The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to hit the shops! If you’re looking for inspiration for gifts for all the important people in your life, ComicsAlliance has put together a series of guides centered on different themes and personalities!

Anyone who identifies as a comics nerd (and we use that word in the most celebratory sense) must love reading. And even beyond reading comics, there are plenty of books about comics that they could be reading.

Comics have entered the cultural mainstream in all kinds of ways. That doesn't jusst mean a Doctor Strange movie hitting box office gold; it also means an increased interest in the history of the comics medium and its big, iconic characters. It means more books that explore the subtextual implications of comics, or offer a rich analysis of fandom.

So dive in and find a book or two for the history buff, nerdy academic relative, or bookworm kid in your life!

The links on this list lead to Amazon, but we suggest that you support local comic shops and book shops where possible. If you’re not sure where the nearest comic store is, type your zip code or postal code into this website and find one close to you.