Gift Ideas: Graphic Novels, Manga, Art, Games

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Today you’ll find gift ideas for Graphic Novels & Comics, Manga, Art and Games as supplied by Ester, Martijn, Jitse and Jouke.

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Graphic Novels & Comics


V for Vendetta Deluxe Collector Set [With Mask] – Alan Moore

Timed for release during the highly anticipated “Before Watchmen” comics event, this collector set includes a trade paper edition of V for Vendetta that features subtly re-colored artwork and a plastic reproduction of the iconic “V” mask. V for Vendetta is one of the most critically acclaimed graphic novel of all time by Alan Moore, the writer of Watchmen and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

The Complete Peanuts 1985-1986 – Charles M. Schultz

In this volume, the ’80s are in full swing while the Peanuts crew deals with camp, Santa Claus, and the runaway merchandising of “Tapioca Pudding.” (more…)

Building Stories – Chris Ware

With the increasing electronic incorporeality of existence, sometimes it’s reassuring—perhaps even necessary—to have something to hold on to. Thus within this colorful keepsake box the purchaser will find a fully-apportioned variety of reading material ready to address virtually any imaginable artistic or poetic taste, from the corrosive sarcasm of youth to the sickening earnestness of maturity—while discovering a protagonist wondering if she’ll ever move from the rented close quarters of lonely young adulthood to the mortgaged expanse of love and marriage. Whether you’re feeling alone by yourself or alone with someone else, this book is sure to sympathize with the crushing sense of life wasted, opportunities missed and creative dreams dashed which afflict the middle- and upper-class literary public (and which can return to them in somewhat damaged form during REM sleep). (more…)

The Best American Comics 2012 – Francoise Mouly & Jessica Abel

“When I started RAW magazine in the ’80s, there were mostly superheroes, a few children’s comics, and the dirty, intentionally lowbrow, underground comix. And now, comics can tackle any topic.”—Françoise Mouly, from the Introduction. (more…)

Blacksad: A Silent Hell – Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido

Detective John Blacksad returns, with a new case that takes him to a 1950s New Orleans filled with hot jazz and cold-blooded murder! Hired to discover the fate of a celebrated pianist, Blacksad finds his most dangerous mystery yet in the midst of drugs, voodoo, the rollicking atmosphere of Mardi Gras, and the dark underbelly that it hides!

Read Michael Minneboo’s review here.

The Hive – Charles Burns

From the creator of Black Hole, the second part of a new epic masterpiece of graphic horror in brilliant, vivid color. Much has happened since we last saw Doug, the Tintin-like hero from X’ed Out. Confessing his past to an unidentified woman, Doug struggles to recall the mysterious incident that left his life shattered, an incident that may have involved his disturbed and now-absent girlfriend, Sarah, and her menacing ex-boyfriend. Doug warily seeks answers in a nightmarish alternate world that is a distorted mirror of our own, where he is a lowly employee that carts supplies around the Hive.

Manga

Vampire Knight 14 – Matsuri Hino

Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires! (more…)

Alice in the Country of Hearts 1 – QuinRose & Soumei Hoshino

Kidnapped by a handsome man with rabbit ears, Alice Liddell finds herself abandoned in an odd place called Wonderland and thrust into a “game,” the rules of which she has yet to learn. Alice, ever the plucky tomboy, sets off to explore and get the lay of this strange land, intent on finding her rude kidnapper and giving him a piece of her mind (and her fist). But little does she know that she’s wandered right into the middle of a dangerous power struggle involving just about all of Wonderland’s attractive, weapon-happy denizens. And the only way for Alice to return home is to get acquainted with the lot of them?! How in the world will she manage that and still manage to stay alive?!

Loveless 1: 2-in-1 – Yun Kouga

When his beloved older brother is brutally murdered, Ritsuka is heartbroken but determined to search for answers. His only lead is Soubi, a mysterious, handsome college student who offers him an intimate link to his brother’s other life: a dark and vibrant world of spell battles and secret names. Will Ritsuka’s relationship with Soubi ultimately lead to the truth or further down the rabbit hole than he imagined possible?

Apple Selection Volume 2: Autumn – Various Artists

The creators of the Apple anthology and artbook series are back with an all-new volume of gorgeous pinup artwork! APPLE SELECTION Vol.2 features dozens of Korea’s top illustrators creating brand new pin-up work of fun beach scenes, retro pinups, cute anime girls, and more. Featuring over a hundred different artists and a wide range of styles, APPLE SELECTION belongs in everyone’s art book collection!

Death Note: L, Change the World – M & Takami Nieda

L, the world’s greatest detective, has twenty-three days to live–and twenty-two days to save humanity from bioterrorists who hope to change the world forever.

Barbara – Osamu Tezuka

Wandering the packed tunnels of Shinjuku Station, famous author Yosuke Mikura makes a strange discovery: a seemingly homeless drunk woman who can quote French poetry. Her name is Barbara. He takes her home for a bath and a drink, and before long Barbara has made herself into Mikura’s shadow, saving him from egotistical delusions and jealous enemies. But just as Mikura is no saint, Barbara is no benevolent guardian angel, and Mikura grows obsessed with discovering her secrets, tangling with thugs, sadists, magical curses and mythical beings – all the while wondering whether he himself is still sane.

Art

Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative – Austin Kleon

You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, “Steal Like an Artist” is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side. (more…)

A History Of The World In 100 Objects – Neil MacGregor

Encompassing a grand sweep of human history, A History of the World in 100 Objects begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with objects which characterise the world we live in today.
Seen through MacGregor’s eyes, history is a kaleidoscope – shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined. (more…)

Global Model Village – Slinkachu

With more than 150,000 copies of his first book (Little People in the City) sold, bestselling author and artist Slinkachu offers a new and perfect gift book – Little People: The Global Model Village, which captures the imagination with an extraordinary collection of photographs taken around the world.

Games


Risk: Godstorm

Enter a time of myths and legends. Enter the world of Risk Godstorm, where ancient faiths and fears rule. Battle across the Earth and in the dark regions below. Harness spiritual forces to strike with devastating power. Command five ancient cultures — Greek, Celtic, Babylonian, Norse, and Egyptian — in a continent-spanning battle that will determine whose civilization reigns supreme. Rest assured, the gods will not sit idle in this war.
Risk Godstorm also includes everything needed to play the classic game of Risk.

A Game of Thrones: Board Game

Based on the bestselling novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones: The Board Game lets 3-6 players take control of the great houses of Westeros in an epic struggle to claim the Iron Throne. The updated Second Edition brings a host of enhancements to your A Game of Thrones experience. It incorporates elements from previous expansions, including ports, garrisons, Wildling cards, and Siege engines, while introducing welcome new innovations. Convenient player screens will hide your underhanded dealings from prying eyes, while new Tides of Battle cards convey the uncertainty of war. This, along with updated graphics and a clarified ruleset, means the time has never been better to claim the Iron Throne.

Cthulhu Fluxx

Follow the wild-eyed Poet, the obsessed Artist, and the expeditions of the Professor, as they investigate Eldritch Secrets no mortal was meant to discover. Someone has stolen the Necronomicon from the library at Miskatonic Univeristy, and a Farm in the hills is undergoing a horrifying Metamorphosis. Meanwhile, unspeakable abominations stir in Penguin-riddled Tombs beneath the ice. Are you Inevitably Doomed to a lifetime of Nightmares in the Sanitarium, or are you, in fact, a Secret Cultist, worshiping the Minions of Darkness? Gaze upon the ever-changing face of Madness with Cthulhu Fluxx!

Food Fight

Food Fight is a new, quick to learn card game with an amazing draft mechanic that keeps the game fresh and gives every round an exciting and interesting twist! Simple but addictive card abilities keep the action alive as you discover hundreds of hilarious and powerful combos! Featuring stunning production quality and full-color art with more than 50 unique images, each more hilarious than the last! Food Fight is designed for 2-6 players.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Limited Edition Guide

Takes you on the journey through the newest continent in the World of Warcraft universe.  This book prepares you for battle with tips and tricks on player-versus-player fights and world dungeons, as well as how to navigate new gameplay, including pet battles, scenarios and Challenge Mode.

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 Edition Premium Player’s Handbook

These 3.5 Edition premium reprints feature new covers and the latest errata.
The Player’s Handbook has all the rules players need to create characters, select equipment, and engage in combat with a variety of supernatural and mythical foes.

Dungeon! Board Game

Dungeon! is a fast-paced game where you and your friends can decide which way to go in the hunt for bigger and better treasure.
Will you stick to level 1 and clear out the Goblins and Kobolds? Or will you delve deep into level 6 and set your sights on the Purple Worm or the Red Dragon? Along the way, you’ll have to face off against such iconic monsters as the Black Pudding, the Drow, and even the Owlbear!
Featuring simple, straightforward rules that are easy to learn, Dungeon! is perfect for a fantasy game night, or a warm-up before your next epic game of D&D!