The PopCulteer
December 13, 2019

Well, this turned out to be a beast and a half.

My oriignal plan for The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide was to have everything wrapped up two weeks ago, with this master list being posted on Black Friday. Due to a combination of technical issues and blurry vision from overwork, plus pressing outside assignments, I made the decision to extend the list until today.

I have to be honest with you. The reason I wanted to wrap this up early is because I planned to spend a week in Chicago with my lovely wife for her birthday.

We still did that. We’ll be back in town by the time most of you read this, but everything you’ve been reading for the past nine days was written back on December 3. That was one long day.

As I do every year, I take a day to run the master list so that lazy PopCult readers who might not have been paying enough attention over the past six weeks can play catch up, use these gift ideas at the last minute, and make everybody think you’re a genius who really cares about people.

We’ll let the real source of your mighty gifting mojo remain our little secret.

Without any further flumbuggery, here is The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide Master List


The Chronicles of Don’t Be So Ridiculous Valley by Mike Batt
O, Mountaineers by Danny Kuhn
I’ll See You Again: The Bittersweet Love Story and Wartime Letters of Jeanette MacDonald and Gene Raymond by Maggie McCormick
Star Wars Memories: My Time In The (Death Star) Trenches by Craig Miller
Virginia Slavery and King Salt in Booker T. Washington’s Boyhood Home by Larry Linville Rowe
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel
The Prom: A Novel Based on the Hit Broadway Musical
STARCHILDREN by Thomas Wheeler
Kahiki Supper Club: A Polynesian Paradise in Columbus
A Is For Audra: Broadway’s Leading Ladies from A to Z
Me and the Sky: Captain Beverley Bass, Pioneering Pilot
Jellicle Cats: Old Possum Picture Books Written by T.S. Eliot,
Rise Up!: Broadway and American Society from ‘Angels in America’ to ‘Hamilton’ Written by Chris Jones
Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theatre Written by Mark Larson
Strippers, Showgirls and Sharks: A Very Opinionated History of the Broadway Musicals That Did Not Win the Tony Award Written by Peter Filichia


Tonta (A Love & Rockets Graphic Novel)
All Star Comics: Only Legends Live Forever
Not Brand Echh: The Complete Collection
Marvel Comics #1 80th Anniversary Edition
Ink And Anguish: A Jay Lynch Anthology
Reincarnation Stories by Kim Deitch
The Flaming Carrot Omnibus by Bob Burden
Maria M. by Gilbert Hernandez
Nobody’s Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead
LIFE ON THE MOON by Robert Grossman
JUNGLE GIRLS edited by Mitch Maglio
Independent Comics


The 2019 HESS Toy Truck
JoJoMania Runs Wild!
Trogdor!! The Board Game – Deluxe Version (Burninator)
Bunch O’ Ballooons Party Pump
Rubber Chickens
SpongeBob Toys
The Young Bucks AEW Action Figures
The Lionel #1923020 NYC Flyer 0-8-0 LionChief Set w/ Bluetooth
Bachmann Rocket Freight HO Scale Ready-to-Run Electric Train Set
Kato #106-0017 Amtrak P42 Superliner Phase IVb Starter set
Auto World 13′ Stock Car Showdown X-Traction Slot Race Set HO Scale HO Scale
Boppi The Booty Shakin’ Llama
MEGO Action Figures


The Dukes Of Stratsphear
Eddie Jobson
Andy Partridge and Robyn Hitchcock “Planet England”
YES “From A Page”
Frenchy And The Punk
Hadestown Original Cast Recording
Beetlejuice Original Cast Recording
Oklahoma! 2019 Cast Recording
Beggars Clan
Emmalea Deal “Queen”
David Synn “The Mirror”
The Big Bad “After Dark”
Time And Distance “Gravity”
Fletcher’s Grove
The Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Boxed Set
The Beatles Singles Collection
Jack’s Cats “State of Swing”
SpongeBob Squarepants The Musical Original Cast Recording
Ringo Starr “What’s My Name”
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies “Bigger Life”


A Hard Day’s Night
Rick Wakeman’s Gastank
All That Jazz
Pick It Up-Ska In The 90s
Shazam TV Series on Blu Ray
Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series on Blu Ray
SpongeBob’s Best 200 Episodes Ever


A Patch And Song From Ann Magnuson
Blackwing Palamino Pencil Starter Set
Art by Mitch O’Connell
Art by Glen Brogan
Art by Robert Jiminez
SpongeBob Popcorn Maker
SpongeBob Slow Cooker
SpongeBob Apparel and Make Up
Lights of Broadway Show Cards
Local Restaurants
Remind Magazine

And with that, The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide is done, finito, expired, deceased, and the rest of the Dead Parrot sketch that I can’t remember right now. As has become an annual tradition, I vow that next year I will wrap this thing up in  less than two weeks.

Thanks for reading. Check back for all our regular features and please, have a very merry Christmas, or holiday of your choice.