The Gutterball Special Holiday Gift Guide
Here’s an old chestnut (and I don’t mean the one roasting on an open fire): Christmas is about giving, not receiving. Just because everyone says it, doesn’t make it untrue, but it is hard to know how to emphasize the joy of giving, especially with the frenetic pace of the holiday season and the joyless, soulless experience of shopping this time of year. At risk of stating the obvious, what I do to really enjoy my Christmas gift giving (and to better tolerate my holiday shopping), is to buy gifts that I find exciting and interesting. I never ask my family and friends what they want for Christmas, looking instead to share some of the things that I love in a form that I think they will enjoy. At risk of again stating the obvious: what I love, is comics.
Comics make a great gift, because many people have never thought to buy themselves a comic, usually because they think that comics aren’t something they’re really into. Lots of folks have lots of assumptions regarding comics: it’s all just superheroes, it’s just for kids, it’s catered to the male gaze and objectifies women. If that’s what you think comics are, I wouldn’t blame you for assuming that it isn’t something that interests you, but it’s a little like judging all movies based upon how much you liked The Avengers. Comics, simply, are a storytelling medium, and there are a panoply of different stories told using this medium, and if you’re looking to share your love of comics this holiday season, I am confident that we can find a comic for just about anyone on your list. Continue reading