Everyone has that one friend or relative who is a little nerdy and difficult to shop for. You know, that cousin who is obsessed with comic books and wants to spend hours arguing over whether or not Marvel is still relevant after the horrible, strange decisions theyve made lately but I digress.
Take a leap of faith and earn some major cooler-than-you-look points by introducing your clever cohort to the metallic, anachronistic world of steampunk with Rivals.
Rival Vinyl toys and accessories are made by Wheelhouse, a design company based in Edmond (rivalvinyl. com; 2300 S. Broadway Ave.; 919- 0688). The Nautilus and Cogs are at war, and Algernon ChiffChaff (a Nautilus) and Theodore P. Stevedore (a Cog) are the first to jump into the fray. Rival Vinyl also offers posters, T-shirts, and DIY Rivals figurines and weapons so theres a good possibility yours will be the gift that keeps on giving this season.
If you want to browse through a variety of toys and collectibles for your alt-cultured loved one before selecting the perfect gift, head to Atomik Pop (7884 S. Western Ave.; 635-0848). As its name suggests, its a haven for manga and memorabilia, as well as comic books and graphic novels. Ive even heard a rumor that they just received a shipment of items featuring everyones favorite feline, Hello Kitty, and theyre expecting even more throughout the holiday season. But I didnt hear it from Chococat, so youll have to pop into the shop to be sure.
If youre looking for vintage or rare comics, check out All-Star Comics (comicbooksoklahomacity.com; 6900 N. May Ave.; 842-7800). It carries new comics as well as vintage issues from as far back as the 40s. Its enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect gift that will fit your friends quirky personality. And who knows? Maybe you will leave the store with a newfound appreciation for the art and an issue or two for yourself.
To find the perfect gift for the diehard board- or card-gamer in your life, head to Little Shoppe of Games (5109 N. Shartel Ave.; 463-6565). From classics like The Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne and Magic: The Gathering to newer standouts like Munchkin and Firefly: The Game, Little Shoppe has it all. Join in an ongoing game in the store during your visit and see what the fuss is all about.
New World Comics (newworldcomics.net; 6219 N. Meridian Ave.; 721-7634) is also known for its large selection of games, as well as being the go-to OKC shop for lovers of comic books and graphic novels for over 30 years that also means it has 30 years of experience helping newbs like you pick out gifts. It even holds a Superhero School so kids can dress up and learn about superheroes from, er bigger kids dressed up like superheroes.
But, really, who doesnt like dressing up as a superhero? Maybe its normal to own both a SuperWoman and a Catwoman costume; you dont know! And why are you raiding my closet anyway? Youre supposed to be shopping.
Lets get geeky, OKC!