Have a "Made in Pittsburgh" Christmas!
This year we have a bountiful harvest of homegrown works, and so are pleased to be able to take this opportunity to offer Copacetic customers a chance to propogate Pittsburgh culture this holiday season. Check out these swell made in Pittsburgh (most by Copacetic customers no less!) products and we think you will find yourself happy to support the Pittsburgh scene by giving local this year.
by Ed Piskor
A fictionalized historical account of the rise – and, to a point at least, the fall – of the hacker ethos that is an inextricable component of our internet age, Wizzywig is Pittsburgh-based cartoonist, Ed Piskor's solo graphic novel debut. The first three parts of this epic work were self-published by Piskor beginning in 2008, whereupon it developed a well-deserved following among the silicon valley cognoscenti. The work as it appears here not only (finally!) completes the story, but the previously published parts have been extensively reworked. All is combined together in this cleverly designed hardcover edition that retails for a fraction of the combined cost ot the original self-published editions. Long before personal computers developed their current ubiquity, rebellious sorts were digging into the controls and logic employed by "Ma Bell" to manage the telecommunications systems of the time. When the age of the personal computer first dawned, "Phone Phreaks" soon evolved into proto-hackers, before gradually flowering into full blown hackers that gave rise to a new subculture. In the characters of Kevin "Boingthump" Phenicle, Jr. and his media liaison, Winston Smith, Ed Piskor has distilled the essence of the evolution of the hacker culture into this pair of rogues and tells their tale in a solid straightforward narrative that is by turns humorous, dramatic, hair-raising and sad. Piskor is a practiced cartoonist who has two full-length graphic novel collaborations with the legendary Harvey Pekar under his belt (Macedonia and The Beats). He has solid old school chops that amalgamate the language of the comic books he grew up with and possesses a sharp satiric edge. Wizzywig is an engrossing read that provides some hard won insights into the motivations and ambitions of the downtrodden underdog and how these manifested themselves at this particular crossroads of technological change.
retail price - $19.99 copacetic intro special price - $15.95
by Tom Scioli
Get ready for 256 pages of pulse pounding pencils – and inks and colors, not to mention the story and script as well - by the pandemonium producing Pittsburgh comics creator, Tom Scioli! Author and artist of the the Xeric-winning Myth of 8-Opus saga, and co-creator of Godland, Scioli has here brought the past and the future together in a post-apocalyptic fusion of all things adventurous. It's Devil Dinosaur and the Forever People meet Conan the Barbarian and Captain America, with a dash of The Mighty Thor and Star Wars thrown in for good measure. If you need more convincing, read this rave Robot 6 review. American Barbarian started out life as a web-comic, so feel free to dive right in (and while you're there, you can also check out Scioli's latest project, Final Frontier, which is just now getting underway). Yes, American Barbarian is a fun-filled romp that will scratch that comic book itch, but, like all the works by Scioli's patron saint, Jack Kirby, it also contains a good deal more. In its meshing and blending of ancient mythical archetypes and religious narrative tropes with pop culture iconography, Scioli provides cogent (if sometimes obscure) social and historical commentaries that can be reached by anyone willing to scratch (and sometimes dig) below its action-packed surface.
retail price - $19.99 copacetic price - $17.77
A Film About Billy
by Daniel McCloskey
Cyberpunk Apocalypse head honcho and man about town, Daniel McCloskey has at last delivered his long-in-progess "hybrid novel". A Film About Billy splices together straight-up comics and straight-up prose in roughly equal measure, filling 240 engrossing pages that go flying by. Divided into 65 concise, action-packed chapters the novel forges an engaging Akira-esque science fiction adventure yarn concerning an ominously looming threa, and that takes place reight here is Pittsburgh (or, at least, a fictional approximation thereof) and the surrounding environs. But that's not all. A Film About Billy is also: a psychological portrait of youth in crisis; an exposé of the power of technology to alienate, as well as the rituals of drug use – legal, socially acceptable, and other – to bring kids together; a look back at small town closed-mindedness and family dysfunction; and, oh yeah – the end of the world (or not). All while simultaneously managing to sneak in, a bit below the surface, a humorous update of the portrait of the artist as a young man. Support the home team and get a solid bang for your entertainment buck while you're at it. What's not to like?
retail price - $11.95 copacetic price - $10.00
Don't Come Back
by Nate McDonough
And, while we're on the subject of cities, here we have the latest graphic novel issuing from Copacetic's home town by one of Pittsburgh's own. Don't Come Back is the first extended work by fledgling cartoonist, Nate McDonough. Best known for his regularly published, digest-sized comic book, Grixly, McDonough goes long in Don't Come Back with a meditation on 'burgh life that takes many a flight into fancy and beyond.
retail price - $12.00 copacetic price - $10.00
Pompeii, Book One
by Frank Santoro
Wuxtry! Wuxtry! An all new Frank Santoro comic book: the long rumored first installment of his meditation on the axes of art: artists and patrons; money, sex and power; subject and object; the eternal recurrence of archetypes; and, of course, comics and geometry. Santoro puts his money where his mouth is – so to speak – and has created an entire book based on "the spread" – the two pages that lay open before the reader and are simultaneously taken in as a compositional whole and scanned/read as a narrative text. This is a work that must be carefully and deliberately studied in order to extract the multiple layers of signification and meaning that are encoded within the art. The parallel positioning of people, places and objects within the respective grids of the left and right pages of each spread invites analogical synthesis on the part of the reader, and it is within this synthesis that the real drama unfolds. This 32 page, magazine size, two-color risograph is a signed and numbered edition of 300 copies published by PictureBox.
retail price - $12.00 copacetic price - $10.00
Watch the Doors As They Close
by Karen Lillis
Karen Lillis, top Pittsburgh literary maven and Polish Hill denizen, has a new work that has just been released as part of the Spuyten Duyvil Novella Series. Watch the Doors As They Close is an engaging 80 page work that appears, at first glance, to be a breezy roman á clef recalling a failed relationship. A closer read, however, reveals it to be primarily taken up with an intriguing meditation on this popular literary form. Adopting the guise of a series of journal entries, it is presented as having been written in quick succession during the closing three weeks of 2003. Lillis employs the technique of "stating the obvious" to bait the reader into digging a little deeper; evident right from the get go, with its opening sentence, "This is the story of Anselm." This seemingly blatant statement of fact is revealed, by the close of the work, to be anything but. Not simply a portrait of "Anselm", Watch the Doors is more complexly the story of the nameless "I", the narrator, and how Anselm has been encoded in her psyche. Geography – from Pittsburgh to Paris but mostly Brooklyn – and history – primarily 9/11 – are intermittently intagliated throughout the narrative but fail to penetrate its driving dynamic and engage its actors, who effectively live in their own world, which is a creation of the narrator. Watch the Doors explores the psychology and motivations at work behind the desire to write about friends and lovers under the guise of fiction. Attentive readers will glean their own personal insights from these explorations and be wiser for their efforts.
retail price - $10.00 copacetic price - $10.00
Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities
by Encyclopedia Destructica
Strange Attractors is an hefty slab of a book – 288 pages, full color – that comes packaged with a 120 minute DVD; together encompassing art, writing, comics and film. It includes the work of 70 artists, writers and filmmakers who have created "remarkable explorations of possible extraterrestrial life forms and their multifarious sexual desires... A joint publication of Encyclopedia Destructica and The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality, Strange Attractors straddles the line between speculative scientific exploration and artistic imagination." Contributors include Peggy Ahwesh, Thomas Scioli, Jacob Ciocci, Christopher Kardambikis, Ed Steck, Lizzee Solomon, Juliacks, Michael Mallis & Michael McParlane, and Adam Atkinson, as well as Institute of Extraterrestrial Studies founder, Suzie Silver and many others.
retail price - $49.95 copacetic holiday special price - $39.95
Andromeda Quarterly 1
edited by Andy Scott
As those who made it to the relaunch of this steadfast anthology of Pittsburgh comics here at Copacetic already know, the new and improved Andromeda is here. The new quarterly format is a perfect bound digest filled with comics in color and black and white created in the Pittsburgh region. Beginning with a fabulous mythological themed cover illustration by editor Scott, this issue contains work by over a dozen artists. This issue's highlights are "Bears in Space," a comic about comics that is a collaboration between Cyberpunk Apocalypse house mates, "Dashing" Dan McCloskey and "Notorious" Nate McDonough and an eight page info comic about CMU's radio station, WRCT-FM by Juan Fernandez. Support the home team and give Andromeda a try! Who knows, maybe you'll be inspired to produce some comics of your own; if so, the submissions deadline for the next issue is the first of December...
retail price - $5.00 copacetic price - $4.50
edited by Jeremy Baum
This 64 page magazine format comics anthology was produced right here in Pittsburgh and is filled with new* comics work with a heavy Pittsburgh presence. Nate McDonough, Dan McCloskey, Nils Skeletonballs and Nick Marino join editor Jeremy Baum in representing tha' 'burgh. They are joined by a global cast of comics creators including Box Brown, Josh Bayer, Diego Tripodi, Daniele Piardini, Eduardo Savid, Tom Aresto and Danny Hellman in this attractive, and attractively priced, comic book. (*with the exception of an excerpt from the currently out of print graphic novel, Squirrel Machine by Hans Rickheit)
retail price - $6.00 copacetic price - $5.00
by Nate McDonough
This 44 page mini comic is a jam-packed hip pocket full of fun, and the best issue yet in the series. Written and drawn – and lived! – right here in tha' 'burgh, Grixly in the definitive Pittsburgh comic book series: dense (by our count this issue has 42 pieces, ranging in length from one panel to eight pages in length), busy, all over the place, and cheap! Grixly gives you more bang for your comics buck than any other comic we can think of. We've been carrying this title since its 2009 inception, and we know that quite a few of you reading this are aware of its existence, but, perhaps, with 23 issues out so far and no end in sight, knowing where to start and what sort of commitment reading this series involves may make it seem like a daunting task to choose – but it's not! We're here to tell you that each issue of Grixly is a stand alone, so you won't be starting in the middle of anything – although we can't promise you that you won't be momentarily disoriented upon your first encounter with the Grixly Way. Not sure where to start? Start here!
retail price - $2.00 copacetic price - $2.00
All these fine items are in stock and on display at our shop in Polish Hill. You may also order all of these online at copaceticcomics.com. Just enter the title into search and then click on add to cart.
prices and availability current as of 30 November 2012