Because they can’t stay kids forever, here are some ideas for those giftees in your life who are just coming out of the cocoon.

Ben Folds: Way To Normal

Sony BMG
In shops now

Not on tour at the moment…perhaps the UK next year with Counting Crows? In the meantime, check out the new album…

Under New Management T-Shirt

Print Liberation T-Shirts

Young people can be political and look good doing it. Print Liberation is one of the many t-shirt companies that got gained some steam with their t-shirt designs this past election.

Also, being mentioned on Kanye’s blog doesn’t hurt either.


by Brian Azzarello
DC Comics
In shops now

Brian Azzarello extends the universe Christopher Nolan established with The Dark Knight in this graphic novel, just not with the PG-13 rating. In addition to the  Joker and Aaron Eckhart-esque Two Face; a tattooed hipster interpretation of The Riddler (think DJ AM) and Michael Clarke Duncan like ‘Croc’ fill the pages.


Harcout Children’s
In shops now / $17

A girl named Katsa learns how to kill a man with her bare hands before the age of ten. Her extreme skill makes her what they call a Graceling and the king, her uncle, uses her as the office muscle. With all the tween fantasy-ness of late, perhaps this one will be a hit as well. We haven’t seen the movie deal just yet, but hey, might as well be ahead of the curve, right?

Grease: Rockin’ Rydell Edition

Paramount Home Entertainment
In shops now

Perhaps we are still keen on this DVD because it comes in a little sweater. Or, if you prefer, a (kindof) leather jacket. Since this category is for the uncomfortable teen years, it’s only right that we include one of the best films about car racing, drinking, smoking and a good, old-fashioned pregnancy-scare.

Just After Sunset: Stories

by Stephen King
In shops now

What teenager doesn’t like a little Stephen King on a cold winter’s night? Well, maybe not the king of recent years, but these stories promise to go back to the horror and suspense roots (less “Bag of Bones” stuff). Plus, they’re short stories so the gnat-like attention spans of the pimple-popper set with be appeased.

The Lucky One

by Nicholas Sparks
Grand Central Publishing
In shops now

Who can ever forget “The Notebook” or any of the other saccharine sweet romances Mr. Sparks has given to the world over the years. It seems like just yesterday we were all oohing and aahing over Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams getting all wet in the rain. We swooned, and now there’s no stopping the avalanche of books to become movies. Okay, maybe the “Nights in Rodanthe” adaptation didn’t fare so well, but in the long run it doesn’t matter. This one goes modern, focusing on a U.S. Marine in his third tour of duty in Iraq. I smell a music video.

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

In shops now

So admittedly, it didn’t sound like a great idea when we first heard the news. Mortal Kombat? Superman? Together? But after our brief encounter with the game at this years Comic Con, JoyHog became believers. MK vs DC Universe is just plain fun. No complicated story line or cheat codes. Just superpowers and punches. What more do you need?

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Warner Home Video
In shops now

Perhaps the “Gossip” of it all will bring a new audience to the “Sisterhood” franchise care of Blake Lively.

The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation

Written by Jonathan Hennessey
Art by Aaron McConnell
FSG Books
In shops now

Now here’s a history lesson for you: The US Constitution as introduced via a graphic novel. There’s some arm wrestling, eagles, snakes and kooky hats. It’s a very cool visual “telling” of the founding document. Not quite the most spot-on way to look at our nation’s history, but it’s done with enough of an edge to actually make people want to read it. In full-color panels.