This list is up to date following my 2015 birthday,
although arguably it no longer fits my lifestyle.
I don't expect to receive any gifts
just because it's a traditional occasion for giving them.
However, I know that some of my relatives delight in giving gifts,
so I'm providing this list as a public service.
(If you're giving me presents for my birthday or Christmas,
then you may want to coordinate with my mom.)
See also the charities below.
There are occasional links to the home page of an author or product,
that you should buy from Amazon.com
just because the linked page is an Amazon partner).
The charity websites seem to be particularly poorly designed.
Besides what is on this list,
if you want to give me a gift
from an author or artist whose work you know that I like,
then that's fine;
if you're worried about redundancy,
then you can check
the list of stuff that I already have.
I don't need anything for my birthday,
but some people do —and for the rest of the year.
Through charity gifts,
your present to me (and your other friends and relatives)
can be a gift for those who really need it.
So when I say that I want world peace for my birthday, you can make a start!
I have included parenthetical estimates of
the sections of the bookstore
where you are most likely to find these books.
(children's, picture books, comics):
- any children's book other than
Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big
- See also under Comic strips
anything other than:
- The Arrows of Time (book 3 of Orthogonal)
- The Clockwork Rocket (book 1 of Orthogonal)
- Crystal Nights
- The Eternal Flame (book 2 of Orthogonal)
- Permutation City
- Schild's Ladder
- Neil Gaiman
(fantasy, horror, graphic novels, children's):
- any book other than:
- American Gods
- Anansi Boys
- Fortunately, the Milk
- Fragile Things
- Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett)
- The Graveyard Book
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
- The Sandman: Book of Dreams (editor)
- Smoke and Mirrors
- Trigger Warning
- The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains
- See also under Comic books
It's better to get large collections than individual issues.
Nowadays, you can often find these in ordinary bookstores,
but it's also nice if you support
your local independent
comic book shops.
- Sergio Aragonés & Mark Evanier:
any Groo collection other than:
- The Groo Houndbook (volume ‘H’)
- The Groo Library (volume ‘L’)
- Hell on Earth
- The Hogs of Horder
- any comic book other than:
- Death: The High Cost of Living (volume 1)
- The Sandman
- See also under Books
- Los Bros Hernandez:
- Beyond Palomar (combination of books 10 and 12)
- Chester Square (book 13)
- The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S.
- House of Raging Women (book 5)
- Love & Rockets X (book 10)
- Music for Mechanics (book 1)
- Perla la Loca (combination of books 11 and 13)
- Poison River (book 12)
- Tears from Heaven (book 4)
- Three Daughters (book 23)
- Wigwam Bam (book 11)
- Alan Moore: anything (preferably older stuff) other than:
- the DC Universe stories
- Tomorrow Stories: Book 1
- V for Vendetta
- R. Sikoryak:
- Dave Sim: Cerebus:
any collection (preferably in order) other than:
- Cerebus (volume 1)
- Cerebus Zero (volume 0)
- Church and State I (volume 3)
- Church and State II (volume 4)
- Flight (volume 7)
- Guys (volume 11)
- High Society (volume 2)
- Jaka's Story (volume 5)
- Melmoth (volume 6)
- Reads (volume 9)
- Women (volume 8)
These days, you can buy individual prints of comic strips,
but it's still best to go for the collections.
- Bruno: Gina (Book Ten)
- Little Dee: any volume
- Berkeley Breathed:
The Order of the Stick: any comic collection
- Walt Kelly:
any volume other than:
- Bona Fide Balderdash (volume 2)
- Through the Wild Blue Wonder (volume 1)
- Stephen Notley: Bob the Angry Flower:
Dog Killer (volume 5)
- Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg:
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