We’ve all got gifts on the mind this time of year, but when’s the last time you gave (or received) a present just because?
Artist Zac Gorman, a pro who’s done work for bands like The Decemberists and Animal Collective, plus more “commercial” work, recently posted a one-page comic on his blog Magical Game Time that perfectly captures such a moment. It’s simple: A young boy (presumably Gorman himself) receives the treat of a Nintendo game from his mom. “I don’t remember why I was allowed to pick out a game, or why I chose the one that I did. But it was special.”
I’m a product of my time, sure—I remember vividly the gold “Legend of Zelda” cartridge that the comic references—but there’s a quality to the strip that goes beyond any specific moment. Who doesn’t have a warm memory of parents, an older sibling, a dear friend—whoever—making a huge impression with a random act of giving?
Rather than stressing about stocking-stuffers for a moment, then, take a second to read the comic below. Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, whatever: This is what presents are all about.
Click here for a high-res version at Zac Gorman’s site.
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