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With the holidays comes some much-needed downtime. And given that 2020 has been a year defined by staying indoors and either cozying up to the TV or racing through your overflowing and ever-growing book collection, there’s a good chance you or your loved ones are running out of some much-needed entertainment. We don't know yet what the 2020 holiday season will be like, but one thing is for certain: staying connected with your loved ones is essential, and as we find new ways to stay connected — virtually — we'll find new ways to show our love.

But worry not! We at SYFY WIRE and PayPal are here to empower you to make this holiday season one to remember. And we have you covered with geeky new books to keep your shelves stocked and your mind occupied. If you or your loved one’s bookshelves are looking a little lean this holiday season, then check out the books below, which range from beautifully detailed artbooks to some of the hottest comics on the market. Read on!

Stranger Things Volume 1: The Other Side TPB

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While Stranger Things Season 1 spent its time following Eleven, Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and the rest of the gang through Hawkins as they raced to find Will, he was trapped in the Upside Down. What did he do there, and what kinds of horrors did he face down? Find out more about Will’s Upside Down journey in Stranger Things Volume 1: The Other Side from Jody Houser, Keith Champagne, Stefano Martino, Lauren Affe, and Aleksi Briclot.

Stranger Things Volume 2: SIX TPB

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In Stranger Things Volume 2: SIX, we move from Will Byers’ time in the Upside Down to Dr. Brenner’s lab in Hawkins where a teenage girl with precognition named Francine is struggling to overcome a life in which everyone from her parents to Brenner has taken advantage of her powers. In this four-issue miniseries, Brenner wants to harness her powers as well as those of the other gifted children that they hold captive at the lab. Wracked by increasingly disturbing visions, she sees an opportunity for her and all the children to escape. But at what cost?

Stranger Things Volume 3: Into the Fire TPB

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Rounding out your collection of all things Stranger Things is Stranger Things Volume 3: Into the Fire, in which two of the evil Dr. Brenner’s former patients from Hawkins Lab and Eleven’s siblings have escaped and, years later, are still striving to live normal lives. When news reaches them that the lab was shut down they go on a harrowing search for Nine, a powerful pyrokinetic whose shattered psyche threatens to burn them all to ashes if they can’t find her and free her from her own malevolent imagination.

Hellboy: 25 Years of Covers HC

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Forget Ron Perlman and David Harbour for a minute and bask in 25 years of Hellboy covers from Dark Horse, featuring art from creator Mike Mignola, Richard Corben, Duncan Fegredo, and more. This oversized 8x12 hardcover is sure to appeal to Mignola fans and comics enthusiasts alike, featuring an introduction by colorist Dave Stewart and a foreword by Mignola himself.

Hellsing Deluxe Volume 1 HC

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With supernatural horrors haunting the streets and preying upon humanity, the shadowy Hellsing organization fights back against hell's minions. Hellsing's secret weapon: the vampire Lord Alucard, whose terrifying powers are needed more than ever as an army of the undead marches on London beneath the banner of the swastika! Collects Volumes 1-4, available for the first time in Hellsing's original 7x10 serialized format. Deluxe hardcover edition with embossed casing, sewn binding, and ribbon marker.

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia HC

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The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia is the perfect gift for any Hyrule historian looking to delve deeper into Link’s grand adventures. This massive, 138-page treasure trove of character histories, concept art, world maps, languages, and so much more is an exhaustive compendium of everything from the first 30 years of The Legend of Zelda.

The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order HC

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Years after Order 66 decimated the Jedi Order, Padawan Cal Kestis journeys to find a way to rebuild, all while fighting off the ever-growing Empire in the hit Star Wars video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order offers a behind-the-scenes look at the production of a hit game — all accompanied by intimate artists commentary that reveals how this incredible universe is brought together.

The Art of Star Wars Rebels HC

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The Force will be with you, always, with this collection of The Art of Star Wars Rebels. If you or your Star Wars-obsessed friend still can’t get enough of Ezra’s journey from street urchin to Jedi and his adventures alongside the Ghost crew, then this gift might be calling you through the Force. Featuring never-before-seen concept art and process pieces along with exclusive commentary from the creative team behind the show, The Art of Star Wars Rebels will transport you to that beloved (animated) galaxy far, far away.

Machine Gun Wizards TPB

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What if the seedy gangster underbelly of 1930s Chicago wasn’t focused on alcohol or guns but magic? With Lick, a drug that grants magical powers to anyone who ingests it, mobsters become wizards and ordinary men become monsters. This book from writer Christian Ward finds dark hero Eliot Ness and his Untouchables taking on suped-up gangsters, including the infamous Al Capone.

The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Library Edition HC

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The Earth kingdom is at the dawn of a new age, but Korra and her team must learn to trust an unlikely ally to secure peace for the nation! This full-color hardcover collects short stories from The Lost Adventures and Team Avatar Tales.

The Art of DreamWorks Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia HC

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Writer, director, and all-around genre icon Guillermo del Toro is known for his inventive worlds and stunning creatures, and if you’ve watched Trollhunters, you know that magic carries over into his animated works, as well. In The Art of DreamWorks Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia, you’ll find hundreds of pieces of never-before-seen concept art and exclusive artists' commentary, as well as writing from del Toro himself and an afterword by Mark Hamill.

The Umbrella Academy Library Edition Volume 1: Apocalypse Suite HC

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So you love the hit Netflix show The Umbrella Academy but have never gotten around to reading the Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá-helmed comic series from Dark Horse on which it’s based? Well, you’re in luck. This first volume, an oversized hardcover, reprints the 2008 limited edition collection of the complete first series, including short stories Mon Dieu! and But the Past Ain't Through with You, as well as a 50-page sketchbook just in case you find yourself inspired by the Hargreeves’ tragedy. in this volume, the formerly superheroic Hargreeve siblings — seven of 43 children born unexpectedly and with superpowers to boot — return to millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves’ home upon his death with just enough time to save the world from certain destruction.

The Umbrella Academy Library Edition Volume 2: Dallas HC

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Think you know everything about Vol. 2 already because you watched Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy Season 2 in under 48 hours? We heard a rumor you’re missing out. The Umbrella Academy Library Edition Volume 2: Dallas includes UA’s second series, Dallas, the short story Anywhere but Here, and a 36-page sketchbook featuring work by Way, Bá, designer Tony Ong, and Superman's pal Jim Lee. Follow the Hargreeves deeper down the rabbit hole and remember that while 2020 sometimes feels like the end of the world, at least you're not fighting off the apocalypse (again).

The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion Library Edition HC

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Finally in our Umbrella Academy extravaganza, inspired by Umbrella Academy's success on Netflix, creators Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá were inspired to publish more UA stories in September 2020. Faced with an increasing number of lunatics with superpowers, Sir Reginald Hargreeves developed the ultimate solution... But their past is coming back to haunt them.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search Omnibus TPB

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Immediately following the Avatar's adventures in The Promise, this omnibus collects parts 1-3 of The Search. For years, fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra have burned with one question: what happened to fire lord Zuko's mother? Finding a clue at last, Zuko enlists the aid of Team Avatar — and the most unlikely ally of all — to help uncover the biggest secret of his life.

Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood TPB

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In the first four issues of the Alien vs. Predator series from Dark Horse, Predators attack a luxury spaceship and the two remaining survivors — a teenage girl and her synthetic companion — must either find a way off the ship for themselves, or a way to boot the Predators off. As if Predators weren’t enough to contend with, things get even more complicated when an Alien boards the ship, too. Enter: Yet another chance for arguably the greatest genre throwdown of all time.

Aliens vs. Predator: The Original Comics Series HC (30th Anniversary Edition)

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And if you’re looking for even more Alien vs. Predator, check out the Alien vs Predator 30th Anniversary Comic from Randy Stradley, Phill Norwood, and Chris Warner. While most fans are familiar with Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2004 Alien vs. Predator, what many might not realize is that 14 years before they clashed on the big screen, Aliens and Predators were duking it out in comic book pages. Read all the original comics in this single collection.