Christmas shopping at Page 45: it’s the easiest shopping you’ll ever do!
“I am sceptical!”
You love your friends! You love your relatives! Even though one of them is a traffic warden.
But you have minimal time so each year we revel in the military exercise of finding the right book for the right person, even if it’s from a list scrawled in drunken biro. Also, we love providing show-and-tell recommendations tailored to your specific needs!
We also sell Page 45 Gift Vouchers both for use online, and printed versions for in-store redemption which come with free cards designed by Philippa Rice and Lizz Lunney.
1. Make a list of the graphic novels you’d like to receive for Christmas.
2. Distribute this list between your friends and relatives.
3. Tell them they can present that list at the counter and we’ll find those books for them. They will be so relieved!
4. If they buy something you already have – so long as you bring it back in prime condition – you can exchange it for anything else later on. Absolutely no scowls that you’ve taken us at our word because it is our word, and here we’re renowned for sticking to it. We’ll simply thank you or your friends for having shopped with us in the first place.
1. Ask your friends and relatives to surprise you! Tell them to ask us for extemporised show-and-tells based on your specific tastes. We do this half a dozen times each day, let alone at Christmas, and it gives us so much pleasure!
2. We’ll give them four or five options to choose from.
3. See 4 above. Also if, for some rare reason we’re wrong, bring it back and swap as usual: personal recommendations at Page 45 come with a swapsies guarantee all year round!
1. If you want to convert your friends to comics then we have 45 years of professional experience between us in doing that.
2. Come to the counter, tell us what they love in other media and we’ll come up with several suggestions for a great introduction based on their wider tastes.
3. See 4 in Scenario A
4. See 3 in Scenario B.
5. Throw a 6 and move on to haberdashery.
2. By “denominations” we mean the smallest increments available, but £10,000’s worth of Page 45 Gift Vouchers are easily purchased and popped in an envelope through credit card transactions or a worldwide money laundering service which we will happily take care of for you!
3. We cannot redeem book tokens, sorry. Please ask for Page 45 Gift Vouchers instead!
4. For the printed versions we have exclusive Page 45 Gift Cards designed by Philippa Rice and Lizz Lunney which come free with an envelope, plus smiles and thanks to all.
5. You or your friends can now go on insane, guilt-free spending sprees.
1. Do nothing at all and receive socks.
2. Wear socks, read nothing.
3. Wash socks, lose one sock in the wash and then grumble.
Comicbook Recommendations for Christmas 2014
Here are some recommendations. If you click on a link and it shows several covers rather than a single book, click on those covers for reviews! Cheers!
Prime British Fiction plus comedy bonus:
THE NAO OF BROWN by Glyn Dillon (winner: British Comics Awards 2014)
NELSON by Rob Davis & friends (winner: British Comics Awards 2013)
MRS WEBERS OMNIBUS by Posy Simmonds (winner of an MBE)
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EARLY EARTH by Isabel Greenberg
THE LISTENING AGENT by Joe Decie (he’s my Mum’s favourite!)
THE SUITCASE by Dan Berry
THE PARK by Oscar Zarate
DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER by Joff Wintherhart
WE’RE OUT by Philippa Rice – particularly if you love Oliver Postgate or Nottingham!
YOU’RE ALL JUST JEALOUS OF MY JETPACK by Tom Gauld
GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU by Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler
HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Allie Brosh
ADVENTURE TIME Brand-new stories by everyone ever!
It is so Christmassy:
Inexpensive Stocking Fillers:
Your Dad’s into war (and the anniversary is imminent):
Socio-politics, history, travel, autobiography:
DOTTER OF HER FATHER’S EYES by Mary Talbot & Bryan Talbot. (Winner: Costa Book Award for non-fiction!)
ETHEL & ERNEST by Raymond Briggs
ALICE IN SUNDERLAND by Bryan Talbot
ALEC OMNIBUS by Eddie Campbell
A CHINESE LIFE by Philippe Otie, Li Kunwu
Everything by Guy Delisle. Pop him in our search engine!
HILDA AND THE MIDNIGHT GIANT by Luke Pearson (Winner: British Comics Awards For Kids 2013, now with Christmas, sparkly spine edging!)
A BOY AND A BEAR IN A BOAT by Dave Shelton
FISH HEAD STEVE by Jamie Smart
TEENYTINYSAURS by Gary Northfield
AMULET by Kazu Kibuishi
BONE by Jeff Smith
MOUSE GUARD by David Peterson
MONSTER ON THE HILL by Rob Harrel
Horror, Crime and Compassion:
Science Fiction with heart and humanity:
Superheroes, accessible and perfect for Christmas:
SUPERIOR by Mark Millar & Yeinil Yu
MARVEL 1985 by Mark Millar & Tommy Lee Edwards
THE INHUMANS by Paul Jenkins & Jae Lee
HAWKEYE by Matt Fraction & David Aja
YOUNG AVENGERS by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie
We have so many more to suggest tailored specifically to your loved one’s needs. Just ask at the counter, all year round! Yay and yippee! (TM @Lizzlizz)
Page 45 is open:
Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. Sunday: 11am to 4pm
Closed only Bank Holidays, so in this instance Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day.
We shut around 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve because we are thirsty!
Tel: 0115 9508045
New Releases Christmas 2013
New Comics Day is Wednesday every week of the year, but for Chrismas Eve and New Year’s Eve only, it is Tuesday! Hurrah!
Merry Kissmas, everybody!
- Stephen xxx
This has been a transparent marketing ploy on behalf of Page 45, posted in good time to be emulated by everyone else.
Above: BUILDING STORIES by Chris Ware