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Fantagraphics Books is doing something special for Christmas this year: For every $50 purchase on their website or in their Georgetown bookstore, you get a free limited edition minicomic.

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The minicomics include new and rare material from the excellent Fantagraphics stable of cartoonists, including the very first appearance of Peter Bagge's Bradleys, a never-before-published comic from David B, some early Hernandez Brothers material, a full-color piece about converting his comics for television by Tony Millionaire, new illustrations from Stranger Genius Jim Woodring, and—Santa, get me this one, please—Ivan Brunetti's Nancy comic strip tryouts.

The minis are also available individually with purchase of related comics—buy any Johnny Ryan book, for instance, and you automatically get Ryan's mini, Cool Shit from the Pit. I love minicomics—the idea of taking photocopied sheets of paper, stapling them together, and making a book out of them is so simple and direct and touching, like a handwritten letter. These books are a great idea; a special gift for your special comics fan.

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