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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Gift Certificates

The store doors are open, your window is closing, and you’ve got no idea what gift to get that friend or loved one this Christmas!

What to do?

No worries…every year, it’s the same thing. We leave that last, hard or forgotten, gift idea to the very end. And before you know it, you have to be at Christmas Eve dinner within the hour!

Well, let’s get to it then- and there’s really only one thing for it:

Gift cards!

No, they’re not the cop out some might have you believe. In fact, they are a super thoughtful gift aimed straight at the fancy of the loved one you’re giving the gift card to! With it, their imagination could take flight!

Follow us through the aisles of your local shop and store, online and otherwise, for some of the best gift cards you could ever give this holiday season!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Comic Book Collections Part 3

One shopping day left until the Christmas holiday – and I bet you’ll be heading out near a comic book or bookstore today!

Then, of course, it’s Boxing Day, where so many of the sales on books, comics and pop culture items kick it!

But don’t be fooled – there’s plenty of stores that have kicked off their end-of-year sales week already. And since you’re about to head on out amongst the masses to check off the final items in your holiday shopping list, here’s our third and final installment (4th when we include E.A. Henson’s comic book collections great to give as gifts piece) of all the great comics out there right now!

Here’s where you can find our Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Comic Book Collections Part 1, which is full of great, but expensive collections. Here’s where you can find our Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Comic Book Collections Part 2, which is fill of fantastic mid-range priced items.

Here then is our final installment, full of outstanding comic book collections at the lower end of the price spectrum – perfect for friends and family that love our favourite pop culture medium!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Comic Book Collections Part 2

There’s time! There’s time! You still have time!

I know: you’re looking to buy that perfect, mid-priced, comic book collection for a friend or loved one as a gift for the holiday season, aren’t you? (Maybe, if you’re anything like me, you’re also looking to pick up a little holiday reading for yourself!)

Well, yesterday we posted a list of some higher-priced items. If you haven’t seen it yet (or need to refer back to it), you can find it right here. It’s got some great stuff for any comic book fan in your life.

But maybe those items are out of your price range. No worries. Biff Bam Pop! has got you covered.

In a couple of days, we’re going to list our lower-priced, generally softcover comic book compilations, best to give as gifts this year. Today, we’re in the mid-range. And there’s lots of great stuff to give!

So scribble these books down on paper, type them into your phone Notes app, ask Siri to remind you, or just simply print this page!

Either way, get to a comic book store, a bookstore or get online now – here we go!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Comic Book Collections Part 1

It’s the week before the Christmas holiday!

Some of you might already be neck-deep in celebrating cultural festivities, but there’s probably ample opportunity for you, regardless of the holiday you observe, to still be out there amongst the masses, shopping for gifts.

You know. Shop to shop. Elbow-to-elbow. Debit card to debit card.

And I’m certain, with you being a regular, casual, or happenchance purveyor of this fine pop culture site, that you’re into comic books. And so are your friends!

A few weeks ago, regular Biff Bam Pop! contributor (and comic book aficionado), E. A. Henson gave his list of comic book compilations to give as gifts, which you can find right here. A fine list it is, too.

Here, then, is another: the first of three parts over the next few days, all showcasing 2017 comic book compilations worthy as giving as gifts to a friend or loved one.

Or to yourself.

Let’s start off with the most expensive, while you still have money in your bank account!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017 – Video Games Galore for Adults and Kids

So many video games have come out this year, it’s hard to choose the best ones to throw on a recommendation list. But, I’m going to try. Here, you’ll find recs for games we’ve covered over the past year – some are for adults only, while others are suitable for kids and families.

Resident Evil

Resident Evil: Biohazard – Whether you’re playing this in VR or just straight up via your joystick, this is hands down the scariest game that I have ever experienced, and I’ve played a lot of horror games. Check out our review here, and trust me, if you’ve got a horror gamer in your life that hasn’t touched this one yet, put Resident Evil: Biohazard under the tree.

Outlast 2

Outlast 2 – Cults and gore might make for strange bedfellows at the holiday season, but horror gamers will be nicely served with Outlast 2, a first person game where you’re sans weapons and more about trying to keep yourself alive. Our review for the Trinity edition of Outlast gives you all the details. DEFINITELY NOT FOR THE KIDDIES!

Shadow Of War

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – Tolkien lovers were well-served this year with the release of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, the gorgeous sequel to Shadows of Mordor.  The game continues the story of Talion, the thoughtful ranger who has merged with the wraith of Elf Lord Celebrimbor, and takes place between the events of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Our full review is hereRead the rest of this entry

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Movies on Blu-ray + 4K

Throughout 2017, lots of movies arrived for the writers of Biff Bam Pop! to take a look at, including several in 4K Blu-ray format. With the holidays here, there’s a good chance you might wind up with a 4K player or television, or be shopping for someone who is all up on the latest tech. On that note, here are reviews of some solid films (in our opinion) from the last year, and the format we watched them in.

The Harry Potter Movies in 4K: 2017 saw the entire collection of Harry Potter films released in 4K packages (complete with Blu-ray and digital copies). If you’re looking to introduce the franchise to your kids, or you simply grew up with the movies and want to have them in the best format possible, this the way to do it. The earlier films aren’t as “amazing” in 4K, just based on the fact that they’re older; however, when watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with the Princess, she said it was as though they were “actually in the room with us.” A bold proclamation, methinks, and reason enough to invest in the films.

Dunkirk : Christopher Nolan’s masterful film should be seen on the big screen, in 70 mm. Nobody is going to argue about that fact. BUT, if you didn’t get a chance to have that experience during the film’s first run, and can’t make it out during its current rerelease, Dunkirk in 4K is absolutely the way to go. The package also comes with a standard Blu-ray and digital version, so you’re covered wherever you want to watch the battle go down.

mother!: Now, I know this one is going to be divisive, but I absolutely loved Darren Aronofsky’s mind-fuck of a movie. Go in looking at it as an allegory (I’m not going to spoil what the allegory is, mind you – Google it), and the film immediately makes a certain kind of sense. The performances from stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are both top-notch, and make the film well worth checking out just for that. BUT, for fans of dream-style, David Lynch inspired movie-making that doesn’t play by any rules except its own, mother! is going to be right up your alley. Yes, it goes absolutely bat-shit crazy in the final act, and you won’t believe your eyes, so if that doesn’t sound like fun, skip it. However, if you can go in with an open mind and willingness to take something of a psychedelic trip, mother! comes highly recommended. Read the rest of this entry

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: DK Gets You Ready For Star Wars: The Force Awakens

We’re days, just days away, from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. How are you spending your own personal countdown?

Me, I’m combing through sites like The Hollywood Report and Variety glancing at, but not fully reading the reviews that have started trickling out.

I’m thinking about our predictions for the how well the film is going to do when it officially hits theaters on Friday ($200 million is a gimme, in my mind, but how much higher can it go?)

And I’m also perusing a few outstanding Star Wars books that have come my way from the folks at DK.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Books for Music Fans

So many music books, so little time. Depending on what the sounds that person in your life loves, there’s a ton of great books out there to choose from this Holiday Season. Here are a few of our favourite selections:

Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jan Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine – Writer Joe Hagan had unprecedented access to the founder and publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine, and the end result didn’t please Jann Wenner at all. Lots of sex, drugs and rock and roll, and comments from the rock stars that Wenner himself loved to hang around with. It’s all happening in this book.

Bon

Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC’s Back in Black – With the passing of AC/DC founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young just a few weeks ago, reading about the band’s original lead singer Bon Scott has become even more fitting. Jesse Fink delves deep into the lore of the Thunder from Down Under, Bon’s influence on the band, and his tragic passing at the age of 33. Read the rest of this entry

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 – Twin Peaks: The Limited Event Series, The Final Dossier, Wrapped in Plastic + Funko Toys

For fans of Twin Peaks, 2017 has been an incredible, defining year. First, the long-talked about third season made its way to Showtime as an 18-part film, written by series co-creators Mark Frost and David Lynch, with every hour directed by Lynch himself. Familiar faces mingled with new ones, though nobody would disagree that the new series was a tour de force delivered by Kyle MacLachlan, who not only returned as Special Agent Dale Cooper, along with two brand new characters. The series picked up 25 years after Cooper became trapped in the Black Lodge with his doppelgänger roaming free. While the ratings weren’t outstanding, the quality of the series was incredible, and its making many a Best of 2017 lists.

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This week sees the release of Twin Peaks: The Limited Event Series on Blu-ray and DVD, featuring hours of incredible behind the scenes footage that take you up close and personal into David Lynch’s creative process. The Blu-ray is the version to pick up, as it contains a bonus disc of footage that absolutely is a must-experience for fans. The packaging is a gorgeous slipcase that features Cooper’s various guises. For anyone looking to delve deeper into the world of Twin Peaks, this is 100% a must have. Read the rest of this entry

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Snap a Pic with FujiFilm’s Instax Mini 9 and Share SP 2

It’s the first installment in this year’s edition of Biff Bam Pop!’s Holiday Gift Guide, and we’re kicking it off with a flash, and some help from BBP’s Princess.

Andy Burns: So, my little Princess, what are we going to talk about first?

Princess: Fujifim Instax Mini Camera and printer!

Andy Burns: Now, where did you and I first try this out?

Princess: At a Holiday Toy Showcase put on by our friend.

AB: That’s right, put on by our friends at Swerve PR! It was early, though.

Princess: The end of October, I think. And we saw some cool things.

AB: I think the coolest thing we saw was the camera, the Instax Mini 9 from Fujifilm.

Princess: And the printer!

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