Listening to all those asinine manipulative ads on the radio is souring my xmas spirit. Here’s an idea: instead of spending a day shopping, spend a day making cards by hand or baking treats to share, or spend the day chatting and merry-making with the people you’re shopping for! But if you must shop, my message is to buy local and independent, and especially from your favourite Cthulhu rock band merchant.

Phew! Now that I got that token anti-establishment anti-commercialism propaganda out of the way, here’s my xmas wish list:

More time in a day
Those black plastic VHS tape cases
Stripey socks (not sports socks)

DVDs: Home Movies Season 2
My Neighbor Totoro
Tom & Jerry Spotlight Collection
The Tick (cartoon) Season 1 or 2
Castle of Cagliostro widescreen
Popeye the Sailor: 1933-1938, Vol. 1 (pricey)
Tex Avery’s Droopy: The Complete Theatrical Collection (1954)

BOOKS (not to be purchased at Chapters please!):
A Manual of Writer’s Tricks
The Observation Deck
On Bullshit
Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists (Paperback) by Mark Simon

Gift Certificate
Alias Vol. 3: The Underneath (Paperback)
The DC Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics (Paperback)
DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics (Paperback)
Alan Moore’s Writing For Comics Volume 1 (Paperback) (super cheap)
Graphic Storytelling (Paperback) by Will Eisner
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: People and Poses (Comic Artists Reference) (Paperback)
Visual Reference for Comic Artists (Visual Reference for Comic Artists, 1) [CD-ROM] (CD-ROM) by Buddy Scalera (any volume)

5 Replies to “CHRI$TMA$”

  1. Hey man, ask for Making Comics by Scott McCloud (if you don’t already have it). It is invaluable.

  2. Already got Making Comics, but haven’t read it yet. Still working on DC Comics Guide to Inking and Perspective for Comic Book Artists.

  3. Don’t wait for Understanding Comics (or Reinventing). They compliment and overlap, but easily stand alone. The facial material in Making Comics is great.

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