick-Ass (Mark Millar & John Romita Jr.)
- DC Special: Raven (Marv Wolfman & Damion Scott)

Andreas

shoelaceless
12-16-2008, 09:55 PM
- DC Special: Raven (Marv Wolfman & Damion Scott)

I keep forgetting to check this out! Writing it down now.

TonyFleecs
12-16-2008, 11:16 PM
Oh, not exactly a comic book but this is the best Christmas present I received. There are several moments where I flip through the book and say "The hell? _______ drew this?"

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61%2BZrNVO7jL._SS500_.jpg
Next time we have a drinkup... you gotta bring that.