Over the years, we have attempted to advise the muggle world on what to get us geeks for Giftsmas. We’re switching it up a little this go around. We want to help YOU, our beautiful nerd followers, decide what to get the lovely laymans in your life. Be it family, friends or your boo – these presents are enjoyably accessible and may even bring them closer to the dark side. So, let’s get this party started, eh?
Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
V. has a penchant for philosophy (as in, she got a degree in it) and her favorite philosopher of yore is Bertrand Russell. There just so happens to be a comic for that. It could also be the graphic novel that your non-fiction loving Dad will dive right into, and then might be all, “Comics are awesome!” And that… would be awesome.
The Adventures of Superhero Girl
Faith Erin Hicks writes and draws a charming, honest story complete with ninjas, cats and one really real girl. Maybe your daughter thinks comics are lame and wants nothing to do with them. Maybe she likes them and needs something new to read. Either way – she’ll like this. It’s really hard not to.
The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story
Surely, there is someone in your life who really loves the Beatles. And if you love this person, you will go out today and get him or her a copy of Vivek J. Tiwary and Andrew Robinson’s breathtaking “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story.” I’ve gone on (and on) about this graphic novel on the Sidebar Nation podcast and Newsarama, and I’ll say it again: This book is glorious. Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ manager, transformed the band’s image into an iconic one and played a pivotal role in helping John, Paul George and Ringo conquer the world. He was also gay and closeted at a time when homosexual activity in England was illegal. Epstein’s short, extraordinary life gets the rock star treatment it deserves from Tiwary and Robinson, whose artistry here is off the freakin’ charts.
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me
Ellen Forney’s graphic memoir, “Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me,” is a highly insightful read about a topic that affects millions of people with mood disorders and those who care for them. Central to “Marbles” is the examination of the “crazy” artist and the relationship between mood disorders and creativity. With her life unraveling, Forney has to face the fear that medication will take away the artist identity she holds dear. I’m in favor of anything that chips away at the stigma of mental illness, and Forney’s story of coming to terms with hers is riveting and ultimately quite hopeful.
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Nothing cuts through holiday tension like everyone sitting down to a nice, friendly game. Turn the feel-good dial up to 11 with any of these great time-wasters.
What is it about the holidays that makes the idea of a stiff drink seems infinitely more pleasurable than basically any other activity involving your family? That was a rhetorical question. Help your enraged loved ones wind down after another embarrassing loss of Trivial Pursuit: Harry Potter with any of these G3-approved drinking supplies.