New for December 2006
by Kevin Huizenga
The much anticipated first collection by up-and-coming-new-comics-champ, Kevin Huizenga is at last on our shelves. Its arrival may, however, signal the end of Huizenga's status as an up-and-comer, and initiate his ensconsement in the ranks of established contemporary masters of comics. This volume brings together a wide range of Huizenga's work from a wide variety of sources. It starts off with a little known (well, not to long time Copacetic customers) gem from the Orchid anthology published by Sparkplug Comics, titled, "Green Tea." It is adapted from a classic Victorian horror story of the same name by Sheridan Le Fanu, but is given the inimitable Huizenga treatment and stands as an original work. Following this there is the trilogy that first appeared in Drawn and Quarterly Showcase #1, several selections from the now out of print first issue of Huizenga's ongoing solo title, Or Else, a 2-pager originally done for Time Magazine, and the full color story, "Jeepers Jacobs," originally executed for Kramers Ergot 5. Anyone not already familiar with these works is heartily encouraged to consider this a great opportunity to read some excellent comics delivered in a fine package for a reasonable price. And, it should go without saying (but, of course, we can't help but say it anyway) that this is makes for a swell gift. Learn more about the works of Kevin Huizenga here.
retail price - $21.95 copacetic price - $17.95
New Tales of Old Palomar
by Gilbert Hernandez
by Richard Sala
The two latest issues in the wonderful Ignatz series of Euro-American hybrid comics also happen to be two of the best -- and are only the second and third by Americans (the first being Ganges by Kevin Huizenga). This series of high quality comic books/graphic albums features some of the finest regularly published comics work currently available and, by virtue of its periodical status, is both constantly giving us something to look forward to and bringing back the fun of collecting. This time we have that titan of titans, Gilbert Hernandez delivering exactly what the title states: the first of what promises to be a number of brand new, never before seen stories featuring the sprawling cast of characters we know and love from the original issues of Love and Rockets. As with all of Gilbert's tales this one is really a patchwork quilt of stories of all shapes and sizes sewn together into one snug and comfortable whole. Delphina presents the first installment of one of another of Richard Sala's trademarked tales of eerie mystery rendered in his unmistakable, angular pen and ink style. This one concerns a clean-cut boy who, in search of his apple-cheeked girl, finds himself in a small town whose inhabitants... well, we don't want to give too much away. Suffice it to say these are folk who put the strange in strangers, and you wouldn't want to have to depend on them.
retail price - $7.95@ copacetic price - $6.75@
The Mourning Star (#1)
by Kazimir Strzepek
This 200+ page square format book, designed by Jordan Crane and published by Bodega, is the first in a projected series of a lengthy post-apocalyptic tales of the struggle to survive. It also serves to announce Bodega's arrival as the heir apparent to the now defunct Highwater Press, as this book bears many of the traits associated with Highwater releases. Previously their activites vis a vis Highwater had been limited to distributing the remainder of the catalogue, but with the release of The Mourning Star, it appears that Bodega has assumed the mantle of publishing as well. We wish The Mourning Star success and welcome Bodega to the fold of small press comics publishers.
retail price - $13.00 copacetic price - $11.00
A Pin-Up Girl Portfolio by 20 Cartoonists
This one is an attempt to be the last word in fetish object. Playing on the trope of arrested adolescent sexuality stereotypically identified with the bagging-and-boarding fanboy set of which more than a few of these participants are graduates, Private Stash starts out with a squarebound translucent case that contains -- once you've struggled to remove it from this secure enclosure without damaging it -- a clever two-layer illustrated wraparound slipcase portrait of all twenty contributors by Rick Altergott (displaying his Mort Drucker and Wally Wood chops to full effect) which opens to reveal a 20 panel accordian-print that opens (to over ten feet!) to reveal the wet-dream girls of a fairly astounding array of talent: R. Crumb, Dan Clowes, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Charles Burns, Gary Panter, Peter Bagge, Adrian Tomine, Kim Deitch, Tony Millionaire, Richard Sala, Ivan Brunetti, Ron Regé,Jr., Dan Zettwoch, Rick Altergott, Jonathan Bennett, Sammy Harkham, Tim Hensley, Mitch O'Connell and Archer Prewitt (It's too bad they couldn't get Chris Ware on board with this one, but then again, his fantasy might be too much for the rest of us to handle...).
retail price - $24.95 copacetic price - $22.00
by David Sandlin
1980s art comic pioneer, David Sandlin reveals the terrible secret of Carl Bob, "The Swamp Preacher," in this mind-blowing 40-page comic book that will have you thinking heretofore unthinkable thoughts about the nature of America, its people and its practices. Printed entirely (except for the amazing full color wraparound front and inside front covers) in lurid mauve and green, Swamp Preacher is -- at least for now* -- a one of a kind experience and and instant classic! *The indicia states that this is "#1" and the inside back cover mentions "future issues." We can only pray that this is all true and that we can continue to follow the incredible tale of Carl Bob and be born again in the spirit of our age.
retail price - $5.95 copacetic price - $5.00
The Spirit #1
by Darwyn Cooke
Speaking of born again spirits, here is the much anticipated return of the one and only Spirit. Created 66 years ago (can you believe it?!) by the legendary Will Eisner, Denny Colt is back courtesy of Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier), who, with the able assist of J. Bone on inks and Dave Stewart on colors, is recreating the Spirit & Co. (including a revamped Ebony!) for both the 21st century and the DC Comics universe (see the Batman and Spirit one-shot, also by Cooke & Co., but with script by Jeph Loeb). The series starts off in full stride with "Ice Ginger Coffee," a completely self-contained adventure (as Cooke promises all issues will be in this nice interview feature) that brings The Spirit straight away into the war against crime and the battle between the sexes; right where he belongs.
retail price - $2.99 copacetic price - $2.50 (2nd print)
King-Cat Comics and Stories #67
by John Porcellino
Just in time for Christmas, a stocking stuffer for all you mini-comics fans. Always a cause for a modest celebration, this issue features the ususal mix of comics, stories, lists and letters -- 40 pages in all.
retail price - $3.00 copacetic price - $3.00
Dr. Id - Psychologist of the Supernatural
by Adam McGovern and Palo Leandri
We listed this one a month or two back and it sold out in the blink of an all-seeing eye, so we contacted the publisher and secured a supply of this Copacetic Certified Instant Classic™ sufficient to add it to our ongoing offerings. With Dr. Id, co-creators McGovern and Leandri have put a sophisticated spin on the iconic Lee and Kirby formula to give us a series of psychologically astute tales that are simultaneously fantastic fun. Seven tales -- both tall and short -- make up this cosmic compendium of cryptic capers -- elegantly unravelled by the piercingly perceptive analytical intelligence of the suave and debonair Dr. Id -- all rendered in a cataclysmic Kirby style that will have True Believers reaching for their hankies. As an added bonus, we're treated to a copy of the Doctor's dossier to clue us in to his highbrow history. All we have to say is, "Be there or be square!"
retail price - $2.95 copacetic price - $2.50
New for November 2006
by Brian Chippendale
OK kids, the wait is over. This mega-blast of comics and more by Fort Thunder co-founder, Brian Chippendale is now on our shelves, and it's most definitely a book that stands out in a crowd. Five years in the making, it's Chippendale's first book publication, and he's gone all out to make it a debut to remember. It's a giant oversize (11" x 17") 144 page hardcover volume printed in black and white and full color where it counts. 80 pages are devoted to the titular graphic novel that is both an epic -- and deranged -- fantasy and an urban allegory. The remaining 64 pages are chock-a-block with drawings, collages, posters and more. While much is simply pen and ink and/or pencil, this is reproduced with full attention to all details and subtleties. Ninja is a sensual onslaught that will stagger your brain as it tries to take it all in. We found ourselves going back again and again to soak up the richness of Chippendale's imagery while simultaneously working to crack the riddles of his narratives. Published by the design wizards at Picture Box.
retail price - $34.95 copacetic price - $29.75
Acme Novelty Library 17
by Chris Ware
Well, how about that? Just about exactly one year after number 16, here's number 17 -- right on schedule! This is, as all Chris Ware devotees doubtless already know, another carefully crafted hardcover from the master himself that contains the next chapter in the sordid saga of Rusty Brown; or as Mr. Ware himself puts it: "Continuing with the second half of the introduction to his shamelessly meandering graphic novel “Rusty Brown” (which began last issue at a private school in the 1970s midwest) the six-sided crystal suggested by the exegisis of the first installment is slowly turned and examined in mid-morning winter sunlight sometime between the bell of first period and the conclusion of lunch for the first through the fourth grades. Also included are more thorough examinations of many of the main characters’ cloudy motivations, personal habits, and favorite restaurants, to say nothing of the small dust mote around which they have coalesced and the complications in its life due to the acquisition of superpowers sometime the night before." Where else can one so fully revisit the fullness of childhood pain in such finely rendered depictions of the horrors of growing up, wallow in such luxurious self-loathing, and experience such exquisite quivers of self-laceration but in the pages of the Acme Novelty Library. Back-up bonuses: the tales of "Branford, the Best Bee in the World" and "Will We Be Alive in the Year 2005?"
retail price - $16.95 copacetic price - $15.00
Moomin, Book One
by Tove Jansson
Well, if they ever decide to turn this into a prime-time animated cartoon (which would be great -- but don't hold your breath) we've got the theme song alrady picked out: "What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding." Performed by, hmmm, let's say -- Shonen Knife. This Finnish strip has more in common with George Herriman's Krazy Kat that one might think just looking at it, or even upon first read; but once you let it sink in, the strip has at its core the same dedication to carefree existence, along with a simliarly oddball cast of characters. Of course, it is indelibly stamped with the character of its country of origin and Europe in general, but it's half the fun to see this spirit animated in these foreign climes. Publisher Drawn and Quarterly has this to say: "The Moomins saw life in many forms but debuted to its biggest audience ever on the pages of world’s largest newspaper The London Evening News, in 1954. The strip was syndicated in newspapers around the world with millions of readers in 40 countries. Moomin, Book One is D & Q's first volume in their projected plan to reprint the strip's run through to 1960. This is the first time the strip will be published in any form in North America and will deservedly place Jansson among the international cartooning greats of the last century. The Moomins are a tight-knit family – hippo-shaped creatures with easygoing and adventurous outlooks. Jansson's art is pared down and precise, yet able to compose beautiful portraits of ambling creatures in fields of flowers or rock-strewn beaches that recall Jansson’s Nordic roots. The comic strip reached out to adults with its gentle and droll sense of humor. Whimsical but with biting undertones, Jansson’s observations of everyday life, including guests who overstay their welcome, modern art, movie stars, and high society, easily caught the attention of an international audience and still resonate today." This is a one of a kind classic that you owe it to yourself to at least take a look at.
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.77
by Gabrielle Bell
D & Q sez: " Gabrielle Bell fascinatingly documents the mundane details of her below-minimum wage, twenty-something existence in Brooklyn, NY with a subtle humor. Her simple, unadorned drawing style, heavy narration and biting wit chronicles transient roommates who communicate only through post-it notes; aspiring artists who sublet tiny rooms in leaky, greasy broken-down border-house loft apartments crawling with bugs, cats and bad art. Bell tackles a string of forgettable, unrelated jobs including nude modeling, artist’s assistant, art teacher, and jewelry maker that only serve to bolster her despair, boredom and discomfort in her own skin. Bell’s self-scrutiny leads her to dream sequences that allow her to rise above her banal actuality and hyper-awareness. Bell fantasizes about her vision of a perfect world as she becomes the accomplished artist and world traveler she longs to be. Bell’s daily comics allow her to escape the harsh, judgmental gaze of the world and the monotony of daily life. Her unpolished art speaks to a desire to record all the messy details while the pain and confusion is still fresh. Coming of age amidst the zine revolution, cartoonist Gabrielle Bell has been creating her comics to much acclaim, even winning an Ignatz Award for the self-published serialization of Lucky."
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $16.95
Buddha, Volume 4: The Forests of Uruvela
by Osamu Tezuka
The low priced softcover edition of the fourth volume of manga master Osamu Tezuka's ultimate work is now in stock.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $12.75
by Patrick McDonnell
This, the fifteenth Mutts collection, is a large format volume like the four Sunday-only collections, but is the first to contain both the dailies in black and white together with the full size Sundays in full color. Not only that, but this volume contains 12 extra pages of rough sketches and watercolors and other neat stuff. As a result it's a jumbo size book -- the largest Mutts collection yet, 208 pages in all. What can we say: Mutts is good; more Mutts is better!
retail price - $16.95 copacetic price - $15.25
Copacetic Christmas 2006
OK, it's up and running. Check out our page of picks for making your holiday gift-giving a copacetic experience for all concerned. We're sure to tweak it a few times, so check back whenever you're in the mood.
The Primo Collection
Straight out of the Czech Republic comes a new line of classic Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass and more. Attractively packaged, excellent sounding double-disc sets of fine music, these make great gifts. Single artist sets along with well-rounded anthologies. Did we mention they sell for a mere $8.88@? Check it out.
McSweeney's sez: "With work by Roddy Doyle, Stephen Elliott, Peter Orner, Joyce Carol Oates, Yannick Murphy, and Miranda July, as well as the triumphant return of Arthur Bradford and stories concerning fistfighting Mormons, New Zealand police malfeasance, and a man named Trang, and with all of those works interspersed with heartfelt letters to Ray Charles and storyboards by some of the finest pen-and-ink artists of our day, our twenty-first issue is sure to be one of our best assemblages yet."
retail price - $16.00 copacetic price - $14.40
DVD - Cartune Xprez:
A Collection of Contemporary Animated Videos from the USA and Canada
This is an amazing, eye-popping new DVD anthology of, for the most part, new school, lo-fi, DIY animations that we're pretty confident you won't be seeing anywhere else anytime soon. Not only that, you'll be hard pressed to find this disc anywhere else. So we're working overtime to bring this disc to your attention as there's some really creative and original work here, the likes of which you may not have previously encountered, at least not on a purchasable DVD. Artists on this disc include Paper Rad & Peter Burr (both Pittsburgh-connected), Amy Lockhart, Takeshi Murata, Phillippe Blanchard, Michael Bell-Smith, Christopher Doulgeris, as well as Hooliganship and Slow Dance Recyttal. Get more details here.
PLEASE NOTE: One of the shorts (Gretchen Hogue's Where's My Boyfriend?) is composed of a rapid-fire montage of still images -- most appear to have been cut out of magazines -- that includes quite a few that are pornographic in nature. The on-screen time of these images is generally under one second, they are all employed to humorous effect, and one would be hard pressed to find anything of prurient interest here, but, nevertheless, it renders this collection inappropriate for unsupervised children and anyone who would be offended by this type of material. You have been warned.
copacetic price - $12.00
Splendid Recipes (DVD)
And speaking of new school lo-fi DIY, this brand-spanking-new, 60-minute, home-made-in-tha-'burgh DVD is so new school that we here at Copacetic have decided that it has pioneered a school all of its own, and we've dubbed it "Yinzer Stoner." Splendid Recipes is the very first commodified manifestation of this bold new way of representing reality through art. So, act now and take advantage of this rare opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new art movement. This DVD contains the first two episodes of the "public access disgrace" also known as "The Dollar Store of television shows," and features "adolescent crime stories, ghetto special effects, horrible improvised dialogue, drunken karaoke and much more."
retail price - $9.99 copacetic price - $7.77
The Drama, Issue Nine
The latest issue of the art magazine that's the mostest is now on our shelves. This issue features heavily illustrated interviews with Fort Thunder co-founder, Brian Chippendale, cover artist Henrik Drescher and Zippy, the Pinhead creator, Bill Griffith. Also on offer are a nice preivew of the catalogue for the show, Wunderground: Providence 1995 to the present currently on exhibit at the RISD Museum. And, of course, there's the ever present 32-page comics supplement, this time around featuring the likes of Matthew Thurber, Vanessa Davis, Zak Sally, Nicolas Robel, Mark Bell, Mark Burrier, and a dozen others, along with the experimental inclusion of Adam Levin's short story, Frankenwittgenstein, illustrated by Keith Jones. AND, as if that weren't enough, this is the last issue, as the publishers have decided to call it a day and move on to art book publishing. We'll let you know what they come up with.
retail price - $5.95 copacetic price - $5.35
Popeye: Volume One - "I Yam What I Yam"
by E.C. Segar
Boy, is this ever a sight for sore eyes. At last, the classic early Popeye by E.C. Segar is back in print. And not just back in print, but in style! This is a wonderful deluxe oversize (11" x 15") edition that sports a die-cut hardcover. It contains two and a half years of dailies and one year of full-page full color Sunday pages. This is how it was meant to be. The first of six volumes.
retail price - $29.95 copacetic price - $25.95
Walt & Skeezix, Volume Two: 1923 & 1924
by Frank King
While we're on the subject of classic newspaper comics, we'll take this opportunity to let you know that, yes, the second collection of Frank King's almighty classic, Gasoline Alley is currently gracing our humble shelves. Designed, once again, by Chris Ware, this volume has even more support material than the first collection. A lengthy introduction by comics scholar, Jeet Heer and end notes by Tim Samuelson are accompanied by an amazing selection of photographs from the King family album, sketches and watercolors, scrap-book clippings and other ephemera that together make an excellent frame for the over six-hundred daily strips this volume contains.
retail price - $29.95 copacetic price - $25.47
Little Nemo: The Complete Collection
by Winsor McCay
edited and with an introduction by Bill Blackbeard
Wait, there's still more! Yes, it's back at last, the super value-priced Evergreen edition of Little Nemo that contains the entire run of Winsor McCay's crowning achievement. While nothing beats the experience of reading these in their magnificent full-size glory, this book still has a lot going for it. Namely: it contains the entire run of Little Nemo in Slumberland, including the final two years of the strip after McCay had been hired by Hearst and it had been retitled "In the Land of Wonderful Dreams." ALL 420 full-page strips appear here in glorious full color, except for the last 15 strips executed for The New York Herald, which are printed in duotone, as they originally appeared. This book is an amazing value.
retail price - $39.95 copacetic price - $35.00 DEAL!
by Darren Aronofsky & Kent Williams
Now available in softcover! Here's what we said when the now out-of-print hardcover was released: "Wow! This is book has our vote for best original graphic novel ever published by Vertigo. Two years in the making, this work was born like a phoenix out of the ashes of Aronofsky's failed original attempt to make it as a film. Once Kent's pages started showing up at Darren's door, however, this resparked his imagination and orobouros-like inspired him to restart the film project, in a scaled down production. This led to a Mobius strip situation of the two projects being created simultaneously: the graphic novel based on the original uncompleted film script (which, upon hindsight, seems much more suited to the graphic novel format than film) and the new film inspired by the graphic novel. Kent Williams has really outdone himself here, producing a career high work that employs his full arsenal of techniques and stands to introduce many people to his stellar abilities. Aronofsky's script is a powerful allegorical tale about coming to terms with the death of a loved one -- and, ultimately, with death itself. Yes, this book is a bit pricey (not anymore, as this softcover edition is half the price of the hardcover!) but it's worth it . Recommended." And here's the trailer for the film.
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.77
Abandon the Old in Tokyo
by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
This is the second volume in Drawn and Quarterly's ongoing project to collect the works of the founding father of gekiga, a gritty, more overtly literary form of manga. Picking up where last year's The Push Man and Other stories left off, Abandon the Old in Tokyo collects Tatsumi's work from 1970. The eight lengthy tales that make up this 200 page hardcover volume present the seamy underside of (then) contemporary urban life, but unlike other often exploitative treatments of this type of subject matter, Tatsumi's approach provides his readers with a very humane perspective on all too real humans struggling to make their way in a world that seems to have changed without them.
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.77
Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China
by Guly Delisle
Speaking of follow-up volumes, this is a follow-up to Delisle's Pyongyang: A Journey to North Korea, that was released last year at this time, then as now in conjuction with Tatsumi's collection. We're not sure what D & Q is trying to say with these dual releases, but we presume it has something to do with Asia. In any event, Deslisle, a Québec native currently residing in France, has abandoned a decade long career working in animation to devote himself full time to comics, and his devotion is starting to reap dividends. Shenzhen offers the reader a super cut-rate fare to this up and coming Chinese metropolis situated close to Hong Kong (One caveat to keep in mind when reading this: the visit this travelogue records took place in 1997 -- the city has grown quite a bit since then). He communicates his feelings of isolation as a non-Chinese speaking westerner who is there for work (he was overseeing an animation production) and offers an engaging look at the city's culture and people that doubles as a historical snapshot.
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.77
Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence
by William T. Vollman
This hefty hardcover volume is a 734 page abridgement of Vollman's massive seven-volume original that was published in 2003 by McSweeney's. Vollman's introduction states, "What you have here is (1) a selection of "when is violent defense of X justified" chapters, which are (I hope) interesting in their own right; followed by (2) the complete Moral Calculus, which contains my answers to every "when is" question considered in the long volume; rounded off with (3) several case studies from war zones, et cetera, along with all regional introductions to the case studies." Our favorite quote from the introduction: "The long version of Rising Up Rising Down took me twenty-three years... the abridgement took me half an hour." We're bringing this to your attention with the thought that now might be a fruitful time to reflect on this book's theme, and due to the spectacularly low price at which we currently able to offer it.
retail price - $29.95 copacetic super-special price - $9.95
And, finally: prolific Pittsburgh presses present:
Murdaland: Crime Fiction for the 21st Century - Issue 01
Will wonders never cease. This new book format, semi-annually published periodical that aims to revive the values of classic pulp fiction -- think Jim Thompson and David Goodis (whose long lost novella, "Professional Man," graces these pages) -- is edited right here in Pittsburgh, PA, practically in our own back yard! Here's what they have to say for themselves: "Included are fifteen original stories from such masters of the form as Daniel Woodrell, Ireland's Ken Bruen and Latin America's new prince of noir, Rolo Diez. Adding an air of utter veracity are an ex-con's autobiographical lament of botched stick-ups and lustful romance in the heartland and a former Sandinista rebel's tale of jealousy and fatal ambush. Topping the debut off are an excerpt from Tom Franklin's new novel, Smonk, the picaresque tale of a murderous riverboat whore in the early 1900s and an unnerving work-in progress by literary icon, Mary Gaitskill. Expect visceral scenes of violence, repercussion, mayhem and dread. Dark moments offering an array of ugly insights you never asked for."
retail price - $12.00 copacetic price - $10.80
by Chris Cornwell
Premiering at SPX, this 40-page, horizontally-formatted, black and white piece is the debut full-length work by Pittsburgh-based artist, Chris Cornwell. Fans of Fort Thunder who are looking for an artist who understands the visual vocabulary of its artists and is capable of intelligently building on their legacy, who has the ability to create a coherent narrative entirely in carefully rendered, visually appealing images, who takes the time to think things through, and whose vision extends far beyond the borders of the comics world need look no further -- this is it! And, of course, one need not be a fan of the Fort Thunder crowd to appreciate this work, as it is, after all is said and done, quite an original piece. Questor is a work of pure comics. What you find here, can't be as fully expressed in any other form.
copacetic price - $2.00
Want to keep going? There's tons more great stuff here, almost all of which is still in stock. Check out our New Arrivals Archives:
3Q 2006: July - September, New Arrivals
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1Q 2006: January - March, New Arrivals
4Q 2005: October - December, New Arrivals
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current as of 31 December 2006