The Spirit of Giving: CBLDF’s EXPANDED Holiday Gift Guide

December 8, 2011

You can still support CBLDF, and get into The Spirit of Giving this holiday season! The Fund is still offering dozens of signed graphic novels, prints and art from the medium’s greatest creators.  Join us as we highlight just a few items available today in CBLDF’s Holiday Gift Guide!

When you support CBLDF’s The Spirit of Giving drive between now and December 16, The Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation will make a contribution of $1 for every donation and gift order placed on CBLDF’s website. In addition, they will contribute $5 for each new, renewing, or gift membership made from now until December 31!

CBLDF has signed and exclusive premiums that will please any loved one:

For fans of alternative comics:

Ice Haven by Dan Clowes: The paperback version of Daniel Clowes’s brilliant graphic novel, hailed by Time as “another of his hilari­ously slightly off-center worlds that have a vague sense of dread about them. Kind of like where you live.” Signed by the creator!

Death Ray by Dan Clowes: With subtle comedy, deft mastery, and an obvious affection for the bold pop-art exuberance of comic book design, Daniel Clowes delivers a contemporary meditation on the darkness of the human psyche. This first edition hardcover is signed by Dan Clowes.

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman: The definitive edition of the book acclaimed as “the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust” (Wall Street Journal) and “the first masterpiece in comic book history” (The New Yorker). This modern masterpiece is signed by the author on a specialty bookplate.

MetaMaus by Art Spiegelman: In the pages of MetaMaus, Art Spiegelman re-enters the Pulitzer prize–winning Maus, the modern classic that has altered how we see literature, comics and the Holocaust ever since it was first published twenty-five years ago. These hardcovers come signed on a specialized plate by the author!

Milk and Cheese by Evan Dorkin: A carton of hate. A wedge of spite. A comic book of idiotic genius. The Eisner Award-winning dairy duo returns in this deluxe hardcover collecting every single stupid Milk and Cheese comic ever made. This hardcover is a must-have for fans of humor and dairy violence. Signed by the creator!

Local by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly: Set in twelve real life cities across the United States and Canada, this painstakingly researched and meticulously illustrated volume earned G4 TV’s “Indie Book of the Year.” This gorgeous hardcover edition is signed by Brian Wood.

Preacher Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1: Signed by CBLDF supporter Garth Ennis! Available for the first time in hardcover, preacher Jesse Custer begins his dark journey to find God in this volume collecting PREACHER #1-12, plus pinups from PREACHER #50 and #66.

Y The Last Man Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1: From acclaimed writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra, this epic series is one of the most popular comics of the last decade, an amazing sci-fi tale that Stephen King called “The best graphic novel I’ve ever read.” This deluxe edition hardcover is signed by the author!

For your favorite superhero fan:

Legion of Super-Heroes: The Curse: It’s a new helping of 1980s Legion epics from Legion of Super-Heroes #297-313 and Annual #2-3, including the return of the seemingly dead Invisible Kid, the showdown between the heroic Lightning Lad and the evil Lightning Lord, and more. This classic collection is signed by the author, CBLDF board member Paul Levitz!

Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga: This is the perfect edition of the classic storyline that was decades ahead of its time and still stands as one of DC’s most enthralling superhero tales! Collects LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #284-296 and ANNUAL #1. This deluxe edition hardcover is signed by the author, CBLDF board member Paul Lezitz!

Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller: It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now as his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. Signed by Frank Miller!

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons: This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

For fans of dark fiction:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: The award-winning young-adult novel by Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book follows the adventures of a young boy raised by the ghosts in a cemetery. This hardcover edition is signed by the author!

Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites: From award-winning creators Jill Thompson and Evan Dorkin, this beautiful hardcover edition collects the Eisner Award-winning Beasts of Burden short stories, as well as all four issues of the acclaimed series. It is signed by illustrator Jill Thompson.

The Walking Dead Book One: This hardcover features the first 12 issues of the hit series along with the covers for the issues in one oversized volume. Perfect for long time fans, new readers, and anyone needing a slightly heavy object with which to fend off zombies. Sign by writer Robert Kirkman.

The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes: Sandman is often hailed as one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.

To learn more about the comic book medium:

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud: Scott McCloud, a twelve-time Harvey and Eisner Award nominee, uses a comic book to explain and analyze the medium of comic books themselves. This classic softcover is signed by author Scott McCloud.

For the serious collector:

CBLDF Grab Bag: Donated by Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find in Charlotte, North Carolina, these grab bags contain a vast array of rare comics from the silver, bronze, and modern age!

Habibi First Edition by Craig Thompson: These exclusive editions were first available at the Small Press Expo in 2011, and come with a beautiful letterpress bookplate, designed by Mr. Thompson from the now sold out First Printing.

Sin City: Around the World: This set of all seven Sin City volumes showcases the many ways this series has been translated and produced on a worldwide scale.

The Transmetropolitan slipcase: In celebration of Transmetropolitan, the Eisner-nominated comics series from writer Warren Ellis and artist Darick Robertson, this art book features all new illustrations from the top talents in comics.

The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot set: The classic series from writer Frank Miller and master illustrator Geoff Darrow, in one easy set! Two oversized issues, signed by longtime supporter Frank Miller!

Starman Omnibus, Vol 1: The classic super-hero series Starman is re-presented in high quality format by James Robinson (Batman: Face the Face) and Tony Harris (Ex Machina). Signed by CBLDF supporter Tony Harris!

Tickle your comic fan’s funny bone:

Mark Twain’s Autobiography, 1910 – 2010 by Michael Kupperman: Created by humorist and cartoonist Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle), this mix of illustrated writing and comics follows Twain as he navigates the Twentieth Century and makes his way into the Twenty-First.

Schulz’s Youth by Charles M. Schulz: Donated to the CBLDF by About Comics, Schulz’s Youth features some of legendary cartoonist Charles Schulz’s early non-Peanuts work.

For fans of suspense:

Joker by Brian Azzarello & Lee Bermejo: In this all-new, hardcover original graphic novel, writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets) and artist Lee Bermejo (Hellblazer) show an even darker and more disturbing side to the most dangerous man in Gotham. Signed by the creators!

The Marquis: Danse Macabre by Guy Davis: This hardcover edition is out-of-print and difficult to find. Signed by BPRD superstar Guy Davis, this is an excellent addition to the shelves of any horror fan.

Comics for thinkers:

Sandman Vol 3 signed by Neil Gaiman

Echo: The Complete Edition by Terry Moore: This hardcover collection of Terry Moore’s foray into superhuman abilities is signed by the creator!

Masterpiece Comics by R. Sikoryak: Sikoryak’s parodies remind us of the sensational excesses of the canon, or, if you prefer, of the economical expressiveness of classic comics from Batman to Garfield. His drawings have appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as well as in The New Yorker, The Onion, Mad, and Nickelodeon Magazine. Signed and sketched by the author!

Omega: The Unknown by Jonathan Lethem and Farel Dalrymple: This hardcover is signed by both Lethem and Dalrymple, and is a must have for Gerber, Omega, and Lethem fans alike.

Sandman: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman & Various: A perfect introduction to the Sandman mythos, this self-contained short story collection features the World Fantasy Award winning story A Midsummer’s Night Dream – the first time a comic book was given that honor. Signed by Neil Gaiman!

Transhuman by Jonathan Hickman: Transhuman is an irreverent view of the origin of a new technology, the starting of rival companies, the piles of cash made from taking them public, and the marketing wars that end with one company dominating the other. Signed by CBLDF supporter Jonathan Hickman!

For Free Speech Mavens:

CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011: CBLDF’s annual anthology, featuring incredible covers by Matt Wagner (Grendel), John Cassaday (Planetary), and Frank Quitely (All-Star Superman) and collecting stories from the superstars of comics!

CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards booster box: Each box contains 24 packs of the CBLDF Liberty Trading Cards, showcasing some of the historic legal battles comic books have had to overcome. Each pack contains five cards, with randomly inserted autograph and sketch cards!

For the kids:

Bake Sale by Sara Varon: Bake Sale is a story for anyone who’s ever looked for an easy answer to life’s intractable difficulties. It’s also a cookbook!

Smile by Raina Telgemeier: This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama. Signed and sketched by the author!

Beanworld v. 1 by Larry Marder: Wahoolazuma!  CBLDF President Larry Marder contributes this signed hardcover edition of his most peculiar comics experience Beanworld! Collecting the earliest Beanworld stories, this volume is the perfect jumping on point into Marder’s fantastic world!

Bone, Vol. 1: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith: This hardcover is the original first edition of this classic series, published by Cartoon Books and signed by Jeff Smith on a special plate.

Babymouse set: This set includes Babymouse, Vol. 13: Cupcake Tycoon, Babymouse, Vol. 14: Mad Scientist, Squish: Super Amoeba, and the CBLDF exclusive Babymouse print, all signed by creators Jennifer and Matthew Holm!

For art collectors:

Conan the Barbarian letterpress print: For the Conan and fine art fan, these hand-letterpressed prints are signed by Conan creative team Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan.

How to Talk to Girls print: From the imagination of Camilla d’Errico, comes a dreamy vision of the otherworldly “girls” from Neil Gaiman’s “How To Talk To Girls At Parties” short story. Signed by both artist and writer!

Superpowers print: This full-color print features a variety of Golden Age superheroes, beautifully rendered by painter and comics superstar Alex Ross. Signed by the artist!

Apparel for the comic fan in your life:

I Read Banned Comics t-shirt (black): This striking shirt was designed by Eisner Nominated letterer and designer Jared Fletcher. Wear it proudly, and show your support for free speech and the CBLDF!

I Read Banned Comics t-shirt (grey):

Grendel t-shirt: Designed by legendary cartoonist and longtime CBLDF supporter Matt Wagner, this black t-shirt features one of his most famous creations, Hunter Rose, AKA Grendel!

Uncle Sam t-shirt: Designed by superstar artist John Cassaday, this off-white shirt features an incredible illustration of Uncle Sam, making literal the implications of censorship.

Jim Woodring tote bag: Created for the 2011 Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD, this gorgeous, heavy-duty, canvas tote bag features an exclusive design by legendary cartoonist Jim Woodring (Frank).

For anyone who wants to smell good:

BPAL presents La Mano del Destino vs. El Nuevo Puritano set: This luchadore-inspired print and fragrance set is based on concepts by cartoonist and designer J. Gonzo. Scents designed by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab!

Don’t need a gift or want to go the extra mile for Free Speech? Consider making a donation to CBLDF to support our ever-more-important First Amendment work:

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