Or, "How I Became The Favorite."
By Liz Baker
Now, we know it's only November, but we figured since Christmas decorations go up for sale even before Halloween, we want to make sure you have the correct advantage when it comes to actually awesome presents. Since the real purpose of giving gifts--aside from bring joy into the hearts of our loved ones and showing our affection for one another--is to become the coolest person on the face of the planet, we've thrown together a list of some of the best gifts for 2014 that are bound to get you on the "Nice" list for life. Or at least land you a few extra pieces of turkey at dinner.
Written/Illustrated by Jeff Smith
Think about every daydream you've ever had where you get to wander around in your own fantasy world, fighting bad guys, and taking names of anyone who gets in your way. Now put those adventures into a graphic novel, and prepare to have your brain electrified! This charming collection of all 10 Bone graphic novels is a perfect set for almost any age, and doesn't fall short in the humor department either. It's full of whimsy and wonder, as well as quizzical quests and heart-warming heroes, You really can't go wrong here.
From Steve Jackson Games
Looking for the perfect present for your favorite D & D-loving, card game playing, imagination-having friend or family member? Well, have we got a game for you! Munchkin a multi-player card game where each player must build a hero from their hand, and use all sorts of fun pun-based spell and weaponry cards to help beat various monsters from the deck. These include things like "Eye of the Beholder" "Potion of Idiotic Bravery" and the infamous "Duck of Doom" cards, to name a few. The games can run a variety of lengths, and can have a good amount of players, which make it great fun at any party! Just make sure you don't play with people who hate word play and/or sword fighting, and you're bound to be the talk of the town with this one.
3. Battle Damage: Pacific Rim Action Figure Gipsy Danger
From Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures Collection
We all know you've seen the ultimate action classic, Pacific Rim. And if you haven't, you better get up right now and go find a copy of it somewhere, because you have a serious hole in your life. But either way, its a fact of life that getting a robot for any occasion is pretty much the coolest thing anyone can ever receive. Luckily, now you have have just that! This super awesome Gipsy Danger figure comes with functioning LED core and guns, and is guaranteed to make any tech enthusiastic or robo-centric mighty jealous! The receiver can defend the world with Gipsy's ultra-awesome armor and power-punch, and still have time to make it home for dinner. Bottom line: Giving a robot = Giving pure happiness. And that's all we really want this Holiday Season, right?
3. The World of Ice and Fire: An Untold History of Game of Thrones (HC)
Written by George R.R. Martin
Illustrated by Elio M. Garcia Jr. and Linda Antonsson
It goes without saying that Game of Thrones has taken the literary world by storm. Since the release of Game of Thrones (Book 1) the fantasy world of Westeros has just gotten bigger, and even more terrifying. This beautiful new collection is a great gift for that perfect someone in your life who just can't know enough about White Walkers, and is always one step ahead (or so they think) of these witty and charismatic characters. The book goes into great detail about the workings of the world and people within it, as well as the history and culture of the realm. Oh, and the illustrations are downright gorgeous, so you even get a break from the rich blocks of text every once in a while. If you want to make someone's bookshelf smile (and maybe the someone as well) this is a great start.
2. Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia (HC)
From Dark Horse and Nintendo
We know what you've been waiting for. No, it's not a chocolate chip cookie. It's the other thing. That's right! A book all about the wonder that is the Legend of Zelda series and it's making! This crazy collection is awesome for any Zelda fan who wants to learn more about video game creation, character design, and actually have a list of the games in order (which is actually pretty helpful.) Not to mention, there's full color super secret concept art included too, which just makes whoever receives this book into an instant video game lore ninja. Don't you want to make someone into a knowledge ninja this holiday season? You know the answer.
1. Risk Legacy
From Hasbro Games
It's come down to this. The ultimately awesome gift that will make you a celebrity among gift-givers this season: a game that lets you take over the world in less than 3 hours (most of the time!) Risk Legacy is hands down the coolest thing we've seen in board games over the past few years, and if you haven't played, you need to! This game takes the Risk we know and love, and makes into a constantly morphing monster that differs with every board. In this version, players are given advantage and disadvantage stickers, faction powers, and even the ability to name countries. Anything stuck to the board during game play is just that--stuck there--so make sure you think it through before you decide to bomb Norway, because it won't be there next game! Another cool thing about this game--you unlock playing cards during game play. And they're a secret, so you have to play to find out what wonders (and horrors) lie within. All we can say is buy this game. You will increase someone's overall happiness by tenfold. At least, until you beat them at owning the world...but that's not until later.
Hopefully, you've learned a little bit about how to become an awesome gift-giver this season. And truthfully any gift is worth receiving. But any gift won't make you the favorite. So come on by Two Cats Comic Book Store and pick up one of these during your holiday shopping this year, and you'll be receiving envelopes of money from family and friends in no time. No need to thank us--we've got you.