Gifts for the comics lover

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, $98.99

Arguably the best newspaper comic ever printed, Calvin and Hobbes is wildly imaginative, beautifully drawn and packed with heart. This hardbound, lovingly crafted collection includes every adventure between young Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes.

Love Is Love, $9.99

IDW Publishing, with support from DC Entertainment, has assembled this anthology graphic novel curated by writer Marc Andreyko to benefit the victims of the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando. The project includes contributions from more than 200 writers and artists, and includes more than 100 short stories. All proceeds go to the victims and survivors via Equality Florida. The comic ships to shops and bookstores in December, and can be purchased locally at the Laughing Ogre (4258 N. High St., Clintonville).

The Walking Dead wall clock, $40

In comic form, The Walking Dead is brutal, beautiful and impossible to put down. On TV … eh, not so much. Get this one for the comics lover in your life and they can use it to time the long, slow slog until the TV series ends and attention can finally return to where it belongs: on the books.

Vintage DC stone coasters, $15.50

Because even Superman doesn't want beverage rings on his new coffee table.

Craig Thompson's Blankets, $26.62 (hardcover)

This 2003 coming-of-age tale remains one of the best graphic novels I've read (and that last panel is just perfection) and is the perfect intro for the graphic novel newby.

BUY LOCAL, various

There's been a lot of chatter in recent years about Columbus turning into a comics city, much of it driven by the cavalcade of talented artists and writers who live and create here. For a starting point, consult the list of 25 essential Columbus comics we assembled earlier this year (searchable at or search out locals like Nix Comics, 2 Headed Monster Comics, True Life Comix and more. Also, visit the Laughing Ogre and the staff will happily direct you to more great Cbus-created selections.