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New for February 2018

WhyWhy Art?
by Eleanor Davis
In her Fantagraphics follow-up to How to Be Happy, Davis opts for a similarly archly refractive title.  Why Art? (Fourth Edition) does not present an expository answer to the question its title poses, but it does, like its forerunner, embody a through-composed approach to its subject that could be construed to do so.  It is a highly personal and idiosyncratic approach, savvy yet bittersweet, and one that takes a surprising – and intriguing – twist that longtime comics readers will recognize as a thematic recapitulation of the late-'50s/early-'60s work of Steve Ditko(!).  The book's signal achievement is to present an examination of Art from the perspective of Comics.  This tacking maneuver is hinted at right at the start, in Davis's suggestive decision to employ an inverse of the color scheme of the Greek urns of classical antiquity (sandstone orange figures on black, as opposed to the classical black figures on a sandstone orange field).  These urns can be considered as ur comics due to their depictions of sequential/narrative actions, thus bringing the question of the relationship of Comics and Art to the dawn of Western tradition.  And this questioning continues through the work's narrative of comics as art imitating life imitating art imitating life, ad infinitum.  After a century in which the old world of Art colonized, appropriated, co-opted and exploited the natural resources of the world of Comics, Why Art?  turns the tables and, taking a distinctly new world (aka American) stance, incorporates Art as a key linguistic unit within an egalitarian and democratic language system constituted by Comics (while, in must be said, nevertheless also maintaining an apocalyptic teleology largely derived from Judeo-Christian tradition [see Steve Ditko]).  It's about time.

retail price - $14.99  copacetic price - $12.75

JazzTotal Jazz

by Blutch
We were excited enough by this book's publication that we ordered it – from France – in it's original French language release (resulting in us charging more than twice as much as we are for this North American release!).  While, of course, there have been comics about jazz in the past – some of the best of which, intriguingly, have also originated in Europe – in Total Jazz, Blutch, comics master that he is, has done more than most to bring the spirit of jazz to its representation in comics form; working towards translating the jazz ethos of improvisation within formal compositions into the language of comics.  While many of the short pieces collected here are brief anecdotes with varying degrees of both sly and straightforward humor, there is a variability in their representational modes that, again, embodies the jazz spirit of experimentation and risk taking. Taken together as a whole, Total Jazz is a comics milestone.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.75


Inside Moebius, Part 1
by Moebius
It's here!  The North American debut – and the first time in English – of Moebius's meta-comics work in which he explores the realm of consciousness through comics interactions with his own comics creations.  How are representational modes related to forms of consciousness?  It's time to find out, with Moebius as our guide...
retail price - $34.95  copacetic price - $29.75


Compulsive Comics
by Eric Haven
All Eric Haven's early, hard-to-find classics have at last been collected in Compulsive Comics, just released by Fantagraphics. In the pages of this 144 page flexi-bound compendium readers will be treated to the entirety of the first three issues of Tales To Demolish, The Aviatrix one-shot, the ultra-rare Ultralone mini-comic and the never-before-published "The Accuser"!  These tales are tailor made for long suffering old school comics readers who want the joy of the form of the classic genre tales of yore along with a knowing laugh at themselves for their predilections. 
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.75

BrazenBrazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World
by P้n้lope Bagieu; translated into English by Montana Kane.
P้n้lope Bagieu's Brazen is a collection of 29 comics biographies originally created for the French newspaper, Le Monde.  Employing a clear concise line and limited but playful color palette, for the most part within a well thought out nine-panel grid layout, Bagieu's work is eminently readable, and one finishes this 300 page volume ready for more.  Each of these pithy bios is informative and fun, pulling off the coveted accomplishment of entertaining while educating.  In other words, they're great comics!  And, as an added bonus, each bio is topped off with a celebratory double-page splash illustration.  All wrapped up in a great package for a great price!  Among those rebel ladies whose lives and achievments are featured are Tove Jansson, Josephine Baker, Delia Akely, Betty Davis, Nelly Bly, Hedy Lamarr, Temple Grandin, Las Mariposas, The Shaggs(!), and twenty others who, while perhaps less well known, have achievements and life-stories that are every bit as engaging.  The stories here are so engaging that they will, in many instances, leave readers curious to learn more about their subjects (which particular subjects are likely to be different for each reader).  In fact, we fully expect these brief bios to inspire more than one full-length comics biography.  Read a quickie interview with Bagieu on The Nerdist, HERE.
tail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $15.75

Red Colored Elegy
by Seiichi Hayashi
Finally!  A new – and very improved – edition of Seiichi Hayashi's manga masterpiece of alienation has been releasesd by Drawn and quarterly.  This new edition has a nice heft and feel, and the design has been slightly tweaked for a mild aesthetic improvement, but the big change is the addition of a 60 page, illustrated essay by manga/gekiga/Garo scholar, Ryan Homberg.  The inclusion of this essay will enable all readers to better situate Hayashi's work in manga history and better appreciate his achievements.  As Red Colored Elegy is over 45 years old, and Hayashi's work is far from typical manga fare, Holmberg's essay is a crucial improvement to this book, which we reviewed upon its original release, HERE.  Recommended.
retail price - $22.95  copacetic price - $20.00

Black Comix Returns
edited by Damian Duffy & John Jennings
Black Comix Returns
 is a giant-size celebration of black comics, primarily, if not wholly, made in North America. This massive, oversized, full color, 200 page hardcover showcases an amazing variety of work ranging from epic heroic fantasy to intimate personal reflection that incorporates plenty of astute social observations and savvy political commentary along the way.  The contributors to this volume are far too numerous to list them all here, but include many artists whose work Copacetic regulars will be familiar with, such as Keith Knight, Ben Passmore, Whit Taylor and Ron Wimberly, along with plenty of new talents to discover here for the first time!
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.75

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New for January 2018

Angels and Magpies

by Jaime Hernandez
Anyone who has yet to experience the masterpieces collected in this hefty, budget-priced volume now has the chance to start the new year off with a deepened appreciation of the human condition – and the expressive capacities of comics.  Angels and Magpies,  the latest in the uniform softcover edition of Love and Rockets, brings together the meta-comics masterwork, God and Science and the unparalleled presentation of the processes of character formation, fate and destiny that is The Love Bunglers, in which readers are offered the opportunity to gaze into their own souls through the mirror of Maggie Chascarrillo.  PLUS:  the hard to find story, "La Maggie la Loca / Gold Diggers of 1969", from the long out of print Love and Rockets v.2 #20! 
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $15.99


Love and Rockets: Volume IV #4
by Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez
And then, you can keep going strong and carry on with the latest issue of the World's Greatest Comics Magazine, as the new Love and Rockets is here!  It's the flashback issue as we head back into the halcyon days of yore with Maggie & Hopey and Pipo and Carmen (and Manuel and Luba and...).  Plus more!
retail price - $4.99  copacetic price - $4.44


The Green Hand and Other Stories

by Nicole Claveloux; introduction by Daniel Clowes
Nicole Claveloux's amazing work has at long last been collected stateside, in this full-size hardcover volume from New York Review Comics.  Long time comics readers may be familiar with her work from the earlier issues of Heavy Metal.  Regardless of whether you've ever seen her work or not (and we suspect that for most, it's not) be prepared to have your socks knocked off, as these pieces really make an impact when taken all together here.  This power packed selection has been put together by Daniel Clowes – who also designed the book and penned the introduction (it's safe to say he is a fan).  We posted a few interior shots on Instagram, HERE.  Check it out!
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $21.75


Mister Morgen

by Igor Hofbauer
Croatian comics superstar, Igor Hofbauer at last makes it to North America, courtesy of Canadian comics publisher, Conundrum.  Soviet-era-inflected design and motifs seamlessly integrate with  with dreamlike, dystopian narratives.  Charles Burns meets Aleksandr Rodchenko  Check it out.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $21.75


Now #2

by Eric Reynolds, Dash Shaw, Fabio Zimbres, Ariel Lopez V., et al
The second issue of Now has arrived, poppin' full with a great variety of fresh comics!  Edited by Eric Reynolds, it includes a new story by Dash Shaw along with South American cartoonists Ariel Lopez V. and Fabio Zimbres; Spanish cartoonist Conxita Herrero: Canadian artist and musician Nick Thorburn (of the bands Unicorns and Islands); Finnish cartoonist Tommi Musturi;  Sammy Harkham, Joshua Cotter, Graham Chaffee, Anuj Shrestha, Andrice Arp, and it all comes to a close with a full color one-pager by Joseph Remnant that's an instant classic!
retail price - $9.99  copacetic price - $8.75

HDB4Hot Dog Beach #4
by Lale Westvind
They're back!  Mop & Fuzz, along with Mr. Biznass, Wendy and Jazzy Milkman have returned for a 25 page, high-octane epic of wo/man and ma/chine.  These are highly kinetic comics that leap straight off the page.  Designed to discombobulate your langauge processors, the lines on paper that make up Hot Dog Beach will hotwire your brain, pry it away from your internet-connected devices and plug it right back into your body where it belongs.  Feel the vibrations.... Don't miss it!
retail price - $6.00  copacetic price - $5.00


Comix Skool USA #10

by Kevin Huizenga
#10 is the food issue... Just kidding!  This sumptuous image gracing this full color cover printed on cardstock is more likely meant to symbolize the multi-course feast of comics knowledge that awaits readers within. There's plenty of intellectually nutritious food for thought in these 32 pages that are chock full of instructive images & texts.  Dig in!
tail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00


No Better Words
by Carolyn Nowak
Here's a super-sexy 28 page full color comic book created with consummate cartooning craft that provides a full-bodied expression of unapologetic female desire, and its navigation in the era of smart phones and Uber (but some things never change...).
tail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $4.50


Dalston Monsterzz
by Dilraj Mann
Dilraj Mann's Dalston Monsterzz is a super snazzy A4 size full color hardcover published by NoBrow press and printed on nice flat white FSC stock in Latvia. Set in East London in the not-too-distant future, it concerns age-old themes of friendship, love, corruption, power and... monsters!  Definitely worth a look.  Imagine a young Paul Pope supplied with the latest in comics making technology, and inspired after nightclubbing in London, and you'll have an inkling as to what's going on in this stylish, culturally savvy fantasy adventure.  We got our copies a bit ahead of schedule, and posted a few pics on Instagram, HERE, so take a look.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.75


The Lie and How We Told It
by Tommi Parrish
Tommi Parrish has been producing handmade, self-published and small press comics and now here's their Fantagraphics debut graphic novel.  The work presented in this full size hardcover takes an intriguing visual approach to couching its narrative of relationships and social groups, employing an alternating black & white "clear line" presentation, with lush, fully painted color.  Worth a look.  For now, check out this new interview with Parrish, just up on TCJ, HERE.
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $21.75


My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea - DVD
Directed by Dash Shaw
For anyone who has yet to hear, yes, it's true:  Dash Shaw has made a feature-length animation that is now available on DVD – and it is now in stock at Copacetic! (there is also a Blu-Ray, but we don't have that as of yet).  Here's the Guardian Review.
retail price - $16.99  copacetic price - $13.75


Transformers vs. G.I. Joe: The Quintessential Collection
by Tom Scioli
Transformers and GI Joe each – and together – get a mythic makeover in Tom Scioli's epic re-envisioning. This massive hardcover collects all 13 issues of his IDW series, including all covers and variants, PLUS the all new Transformers vs. G. I. Joe: The Movie Adaptation and TONS of bonus material, to make it THE definitive edition of this made-in-Pittsburgh mythos.
retail price - $49.99  copacetic price - $42.75


The Master Race and Other Stories
by Bernie Krigstein
Finally, B. Krigstein gets the Fantagraphics EC auteur treatment.  This hardcover collection presents his most significant work for EC, including the masterful and immensely influential title story; all in black and white.
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.75


R. Crumb: From the Underground to Genesis
by R. Crumb, Todd Hignite
In case anyone needs a reminder of R. CRUMB's genius, here's an English language edition – essay by Todd Hignite – of the catalogue of his recent exhibition at the Mus้e d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris. While acknowledging that not all R. Crumb is for everyone and that some of his work appears highly problematic in the light of today, there is no disputing his genius.  There are tons of great reproductions of original art, including rarely – if not never before – seen alternative covers, sketchbook drawings, and more, in this oversize hardcover edition.
retail price - $49.99  copacetic price - $42.75

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New for December 2017

A Giant Batch of Comics from Grafiskie Stasti, Latvia

We ended 2017 with the biggest ever shipment of power-packed, pint-sized comics from Latvia!  These comics are from around the world, with a focus on Europe, and the Baltic states in particular (although the latest issue of S!: The Baltic Comics Magazine focuses on Brooklyn, NY!).

Here's a rundown:

Fearless Colors by Samplerman | retail price - $16.00  copacetic price $16.00
S! The Baltic Comics Magazine #30: "Brooklyn" | edited by Gabe Fowler | retail price - $12.00 copacetic price $12.00
mini kuš! #55 'Valley' by GG | retail price - $5.00  copacetic price $5.00
mini kuš! #56 'A Friend' by Andres Magan | retail price - $5.00  copacetic price $5.00
mini kuš! #57 'Eviction' by Evangelos Androutsopoulos | retail price - $5.00  copacetic price $5.00
mini kuš! #58 'Night Door' by Patrick Kyle | retail price - $5.00  copacetic price $5.00
mini kuš! #59 'Share The Love' by Paula Bulling & Nina Hoffman | retail price - $5.00  copacetic price $5.00
mini kuš! #60: His Last Comic by Noah Van Sciver | retail price - $5.00  copacetic price $5.00
mini kuš! #61 'Jonah 2017' by Tomasz Niewiadomski | retail price - $5.00  copacetic price $5.00
mini kuš! #62 'Daughter' by Aidan Koch | retail price - $5.00  copacetic price $5.00


You can get a more detailed look at all of these issues at


Happy Hour in America, v.2  #1

by Tim Lane
Tim Lane self-published six issues of Happy Hour in America over, roughly, the last decade – each providing another chapter in his ongoing project of creating the epic "Great American Mythological Drama" – and in the process has crafted a significant body of comics work.   Some of this material found its way into his two Fantagraphics collections, Abandoned Highway and The Lonesome Go – but not all.  We've sold quite a few copies of HHiA along the way, but not without some struggle, as availability was often spotty (due, no doubt, to time constraints on Lane's part).  Now, Fantagraphics has taken over the publishing duties and distributing responsibilities, which should free up a nice chunk of Lane's time.  We trust he will put this to use making more great comics like those you will find in the pages of this issue, which, starting from the Thomas Hart Benton-esque layout of the amazing wraparound cover (only half of which is visible here) through an issue length riff on the legend of Steve McQueen which, for all it's amazing attention to physical detail, presents reasders with a reality that is more interior and psychological than exterior and apparent.  RECOMMENDED!

retail price - $4.99  copacetic price - $4.44


Forlorn Funnies, v.2 #1

by Paul Hornschemeier
Also returning sor a second round on a previously established title is Paul Hornschemeier, with a reboot of his one-person comics anthology, Forlorn Funnies.  This time around it's a whole different animal, as Paul H. demonstrates his facility with multiple modes in this 52 page golden age size (7 3/4" x 10"), full color comic book.  Printed on a mid-weight, flat-white stock, this issue contains seven interspersed pieces, one text-only piece, one illustrated text piece, one illustrated screenplay, and four comics, each rendered in a distinct content-matching style chosen by Hornschemeier's inner art director; with the longest, "Jerkwater Elite, Part 1" weaving through the issue.  Visual intelligence at work.
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $7.25


Body Music
by Julie Maroh
Body Music is French comics creator, Julie Maroh's follow-up to her acclaimed Blue Is the Warmest Color.  It has at last been translated into English and published in North America by Arsenal Pulp Press.  This flexi-cover volume runs 300 pages overflowing with beautiful – and sexy! – comics.  Nuanced depictions of personal interactions – including sexual relations of all stripes –  are Maroh's strength, and there are plenty of these here, along with much else.  Set in Montreal!
retail price - $26.75  copacetic price - $23.75



by Lorena Alvarez
Hoping for a surprising visual delight? This might be just what you're looking for.  Take a moment to check out the nice preview posted by NoBrow, HERE.
retail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $16.25


South Beloit Journal
by John Porcellino
John P. sez: 
 "Over the winter of 2010-2011 I found myself at the lowest point of my life: Twice divorced, heartbroken, mentally insane, and living in poverty and isolation in a cold, grey cinderblock apartment in a small, gritty town in Northern Illinois… South Beloit. One of my projects at the time was illustrating a book about suicide, The Next Day, for the Canadian publisher Pop Sandbox. As I trimmed the pages to size, I found myself with ninety-one 2” x 6” scraps of Bristol board. They looked perfect for a comic strip, so I began drawing upon them one little diary comic per day. I tried not to censor myself (though sometimes I still did), but to just let the ink spill without preconception or prejudice. What follows are those comics. I hope you enjoy them more than I enjoyed making them!"    BONUS FUN FACT:  John P.'s first visit to Pittsburgh is recorded in these pages!
retail price - $6.00  copacetic price - $6.00


Comics Skool USA #8 & #9

by Kevin Huizenga
Kevin H. drops another double-dose comics science!  In each of these 24-page digest comics readers will find more in-depth / "out-there" comics-making knowledge that will provide a down-low that will up-size their comics-making skills. Insights explicated, exercises assigned, comics shared.  Yes, learning can be fun.
retail price - $5.00@  copacetic price - $5.00@


Cosplayers: Perfect Collection

by Dash Shaw
This powerpacked softcover – literally cover to cover comics – collects the entirety of Shaw's extant Cosplayers output – PLUS two short My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea pieces that were both new to us.  So, for anyone that has yet to check out Cosplayers, this is it!  This series provides a judgement-free portrait of a contemporary culture in which fantasy is reality. 
retail price - $14.99  copacetic price - $13.75


I Am Not Okay With This
by Charles Forsman
High school sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll – with a twist.  We're not going to spoil it for you.  Fans of Forsman's TEOTFW will likely dig this, yes, but we'd say it holds the most promise to anyone who has yet to check out his work.  It's angsty and fun – and a real page turner.  You won't want to stop reading.  Plus:  Budget priced!
retail price - $14.99  copacetic price - $12.75


by Junji Ito
The wait is over: the new Junji Ito has arrived! The aptly titled Shiver collects a big 10 of Ito's classic horror manga stories, including new one that is "previously unpublished."  Each accompanied by author commentary!  Hardcover.
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00


by Bill Wehmann
In Powderfinger's twelve pages, Wehmann spins a concise comics interpretation of the Neil Young song of the same name that pretty much nails it;  a successful – and interesting – translation from the aural to the visual, from one medium of communication to another.  When listening to Powderfinger after reading this comic, will its pages henceforth come to mind?
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00

A Jack Kirby Trifecta!

CotU MMDemonChallengers of the Unknown
by Jack Kirby
The COMPLETE Jack Kirby run of Challengers of the Unknown.  These twelve (longer, silver age length) issues were published between 1956 and 1959, and can be seen as somewhat of a prototype of The Fantastic Four.  Added Bonus:  Issues #4 through #8 are inked by Wallace "Wally" Wood.
Mister Miracle
by Jack Kirby
The COMPLETE run of Jack Kirby's Mister Miracle!  These eighteen issues were originally between 1971 and 1973.
The Demon
by Jack Kirby
The COMPLETE run of Jack Kirby's The Demon!  These sixteen issues were originally published in 1972 and 1973.

The printing on all three of these volumes is crisp and clear, the colors are bright, and the paper is flat (NOT glossy, thankfully) white paper. Yay!

retail price - $29.99@  copacetic price - $25.75@

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New for November 2017

by Chris Ware

Given that one of the key themes to this work is Mr. Ware's obsessive attention to detail and the need for control that comes with it (Exhibit A being the fact that he wrote his own monograph!), we feel it is best to be introduced to it via his own description, without any interpretive intercession on our part, so here goes:  "A flabbergasting experiment in publishing hubris, Monograph charts the art and literary world's increasing tolerance for the language of the empathetic doodle directly through the work of one of its most esthetically constipated practitioners.  For thirty years, writer and artist (i.e. cartoonist) Chris Ware (b. 1967) has been testing the patience of readers and fine art fans with his complicated and difficult-to-comprehend picture stories in the pages of The New YorkerThe New York Times and other charitable periodicals—to say nothing of challenging the walls of the MCA Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art with his unevocative delineations and diagrams.  Arranged chronologically with all thoughtful critical and contemporary discussion common to the art book genre jettisoned in favor of Mr. Ware's unchecked anecdotes and unscrupulous personal asides, the author-as-subject has nonetheless tried as clearly and convivially as possible to provide a contrite, companionable guide to an otherwise unnavigable jumble of product spanning his days as a pale magnet for athletic upperclassmen's' ire up to his contemporary life as a stay-at-home dad and agoraphobic graphic novelist.  Shrewdly selected personal photos distract from justifiably little-seen early experiments littered among never-before-seen paintings and sculptures, all padded out with high-quality scans of original artwork publicizing jottings, mistakes, blunders and, especially, Mr. Ware's University juvenilia via which the reader can track a general cultural increase in tolerance for quality's decline since his work first came on "the scene." Expensive, heavy, and fashioned from the finest uncoated paper and soy-based ink, this thigh-crushing book is certain to cut off the circulation of all but the most active of comics boosters."
retail price - $60.00  copacetic price - $52.75

How to Read Nancy
by Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik

Finally!!!  After repeated cancellations and seemingly interminable delays, How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels, Mark Newgarden & Paul Karasik's definitive deconstruction of Ernie Bushmiller's iconic Nancy strip - and, by extension, all of comics - has at long last been published and has touched down at Copacetic.  Finally!!!  Be sure to read this interview with Mark and Paul (speaking as one) from Print Magazine, HERE. This will prime you for the Nancy Zone™, which purchasers of this book will soon be entering...
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.75


The Good News Bible

by Shaky Kane; afterword by Frank Santoro
For the first time ever, Good News Bible: The Complete Deadline Strips of Shaky Kane collects Shaky Kane's complete comic strips and illustrations from the ground-breaking British counter-culture m
agazine, Deadline, published between 1988 and 1995 and most widely known for launching Jamie Hewlett's Tank Girl.  The eye-popping and brain searing art contained in the 240 pages – megasized 9" x 12.5" pages, we should add; designed to give the art it's full impact, in keeping with the dimensions in which it originally appeared, in the pages of Deadline – that make up this volume are good news indeed.  Shaky's one-of-a-kind Warhol-meets-Kirby approach to comics making will clear the clutter from your mind and sharpen your focus.

tail price - $34.95  copacetic price - $31.75


The Good Times Are Killing Me
by Lynda Barry
Lynda Barry's classic hybrid illustrated novel (that was successfully adapted to a play) at last returns to print in its first hardcover (and nicest yet!) edition, from Drawn & Quarterly (natch').  Set in the Seattle of the late 1960s, The Good Times Are Killing Me presents a bittersweet portrait of an adolescence in which exposure to the toxic effects of racism occurs simultaneously with a revelation of the redemptive uplift of music; music often created by those who suffer the most from those toxic effects...  You can dig right in now, by checking out this excerpt on Rookie Mag.
retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $19.75


House of Women
by Sophie Goldstein
Anyone wondering what Sophie Goldstein has been working on here in Pittsburgh since the release of her award winning graphic novel, The Oven need wonder no more:  House of Women is the answer!  This carefully crafted and lushly designed hardcover is a genre mash-up, mixing gothic romance with anthropological science fiction, all delineated with borderline obsessive care in a manner that evokes Kuniyoshi and P. Craig Russell via Linda Medley and Eleanor Davis (and GIlbert Hernandez) for a definitively female-centric otherworldly fantasy. 
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.75

CCCartoon Clouds

by Joseph Remnant
With Cartoon Clouds, Joseph Remnant at long last delivers on his promise.  First coming to comics prominence through his art chores on his collaboration with Harvey Pekar's love letter to his hometown, the hardcover graphic memoir, Cleveland, Remnant has also published three issues of his solo title, Blindspot, as well as the short story, "I Told You So," that appeared first in the Little Heart anthology, and was recently reprinted in the latest issue of Kilgore Quarterly, and which was obviously the seed from which Cartoon Clouds grew, and in which he reveals his proclivity for romanticism.  Here we have the latest iteration of The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, but it is a good one, well told and a much appreciated tonic to the shrill tenor of these times.  Starting with the front cover image, which evokes a young, "Freewheelin'" Bob Dylan, and – with a single leaf in the sky – Pekar's (via Crumb) "American Splendor," Remnant's hard won comics deliver flesh & blood characters who live and breath on the page.  These characters love and yearn and gradually learn as they make their way through lives that orbit the sphere of art, powered by creativity and on the quest for inspiration.

retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00

by Michel Fiffe
Fiffe goes Fanta! Zegas, an original graphic novel by Michel Fiffe has been published by Fantagraphics.  Most noted for his epic, inventive reworking of superhero tropes in Copra, here in the pages of Zegas, he comes down to earth and applies his substantial cartooning chops to a relationship tale – although not without a few fantastic forays into the imaginative realm.  Fiffe's comics have a look and feel like none other.  There is an indefinable zest to his pages that is transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve.All fans of Fiffe's work on Copra should enjoy Zegas on the strength of the art alone – which here is in the larger, magazine-page size, giving it more room to stretch out and try a few new things – but more to the point here is that those readers who had declined to give Copra a try due to its focus on heroic fantasy now have an opportunity to experience Fiffe's work in the service of a story they might find more to theri liking, a tale of life and love... and imagination's role in it all.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

UCUnreal City

by D.J. Bryant
Unreal City
 is D.J. Bryant's first solo book (that we are aware of).  Some Copacetic customers will be familiar with the second story in this collection, as it originally appeared in MOME #19.  This 21 page story, "Evelyn Dalton-Hoyt", is his brutally brilliant re-envisionment of "Driven to Destruction" by Steve Ditko (which, for all you comics collectors and scholars out there, is in the February 1972 [V.2#4] issue of Haunted, from Charlton), in which an explicit (very) sexual subtext for the characters is supplied by Bryant's vivid imagination and conveyed through his high octane pencilling and inking, the combination of which may generate a vertiginous reeling in the reader (especially if they are a Ditko fan) by the time they reach the last page.  The same could be said, to varying degrees, about every other story in this crisply printed, oversize (and budget priced), 100 page hardcover collection.  Four of the five stories collected here are in the sharply inked, black & white style which readers of "Evelyn Dalton-Hoyt" will immediately recognize – somewhere between Dan Clowes and Tim Lane (to keep things in a Fantagraphics frame of reference) –  with the sole standout being "The Yellowknife Retrospective," which is rendered in a more minimal, color cartoon style that tilts a bit (but only a bit) in the direction of Tim Hensley's Walter Gropius comics in its reduced line weight and reliance on color for representing spatial relations.  The stories all share an inside-out / outside-in / through-the-looking-glass narrative style that has something in common with Paul Auster's novels (at least the earlier ones), albeit more highly sexualized.  And, yes, there are some quite explicit depictions of human sexual behavior that appear in these pages, and, yes, these depictions represent "the male gaze", but they appear to do so consciously, and in the context of critique (at least to some extent; there is clearly a compulsive component to these depictions, as well).  These ways of seeing are linked narratively to mental instability and breakdown, suggesting an inherent danger to looking in this direction; to seeing in this way.  A danger that Bryant has himself perhaps experienced, and so knows all too well...
retail price - $16.99  copacetic price - $15.00


Baking with Kafka
by Tom Gauld
Tom Gauld's latest collection of pithy, literary leaning comics.  Here's a brief interview with Gauld, along with a few choice samples from the collection.  Recommended for fans of Rick Geary's earlier work.  And, of course, all fans of Tom Gauld's work!
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $16.75


Tales from the Hyperverse

by William Cardini
Great science fiction comics by the creator of the mind-bending self-published series, Vortex as well as the tenth (and last?) Cold Heat SpecialHyperverse may be Cardini's best comic book to date.  Eye-poppin' color by Josh Burggraf (Cardini + Burgraff = great comics!).  Make sure to check this one out when in the shop (or look for page samples online).
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $7.50


by Warren Craghead III
This 204 page hardcover volume
collects the first six months of Craghead's daily drawings, each accompanied by a Trump quote and/or with context and commentary from that date (all of which are sourced in the notes), beginning with the day when Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president on July 21, 2016 and ending with the day of his inauguration on January 20, 2017.

tail price - $24.95  copacetic patriotic price - $17.76

Grixly #41
by Nate McDonough
OK all you GRIXLY fans – this is the issue you've been waiting for! You'll gasp in shock, laugh in recognition and shake your head in dismay as Grixly-Master, Nate McDonough at long last reveals the secret origin of his horror obsession in this issue-length comics memoir. GRIXLY 41. Don't miss it. Still only $2!
retail price - $2.00  copacetic price - $2.00

SCSuzy & Cecil
by Sally Ingraham & Gabriella Tito
The Suzy & Cecil strip by Gabriella Tito and Sally Ingraham just recently celebrated it's first birthday, so it is now in its second year of appearing daily on Comics Workbook.   Here's a look at the first 30 strips, to get an idea of how it started out.  It's easy to see the strip improving, even in this brief period.  That this improvement continued is evidenced by the 44 strips in this collection. All the strips in the collection are full color, and color is a big part of the appeal.  A multitude of approaches to what can be accomplished in a daily strip are tried – all within the formal constraint of a square grid of four square panels – and it is clear that experimentation is a key component of this series.  And experimentation, after all, is a form of play, and playing is what Suzy & Cecil do best.  Reading this strip on a daily basis on Comics Workbook, and then grouped together here in this collection, is a constant reminder that play is a crucial part of being.    We all live our lives within the formal constraints placed upon us by our family, work, relationships, finances, etc., – in a word, society – and beyond that by the limits placed on us by nature and biology.  The actual, physical play we engaged in as children becomes ever more channeled and rule bound as we age, as our constraints change from those placed upon us by our parents and schools to those placed upon us by the need to survive.  One of the keys to happiness is acknowledging these constraints and then working within them.  That might even serve as a working definition of fun.  In these Suzy & Cecil strips we see, within the diegesis, on the the level of content, the characters playing; having fun – with each other, by themselves, with others, going on adventures, experiencing nature, and more.  And, on the formal level, we see the artists playing, within the constraints of the grid; experimenting – with character portrayals, drawing techniques, color palettes, pacing, and more.  In this way the recollected play of childhood innocence merges with the adult play based on experience and the development of skills. 
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $8.75


In the Swarm

by Byung-Chul Han

In the Swarm
 presents a cogent response to the rising tide of internet inf(l)ected consciousness, one that is deeply rooted in the European – primarily German – philosophical tradition, but don't let that scare you off.  This slim tome, judiciously translated from the original German by Erik Butler, is straightforward and gets right to the point in sixteen concise chapters, each focused on a facet of the problem currently confronting us:  the gradual yet seemingly ineluctable erosion of human agency resulting from our ever greater immersion in the sea of information.  Written in 2013, this book was clearly ahead of the curve and will impress any attentive reader with its multitude of insights (Han's formulation of "outrage culture" was eerily prescient).  While most American readers, more optimistic by nature than their European counterparts, will be likely to find themselves resisting Han's more dire conclusions (mostly implicit), there is no escaping the force of his arguments; they must be confronted and counter arguments must be made.  Let the dialectics begin!
retail price - $13.95  copacetic price - $12.75

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New for October 2017

SA-SHStreet Angel: Super Hero For a Day
by Jim Rugg
& Brian Maruca
Street Angel: Superhero For a Day
 is the first volume in the ongoing Image Comics series of original Street Angel adventures to have been created in its entirety specifically for the oversize hardcover format in which this series has been published, and it shows.  The artwork in this volume displays levels of both subtle nuance and brash abrasiveness that exceeds that of the prior two volumes.  Rugg uses the larger canvas and higher resolution printing that comes with this format to take chances, engage in a large number of formal experiments, and just plain have fun!  Cartoonists, comics makers and illustrators who take the time will find plenty of innovative approaches to the medium on display here that can – and will! – inspire and inform their own practices. 
Taking a critical perspective on the text, it is worth pointing out that within the pictorial diegesis there appears an intriguing correlation between wealth and (super) power.  After the introduction of the super hero motif, a transition occurs:  the setting shifts – is, on the picture plane, ripped – from the garbage strewn and heavily graffitied environs of Wilksboro – which have been largely rendered so as to appear to have been drawn on and/or composed of an assemblage of corrugated cardboard, accentuating the sense of impoverishment – first to an interregnum set against a clear blue sky out of which emerges Captain Alpha who "saves the day", and then to that of a gleaming, skyscraper-filled metropolis.  This subtle but unmistakable shift registers on the reader in such a way as to point towards an obvious power imbalance that exists between the office complex and the streets; the narrative further ties (masculine) sexual aggression to the ability to leverage this power imbalance to serve one's own ends; and so here implicates the superhero in representing – as a symbol/cypher – the power of wealth and a resulting inequality, indicating a corruption of the original symbolic associations that adhered to the superhero as a champion of the common man (and woman).  Perhaps this shift can be read as a result of the corporatization of superheroes, as they are now, for the most part, owned by transnational global media empires (DC = TimeWarner; Marvel = Disney).  Regardless, this is just one of the many layers available to perceptive readers who take their time unpacking this text.  Bonus features this time around include a "Book Club / Classroom Discussion Questions?" double-page spread – with answers provided by Street Angel and her pals (including a Jim Rugg-rendered Brian Maruca!?!) – a complete illustrated publishing history of Street Angel (including foreign editions!), and more!  Recommended
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.75


Now #1
edited by Eric Reynolds
More than six years after MOME ended its run, Fantagraphics has returned to publishing a periodical anthology that will strive to present some of the best new work in contemporary comics, once again with Eric Reynolds at the helm.  And they're off to a great start with this first issue, which contains over 120 pages of engaging, all new work produced in a variety of media and printed in full color, two-color, black & white, and grey tones by artists including Antoine Coss้, Eleanor Davis, Noah Van Sciver, Dash Shaw, Daria Tessler, Malachi Ward and plenty more. Well worth checking out. 
retail price - $9.99  copacetic price - $8.75

Voices in the Dark

by Ulli Lust
The hotly awaited new graphic novel by Ulli Lust has arrived! Voices in the Dark is the follow up to her widely acclaimed comics memoir, Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, but it is a completely different animal. It is her full color comics adaptation of Marcel Beyer's novel, The Karnau Tapes.  Set during the late Nazi era, the novel focuses of the family children of Goebbels, and on one child in particular, Helga.  There is a good review of The Karnau Tapes, written upon the occasion of its 1997 release in English, here.   Helga eventually turns for solace to the titular sound engineer, Karnau, whose particular genius was employed to advance the cause of the Reich, but now turns inward as it collapses. Intriguingly, Voices in the Dark works to translate into the visually oriented medium of comics a work the central metaphor of which involves audio technology.  Ulli Lust is up to the task.  A timely release.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.75

Poor Little Joanie
PLJby Caleb Orecchio
Here it is: Poor Little Joanie, the latest - and without doubt, the greatest - print collection of Joanie and Jordie strips by Caleb Orecchio, whose chops you can see developing and improving right before your eyes. The 56 one-page, four-panel strips start out in B & W and then progress through two different two-color palettes, each of which maintains its own particular approach. Action, humor, drama: it's all here. And while we don't doubt that most readers of this space have already seen many of these strips when they first appeared in Comics Workbook, we're here to tell you that you haven't truly experienced this work until you've read it in print - and this meaty saddle-stapled edition is the jam!  And, even though these were drawn over the border in Ohio, Caleb plays such an active role in the Pittsburgh-based Comics Workbook, we've given this book an honorary "Made-in-Pittsburgh" designation.
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $8.75


by Simon Hanselmann
Performance is a gigantic broadsheet painting-zine of Simon Hanselmann's fine art, some (all?) of which will soon be on display in Paris.  For those of us unable to check out that show, this amazing 15" x 22.75" full color publication (30" x 22.75" when opened!).  Nice!  Suitable for framing?  Yes, but then you'll need to buy two.
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $8.00


by Jiro Taniguchi
At long last, from the creator of The Walking Man comes Jiro Taniguchi's tale of the small quotidian pleasures of Edo era Japan. It has finally been released in English translation by Ponent Mon in this solid hardcover edition featuring page after page of classic comics storytelling.  Taniguchi, one of the greats, passed away earlier this year.
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $22.75


by Malachi Ward & Matt Sheean
You want a nice, solid speculative fiction read in comics?  Expansion may very well be what you're looking for.  AdHouse sez, "Ten thousand years ago, agents of an advanced civilization clash with a pacifist cult over control of prehistoric human society. This sci-fi epic from the creators of the critically acclaimed  Ancestor also contains additional comics from Brandon Graham and Simon Roy."  152 pages: B & W; 6" x 7.75"; flexi-cover
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $13.75


Sex Fantasy
by Sophia Foster-Dimino
Sophia Foster-Dimino's long running self-published series is at last collected in this chunky tome from Koyama Press.  Don't let the title fool you, it's just to get your attention.  The comics collected in this volume's 440 pages are not of prurient interest, but rather are aiming to map the ways through which our thoughts about sex and sexuality influence our actions and identities.   The nuanced portraits and vignettes that fill these pages probe and pick apart personal interactions and exchanges to reveal linkages and levers that connect needs and wants to means and ends.  To learn more about this series' aims and achievements, check out this in-depth review of the first three issues of the series by Sean T. Collins, HERE.
retail price - $18.00  copacetic price - $15.75


Big Box o' Comics from Breakdown Press

We recently received a big box of comics (two, actually) from Breakdown Press in the UK, filled with plenty of great new hard-to-find-in-the-USA comics, including:

Berserker 1 (anthology)  - copacetic price - $13.75

Conditioner by  Liam Cobb - copacetic price - $16.75

Good News Bible
by Shaky Kane - copacetic price - $29.75

John's Worth #1, 2 & 3
by Jon Chandler - copacetic price - $5.00@

by Zo๋ Taylor  - copacetic price - $17.00

Klaus Magazine 3
by Richard Short  -copacetic price - $17.00

Mumu and the Silky Road
by Brie Moreno  -  copacetic price - $7.50

by Antoine Coss้  -  copacetic price - $13.75

Picnoleptic Inertia 
by Stathis Tsemberlidis  - copacetic price - $16.75

by Antoine Coss้  -  copacetic price - $20.00

Treasure Island 3
by Connor Willumsen  - copacetic price - $10.75

Windowpane 4
by Joe Kesslar  - copacetic price - $14.44

Nice!  Many of these (along with more, earlier Breakdown releases) are also listed on our main site, HERE.


The Black Feather Falls

by Ellen Lindner
Take a trip back to Jazz Age London in Ellen Lindner's full color graphic novel, The Black Feather Falls, a tale of mystery and intrigue from the editrix of STRUMPET (look for the new issue at Copacetic, soon). Written and drawn in the USA, published in the UK, printed in Latvia, it harkens back to an internationalist mindset in form as well as content.
retail price - $25.99  copacetic price - $22.75

Best American Comics 2017
edited by Ben Katchor, w/ Bill Kartalopoulos
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2017 has touched down at Copacetic. Pittsburgh is well represented in this Ben Katchor edited volume (with able guidance and assists from series editor, Bill Kartalopoulos), as both Ed Piskor and Laura PallMall take bows here.  PIX/Copacetic-connected comics are in evidence as well, with PIX 2017 Special Guests Dan Zettwoch and Lale Westvind along with PIX 2016 Special Guests Bill Griffith and Conor Stechschulte. Recent Copacetic release party principal, Patrick Kyle is here as is Comics Workbook mainstay and honorary Pittsburgher, Kurt Ankeny.  And, speaking of Comics Workbook. Sienna Cittadino's piece in this volume was originally created for the Comics Workbook Composition Competition, founded and organized by Frank Santoro right here in Pittsburgh, PA!  And, of course, there are plenty more great comics from around America to be found in the 376 packed pages of this great hardcover volume.  Of special note to Copacetic customers is the inclusion of John Hankiewicz's unique self-published short comics piece, De Hooch, which few have seen. 
tail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $22.22


Paper Pencil Life #3
& #4
by Summer Pierre
Here are a pair of cleanly rendered, nicely printed, anecdote filled, self-published diary comics collections by Summer Pierre about day-to-day life, being a working mom, life observations and more!
retail price - $8.00@  copacetic price - $8.00@


We Were Eight Years in Power

Ta-Nehesi Coates
Eight of Ta-Nehesi Coates's eloquent essays from The Atlantic are herein collected in chronological order, one for each year of the Obama presidency, each accompanied by an introductory essay contextualizing them in the respective year in which they were originally penned.  There is also a general introduction, and an epilogue that brings us to the Trump era.  Prepare yourself to come face to face with an ample selection of abject moral failures – among leaders, followers, enablers, profiteers and more – that are inextricable parts of American history, and that must be seen as standing side by side with America's moral successes for any true reckoning to be had.  Essential reading.
retail price - $28.00  copacetic price - $23.75


by Angela Saini
All that research "proving" that women aren't as good at science and math as men was - yes, you guessed it - entirely conducted by men. Inferior by Angela Saini takes a look at the results returned by more gender equitable research, which - surprise! - tell a very different story.
retail price - $25.95  copacetic price - $22.75

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