Pop Culture Gift Ideas for Guys Who Like Comics, Movies and Books... AKA Your Brother
Buying Something For Your Brother Doesn't Have To Be Hard...
If you've got a brother who likes comics, movies, TV, books, art and all the pop-culture that goes along with it, then you know they can be a little hard to buy for. After all, they are always adding to their collection, and it's a very real possibility that you may shell out some big bucks for something that they already have.
A stressful time for me has always been trying to figure out what to give my brother on birthdays and holidays (other than cash, of course). Now, I know that there are those out there that are so close with their sibling that they always know the perfect gift; I am not one of those people. Me and my brother get along great, but we're just not around each other as much as we used to be to know one another that well. Sometimes I ask what he wants, but very quickly realize that it's kind of hard to come up with stuff you want on the spot.
Wouldn't it be great if one could simply list stuff they would like to have, so those wanting to give a gift would have a solid guide on what to buy. That's where this article idea was born. Although the stuff you see is stuff that I wouldn't mind having, I'm sure others can get all kinds of ideas on what to get their brother for Christmas, birthdays or any other gift giving occasion. Whenever my brother (or anyone) asks me what I would like to have as a gift, I'm just going to point them in the direction of this article. Maybe he'll make a similar article to help me come up with gift ideas for him? Here's hoping.
Pop Culture Gift Ideas and Comics Go Hand In Hand
Comic Books to Add to Your Collection
Most newer comics are pretty easy to find in NM condition or better, but the older a book is the more likely you're going to have to settle for a lower grade (unless you're willing to pay big bucks. I try to draw a line of Very Fine or better when looking for stuff to add to my collection.
- Batman #251: A really cool classic Joker cover by artist Neal Adams.
- Conan the Barbarian #23 and #24: The cameo and first full appearance of Red Sonja.
- Detective Comics #575 - #578: The Batman Year 2 story has a great story, great art and a great villain. What more do you need in a comic?
- Incredible Hulk #340: Hulk vs. Wolverine. 'Nuff said.
- New Mutants #98: 1st appearance of Deadpool.
- Uncanny X-Men #268: A great Jim Lee cover featuring Captain American, Wolverine and Black Widow.
How Much Does It Cost!?
How much do you usually spend when buying a gift for your sibling?
Movie Posters That Look Great Hanging On A Wall (Be Sure To Have Them Framed)
Some collectors love the posters that are in mint condition, but I like the ones that were actually used in the movie theaters. These posters, while much cheaper, may have folds, tears and stains on them. One of the best places I've found for old posters is cinemasterpieces.com. The movie posters below would look great hanging in an entertainment room or man cave.
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
V (1983 TV Mini Series)
Evil Dead (1981)
You Only LIve Twice (1967)
Scream (Special Limited Edition Mondo Poster)
Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Planet Terror (2007)
Police Academy 3 (1986)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
Cool Gift Ideas That You Read (Otherwise Known as Books)
The great thing about books and graphic novels is that slightly used copies are just fine to give as gifts and any serious reader won't mind at all. A few suggestions found below.
- House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
- Vampirella Archives Vol 2 by Dynamite Entertainment
- Watchmen by Alan Moore and and Dave Gibbons
- Needful Things by Stephen King
- X-Men Epic Collection: Second Genesis by Chris Claremont
- The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey
- The Walking Dead: Compendium One by Robert Kirkman
Gift Ideas for Guys Who Love Movies
I know that everyone is going digital now with their movies and TV shows, but there is a big problem with that - you only get the movie. If you like to watch (and learn from) special features, you're out of luck as most digital copies of movies have none of those features. The physical disc is the only place you can find this stuff (unless someone who has access uploads onto YouTube), and that is why I'm such a huge fan of them. Special features is what I love!
- The Burning Collector's Edition Blu Ray
- Game of Thrones Season 7 (DVD is OK with this one) (out 12/12/17)
- Boogie Nights on Blu Ray
- Mad Max Collector's Edition Blu Ray
- Ghost World The Criterion Collection Blu Ray
- The Bird With The Crystal Plumage 2-Disc Limited Edition Blu Ray by Arrow Video (might have to get a previously viewed copy with this one)
Video Game Gift Ideas For Men (and Women?)
Misc Gift Ideas That Are Just So Freaking Cool!!!!!
- Car antenna toppers are decorative balls or objects that you can stick on your antenna to make your vehicle stand out more, plus it's easier to find your vehicle in the parking lot. A few that I find especially cool are Nightmare Before Christmas stuff, green alien heads, pirates and super-hero related ones.
- Superhero enamel pins are the perfect gift idea for someone on a budget. As long as you know a little about what the person likes, I guarantee that they will be happy to get these as a present. Tie clips are just as cool.
- Authentic movie props and memorabilia is a direction to go if you have plenty of money to spend. You definitely need to know a favorite movie to focus on as getting something from a movie that is only mildly liked won't win you any points. I would also suggest that if you can't get something really good and iconic that was in the film (with paperwork), then maybe you should go in a different direction. I mean, come on, you don't want to get a bloody shirt that was worn by an extra do you?
Original Paintings and Artwork That I Would Absolutely Love To Own One DayClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Green Stuff
If you want to give me money as a present, I'm perfectly fine with that, but not everyone will be. It all comes down to knowing the person to whom you're giving the gift to (at least a little). Nobody will turn down a gift (usually), but some do get kind of offended when the gift is a wad of cash. Go figure.
Collectible Statues Are Awesome!
Unless that special someone is wealthy or wins the lottery the odds of getting statues like these are pretty slim, but I wanted to cover my bases. A lot of the statues from above come from Sideshow Collectibles. This company makes display quality detailed statues of pop-culture icons that are second to none. Although they all look good, the limited editions hold their value well and even appreciate in price over the years. Below are some that I would love to have (some you can buy from their website, while others will need to be bought from collectors).
- Wonder Woman Red Son Limited Ed. Statue by Sideshow Collectibles (469.99)
- Pinhead Premium Format Figure by Sideshow Collectibles (Sold Out)
- The Punisher Statue by Iron Studios (699.99)
- Baroness Classic Version Premium Format Figure by Sideshow (Sold Out)
- Harley Quinn Limited Edition Statue by Prime 1 Studio (969.99)
Watching Movies Outside On A Projector
This has been something I've wanted to start doing for a while now. I live out in the stix and would like to project my favorite horror movies into the woods. I know that it won't be the optimum experience, but it should be a unique one.
Currently I'm looking at the Epson Home Cinema HC1450 projector to hook up my DVD player to. It's a little pricey, but if very bright and has built in speakers.