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The holidays are a time for family, food, fun and, of course, the spirit of giving. I thought I’d check in with the members of the Robot 6 crew to see what comic-related gifts they received this year, along with any they gave as presents. Feel free to share anything comic-related you gave or got this year as well.
Tom Bondurant: I got The Toon Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics (Abrams Comicarts), selected and edited by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly. A good bit of Carl Barks Duck work, from what I can tell. My parents gave it to me.
Michael May: Some friends of mine gave me the Absolute Death. They’ve been giving me the Absolute Sandman volumes for Christmas and my birthday for the last couple of years, so this was a perfect way to cap off that tradition.
I was much cheaper in my comics giving. My nephew is a fan of Coheed & Cambria, so I got him the second volume of The Amory Wars. My youngest brother doesn’t follow any monthly comics, but he does love Superman, so it was All-Star Superman Vol. 1 for him.
Brigid Alverson: My brother went to Ireland this year and he brought me back the modern incarnations of my childhood favorites, Beano and Dandy: Dandy Extreme, which is an amped-up version of the old Dandy, and an anthology of “classics” from a variety of DC Thompson comics. The anthology is interesting because it’s a weekly, which suggests there is a demand for this sort of thing, but of course it’s always a shock to see something from your childhood being presented as if it’s a museum piece.
Chris Mautner: We focused largely on the kids this year, so I only received two presents from the missus, one of which was Sam’s Strip, a complete collection of the self-referential daily comic strip Mort Walker and Jerry Dumas did back in the early 1960s. It’s full of references to older strips — Happy Hooligan keeps stopping by, as does Krazy Kat and various other classic characters. What’s more the two (and only) main characters are always breaking the fourth wall — directly addressing the readers, getting “cartoon props” out of their storage closet, stuff like that. They don’t go quite as far with the concept as they could, but you can sense the two of them having fun with the possibilities.
My daughter, however, made out like a bandit, comics-wise, scoring the fourth issue of the first Muppet Show mini-series (she already had the other three), a Little Lulu volume, the fifth Bone volume (the Scholastic color version) and the latest Babymouse book.
JK Parkin: My sister-in-law gave me the Thor:Ages of Thunder hardcover, which collects several Thor stories by Matt Fraction. She also gave me the recent Neil Gaiman novella, Odd and the Frost Giants, which come to find out is a different take on one of the old Norse legends that Fraction adapted in Age of Thunder. Which was an interesting bit of symmetry.
My wife, meanwhile, gave me the Locke and Key collection by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.
Giftwise, I gave each of my brothers a copy of Parker the Hunter this year, and I also gave my younger brother the first Unknown Soldier collection from Vertigo. And my older brother’s girlfriend has been into Jonathan Lethem recently, so I gave her a copy of the Omega the Unknown collection he wrote for Marvel.