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New for January 2015

NBYouth Is Wasted
by Noah Van Sciver
Noah Van Sciver has been quietly making comics since 2006. Now, in 2015 he can look back on a solid body of work of ever increasing quality. Some of the very best has now been collected in this volume from AdHouse Books. The 10 pages of comics on offer here range from self-deprecating autobio to wryly ironic satire, and include forays into traditional genres such as folk tales and science fiction (with a sociological twist), but the core of his work are the deeply empathic tales of humble twenty-somethings trying to get by in our mixed up world. Well developed characters are presented with a pithy psychological verisimilitude that draws the reader in and holds them there. Van Sciver is working in the tradition of R. Crumb, David Collier, and middle-period Chester Brown, producing gritty, emotionally rich comics that ring true. Carve a moment out of your busy day to read the comics in this generous PDF preview. Keep up with Noah and check out some comics at The Little Blog.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $13.75

by Eric Haven
UR marks the return of Eric Tales to Demolish Haven. UR is a collection like no other, filled with 48 pages of pulse-pounding, full color comics bound together in a very stylish edition complete with silky smooth dust jacket. Here in these pages you will come face to face with Man Cat, Reptilica, Bed Man, Dream Lord of the Night Sky, and The Equestrian! You will also have the opportunity to follow along with Havens alter-ego, Race Murdock in a series of increasingly unnerving four-panel adventures. Readers who are already familiar with Havens work will have some idea of what to expect, but to others who have yet to trod these strange pathways we can only say, Beware! After reading the comics contained in UR, you may never see things quite the same way again. An innocuous distraction can suddenly veer off in a most unexpected way. Check out this PDF preview of Man Cat to see what were talking about. Catch up with Mr. Haven by reading this recent interview with him, conducted by Tom Spurgeon.  
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $13.75

CTNotebook Drawings: 2012 - 2014
by Jim Rugg
This is the second collection of Jim Rugg’s mind-bending, eye-poppin’ ballpoint pen drawings. It too is a cleverly formatted volume, resembling a spiral notebook, but this time around the notebook itself has gone a bit upscale, with a heavier stock and debossed title logo. The drawings themselves continue in the tradition established in the first volume, with the added twist that several are 3D drawings – using a red pen and a blue pen – that have been composed in 3D at the time of drawing, in other words drawn twice, once in red and once in blue, by hand in the notebook. Don’t try this at home! Only Jim Rugg could pull this off. To prevent impressionable minds from biting off more than they can chew, the PDF preview does not include any of these 3D drawings. Only 300 copies were printed, so don’t snooze on this one.
retail price - $35.00 copacetic price - $35.00

New for December 2014

K+SThe Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio
selected and edited by Mark Evanier

Any Kirby fan opening this book for the first time and realizing what they're holding in their hands will have the same reaction we did: "WOW!"  When we first heard about this book/project a year or so ago, we assumed it would be a coffee table type book more or less along the lines of Evanier's previous book titled simply Kirby, which was a swell tome offering an overview of the king's life and work along with a generous election of high quality scans of his original art and published work.  The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio is a different beast altogether.  Here we have assembled one of the largest selections of high quality scans of original art ever put between two covers.  This massive, oversize, hardcover tome opens with a fifteen page introduction by Evanier, which is then immediately followed by a mind-boggling 350 high-resolution scans of original art that emanated from the Simon and Kirby Studio from 1942 through 1959, with the vast majority of it from the '50s.  While other artists' work is on display here, most notably that of S&K Studio members, Mort Meskin and Bill Draut, most is by Jack Kirby.  Many complete stories are included along with covers, double-page splashes, unfinished pencils and unpublished pages.  Nearly 70 pages from Kirby's seminal Boys' Ranch are here, which is some of the strongest work of his career (although six of the pages are, sadly, incorrectly formatted, resulting in blurred/pixilated images).  Also, some amazing pages of Al Williamson inking Kirby that will knock the socks off even the most jaded seen-it-all.  Once again, we say, "WOW!
tail price - $60.00
  copacetic price - $53.75


Creeping Death from Neptune: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton, Volume One (1909 - 1941)
by Basil Wolverton
Basil Wolverton fans - and, for that matter, all students of comics art history - rejoice!  This long-awaited (it was originally scheduled for release something like two years ago) volume proves itself to be more than worth the wait by exceeding expectations (and so has simultaneously upped expectations for projected future volume[s]).  Editor, Greg Sadowski and his crack team of Wolverton aficionado-scholars, among their number, we presume, being Wolverton's descendents, as there is much heretofore unseen Wolvertonania on display in the copious archival essays accompanying the classic comics art.  A more full and rich picutre emerges here of Wolverton's early life and artistic development than has ever before been available, and, of course, the comics herein reproduced are tremendous and include some revelatory early works that few have ever laid eyes upon.  AMAZING!
retail price - $39.99  copacetic price - $35.75


Understanding Monster, Book Two
by Theo Ellsworth
The second volume of Mr. Ellsworth's haunting, fascinating and absorbing interior journey has at last arrived!  Learn more about what to expect in the intricately detailed full color pages of this full-size hardcover tome at our review of the first volume.  It is worth noting that, according to Mr. Ellsworth, this time around we have improved color fidelity to the original art!
retail price - $21.99  copacetic price - $19.75

by Dash Shaw
Anyone on the lookout for intellectually stimulating, ๆsthetically challenging work – regardless of the form it takes – should be sure to investigate the comics of Dash Shaw.  Shaw is a sophisticated visual thinker and natural experimenter unconstrained by generic conventions or audience expectations.  In Doctors, soap operatic melodrama mixes freely with science fiction concepts (Philip Jose Farmer / Philip K Dick) and both are together presented to the reader with a bold decisive formalism that simultaneously brings to mind painters such as Hans Hoffman and filmmakers like Jean Luc Godard.  The final product is in intriguing investigation on our evolving conception of where life begins and ends in our ever more media saturated world, as dreams, hallucinations, and manufactured artificial visions all vie for the attention of the neural pathways that connect our biological sensory apparatus to our conscious sense of self, in the process confusing our understanding of what is real.  This is an issue that philosophers have grappled with at least since Descartes, but it is only fairly recently, with the advent of the immersive artificial medias – beginning with film, and its subsequent progeny of television, video and now the ubiquitous interconnectivity of all electronic media – that what is experienced by our the senses is actually beginning to test the ability of our interpretive intellect to distinguish the real from the artificial to the extent that we are currently faced with the situation that we either have to redefine reality or reality will redefine us.  Will we be able to remain consciously distinct from the artificial realities that we are creating, or will we merge with them, our sense of selves no longer distinct from our creations.  Dash Shaw reveals that comics have the potential to effectively map our explorations of this new world
retail price - $16.99  copacetic price - $15.00

by Richard McGuire

Twenty-five years ago, in Raw, Volume 2, Number 1, Richard McGuire published a six-page work, titled "Here"*, and comics have never been the same since.  Now, McGuire has expanded his revelation into a full length work, that, while it may be considered to fulfill the definition of graphic novel, is clearly something more besides.  Years in the making, Here is a meditation on time and its passage through place that employs the power of comics to concisely and powerfully convey their inextricable relation.  Reading Here, one is quickly gripped by a feeling of the uncanny.  The realization that the precise spatial coordinates occupied by the room which we are currently occupying as we sit reading has existed for billions of years and that our physical surroundings, which seem so concrete and fixed, are as fleeting and effervescent as clouds passing overhead, when subjected to the fullness of time, and, what's more, that somehow all these different moments that flow through this space, one after the other for as close to eternity as it is possible for us to imagine, as a result of the room's seeming fixity, must all exist together, linked in some way through their sharing of the space, delivers a knockout punch to many an unexamined assumption.  Thoughts of ghosts, spirits and haunting suddenly seem completely natural: "Of course!"   William Faulkner's dictum, "The past isn't dead.  It isn't even past," is now seen in a more clinical, immediate light.  Here; it is, now.  * [sample page]

retail price - $35.00  copacetic price - $31.50

ASArsene Schrauwen
by Olivier Schrauwen

Olivier Schrauwen makes comics like no one else, so when he decides to do a piece of biographical comics about an adventure involving his grandfather, the only thing that you do know is that you don't know what to expect in the pages of this 250 page oversize hardcover volume printed primarily in blue and red inks...

retail price - $34.99  copacetic price - $29.75


Cochlea & Eustache
by Hans Rickheit
Another book filled with Rickheit's absurdly idiosyncratic, disturbingly twisted and more than a bit perverted nightmare visions, Cochlea & Eustache (names both related to connected parts of the ear, serving the functions of balance and hearing; perhaps he is trying to give us a hint here/hear)
clearly more than simply a pair of nubile identical twins romping around in their haltertop babydolls.  Beginning with its copper ink log and textured cover, this is a volume about the pleasures of the text-imbued-image/object that works to expose the latent voyeurism in all comics reading and has fun doing it.
tail price - $19.99
  copacetic price - $17.77


by Gilbert Hernandez

Another Gilbert Hernandez graphic novel!  Channeling the spirit of comics creators gone by, Beto out produces comics makers half his age.  No one handles the relations between the sexes (or within, for that matter) like him.  Here we have a series of jump cut staccato interactions deftly carrying the readers along on the weft through a complex weave of human cloth.  Parent, child, sibling, friend, teacher, boss; these are the core relationships that are explored to uncover their component of sexual connection, whether it be latent or manifest, strong or weak, hidden or out in the open, and how all relate to each one's place in the world.

tail price - $19.99
  copacetic price - $17.77


Best of Enemies – A History of US and Middle East Relations Part Two: 1953 - 1984
by David B. and Jean-Pierre Filiu

The inimitable David B. continues his partnership with Middle East scholar, Jean-Pierre Fililu.  Employing his amazing ability to visually render concepts in ways that illuminate the intellect and point the way towards    comprehension and understanding make this another truly educational read that will be sure to provide American readers with fresh perspectives on their own history.

retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22


Second Avenue Caper
by Joyce Brabner & Mark Zingarelli
Long in the making (and right here in the Pittsburgh area, too, as that is where Mark Zingarelli has been hunched over his drawing table, converting Ms. Brabner's elegiac yet uplifting script into page after page of hard won comics), Second Avenue Caper takes readers back to the earliest days of the AIDS epidemic in NYC, when no one knew what was happening, what caused it, how it was spread, or how to stop it.  Many – perhaps most – Copacetic customers are too young to have experienced the early days of AIDS, and the fear, sorrow
, anger and, ultimately, hope-filled community building, that it engendered.  This 144 page hardcover graphic history of this era brings it to life for the younger generations that have grown up and come of age in its wake, and whose lives and behaviors have been shaped by it, without their necessarily realizing it. 
retail price - $22.00  copacetic price - $19.75

Foolbert Funnies

by Frank Stack
This 200+ page volume presents a selection of the work of underground comics pioneer, early independent graphic novelist and University of Missouri Professor Emeritus, Frank Stack.  Stack's career now spans nearly half a century, and the work herein presented wa
s created between 1970 and 2007, with most emerging from Stack's post-1990 pen.  The comics originally appeared in a wide and sundry collection of publications, from his own, early underground comics like Feelgood Funnies and Jesus Meets the Armed Services, through classic anthologies like Weirdo, Rip Off Comix, and Blab!, to National Lampoon and Mineshaft.  Some of it is fantasy, some of it is fiction, some of it is folktale, and some of it is history, and it's all the work of a unique figure in the comics history of our times.
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $21.75



Maple Key Comics 4

edited by Joyanna McDiarmid
There's nothing else like Maple Key Comics currently on the US small press market, as it follows the Manga model of a big, fat – each issue is over 250 pages – regularly published book of ongoing comics serials.  Unique, hybrid comics abound in its pages:  Science fiction / Teen romance, nautical adventure/romance, funny animal / auto-bio – you won’t find these types of comics together under one cover anywhere else!  This time out we have the first installments of several new serials, making this issue a good jumping on point.
retail price - $18.00  copacetic price - $15.75

NLSNancy Loves Sluggo
by Ernie Bushmiller
What more can be said about Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy?  It is that it is: Nancy is Nancy is Nancy (and Sluggo, too, as evidenced by this volume's exegetical cover design, which serves to graphically enlighten us as to Bushmiller's essentialist credo).  Apparently quite a bit, as Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik have been laboring mightily for decades to complete what even then may not be the last word, the 240 page, How To Read Nancy (due out in 2015 [in theory; this one's been delayed so many times we've lost track]; for now, we direct readers to the short essay that started the whole thing).  So, anyways, what we have here is another three full years of Nancy Dailies that flowed from the mind and pen of Mr. Ernie Bushmiller and into countless millions of newspapers throughout America (and, surely, elsewhere around the world, as well) during the years 1949, 1950 and 1951.  This collection is preceded by an introduction by cartoonist, comics scholar and noted Nancyologist, Ivan Brunetti.  Enjoy!

retail price - $39.99  copacetic price - $35.00



This Changes Everything
by Naomi Klein
The latest work by the game-changing No Logo, is a book that pulls no punches as it articulates the profound linkages between capitalism and climate change that is – or at least aims to be – a movement unto itself.
retail price - $30.00  copacetic price - $27.00

Corruption in America
by Zephyr Teachout
Money does change everything... evidently, for the worse. Zephyr Teachout explores how the rise of big money politics has gone hand in hand with the degradation of politics here in the US of A.

tail price - $29.95
  copacetic price - $26.95

How to Build a Girl

by Caitlin Moran
A frank (i.e. sexually explicit in parts) rite of passage tale for today's girl/woman.
retail price - $26.99  copacetic price - $24.75

Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys
by Viv Albertine
Here's an concept-album formatted memoir of early UK Punk prime-mover, Viv Albertine, founding member of The Slits, whose life and work took place during a pivotal period in which women like herself pushed the boundaries of what women could do and be in the world of music, entertainment, taking ownership of female sexuality in a way that challenged preconceptions and the patriarchal in/de/con-scription of women's roles and so helped to redefine gender rules and relations.
retail price - $27.99  copacetic price - $25.00

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence
by Karen Armstrong
Karen Armstrong is certainly one of, perhaps the, most knowledgeable persons writing on religion today.  Every one of her numerous books is worth reading; none more so than this, her latest, and perhaps most timely and needed.  The breadth and depth of her knowledge and the nearly superhuman empathy that she displays in her writing, will enlighten any one who reads her.  Nowhere is this better on display than in the fifteen page introduction to this volume.  We hereby invite any of our customers to grab a coffee at Lili's and then grab a copy of this book and plant yourself in one of our reading chairs and spend the time it takes to absorb this introduction.  Anyone who takes us up on this will surely feel much the wiser for it.
retail price - $30.00  copacetic price - $25.75

by Marilynne Robinson
The third novel set in the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa, Lila is a novel of spiritual redemption.

retail price - $26.00  copacetic price - $23.00

Items from our December 2014 listings (and plenty more besides) are also up at our eComerce site, HERE.

New for November 2014

IWDHIncomplete Works
by Dylan Horrocks
Incomplete Works provides, indirectly, an intimate, informative, entertaining portrait of the artist as a young cartoonist – who goes on to age gracefully and productively – with a large degree of creative independence – into marriage, fatherhood and middle-age (which is no small feat).  It does so while simultaneously fulfilling its primary function of being a treasure trove of short comics of all stripes.  Auto-bio, fantasy, literary, historical, humorous, scientific, and meta-physical comics can each be found here, all handled
by Horrocks with dexterous aplomb.  That he has been able to accomplish all this may have something to due with his being a New Zealander, but we're not sure... This well-produced 192 page collection was, in any event, published by Victoria University Press, located in Wellington, New Zealand's capital (Horrocks resides in Auckland, New Zealand's major metropolis).  VUP is also Horrock's New Zealand publisher of his two major works, Hicksville (published in North America by Drawn & Quarterly) and Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen (forthcoming in North America, from Fantagraphics).  To the best of our knowledge, there are no plans to publish Incomplete Works in North America, but we were able to track down copies from a distributor who imported them.  And we're glad we did!  This excellent collection provides an excellent look at a quarter-century long (and counting!) career that takes a look at available career (and life) paths, approaches to to the medium, technical as well as stylistic and philosophical.  This feat is accomplished in part by the volume's well thought out, largely chronological, organization in combination with its providing concise, informative end notes, which serve to contextualize the contents.  RECOMMENDED!
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $19.99

by Lynda Barry
The professor is back and class is now in session!  From the moment you lay eyes on this anti-professorial text book disguised as a student's composition book (which, of course, it also is; as Lynda Barry is nothing if not a life-long learner) you know you are going to be in for a treat.  You know this book is going to be different.  You know that you will gradually realize that you don't know. At the outset, Barry
(self-designated as Professor Long-Title) states that Syllabus is, "a book of notes, drawings, and syllabi I kept during my first three years of teaching in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The chronology is rough and mixed up in places but all kept by hand on pages of either legal pads or in standard black and white marbled composition notebooks."  Syllabus asks:  "What is an image?"  But Lynda Barry knows that no book can answer this question by itself, that it is up to the reader, and so she guides us through "the unthinkable mind" in order to discover "what it is" and so be able to "write what you see" and ultimately be at one with "making comics."  Not only will you see her lessons and observations, but also a judicious and seamlessly integrated selection of students' work and turned-in assignments. (check out these preview shots to rev up your anticipation another notch)   This facsimile is sure to inspire many an actual composition-book filling and what could be better than that?  And, as a supplement to her Syllabus, you might want to make a visit to Lynda Barry's Tumblr page, The Near Sighted Monkey, where, when class is in session (and even when it's not), you'll get the chance to learn along with Lynda as well as occasionally get a look at what her students are up to.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77


by Andrew Rae
Another fabulously produced, full colour, hardcover NoBrow graphic novel is here, and it's designed with indy rock music fans – and, especially, the budding musicians among them – in mind.  It's about how being different – like, for example, having a moon for a head – makes life different and how that alters viewpoints and changes life paths – like, for example, becoming an indy rock musician.  Lush full color art depicts the development of Moonhead's person and career, and includes plenty of nods and references that will resonate with the initiated.  Here's a review (accompanied by a very generous preview) by Big Boing Boinger, internet writer (whose upcoming book, Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age, we'll have in soon) and comics scripter, Cory Doctorow (whose recent collaboration with Jen Wang, In Real Life, we'll be posting about here before long).

retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $22.22


The Secret History of Wonder Woman
by Jill Lepore
Wonder Woman appears to be undergoing a cultural renaissance at the moment, and this epic tome by Harvard scholar and New Yorker staff writer, Jill Lepore is right at the heart of the storm.  While much of what falls under the rubric of "secret history" has been common knowledge to old school comic fans for decades, Ms. Lepore does manage to uncover a few bits that will be news to all but the inner circle, and, more importantly, contextualizes the history of Wonder Woman within the overarching history of women in America, and American cultural history in general, and in the process provides keys that unlock hidden reserves of cultural and intellectual capital that have been residing in this costumed character all along.  There's a quite lengthy piece she wrote for the New Yorker which provides a distillation of some of the book's points, "The Last Amazon," which is certainly well worth the time of anyone interested in Wonder Woman's backstory.  Do yourself a favor and set aside a half hour to read it, and should you feel left wanting more at the end, you'll kneed to look no further.

retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.75



Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1-2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set
by Ed Piskor
OK, Hip Hop fans, here's the deal.  This item is a deluxe box-set, with a twist.  What we have here is a textured slip-case containing both of the volumes of Hip Hop Family Tree that have been released to date – BUT, while the contents of each volume contained in this box set is identical to the stand-alone volumes, each of the volumes has a new and completely different cover PLUS, this box also contains a 24-page comic book — Hip Hop Family Tree #300 — specifically made for this boxed set.  This is a mock Image Comics-era "ashcan" edition that deconstructs the comic book production process while presenting an epic Hip Hop / Comic Book crossover tale of the Rob Liefeld / Spike Lee team-up that occurred in the process of making a Levi Jeans TV commercial; with special appearance by Eazy E.  And we're offering a special price on this that works out to basically the same cost as the two stand alone volumes, making this a value-priced point of entry to the series.
retail price - $59.99  copacetic price - $49.99

Cartozia Tales #1-6
edited by Isaac Cates

CT5An ambitious, well thought out and nicely produced and printed new (well, kind of) anthology title, Cartozia Tales features an ongoing series of related, sometimes interconnecting tales all set in the same fictional world.  It's a bit more complex than this cursory description allows, but readers will quickly discover this on their own.  There is a regular ongoing group of artists and writers who return each issue.  This group includes series editor, Cates, Shawn Cheng, Sarah Becan, Tom Motley, Jen Vaughn, Lupi McGinty, Lucy Bellwood and Mike Wenthe.  This core group is then joined each issue by special guest artists, which so far include Dylan Horrocks, James Kochalka, Corinne Mucha, Luke Pearson, Matt Weigle, Sally Madden, Kevin Cannon and many others.  Each 6" x 9" issue runs 40-44 pages and is printed on heavy off white stock with card stock covers.  Some issues include added bonuses such as cardboard cut-out "paper dolls" with their own cut-out paper outfits (#2), fold out maps (#5), a board game (#6).  This is a engaging and well done series that shows continued promise; it also stands to fill the vacancy left with the demise of the similarly excellent, but sadly erstwhile comics anthology, Papercutter.  Based on the infromation contained in the Kickstarter for this project, it seems as though the series will only run for ten issues... but we're hoping that they're having such a good time doing it that they decide to continue.  Regardless, this series is well worth a look!
retail price - $6.00@  copacetic price - $6.00@

by Frank Santoro
Out of the blue, it's an all new work by Frank Santoro!  Morgan is a nearly wordless, 32 page, horizontally formatted, 6.5" x 5" Risograph printed in royal purple.  Myth and symbol merge in a series of sensual images that link nature, sexuality and power within a framework that hinges on the inherently deceptive character of appearances. Once again, it's all about the spread.  The narrative of Morgan is biplanar in construction, grounded in two, alternating modes of perception – asserting any fixed view of "reality" (or history) as being inherently unstable, illusory and based on self-deception, willful or otherwise – and challenges the reader to synthesize the story's latent content in the collision at the center:  to read each image first individually and then in tandem, the spread as a single unit; to incorporate the basic principle of Eisensteinian montage in simultaneously reading both images to identify a new, synthetic meaning that rises out of their combination.  The uniform sensuality of both the drawings and the images serves to formally adhere the layers, while momentum is built through parallel storytelling occurring on two planes of reality, primarily – but not solely – represented across the spread, and the climax occurs at their intersection.  All this in 32 highly compacted images.  Needless to say, you'll want to read this one through multiple times.  Anyone unfamiliar with the Arthurian legend and/or Morgan Le Fay's role – which has been, over the centuries, highly mutable and often debated – is hereby directed to delve a bit deeper into this foundational legend that is a primogenitor for much in Western myth, including a significant swath of that underpinning the heroic fantasy genre, aka superheroes.'s Morgan Le Fay page is one good place to start as it includes a bibliography of sources for further reading.  Santoro's Morgan has been produced in an edition of a mere 200 copies, so don't snooze on this one!

retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $8.00

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 (Vols. 1 - 2) Gift Box Set
– Softcover
by Charles Schulz; w/ intros by Walter Cronkite and Garrison Keillor
Anyone who missed out on the initial hardcover iteration of Fantagraphics' Complete Collected Peanuts, now has a second chance to start in right at the beginning of the softcover edition of the series with the attractive and quite reasonably priced two-volume, slipcased set of the first four + years of Peanuts strips (dailies and Sundays!) just released in time for the holidays.

tail price - $39.99
  copacetic price - $35.00

Cringe: An Anthology of Embarrassment
edited by by Peter S. Conrad
This is anthology is aptly titled. Within its 112 pages readers will encounter over two dozen tales of mortal embarrassment nearly all of which have at least one cringe-worthy moment.  Inadvertent insults, awkward and/or accidental sexualizations, plenty of dumb moves –major and minor, failed bowel control, errors of judgment galore – often due to drug and/or alcohol induced impairment, and plenty more are graphically detailed here by the likes of Cara Bean, Jeffrey Brown, Elijah Brubaker, Box Brown, Chad Essley, Shaenon Garrity, Julia Gfr๖rer, Victor Kerlow, Fred Noland, Adam Pasion, and many others.  The cringes will come hard and fast as readers make their way through this anthology, which perhaps begs the question, "why would anyone want to read this?"  The answer is, of course, that we've all had moments of terrible embarrassment, so it can come as a relief to know that, here, as in so many things, we're not alone, and as embarrassing as may have been for us, there's a good chance someone else had it worse.  And there's something to be said for the community building powers of sharing personal mistakes and errors in judgement.  Some might squirm and think TMI, but we'd guess that most would feel a little bit closer to their fellow human beings after reading something like this
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $7.25

WNWhat Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present
edited by Dan Nadel
Dan Nadel strikes again!  What Nerve! is a unique and original amalgamation of -- as the sub-title succinctly states -- alternative figures in American art, 1960 to the present.  Here together under one cover for the first time are a widely diverse, and, at least at first glance, wildly divergent artists.  Only in this collection will you find work by The Hairy Who's Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt and Karl Wirsum along side of Destroy All Monster's Mike Kelly, Niagara and Jim Shaw alongside Jack Kirby and H.C. Westermann, Gary Panter and Forcefield's Mat Brinkman, Ara Peterson, Jim Drain and Leif Goldberg... and many more besides!  What Nerve! accompanies an exhibit of the same name running at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum from 19 September 2014 thorugh 4 January 2015 that was put together with Judith Tannenbaum.  The book is dvided into ten sections, each devoted to a particular artist or group of artists, and each accompanied by an essay written by a diverse body of art scholars including Nicole Rudick, Robert Cozzolino, Naomi Fry and, of course, Nadel himself.  Check out publisher D.A.P.'s page on the book where you will be able to take in the rave reviews and links to further info.  Once you spend some time with this collection, the connections amidst the diversity become manifest and a fresh narrative emerges.

retail price - $40.00  copacetic price - $36.00

Items from our November 2014 listings (and plenty more besides) are also up at our eComerce site,

New for October 2014

The Lonesome Go
by Tim Lane
The long awaited follow up volume to Abandoned Cars has arrived.  The Lonesome Go is a giant oversize volume packed with more carefully placed ink lines than any book this side of Black HoleTaking a hint from the Legend of Duluoz, St. Louis resident and Washington University lecturer, Tim Lane takes a turn down a Lost Highway  on a Savage Night, where A Good Man Is Hard to Find and a sprawling chaos of comics ensues, recorded employing a visual lexicon that is part Charles Biro and part Charles Burns and shines a light on those parts of the American psyche that are usually left festering in the dark, all in the service of creating an acutely observed and fully realized vision that will knock your socks off.  The work contained in this volume – some of which has previously seen the light of day in Lane's self-published series, Happy Hour in America, some in other various and sundry publications, and some here for the first time – is suffused with the spirit of the 20th century – "The American Century":  Train engines, boxcars, tracks, yards, switches, signals; warehouses, factories, back alley hotels, bars and nightclubs constructed of bricks, wood beams, iron and steel, all connected by heavily riveted bridges that are mystically immune to rust; hobos, psychos, the helpless, the hopeless; coffee, cigarettes, booze of all stripes; guns, knives, truncheons, lead pipes.  This volume is not for the faint of heart.  Truly Hollow Men haunt these pages, where sadism mixes with the violence of a nonchalant misanthropy which is even more frightening.  Adventure and risk are here, as well – as one would expect from the Great American Mythological Drama that Lane is crafting here.  Yes, all is delineated with grim, determined care, to ensure the reader doesn't miss a thing, but there is also poetry here, of a decidedly romantic bent, that evokes – to simultaneously celebrate and mourn – the America that is no more...
retail price - $39.99  copacetic price - $33.75

AoLAn Age of License: A Travelogue
by Lucy Knisley

Here's an engaging tale of a young American woman abroad, 21st century comics style!  As opposed to the introverted tales of angst and woe that we have come to associate with the autobio comics genre, here we have an extroverted (and, as it turns out, exogamous) tale of European adventure wherein our heroine heads off to gain new experiences and fresh perspectives, in what is, after all, a travelogue.  Readers may vicariously share in her fun and far-ranging travels as well as her various interludes and escapade.  Knisley has done one previous travel memoir, 2008's French Milk,which we were only lukewarm about, but her cartooning abilities have vastly improved in the interim, and the story she has to tell this time around has a lot more going for it, so fans of travel comics, fans of autobio comics, and fans of Knisley's popular foodie comic, Relish, all have something to look forward to here in this 200 page book; a mix of black & white and full color.  Take a sneak peek at it, here in this PDF preview and see what you make of it.
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Hospital Suite

by John Porcellino

The first original, all new graphic memoir by John Porcellino is here.  Unlike previous books by Porcellino, which were all culled in  part or whole from issues of his long-running King-Cat Comics and Stories series, everything (except for four short pieces in the appendices, which most people will not have seen) in Hospital Suite appears here for the first time.  It is divided into three novella-ish sections, each of which confronts a health crisis in John's life.  The titular "Hospital Suite" provides an overview of John's first major health crisis, a mystery of pain and suffering that descended without warning; "1998" focuses on the events of this year where sounds become painful followed by the onset of OCD; and "True Anxiety" shows what happens when OCD collides with post-9/11 atmosphere of paranoia and fear.  This may sound like a giant bummer of a read, but it's not; in true King-Cat fashion, the silver lining in each cloud is revealed, and each crisis is transformed into a spiritual journey towards inner peace. 
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RHRoot Hog or Die (DVD)
a film by Dan Stafford
While we're on the subject of John Porcellino, now would be a good time to bring to your attention this documentary film which takes John P. as its subject.  Yes, you heard that correctly, Root Hog or Die is a feature length documentary film on the life and times of John Porcellino.  What's more it serves as a highly appropriate complements Hospital Suite as it too delves deeply into health issues - both physical and mental, and works to situate them in John's life story as well as contextualize them in relation to his work (although less the latter and more the former).  The film's maker, Dan Stafford – co-founder/owner/manager, with Luke James, of Kilgore Books & Comics of Denver, CO – spent years putting together this film, and roams far afield to interview both of John P.'s exes (the first of which is interviewed with John, as they sit together and reminisce about the bad old days) along with a host of other folk from Porcellino's past and present personal and professional life, including Noah van Sciver, here seemingly cast as John P.'s teen (not) sidekick, and Zack Sally, John's concerned peer.  Worthy of special note is the inclusion of a live musical performance by John with one the band's of his youth, playing at an outdoor festival; get ready to rock out with a young – and long-haired! – John P. & Co.

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ISHI Saw Him
by Nate McDonough
Dante’s Divine Comedy begins, "In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself, in a dark wood, where the direct way was lost,” establishing a narrative paradigm that has taken many twists and turns before arriving here in Pittsburgh, channeled through the ceaselessly drawing hand of Nate McDonough and taking the form of this work.  I Saw Him has been delivered to the Copacetic Made-in-Pittsburgh Table™ just in time to steep in the spirits of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, and is tailor-made to pre-chill your bones in preparation for the long winter to come.  Set in the proverbial Woods, I Saw Him communicates a mood of pervasive anxiety about mortality that may put some readers in mind of American progenitor of the tale of existential dread, Edgar Allan Poe (to whom, we can’t help but note, its protagonist bears a passing resemblance) while the setting and action may bring to mind Nathaniel Hawthorne and Jack London.  McDonough’s notes indicate that he was accessing this mode through the 20th century cinematic works of Tarkovsky and Bergman, which makes sense, but the feeling here, while arguably more old country than new world in flavor, is distinctly pre-modern.  Regardless of all precursors, the aim here has been to create a timeless sense of mortal fear, one that can plug right into our own contemporary dreads that make up the daily news.   Nate has striven to capture a wintry walk through a light snow that doubles as a metaphor for the isolating effect of mortality and delivers his strongest art yet, with subtle snow fall and cold wintery breaths exhaled in a leafless and bare forest of varying density boldly delineated in strong contrast to the surrounding whiteness and grey sky, creating an interplay of tones that together set the stage for the bringer of the terror:  the pack of roving wolves; each of which are drawn with such devotion that readers will find themselves squirming in their armchairs as they close in…  The plot is bare bones, but takes twists and turns as it moves through the woods of its theme; by the end, you too will be able to say, “I saw him.”

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edited by Whit Taylor
SCHere's a great new anthology published by 9th Art Press that features a whoppin' three dozen tales each focusing on a unique subculture.  It should come as no surprise that our civilization's growing trend towards ever-increasing specialization is accompanied by a parallel trend of ever-increasing social compartmentalization.  Aided and abetted – and in some cases entirely enabled – by all things internet, most notably, of course, the fertile soil of social media, subcultures are sprouting and thriving as never before.  This is not an unalloyed good, as some subcultures are possessed of varying degrees of toxicity, such as child porn devotees and violent extremists of all stripes up to and including "terrorists."  Yet, generally speaking, the phenomenon of subcultures is creating a new and vibrant ecosystem of human potential that will, in the long run, surely form the component bases for a spawning ground for the evolving of new and progressively adaptive ways of being that will assist humans in their braving of the new world they are in the midst of creating.  The SubCultures delved into in this anthology range from the relatively erudite circles of Esperanto speakers and ham radio operators to the freaky worlds of BIg foot enthusiasts and goth fetishists, but most revolve around varying permutations of pop culture.  This is an absorbing and intriguing anthology, and there is plenty to ponder while traversing the subcultural terrain mapped out in this volume's 200+ pages by 37 comics creators including Sam Alden, Box Brown, Andrew Greenstone, Dan Mazur, Hazel Newlevant, Liz Prince, Stevie Wilson and many other talented cartoonists. Recommended! 
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BUMF, Volume 1
by Joe Sacco
After close to two decades of literally deadly serious comics, culminating in last years epic instant, the 24-foot wide drawing of the Battle of the Somme, Sacco has with BUMF made good on his long-standing threat to produce a humorous work.  BUMF seems, at least at first glance, closer in spirit to Sacco's earlier Yahoo work (the comic book series, not the company [guess which came first; right - no surprise there; it seems like a grand tradition to lift from comics with impunity]).  Upon closer examination, however, while clearly drawn in a looser more relaxed manner than the work for which he is best known, it is not a reversion to any mean, but has more of the feel of a long awaited and much deserved vacation from the world of journalism taken in the sunny climes of cartooning.  Yet, it does not take long – one page, for those who are counting – for a cloud to pass over, a cloud that gathers in darkness 'til all is black.  Yes, while BUMF adheres to many of the conventions of cartooned humor, the content that it delivers is relentlessly bleak.  So much so, that we can't help but feel that Sacco has found
himself, at least morally and emotionally, buried alive by his years spent focused on violence and war in conflict ridden areas of the globe, and that BUMF is his attempt to dig himself out.  We're glad that this has been labelled "Vol. 1", as it feels like he has a ways to go yet...
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by Jim Woodring
Here we have it all together in one major hardcover:  the moment when Woodring burrowed deep within and discovered the teeming land of his unconscious.  Witness the transformation of his consciousness as these discoveries make their way into his drawing and, perhaps more importantly, his inked rendering of the forms of his imagination.  More than just a simple collection of comics, Jim presents readers with a quasi-scientific exploration of manifestations of mind in matter.

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WMThe Walking Man - hardcover reissue
by Jiro Taniguchi
FINALLY!  The long promised hardcover reissue of – believe it or not – the best-selling manga in Copacetic history has arrived.  The Walking Man is a sui generis work of pen and ink contemplation, a book filled with page after page of microcosmical meanderings that follow the whim of the moment, ungoverned by any societal dictate, yielding neither to appetite but only to impulse, following the life force in page after page of disciplined and reserved yet discreetly joyous artwork that sympathetically stimulates the senses in a work freed from consciously directed narrative to wander where the heart roams.  Here's what we wrote when the book was first released: "his 160-page french-flapped softcover volume collects eighteen zen-like tales of the "man who walks."  Reflective, insightful meditations on the modern, suburban condition, these stories embody the soul of manga.  While the landscape through which our hero walks is indisputably Japanese, the stories told and the lessons learned on his brief treks are indisputably universal.  Taniguchi has managed a unique feat here.  The comics work in The Walking Man is stripped of all extraneous elements.  There is a near total absence of narrative in the pieces collected in this volume.  With extraneous temporal distractions removed, the pure essence of comics remains and we are left face to face with a direct, graphic communication of the here and now.  These are comics that dig deep into the mind and trigger a panoply of sensations: the heat of the sun on one's back, a cool breeze along the side of one's face, the smell of flowers, the cold, creamy taste of ice-cream, the hard exertions of a fast run, the overall feel of the encroaching darkness, the sounds of children laughing, water flowing, a passing train... all these sensations and more are triggered by the series of images that the reader is presented with as the pages are turned and the walking man goes on his way.  To get a better idea, check out this preview.  Recommended.  And then, at any time before, during or after reading The Walking Man, we also recommend that you read the essay that laid the foundation for the philosophy (or, at the very least, its American branch) that suffuses this work, "Walking" by Henry David Thoreau.

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You Can Did It #1
YCDIby Nils Balls with Mike Carretta
There were doubters, who said this day would never come – but they were wrong!  The yinzer beer lover's comic book has arrived.  You Can Did It is a paean to the potent powers of fermented hops and the life that goes with its consumption right here in tha 'Burgh.  Mitch and Ollie are a couple of regular guys who are also regulars at their local tavern.  In a twist on the mythical origin of many a super hero icon, the pair hit upon the secret formula for the ancient ur brew – the apotheosis of ale – and life takes a turn for the better – or at least it seems to; we'll have to wait and see what the rest of the story brings.  The real enjoyment here, however, is in soaking up the genuine Pittsburgh vibe that permeates every line.  Here is a pen and ink slice of life that you can almost taste.  And, to be clear, this is not just any old comic book.  As any beer connoisseur knows, the best beers tend to be made by small-scale, "micro-" and home-brewers such as Mitch and Ollie; the same holds true in comics.  You Can Did It is a finely crafted comics work that Nils and Mike took their time on to make sure they hit all the right notes; we're here to tell you that they did it.  Readers will savor every page and smack their lips with satisfaction as they close the cover and lay it back down on the bar.  The only downside here is waiting for a refill.  It's likely to be awhile before you'll be able to toss back the next issue.  But as we all know, you can't rush quality; as with the process of fermentation, you have to take your time to get it right; you'll know when it's done.

retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00


Dog City 3
edited by Juan Fernandez
This third volume in the Dog City series of boxed comics collections is the first we've listed here for the simple reason that the others sold out before we had the chance to!  This time around we're making a point of getting the word right out with the hope that someone new will get a chance to lay their hands on one of these hand-made (in Pittsburgh and Vermont) box sets containing a baker's dozen books.  Contributors this time around are Amelia Onorato, Jenn Lisa, Allison Bannister, Tom O'Brien, Simon Reinhardt, Caitlyn Rose Boyle, Luke Healy, Sophie Goldstein, Iris Yan, Tom Dibble, Reilly Hadden, Laurel Lynn Leake, Steven Krall, Dan Rinylo and editor, Juan Fernandez.  Limited to 120 copies!

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SG3Study Group Magazine #3D
edited by Zack Soto
It was a long time coming, but the third  – and 3D! – issue of the one and only Study Group Magazine has arrived.  The centerpiece of the issue is a celebration of 3D comics, and one the form's prime progenitors, Ray Zone, who passed away in 2012.  The 3D comics start out with a celebrated Kim Deitch tale, "4-D", with separations by the only and only Ray Zone.  This is followed by a brief history of the 3D comics by Jason Little, who is responsible for all the 3D seps that follow on comics by Dan Zettwoch, Chris Cilla, Malachi Ward, and one drawn by Little himself.  But that's only the center section!  There are plenty more awesome 2D comics in full color, duo-tone and black white.  The highlight has to be the stunning twelve-page full color story by Connor Willumsen, but there is plenty more to be looking forward to here, including work by Sean T Collins and Julia Gfr๖rer, Benjamin Urkowitz, Mia Schwartz, Trevor Alixopulos and Sophie Franz, plus engaging articles –  Rob Clough on the significance of
Ryan Sands, who has played a major but little recognized behind-the-scenes role in the development of 21st century comics as an editor (Electric Ant), publisher (Youth in Decline) and translator (of manga, such as Suehiro Maruo's The Strange Tale of Panorama Island); James Romberger on William Burroughs (which includes an excellent, short comics adaptation of Burroughs by Romberger himself, "Shits versus Johnsons"; and Sean Wittzke on Scud the Disposable Assassin.  Plus "a conversation" between Milo George and Ronald Wimberly about Wimberly's hip hop inflected adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, which is follwed by a review of the same by Sarah Horrocks.  All wrapped in an amazing cover by Jim Rugg.  Bonus:  3D glasses are included with every issue! 
retail price - $16.00  copacetic price - $14.44

BAC2014Best American Comics 2014
edited by Scott McCloud; series editor Bill Kartalopoulos
Whether you've been buying this volume every year since its inception in 2006, or you've yet to give it a try, we think everyone interested in what's going on in comics should check out this volume.  After shepherding it through nearly a decade of great comics, the original series editors Jessica Abel and Matt Madden have put the series in the eminently capable hands of comics scholar  (and comics festival organizer), Bill Kartalopoulos, who has teamed up with this year's editor, the one and only Scott "Understanding Comics" McCloud to produce what we are going to go out on a limb and declare the best Best American Comics volume yet. Organized into ten thematically unified sections, each with its own introduction defining and justifying the theme and selections, the comics included in this volume range far and wide, from the recognized masters of the form such as Jaime Hernandez (whose work graces the cover), Chris Ware, Ben Katchor, Charles Burns, R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb to amazing work by the up and coming generation of cartoonists like Theo Ellsworth, Michael DeForge, Lale Westvid and Sam Alden to boundary pushing works by the likes of Aidan Koch and Erin Curry.  And there's much more!  Readers will also herein find amazing work by many other creators of all stripes, including mainstream heroic fantasy, web comics, comics for young readers, newspaper strips, works of history in comics form (like an excerpt from Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree!), some particularly intense examples of the ever popular comics memoir, and more, including work by perennial Copacetic favorites like Ron Rege, Jr. and "C.F.".  We recognize that Copacetic customers are likely to already be familiar with if not already own many of the works found here, and so may be less inclined to consider it for themselves, but we all know someone who could greatly benefit being hepped to the dazzling spectrum of comics on hand here (and we are in full agreement with Kartalopoulos's "suggestion" that the material contained  in this single volume better represents the wide array of comics today than the entire "graphic novel" section of most bookstores), so consider pointing them in this direction...

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Also available...

Best American Non-Required Reading 2014
edited by Daniel Handler

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Best American Short Stories 2014 edited by Jennifer Egan
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Best American Essays edited by John Jeremiah Sullivan
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Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 edited by Deborah Blum
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Best American Infographics 2014 edited by Gareth Cook
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Best American Poetry 2014 edited by Terrance Hayes
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Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World
edited by Monte Beauchamp
comics by Drew Friedman, Dan Zettwoch, Mark Alan Stamaty, et al
It's hard to gauge what's in store when you first espy a copy of
Masterful Marks, so we're going to let you know that, while in the world of comics you often can judge a book by it's cover,
this is one of those books that fits the old adage, as
between its staid and stolid covers is a riot of colorful comics homages to the giants of comics, by a great assemblage of currently working cartoonists.  Among the pieces you will find here are Mark Alan Stamaty on Jack Kirby, Beauchamp and Ryan Heshka on Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster, Dan Zettwoch on Tezuka Osamu, Denis Kitchen on Dr. Seuss (and yes, for those of you who don't know, he started out doing comics), Peter Kuper on Harvey Kurtzman, and Drew Friedman turns in what may be the best comics work of his career with "R. Crumb & Me."  And there's plenty more.  While we would take issue with Beauchamp's decision to include comics-packagers/promoters like Walt Disney and Hugh Hefner in the collection, presumably for commercial reasons, given their greater name recognition with the general public, we're not going to let it detract from our enjoyment of the bulk of the book.  So, make sure to pry open this one when you see it, and take a look. 

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HMHHey, Mister: Come Hell or Highwater Pants
by Pete Sickman-Garner
There's no need to despair: Pete Sickman-Garner has already done it for you!  The inherent absurdities of key aspects of the Judeo-Christian tradition, as manifested in popular religious literature, are herein literalized for laughs.  Witness the hi-jinx adventures of Satan, God, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, a horde of demons at various levels in a very "corporate America" sort of hell, and Teddy Roosevelt (don't ask) as they get in all sorts of mischief with Mister, Mary, Little Tim, a cartoon stand-in for the artist, and a cast of supporting characters composed primarily of working stiffs, misfits and social castoffs.  In many respects
HMFC, Pete Sickman-Garner's Hey, Mister clan are the southern Baptist cousins of Pete Bagge's Bradleys & Co., in their mutual revealing of the copious flies in the ointment of our American Lives, and having plenty of fun doing it.  While we are well aware that the humor on display on these pages is not for everyone, we feel that there are laughs here for those that have trouble finding them.  Downtrodden, depressed and dejected?  Look no further.  BONUS:  To add to the levitical levity, we are throwing in a FREE copy of the previous Hey, Mister volume, The Fall Collection, with every purchase of Come Hell or Highwater Pants
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New for September 2014

SSSugar Skull
by Charles Burns
Charles Burns has been creating and publishing his own unique brand of finely polished comics of life on the edge of sanity for well over thirty years.  He forged an instantly recognizable pen and ink style from his earliest outings on, one that has influenced legions of comickers and illustrators (and writers and filmmakers) around the globe.  He was a key contributor to RAW Magazine and helped redefine, as well as expand the boundaries of, comics during the 1980s.  He has produced numerous genre-defying works such as El Borbah, Big Baby, and Black Hole – and he's still going strong!  Sugar Skull is the third and final volume in the trilogy that began with X'ed Out and continued in The HiveWhile this trilogy has taken Burns over five years to complete, that is just the tip of the iceberg, for it has spent almost a lifetime gestating.  Its earliest roots are in Burns's childhood love for / obsession with Herg้'s classic series of TinTin albums.  This is the frame onto which Burns stretches his canvas and paints an elaborate, multifaceted and multidimensional (multiversal?) portrait of fantastic inner landscapes as seen through his mind's eye. Drug addled confusion mingles with late nights, odd ball performers, and punk rock femme fatales, precipitating failures in psychological integration which turn reality inside out, wherein comic book inspired dreams become real.  It doesn't get any better than this.
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by Simon Hanselmann
Working under the radar of North American comics fans for years, this Tasmanian native currently residing in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, has at last crashed through the invisible barrier and has arrived on our shores with a big splash.  With his characters Megg, Mogg and Owl (along with a supporting cast foremost among whom is Werewolf Jones) Hanselmann has created the apotheosis of the Stoner Roommates Drama (SRD) that has a long and distinguished lineage dating back to Gilbert Shelton's The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, includes the denizens of Pete Bagge's Hate, and whose most direct precursors are to be found in the pages of Paper Rad (Ben Jones, particularly) and Matt Furie's Boys Club.  The comics here, along with those Simon has produced for 'Truth Zone' and elsewhere threaten to be the last word on the subject.  Get an idea of what we're going on about with this PDF preview, then, get up to speed with  Simon H. circa 2013, here and/or circa 2014, here.  The first printing has sold out – BUT, the second printing is already on its way, so just hold on a little bit longer...
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Lose #6

by Michael DeForge
Lose continues!  This is the first new issue since the release of The Body Beneath collection, and it's all new.  The bulk of this issue is taken up by a single epic of psychological exploration:  "Me As a Baby."  You'll need to read it twice; you'll likely want to read it a few more times, just for good measure.  Michael is currently touring with Simon (see above) and Patrick (see below) – so watch for them at a city near you.  Here's their tour schedule.
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $7.25

Distance Mover
by Patrick Kyle
Editor of comics anthology, Wowee Zonk and creator of Black Mass, north-of-the-border cartoonist, Patrick Kyle brings a heightened level of formalism to Distance Mover.  Printed entirely in blue and gold and dispensing entirely with panels and ruled borders, Kyle explores the interior space of the comic book page, tweaking and twisting temporal expectations and experiences with a morphing narrative that allows borders and gutters to organically emerge – or disappear, as forms and characters merge and overlap.  No less a formalist than Jordan Crane waxes, "Pure comics heartbreakingly swift in its speed and span, Distance Mover is heady and hilarious, high and low, a tightly wound breakneck paced science fictions epic, full of calmanity and beauty.  Quite literally this book will bend and blend your mind with tie and space.  Read it, and move great distances."

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  copacetic price - $17.77

by Gilbert Hernandez
Gilbert's follow up to 2013's Marble Season, Bumperhead is another full-size, hardcover graphic novel from
Drawn & Quarterly, but it is much more than just a follow up.
  It's not going too far out on a limb to proclaim Bumperhead Gilbert's most fully realized work outside of the Love and Rockets continuity.  He is in the zone here, playing to his strengths as a storyteller and artist as he relates life events, group dynamics and how all is rooted in the family to character formation and the Hernandezian Arc of Life™.  It's almost magic the way Bumperhead's players are brought so vibrantly to life that the reader comes away feeling that they know the pen & ink people that populate this volume's pages, especially – and unsurprisingly – the girls/women (as they mature and age as well [or not, as seems to be the case with the character that seems to be intended as the manifestation of a Platonic ideal]).  Divided into five sections, Bumperhead provides a highly condensed life story of a Mexican-American member of the generation that came of age during the punk rock era, from childhood to middle age.  It is presented in a historical frame that roughly parallels that of Gilbert's own, with a focus on the musical evolution that took place in the early to mid-seventies rock from prog and glam to punk and hard core that is filled with band and LP references that will ring a bell in anyone conversant with the music of that era and/or Gilbert's own musical history and taste.  There are several unexpected/unusual twists – like a character who walks around with an iPad... in the 1970s!  This is a narrative device that takes a moment to get used to; it feels like Gilbert had the urge to do it and just went with it (you can almost hear him saying, "if they don't get it, fuck 'em") ... and he manages to pull it off as a sort of quasi-Brechtian chorus-like [Verfremdungseffekt] device to reference our contemporary consciousness.  Like Marble Season, this is at most a semi-autobiographical work and most definitely not "the Gilbert Hernandez Story" (not even a roman clef).  That said, it is nevertheless almost irresistible to attempt to tease out what is taken from Gilbert's own personal experiences and what is novelistic invention; in the process adding another layer of enjoyment for the long time fan; speaking of which, this is a book that is sure to resonate with and be savored (and treasured!) by the original generation of Love and Rockets readers, but one that will also, of course, be easily enjoyed by any and all comics readers – especially those whose identities are inextricably entwined with their life's mix-tape soundtrack.  RECOMMENDED!   
retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $19.75


Luba and Her Family
by Gilbert Hernandez
Finally, another Gilbert volume in the updated format of the complete Love and Rockets collection.  Luba and Her Family marks the tenth volume in the series.  This 228 pages of comics in this volume encompass Gilbert's work from Measles #1 - 8, New Love #1 - 6, Luba #1 - 4 and Luba's Comics & Stories #1.  Savor and enjoy.

retail price - $18.88  copacetic price - $14.99

SL Shoplifter
by Michael Cho
Born in South Korea, but immigrating to Canada at age six and a current resident of Toronto, Michael Cho is a widely respected illustrator who moonlights as a comics creator.  Shoplifter is his first graphic novel, and an impressive debut it is. In its pages, Cho manages the feat of creating an elegant synthesis of contemporary Canadian cartooning.  Combining the deftly dynamic page layouts of Darwyn Cooke, J.Bone & Jay Stephens, the reflective ennui of Seth, the urban introversion of Chester Brown and the urbane sophistication of Ethan Rilly into finely nuanced work of life in that part of North America that continues to swear allegiance to the Queen.  The story told in Shoplifter is that of one young woman's lonely struggle to find her place in world.  The tale is solidly constructed, well balanced, filled with strongly delineated characters and likely to please the readers it is intended for.  Comparisons with the work of Adrian Tomine are, perhaps, inevitable.  While there are certainly numerous points of contact between the two artists' work, Cho's protagonist, Corrina Park, is cut from a different cloth than Tomine's superficially similar young working women, demonstrating a greater vulnerability, naivete and sincerity, in contrast to Tomine's generally more jaded and sarcastic heroines, and Shoplifter ends on a more upbeat and hopeful note than the typical Tomine narrative. There is one important quality shared by Cho and Tomine:  they are both top notch cartoonists who produce excellent work.

retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

Get Over It
by Corinne Mucha
Ms. Mucha is a prolific creator of comics, having produced work for a number of excellent anthologies such as Papercutter, along with stand alone works such as the Xeric funded My Alaskan Summer, the Ignatz award winning, "The Monkey in the Basement and Other Delusions" (Retrofit Comics), and the young adult graphic novel, Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations and Other Nonsense.   Here, in Get Over It, she delves into the pain and heartbreak of a failed relationship –  first d
iscovering, then confronting, and finally healing – in a graphic memoir that shows her continuing to grow as a cartoonist.
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $13.75


Amulet, Book 6 - Escape from Lucien
by Kazuo Kibuishi
The hit series returns, after a two year hiatus. 

retail price - $12.99  copacetic price - $11.75


Nightworld #2
by Paolo Leandri & Adam McGovern
Leandri and McGovern are back with their 21st Century take on the Kirby-Lee method of producing multi-level comics that edify while they entertain, as we travel together to Nightworld "In the Midnight Hour."

retail price - $3.99  copacetic price - $3.99


Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2
by Tom Scioli s/ John Barber
And the non-stop mega-action continues here in the latest installment from the Scioli-verse™; this time around you have your choice of covers by Scioli or "Edifying" Ed Piskor.

retail price - $3.99  copacetic price - $3.99

Maple Key Comics 3

edited by Joyana McDiarmid
There's nothing else like Maple Key Comics currently on the US small press market, as it follows the Manga model of a big, fat – each issue is over 250 pages – regularly published book of ongoing comics serials.  Unique, hybrid comics abound in its pages:  Science fiction / Teen romance, nautical adventure/romance, funny animal / auto-bio – you won’t find these types of comics together under one cover anywhere else!  There are a baker's dozen continuing, serialized tales here, all that began in the first issue, and several of which conclude here, with most continuing on. There are also a few new, stand alone tales by newcomers including Rebecca Roher's "Primordial Soup" and Anna McGlynn's Lynda Barry-esque tale, "Like Water", which, respectively, open and close this issue.  Check it out! 

retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $13.75

HotCHeroes of the Comics
by Drew Friedman
A heartfelt homage to one man's own personal pantheon, Heroes of the Comics is filled with a series of two page spreads offering a lovingly detailed drawn portrait (warts and all, naturellement!) on the one page, and an equally reverential (barbs and all) on the facing page; together combining to provide the reader with a bevy of comics titans that is sure to largely overlap with any American comic reader's within the vicinity of Friedman's demographic, but – crucially to this book's value and appeal – there are also sure to be plenty of surprises, as Friedman is not just any old comics book fan, no! – he is a borderline obsessive and his knowledge of these comickers of days gone by is greater that yours or mine and he shares it with us all here in these page.  So, sit back in your easy chair, click on your reading light and have your internet connected device ready to look up all the heretofore unknown to you comics creators whose work you will be able to look forward to discovering after having made your way through this book.  Needless to say (but, of course, we''ll say it anyway; you knew we would) this would make a swell gift for the die hard old school comics fan on your list. 
Years in the making, Drew Friedman's epic mash note to the bygone greats of comics has at last arrived, and what a treat it is.  Talent, not fame, is the key to entry here, so we have titans of the industry such as Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Steve Ditko and Stan Lee rubbing shoulders with collector favorites like Ogden Whitney, Boody Rogers, Dick Briefer and Ramona Fradon – and many more in between.  Also included are industry figures such as Max Gaines and Harry Chesler, and with a nod to history, the book closes with Frederic Wertham!  Over 80 portraits in all – and what portraits they are!  Dig in now with this 21-page PDF preview that includes Drew's introduction as well as the table of contents, where you'll see unfamiliar names mingling together with the known greats.  Enjoy!
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by Wallace Wood & Co.
One of the classic old school greats of comic book illustration, Wallace Wood was also among the earliest champions of creator rights for cartoonists, and Witzend was perhaps his most important legacy in this regard.  Produced during the heyday of underground comics, Wood saw that "the kids" were taking control – and creative ownership – of their work.  As, of course, had his colleague, Harvey Kurtzman with Humbug & Help.  Witzend was Wood's contribution to evolving the commercial framework in which comics were made and sold, and the comics  and supporting material herein produced reflect these aims.  Fantagraphics has produced the definitive collection here in this full size, two-volume, slipcased edition.  And, realizing that they're going to have to go the extra mile to convince readers to part with the hefty chunk of change that is required to purchase this masterwork*, Fantagraphics has provided their biggest ever PDF preview.  Do yourself a favor and check it out.  *(
here at Copacetic, we've done our part to ease the pain by offering an extra hefty discount; see below).
retail price - $125.00  copacetic price - $93.75

BCThe Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell
The Bone Clocks is a book into which Mitchell tries to squeeze in everything under the sun, and moon, and, especially, that which is under neither.  He
opens up literature's bag of tricks and grabs everything he can carry.  He starts with the framework of a classic 19th century British novel – think George Eliot – and works in the likes of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, Twin Peaks, and Mai, the Psychic Girl, before delivering an action-packed, climactic denouement that is possibly the closest a work of prose has come to portraying a cosmic Marvel Comics superhero battle; roughly the equivalent of pitting Dr. Strange and the X-Men against Dormammu, Eternity and Magneto in the Dark Dimension (penciled by Steve Ditko in mid-60s but then shelved for twenty years and inked by Bill Sienkiewicz in the mid-80s).  The entire work is constructed in a series of Mitchell's trademarked, finely crafted first-person voices, each occupying their own temporal slot.  The overarching narrative is propulsive, but also meditative, and it is the meditative component that is the most compelling.  More than anything, The Bone Clocks is a work about the role of literature – all literatures:  secular, religious, fictive, scientific, mythological – in linking together mortal humans in an immortal chain of knowledge, wisdom and tradition that is made possible by the creation and implementation of symbolic systems, such as – one among many – the English language.  While each of us individually is destined to shuffle off this mortal coil, collectively we experience immortality through our interactions with the works of art and literature that withstand the tests of time, wherein we are immersed in a stream that is simultaneously connected to both the past and future.
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The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning
by Marcelo Gleiser
A good book to read after finishing Bone Clocks?  Check in with this review on and/or this one at The Nation and/or  listen in on this conversation with Dr. Gleiser on KERA and see what you think.
retail price - $28.99  copacetic price - $25.75

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