NEW STUFF ARCHIVES
  1Q 2004 ARRIVALS



New for March 2004

Avant-Garde Page Design: 1900 - 1950
by Jaroslav Andel
This book is so great we hardly know where to begin.  Weighing in at 388 full-color, high-quality, printed-in-Italy, 10" x 13" pages, this massive hardcover is probably the single best survey of page design ever produced.  Author Andel truly knows his material, and picks the choicest examples from every period and region (although, to be fair, the book really should be titled, "European Avant-Garde Page Design" as all the examples are of European origin), and links them together in a historical analysis that is as cogent as it is comprehensive.  It is, of course, the actual  reproductions of the pages that are the highlights here.  The hundreds of wonderful examples this volume contains are sure to be inspirations to anyone involved in any aspect of the graphic arts. There's some truly awe-inspiring stuff here.  And best of all, as a result of a massive special purchase, we're able to offer this book at a stunning 2/3 off!
retail price - $60.00 copacetic price - sold out!

In the Spirit of Resistance / En el Espíritu de la Resistencia:
African American Modernists and the Mexican Muralist School
The bilingual catalogue for the show of the same name that toured in the late 1990s, this book is another great art bargain.  Containing three lengthy essays and over 100 plates, this exhibition -- as the sub-title suggests -- served to demonstrate the links between the Mexican muralists and the African-American modernists working in mid-century America.  All the work contained in this catalogue was executed during the 1930s, 40s and 50s.  The catalogue opens with a modest selection of Mexican work -- Rivera, Orozco, and others --  but concentrates on the work of African-American modernists, including Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Charles White, and, most spectacularly, Hale Woodruff, whose later mural work is a real eye-opener. 
retail price - $35.00 copacetic price - $12.00

Believer #11
This issue brings us Dave Eggers, Karen Joy Fowler, Ben Greenman, Amy Sedaris and more. Still ad-free!
retail price - $8.00 copacetic price - $7.20

The New Frontier #3
by Darwyn Cooke
Out already!  It will be a bit longer wait for #4, though, so now you have a good chance to get caught up with the best super-hero series in quite awhile.
retail price - $6.95 copacetic price - $5.90

The Moth - Special
Speaking of super-hero comics, Steve "the dude" Rude presents (with the help of Gary Martin) his new super-hero, The Moth, in this 56-page, squarebound "double-sized spectacular."  Great art and interesting story, although, we have to admit, the script itself leaves something to be desired.  Still, it's Steve Rude, so it's worth a look.
retail price - $4.95 copacetic price - $4.45

Mighty Love
by Howard Chaykin
Finally!  Howard Chaykin, possibly the most influential creator of
mainstream comics during the 1980s, is back to his old form.  Mighty Love, a 96-page hardcover published by DC, is just the type of sophisticated super-hero yarn that made Chaykin famous in the first place.  Chaykin is one of the most culturally savvy creators comics has ever known, so if you're interested in learning what straight forward genre comics are capable of, there's no better place to start than right here.
retail price - $24.95 copacetic price - $19.95

1990s Graphic Collection Super Sale

• Best of Steven by Doug Allen
96 pages of that funny little drinkin' wiseacre... Steven!  You either get it, or you don't; but if you do, you'll laugh, like R. Crumb, Dan Clowes and Matt Groening have been since 1977.
retail price - $12.95 copacetic price - $5.95 ¡SALE!

• Skin by Peter Milligan, Brendan McCarthy and Carol Swain
The creation of acclaimed UK comics workers, this highly controversial graphic novel that relates the tale of a skinhead who was the victim of thalidomide induced birth defects is a cry of despair.  Blazing full colour throughout. 
retail price - $8.95 copacetic price - $4.95 ¡SALE!

• Welcome to the Zone by David Chelsea
The follow up work to Chelsea's recently re-issued autobiographical David Chelsea in Love, Welcome to the Zone, while continuing to chronicle the doings of the denizens of the Lower East Side, takes a turn into the surreal and keeps going.  Interesting, to say the least. 
retail price - $9.95 copacetic price - $4.95 ¡SALE!

• Registry of Death by Matt Coyle and Peter Lamb
The most graphicly violent graphic novel of all time?  Maybe not, but it has what are probably the most excrutiatingly detailed delineations of gore ever put between two covers.  Taking Wrightson's Frankenstein as it's point of graphic origin and then grafting this onto a Texas Chainsaw Massacre aesthetic, this is a tale of mass production gone horribly wrong. 
retail price - $15.95 copacetic price - $3.95 ¡SALE!

• The Silent City by Erez Yakin
The Most depressing graphic novel of all time?  Maybe.  The mood of oppresiveness hangs so heavy on the author that he couldn't think of anything to say and left the images to speak for themselves in this verbiage free picture novel.  The only thing to smile about here is the price, which is 90% off. 
retail price - $24.95 copacetic price - $2.49 ¡SALE!

Dreamtoons
by Jesse Reklaw
Here's another great bargain.  Originally published in 2000, this "fascinating, strange and hilarious" book collects over 100 single-page strips of other people's dreams.  Comics is a great medium for presenting dreams, as this book demonstrates in a highly economical fashion.
retail price - $10.95 copacetic price - $4.95 ¡SALE!


Garish Zow #5
This 112 page square bound anthology is the latest from California based Hidden Agenda Press.  It contains all new work by a host of up-and-comers along with a few creators whose work you may already be familiar with such as Josh Simmons and Thien Pham.  The highlight is the unique piece by Vinh Ngo.  Worth a look.
retail price - $8.95 copacetic price - $8.00

In addition we have a limited number of Garish Zow #1 - 4 in stock, @ $4 - $6.


Outlaw Writers Tour (CD)

The Deliberate Strangers w/ Chuck Kinder & Lee Maynard
Hot off the burner, here are seven new tunes recorded live on 8/14/03 at The Empty Glass in Charleston, WV by Pittsburgh's own intrepid musical explorers into the haunted spirits of the hills known as Appalachia, The Deliberate Strangers, along with two lengthy live readings, one each by Kinder and Maynard, writers whose lives and works are also rooted in this region that is both geographical and spiritual.  Despite the low budget nature of this particular venture, the recording quality on this disc is excellent.  It just goes to show that if you put modest technology in the hands of someone who knows what they're doing, you can get great results.  This disc represents a rare opportunity to experience as well as support homegrown culture with a quite modest expenditure.
copacetic price - $6.00


Hi-Horse Omnibus
Hot off the press, this 112 page anthology of work from the world of small presses and self-publishing contains a nice concentration of the fine yet scarce work that you ususally have to work hard to hunt down.  Includes stories by such indy notables such as Gabrielle Bell, Martin Cendreda, Cole Johnson, Thein Pham, Jesse Reklaw, Joan Reilly, Zack Soto as well as three by Hi-Horse veteran Howard John Arey; and, finally, Copacetic fave Dan Zettwoch takes a bow in a fun four-page outing.
retail price - $11.95 copacetic price - $10.75
 
 
 

Forlorn Funnies #5
by Paul Hornschemeier
With this issue, Hornschemeier answers the question, "What do you do for an encore?" After his critical success of the past three issues (all still available here at the Copacetic Comics Co.) which were subsequently collected by Dark Horse as a TPB titled, Mother, Come Home, this issue is a bit  of a departure -- but not too much.  It is, purposively, a bit on the schizophrenic side.  Structured as a flip book (i.e. two separate comics which start at each end and meet in the middle, forcing you to "flip" the book to read  the second story, regardless of which you start with), the issue is composed of two distinct comics titled "My Love Is Dead" and "Long Live My Love."  These two stories are clearly intended to each comment on the other, with the hope (forlorn?) that the whole will be greater than the some of its parts as a result.  Thesis + Antithesis => Synthesis.  Yes, it's a bit on the despondent side, but it offers up the ususal high production values that we've come to expect from  Hornschemeier, and will certainly be appreciated by most if not all fans of his previous work.  WIthout doubt, the work here is some of the most challenging being produced today.
80 pages; full color; square bound; 6 1/2" x 7 1/2"
retail price - $10.95 copacetic price - $9.85
 
 

Romance Without Tears
compiled and with an introduction by John Benson
Talk about long overdue!  This book presents -- for the first time since their original appearences over fifty years ago -- a selection of some great but sadly overlooked comics from the post-WWII era.  Originally published in the late 1940s and early 1950s, these comics are the real romance comics. The stories in this volume were (at least, according to Benson) penned by one Dana Dutch, an almost completely unknown author about whom the only thing we can say for sure is that he sure knew how to tell a good story.  The art is, for the most part, executed by one of the all time greats of comics, Matt Baker.  Better known for his sultry super heroines like the  Phantom Lady, his best work is here in the Romance (and Crime) comics published by the St. John Co.  These are comics that tell engaging stories about people whose actions have discernable motivations and who make decisions that they are then forced to live with. Totally forgotten by all but a few die-hards is the fact that the women in these early romance comics were very much the agents of their own destiny; certainly when compared to their counterparts in the later romance comics whom, during the genre's long uninterrupted slide into oblivion that ran from the late 1950s through to its ignominious end in the early to mid '70s, gradually became a self-parody of their former selves, metamorphosizing into mindless automatons who sighed and cried their way to the alter.  Sadly, it it is these later comics that are normally conjured up when one hears the term "romance comics."  This is due, in large part, to specific images from these later, genre-in-decline (i.e., decadent) comics being given iconic status by their being reproduced in the paintings of pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein.  But it is the comics that are presented here in Romance Without Tears, that are the true Romance Comics. These are the comics that now need to be remembered and reevaluated so that they may reenergize the comics of today!
160 pages; full color (except for one story); squarebound; 8 1/2" x 11"
retail price - $22.95 copacetic price - $20.00

The Comics Journal #258
The Ditko Issue!
retail price - $6.95 copacetic price - $5.90
 

Arthur #9
Another fab freebie.  This issue features a mammoth piece on the MC5!
copacetic price - FREE!

New Frontier #2
The second issue of the best super-hero comic book going.  This issue Darwyn Cooke delineates Diana Prince the way she was meant to be drawn, and introduces us to Barry Allen via Las Vegas.
retail price - $6.95 copacetic price - $5.90
 

New for February 2004

James Kochalka's Sketchbook Diaries - Volume Four
The wait is over!  380 more daily dilemmas deftly delineated by that elfin inkin' oddball, James Kochalka.  This volume covers the period January 16, 2002 through January 29, 2003.  To learn more, visit our page on the Kochalka Sketchbook series.
retail price - $7.95 copacetic price - $6.75
 
 
 
 

speaking of whom...

Peanutbutter and Jeremy's Best Book Ever!
by James Kochalka
The corrected edition of this hefty 275 page collection of cat and crow is now on the Copacetic shelves.  This volume contains all of the previously published PB&J tales from the PB&J comic books 1 - 4, plus well over 100 pages of new, never before seen PB&J comics!  All for a reasonable price tag.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $12.75


The Octopi and the Ocean
by Dan James
It's hard to describe this unique volume.  Printed entirely in shades of blue, and sharing the same format as the above mentioned Sketchbook Diaries (although with a textured, rather than glossy,  cover stock) this comic is, after a somewhat lengthy narrated intro, nearly entirely wordless.  It definitely has a nice feel about it.  Recommended for icthyophiles everywhere.
retail price - $6.95 copacetic price - $5.90
 

Be a Man
by Jeffrey Brown
Finally, a plain old 32 page comic book by the author of Clumsy and Unlikely.  This one consists of 32 one-page strips focused on Mr. Brown's monomaniacal obsession with "getting off."  He is, however, definitely making fun of himself here, so laugh away.
retail price - $3.00 copacetic price - $2.70

Wealth and Democracy
by Kevin Phillips
Now in softcover, this highly insightful, thoroughly researched book delivers the goods in its detailed demonstration of the trends at work in American politics and society today.  It is a rare book on the relationship of money to power that can be praised, as this one has, by both the left and the right.  Paul Taylor, writing for Mother Jones states, "A sweeping historical chronicle... Few can match Phillips for the muscular mix of history, demography, analysis, and outrage that he brings to his work."  While, on the other side of the labor/capital divide, The Wall Street Journal writes, "With its copious lists of big money, its glimpses of Palm Beach and Greenwich, its chronicle of the rise of the great family fortunes, [Wealth and Democracy] is a fascinating read." If you're trying to piece the pieces together and are looking for some informed, non-partisan (well, at least by today's standards) assistance, then look no further!
retail price - $16.95 copacetic price - $15.25

And if, by chance, you're looking to connect the dots directly to those occupying the White House today, we have a book for you:

American Dynasty: 
Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush
by Kevin Phillips
Building on his years of research that went into Wealth and Democracy, and its forerunner The Politics of Rich and Poor (among others) Kevin Phillips's latest book zeros in on the family history of America's current president.  Covering the four generations of Bushes that span the twentieth century, but concentrating on the last two, there's a lot of eye openers here.
hardcover
retail price - $25.95 copacetic price - $21.95

Lady Into Fox
by David Garnett
The latest from McSweeney's sub-imprint, The Collins Library, is, in keeping with this series' mission, a reissue of a long (but unfairly) forgotten classic of early twentieth century literature. Lady Into Fox is "a lost classic of the Bloomsbury circle" which was originally published in 1922 and received some amazing raves at that time.  To wit:  "Magnificent... write twenty more books, at once, I beseech." -- Virginia Woolf; "It is the most successful thing of the kind I have ever seen... flawless in style and exposition, altogether an accomplished piece of work." -- Joseph Conrad; and finally, "The most amazingly good story I have read in a long time." -- H.G. Wells.  Well, we've read it and it's pretty great.  A lot like a Kafka's Metamorphosis (published six years earlier in 1916) in its matter-of-fact tone and straightforward plunge into absurdity; but in this case, the metamorphosis is undergone by the narrator's spouse rather the the narrator, and is accompanied by the differences in perspective and outcome that such a shift implies.  Comparative Lit profs, please take note!
hardcover
retail price - $18.00 copacetic price - $16.20


Foodboy
by Carol Swain
It's been awhile since we here in the states have heard from this long suffering UK artist.  Swain is one of the few artists working today (and she's been at it for two decades now) who manages to continually produce engaging high quality comics entirely in pencil, and this 72 graphic novella entirely delineated in her trademark sumptuous style is no exception.
retail price - $9.95 copacetic price - $8.45
 

Maniac Killer Strikes Again!
by Richard Sala
This latest offering from Sala is a 176 collection that spans nearly twenty years of creepy comics.  Included are the multi-chapter serial "Thirteen O'Clock," "The Fellowship of the Creeping Cat," "The Awful Secret of Dr. Coffin," (are you beginning to get the idea?) "The Thirteen Fingers," and the classic one-liner, "My Father's Brain," among others.
retail price - $16.95 copacetic price - $14.40

Optic Nerve #9
Well, yes, it's two years late... but, at last, it's here.  32 full pages, plus letters, announcements and more.
retail price - $3.95 copacetic price - $3.55

Vanishing Point - DVD
The ultimate movie about a man and his car.  Originally made in 1971, this cult classic that takes a critical post-Easy Rider look at that staple of American cinema, the car chase, is now available on DVD, and at a quite reasonable price to boot!
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $11.77


A Life Less Ordinary - DVD
There's a lot of disagreement out there as to the merit of this particular film, but we here at The Copacetic Comics Company come out solidly in favor, especially now that we can offer it at this door buster price.  From the makers of Trainspotting, this meditation on the relationship between cinema and falling in love and heaven and large corporations stars Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz and Holly Hunter, along with an excellent supporting cast.
copacetic price - $8.88
 
 
 

The Believer #10
Starting out the new year with a bang, this issue features an excellent article on Yukio Mishima and the suicidal impulse by Marcela Valdes, another on American Minstrelsy by the dean of lefty rock crit, Robert Christgau, taking his first Believer bow (right?); interviews with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mike Davis, Elaine Pagels & Tibor Fischer; along with the regular features and much more.  All this and NO ADS!
retail price - $8.00 copacetic price - $7.20

Rocco Vargas
by Daniel Torres
oversize hardcover
Well, this one's been available for awhile -- in fact, in came out before Copacetic came into being, and, well, we missed it, and, so, we'd like to take a moment to rectify this situation. Rocco Vargas by Daniel Torres is a genuine comics classic.  This beautifully printed 238 page volume collects the entirety of the original run of this fabulous Spanish SF saga.  Originally executed during the 1980s, and appearing in Heavy Metal as well as in individual editions from now defunct Catalan Commmunications, these stories are an original hybrid of Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon and Will Eisner's Spirit, and really evoke that mysterious something that we feebly attempt to cover with the label "spirit of adventure."  It goes without saying (but we'll say it anyway) that these are thoroughly masculine fantasies that go right for that boyish zone in the adult male.  In addition, it bears noting that there are some instances of those crypto-racialisms that are part of the baggage of classic pulp fiction.  The most prominent of these is Samson, the Martian, who has a relationship with Vargas that is almost identical to that of Ebony to the Spirit.  Add to the mix a few Asiatic Venusian vamps and villians and you get the idea.  Now, Samson, like Ebony, is a thoroughly lovable character, but, like Ebony, he's a problematic one.  So, take these stories with a grain of salt, just to be safe.  In Rocco Vargas, Daniel Torres dishes up a delightful platter of fantasy that will thoroughly sate anyone's appetite for armchair adventure.
retail price - $29.95 copacetic price - $26.95

New for January 2004

The Pure Imagination Library of Classic Comics
Greg Theakston, both the brains and brawn behind Pure Imagination, is a comics soldier who's spent his life in the trenches to keep the classics of comics alive.  This is his latest and greatest project.  Each volume runs between 160 and 200 8 1/2" x 11" pages, and re-presents in glorious black and white the classic comics of yesteryear by the greatest names in the business.  The art in these issues has been painstakingly reproduced from the originals by a process that has been come to be know as Theakston-ization, an original process by which the original comics have the color leached out, leaving only the black and white line art, which is then reproduced to appear exactly as it did at the time of orignal publicationThis is the way to read old comics!  (Unless, of course, you're independently weathly and can afford to spring for the thousands of dollars that it would cost to buy the originals reproduced in these volumes.  These comics don't feature the famous superhero characters, that have become cash cows for the majors.  No, these volumes focus instead on the artwork by the same artists that made these characters famous, but in those instances when it was applied to pure story-telling, without having to worry about the marketing and product placement that accompanies comics featuring famous characters.  These are really worth checking out and will be treasured by connoisseurs of comics everywhere.  Here's the volumes that we have so far:

          

The Complete Jack Kirby: June - August 1947 (200 pages; Jack was nothing if not prolific)
The Steve Ditko Reader (160 pgs; classic horror, sci-fi & mystery tales from the early '50s)
The Alex Toth Reader (160 pgs; classic romance, war & adventure stories from the early'50s)
The Basil Wolverton Reader (160 pgs; Powerhouse Pepper & other wackiness from the '40s)
The Jack Kirby Reader (160 pgs; crime, romance, adventure and some dailies! mostly late '40s)

retail price - $25.00@copacetic price - $22.50@

The New Frontier #1 (of 6)
This is the first issue of what we feel confident will turn out to be the best superhero series of 2004.  Written, pencilled, colored and inked by comics ace Darwyn Cooke (with assists from Dave Stewart), this is a 64 page comic totally free of advertising that opens at the close of WWII and takes us through the close of the Korean war.  Consciously employing superheroes, and their waxing and waning in the public consciousness, as signifiers of America's state of mind, and displaying a great understanding of inner workings of the classic art of Jack Kirby and Alex Toth, Darwyn Cooke's The New Frontier is a neo-classic.
retail price - $6.95 copacetic price - $5.90

Comic Art #5
Is this the best issue yet?  It just might be.  Sporting a brand new Art Spiegelman cover and featuring as its centerpiece a visit to his studio, this issue also features a look at Crockett Johnson (Barnaby and Harold and the Purple Crayon), Rand Holmes and the Canadian Underground Press by underground expert Patrick Rosenkranz, an illustrated interview with comics legend Kim Deitch and a lengthy pictoral feature on Don Flower's Glamor Girls.
retail price - $9.00 copacetic price - $8.10

The Collected Works of Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey: Volumes Three and Four
Two complete volumes under one cover!  Includes the story that was done entirely in pencils as well as the one rendered in Millionaire's inimitable ink stylings.
retail price - $12.95 copacetic price - $11.65

Mother, Come Home
by Paul Hornschemeier
Collecting Forlorn Funnies #2 - 4, Mother, Come Home is a great contemporary graphic novella about sadness and loss. Will Eisner has this to say:  "Brilliant! Graphic literature at its best.  This book leaves the comics ghetto far behind."  Need more convincing?  Here's this from Craig Thompson:  "While formalistically inventive, this book is heart-wrenching.  No panel is wasted.  No gesture is inconsequential.  Every color, prop, and rhythmic panel enrich its lucid landscape." So there!  We would say that Hornschemeier has incorporated some of the more pertinent formal lessons of Chris Ware into a tale that covers somewhat similar territory as that of Jimmy Corrigan, but while Ware employs his technical mastery as an emotional distancing device, Hornschemeier actually confronts some of the emotions that accompany personal loss, which makes it closer to Craig Thompson's Blankets, in that regard.  While Mother, Come Home does not pack the punch of either of these heavyweights, it nevertheless is definitely worth a look.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $12.70
 

Screaming With the Cannibals
by Lee Maynard
hardcover
Well, we've been waiting for fifteen years for the sequel to Crum, and it has at last arrived on our shelves.  It is, really, rather than a sequel to, more of a flight from Crum,  starting out in West Virginia, before moving on through Kentucky and coming to rest finally in South Carolina.
retail price - $25.00 copacetic price - $22.50

Vintage Murakami
A true internationalist, Japanese author, Haruki Murakami has used his unique authorial voice to communicate his insightful commentaries on our millenial era, and in the process has become one of the most widley heralded authors in the world, with his work having been translated into thirty- four languages.  The editors at Vintage Books -- his US trade publisher -- have put together this introductory volume for those who would like to check out his work or turn someone else on to it.
retail price - $9.95 copacetic price - $5.95 ¡special!

Discount Children's Books
Many Copacetic Customers have young ones.  Keeping this in mind we are always on the look-out for good kids' books at good prices.  We recently found quite a few that meet these qualifications.  All are new, almost all are under $5.00, and most are hardcover.  They're now on the shelves. Here's the list.
 

Cinema Studies
A few new books on the movies and the people who make them (and the people who watch them, too) that we thought we'd bring to your attention.

and speaking of the cinema...

They Live - DVD
SEE the truth behind advertising.  SEE the reality behind "the suits."  SEE the lid blown off the ultimate conspiracy.  SEE Rowdy Roddy Piper in a no-holds-barred twenty-minute fight scene.  SEE John Carpenter's take on the Reagan Eighties.  SEE They Live.  NOW more than ever.  NOW on DVD.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $11.77


 

Devo: The Truth About De-Evolution - DVD
Nineteen classic Devo videos; from the Seventies through to the Nineties, they're all here (except one, that was held back for legal reasons).  Tons of bonus material.  Decent price.  DEVO!
copacetic price - $13.77
 
 
 
 

Black Hole #11
by Charles Burns
The wait is over.  It's here.  The penultimate issue (or so we've been led to believe).
retail price - $4.95 copacetic price - $4.20
 

Arthur #8
This issue Arthur takes a journey in Dolly Parton’s Dreamworld... don’t ask us why, read it and figure it out for yourself.  Also worth of note, Steve Ayelett on The Matrix.  And best of all, as always, it’s FREE!

PRICE BREAK!  The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen
The winner of the National Book Award for the best novel of 2001, this novel dissecting the perpetual dysfunction of a certain breed of American families turns traditional family and gender roles inside-out and parades their guts.  Compulsively readable.
hardcover
retail price - $26.00 copacetic price - $6.50 ¡DEAL!

A Consumers’ Republic:
The Politics of Mass Consumption
by Lizabeth Cohen
This book takes an in-depth look at how the post-WWII prioritization of consumption has altered our identities as well as our environment, our  political system, and even our very notion of citizenship itself.  Cohen works hard to demonstrate that all are now -- to varying degrees --defined in terms of personal consumption; with the concept of individual rights being framed more and more as the right to consume.  While you may not agree with all her conclusions, you will certainly receive an education in how things got to be the way they are in this country today.
softcover
retail price - $16.95 copacetic price - $15.25

Voice of the Fire
by Alan Moore
It's finally here, the new novel by Alan Moore.
hardcover
retail price - $26.95 copacetic price - $21.55
signed and numbered edition of 500
retail price - $50.00 retail price - copacetic price - $45.00

Drawn & Quarterly 5
This year’s oversize (11" x 13") annual of North American (with the accent on Canadian), European and Asian comics is here.  Beautifully produced as always, this issue features covers and end papers and a graphic novella by DuPuy and Berberian, a short work by long ignored Japanese master, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, “Kept,” a Michel Rabagliati short featuring Paul, and more.  The highlight for us is ”The Crypt of Bronte” by that master of all styles, R. Sikoryak.  Of special interest for jaded know-it-alls is the massive 75 page retrospective on the unknown (at least to us) Canadian artist, Albert Chartier.  This retrospective presents a truly rare opportunity to simultaneously discover and then plunge right into a whole new bit of artistic terrain.  Reader’s of Seth’s It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken will relate.
retail price - $29.95 copacetic price - $25.47
 
 

Things Are Meaningless
by Al Burian
A unique blend of journal-style writing combined with comics (think Aaron Cometbus meets Jeff Levine with assists from Jeffrey Brown and Joel Orff, and with Lynda Barry as patron saint).  A gentle healing tonic for alienated youth everywhere.   152 pages,  8 1/2 x 5 1/2 horizontal format.
retail price - $10.00 copacetic price - $8.00

Hate Annual #4
by Peter Bagge
40 full color pages feature Buddy and Co., Lovey, and Mr. Bagge’s forays into political journalism, as he presents his coverage of both the Democratic and Reform Party conventions of 2000 (which, presumably, must have appeared somewhere else originally).
retail price - $4.95 copacetic price - $4.25


Stuff and Nonsense
by A.B. Frost
This is a giant-size (11 x 13) hardcover that makes the claim that the work by A.B. Frost  which it contains represents an important precursor to Comics as we know them.  While not considered comics at the time of their creation -- for the simple reason that comics had yet to be defined as a separate category of art -- A.B. Frost’s work meets Scott McCloud’s definition of comics as text plus image arrayed in sequence to represent the passage of time.  Comics scholars will be hard pressed to resist this one.  Definitely worth a look.  Book designed by Chris Ware.
retail price - $24.95 copacetic price - $19.95
 
 
 

The Onion: Platinum Prestige Encore Gold Premium Collector’s Collection
This slip-cased edition contains Dispatches from the Tenth Circle, The Onion’s Finest News Reporting: Volume One, and Our Dumb Century: 100 Years of Headlines from America’s Finest News Source; plus bonus poster (“at theoretically no extra cost to you”).  Amazingly funny.
retail price - $49.95 copacetic price - $39.95

The Onion Ad Nauseum: Complete News Archives Volume 14.
Collects The Onion from November 1, 2002 through October 30, 2003. Very funny, needless to say.
retail price - $17.95 copacetic price - $15.25

The Chronicles of Conan: Volume 2
More classic issues of the Roy Thomas Barry Smith issues of Conan -- 9 - 13 and 16, to be exact.  Learn more about this great series by checking out our review of the first volume.
retail price - $15.95 copacetic price - $14.35

David Chelsea In Love
by David Chelsea
This classic autobiographical comic is now back in print after a ten year absence.  Learn all about life and love in the New York City (the East Village, to be more precise) of the 1980’s.  This is a highly engaging, funny and reasonably sexy account that stand a good chance of being enjoyed by readers of Alex Robinson’s Box Office Poison, and the work of Joe Matt and Jeffrey Brown.  Worth a look.  192 pages.
retail price - $16.95 copacetic price - $15.25


Hewligan’s Haircut
by Jamie HEWlett and Peter MilLIGAN
While we’re on the subject of re-issues, we’d be remiss not to mention this dandy item.  Originally appearing in 2000AD in 1990, this was collected once before about ten years ago, but has long been unavailable.  This new edition is, to the best of our knowledge, the first time this work has appeared in hardcover form.  The art contained in this volume was executed between Hewlett’s stints on Tank Girl, the work for which he is most widely known, and is among his best.  He really goes to town here with wild colors, daring layouts, and a clever homage to Andy Warhol.  Fun!
retail price - $16.95 copacetic price - $15.25
 
 
 

Vertical
by Steven T Seagle, Mike Allred, Philip Bond and Laura Allred
The world’s only 10” x 3” comic.  To be read, vertically, this comic is an example of function following form as the story is all about the various forms -- figurative and literal -- of falling.  Half Alfred Hitchcock and half Andy Warhol.  Full color. A Vertigo comic.
retail price - $4.95 copacetic price - $4.45


 
 

Kyle Baker: Cartoonist
by (you guessed it) Kyle Baker
This is a collection of all new work by the one of the funniest comics artists working.  Long time readers of Mad Magazine who mourn the loss of the Mad’s glory days may very well find what they’re looking for here as many of the strips here read more like the Mad Magazine of the 1960s and early ‘70s than anything that’s appeared in Mad for many years. And, of course, it’s a must have for any true fan of Kyle Baker.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $12.70
 
 
 
 

Winsor McCay: Early Works
by Winsor McCay
This is a terrific volume of extremely rare and hard to find work by the first true great of comics, Winsor McCay.  200 pages in all, it contains healthy doses (to be continued in the forthcoming Volume II) of Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend (60 complete strips), Little Sammy Sneeze (63 complete strips), A Pilgrim’s Progress (29 complete strips), and, collected in its entirety for the first time, the entire run of the unfortunately titled, Tales of the Jungle Imps, which ran in the Cincinnati Enquirer from 1904 to 1906.  This series  adapts African and African-American folk tales about the origins of various animal species and their habits.  It may be hard to get past the racial caricatures and condescending tone of the text, but it helps if you keep in mind that these are now 100 years old and were produced for consumption in Cincinnati, and that these are some of the same tales that were recorded by Zora Neale Hurston three decades later during her famous folk tale collecting foray through the south.
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.95

Autobiographix
This new collection from Dark Horse features a really wide variety of work by a truly stellar complement of contributors including Will Eisner, Frank Miller, Sergio Aragonés, Paul Chadwick, Eddie Campbell, Paul Hornschemeier, Farel Dalrymple, Matt Wagner, Jason Lutes, William Stout, Stan Sakai and more!  These are short works, and the collection barely makes it to 100 pages, but it’s great stuff in a nice package.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $13.45

Belly Button Comix
by Sophie Crumb
Yes, we all knew it had to happen sooner or later; and with the release of this comic, it seems it turned out to be sooner.  Here it is, 36 pages of comics by the offspring of Robert Crumb and Aline Kominsky.  Is it good?  Well, we’ll leave that up to you to decide, but we can say that it’s pretty much exactly as you might imagine:  a little bit of each of her parents, but with a youthful unjaded perspective.
retail price - $4.95 copacetic price - $4.20

The Comics Journal #257
This issue features three interviews with the late 1960s underground comics and poster artist, Rick Griffin; an interview with Joe Casey; a look at Korean comics; and the usual compendium of angry letter, reviews and late breaking comics news.
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