Copacetic Arrivals: 3Q 2013
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New for September 2013

by Frank Santoro
Principles derived in classical antiquity and then revived during the renaissance are given a new lease on life in comics (Renaissance II: Comics?) through the work of Frank Santoro.  The Golden SectionDynamic Symmetry, and plenty more are all incorporated into the underlying structure of his work, and nowhere more so than here.  The complete Pompeii graphic novel premiered at this year's SPX, a year after its first chapter had appeared as a limited edition risograph at last year's SPX (and which went on to sell out in the blink of an eye).  The book's look and feel transmits an æsthetic charge even before it is opened to reveal a 144 page work, printed in a Mediterranean brown on just the right paper stock, that tells a tale that is at once ancient and modern.  At last we have the fully fleshed out vision of Santoro's long gestated meditation on the axes of art: artists and patrons; money, sex, power and love; subject and object; the eternal recurrence of archetypes; and, of course, comics and geometry.  Continuing on the same course that he set in the first chapter, Santoro here maintains and further strengthens his compositional manifesto proclaiming the centrality of "the spread" – the two pages that lay open before the reader and are simultaneously taken in as a compositional whole and scanned/read as a narrative text.  This is a work that must be carefully and deliberately studied in order to extract the multiple layers of signification and meaning that are encoded within the art.  The parallel positioning of people, places and objects within the respective grids of the left and right pages of each spread invites analogical synthesis on the part of the reader, and it is within this synthesis that the real drama unfolds.  This synthesis is facilitated by the use of rough gestural drawings throughout much of the narrative, providing a sense of immediacy to the characters' actions and giving a "living in the moment" feel to the drama that together serve to draw the reader in and so more viscerally experience the last days of Pompeii.  The ease with which we note parallels to our own times leads to pondering what may or may not lie ahead, and to wonder if there is anything any of us can do about it.  COPACETIC EXCLUSIVE:  Through the holiday season, we will be including a copy of Santoro's 2011 prelude to PompeiiBlast Furnace Funnies, with all orders of Pompeii - at no extra charge; in the shop and online.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

Made Fun
by Nate McDonough
And as we're on the subject of Made in Pittsburgh graphic novels, now would be a good time to draw your attention to the latest – and greatest (so far) – from Pittsburgh-cartoonist-about-town and Copacetic stalwart, Nate McDonough.  Made Fun is a full-size, 92 page descent into the maelstrom.  Two intertwining narratives lock the reader in a spiral between two worlds.  Whether the division can or should be perceived as being between the conscious and unconscious, between waking and dreaming, or between something else altogether is, ultimately, immaterial to the appreciation of the drama delineated here, which is of the existential struggle of making sense of an absurd universe.
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $8.88

Incidents in the Night 1
by David B.
Upstart Minneapolis-based publisher, Uncivilized Books, headed by the innovative cartoonist, Tom Kaczynski, has scored a coup in securing the US rights to this amazing series by top European cartoonist, David B.  As no one here has had the chance to do more than look at it (and it looks great!) we're going to pass on the official Uncivilized Books propaganda:  "In Incidents in the Night David B. (Epileptic, The Armed Garden) sets out to explore the uncharted territories of overflowing and dusty shelves of Paris' legendary book shops. His journey quickly turns into an obsessive vision quest in pursuit of a mysterious 19th Century journal:  Incidents In the Night. Mountains of books become sites of archeological digs as the author excavates layers of myth, fact and fiction in search of the elusive thread that links them all. Along the way he stumbles on fanatical Bonapartists, occult conspiracies and the angel of death. Incidents in the Night is an intricate, ever-expanding web of dream and reality exquisitely translated by novelist Brian Evenson (Immobility, The Wavering Knife, Fugue State)." 
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

Amazing Facts and Beyond
by Kevin Huizenga and Dan Zettwoch (w/ a little help from Ted May)
Also new from Uncivilized books is this hardcover collecting the entirety of the Amazing Facts and Beyond series that has been self-published over the last 3-4 (?) years by the scintillating St. Louis duo of Huizenga & Zettwoch.  This series developed a loyal following here at Copacetic, so we know that many of you reading this already have all that this volume contains, but we're sure that there are plenty of others who have yet to sample the obscure pleasures of this particular text.  Hosted by the cartoon creation, Leon Beyond, this series presents page after page of cartooned "amazing facts" that might be described as the Sunday comics edition of Ripley's Believe-It-or-Not genetically spliced to The Museum of Jurassic Technology... sort of.  Page after page of head-spinning information where form trumps content A perfect bedside companion, if you'd like some help jump starting some off the wall dreams...
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $21.75


by Rutu Modan
An all new, full color, hardcover graphic novel from the foremost Israeli practitioner of the form.  This time around Ms. Modan delves into history through a trip to the "old country", in this case Warsaw, Poland, where an elderly woman and her granddaughter try to reclaim family property lost during World War II.  A clash of both generations and cultures ensues.
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $22.22


Map of Days
by Robert Hunter
Another beautiful book from the presses at NoBrow!  Mr. Hunter, heretofore best known here at Copacetic as the creator of The New Ghost, has taken his art to new heights here in Map of Days.  This hardcover book with an accent on the vertical is stunningly laid out and beautifully colored.  You don't have to take our word for it; just check out this series of preview photos on the NoBrow site.
retail price - $18.95  copacetic price - $17.00

World Map Room
by Yuichi Yokoyama
Three men on a journey that is, strangely, simultaneously purposeful and purposeless.  Eventually they reach their destination: The World Map Room.  176 pages of comics as only Yokoyama can make and only PictureBox is hep enough to publish.  Strap yourself in and get ready for the ride...
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77


School Spirits
by Anya Davidson
Chicago-based cartoonist/printmaker/musician, Anya Davidson pulls out the stops in her debut full length work; for PictureBox (natch').  This 152 page hardcover is a collection-cum-graphic novel that is packed cover to cover with non-stop comics power!  Imagination runs amok and one thing leads to another:  exotica, fantasy, science fiction, art, rock, drugs and sex – not necessarily in that order – mix and mingle in a work that freely combines a wide-world of comics influences
ranging from Archie Comics to Gary Panter in forging an original synthesis. 
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

BSBSBBoxers / Saints
by Gene Yang
The Return of Gene Yang! Anyone wondering what Mr. Yang's been up to since he caused a sensation with American Born Chinese now has the answer: He's been keeping very busy creating this epic bipartite work dealing with the Boxer Rebellion, Boxers/Saints.  Available in individual volumes or as a box set.  This work is a true tour de force of comics making, and incorporates a stroke of genius in Yang's insightful decision to tell the story of this war in two separate volumes encompassing the same time frame, but told from the respective points of view of each opposing side.  It's intense!  He talks about the "making of" in a CBR interview, here.
Boxers -
retail price - $18.99  copacetic price - $17.17
Saints - retail price - $15.99  copacetic price - $14.44
Box Set containing both  - retail price - $34.99  copacetic price - $29.75



by Lucy Knisley
In Relish, Ms. Knisley takes a giant leap forward in her artistic development.  With shades of Alison Bechdel and Ruto Modan, Knisley tackles her lifelong involvement with food - cooking, dining and eating.  Growing up in a family filled with food professionals provided her with plenty of food for thought – and comics.
retail price - $17.99  copacetic price - $16.25

Blobby Boys
by Alex Schubert
Straight up comics with plenty of 'tude, the comics collected here capture exactly that part of the work of Dan Clowes that was strained out by Adrain Tomine (see below).  Wise-cracking street corner antics in full color; from Koyama Press.
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $9.00


The Secret Voice #1
by Zack Soto
An action-packed adventure tale in which the energy of the rendering matches the energy of the action.  This is a comic book: 
44 full color pages printed on newsprint with a wraparound risograph cover. 
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $7.20


Optic Nerve #13
by Adrian Tomine
A mere two years after the last issue, Tomine is back with a two-tale issue.  The first of these tales, "Go Owls", bores steadily - if stealthily - straight to the core of despair that lurks in or around the heart of many a loyal sports team fan.  The second, "Translated, from the Japanese" is a meditative recollection of life through a parent's eyes.  Added bonus:  cover is one-page gag strip! 
retail price - $5.95  copacetic price - $5.35

Smoke Signals #15
edited by Gabe Fowler
Another thirty-two page tabloid newspaper filled with comics! This issue has a wraparound cover by Gary Panter and includes collaborative work by Leslie Stein and Michael DeForge, new work by Lale Westvind, John Broadley, Gerald Jablonski, Kaz, Joe Kessler, and reprints by Kamagurka and Seele, Scott C. and Gavin McInnes.
retail price - $3.00  copacetic price - $3.00


A Carrot is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond:
Captain Beefheart interviews and texts 1966 – 2001
by Lester Bangs, et al
300 pages of classic and obscure writings on and interviews with Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart; now all together in one place.
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $15.00


BEABBleeding Edge
by Thomas Pynchon
It's the new Pynchon, do you really need to know more?  Yes?  Well then, HERE.
retail price - $28.95  copacetic price - $25.00

by Andrea Barrett
Here's what to expect from Ms. Barrett's latest; looking forward to digging in...
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $22.22


Dissident Gardens

by Jonathan Lethem
Jonathan Strikes Back, on Slate
retail price - $27.95  copacetic price - $24.75

Night Film
by Marisha Peshel
Her long awaited follow up to Special Topics in Calamity Physics is here.  Learn more HERE.
retail price - $28.00  copacetic price - $25.00

Claire of the Sea Light

by Edwidge Danticat
Learn more HERE.
retail price - $25.95 copacetic price - $23.75

by Alice McDermott

Read and/or listen to Susan Jane Gilman's review on NPR.
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $22.50

Items from our September 2013 listings may now be purchased online at our eComerce site, HERE.

New for August 2013

CoPThe Children of Palomar
by Gilbert Hernandez
Clearly, this is The Year of Gilbert Hernandez.  The Children of Palomar is his third new hardcover to be released so far this year, and we understand that another is on schedule to be released before the year is out – in addition to an all new issue of Love and Rockets: New Stories!!!  This volume collects the complete three issue "Ignatz" series, New Tales of Old Palomar, originally published in 2006-08.  These stories display Beto's talent for
up close and personal stories set amidst deftly rendered landscapes that are by turn haunting and enchanting.  These stories marked the long-awaited return to the the land of "Heartbreak Soup" and readers will once again get the chance to spend time with their pen and ink pals, Pipo, Carmen, sheriff Chelo, Heraclio, Israel, Vicente, Jesús, Satch and more as they walk the dusty streets of Palomar...
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $18.88


Comics Workbook #1
by Andrew White
Produced in an ultra-limited edition of 25 copies, this handmade (by Comics Workbook head honcho, Frank Santoro) wonder contains 25 individual full color pages printed on heavy glossy stock.  The grid gets a workout as Mr. White is put through the Santoro School™ paces and comes up with an inventive approach every time.  Æsthetes and students of the form will be equally rewarded by this excellent package.
retail price - $20.00  copacetic price - $20.00

Strange Worlds of Your Dreams

by Jack Kirby, with Joe Simon, Mort Meskin, Bill Draut & others
They bought our dreams... and turned them into comics. Sixty years ago, Jack Kirby, Joe Simon and their cohorts at Prize Comics, asked readers to send them their dreams. Readers did and they were turned into comics. The Strange World of Your Dreams only lasted four issues, but that was enough to fill this book. Sporting a soft, spongy cover, it embodies a bit of visual punning in that it could be considered a surrealistic pillow, of sorts. Comics have been linked to dreams from their very beginnings, but the comics collected here might be the most explicit connection made between the trade-off between individual/personal dreaming and mass/popular entertainment ever made. "WE WILL BUY YOUR DREAMS!" Indeed.
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.75


Simon & Kirby Science Fiction

by Jack Kirby, with Joe Simon, Wally Wood, Al Williamson & Reed Crandall
More Kirby! Under appreciated classics from the master. Ideas that Kirby explored in the sixties and - especially - the seventies are first explored here. Many stories reprinted here for the first time in decades - or ever!  Kirby (and Simon – as well as a few other greats, including Wally Wood, Al Williamson and Reed Crandall) science fiction classics form the 1940s and, mostly, the 1950s in this Massive oversize hardcover tome.
retail price - $49.99  copacetic price - $44.44


Object 10

by Kilian Eng
Fans of Object 5 will be pleased by this oversize, full color hardcover that presents the fantastic art to excellent advantage.  Learn more with this "book trailer" on Vimeo.  We also have a few copies of the signed and limited (200 copies) edition.
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.00
signed & numbered edition:  retail price - $50.00  copacetic price - $44.44

C8CC1CC2Copra #8
Copra Compendium 1
Copra Compendium 2
by Michel Fiffe
Taken together with last moth's listing of Copra #7 these three items allow those only recently aware of Copra to jump right in and get the entire series to date.  The first compendium collects issues one, two and three, with the second collecting issues four, five and six; both are printed on the same stock and at the same size as the original issues, so the experience will be nearly identical.  Once you've absorbed this heaping helping of Copra, then you'll have to wait for the next issue along with everyone else hooked on this frenzied, fun, full color, self-published (monthly!), science fiction, super hero comic book series that is generating a lot of excitement in the global village that is the wide world of comics.
Copra #8 -
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $4.50
Copra Compendium #1 - retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $12.00
Copra Compendium #2 - retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $12.00


Men's Feelings

by Ted May
Ted May reveals the heretofore secret inner workings of the male emotional apparatus. Not to be missed.  37 pages of released repression in comics form.
retail price - $6.00  copacetic price - $5.40



by Shigeru Mizuki
Fans of Mizuki's late work, recently published in North America, also by D & Q – i.e., Onward to Our Noble Deaths and NonNonBa – will be pleased to have this opportunity (at long last!) to get their hands on a meaty volume of English translations from the manga series that made Mizuki a household name in Japan.  Begun in 1959, Kitaro, along with his cast of cohorts, presented a long-running series of yokai tales to a receptive and responsive audience in Japan, where these tales of shape shifters have been an integral component of Japanese mythology for centuries.  The stories that make up this 400 page volume are all from the the late 1960s and are considered to be among the best in the series.  Find out for yourself by checking out this online preview courtesy of CBR.  We are thankful that D & Q has provided an introduction, page notes and a character glossary to help readers coming fresh to the series to get situated. 
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $21.75

LoMLast of the Mohicans
by Shigeru Sugiura; edited by Ryan Holmberg
What we have here is a highly personal and engagingly idiosyncratic manga take on the early 19th century novel of frontier America by James Fenimore Cooper. It includes a thirty-six page, in-depth, illustrated essay by Holmberg, "Shigeru Sugiura and his Mohicans." This heavily researched essay provides an overview of Sugiura's career in general as well as an in-depth look  his creation of Mohicans in particular.  There is also a four page essay by Sugiura on his relationship with silent movies.  As Holmberg's essay makes clear, this 1974 work bears little similarity to the novel it purports to adapt.  It seems possible that Sigiura never even read Cooper's book.  This could be construed as one of the book's virtue's as it allows readers to participate in a series of manga riffs of Japanese consciousness free-associating on American myths as mediated by the American popular culture through which these myths were propagated in Japan.
retail price - $22.95  copacetic price - $20.00

BGRP2Retrofit Comics #18: Beach Girls
by Box Brown
48 pages in larger "Golden Age Comics" format, featuring a bonus back-up story:  Dweeb by James Kochalka!
retail price - $6.00  copacetic price - $5.40

Retrofit Comics #17: Raw Power 2
by Josh Bayer
72 pages of pen & ink action, produced in the larger "Golden Age" comic format, printed on newsprint with glossy covers.  Featuring GG Liddy, Cat Man, Mister Incompleto and more, Raw Power continues Mr. Bayer's own unique foray into the state of mind mapped out in the  territory of the ratty line pioneered by Gary Panter.
retail price - $6.00  copacetic price - $5.40


Green Eggs and Maakies
by Tony Millionaire
Yes, it's yet another stretch horizontal format collection of Drinky Crow & his company of bad boys acting out, all crsply delineated in Mr. Millionaire's late-Victorian era pen & ink stylings. 
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77


Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu, Volume 2
by Junko Mizuno
It is difficult to explain the work of Junko Mizuno to the uninitiated.   Cutey, squishy, squeezy drawings delineated in dense black ink depict and portray twisted, perverse and often bizarre takes on archetypal characters and situations.  The only close touchstone we can think of is the work of Vaughn Bodé.  In this volume we have the second (and final?) volume of her story about the adventures of a cute and "fluffy" alien gigolo loose on the streets of an alternate, "Mizuno-reality" Tokyo in search of a baby-mama. 
retail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $16.25

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories

by Johnny Craig
Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories
by Al Feldstein
Here they are, the latest two volumes in the EC "auteur" series published by Fantagraphics.  Each volume is a 200+ page, clothbound hardcover collecting work by a single artist (also, as with the Feldstein volume, including a small group associated with the central creator).  Each volume includes and introduction and notes and the art is impeccably reproduced in black and white on heavy white matte stock.  You pretty much can't go wrong with these...
retail price - $28.99@  copacetic price - $25.00@

You Can't Win

by Jack Black
Finally, a new edition of the seminal novel, You Can't Win by Jack Black.  Here's a book that that can lay claim - if any can - to having launched the "outlaw" literary counterculture, way back in 1926.  This edition sports an intense black and white cover drawn by Joe Coleman, taken from his set of illustrations of this novel originally published in Blab! (#3?); also included is a full color reproduction of the Coleman painting that graced the 1988 Amok Press republication of this classic.  The foreword by William Burroughs written for that edition is also here (although we recommend that this be read as an afterword, as it gives away some plot particulars).  NEW to this edition are the  (first ever?) republication of two fairly lengthy articles written by Mr. Black for Harpers Magazine in 1929 & 1930 and a biographical essay on Black by Donald Kennison. ESSENTIAL!

retail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $16.25

Items from our August 2013 listings may now be purchased online at our eComerce site, HERE.

New for July 2013

LRCThe Love and Rockets Companion:  30 Years (and Counting)
edited by Marc Sobel and Kristy Valenti
The feature attraction of this chunky softcover are the extensively researched timelines and character bios for both the Locas and Palomar universes; long time L & R readers will be reminded of characters and events that they had forgotten all about or at least hadn't thought about in years – and relative newcomers will be clued in to the depths and riches that await them in the pages of Love and Rockets.  In a way, The Love and Rockets Companion is a bit like a family album, one in which readers can immerse themselves and discover their place in and connection to the comics family built around Love and Rockets that has thrived for over thirty years
now.  In addition this volume includes extensive interviews with los hermanos Hernandez – including two new major interviews conducted specifically for this volume and appearing here for the first time! The wraparound dustjacket is printed on extra heavy stock and folds out into a poster (the sticker is removable), while the reverse side depicts the Locas and Luba family trees.  This jam-packed volume is a Love and Rockets collector's bonanza!  Get a feel for what to expect with this generous 32 page PDF preview.
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.00

The Daniel Clowes Reader
edited by Ken Parille
This handsomely designed 360 page flexi-cover volume is billed as being "a critical edition of Ghost World and other stories, with essays, interviews and annotations."  Prefaced by an appetizer consisting of a brief yet wide-ranging sampling of epigrammatic excerpts of concise Clowes commentary, the main course of this volume is the complete Ghost World  accompanied by a generous serving of side dishes consisiting of many if not most of Clowes's best short stories from the late teen issues of Eightball, including "Blue Italian Shit", "Black Nylon", "Like a Weed, Joe", "The Party" and "Art School Confidential", garnished with a siginificant selection of obscurities and rarities, the most substantial of which is the twenty page "manifesto" Modern Cartoonist, which originally appeared as an insert in Eightball #18 (17?).  All are well reproduced in black and white, duo-tone and/or full color on high grade white stock.  Accompanying these are a dozen or so essays by a bevy of Clowes scholars, which provide a wide range of perspectives on Clowes's work and career.  The volume closes with a Clowes chronology and recommendations for further reading.  Teachers and professors (and reading group organizers, too, what the heck) with an interest in Clowes, take note:  this is the book for you.  Students signed up for Clowes 101 can get a headstart taking notes now, with this 31 page PDF preview.
retail price - $35.00  copacetic price - $29.75

SGM2Study Group Magazine #2
edited by Zack Soto & Milo George
We're here to tell you that the second issue of Study Group Magazine is just as fabulous as the first.  In bringing forth an ongoing anthology of solid, all new comics work seasoned with interviews and critical aoppreciations, SGM is doing a good job at plugging the hole left by the demise of MOME.  Limited to 1000 numbered copies, this 64 page, oversized, two-color (this time around, cerulean and magenta) comics anthology is filled with the work of many a Copacetic favorite, including Sam Alden, Trevor Alixopulos, Lilli Carré, Michael DeForge, Julia Gfrörer, Aidan Koch, Jonny Negron, Onsmith, Zack Soto, Dan Zettwoch and more.  Interviews with cover artist Angie Wang (interviewed by Milo George) and Maré Odomo (in coversation with Zack Soto) along with appreciations of Josh Bayer (by Rob Clough) and the long forgotten (but not by us here at Copacetic!) Helfer/Baker gem, Justice, Inc. by Sean Witzke, and, finally, J.T. Dockery's report on his visit to John Byrne's home and studio round out the issue.  Don't miss it! (And, in the meantime, be sure to bookmark the Study Group website, where great new comics are posted on a regular basis).
retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $10.00

It Will All Hurt #1
by Farel Dalrymple
A Risographed cardstock cover envelopes a 48 page full color comic book printed on high quality bright newsprint in an oversized “Golden Age” format.  You can actually read it online, but we're here to tell you that you might want to consider saving yourself for the hard copy, which is the real thing. 
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $7.00


Heads Collider

by Mat Brinkman
Unified perception dissolves into a series of overlapping fields.  Mat Brinkman asks the question, "What if you could make mixable (and remixable), multi-track recordings of vision, the way you can with sound?" Mat has spent some time in his unique, personal visual "recording studio" producing this series of multi-track harmonies of sight that will reorient your perceptions.
retail price - $23.00  copacetic price - $20.00


by Brandon Graham
Here's fab fun feast of funky funnies by the undisputed master of the squishy line.  Plenty of full color drawings and story sequences mingle with half-tone pencil repros and straight up black and white pen & ink.  The worked selected, while primarily of realtively recent vintage, goes all the way back to 1993, presenting a twenty year career overview which provides a solid sense of Graham's artistic direction and development.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77


Sand Castle
by Frederik Peeters & Pierre Oscar Lévy
Here is
yet another fine volume from the UK publisher Self Made Hero.  Powerful and confident pen & brush work by the talented Swiss comics artist, Frederik Peeters expertly translates this tale with a twist by French film director, Pierre Oscar Lévy.  We can't tell you too much about it without risking ruining the reading experience, but we can tell you that it's tailor made to read at the beach... 
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77


Sunny 1
by Taiyo Matsumoto
Knock-your-socks-off all-new work from manga-master Matsumoto in this, the first of a three (?) volume saga of youth, imagination and adventure.  Originally serialized in Japanese in IKKI during 2011, it has received a brisk English translation in this handsomely produced 218 page hardcover volume from Viz.  Lonely outcast childhoods never looked so good. 
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00

The Graphic Canon, volume 3

edited by Russ Kick
The mammoth sized (542 pages) third and final volume of the Graphic Canon has arrived; chock-a-block with comics adaptations, illustrations and illuminations of 20th classics of literature. Highlights among the dozens of featured teamings of artists and writers are:  Milton Knight & Zora Neale Hurston; Mardou & Anaïs Nin; R. Crumb & Jean Paul Sartre; R. Sikoryak & Franz Kafka; Ted Rall & Sherwood Anderson; Lauren Weinstein & W.B. Yeats; Onsmith & J.G. Ballard; Aidan Koch & Ben Okri; Jeremy Eaton & Flannery O'Connor; Robert Goodin & William Faulkner; Lance Tooks & Somerset Maugha; Dame Darcy & Cormac McCarthy; CMU alum, Juliacks & Hubert Selby, Jr.; and many more!
retail price - $44.95  copacetic price - $39.75

The Cartoon Picayune: Summer 2013

edited by Josh Kramer
Lo-Fi comics journalism with a personal touch returns with the
Summer 2013 issue of The Cartoon Picayune (#5 for those who are keeping track).  This time around the theme is  "Hard Work" and its contents includes:  "Sex Workers of the World, Unite!" by Andy Warner; "The Radium Girls" by Emi Gennis; "Feeding the Meter" by editor Josh Kramer; and "Seoul Grind" by Erik Thurman.  Read all about it, here.
retail price - $4.00  copacetic price - $4.00


Cut-Away Comics #1

by Dan Zettwoch
Dan Z.'s first Oily Comics publication is a 12 page wonder titled, "Tree Swallows" and "starring" John James
Audubon.  It's by Dan Zettwoch and it's only a dollar.  What more do you need to know?
retail price - $1.00  copacetic price - $1.00


by Charles Forsman
And, speaking of Oily Comics, the flagship title of the series, the one that started it all, The End of the Fucking World, by Oily Comics editor and publisher, Charles Forsman, has now been collected into a single volume by Fantagraphics Books. 
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77


by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks
The dean of science comics, Jim Ottaviani has here teamed up with comics artist and aquarium-based educator, Maris Wicks – who had a small hit here at Copacetic with Yes, Let's, originally published by our pals at Tugboat Press in Portland, OR – to produce this full-length, full color, hardcover work that takes a long comics look at "the fearless science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas.  Recruited by the great anthropologist Louis Leakey these remarkable women are responsbile for some of the biggest advances in both primatology and our understanding of what it meaans to be human."
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77


The End
by Anders Nilsen
Here we have a permanent hardcover edition of the best-selling Ignatz title of the same name that is packed with  half a dozen additional pieces, which were either previously released in privately published small batch editions, in MOME, or that appear here for the first time.  80 pages in all.  Essential Anders, we say.  Get some small idea of what this complex tapestry is about by spending a few minutes with this PDF preview.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

by Karl Stevens
Life in Allston-Brighton, a side of metropolitan Boston that lurks in the shadows between the movers and shakers of the Brahmin-class axis and the rough and tumble of the headline-grabbing mobsters is portrayed here in page after page of skillfully rendered comics that come closer to qualifying as photorealism than any others that have crossed our desk, save those of Toc Fetch.  Surprisingly, Mr. Stevens managed to produce this detailed strip on a weekly basis, for the now-defunct Boston Phoenix.  So, while clearly this book collects a successful comicstrip, it nonetheless manages to live up (down?) to the promise of its title.  Between the covers of Failure, readers will find page after page of expert renderings of drinkers (alcoholics? you decide), druggies (addicts? ditto), and others struggling with their personal, financial and relationship issues and other woes (losers? too soon to tell), most notably the artist himself, who, despite his obvious and amazing talent, never seems to get anywhere...

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The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley
by Kim Deitch
A new Kim Deitch work is always a cause for celebration, and this one is no exception. 
Katherine Whaley is an all new 166 page, horizontally formatted graphic novel that takes readers to "sleepy Lumberton" a hundered or so years ago, at the dawn of the motion picture era, where the young protagonist gets swept away by the eccentric cast and crew of a film production company that comes through town, and her life is changed forever.  Deitch once again expertly employs his finely honed comics craft to leverage the strengths of comics in revealing Hollywood's transformative effects on American culture and society, and, perhaps most crucially, on the individual psyche, as well.  Get primed by checking out this 17 page PDF preview.
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $26.75

Lost Cat
by Jason
In Lost Cat, what we believe is the longest sustained work of his career, Jason presents us with a two-toned tale of loneliness and despair in which appearances can be deceiving, and so are.   The lives of a lonely guy, a lonely gal, a man old and alone, an isolated young man with a secret, a woman alone with a bigger secret and a lost cat intersect in this tale of a detective looking for clues to the meaning of his life.  Should there be anyone reading this who has yet to experience the pleasures of the Jasonic text, dive in to this PDF preview
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Goddamn This War
by Jaques Tardi and Jean-Pierre Verney
A graphic comics encounter with the horrible violence, shocking brutality, stunning ineptitude and catastrophic waste that was the First World War, that includes a 36 page illustrated appendix providing a year-by-year history of the war, Goddamn This War is Tardi's follow-up to his widely acclaimed masterwork, It Was the War of the Trenches, which also dealt with this conflict.  Steel yourself for this 16 page PDF preview.
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BB1Baron Bean, Volume 1: 1916  
by George Herriman
George Herriman devotees and acolytes rejoice!   While the Fantagraphical collecting of the famed Krazy Kat Sunday pages has been now at long last completed, there remains plenty of uncollected Herriman work to keep us busy reading for years to come.  The first volume of Baron Bean dailies is another great volume from IDW, reproducing each strip in its full, original, 4" x 11" size on high grade newsprint for a truly authentic reading experience.  And, lest anyone think otherwise, let us state here that the reproductions in this volume are uniformly excellent
(in fact, amazingly so) – a real treat!   It starts out with a 16 page illustrated introduction by Jared Gardner that reproduces (at the same full size as the Baron Bean strips) the last Dingbat Family strip  – which, it is noted, ran the day before Baron Bean began; demonstrating that Herriman simply switched gears and kept driving; no vacations for this guy – before heading on into the full first year of Baron Bean strips, starting off right at the beginning, with the very firstAnd remember:  while these strips were being executed Herriman was also writing and drawing Krazy Kat seven days a week at the same time!  Long live the genius of George Herriman!
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