Help for the holiday procrastinator: 10 gift books that don’t say “last minute” at all

As someone once wrote in a book, the best-laid plans often go awry. Worry not if you have last-minute holiday shopping to do; Barnes & Noble is open Christmas Eve, mom-and-pop shops that have yet to shutter their doors are desperate for your holiday purchases, and even Amazon can still get you books if you order them…

Your own origin story: 21 comics to get newcomers hooked

Comics can be a scary, intimidating medium to an outsider. The breadth and depth of history, brands, universes, events, and movie and TV adaptations make getting into comics seem like more trouble than it’s worth. But take it from us, comics are well worth diving into, and you don’t need spend hours reading background…

A comic, an album, and some nifty pocket journals

A few months ago, while editing Oliver Sava’s review of Saga #19, I got to the part about the menstruating walrus and rolled my eyes so loudly that books editor Andrea Battleground overheard me. She said that Saga was actually her favorite ongoing comic, and thus challenged, I borrowed her trade paperback of Vol. 1.…

What’s your favorite book so far this year?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…