Copacetic Arrivals: 2Q 2007
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New for June 2007

The girl from hoppersHuman DiastrophismThe Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S.
by Jaime Hernandez
            Human Diastrophism
            by Gilbert Hernandez
Wow, the next two volumes in the fantastic new packaging of the One True Classic of Modern American Comics have arrived ahead of schedule.  We can hardly believe it, but are pleased to report that these two are, if possible, even more wonderful than the first twoHuman Diastrophism contains the entirety of the graphic novel of that name along with many other classic shorter works including "Chelo's Burden", while The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. contains the long out of print Death of Speedy in its entirety along with so much more greatness that when contemplating the simultaneous release of these two volumes it is all we can do to keep from weeping in gratitude for such abundance.
retail price - $14.95@ copacetic price - $11.95@

New Tales of Old OPalomar 2New Tales of Old Palomar #2
by Gilbert Hernandez
Delphine #2
by Richard Sala
Sammy the Mouse #1
by Zak Sally
After (re)visiting the classic tales of Palomar in the aforementioned Human Diastrophism, you now have the opportunity to take another look in at the early antics of its populace back in the day in the second installment of New Tales of Old Palomar.  This issue features a single extended tale that mixes Gilbert's current creative occupations of inevitable adult corruption with the halcyon innocence of early Palomar.  Also on offer is the second chapter of Delphine, Richard Sala's ode to small town creepiness as well as the opening salvo of Sammy the Mouse, a unique take on the funny animal genre by artist (The Recidivist) and publisher (La Mano Press) Zak Sally.  These three finely crafted comics are, respectively, the 19th, 20th and 21st issues in the acclaimed Ignatz series.
retail price - $7.95@ copacetic price - $6.75@

by Harvey Pekar, Heather Robinson and Ed Piskor
Given the assignment to pencil and ink indy comics legend, Harvey Pekar's longest and most ambitious work to date (co-scripted by peace activist, Heather Robinson, whose life and work provided the inspiration for the book) Pittsburgh's own Ed Piskor hits it out of the park with this 152 page all new, original graphic novel.  There's a lot of history and a lot of story crammed into this book, as Pekar applies his trademarked storytelling abilities to acquaint his readers with the sometimes harsh but always human realities of this conflicted corner of Europe that occupies lands in the former Yugoslavia that border the worn torn regions that have been eloquently explored in the comics of Joe Sacco.   Piskor proves himself a stalwart creative partner in Macedonia.  His work here carries a lot of information across to the reader and puts us in mind of a more prosaic Chester Brown.  History and foreign policy, international affairs and affairs of the heart; all come together in this revealing tale of the global village where we all now live.
retail price - $17.95 copacetic price - $16.00

Apollo's SongApollo's Song
by Osamu Tezuka
Apollo's Song is a strong (and strange) follow-up to Tezuka's 1969 mammoth masterwork, Ode to Kirihito.  Originally serialized in 1970, this 541 page edition from Vertical presents the entire work in English for the first time.  Tezuka's thematic concern is more sharply focused here, specifically on representing animal passion:  its force and feeling as well as its consequences and control; and by doing so revealing the folly of any attempts to extricate humanity from nature.  There's really nothing to compare to reading a big fat manga by the master of the form, Osamu Tezuka.   Recommended!
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.77

Comics Comics 3Comics Comics #3
Where traditional Japanese manga is lengthy, old school American comics are large, and Comics Comics is doing its part to keep this tradition alive by being printed on a web-press in newspaper format in the arm-spanning 44" x 28" (when held open) of the good old days.  This issue is filled with articles, essays, interviews and reviews by and about the likes of Sammy Harkham, Guy Davis, David Heatley, Lauren Weinstein, Frank Santoro, Dan Nadel and Timothy Hodler, and is filled throughout by humorous marginal illustrations by Matthew Thurber (think Sergio Aragonés in Mad Magazine).  The back cover is a gigantic, suitable-for-hanging-on-the-wall extravaganza by the one and only Marc Bell.  A must for comics cognoscenti everywhere.
retail price - $2.95 copacetic price - $2.00

1-800-Mice 21-800-Mice 11-800-Mice #2
by Matthew Thurber
The second issue of Thurber's new comics series is the ideal antidote for strung out fans of Paper Rad and Fort Thunder (as is the still available first issue).  Smart, funny and funky, Thurber's comics show a strong sense of both space and line (and, in the covers, color as well).  Make sure to give these the once over and see if they match your prescription.  From Picturebox! (cover at left NOT actual cover; but we kinda like it...)
#2 - retail price - $3.95 copacetic price - $3.55  #1 - retail price - $5.00 copacetic price - $4.00

Real FunReal Fun
by Ashod Simonian
illustrated by Frank Santoro
We're going to slide aside for a moment here and let the Picturebox hype machine into the driver's seat:  "Ever wonder what independent musicians do the other twenty-three hours a day when they're on tour?  Real Fun answers this question with over 100 photos of bands in their downtime.  Simonian's dreamy, lush Polaroids capture the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Spoon, Pavement, Elliot Smith, The Shins, Sleater-Kinney, Wilco and more.  Real Fun comes with a CD of exclusive tracks by bands in the book."  We'll put our two cents in here to add that the highlight of this volume for us is the 100+ illustrations executed especially for the book by Frank Santoro (Storeyville, Cold Heat).  These drawings are eyeballed thumbnails of the Polaroids and serve the obvious function of enabling quick identification of the images.  When taking the book as an organic whole, the cumulative effect of these drawings' accompaniment of the photographs is to effect a meditation on the role of drawing in the photographic age, and, tangentially, on the relationship between mark-making and image-making, and the respective capacities of photographs and drawings to communicate as well as to serve as vehicles for story-telling and the transmission of experience; which leads us, inevitably, to comics and cinema.  No one is better suited to this task than Santoro. 
retail price - $24.95 copacetic price - $19.95

1968 • directed by Lindsay Anderson
w/ Malcolm McDowell
WR: Mysteries of the Organism
1971 • directed by Dusan Makavejev
Two of the greatest films of their era, If.... and WR  revealed the outlying contours of western civilization as it reared up against the borders of anarchy and chaos, social as well as sexual, and in the process helped define the end product of "the sixties."   Neither has ever before been released on DVD, and now both are available in high quality, bonus laden editions from The Criterion Collection.   Perfect timing, we'd say.
                                        retail price - 39.98@ copacetic price - $34.95@

Syncopated 3Syncopated:  Volume Three
edited by Brendan Burford
This attractively produced, squarebound, 104 page, magazine size comics anthology presents a fine batch of all new comics, doodles, sketches and stories (but, mostly, comics) by an interesting bunch of cartoonists.   This volume is easily the best so far in the Syncopated series, and is packed with unique pieces, including:  editor Burford's excellent meditations on time and place that open and close the book, as well as his text piece, "A Tugboat Graveyard," that is illustrated by Gary Gianni of Prince Valiant fame; a recollection of discovery by Dave Kiersh; a sixteen page real life adventure tale by Nick Bertozzi (The Salon) that relates Ernest Shackleton & Co's voyage aboard the James Caird; Greg Cook's "My Dorchester Neighbors" which vividly evokes the horrors borne by soldiers in Iraq; and many more. Be sure to take a look at this one.
retail price - $15.00 copacetic price - $12.50

Fletcher Hanks
I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!
The Comics of Fletcher Hanks
edited and with an afterword by Paul Karasik
A treat for the refined sensibilities of comics connoisseurs, the work of Fletcher Hanks has been gaining fans for at least as long as Art Spiegelman has been including it in his slide-show/lecture.  Crudely marvelous, these comics somehow manage to exactly embody the early innocence of the Golden Age.  These are comics trapped in time, like a fly in amber.  Working before the conventions of heroic fantasy comics had solidified, Hanks was free to pursue his own inner visions without having to worry about whether he was doing it "right."  It would literally be impossible to have produced these comics even a few years later, as editors (and readers) would have come to expect certain levels of predictability and adherence to the established codes.  You can palpably feel Hanks forging ahead with only pencil, pen & ink and paper as he creates his own unique style straight out of his imagination.  In some respects, the work contained in this volume resembles some comics currently being made by a new breed of younger creators -- such as Mat Brinkman and Brian Chippendale -- who have either chosen to disregard established comics traditions or never learned them in the first palce, making the work of Hanks feel strangely contemporary at times.  Learn more about Fletcher Hanks, here.
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.77

Three ParadoxesThe Three Paradoxes
by Paul Hornschemeier
The work of Paul Hornschemeier is about as far removed from that of Fletcher Hanks as is possible for work that engages the same fundamental practice of telling a story with words and pictures, involving sequential panels printed in four colors.  And this is never more so than with The Three Paradoxes, perhaps Hornschemeier's most sophisticated work yet.  Where Hanks is naive and crude, Hornschemeier is knowing and polished.  Where Hanks is struggling to put forth a functioning form of comics, Hornschemeier is busy taking it apart to see how it works.  Starting with its wraparound dustjacket and its relation to the hardcover beneath, The Three Paradoxes visually explores the technical aspects of the layout, pencilling, inking, coloring, printing and presentation of comic books, while simultaneously creating a narrative that refracts these into an original (well, like pretty much everything these days, it does retain a debt to the work of Chris Ware and Dan Clowes) form of storytelling.  Definitely worth a look.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $12.75

Arf ForumArf Forum: The Unholy Marriage of Art + Comics
edited by Craig Yoe
This giant oversize full color softcover is the third installment in Mr. Yoe's ongoing "Arf" series charting the links between art and comics with a emphasis on cheesy humor, the previous volumes being Modern Arf and Arf Museum.  A life long collector of all things comics with a focus on the obscure and esoteric and with a decided accent on fun, Yoe shares his rare finds in the spirit of friendship.  This issue's contents range far and wide indeed, including works by Ernie Bushmiller and Max Ernst; surrealist caricaturist, Ted Scheel and bizarre '50s horror comic artist, WIlliam Ekgren; and plenty of photos, magazine covers, and cartoons that display and situate comics in American culture.  Each issue also includes an original work of Yoe's own, and this time around his piece is -- amazingly! -- scripted by none other than Stan "The Man" Lee! 
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $16.95

The aviaryThe Aviary
by Jamie Tanner
This 312 page trade paperback collects fourteen of Jamie Tanner's idiosyncratic mini comics into one fat volume, for a great price.  Copacetic regulars who've spent time going through our self-published comics section are sure to have come across his work, as we've been stocking it for years.  Tanner's quirky aesthetic is hard to peg, but it has a strong narrative component flavored with a sense of the absurd, a tendency towards the bizarre, and a predilection for birds and robots.  Fans of Richard Sala might want to check this out, as well as anyone looking for a great comics entertainment value. 
retail price - $12.95 copacetic price - $11.00

Jodorowsky DVD BoxThe Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky
•Fando y Lis
•El Topo
•The Holy Mountain
We've been waiting for this DVD set longer than anything, EVER.   These films have been unavailable for almost thirty years!  (In fact, one of the films included as a bonus, La Cravate, which had been thought lost, has been out of circulation for almost fifty years!)  They were never even officially released on VHS, let alone DVD (although bootlegs of varying quality have been circulating for decades).  If any films can be considered to be the heirs of Buñuel and Dalí's early surrealist masterpieces, Un Chien Andalou and L'Age D'Or, these Jodorowsky films are it.  While these films' narratives are somewhat programmatic, they contain a stunningly anarchic sensibility and a sensual yet disturbing visual flair.   Jodorowsky's films are are like none other in the history of the cinema.  Each demonstrates Jodorowsky's supreme cognitive dissonance, as he constantly shifts between embracing and rejecting his subjects, alternating in his regard between devotion and disgust, condemnation and celebration, nausea and awe.  These DVDs are taken from the excellent new master prints which are far better than anything we've ever seen.  Watching Holy Mountain in particular is a whole new experience.  And the bonus material!  Not only are the isolated soundtracks to both El Topo and The Holy Mountain herein released for the first time not only on CD, but (we believe) ever!  And then there's La Constellation, a 90-minute documentary, and the aforementioned La Cravate.  PLUS, there's feature commentary by and an on-camera interview with Jodorowsky, as well as original theatrical trailers, photo gallery, script exerpts and more.  Six discs in all, and for the same price you would pay for purchasing just the El Topo and Holy Mountain DVDs alone.  Wotta deal!
retail price - $49.98 copacetic price - $44.44

The Fun Never Stops!The Fun Never Stops
by Drew Friedman
It really is almost too much.  The mind reels.   Over one hundred pages of Drew Friedman all at once.  After a decade and a half of being able to get one's hands on only one or two pages at a time, to be deluged with an entire book full that collects the last 15 years of Friedman's supernaturally detailed renderings of media figures -- the famous as well as, and especially, the obscure --  which manage, through an alchemical process involving pen, ink and paper known only to him, to reveal secret, hidden meanings of American celebrity that connect us poor citizens to aspects of our lives that we might not otherwise have suspected (and, to be honest, might have preferred never discovering) were there, is an overwhelming experience which leaves us, for once almost (but, admittedly, not quite) speechless.  So, we'll let Dan Clowes do the talking:  "(H)e is so far and away the best caricaturist I hesitate to even imply a competition for fear of embarrassing the few distant contenders.  His portraits are each embedded with some form of commentary that is often so subtle as to defy notice....  Often a visionary artist is rendered passé to the general public by a flurry of imitators in his wake, but since nobody could possibly imitate Friedman's style, he remains a singular entity, existing in his own sub-category of comic-book history."  Following Clowes's eloquent testimony there is  a 20-page appreciation of Friedman and his work by Ben Schwartz, followed by the frantic Friedman fest itself. 
retail price - $16.95 copacetic price - $15.00


Optic Nerve #11
by Adrian Tomine
This issue completes the 3-issue story arc begun in #9 and scheduled to be collected in book form this fall as Shortcomings.
retail price - $3.95  copacetic price - $3.55

The Comics Journal #283
Lewis Trondheim cover interview; also, Dan Nadel's interview with painter cum comics artist David Sandlin takes us on a fascinating tour of Sandlin's Sinland (not in any way, shape or form to be confused with Frank Miller's Sin City, of which Sinland should perhaps be considered -- at least in some respects -- the antithesis).
retail price - $15.00 copacetic price - $12.50

Underground Thunderhead
by Joel Orff
The surreality of everyday life fills this off beat graphic novel that takes us off the beaten path. Read Tom Spurgeon's review.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $12.75

Gilded Lillies
by Jillian Tamaki
Yet another talented Canadian comicker struts her stuff.
retail price - $17.00 copacetic price - $17.00

Meanwhile... A Biography of Milton Caniff
by R.C. Harvey
Caniff finally gets his due in this amazing 951 page (!) biography by noted comics scholar, Harvey.
retail price - $34.95 copacetic price - $29.75

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The SalonThe Salon
by Nick Bertozzi
Years in the making, Bertozzi's graphic novel portrayal of the Parisian art scene of "1907" (really, more like a collapsed 1903 - 1913) is a fine work which we heartily recommend to all those who enjoy the finer things in life.  Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Gertrude & Leo Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Erik Satie and Guillaume Apollinaire are among the lead characters in this sprawling Altmanesque drama.  The fictional conceit here is that there is a deranged killer stalking the art scene (Think From Hell, only set in Paris instead of London).  The mystery of the killer's identity and motive forms the core of the plot propelling the narrative forward (and makes for many flights of fancy), but is, in the end, merely a pretense to bring us up close and personal with the intimate lives of this close knit set of fascinating historical figures that embodied what many consider to be the most significant art scene of the 20th century.  The action takes place right at the critical moment when the artists' work was reaching critical mass, and it is clear that the true mystery we should be focusing our attention on is that of the nature, means and methods of artistic creativity.  Bertozzi, previously best known for his solo title, Rubber Necker,  has been honing his comics skills in print for over a decade, and it is with The Salon that he at last reaps the harvest of his labors.  The Salon is a bawdy, entertaining tale that nourishes the mind as well as the spirit.  Bertozzi's compositions, pacing and historical research all give strong evidence of sustained focused work.  His renderings are pleasing to the eye:  he has an ink brush style that falls about half way between that of Paul Pope and James Sturm (both of whom, fittingly, provide back cover accolades).  The most intriguing aspect of Bertozzi's art here is its color scheme.  The palette of each page of art is limited to two colors, but this two-color palette shifts and jumps across a set range of colors and combinations, all of which are flat and printed on flat white paper to good effect, and each of which relates in some way to the plot, themes, and/or mood of the story.  Coloring in comics is too often given short shrift, and it's appropriate that it is given the attention it deserves in a work devoted to a group of painters for whom color concerns were central (even when, as in Braque's case, one is moving away from color).  The Salon is published under St Martin's Griffin imprint to whom we offer our thanks for publishng this fine work and our congratulations on their perspicacity.  Here's a sneak preview (courtesy of New York Magazine, of all places).
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.77

I Wanna Destroy YouI Wanna Destroy You
by Chris Cornwell
Well, not you personally, but the "you" that is at the core of the illusion of a unified, independent self that we all have (had) to deal with in one form or another on the road to forging a workable identity amidst the tumultuous abundance of the post-modern cultural landscape.  The key value to this work is the revelation of the critical role comics can play in coming to grips with the machinery of this omnipresent dilemma.  This piece, the third by Copacetic customer Cornwell that we've offered for sale,  shows the creator exhibiting his ambition as he works to synthesize a wide range of influences into an exploding montage of styles, narrative tropes and storylines.  The dual 49-panel front and back covers set the stage which stroboscopically shifts through a dry-ice fog of R. Crumb self-consciousness, Charles Burns moodiness, some obvious (but clever!) "quotations" of Marc Bell, and the diegetic use of Fort Thunder tropes, in the process taking the reader on a 28-page journey that evokes a spirit of chaos reminiscent of Paper Rad and which concludes with the multiply referential meta-comics of the inside back cover "pin-up."  I Wanna Destroy You reveals, when the dust settles, the looming question mark of consciousness, and delivers a confirmation of the illusion of self. 
copacetic price - $2.50

We also have a very few copies of a numbered limited edition that sports a silk-screened cover in addition to that pictured above.  copacetic price - $5.00

The Plain JanesThe Plain Janes
by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
While we're on the subject of comics created by Copacetic customers, now's probably a good time to mention The Plain Janes.  Written by young adult author, Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof, The Queen of Cool), it is pencilled and inked in its entirety by Pittsburgh's own Jim Rugg, of Street Angel fame.  This 176-page trade paperback edition is the opening salvo of the new Minx™ line of graphic novels.  Published by DC comics and aimed at teenage readers, the Minx line is intended as a made-in-the-USA alternative to the  phenomenally successfull manga series published by Tokyo Pop and Viz.  "So, how does this rate as competition?" you may ask.  Well, for starters, there's certainly quite a bit more going on in The Plain Janes than in your average Tokyo Pop production.  It is a self-contained graphic novel, with a beginning, middle and end -- unlike the majority of manga offerings aimed at this same market, which go on for as many volumes as they publishers feel they can get away with.  Castellucci's plot is -- relatively speaking -- fairly complex, involving a big city girl, Jane, who has had a close call with an urban terrorist bomb attack and as a result now finds herself firmly ensconced in an alienating suburbia, hovered over by nervous parents, yearning to make new friends, and nostalgic for the funky aesthetics of her former urban environs.  How Jane comes to terms with all this makes for the story, which is clearly and cogently drawn by Rugg, who has amply demonstrated his professionalism here.  Being that this is the first offering of an entirely new line representing DC's entrance into a new market, there was sure to be a lot of pressure on him to toe the corporate line and deliver a product that the editor could convince the various departments to line up behind.  Clearly, this was not a project on which Rugg could go all out and deliver the visual pyrotechnics that readers of Street Angel so enjoyed.  However, the artwork on display here provides ample evidence that Rugg successfully met the challenges of his assignment, which was to create an informative, engaging and enjoyable visual representation of the story.   If you have a teenage comics reader in your life, we recommend that you let them know about The Plain Janes
retail price - $9.99 copacetic intro special price - $7.77

Kirby Collector 48Jack Kirby Collector #48
Oh, what the heck, we might as well go ahead and go all out in our trumpeting of our customers' pen and ink prowess as this issue of the Kirby Collector focuses on one of our favorite aspects of "The King"'s many talents, namely his ability to render awesomely abstract technological apparatuses -- in other words, Kirbytech!  And that's the focus of this issue, which features 80 giant-size pages held together by a pair of stunning Kirby covers, the front inked by Terry Austin and the back inked by our pal Tom Scioli, who is also featured in a brief interview that discusses his original, Kirby-inspired series, The Myth of 8-Opus.  And, as an added bonus, there is a feature article penned by Adam McGovern of Dr. Id fame which discusses the concept of Kirby as a genre in his own right.  How about them apples!
retail price - $9.95  copacetic price - $8.95

Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen Comics from an Unpleasant Age
edited by Ariel Schrag
STUCK IN THE MIDDLEThe "joys" of middle school are displayed here in all their angst-filled glory.  Ms. Schrag has managed to recruit an impressive array of comics talent to turn in 200 pages of teen turmoil, and, on top of that, to convince the venerable Viking publishing house to release it.  Included in this zit-poppin' anthology are works by Gabrielle Bell, Ariel Bordeaux, Robyn Chapman, Daniel Clowes, Vanessa Davis, Nick Eliopulos, Eric Enright, Jim Hoover, Cole Johnson, Joe Matt, Jace Smith, Aaron Renier, Ariel Schrag (2), Tania Schrag, Dash Shaw & Lauren Weinstein.  While the Dan Clowes and Joe Matt are reprints of previously published material, all the rest was, to the best of our knowledge, produced specifically for this anthology and is appearing here for the first time.  The stories cover typical teen concerns, but especially focus on the alienated outsider (which pretty much defines just about anyone at some point in their teenage years).  This is a book about teens that is both suitable for and will appeal to those currently in middle school, as well as those who have passed through and lived to tell the tale.  Here's a book you won't have to go out of your way to get a teen to read.  Special Bonus:  the Junior High photos of the contributors included in the biographical information at the back of the book may very well be worth the entire price of the book.  You may find yourself tempted to cut out your favorite and put it on your refreigerator (or in your wallet).
retail price - $18.95  copacetic price - $17.00

Fun HomeFun Home (softcover edition)
by Alison Bechdel
Well, it's hard to imagine that any Copacetic customers missed this one the first time around, but you never know.  There may be a few of you out there lurking in the shadows who have been patiently waiting to pounce on the softcover once it arrives.  Well, if so, then those of you did will be happy to know that your wait is over.  Now available in softcover is the most heralded comics memoir since... well, ever (yes, there's Maus, of course, but, properly defined, it isn't really a memoir).  We've long been fans of Ms. Bechdel's Dykes to Watch Out For, and we gave Fun Home an enthusiastic review as soon as it was published, but even we were surprised by how this book took the country by storm.  According to one of the many back cover blurbs, Fun Home was made the "Best Book of the Year" by no less than 23 major newspapers, including The NY TImes, The LA Times, The Times (London), The Guardian (UK), and even Time and People magazines!  It seems like people were lining up to sing the praises of this book.  And well it should be.  Our surprise -- and a quite pleasant one it is, we hasten to add -- is that a work of comics dealing with an inter-generational saga centered on gay and lesbian sexual identity would be the recipient of such accolades.  Times they (still) are a'changing, indeed.
retail price - $13.95  copacetic price - $11.85

Black DIamond DetectiveThe Black Diamond Detective Agency
by Eddie Campbell
Mr. Campbell's second original graphic novel for First Second is an historical drama set in Missouri at the close of the nineteenth century.   We gave out a big stack of previews for this book on Free Comic Book Day (see below), so many of you already know all about it.  For those who don't:  it starts off with an exploding train, and then the going really starts to get tough.  It's a bit of an ex post facto try at creating a precursor to the iconic hard-boiled detective created by Dashiell Hammett.  Executed entirely in Campbell's (relatively) recently adopted full-painted color style, we're treated to a palette that leans heavily to brown and grey with the occasional splash of blood red.   Campbell fans will, of course, want to have a go at this, as will fans of detective fiction,  revisioninst westerns (think Jarmusch's Dead Man; well, the first half, anyway) and historical fiction featuring frontier themes. 
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.25

Feeble AttemptsFeeble Attempts
by Jeffrey Brown 
A 52-page compendium collecting those of Mr. Brown's short works that have previously appeared in out of the way places off the beaten path, such as The Chicago Reader, Blood Orange, Ain't No Dancer and Sturgeon White Moss, as well as pricey high rent digs such as McSweeney's and Project: Superior, Feeble Attempts saves the long suffering J. Brown reader from having to break her or his bank  purchasing all these pieces for the few pages of his work offered there (not to mention all the time and effort expended tracking them down).  Chuckles, drama, personal revelations, super heroics and Jesus are all here, all for less than a five-spot!
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $4.50

Windy Corner Magazine 1Windy Corner Magazine #1
edited by Austin English
Format fans will want to take a look at this snappy, 84-page, saddle-stitched, full color comics anthology that is printed on a highgrade flat white stock at Westcan.  Published by the fine folks at Sparkplug Comic Books, it has a really nice feel to it and we hope that it is enough of a success to warrant future issues.  While some will doubtless find themselves frustrated that over half of this premeire issue is devoted to Austin English's childlike comics rendered entirely in Prismacolor colored pencils, others may delight in this fact.  English's contribution is made up of "Life of Francis, Book One" along with three short pieces grouped together under the title, "My Earliest Memory Comics."  Also on offer are "NYC Sketchbook" by Paula Salemme, an illustrated interview with Andrice Arp, a brief illustrated essay by Steve Lafler on art school.  It closes out with the issue's highlight, a 14-page pen-and-ink meditation on / interpretation of the legacy of Saul Steinberg by Richard Hahn (Lumakick).  The delicate pen and ink drawings that constitute Hahn's contribution are quite worth a look.
retail price - $10.00  copacetic intro special price - $7.77

Book HunterBookhunter
by Jason Shiga
Also from Sparkplug Comic Books, Bookhunter is the first new publication by Jason Shiga in quite awhile.  This work finds Shiga's natural, intelligent, lo-fi, comics talent in fine form.  It is a hefty, squarebound graphic novel dealing with a hardboiled library detective whose job it is is to track down the books that are long overdue and in all likelihood held by racalcitrant, recidivist ne'er-do-wells who must be brought to justice, library style.  A fun read that will be especially appreciated by librarians (Yes, you guessed it.  Shiga does, himself, work at a library)
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $12.75

Alias the CatAlias the Cat
by Kim Deitch
A fab hardcover just released by Random House's Pantheon imprint, Alias the Cat is probably Deitch's densest, most multi-layered work.  Putting himself and his wife at the center of the story creates a layer of ambiguity in this work, a work that can be seen as an exegesis of cartoon consciousness in comics form of a world where the boundary lines separating the imaginary and the real are becoming increasingly porous.  If you don't already have this work in its original comic book form, Stuff of Dreams, the three-issue series published over the past five or so years by Fantagraphics, then we pronounce this collection a must for Deitch fans and a highly worthwhile work for students of the mechanics of American mythologies as well as anyone looking for a fantastic fable in comics form.
retail price - $23.00  copacetic price - $19.55

Misery Loves ComedyMisery Loves Comedy
by Ivan Brunetti
This is it, the last bulwark against despair and the abyss.  When all else fails there's Ivan Brunetti -- now available in this longlasting, evergreen cloth, hardcover edition that will rest quietly and unobtrusively on the shelf until called into action by any existential emergency that may present itself to a fragile psyche battered by the exigencies of this modern world.  This book collects for the first time the entirety of the first three issues of Brunetti's comic book series, Schizo, along with three additional sections of work that was originally published elsewhere, scattershot, in a wide variety of publications.  PLEASE NOTE:  This volume contains material that, if beheld by a humorless eye incapable of perceiving the intended ironies, can be read as being horrible, disgusting and deeply offensive (as a result, sales of this item are limited to those 21 years of age and older).  You have been warned.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $21.25

Patti Smith - 12Twelve (CD)
by Patti Smith
Patti's present to herself and the rest of us as she marks the occasion of completing her (if you can believe it!) sixtieth year, Twelve is a record of (yes) twelve covers of some of her favorite songs.  Many are expected -- "Are You Experienced," "Helpless," "Gimme Shelter," "White Rabbit," "Soul Kitchen," "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (what? you didn't know she was a big Nirvana fan?) -- some make sense once you stop and think about them -- "Within You and Without You," Dylan's "Changing of the Guard," which receives a heart-tuggingly beautiful rendition here and has to be one of the best Dylan covers in twenty years or more, The Allman Brothers' "Midnight Rider" -- and then there are the total surprises -- Tears For Fears' (?!) "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," Paul Simon's "Boy in the Bubble," and Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise," which closes the record on an uplifting and hopeful note.  The core of the Patti Smith Group  -- Jay Dee Daugherty, Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan --  show their love of this music by forging one well-crafted tune after another.  A bevy of guest appearances including Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smith's children, Jackson and Jesse, and, especially, Tom Verlaine -- on "Gimme Shelter" and "White Rabbit" -- serve to spice up the mix.  The stand out track has to be "Smells Like Teen Spirit," which is much more than a cover version.  What we have here is Patti's own take on the meaning of the song, the significance of Nirvana and, finally, her sense of the continuity that exists in American vernacular music.  You'll never hear the song the same way again.  This disc is the treasure at the end of the rainbow.
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McSweeney's 23
McSweeney's #23
Well, what do you know?  This time around, McSweeney's is a plain old book, containing a nice and neat ten tales by writers known -- such as Chris Bachelder, Ann Beattie and Roddy Doyle -- and, at least to us, unknown -- such as Clancy Martin, Christopher Stokes and Wells Tower.  Well, upon closer inspection, we notice that the cover folds out into a gigantic poster on one side, while on the other is a brain scrambling piece that involves a complicated division of two-dimensional space that is too elaborate to elaborate on here.  And, oh wait, what have we here attached to the inside back cover?  It's a special "trial-size edition" of Comedy by Numbers, a "new manual (that) makes the secrets of comedy accessible..." It is to laugh.
retail price - $20.00  copacetic price - $17.77

KHRB - The World SaysThe World Says (CD)
by The Karl Hendricks Rock Band
The latest from Pittsburgh's stalwart rocker and, technically, we believe, the first from the"The Karl Hendricks Rock Band," per se, The World Says is a release that was long in the making and is loud in the taking.  Karl's music is constantly evolving, and this record picks up where his last one left off.  Lots of heavy jamming and rocking out by Hendricks & Co. (who are, by the way, Jake Leger on drums, Alexei Plotnicov on guitar and Corey Layman on bass and backing vocal) accompanies Hendricks's lyrical critiques of life in these United States in this day and age.  Want to know more?  Read Scott Mervis's generous review.  Cover by Mike Budai! 
retail price - $10.98  copacetic price - $8.88

Yes, sadly, it has come and gone.  You missed it!  Bummer.  However, we stocked up on such massive quantities of freebies that we still have a decent supply of many of the free comic book day comics, and we'll continue to give them away to those customers who ask for them until they're gone.  So come on in and ask away!   The highlight this year was Lynda Barry's contribution, Activity Book.  It is not the selection of greatest hits from her earlier work that we expected, but is, rather, a boldly original work that takes her -- and comics -- into new territory as she elevates her status from artist to philosopher sage.  An excerpt from a projected forthcoming book length work, What It Is, slated to be published in the spring of 2008 (a long wait we know), Activity Book gives its readers -- which could (and should!) be you -- the chance to actualize a new, better, freer and more self-aware self... through comics!  "How?" you ask.  Well, the only way to find out is to come on in and ask for one.  And don't forget, it's free!  Along with Unseen Peanuts, Gumby, Little Archie, Legion of Superheroes, Spider-Man and more:  all free -- while supplies last...


Love and Rockets v.2 #19 by Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez
Is there ever a time when Love and Rockets is not worthy of mention?  No!  This issue is another classic.  It wraps up a lot of loose ends and clears the table for the next round.
retail price - $4.50  copacetic price - $3.60

Optic Nerve #11
by Adrian Tomine
This issue completes the 3-issue story arc begun in #9 and scheduled to be collected in book form this fall.
retail price - $3.95  copacetic price - $3.55

Super F*ckers #4 by James Kochalka 
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The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy:
Volume Two - 1933 - 1935 - hardcover
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $26.99

The Ancient Book of Myth and War - hardcover
by Morse, Romano, Shank and Wragg
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $16.95

Alice in Sunderland - hardcover -  by Bryan Talbot
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $26.95

Percy Gloom - hardcover - by Cathy Malkasian
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.00

Things Just Get Away from You - hardcover - by Walt Holcombe
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $21.25

The Art, Life and Music of Daniel Johnston (new edition)
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22

The Comics Journal #282 (Alison Bechdel cover interview)
retail price - $9.95  copacetic price - $8.95

Illo #1 (from the publishers of Illustration)
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $9.00

Micrographica by Renee French 
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $8.75

The Professor's Daughter by Joann Sfar & Emmanuel Guibert 
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.25

The Documentaries of Louis Malle DVD Box Set 
retail price - $79.98  copacetic price - $67.77

The Mario Bava Collection DVD Box Set 
retail price - $49.98  copacetic price - $44.44

Grinderman (Nick Cave & Co.) CD
retail price - $16.98  copacetic price - $15.00

Neon Bible CD - deluxe edition -  by Arcade Fire
retail price - $19.98  copacetic price - $17.77

Complete Remastered Sly and the Family Stone 7-CD Box Set ('nuf said)
retail price - $69.98  copacetic price - $55.55

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New for April 2007

King-Cat ClassixKing-Cat Classix
by John Porcellino
Yes! 382 pages of comics selected from the next-to-impossible-to-find first fifty issues of King-Cat Comics (currently published under the title King-Cat Comics and Stories) by the long suffering self-publishing champ, John Porcellino.  King-Cat Comics is an ideal illustration of the  existentialist project that brings order and meaning to a life lived in an inherently absurb world.  Beginning in May of 1989, Porcellino put pen to paper and declared that he would have no rules dictating what he would produce, only that it would be true to his artistic instincts and that it would all be called King-Cat Comics.  As the years passed, King-Cat gradually evolved from its origins as a simple pastime, eventually becoming the central, defining aspect of Porcellino's existence.  Now, almost exactly 18 years later, just in time for the comic to reach the age adulthood, this fine collection is now available to give everyone a chance to experience King-Cat Comics' pen and ink birth, growth, maturation, and coming of age.  Also included are an introduction, extensive notes, and a complete index.  King-Cat Classix is the Swiss Army Knife of comics compendiums: it is the perfect beach book for the true-blue comics reader, the ideal gift book for the hard to please indy comics collector in your life, solid inspiration for a budding DIY comics creator, and, perhaps most importantly, a solid source for thoughtful reflection on the constitution of human existence.  Recommended!
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.55

Skibber Bee-ByeSkibber Bee-Bye
by Ron Rege, Jr.
FINALLY!  Back in print at last, after a comedy of errors led to a delay of nearly a year!  Ron Rege's mammoth masterwork has received the deluxe Drawn and Quarterly treatment in a brand new edition that sports a stitched binding and flexi-cover (similar to the most recent Kramers Ergot) for years of reading pleasure.  This is a singular work that has few if any analogues in the annals of comics; and it makes for an intense reading experience.  If you're looking for comics that challange your view of reality, you need look no further than Skibber Bee-Bye.  Make sure you take a moment to give this one the once over.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $16.95

Yiddish Policemen's UnionThe Yiddish Policemen's Union
by Michael Chabon
It's here, the much anticipated and long awaited new novel by the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.  It was originally scheduled to ship this time last year, but Chabon and his editor decided at the last minute to pull the plug and do a full rewrite.  As with Chabon's last novel, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is brimming with invention.  Conflating at least two genres -- the alternate history and the hard-boiled detective story -- his new work tells the story of Detective Landsman, Homicide, who works for the Federal District of Sitka, Alaska, the "temporary" safe haven created for Jewish refugees after the 1948 collapse of Israel.  The story is set on the eve of the district's reversion to Alaskan control, an event that is poised to plunge its populace into unknown territory. 
retail price - $26.95  copacetic price - $22.22

Encyclopædia Destructica DVD issueEncyclopdæia Destructica:
Volume Bumba, Issue the Fourth
This, the final installment of "Volume Bumba," is the film and video issue.  It comes with its own DVD containing a whopping 38 original film and video works running a mind-bending three and a half hours ensconced in a 118-page illustrated catalogue that is hand bound in a hand-silk-screened hardcover.  Produced in a limited edition of only 500 copies, this is an excellent survey of the great variety of talent working in film and video in Pittsburgh, and an amazing value that you won't want to miss.  While, yes, some of the works here are amateurish and some are obviously student films, others are totally amazing.  We are still reeling from the experience of watching Gordon Nelson's 15-minute and 48-second "Sixties Teen Dance Party," which contains what is quite possibly The Greatest Found Footage of All Time, footage which has, in turn, been artfully optically printed by Mr. Nelson, who has also added an original soundtrack which itself was recorded live (although, you might find yourself unable to resist the temptation to turn down the volume on your TV and put some classic '60s dance music on the hi-fi and crank it up while you watch this amazing film).  "Sixties Teen Dance Party" alone is, in our humble opinion, easily worth the price of the entire package.  But there's so much more.  Other highlights include Suzie Silver's "Peggy Love 101," in which the lyric "love" has been excised from the catalogue of Peggy Lee songs and rhythmically edited along with found footage (yes, we seem to have a predilection for this...) of her performances to create an abstraction of pop love.  "Sports and Diversions" by Bum Lee, a series of black and white animations inspired by Eric Satie's Sports et Diveritissements, a series of short piano pieces that are performed (and quite well, too!) here by Pei Wei Lin, is quite a marvel and might very well be the single most original piece you'll see this year.  Watching Jessica Fenlon's "Crossroads" provides a meditative three and a half minutes that will lower your blood pressure.  And, we can't leave off without mentioning John Allen Gibel's "Pleromadromadhatu (trailer)" which is either a parody of or an homage to -- or both -- the films of Dusan Makavejev and Alejandro Jodorowsky.  We could go on and on here as there are still over  thirty pieces we haven't even mentioned yet, many of which we'd like to tell you about.  Suffice it to say that this is something that you'll kick yourself (hard) if you miss out on it.  So don't!
copacetic price - $15.00

One Eye by BurnsOne Eye
by Charles Burns
Here's a surprise:  a book of digital photographs by the master of the fine ink-brush line, Charles Burns.  After spending a decade producing his masterpiece, Black Hole, it looks like Mr. Burns wanted to kick back with a low stress fun project, and One Eye is it.  Each page presents an eccentric juxtaposition of two digital photographs, each shot with his trusty Sony Cyber-Shot™ and then arranged on his computer screen.  We have a feeling serendipity playead a large part in its compilation, but each and every one of this volume's pages display evidence of Burns's unerring eye for composition.  This is a great book to just leave lying around for people to scan at their leisure, as you may do yourself, at The Copacetic Comics Company.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.75

by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Ouberie
A pitch perfect tale, sensuously rendered and sumptuously colored, Aya takes us to the Ivory Coast in what are now seen as the halcyon days of 1978.  Abouet & Oubrerie -- names which were new to us, but which we'll be sure to keep on the look out for from now on -- have done a simplly splendid job here.  The action centers on a trio of teenage girls, and widens to trace their interactions with their families, the community that is their home and, of course, boys.  The structure and the pacing are right on target, allowing the reader to follow a large and fairly complex cast of characters while the story keeps sailing ahead at a brisk pace (think Robert Altman, but without the bitterness).  The characters, the dialogue, the settings, and especially the colors:  everything comes together to create a real verisimilitude, a sense of being right there in the thick of it in the Abidjan suburb of Yopougon in 1978.  Also included are a glossary of Abidjanian slang used in the story, along with some fashion & etiquette tips and recipes, and also a preface by Alissa Grace Chase, PhD, who will fill you in on the historical context in which this story plays out.  And there's more:  after finishing the book and having had a moment or two to reflect upon its contents, you are likely to feel as we did that the story told in Aya, while rich in Africana, contains much that is the same the world over, and some universal truths to boot.  This full color hardcover from Drawn & Quarterly is a treasure.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $16.95

Aline by DelisleAline and the Others
by Guy Delisle
The author of the comics travelogues Pyongyang and Shenzhen here turns in an abecedarian compendium of quick, thumbnail comic strip portrayals of a comic-strip sorority of man-eaters that populate his imagination and keep him awake at night.  Each of these short strips manages to convey, in one way or another, if not the inevitable domination of man by woman, then, at least the fact that, when it comes to the battle of the sexes, men don't have a chance.  Laugh or cry, the choice is yours.  Part of Drawn & Quarterly's ongoing "Petits Livres" series.
retail price - $9.95  copacetic price - $8.95

Mutts:  Animal Friendly
by Patrick McDonnell
Animal Friendly is, by our count, the sixteenth Mutts collection.  Mutts,Animal Friendly already the best pure comics strip in the business, just keeps getting better!  This volume, the second, after last year's Everyday Mutts, in the new, all-in-one format, contains pretty much all the Mutts that appeared in 2006.  The Sundays are all reproduced here in full color, as they originally appeared in the Sunday comics sections all over America, while the dailies get the deluxe treatment, appearing full size, enabling the devotee to admire the subtleties of McDonnell's dynamic yet elegant brush work.  As an added treat, three Sunday strips and one daily are hand-colored!  Printed entirely on flat, bright white, recycled paper stock, Animal Friendly is filled with miniature masterworks each of which will make your day.
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.25

Reid Paley Trio - AH vs TMDApproximate Hellhound vs The Monkey Demon (CD)
by The Reid Paley Trio
Approximate Hellhound, the arrival of which has been highly anticipated by the Copacetic Comics Co., is now standing tall on our trusty CD rack.  Listening to this disc for the first time is an experience akin to that of suddenly realizing that the movie you inadvertently ended up watching at three in the morning has you riveted, and you find yourself thinking that it is the most amazing thing you've ever seen.  The ten tracks on this disc flow like a conversation, each one picking up where the other left off, generating a persuasive musical argument that drives its train of thought to the end of the line.  Our favorites include:   "Take What You Want," an R & B rocker that has been covered by Frank Black and the Catholics;  "Everything Is Going Wrong (& That's Alright)," a song for our times if ever there was one; "Better Days," the masterful centerpiece of the record, is a paradoxical work that pulls off something that we would not have thought possible if we hadn't heard it with our own ears -- managing to be simultaneously mournful and triumphant (you try it); "Someday I'll Be Okay," is a song that delivers a frisson unavailable from any other vendor; and, finally, the closer, "Stay Awhile," an anthem that one can well imagine receiving heavy play on Sisyphus's iPod.  So, what are you waiting for?
retail price - $14.98  copacetic price - $11.77

Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed
by Paul Trynka
Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed
This is it:  at long last we have a definitive biography of the one and only Iggy Pop.  While we're sure that this book will prove to be far from the last word on Iggy, Open Up and Bleed is without any doubt the most thorough going, well researched and fully fleshed out account of the life and career of James Osterberg and his alter ego, Iggy Pop, that has yet been produced.  Beginning with an in depth look at his trailer park beginnings and a surprising account of his high school politcal ambitions, it continues through his early days with the Iguanas and The Primer Movers and his epochal introduction to the Asheton brothers before charting his roller coaster career:  first with the Stooges, then through his friendship and musical partnership with David Bowie and all the way up to the present day, coming  full circle to the reunion of The Stooges that is currently underway.  Plus, plenty of rare photos!  Recommended to all Iggyphiles everywhere.
retail price - $23.95  copacetic price - $21.50

HoudiniHoudini, The Handcuff King
by Jason Lutes & Nick Bertozzi
The first in a series of comics biographies of popular figures from off the beaten path of American history that is currently being produced under the aegis of The Center for Cartoon Studies, Houdini, The Handcuff King is a 96-page hardcover volume that amply demonstrates the capacity of comics to clearly and concisely tell a powerful  tale -- in this case, about the greatest escape artist who ever lived, Harry Houdini.  The story unfolds on a single day, 1 May 1908, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and
every effort is made to capture the era in which it takes place.  This is a task for which comics are eminently suitable, provided the practitioners take proper care; and the evidence of this volume makes it clear that Lutes and Bertozzi have done their homework.  All the visual details are in order, from the uniforms of the policemen which oversee the drama to the architecture of the buildings amidst which the action is staged; from the handcuffs which are used to bound Houdini to the handbills that are used to promote him; and from the horse drawn carriages that carry Mrs. Houdini to her appointed task to the telephones, elevators, flashpowder illuminations and pocket watches that propel the story forward -- all are realistically rendered, immersing the reader in a vivid experience of the magic of this particular moment in American history.  An appendix containing several pages of annotations to more fully flesh out the historical context and a bibliography for those who feel inspired to pursue the story further are also provided.  An engaging read for all ages, this volume is especially suitable for getting reluctant readers interested in learning more about the history of American culture.  Based on the evidence of this fine work, we find ourselves eagerly anticipating the next volume in the series, devoted to Satchel Paige, one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
retail price - $16.99  copacetic price - $15.00

Cold Heat 4Cold Heat #4
by BJ and Frank Santoro
How?!  Cold Heat #4 is already in stock, and it's a doozy.  Disparate and heretofore disconnected aspects of the storyline are joined together as some puzzling pieces of the plot are put into place. 
We don't want to give too much away here, but suffice it to say that some things have turned out -- surprise! -- not to be what they seemed.  Lovers of cosmic mysteries and mighty metaphors will find plenty of food for thought this time around, and thrill seekers should find what they're looking for as the intensity is ramped up a notch or two.  Santoro's art really shines this issue as he continues to bring a world beat of styles and perspectives to the mix while at the same time turning in some of his most polished art to date.   To those of you who have been watching on the sidelines, uneasy about the ellipticality of Cold Heat's narrative, wondering what it's all about and where it's been leading, we say:  Now's your chance -- this is the one you've been waiting for.  This is the issue that puts the story into focus and brings the series up to speed, and to put our money where our mouth is, we are offering a special price on a set of the first four issues on our Cold Heat page.
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $4.00

MOME 7MOME 7: Spring 2007
This issue finds MOME at a crossroads of sorts as this is the the last time -- at least for now -- that it will feature work by the core of MOME regulars Anders Nilsen -- who also provides this issue's interview -- Jeffrey Brown, Gabrielle Bell and Martin Cendreda all of whom except Brown (who is, evidently,  already gone) turn in their farewell pieces this issue.  New team-MOME members premiering here are self-publishing stalwarts Eleanor Davis and Tom Kaczynzki who both turn in the first of what promises to be a string of fine pieces, and we can only presume that they will be joined next issue with more voices from the alterna-ground.  Also on hand this issue is cover artist, Lewis Trondheim's hybrid/sketchbook/collage comics work, "At Loose Ends, Part 2," continued from last time.  Sophie Crumb --  about whom we admit to having been a bit skeptical, at first -- has proven herself a keen observer of humanity in her short pieces for MOME, and her contributions this time around are some of her finest to date.  David Heatley and Kurt Wolfgang soldier on with their respective continuing sagas; Andrice Arp and Paul Hornschemeier both shift gears -- Arp with a dream piece and Paul H. with a couple of oddball toyings with  words and pictures; finally, "weird" Al Columbia turns in a batch of "Chopped-Up People."  You have been warned.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $11.95

Complete Peanute 1963-64The Complete Peanuts, Volume 7:  1963 - 1964
by Charles M. Schulz
introduction by Bill Melendez
Starting off with a heartfelt reminiscence by Melendez, whose 40-year collaboration with Schulz brought Charlie Brown & Co. to life in the classic (and, we all have to admit, not-so-classic) TV and film adaptations of Peanuts -- fifty in all, according to Melendez --  this volume heads right into two more years of non-stop classics.  The little red-haired girl, the Great Pumpkin, baseball, school, hope, despair and everything else -- it's all here.  A special highlight is the appearance of several never-before-collected longer stories including Linus's ill-fated run for school president and Snoopy's traumatic stay at the hospital.  Enjoy!
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