So you survived Thanksgiving and maybe some Black Friday sales. But the shopping fun has just begun, with Cyber Monday, the day when most folks return to work and see their email inbox flooded with all kinds of sales from online merchants.
If you're looking for a great manga gift or just want to take advantage of a great deal to get a little something for yourself, there's lots of bargains and sales to be found today. Here are 10 spots worth checking out for savings of 20%, 30%, 50% heck, even 80% off regular prices on graphic novels, DVDs and much more. Some deals are good on Monday, November 28, while others are good for the next few days, week, or even throughout the holiday shopping season:
LAST GASP BOOKS - 25% OFF HOLIDAY SALE
San Francisco-based merchant and publisher of wild and wonderful art books Last Gasp is offering 25% off "almost everything" from now through December 31, 2011. Just use code TWLG at checkout to get your discount. Gift-worthy picks include:
- The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga by Helen McCarthy - an astonishing art book that comes with a DVD showing the manga master at work.
- Tank Tankuro by Gajo Sakamoto - This classy slip-cased hardcover edition offers a glimpse into manga's past. Awesome for readers who are into classic comics or Japanese history.
- Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms by Fumiyo Kouno - A beautifully-told, award-winning, heartbreaking tale of two generations of young women in Hiroshima. A must-read, and now available in hardcover too!
- Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu by Junko Mizuno - A sweet, surreal, and strange tale of a alien fluff ball who's lookin' for love in all the wrong places by the queen of cute-creepy comics.
FANTAGRAPHICS - 30% OFF CYBER MONDAY SALE
All day on Monday, November 28, save 30% off all of Fantagraphics' 2011 releases. This includes Wandering Son Volume 1 and pre-order of Wandering Son Volume 2. Or go all the way and get the Wandering Son / A Drunken Dream manga set!
- A Drunken Dream + Wandering Son Volume 1 set - Get two of Fantagraphics' critically acclaimed hardcover manga releases at 20% off the regular price.
- Wandering Son Volume 1 or Wandering Son Volume 2 (pre-order) - This was one of my picks for my 2011 Manga Gift Guide -- and at 30% off, it's a good a reason as any to pick this one up today for a friend, or for yourself.
BARNES & NOBLE: 30% OFF A SINGLE ITEM
Use code N7C7K8T between now and Tuesday, November 29 at 9:00 am ET to get 30% off your most expensive item in your cart. Oh, the possibilities! Go explore them now at BN.com.
TOP SHELF CYBER MONDAY SALE
Get 30% off all Top Shelf titles when you use code CYBERTSP at checkout. Good all day Monday, November 28, 2011. Get your hands on AX: Alternative Manga Vol. 1, or rip into the mega-sized martial arts action of Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod. Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme is hauntingly bittersweet and memorable too. Or, for the kids on your list, you can't beat Owly or Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken.
RIGHT STUF! VIZ MEDIA SALE - 33% OFF OR MORE
Save at least 33% off VIZ Media manga and art books, including new titles (like Dawn of the Arcana) or boxed sets (hello, 27 volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist!) and pre-orders for 2012 releases. Good all day Monday, November 28, 2011.
THINGS FROM ANOTHER WORLD - SAVE UP TO 80% ON DARK HORSE MANGA AND MORE!
Get some amazing deals on manga from Dark Horse, including popular titles like Trigun, Blade of the Immortal, Berserk, Blood+, GANTZ, Hellsing, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Astro Boy, Clover by CLAMP, and Oh My Goddess! at 80% (!!) off the original cover prices.
TFAW also have great deals on lavish artbooks featuring the illustrations of Yoshitaka Amano (like Coffin: Art of Vampire Hunter D or Fairies), and kid-friendly fare like Dayan: Thursday Rainy Party or Pop Wonderland: Thumbelina.
UDON ENTERTAINMENT - BOOK BUNDLES, BONUS GIFTS AND DEALS ON HARDCOVER ART BOOKS
Just added! Udon Entertainment is offering a whole lot of great graphic novels and art books at 'buy 'em for your whole posse' prices. Their Cyber Monday special is a copy of their Udon art book VENT for only $1 with any purchase of $300 or more today. The rest of the deals listed on their sale page are good through the rest of the week, or while supplies last.
Get hardcover art books like the Mega Man Tribute book or Udon's Art of Capcom 2 at the softcover edition price. Get some schnazzy posters, fine art prints, or door-size posters at 50% off, or get some of their value-priced bundles, featuring Street Fighter comics, the Korean art anthology Apple and much more. Visit the UdonStore.com to see the full array of book bargains available.
MANGA UNIVERSITY - SAVE UP TO 75% BOOKS, GIFT SETS AND MORE
Save up to 75% off their Kanji de Manga and Kana de Manga Japanese language learning books, or their How to Draw Manga sets. Other popular books are offered at discount prices too.
SMITH MICRO: GET 60% OFF MANGA STUDIO
Save big on these software suites for comics creators, Manga Studio EX for advanced users or the value-priced Manga Studio Debut 4. Use code BLACKFRIDAY2011 from now through Wednesday, November 30 at 11:59 pm PT.
MEGATOKYO T-SHIRT SALE AND 2012 CALENDAR PRE-ORDER
Support webcomics and save on art prints, get an extra 10% off tees and pre-order the 2012 Megatokyo calendar direct from the Megatokyo Megagear Shop.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! 7 MORE HOT SPOTS FOR CYBER MONDAY BARGAINS
FUNIMATION HOLIDAY SALE EXTRAVAGANZA
FUNImation has rounded up all the spots where you can find their special Cyber Monday deals on hot titles like Summer Wars, Claymore and Hetalia. Find out how and where to save at Amazon, Right Stuf! and more.
MIGHTY FINE CYBER MONDAY SALE - 20% OFF TEES
Mighty Fine, purveyors of fabulous and fun tees featuring Marvel heroes, Star Wars, Muppets, Hello Kitty, My Little Pony and much, much more are offering 20% off any tee in their webstore when you punch in code WELOVECYBER at checkout. Good only on Monday, November 28, 2011, so hurry!
GIANT SAVINGS AT GIANT ROBOT: 25% OFF
Get 25% off when you enter the code GRWEEKEND at checkout on Monday, November 28. There's a TON of cool stuff you can give to others (or yourself) at Giant Robot, so I won't waste any time pickin' it out for you. Just go there and start shoppin' for some of the coolest tees, toys and original art around. If you need some hints, the GR crew picked out their faves in this list of "Kool Things."
CYBER MONDAY AT SUPER 7
Save 50% off cool collectible toys (kaijyuuu!!) from this hip shop for toy fanatics. Hit Super7Store.com to see what's left and get your hands on these bargains before it's too late -- Sale ends Monday night, November 28 at 11:59 pm
GELASKINS: 20% OFF EVERYTHING
Make your laptop, iPad, iPhone, or Kindle waaay cooler than the rest with a fun, funky, fashionable, artistic skin from Gelaskins. They apply easily and stay on, and when you want another, they peel right off. The discount even applies to gift certificates, so your recipient can pick their own fab design. Gelaskins come in designs for almost every taste; from street art to fine art, abstract patterns, fantasy art, comics (including many designs featuring Dark Horse comics creators in their "We Heart Comics" collection) to your own custom artwork or photos! Hurry, sale ends November 28 at 11:59 PM EST.
COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND: SIGNED COMICS GIFTS
While it's not necessarily a Cyber Monday sale, just wanted to give a shout out to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's holiday offerings. You can get graphic novels signed by and signed to your favorite comic book fan from top creators like Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, Adrian Tomine, Seth, Chester Brown and much more. Hurry! Many requests must be submitted by December 5 to get your book signed and delivered to you for the holidays.
PRINTS AND ORIGINAL ART BY LEA HERNANDEZ - 20% OFF
Artist Lea Hernandez is offering her adorable Four Seasons Bunnies prints (either in a set or singly) for 20% off regular prices when you use code CYBER20 in her Etsy shop by midnight, November 28.