Christmas Swag – From Sandman to Doctor Who

When we go to comic cons, we usually post swag shots, but Christmas often blesses us with plenty of geek delight, too. Inspired by seeing comics people posting their hauls on Facebook, I decided to share what friends and family picked out thinking that they’d got my obsessions nailed down. And they were very right…

The Sandman: Arabian Nights statue c. 1994 inspired by P. Craig Russell’s art on issue #50

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The first collected edition of Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. I hate to admit that I haven’t read it yet (though I’ve been collecting them and not reading them yet to avoid spoilers), but now I can rectify that.

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A Timelord t-shirt, Whovian of course, with Smith’s Doctor in fez silhouette. Appropriate on this day we say farewell to Smith.

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Iron Man, Thor, and Batman PEZ. Now the real problem is that I don’t want to open these because the packaging is so bright and appealing, but then again, there are sweets inside. The conundrum.

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A POP Vinyl of Batman ’66 Joker based on Cesar Romero. I’ve actually been waiting for these to come out, and specifically wanted this one, then forgot, but thankfully my family didn’t.

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My friends in California sent me these Thor and Loki prints by Chris Kawagawa from Long Beach Comic Con a couple of weeks back, but the framing was a Christmas gift. My home office just got much more conflicted.

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A signed special edition DVD of Kevin Smith’s Dogma. This kind of blew my mind. I don’t think I was a good enough kid this year, Santa.

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It’s kind of difficult to find Panini editions of Doctor Who comics on your average shopping trip in the USA, so I’m delighted to have this. It’s the collected strips entitled Nemesis of the Daleks, from the pages of Doctor Who Magazine, and the second volume of strips featuring the 7th Doctor.

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And why not throw in a few Smurf candies, just to round things off? I’m a big Smurf fan from childhood and have most of the Papercutz collections of Peyo’s still beautiful comics.

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Posting all this is giving me a bit of a complex. Did I get good enough gifts for other people? Because I certainly got amazing things this year. What did you unwrap today?

Hannah Means-Shannon is EIC at Bleeding Cool and @hannahmenzies on Twitter.

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