When it comes to the perfect Christmas gift, nothing does it quite like a comic book related one. Yes, 2020 marks the first time in a decade without a theatrical release of a flick from the Marvel Cinematic Universe but the superhero fix ain’t over—and neither is the world’s love for graphic novels and manga. Whether you’re hunting for an engaging comic book read, some pop culture charged apparel or gorgeous art based on your loved ones’s favourite series, there’s something here for everyone.
Below, find Syrup‘s guide to the perfect comic book related gifts to gift your comic book loving pal—including, yes, you. Btw, make sure to check out our past gaming gift guide, cottagecore guide, local shopping guide, skincare and beauty guide, and one from our fave, Flex Mami.
Based on the best-selling novel by YA extraordinaire Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl is a slice of life manga about a shy and reserved fanfiction writer as she attends university.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Sam Maggs and Gabi Nam, $24.99 on Books Kinokuniya.
Kusama is a gorgeously illustrated and detailed graphic novel about the journey of legendary artist Yayoi Kusama from rural Japan to the buzzing New York art scene in the 1960s and her newfound super-fame in the 21st century.
Kusama: A Graphic Biography by Elisa Macellari, $29.98 on Books Kinokuniya.
Gabriel Picolo is an internet famous artist best known for turning his Teen Titans fanart into a DC Comics-licensed graphic novel series. Whether the comic book loving person in your life grew up on Teen Titans or follows people within the digital comic community, you’ll want to keep a close eye on this box set of his two books, Teen Titans: Beast Boy and Teen Titans: Raven.
Teen Titans Raven and Beast Boy HC Box Set by Gabriel Picolo and Kami Garcia, $64.10 on Books Kinokuniya.
Junji Ito is an iconic horror mangaka, best known for giving us nightmares till the end of time with his spiral-infested horror Uzumaki, body horror collection in Shiver and Smashed and more. Venus in the Blind Spot is the latest of his works to be released, a collection of some of his best short stories, from an adaptation of Rampo Edogawa’s horror classic, “Human Chair” to an Ito fave, “Enigma of Amigara Fault.”
Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji Ito, $33.99 on Books Kinokuniya.
Comic book related apparel: shirts, skirts and more
Comic Book Mini Skirt, $39 on Dangerfield.
Marvel Jes Tote With Carol Danvers, $102.72 on Coach.
Unisex Converse X Scooby Doo Chuck Taylor All Star High Top Black, $130 on Converse.
Converse X Scooby Doo Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top Black, $130 on Converse.
Batman Cufflinks Silver, $65 on Cuffed.
Crocs FL Marvel Band Light Clog K by Crocs, $59.81 on David Jones.
And, yes, before you ask: Crocs are back.
Comic book related posters
Tim Doyle is an amazing Texas-based artist creating crisp and clean neon artwork inspired by pop culture. Most of his posters cost close to $40-60 AUD and a bit more if you want a nice frame to go with it. That said, here are a few personal favourites from him and other artists.
742 Evergreen Terrace (Variant) by Tom Doyle, $80 AUD on Nakatomi Incorporated.
Cosplay for the Cause by Robert Wilson IV, $40 AUD on Nakatomi Incorporated.
Sacred Realms – Hammer Time (Variant) by Russ Moore, $50 on Nakatomi Incorporated.
May All Your Bacon Burn by Tim Doyle, $40 on Nakatomi Incorporated.