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Manga Gift Guides Part 2: 20 Gift-worthy Books and Graphic Novels

By December 1, 2009

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Art of Osamu TezukaNow that I've given you my list of gift picks for Shojo Manga fans, Shonen Manga Readers and gifts worthy of the otaku in your life, I thought I'd round up some of the more noteworthy (and gift-worthy) art books, graphic novels and even strange and wonderful guides that have hit the bookstores lately.

So here it is, for your reading (and shopping) enjoyment: My guide to this season's 20 hottest gift books, art books and graphic novels that many manga readers would love to see under their tree this holiday season.

So why did I pick these particular books and not others? Well, here's kinda what I was thinking. Ideally, a great gift book is:

  • "gift-worthy" -- it's either a deluxe hardbound book, has great design or is a chunky omnibus edition.
  • new and cool -- it's recently released and reasonably easy to find
  • fun and interesting -- while some of the stories included in this list are on the dark side, they're not total downers. I mean, come on. It's Christmas after all, right?
  • stands on its own -- Ideally, it's a book that doesn't require that the reader be on the hook to look for and buy dozens more volumes in a series to get into the story.

The Tezuka book tops the list for me -- but just as all manga is not the same, gift receipients are all different too. So look for the "Good for:" tag for some suggestions on who might most enjoy the book listed.

So what do you think? What books are you most wishing Santa would leave under your tree? Add your comments below, or chime in on the Manga Forums.

Image credit: © Tezuka Productions

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