Because we're feeling the pull of the yuletide (whatever the heck that is), ComicsAlliance decided to start a countdown to Christmas in the tradition of that old holiday standard, The 12 Days of Christmas. Except we shook it up, tossed it over to some of the craziest and most talented comics creators we know, and made our own version: The Twelve Days of Comic Book Christmas. Each day until December 24th, we'll post an original piece of art from a creator telling a very different story about what their true love gave to them. So enjoy this gift to you, fair readers -- and make sure to spread the good comics cheer!

"On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Ten headless elves!"

- Steve Niles, art by Kelley Jones

About Steve Niles: Steve Niles is a writer. He writes comics, novels and films. He is one of the writers responsible for bringing horror comics back to prominence, most known for 30 Days of Night. Check out more at http://www.steveniles.com and on Twitter: http://twitter.com/SteveNiles.

About Kelley Jones: Kelley Jones is a comic book artist from Sacramento, California. He worked with inker John Beatty and writer Doug Moench on a series of Batman comics, including Batman: Dark Joker the Wild and Batman and Dracula: Red Rain. Jones also worked on the regular 'Batman' title from 1995 to 1998. Jones cooperated with Neil Gaiman on the Season of Mists story in the Sandman series.