NEW STUFF ARCHIVES
4Q 2004 ARRIVALS
New for December 2004
American Splendor: Our Movie Year
by Harvey Pekar & Co.
The first original book (as opposed to original comics, later collected in book form) since Our Cancer Year, Our Movie Year is all about exactly what you think: the experiences of Harvey and his wife, Joyce (who together make up the "Our" of the title) before, during and after the making of the American Splendor movie. But there's more: there are a bunch of strips dealing with Harvey's passions: classic jazz & blues, comics & collecting, and Cleveland. As for the artists this time around: there's the usual suspects along with a few new faces. Pittsburgh-based artists have their highest profile ever in a Pekar collection: Pittsburgh transplant, Mark Zingarelli starts the whole thing off with the title track, as it were, and also handed in the art chores on "Blackout," a thirteen-pager on the August 14 blackout. Pittsburgh's own Ed Piskor, a newcomer, closes out the collection with the 24-page (the longest piece in the book!) "Around the World and Back to Earth." Also contributing are long time American Splendor veterans R. Crumb (only two pages, tho'), Gary Dumm (who is the collection's major contributor), Gerry Shamray and Frank Stack. This is a great, well-rounded collection that is sure to be a hit with American Splendor fans, new and die-hard alike.
retail price - $16.95 copacetic price - $14.40
Little Lulu #1: Lulu Goes Shopping
by John Stanley w/ Irving Tripp
All we have to say is, "It's about time!" Well, that's not all, really. First off we'd like to thank the folks at Dark Horse Comics for dedicating their resources to this important project. John Stanley's Little Lulu is one of the great runs in the history of comics: 145 consecutive issues of simple yet elegant, straightforward yet disarming stories about Lulu and Tubby, their pals and their parents. Like Carl Barks, his contemporary at Dell Comics (Lulu's original publisher) John Stanley -- with the indispensable assistance of inker/finisher Irving Tripp -- had that rare ability to produce work capable of simultaneously engrossing the sensibility of a child and charming that of an adult. In this inaugural volume we are presented with the entire contests of issues #6 - 12 of Marge's Little Lulu (the full title, as the character of Little Lulu was created by Marjorie "Marge" Henderson Buell in 1935 for The Saturday Evening Post; despite the fact that she had nothing to do with the comic book series, it nevertheless kept her name), originally published by Dell in 1949. The covers are absent, however. Presumably this is a rights issue of some sort, but Dark Horse was mute on this topic, being regrettably brief in their introduction to this series, with no explanation as to this lack, nor for their reasons for initiating the series with the sixth issue. Not only are the first five issues of the numerical series skipped over, but the ten four color one-shots that preceded them. Will these be issued at a later date? Let's hope they let us know. But this is a minor quibble. Dark Horse did a fine job: the reproduction is uniformly excellent and it is printed on a decent quality, flat, bright white, 6" x 9" stock; 218 pages in all. John Stanley's Little Lulu, while long enjoying the ardent support of a core group of readers, is still under appreciated given the quality of his work. If you are unfamiliar with his work, do yourself a favor and check this book out. It may not be your cup of tea, but if it is, you'll have a lot to look forward to. In addition, this volume offers an ideal way to introduce a young reader -- or a reader of any age, for that matter -- to the joys of comics.
retail price - $9.95 copacetic price - $8.95
Krazy & Ignatz 1933-1934:
"Necromancy By the Blue Bean Bush"
by George Herriman
A new volume of Krazy Kat is a joyful arrival in this or any season, and this is certainly no exception. This volume presents some of the rarest and hardest to track down of the Krazy Kat strips; with some, in fact, proving impossible to track down. As a result the publishers had to employ microfilm copies in quite a few of the strips reproduced here. The image quality in this volume suffers a bit as a result. This is made up for by the most sumptuous Chris Ware cover yet, along with the nifty additions to this volume, including an early Dingbat Family strip that features Krazy, some Baron Bean strips from 1916 and a complete "never-before-seen" ten-episode daily strip, all by Herriman. Krazy Kat strips are deceptively simple. A cursory glance yields only surface charms that seem to dull with repetition. There are, however, deeper truths to be found, but they are not obvious. Each strip must be taken slowly and meditated over. Given patience and care, the strip will open itself to the diligent reader, with the rewards commensurate to the effort expended. George Herriman's Krazy Kat is a singular achievement in the annals of art.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $11.95
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
by James Tiptree, Jr.
This is a moment we've been waiting for for quite awhile. In our opinion, the least appreciated and most misunderstood science fiction writer of modern times, James Tiptree, Jr. (the nom de plume of Alice Sheldon) is a writer of breathtaking originality who is still ahead of her time, nearly twenty years after her death. That all of her work -- with the exception of a single "loose ends" collection that was published three years ago -- has been out of print for years is, in our opinion, a negligence that borders on the criminal. Thankfully, this situation has now come to an end with the release of this 508 page volume, a paperback re-issue of the posthumous Arkham House collection which has to stand as the best single-volume edition of her work ever released, putting together eighteen of her most penetrating and insightful stories, all of which were originally published between 1969 and 1981.
retail price - $15.95 copacetic price - $13.55
Comics About Love, Treachery, Mothers and Monsters
edited by Megan Kelso
Better late -- and slightly flawed -- than never; that's what we say about this new 224 page anthology of contemporary comics by women from Soft Skull Press. As a result of an imaging software mix-up, the half-tones on several of the stories do not appear as they were intended, and while, yes, this does impact the æsthetic experience of the affected pieces, you can still enjoy and appreciate them; and please bear in mind that this problem affected only a minority -- less than a third -- of the pieces presented here. OK, now that we have that out of the way, let's just say that Scheherazade is the best all X chromosome anthology that's come our way in quite awhile, and not one that you should pass by. To the best of our knowledge none of the stories here have been seen before, making for a rare opportunity to really take a good long look at a solid batch of new work. Here's who you'll cross paths with if you venture forth: Andrice Arp, Gabrielle Bell, Ariel Bordeaux, Shary Boyle, Isabel Carvalho, Robyn Chapman, Allison Cole, Leela Corman, Eleanor Davis, Vanessa Davis, Jennifer DayDreamer, Ellen Forney, Garbrielle Gamboa, Megan Kelso, Ellen Lindner, Amy Lockhart, J. Manix, Nikki McClure (cover),Sophie McMillan, Lark Pien, Ariel Schrag, Kelly Seda, Sara Varon, and Lauren Weinstein.
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $16.95
Zippy Annual Five: From Here to Absurdity
by Bill Griffith
Who would have thought it would have made it here in time for the holidays, but it did: another year of the pinhead, Griffy and the rest of the crew. This strip just keeps getting better; and now this collection is all that we have left to console us here in Pittsburgh, as those fools at the Post-Gazette cut him down in his prime >sob!<. But console us it will: it's a great collection!
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $16.95
The Basil Wolverton Reader, Volume 2
Believe it or not, this one's even better than the first volume. Greg Theakston and Co. herein present us with a true treasure trove of classic Wolverton: a fistful of Spacehawk strips are complemented by a cartload of Powerhouse Pepper, and then seasoned with healthy doses of lesser known Wolverton creations like Meteor Martin, Splash Morgan, Mystic Moot, Scoop Scuttle, BingBang Buster and more! Basil Wolverton is one of a handful of true comic geniuses whose work has informed, and continues to influence, the work of countless cartoonists who have followed in his wake, whether they realize it or not (R. Crumb's work owes an ineradicable debt to Wolverton's, and even such disparate artists as Bob Burden and Chris Ware have appropriated bits of Wolvertonia; and that's just for starters; without Wolverton's example Mad might never have come into being... you get the idea.). Check out this collection and you'll see what we're talking about.
retail price - $25.00 copacetic price - $22.50
The Collected Sequential
by Paul Hornschemeier
With this deluxe, 256 page hardcover edition, the Richmond, VA publisher, AdHouse Books takes a page out of Montreal-based publisher, Drawn & Quarterly's playbook for finely crafted hardcover comics. Collecting all seven issues of Paul Hornschemeier's hard to find experimental comic book series, Sequential, this book is an aesthete's delight. While the level of the work presented here is not of the same uniformly high quality that Hornschemeier demonstrated in his Forlorn Funnies series published in California by Absence of Ink Press -- issues #2 - 4 of which were collected by Oregonian publisher, Dark Horse Comics as Mother, Come Home -- it is nevertheless representative of his wide-ranging authorial voice, and will be of special interest to Hornschemeier's fans as well as students of comics in general for the manner in which it presents a solid look into Hornschemeier's development as an artist.
retail price - $25.00 copacetic price - $21.25
Blood Orange #3
The highlight of this, the latest installment of Fantagraphics' quarterly anthology title featuring far out and fabulous comics by some of the best of the current crop of adventurous cartoonists, is an eleven page romp by Jeffrey Brown that is pretty much guaranteed to be a hit with anyone who enjoys his work. Also worthy of note is "The Mediocrity Principle," a six page story by Anders Nilsen that is of a piece with his contribution to Kramers Ergot 5 (see below). Other contributors to this issue are: Pakito Bolino, Ben Jones, Favio Zimbres , Alex Baladi, Caroline, Surym Renee Frenchm Olaf Ladousse, Nicolas Mahler , Scott Teplin and Ulf K.
retail price - $5.95 copacetic price - $5.00
The Comics Journal Library -- Volume 4: Drawing the Line
This LP sized (12" x 12") edition is composed of profusely illustrated interviews with four masters of fine line cartooning: Jules Feiffer, David Levine, Edward Sorel and Ralph Steadman.
retail price - $22.95 copacetic price - $17.95 ¡special!
Dirt: More Stories from the New Yinzer
Their latest softcover collection, this 188 page sophomore effort features Michael Byers, Karl Elder, Sherrie Flick and eleven other writers from Pittsburgh's past and present. The editors have this to say: "Dirt is a place to explore what's hiding under the couch, shut tight in the upstairs cupboard and locked away in the dark parts of a person, place, or thing, It's fourteen dirty little secrets straight from us to you."
retail price - $11.95 copacetic price - $11.35
New for November 2004
Kramers Ergot 5
Well, it's here. And what is the verdict? Success! KE5 is, in every way, a suitable successor to KE4. We feel quite confident in stating that everyone who enjoyed and/or appreciated KE4 will get at least as much out of KE5. Not only that, we'll go a step further and proclaim that many of those readers who were intrigued by KE4, but found it a bit "too out there" for their tastes, have an excellent chance of finding that KE5 -- with its addition of stand-out work by Gabrielle Bell, Kevin Huizenga, Chris Ware, and Dan Zettwoch -- has much to offer them, and represents a broader spectrum of comics than its predecessor. In addition, any fans of autobiographical comics may find that they have finally met their match in David Heatley's massive/micro magnum opus.
retail price - $34.95 (depending on who you talk to) copacetic price - sold out!
Proper Box 77: Charles Mingus - Young Rebel
Wow! This is truly an embarrassment of riches. Proper has done it again. It's all here: the formative years of one of the greatest figures in the history of jazz -- back when he was (sometimes) known as "Baron" Mingus. There are some real rare gems in this collection. 88 tracks on four discs, making for five hours of music; informative and engaging 52 page companion booklet including a complete track by track discography -- all for one amazing price. And that's not all: three more new Proper Boxes came in along with this one, and here they are:
Proper Box 76: The Arranger's Touch - A History of Jazz Arrangements from Jelly Roll Morton to Quincy Jones -- This one's made to order for the true jazzophile. 90 tracks put together by 87 different arrangers. Pretty much every major big and mid-size band that recorded during the 1930s and 1940s is here, and then some! Includes a 68 page booklet to guide you through the history of this vastly underappreciated art. Amazing!!!
Proper Box 78: Bessie Smith - Chattanooga Gal -- 95 tracks of the Queen of the Blues! Prepare to be knocked out!
Proper Box 79: Doo Wop Delights -- 100 classic tracks by The Five Keys, The Vocaleers, The Drifters, The Orioles, The Ravens, The Dominoes, The Swallows, The Flamingos, The Spaniels, and many more!
copacetic price - $26.75@
Men of Tomorrow:
Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book
by Gerard Jones
Years in the making, this engrossing history of the dawn of the comic book era is here. It's a 384 page hardcover with a swell Chip Kidd designed dustjacket. Here's what some notables are saying: "The fascinating and heartbreaking true story of the goniffs, shmendricks, and shlemiels who gave birth to the superhero comics -- written with all the verve and velocity of a golden age comic book." -- Art Spiegelman "This book has brought me immense pleasure. Jones offers amazing new insights into how girlie pulp publishers and mob-related printers got to the top of the comics business. Men of Tomorrow is an extraordinary read." -- Bud Plant 'Nuff said.
retail price - $26.00 copacetic price - $22.20
The Best of Gahan Wilson
The title says it all on this one. The 144 page volume is nicely put together by Underwood Books, one of the great long-suffering publishers devoted to fine fantasy art. It is printed in B & W and color as the situation calls for, and is peppered throughout with running commentary by Mr. Wilson himself. And it's reasonably priced, too!
retail price - $15.00 copacetic price - $13.50
Thrilling Tom the Dancing Bug Stories
by Ruben Bolling
The first full-size collection (8 1/2" x 11"; 224 pages) from one of the brightest lights of the alternative newspaper world is now available. Featuring God-Man, Billy Dare-Boy Adventurer, "Did You Know?", News of the Times and all the rest, this anthology is a one-stop for all things Bolling.
retail price - $16.95 copacetic price - $15.25
Above and Below: Two stories of the American Frontier
by James Sturm
With this saddle-stitched volume, publisher Drawn & Quarterly collects James Sturm's two self-published and out-of-print classics of Americana: The Revival -- it's Kentucky, it's 1801, and thousands gather to look for salvation; and Hundreds of Feet Below Daylight -- life in an Idaho mining town in 1886. These are the stories that comics iconclast Sturm built his rep on. He's now spearheading the development of The Center for Cartoon Studies, which aims to be the first full-fledged university for all things comics. His work is well worth checking out.
retail price - $9.95 copacetic price - $7.95
And while we're on the subject of Drawn & Quarterly, we thought we'd let you know that -- just in time for the holidays -- we recently received a full restock of their entire line, including the new printing of Louis Riel, and the latest work by France's David B., Babel, a graphic tour de force that was the fastest seller of all the new items we brought back from SPX in October. All items are discounted 15% - 20%!
by Aaron Cometbus
His first new release in quite awhile, Chicago Stories is a nifty little 48 page tome composed of eleven short stories culled from the pages of later issues of Cometbus with Chicago as their focal point. This one represents a bit of a format departure for Mr. Cometbus, as the contents are (gasp!) typeset and printed on a nice heavy stock, plus there's a color wraparound cover by Megan Kelso and illustrated chapter headings by Frank Sirk. We get the feeling that this book gives a good indication of the direction Aaron's headed in, and it looks good to us. Pick up a copy, stick it in your back pocket, and then go get a good, cheap cup of coffee.
retail price - $3.00 copacetic price - o/s & o/p - sorry!
by Jaime Hernandez
Whoops! We were so excited by this book's arrival that we plum forgot to list it here and so announce its presence on our shelves. Sorry about that. This book is our lead contender for greatest comics collection of all time. It places between two covers the entirety of the adventures of Maggie and Hopey that transpired during the original fifty-issue run of Love and Rockets. Reña Titanion, Rand Race, Penny Century, H.R. Costigan, Terry, Daffy, Izzy, Speedy, Ray D., Doyle, Danita and all the rest: they're all here. It's big: over 700 pages in all! It's an embossed hardcover edition that's got a swell dust-jacket! And don't forget Gilbert's Palomar; we haven't: it's our lead contender for second greatest comics collection of all time.
retail price - $49.95 copacetic price - $39.95
Worn Tuff Elbow
by Marc Bell
New! The first in an ongoing series(?) from Fantagraphics, this forty-page compendium of absurdity and wackiness gives you a solid bang for your buck. It's a lot of fun. Marc Bell has got it goin' on!
retail price - $4.95 copacetic price - SOLD OUT
The Proper Introduction
The latest from the greatest in classic 20th century popular music, Proper Records, is now on our shelves. These are single CDs, packed to the brim with the greatest music you can find anywhere. There is very little overlap between these new releases and their other great series, the Proper Box and the Proper Pair, so there's every reason to check these out, most especially and most importantly (so far) Pittsburgh's one and only Dodo Marmarosa!
copacetic price - SOLD OUT DEAL!!!
Coffee and Cigarettes (DVD)
by Jim Jarmusch
w/ Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Roberto Begnini, Joie Lee, Cinqué Lee, Cate Blanchett, Meg White, Jack White, Alfred Moline, Steve Coogan, Renée French, GZA, RZA, Taylor Mead, Bill Rice, and Bill Murray!
Looking for the heppest film of the year? Look no further: this is it. Not that many people even know about this film, let alone have seen it. It played here in Pittsburgh for a week at the Oaks, and then was gone. But now it's back, on DVD. Fifteen years in the making. Filmed in glorious black and white.
retail price - $14.98 copacetic price - $12.77
McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories
edited by Michael Chabon
This is the sequel to 2002's swell McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, and features more great genre fiction (see Chabon's intro for a discussion of this term) from some of today's finest writers. The best book for your bedside table. Features new work by Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Peter Straub, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem, Heidi Julavits, Roddy Doyle, and more.
retail price - $13.95 copacetic price - $11.85
and, speaking of Michael Chabon...The Final Solution
by Michael Chabon
It's here: the latest from Micheal Chabon. This one aims to be the last word in Sherlock Holmes homages. hardcover
retail price - $16.95 copacetic price - $14.40
Men & Cartoons
by Jonathan Lethem
He was just here in person -- at the Carnegie Lecture Hall, as part of the American Shorts series. Now here's his latest book: a collection of short stories dealing with... well, the title sort of gives it away. Want to know more? Check out the everyman review by a Lethem fan on Pop Matters on the one hand, and then the NY Times review by Jay McInerney, on the other. hardcover
retail price - $19.95 copacetic special price - $4.95 ¡wotta deal!
New for October 2004
Birth of a Nation
by Aaron McGruder, Reginald Hudlin & Kyle Baker!
We've been remiss in not bringing this fabulous hardcover graphic novel to your attention sooner. This is hands down the most entertaining and insightful political satire of the season. Check it out: Fred Fredericks, idealistic mayor of East St. Louis, rallies his fellow citizens to the polls only to have them become the victims of a trumped up, bogus, mass disenfranchisement. As a radical form of protest Fredericks -- with the assistance of shady Black billionaire and old friend, John Roberts -- decides to have East St. Louis secede from the union. John Roberts opens an "offshore" bank (albeit in the heart of the USA) et voilá East St. Louis becomes The Republic of Blackland, the new Switzerland! Soon idealistic young militants, OPEC-funded hitmen, CIA operatives, tabloid reporters and AWOL black servicemen eager to protect and serve the new nation arrive in swarms. As one might expect, problems arise almost immediately. There's some real serious food for thought here, along with a love story, whacky antics, male bonding and more! Highly recommended.
retail price - $25.00 copacetic price - $21.25
by Daniel Raeburn
On the off chance there was any lingering doubt about Chris Ware's status as a contemporary artist, with the release of this volume it can now be officially proclaimed dispelled. This 112 page monograph from Yale University Press provides an in-depth exploration of Ware's work by The Imp editor, Daniel Raeburn as well as a very generous sampling of Ware's work, much of rarely if ever seen before and sumptuously reproduced here. In case you were wondering, the answer is no, this essay is not the same essay that Raeburn wrote on Ware in The Imp #3, but an all new piece entitled, "Building a Language."
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.95
Marvel Visionaries: Jack Kirby
While we admit to some trepidation in endorsing a Marvel book cashing in on Kirby, given Jack's treatment by the company, we have to say that this volume is too good to pass it by without remarking upon it. This book is cover to cover Kirby; all 340 full color pages of it. While is spans almost the entire length of Kirby's career, beginning with Red Raven #1 from 1941 and running through What-If #11 from 1978, the bulk of the material is from Kirby's classic 1960s work, including what might possibly be the greatest four issue run in the history of superhero comics, Fantastic Four #48 - #51, wherein he introduced Both Galactus and the Silver Surfer. Running a close second, are Thor #134 - 136, a three issue run also included here which introduced another of Kirby's greatest concept characters, The High Evolutionary. And it's a hardcover with a nifty Chip Kidd inspired dust jacket, to boot.
retail price - $29.99 copacetic price - $25.47
The Jack Kirby Reader: V.2
And for the true Kirby aficionado, here is the second stunning volume of classic atom-age Kirby work. Most of the work orignally appeared in the late-forties, but there are a few gems from the fifties as well. Greg Theakston has done it again with this one: the reproduction is simply stellar. You can really appreciate the art here in super-solid black & white. The work collected here is among Kirby's best, including classics from Young Romance, My Date, Justice Traps the Guilty, and Strange World of Your Dreams. Truly amazing.
retail price - $25.00 copacetic price - $22.50
Barefoot Gen, Volume Two: The Day After
At last, the second volume of one of the most important works in the history of comics is back in print with an all new translation. This picks up literally seconds after the conclusion of the first volume, with an extremely harrowing, eye-witness account of the catastrophic results of the first atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima and then continues with a heart-rending tale of human suffering and, ultimately, endurance as Gen and his family move to rebuild their lives amidst the carnage, destruction and horror. Once read, this work is impossible to forget. Volume One, which recounts Gen and his family's lives in WWII era Hiroshima and concludes with the dropping of the bomb, is also in stock and available at the same price.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $12.75
The Complete Peanuts, Volume Two: 1953 to 1954
by Charles M. Schulz
with an introduction by Walter Cronkite
Well, it took a sort of round about route in getting here, but it's now on our shelves -- the second volume of the most demanded project in the history of comic strip collections: The Complete Peanuts. This volume contains every daily and Sunday Peanuts strip from January 1, 1953 to December 31, 1954; 730 in all, along with an index to enable you to search for particular actions, themes and characters. With this volume sitting on your shelf, you can relax, knowing you always have immediate consolation within reach. A security blanket for the everyman.
retail price - $28.95 copacetic price - $23.15
Spooked - Robyn Hitchcock (CD)
Attention fans of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings! This CD was produced by Rawlings and is a true -- if unusual -- collaboration between Hitchcock and Welch and Rawlings that yields a cohesive whole rife with engaging lyrics floating on haunting melodies, and a couple of very catchy tunes
retail price - $16.98 copacetic price - $15.25
Abattoir Blues & The Lyre of Orpheus - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (CD)
Nick & Co. mix rock, blues, and gospel, to forge a head-on listening experience that will knock your socks off. This amazing release finds the group following their muse through the heart of darkness and on through to the uplifting light. This is a deluxe two-CD mini-box that is very attractively packaged in a cloth slipcase accompanied by a nicely put together, illustrated lyric booklet. But it is, of course, the music that matters, and these guys are on a serious roll here. We'll go on receord here as proclaiming this Nick Cave & The Bad Seed's masterpiece! Stop by and ask us to give it a spin, if it's not already playing.
retail price - $19.98 copacetic price - $18.88
The Bush Junta
edited by Gary Groth & Mack White
Just in time for the election comes this comics compendium of conspiracies, conspiracy theories, exposés, tales of disenfranchised voters and much more as a host of talented comics creators take aim at the bungling and dissembling that has characterized so much of what has come out of the Bush administration; from Fantagraphics.
retail price - $18.95 copacetic price - $16.25
The usual susupects are back in this plain vanilla issue of McSweeney's. Joshuah Bearman, T.C. Boyle, Denis Johnson, Susan Straight, Lawrence Weschler and many others fill out 306 high quality pages.
retail price - $15.00 copacetic price - $12.75
The John Kerry interview, wherein he let's it all hang out -- at least by the standards of this so far unbelievably over-orchestrated campaign. Worth the price of admission.
retail price - $8.00 copacetic price - $7.20
The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker
Well, this is a book that is pretty much available everywhere, but we thought we'd let you know we have it as well, in case you'd like to get it from us. This is one very hefty tome, but the best thing about it is the two CD-ROMs included with it. Therein you will find all the cartoons published in The New Yorker from its inception up to the time the book went to press earlier this year. Yes, that's right: all 68,647 for of them. To give you some idea of how many cartoons this is: if you read ten cartoons a day, everyday, 365 days a year, it would take you almost twenty years to read them all! But, of, course, most people won't have the urge (let alone the free time) to read each and every cartoon, but would rather pick their way through them, looking for cartoons that will catch their fancy. Fortunately, this database of cartoons (for that's exactly what it is) is fully searchable, so you can look for dog cartoons, cat cartoons, drunk cartoons, and even drunk dogs cartoons, and see what comes up! This is, obviously, a great gift for somebody.
retail price - $60.00 copacetic price - $50.00
SPX 2004 Bonanza of Comics!
We went, we saw and we bought, and now we've brought it back to the shelves of Copacetic. As usual there was an overabundance of new material to choose from. We did out best to get it all -- and came close. Those that we missed we will follow up on and do our best to get in. The most notable trend evident at this year's SPX was the migration of some of the best and brightest of previous years' self-publishers to the "majors" of indy publishing. Kevin Huizenga and Anders Nilsen were both in attendance and each had new books out -- Or Else #1, the first in an ongoing quarterly series (check it out HERE; and there's an decent review of it HERE), and Dogs and Water, respectively -- but this year you could find them at the Drawn & Quarterly tables as this is who put the books out. Andy Runton's Owly was out in book from from Top Shelf (although that didn't stop him from self-publishing two new minis!). Then, of course, there's the 2004 SPX Anthology. This year's theme is, surprise, WAR. The anthology runs 192 pages and contains 27 pieces by a self-publishing authors including Jeff Smith, Drew Weing, Justin Hall, Winston Rowntree, Bruce Mutard, Diana Yee, a one-pager by Megan Kelso & Ron Rege, and twenty more (retail price - $9.95 copacetic price - $7.95). Other important new releases include Return of the Elephant by Paul Hornschemeier from AdHouse Books; King-Cat #63 self-published by John Porcellino; and The All-American USS Catastrophe Election 2004 Treasury, a collection of drawings by Kevin Huizenga, Ted May and Dan Zettwoch that raised $1600 for the Kerry campaign -- way to go guys! Several other notable releases from the Big Four of indy comics publishing -- Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, Top Shelf and Alternative Comics -- premiered at SPX: from D & Q, in addition to the aforementioned, there were David Collier's new magnum opus, The Frank Ritza Papers, is a 196 page melange of comics, sketches and notes that spans a decade, and Babel, an amazing graphic tour de force from France's David B. (Epileptic);from Top Shelf came the much anticipated new book from Jeffrey Brown, Big Head, which brings a new and heretofore unseen level of angst to super hero comics; from Alternative Comics we have -- finally! -- the second issue of Matt Madden's A Fine Mess, which, we must say, is a truly fine effort, wherein -- along with his exceptional contribution to Rosetta 2 -- Mr. Madden finally starts living up to his promise as an important comics formalist; also from AC are Josh Neufeld's A Few Perfrect Hours... and Other Stories from Southeast Asia & Central Europe, an insightful contribution to the burgeoning travel comics genre that is the culmination of many years work which falls midway between the work of Joe Sacco and that of Craig Thompson's latest, Carnet de Voyage, and Joel Orff's first foray into long form comics, Waterwise, a meditative fable on love and life; and, finally, from Fantagraphics come two of the year's biggest releases, the second volume of their much heralded Complete Peanuts series and Locas, the complete Maggie and Hopey saga from the original fifty-issue run of Love and Rockets. And that's just the tip of the iceberg!!! There are dozens more self-published comics by the up and coming group of new comics creators that are now displayed on our shelves, comics like Clutch #10 & #12, 128 page square-bound minis that we're selling for a mere $3.00; Nothing Left To Lose, a 216 page (!) graphic novel by Josh Farkas that's a mere $5.99; Phase 7 #s 1 - 5 a very well produced series by Alec Longstreth that has been released in a hand signed and numbered limited edition of 300 copies per 8 1/2" x 11" issue, yet sells for only $3.00 - $4.00 per issue; Catfight #s 1 - 4 by MK Brown which chronicles the travails of outsider high-school girls in 8 1/2 x 11 format that also sells for $3.00 - $4.00; Landscape of Possibilites/Net Result, a two-in-one book by Britain's Nick Abadzis and Paul Peart-Smith for $4.00; Service Industry, a collection of strips with a fine hand-silk screened cover that retails for $6.00 by T Edward Bak, who also produced the unique Firefly Waltz; The Intruder by Mark Burrier, a nice piece we're selling for onloy $3.00; Matter, a cool book for $2.00; a stack of misanthropic books of varying shapes and sizes by Frederick Nolan (aka Fredo) that, while working in the vein of Dave Cooper and Al Columbia, are nevertheless not without originality, and are perhaps even more jaundiced in their view of human nature. In addition there are some exceptionally crafted books that we have stocked in extremely limited quantities (i.e. only one or two copies), such as Put On a Brave Face and Sex Rainbow by Hope Larson, and Don't Leave Home by Sara Edward Corbett. Remember: many of these items we will not be able to restock, ever. This will be the only time that they will be offered for sale at Copacetic, so if you'd like to get the chance to look over all this work, come on down. We're confident that you'll be glad you did!
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