One of the last things that Christmas should represent is overt commercialization - secular or not, Christmas should be about more than the crass act of consumption. That being said, for Christmas I got stuff. Stuff that I was excited to get. So I'm showing it off, knowing full well that the emperor has no clothes, to extend a metaphor. Gaze upon these works, you mighty...and despair:
I got a boatload of graphic novels this time around. That's right, enough graphic novels to load a boat with! Depending on the size of the boat. Anyway, here we have the Dylan Dog collection, volume 2 of Joe Casey and Tom Scioli's Godland, and the highly anticipated Habibi by Craig Thompson.
Also among the stash is The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb. It's astounding that someone who has spent his life creating psychedelic, counter-culture underground comics can put something like this together and have it look so incredible. It's ironic that this just might become his best-known work.
I've now got three of four of the Hellboy Library Edition collections. It's beautiful stuff.
I got some cool Thing-related merchandise as well, including a Thing shot glass that is just awesome. And I landed a Thing Squinkie without having to buy the entire damn set.
I got some DVD swag, too! Season one of Conan: The Adventurer, Volume six of Futurama, Weird Al's Alpocalypse HD collection of videos, and the first collection of Adventure Time, a show I'm loving more and more with every episode.
Rounding off the display of cool stuff is a Magic Mouse for the Mac, some brand new Shrinky Dinks (pre cut?! What the heck!!), and some Pac Man crafty figures. Pac Man and his ghosts were made by my friend Vicki, who has a photo blog here. Vicki did a bunch of video game themed figures that would totally sell for cash money on a site like Etsy. Seriously, Vicki, open up a store. And make me some Yetis. I SAID DO IT!
I hope that everyone out there had a wonderful Christmastime. Here's to 2012!