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!

These last couple years have felt like a pretty great time to be a queer comics fan. LGBTQ themes in comics have moved from the fringe to (almost?) the mainstream, but that doesn't mean the fringe has stopped doing great things too. Whether you love superheroes, fantasy, drama, or slice of life stories, there's almost certainly a queer comic out there that's perfect for you, or your friend or partner!

It's hard not to notice that currently the offerings focusing on stories about queer women and girls seem to be gaining ground faster than those focusing on boys and men. And of course those of us who are neither continue to be underrepresented. But as long as things continue to expand, we keep hoping for more and better in the future. In fact, there are some great queer comics out now that didn't quite make this year's list. Backstagers, for example, won't be collected in paperback until 2017. Kim & Kim's collection comes out in late December, which is too late for the official Gift Guide, but it should be in comics stores before Christmas if you find yourself in need of a last minute gift.

For now, we've done our best to put together a queer list that includes the comics everyone should have, the comics that people who already have those comics might not have, plus some non-comics items for people who already have all the comics.

If you want to buy locally and support your local comic shop, but don't know where to go, type your zip code or postal code into this website to find the store closest to you. Local stores will appreciate your business just as much as the person you’re buying for will appreciate these gifts!