Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses 2021: Black Cat Comics

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The holiday season is upon us. As a responsible adult, you’ve definitely prepared for it and you’re definitely not sweating right now, on the verge of getting gift cards or stalking social media for any inkling of what to get someone. Completely unrelated, here are some gift ideas from independent Utah businesses that are sure to shake up the typical rolodex of holiday fair. Whether it be thrifted gold or fantastical comics, we’ve got inspiration for just about everyone!

Black Cat Comics

2261 Highland Dr., SLC   |    M–Sa 11–7, Su 12–5
801.461.4228   |

“I think comics make the perfect gift. It doesn’t really matter what you like—there’s a comic book for that interest," says Black Cat Comics Owner Greg Gage.
Photo: Keisha Finai

“I think comics make the perfect gift. It doesn’t really matter what you like—there’s a comic book for that interest. There are an infinite amount of storylines to explore,” says Black Cat Comics owner Greg Gage. The Sugar House–based shop strives to maintain its reputation as one of the best purveyors of older comic books around while also keeping up with the latest releases. Gage’s goal for Black Cat Comics is to provide a space for everyone to find a story that speaks to them. “We want to make everyone feel welcome and wanted,” he says.

During the publishing hiatus of 2020, Black Cat Comics still had plenty of back issues and lesser-known titles for their customers to experience. The shop also carries a healthy stock of local and exclusive releases, offering exciting titles for comic book aficionados and collectors that are difficult to find anywhere else, such as House of Slaughter from BOOM! Studio. “You never know who’ll be the next ‘big thing,’ and it’s fun if you stumble on that early,” says Gage.

With the 2021 holidays promising supply shortages within many different industries (including paper), Black Cat Comics plans to weather the storm with an extensive collection of back issues, as well as comic book collectible t-shirts, posters and action figures. You can also expect to find newer releases, such as the highly anticipated Hulk #1 by Donny Cates and Utah-based Ryan Ottley. New releases and re-orders are updated weekly on the Black Cat Comics website. –Ali Shimkus