When it comes to holiday shopping, finding the perfect gift can be difficult, especially if you limit yourself to what’s available at big box stores or on that one website. For Small Business Saturday, The Beat rounded up 60 indie creators who sell comics, zines, prints, apparel, accessories, display items, and more for those giftees on your list who might want something handmade or catered to their favorite fandom (or both!).
Below, you’ll find links to shops run by artists, cosplayers, comic writers, creators, and shop owners of of all stripes. We’ve also included commission information for a few creators who don’t yet have shops.
Note: not all of these makers are running Small Business Saturday or End of the Year sales, but we’ve included as many shops as possible in order to highlight their stellar work.
Without further ado, here are just 60 creators you can support this Small Business Saturday.
Ama is a pop surrealist artist who paints in shades of pastel. In addition to offering gouache, graphite, ink, and watercolor commissions, Ama also sells original and fan art prints, apparel, and stickers. Now through Dec. 2, get $5 orders of $40+ with code AMAYOMAMA5 at checkout. Buyers will also get a free Girl Gang sticker while supplies last.
Ally Rom Colthoff
Canadian comic artist and animator Ally Rom Colthoff sells digital and physical copies of the epic fantasy webcomic Chirault, as well as short comics, stickers, and greeting cards! Now through Dec. 2, get 20% off your order with code HOLIDAY2019 at checkout.
Annie Mok is a writer, artist, game maker, musician, and streamer who sells comics, essay collections, zines, and TTRPGs including mature content.
Anthony Oliveira has a well-curated, super queer collection of designs available on apparel, home goods, device cases, and more. Take advantage of the Teespring sale while you can!
In addition to selling ebooks individually and in bundles, including an art book for Agents of the Realm, Astrea’s Nexus also sells magical girl-themed merchandise including mugs and phone cases.
Cartoonist B. Mure just released the riso-printed Little Book of Boys comic, which is for sale at his shop alongside risograph art prints, screen prints, patches, stickers, and the Candarling zine.
Comics creator Bevis Musson sells digital and physical copies of comics including the all-ages whodunnit Dead Queen Detectives: The Crown Jewels, which is about dead monarchs solving crimes in Hove (badly).
In addition to creating some incredible cosplay, CloudKBD also makes and sells tabletop-related merch, including Math Check! A Tabletop Math Zine, vinyl stickers, and buttons. Check back for end-of-the year sales throughout December, as well as new additions! Now through Dec. 21, get 10% off an order of $20+ with the code HOLIDAY2019 at checkout.
Freelance illustrator and comics artist Danielle Weires sells holographic charms, lanyards, keychains, prints, pins, and more featuring original art as well as fandoms like Castlevania, the MCU, Promare, Good Omens, Teen Wolf, and more. Now through Dec. 18, get 20% off at checkout with code HOLIDAYZ20.
Animator and artist Dennis Moran has two self-published comics available for purchase: Hyacinth, a mature readers piece adapted from Ovid‘s Metamorphoses, and Tales from the Sixth Sun, a collected fantasy adventure series.
Foundation After Midnight Radio
Eric J. Stover sells pins, stickers, mugs, apparel, and more for Foundation After Midnight Radio, a midnight radio podcast for personnel based on the SCP wiki. Now through Monday, get 10% off orders (no code needed), or if you shop today, get 15% off (no code needed).
Washi tape, fairy jars, and plushies, oh my! GentleMoonBell has cuddly friends, keychains, charms, and more available for purchase. Now until Dec. 26, get free domestic shipping on all orders and 10% off.
The Giant Rat
The Giant Rat sells zines and minicomics about feelings, cats, food, and more. They are including free copies of their 1″x1″ zine Leo with orders while supplies last!
Wayward Sisters contributor Gillian Blekkenhorst sells copies of the monstrous anthology online, alongside zines and mini comics including Better Living Through Flowcharts, How Not to Care, and more. Blekkenhorst also carries some apparel and accessories. Check back in early December for holiday sales!
Go! Go! Robotendo!
Ben Haith-Bedford sells comics including Stormhaven Techs, a fantasy series, and Ey Up, “a Yorkshire phrasebook for the intergalactic visitor” through Go! Go! Robotendo! Free Christmas cards are included with all orders placed in November and December.
In case you missed getting a physical (or digital) copy of Hannah Blumenreich‘s Full Court Crush, you can grab a copy now!
The Legend of Korra artist Irene Koh sells zines, prints, and pins featuring original characters as well as fandom favorites.
Jacinda Aytch makes comics, art prints, and apparel with a focus on Black characters.
Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men
In addition to their entirely listener-funded podcast, Jay Edidin and Miles Stokes also sell X-Men designs on apparel, home goods, stickers, device cases, totes, tapestries, pins, and more. Take advantage of the Teespring sale while you can!
Last month, Jazzlyn Stone launched a line of pronoun lanyards including she/her*, he/him, and they/them, perfect for conventions and other professional/social gatherings. In addition to a bundle deal that saves $10 on any order of two lanyards (mix and match), you can also get 15% off with the code CYBERVIBES at checkout until Monday, Dec. 2 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
*Note: She/her pronoun lanyards are sold out, but he/him and they/them are still available!
Jeffervescent Design Co.
Jeff Ramos makes apparel and accessories with super fun patterns, as well as safe-to-remove joy-con skins for Nintendo Switch. For the gaming or banana enthusiast in your life, look no further for the perfect gift.
Jen Bartel currently has limited edition prints, pins, and patches available at her online store, as well as a Sailor Scouts coloring book, apparel, and more. Through the end of today, get 20% off at checkout with code OBSIDIAN20.
Artist Jiji Knight creates cute and macabre prints, pouches, keychains, pins, stickers, apparel, and more featuring fat babes, Pokémon, Sailor Scouts, and sassy clap-backs at all the people who offer to “pay in exposure.” This is her last shop opening of 2019, so grab your faves before they’re gone! Orders close at 11:59 p.m. PT TONIGHT!
Kara Leopard sells prints, pride stickers, postcards, and bullet journals featuring some of your favorite characters, as well as the Oh! Sensei zine (with charm), and anthology They Have Issues. Plus, you can grab a copy of Pandora’s Legacy and the accompanying Pandora’s Book of Monsters.
In addition to an adorable “Werewolf Expert” pin and a super creepy tote bag, Kel McDonald also sells digital and physical copies of comics and zines including Can I Pet Your Werewolf? and the newest installment of Misfits of Avalon.
Kris Anka sells prints, comics, zines, and more, including art that debuted at conventions this year. Get 30% off your order today (no code needed).
Kristen Haas Curtis
Kristen Haas Curtis sells copies of Princess Wolf and Her Life of Darkness, co-created with her daughter Bee, and Bruce Is Not Very Nice, a zine about self-criticism. Curtis also sells copies of the silent comic Crushing, each copy of which is signed and sketched in, as well as postcard art prints.
Artist Levi Hastings sells copies of comics like Washington’s Gay General, The Gay Blood Ban (both written by Joshua Trujillo), and Gad Beck (written by Dorian Alexander), as well as fine art prints, original paintings, and postcards. Now through Dec. 2, get 25% off your entire order (no code needed).
She Said Destroy co-creator and comics artist Liana Kangas sells single copies of her comics, original art pages, prints, pins, apparel, and tote bags. You can also commission a custom icon for $60.
Artist Lisa Sterle sells original and fan art prints, including prints from her Modern Witch Tarot deck. Now until Dec. 2, get 25% off with code OQOOY0 at checkout, as well as free shipping worldwide on $50+ orders.
In addition to colorful merch like patches, stickers, and keychains, artist Little Corvus also sells copies of comics they’ve worked on, fashion zines, and prints. If you’re a Schitt’s Creek, X-Men, or Pokémon fan, look no further.
Maya Kern creates patterned skirts (WITH POCKETS!) in sizes XS-4XL, scarves, acrylic charms, enamel pins, journals, stickers, and washi tape, in addition to prints, art books, and printed editions of the webcomic Monster Pop! Kern regularly updates the SALE! section of her shop, so be sure to check back.
If you’re in the market for a sweatshirt that’s creepy, cozy, and cute, grab one from Meyoco. Sizes range from S-5XL.
Michi creates minicomics, zines, art prints, enamel pins, embroidered patches, charms, stickers and more for original characters, Promare, Good Omens, X-Men, and more. If you’ve seen anyone at a con carrying a “BE STRONG EAT BIGOTS” tote bag, Michi made that. Now through Dec. 15, get 15% off your entire purchase with the code 2019FINALE at checkout.
Mingjue Helen Chen
Sailor Scouts? Women of Marvel? Mingjue Helen Chen has got prints of both, as well as DC mini prints and the latest volume of Spam, an art book featuring original illustrations.
Embroidered patches, hand-painted pins, iridescent dangly earrings, gold fat babe necklaces, attitudinal “Hello, my name is” stickers and more make up the core offerings at Monster Cliche, with space age, macabre, and kitschy designs that are super unique and super fun. Now through Dec. 5, get a free random sticker with every order, a free knife or cleaver charm in all $20+ orders (before shipping), and discounts storewide (with the exception of ongoing pre-orders) — no codes needed!
Polina a.k.a. Witchy sells jogger pants, sweatshirts, scarves, collared shirts, and other apparel, in addition to enamel pins. To cultivate that witchy, artsy, comfy aesthetic with animal influences, get your shopping done right here. Polina’s current holiday sale puts certain products on sale from 15-50% off (no code needed), and through the end of today, you can get free domestic shipping and a free pin with code BFCMFREESHIP at checkout.
In case you’re not already subscribed to Eisner-winning comics magazine PanelxPanel, you can get a $2.50 monthly subscription, or grab Year One and Year Two bundles at almost 50% off the cover price.
You can grab a copy of Paul Reinwand‘s Exisle comic, a sketchbook, Star Wars and Young Justice prints, and tons of impeccably rendered food art that will make your mouth water just looking at it.
Gaby a.k.a. Pichikui sells physical and digital copies of choose-your-own adventure, WLW comic Breaking the Ice, as well as Catradora art and other prints. Now through Dec. 1, get 20% off storewide (no code needed).
Pixel Prism Design Shop
Tamberlane creator Caitlyn Vilbrandt sells digital and deluxe print editions of the fantasy webcomic, a sketchbook from the series, sketch cards, apparel, keychains, notepads, and more; plus, there’s Pokémon merch and original apparel, as well as a collection of Vilbrandt’s art. Now through Dec. 2, get free shipping on any order over $30 with code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.
Pocket Bear Press
Pat Myers sells digital and physical copies of body positive, queer comics including the first two volumes of Bear Company, For the Love of Monsters, and Monster Journey.
Artist and graphic designer Ren (Reine LaRen) sells physical copies of her Zodiacsona art books, Millennial Lesbian, sapphic and lesbian apparel and accessories, buttons, stickers, prints, and digital zines.
Whether you’re looking for a fully-formed oneshot campaign for Dundeons and Dragons 5E or printable item and spell cards to make your games more colorful, accessible, and easy to navigate for players of all abilities, R-N-W has you covered. This shop also carries plenty of tabletop accessories, including character journals, DM sticker packs, and dice palettes. They even sell shirts! Now through Dec. 2, get 20% off with code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.
Cartoonist Ryan Sawyer is currently offering the first issue of Lightning Monk, a sci-fi comic about a group of superheroes based on his own experiences living with epilepsy. Now through Dec. 21, get 50% off the cover price (no code needed).
Artist Samantha Mash sells illustrated merch including prints and pins with a heavy focus on nature that has a magical feel.
Sam Beck is the creator of the fantasy webcomic Verse, as well as the artist on Vault’s The Necromancer’s Map. She sells microcomix, ebooks, and art on Gumroad. Now through Dec. 31, you can get 20% off your order with the code COZYTIME at checkout.
Sara L. Jewell
The Beat contributor Sara L. Jewell sells comics and art, including graphic memoir content that explores first loves, substance abuse, and nostalgia. Through December, digital copies of Lepidoptera and In Vino Veritas are pay what you can on Jewell’s Gumroad, or you can order physical copies and other art at the link below.
Shing Yin Khor
The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 creator Shing Yin Khor sells comics, zines, and art prints online, including Strange Friends, and field guides to the Winged Zard and the Galaxy Acorn.
Whether you’re a retailer or a collector, this recreation of the classic display rack for your comics and graphic novels brings a hint of nostalgia, complete with customizable sign topper.
Starstar Party sells Neopets-inspired stickers (!), sand art bottle pride pins, lanyards, circus cookie earrings, acrylic charms, and more at their Etsy shop. Now through Monday, Dec. 2, you can get 15% off your purchase (no code needed).
*For something more Adult Oriented, Starstar Party also sells NSFW comics and art on Gumroad.
On Friday, Sugarbones launched the super cute “Con Artist” money clip, which is ideal for artists and booth babes working at conventions — or for basically anyone, thanks to the double entendre. Her shop is filled with unique and adorable merch, including pins, wallets, and even silk robes. This weekend only, you can also get access to Patreon-exclusive pins. Now through Dec. 2, get 25% off storewide (no code needed), a free art print and vinyl stickers in all orders, and a free mystery pin in all $30+ CAD orders (before shipping).
Terry & Rachel Dodson
Artists Terry and Rachel Dodson sell copies of comics they’ve worked on, as well as a postcard collection.
Thacher E. Cleveland
Author Thacher E. Cleveland self-publishes his books, and he currently has a digital comic, Mythpocalypse #1, available through ComiXology for just $1.99.
Topaz Comics carries comics, sketchbooks, and other art by Jey Pawlik and Michelle Parker. Pawlik’s newest release is Gender Slices, a 200-page autobio graphic novel based on the webcomic of the same name, which is about their experience being non-binary.
Need a perfect patterned shirt, a new crop top, a clear holographic tote bag, or a hat to complete your look? Grab apparel, accessories, or even some zines from Uchuu Summer. Now through Dec. 2, get 25% off your entire order (no code needed).
Ugly Tarantula carries prints, charms, lanyards, and apparel including bomber jackets, collared and patterned button-up shirts, snapbacks, and more. Now through Dec. 2, get 20% off at checkout (no code needed).
The West Winding
Zephyr a.k.a. The West Winding currently offers commissions via Instagram and Ko-Fi, starting at $3 for simple, black and white sketches.
Yoshi Yoshitani sells celestial pins and prints, including Fairytale Tarot Major Arcana postcards, a 3-card fortune set, and collar chain connected pins. You can also grab a copy of Foxy Fashions, a set of fox notebooks, or a Seraphim tote bag.
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