Sergio Toppi - Master of Design
If you are looking for some last minute holiday gifts, I can highly recommend these two books by Sergio Toppi, both from a narrative story and artistic point of view. Sergio is a genus when it comes to page layouts, for even how he handles word balloons displays mastery in design. Below are a few page samples from Sharaz-de: Tales from the Arabian Nights.
My artistic heart beats wildly with every page turn in these books as my eye meets the unexpected, page after page.