* the prominent writer about comics George Gene Gustines provides you and New York Times readers with a holiday shopping list. It's a pretty good list; I'd second recommendations for about 2/3 of the books he lists.
* in a world of screen addicts... the cool people read comics. There was a time when North American comics industry observers endlessly debated the exact make-up of a "comics = cool" campaign. I like the looks of this one.