A colleague I work with and I share the same birthday. We also share an affinity for graphic novels and sequential art in general.
This year we again exchanged books as gifts. I gave one of my all time favorite books (sequential art or traditional), Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics:
It's a master's class in the history, development, and way the art form works that is as amazing as it is informative. If you haven't yet, READ THIS BOOK.
He knows that I used the live in New York and how I feel about music, so he grabbed me the hardcover edition of Lennon: The New York Years:
Based on the Foenkinos novel, this is a lush black and white watercolor feast for the eyes created by the Frenchmen Horne. Most of the story I wasn't familiar with, seeing as how I haven't done a ton of research on the true-life stories of most bands.
It's beautiful and quick, like cotton candy for the visual sense.