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New for November 2016

Ed The World of Edena
by Moebius
The day has finally dawned on the first new North American edition of Moebius (aka Jean Giraud) work in a generation.  The World of Edena is the first in a series of deluxe hardcover volumes that will reintroduce the great French master of comics (bande dessinée) to readers on this side of the Atlantic.  Collecting all the Edena short stories in a deluxe, 344 page, full color, hardcover edition, The World of Edena includes “Upon a Star,” “Gardens of Edena,” “The Goddess,” “Stel,” and “Sra.” Although several had been translated into English in the 1980s, this will be the first time “Sra” has been available to English-language audiences.  Dark Horse has done a nice job here: the black lines are crisp and clear, and the colors are full and vibrant.  Moebius is one the most influential science fiction artists in history, and anyone who is a fan of science fiction comics and films who encounters his work here for the first time will likely find the work feeling familiar for the simple reason that it has informed the work of so many of the artists already encountered, from Miyazaki, Jodorowsky and Ridley Scott to Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, James Stokoe, Jesse Jacobs and countless others, Moebius has led the way.  Get ready for an experience!
retail price - $49.99  copacetic price - $44.44

RB Rolling Blackouts
by Sarah Glidden
This work's sub-title, "Dispatches from Turkey, Syria and Iraq" provides readers with a straighforward idea of what to expect:  comics journalism from a part of the world that occupies a disproportionately large space in the news.  And, yes, you will find this here in this volume's 300 pages of ink drawn and watercolored comics, but this is more than just "news" as the comics here delve into the Iraq war and its consequences in a series of one-on-one interactions that enable readers to gain an up close and personal appreciation for a multiplicity of perspectives on what is so often presented as a faceless conflict in far away lands.  An additional level is provided in that the narratives are simultaneously interwoven with the story behind the story, the travels of the artist and writer with her group of friends, who are engaged in pursuits of their own, a detailing of the situations in which the news was gathered, a demonstrating that all news has a subjective and personal aspect. Rolling Blackouts is an engaging read that demonstrates the strengths of comics journalism and which readers will come away from more knowledgeable about the human reality behind the conflicts than they arrived. 
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $21.75


Sunny, Volume 6
by Taiyo Matsumoto
The arrival sixth and FINAL volume of Taiyo Matsumoto's masterpiece makes for a bittersweet experience.  While we celebrate that it is here, at last, the celebration is tinged with mourning the fact that this volume is the last.  Perhaps now's a good time to go back and read it through again....
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00

IPIn Pieces
by Kurt Ankeny
In Pieces: Someplace Which I Call Home is Kurt Ankeny's debut graphic novel.  It's 120 pages are filled with crisp, clear, pencil renderings of scenes drawn from life and memory which together weave a hybrid form of graphic novel; part observed, part recalled, part created.  In Pieces uses this works to get at the natural rhythms that make up day-to-day life.  Parts were serialized up at Comics Workbook, which is worth checking out to get an idea of what this is about, but the work has a very different – colder, harsher – feel online compared to the printed version, which is simultaneously warmer and sharper, while also being much more intimate, and just plain better, all around. 
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $22.22

Sequential Drawings: The New Yorker Series
by Richard McGuire
This chunky little book contains 250+ individual (very) clean line drawings – each appearing alone on its own, faced by a blank, numbered page, for maximum concentrated focus on each single drawing – by the masterful designer/illustrator/comics-maker who brought us the startlingly original Here.  The volume leads off with an erudite introduction by fellow New Yorker contributor, Luc Sante, that serves, among other things, to help put McGuire's drawings in a specific cultural / art historical context, after which we are treated to the simple joys of following a sequence of drawings to see where it goes; 28 discrete – and ingenious – sequences in all, each with a unique twist.  More fun than you might think.  Potential gift for that person whose tastes you're unsure of?  Yes!
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $22.22


Copra: Round Four
by Michel Fiffe
Now in stock!  Round Four collects Copra #s 19 - 24 in another fine French-flapped edition from Bergen Street Comics. 
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77


A Cosplayers Christmas
by Dash Shaw
A timely, all new Cosplayers adventure by Dash Shaw.  NOT included in the recently released hardcover.  What do you get a cosplayer for Christmas?  Read this and find out! (sort of...)
retail price - $4.99  copacetic price - $4.44

S! The Baltic Comics Magazine #26
by David Schilter, Sanita Muizeniece, Agathe Mareuge, Marc Bell, Andy Burkholder, Vincent Fritz, Roman Muradov, et al
The 26th issue of the little-Latvian-comics-anthology-that-could tackles dADa comics-style.  Starting off with Agathe Mareuge's succinct summation of what dAdA is and is not, and whether it is alive or dead or both or neither, readers are then treated to 21 takes on DadA from a host of comics makers from around the world, with the usual concentration on those of the European persuasion, but also including some significant creators from the Americas, first and foremost among whom is Marc Bell, whose "Still Kicking" really channeled some solid daDA vibes.  Other highlights include Olaf Ladousse's pink and blue woodblock-style shenanigans, Roman Muradov's period-evocative geometrically delineatiatory depictions accompanied by the definitive DAda contribution of random cut-up text, Daniel Lima's "remake' of the January 21, 1922 full-color, full page Saturday strip (see Bill Blackbeard's introduction to the 1922-1924 edition of Krazy & Ignatz for details) and Martins Zutis's "Cup and Ball." AND, we're offering this one at a special dadA inspired price!
retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $10.11

Follow the Leader #3
by Jonas McLuggage
#3 is the most action-packed issue yet, as the kids get wild and the adults get stupid in 28 knock-your-socks-off full color art and story by Jonas Goonface (aka Jonas McLuggage).  Follow the Leader presents readers with a world of Manicheæn dichotomy:  it's either the city or the park, adults or kids, predator or prey, the individual or the community.  You're either for or against; there's no middle ground. 
retail price - $6.00  copacetic price - $6.00

BSBxtch Slap
by Asia Bey & Mont Tucker
This 64 page square bound volume collects the first three issues of BXTCH SLAP, written by Mont Tucker and drawn by Asia Bey, right here in Pittsburgh! In these pages you'll find the adventures of an all-girl band with a difference! –  in addition to performing and bickering amongst themselves, they also find themselves mixed up in some supernatural goings on.  There's more to these performances than first meets the eye.
retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $10.00

Black Hood
by Josh Bayer, John Porcellino, Noah Van Sciver, Box Brown, Tara Booth, Elizabeth Bethea, Pat Aulisio, Josh Simmons, et al
The Black Hood: an anthology of Depression and Anxietyis a new collection by the people who brought you "Suspect Device." This book is determined do for comics about Depression what Black Flag did for songs about depression, sez editor and publisher Josh Bayer:  72 pages, with 10 color pieces;  by artists like John Porcellino, Box Brown, Tara Booth, Noah Van Sciver, Elizabeth Bethea, Josh Simmons, Mike Freiheit, Pat Aulisio, Katie Fricas, Mike (Late Era Clash) Taylor, Hyena Hell, and many others. Includes a one page comic/interview with Dwid Hellion from famed HC band Integrity, and an essay by artist/writer Eve Wood.
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $9.50

Donald Duck: "The Ghost of Last Gasp"
by Carl Barks
Fans of the classic Barks ten-pagers from Walt Disney's Comics & Stories will rejoice upon opening this volume, for the table of contents reveals that in addition to it's title track, "The Ghost Sheriff of Last Gasp," this volume consists almost entirely of these works, nineteen in all (!), spanning from the close of 1953 all the way through middle of 1955, making for a collection that is bulging with the finest slapstick comedy comics you'll find anywhere and featuring all the characters in the Barks pantheon:  Huey, Dewey and Louie, Uncle Scrooge, Gladstone Gander, Daisy Duck, Gyro Gearloose and more.  This volume is rounded out with the ultra-rare, Donald Duck Tells About Kites giveaway comic book commissioned by a California electric utility company, that Barks drew from a corporation-prepared script, and, conversely, the four-page story, "Tennis Match" from Donald Duck #36 which Barks scripted but with art by Tony Strobl.  In addition there is a cover gallery of all the Barks covers from this period along with the comprehensive end-of-volume notes on each piece that are essential reading for all Barks fans.
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.75

The Wolves of Currumpaw
by William Grill
The Wolves of Currumpaw, WIlliam Grill's follow-up to his award-winning Shackleton's Journey, is a beautifully rendered adaptation of Ernest Thompson Seton’s 1898 classic collection, ‘Wild Animals I Have Known’, revives the classic tradition of picture books.  Also published by NoBrow's children's book imprint, Flying Eye, this work maintains –  in fact exceeds – the excellent production standards of its predecessor volume.  It's 1892, New Mexico. A wolfpack roams the Currumpaw Valley, preying on the cattle and evading capture by the exasperated local ranchmen. Due to his knowledge of wolf behavior, a British naturalist is employed to hunt down their notorious pack leader, King Lobo…
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $21.75


by Simon Critchley
This very personal, heartfelt, thoughtful, intelligent, concisely written and thoroughly engaging tribute to the life, work and figure of David Bowie is a gem of a book sure to be treasured by any Bowie Fan.  Written before Bowie's death, but a fitting epitaph nonetheless. 
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.25

Items from our November 2016 listings may be purchased online at our eCommerce site, HERE.

New for October 2016

BfL Band for Life
by Anya Davidson
Here it is:  a 256-page full color hardcover comics tale of Band Life.  While there have been plenty of comics about music of all stripes – rock, punk, metal, hip-hop, jazz, blues and more – and plenty of comics makers have been in bands, Band for Life is the first extended treatment in comics form of lives lived wholly within the gravitational field of a band that is in turn one of several in orbit around a core force, and which together make for a music scene.  The intimate, personal, character-stamped nature of comics make it an ideal medium in which to convey the experience of this particular mode of being from the inside-out, and Band for Life's creator, Anya Davidson, a battle scarred veteran of band life herself, having played and performed in several Chicago area bands for a decade or so, has earned her stripes in this regard, and is a suitable candidate for this mission.  Told in a series of vignettes that (many/most/all?) were originally serialized online, these gradually accrete meaning and significance as the tale builds mass and momentum, and in the process demonstrate a modern method of identity construction.  And, finally, it is notable that Band for Lifee has garnered some significant plaudits from those whose opinions matter most, fellow musicians, such as, Fishbone's Norwood Fisher, who states:  "When I came across Band for Life, I was immediately drawn in . The art reminded me of Funkadelic album covers, but it had its own original swagger.  The storylines spoke to my personal experience as a lifelong musician and band leader/member in the same way that This Is Spinal Tap made me cry one I realized that my life was as absurd as the movie.  Anya Davidson is tapped into the very human experience that makes life in a band the story of family;" <>and, fellow comicker and musician, Brian Chippendale, who waxes:  "Anya Davidson gets that being in a band is generally about five percent playing music and ninety five percent anything but.  In Band for Life she jams her econo-inkwork loud and hard to hilariously document the social sprawl unfolding all around a newly formed and struggling band."
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.75

LL Last Look
by Charles Burns
Here it is in all its glory:  the complete X'ed Out Trilogy – X'ed Out, The Hive and Sugar Skull – altogether in a single, attractive and affordable, full-size, softcover collection.  Conceived as a Burnsian tribute to Herge's TinTin, the tale told in Last Look is a tortuously twisted take on those epic adventures in which the polyanna-ish innocence of TinTin is replaced molecule by molecule with the corruptions that are so readily at hand in the world as we find it and, crucially, in the world as our human imagination makes it, as well.  Perhaps most of all, Burns demonstrates the way in which these two worlds intersect.  It is here that the interpretive layers really pile up as, in a meta-fictional fashion, readers are led to understand how comics – and expressive acts of artistic creation and performance in general – can and do act as a bridge between these worlds, between reality and imagination, in which the latter can and does gradually, almost imperceptibly, at first mask and and then remake the former, until they seem to be one and the same...
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $26.75

B9Blammo #9
by Noah Van Sciver
Maestro Van Sciver enters middle-age and hits his stride here in the ninth issue of his auteurist anthology, Blammo.  This issue is packed cover to cover with comics tightly corseted by a a requisite inclusion of those ancillary aspects associated with the traditional comic book form.  Starting with the enigmatic clown in the woods cover image that is backed with an inside front cover full of pæans of praise to his work from top comics professionals, the issue then plunges straight into 44 consecutive pages of solid comics storytelling that brings readers a dazzling dozen distinct pieces woven together into crazy-quilt whole.  The issue is bookended by a pair of meta-Blammo tales featuring "The Writer and the Artist" and include a series of short pieces that are woven throughout the pages: a trio of one-pagers featuring "The 19th Century Cartoonist (Notable and Tasteful)"; a couple of comics adaptations of stories told to Noah in his youth by his dad; a comics-y three-page adaptation of "The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse"; and a one-page "Funny Animal Comic".  Those pieces are the threads that bind together the three main works:  two auto-bio pieces – a multi-levelled seven-pager about attending a comics festival, and a ten-pager about experiences as a comics fellow in White River Junction, Vermont that ranges from micro-aggresions to the meaning of life – and the issue's centerpiece, the 16-page, "Little Bomber's Summer Period," in which Van Sciver skirts the edges of Tomine Territory with a nuanced, character-driven tale – finely seasoned with anger and bitterness – of contemporary life in these United States. The issue then exits with a whacky fun-page brought to you buy a few plugs for Van Sciver's in-print catalogue and then closes with a back cover strip that serves as a coda for the issue as a whole.  Blammo #9 is a comic book for our times.
retail price - $7.00  copacetic price - $6.25

CiPChristmas in Prison
by Conor Stechschulte
PIX 2016 special guest, Conor Stechschulte's Christmas in Prison is here. Complex and multilayered in both form and content, this handmade 96 page book printed in a combination of risograph, offset and screen printing has to be seen and held to be fully appreciated.  LIMITED QUANTITY
copacetic price - $32.75

STGM4DGM4sped Study Group Magazine #4 (Regular & Deluxe Editions)
by Zack Soto, Farel Dalrymple, Noah Van Sciver, et al
Another -- and, supposedly the last (>sob!<) -- issue packed with comics and comics scholarship -- and, this time around, a playbale board (well, paper) game!  The definite highlight of this issue is the 16-page process-centered, illustrated interview with comics ace, Farel Dalrymple, as he goes into depth and detail about his work methods, tools and processes.  Comics makers, take note!  The publisher has this to say:  'Adventure calls in this massive tribute to all things fearless and fantastic! Featuring work by Farel Dalrymple, Ed Wheelan, Lark Pien, Noah Van Sciver, Adrea Kalfas, Benjamin Marra, Ian Chachere, Dylan Horrocks, and many more! Includes comics, art, articles, interviews, and a playable board game! Cover art by Levon Jihanian." In addition to the magazine, the "exclusive" Deluxe Edition includes a playable Danger Country RPG by Levon Jihanian (Over the Garden Wall) and a GM screen with art by Benjamin Marra (Terror Assaulter OMWOT)!
regular edition -
retail price - $16.00  copacetic price - $13.75
deluxe edition - retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22


Soft City
by Hariton Pushwagner, w/ intro by Chris Ware
Hold onto your hats, SOFT CITY, Hariton Pushwagner's epic pen & ink meditation on urban living has arrived! Created between 1969 and 1975, this amazing Norwegian comics masterwork was lost for decades and is only now being published in the US, in this massive oversize hardcover volume. Get ready to have your comics history assumptions challenged.  Chris Ware's introduction will get you up to speed so you can hit the ground running.
retail price - $35.00  copacetic price - $29.75

BAC2016 The Best American Comics 2016
by Roz Chast, Bill Kartalopoulos, Marc Bell, Ben Katchor, et al
The Best American Comicsseries continues its Bill Kartalopoulos led streak of excellence with this volume.  Any concerns that the selection of Roz Chast would somehow lead to a New Yorker Magazine Aesthetic-centric edition are immediately laid to rest with Marc Bell's playful wraparound cover.  Yes, while New Yorker friendly marquee names like Chris Ware, Ben Katchor, Lynda Barry, Drew Friedman, Adrian Tomine are here, there is also a far ranging selection of work by many sorts of talents, ranging from Gilbert Hernandez to Liana Finck, Richard McGuire to Kate Beaton, Anne Emond to Alex Schubert, John Procellino to GG (whose volume closing piece was originally created for the Comics Workbook Composition Competition), Gabrielle Bell to Joe Sacco, Keiler Roberts to Lance Ward, Cece Bell to Casanova Frankenstein, and more -- along with a healthy dose of those Americans who, like cover artist Bell (who also is included within), hail north of the US border, like Dave Lapp, Genevieve Elverum, Joe Ollmann and Nina Bunjevac.  Another great assemblage of comics.  Recommended!
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $22.22

Tet Tetris
by Box Brown
Box Brown is back with another engrossing tale that doubles as a history lesson, and he has set upon a subject that is perfectly suited for his spare angular style.  Tetris is multilayered work that explores the intersection of politics, personality, technology and human nature as they collided in the creation and dissemination of the early classic computer game, Tetris. The story centers on two Soviet-era, Moscow-based computer scientists, Alexy Pajitinov, the creator of Tetris, and his pal, Vladimir Pokhilko, and details the underlying processes of Alexy's creation of the game itself (during his spare time on his government job, no less) before following the globe-trotting escapades that were the result as he and Vladimir tried to get the game officially out into the wider, capitalistic and US-dominated world.  A parable of the clash between and the coming together of communism and capitalism during the final days of the cold war era.  Check out a nice preview and read some of the rave reviews, HERE
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

NT Naptime
by Nate McDonough
Naptime, the latest work by man-about-town-with-pen-ink-and-paper, Nate "Grixly" McDonough, is, art-wise, perhaps his strongest outing to date.  Get ready for a well crafted read, assembled with generally heavier line weights and heavier blacks than in standard Grixly product -- which this is not, being a 72-page, 8 1/2" x 11", squarebound volume.  Nate doesn't hold back in this gleeful presentation of the darkness lying beneath the veneer of personal propriety and social convention.  While the thread that ties together the elements of the story into a cohesive whole may be occasionally lost from sight, due to the dense and at times opaque narrative, the enjoyment of following the visuals never diminishes.  Readers will be propelled through to the end regardless, and are likely to be challenged in the process -- before each coming to their own conclusions at the story’s terminus.     PLUS:  Bonus pinups by Nathaniel Taylor & Nick Vincenti and a swell back cover by Jonas Goonface!   And, of course, given that this is a Grixly Production, it is bargain priced!
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $6.95

CHLVile #1: The Coward's Hole
Vile #2: Lonesome
by Tyler Landry
Just in time for Halloween we have a pair of creepy tales from Tyler Landry, under the title of Vile. The first, "The Coward's Hole", is a 48-page, duo-tone (green) SF tale -- nicely printed on newsprint  with cardstock cover --  set on some random planet somewhere.  The scond, "Lonesome",  is a nice-n'-creepy 24-page tri-color (yellow-blue-green) tale -- crisply printed on newsprint with cardstock cover --  set deep in the woods; a man alone, late at night, with a full moon and a fire...
#1 - retail price - $7.95  copacetic price - $7.25
#2 -  retail price - $5.95  copacetic price - $5.35

Ley Lines: For Lives
Read and Erase

by Andrew White
LLAWThis issue of Ley Lines presents "For Lives,"  Andrew White's exploratory foray into the intertwining of the lives of Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein that centers on Picasso's definitive portrait of Stein that was painted over 1905 and 1906.  The relationship between Picasso and Stein was one of the REkey fulcrum points in the development of 20th century modernism and this portrait along with Stein's record of its process and her subsequent writings on Picasso are thus key modernist touchstones.  White here brings these together in this piece of experimental comics.  And then, don't miss its <>follow-up / companion piece:  Read and Erase e printed in an identical format at the same printers (WestCan, for you-who-need-to-know) and once again focuses on the Gertrude Stein and her milieu.  In Read and Erase, the main focus is on her relationship with Alice B. Toklas, their trip to America, death, and presence and absence.  White employs snippets from letters and notes between the two as well as other writings of Stein and Toklas, whose relationship was most famously rendered in Getrude Stein's Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.  White's comics here mimic Steins elliptical repetitions in some ways, while providing a backdrop to Stein's and Toklas's exchange.  Comics to ponder...
retail price - $5.00@  copacetic price - $5.00@


The Experts
by Sophie Franz
Ms. Franz's entry in the Retrofit / Big Planet line of fine independent comics, The Experts, is a beautiully rendered and effectively creepy depiction of getting in over one's head.  • Full color; 24 pages; cardstock covers.
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00

Our Mother
by Luke Howard
Laid out on a varying series of uniform grids, Our Mother is a 40-page, duo-tone, puzzle comic book that challenges readers to work out their own solution.  The narrative takes the form of a series of vignettes of literal, figurative, or allegorical tales that once pieced together form a road map of a soul struggling to manage to keep it together.  The story switches speeds between, but not within, each tale, as the grids range from 6-panel to 16-panel; all are relayed in inks of pink and brown.  Our Mother works to show fantasy in general – and comics in particular – as a mode in and through which the psyche can absorb and process the shocks of reality that would otherwise be too much to process head on.
retail price - $9.00  copacetic price - $7.95

TPB The Secret History of Twin Peaks
by Mark Frost
Anyone looking to let loose their inner Twin Peaks obsession will find green pastures to roam here in the pages of this "novel" which provides a wealth of previously unseen diegetic minutae.  While the material presented here did not, for the most part, actually make it onto the screen, it can nevertheless be considered part of the Twin Peaks back story -- even if it has been constructed after the fact.  We can imagine the series being the proverbial "tip of the iceberg" resting atop a massive construction which lay unseen beneath the surface, and that is only hinted at through the material presented here.  That's certainly the idea HERE.  This book shows just how easy it is to get lost in the far and wide ranging imaginative world of Twin Peaks...
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $26.75


LOA: Albert Murray – Collected Essays and Memoirs
by Albert Murray
Yes!  Albert Murray was one of the great cultural critics of the 20th century (and 21st!).  Now, at last, his most significant works -- several of which were out of print -- are collected in a single volume, that is a bargain relative to the cost of purchasing each of these works individually. 
tail price - $45.00  copacetic price - $39.75

Items from our October 2016 listings may be purchased online at our eCommerce site, HERE.

New for September 2016

LD Libby's Dad
by Eleanor Davis
Never one to rest on her laurels, Ms. Davis has once again headed out into new territory, thematic as well as technical, in this 40 page, full color comic book.  Superficially the tale of an all-girl suburban sleep over pool party at the home of the divorced father of one of the girls – the titular character – Libby's Dad is a multilayered and multileveled tale of the porous border between innocence and ignorance.  Set firmly in the present, Davis pithily portrays contemporary mores and cogently addresses contemporary concerns in her presentation of both story and setting, yet manages to evoke timeless narratives that echo – albeit indirectly – biblical themes, specifically that of the Garden of Eden and the fear of an angry and wrathful God.  Davis accomplished these evocations in large part through the visuals, in her choices of what is depicted as well as the manner, materials and mode through which she she realized these depictions.  Her primary choice was to execute Libby's Dad entirely in colored pencil, with no black line.  Complementing this was her decision to dispense with panel borders, which makes for organic amorphous panel-to-panel transitions within and between each page.  These traditional linguistic signs of the ink line and the panel border both serve limiting and controlling functions which are traditionally related to patriarchal values.  Davis’s decision to eliminate them paradoxically calls more attention to the theme of patriarchy, which is woven through the tale, by virtue of their absence, and simultaneously serves as a subtle and suggestive counterpoint, an allusion to the values that are excluded from the patriarchy, which is also directly referenced in an image of Libby’s mom.  Additionally, as the cover image amply illustrates, images of vegetation are a significant aspect of the diegesis and serve to create a pronounced garden motif which can – and should – be read here as a sign for the Garden of Eden.  It is an Eden that the girls in the story are, evidently, in no hurry to depart from.
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $7.25

GoF Garden of the Flesh
by Gilbert Hernandez
The etymological base-root of the word genesis is the Greek word for "be born or produced."  In Garden of the Flesh, a handy, 96-page, full color comic book with debossed leatherette cover, Gilbert Hernandez follows etymology and goes back to the base-root of genesis in his depiction of practices involved in bringing about "being born or produced," in his take on the first fifth of the book of Genesis (roughly 2: 7 through 9: 1).  He wants to remind readers just what the Lord means when s/he proclaims, "Be fruitful and multiply."  Doubtless, most readers will have their own ideas about this, and many will find themselves questioning the likeliness of the acts herein depicted, but most will just take it for what it's worth, knowing that that's what "artistic license" is all about, and that depictions of scriptural events have throughout history commonly reflected the then current norms of the society and culture which produced them, and that there is no reason to expect our era to be any different in this regard.  As our society and culture finds itself permeated with pornography at this historical juncture, it should come as no surprise to find that popping up in representations of scripture at this time.  And, any reader who has a difference of opinion is granted an Artistic License of their own by virtue of their residing in the USA, and so is welcome to go out and create, publish and disseminate their own particular point of view (as Chester Brown has done-- and he lives in Canada! – along with, of course, R. Crumb in his complete comics adaptation of the Book of Genesis, and Basil Wolverton, with his idiosyncratic take on aspects of both the Old and New Testaments, most notably the Book of Revelations re-imagined as a nuclear holocaust), should they feel strongly about it.  Here in this volume, readers have the option of exploring Gilbert Hernandez's point of view.  And, lest the meaning of what's in store here escape anyone reading this, please note that Garden of the Flesh is a publication intended for, and the sale of which is limited to, ADULTS ONLY. 
retail price - $12.95  copacetic price - $11.75

LDoF The Longest Day of the Future
by Lucas Varela
The power of images to communicate is amply demonstrated in the pages of The Longest Day of the Future.  Lucas Varela simultaneously constructs and communicates an entire future society predicated on a projected subsuming of national political systems into that of corporate business, one in which corporate icons dominate personal identity and brand loyalty trumps all.  This is accomplished entirely without words, in this 120 page full color pantomime graphic novel that was originally published in France.  There is more, of course, to this work than simply the construction of a future society.  There is also its deconstruction which is set in motion by a crash-landed alien and his very special briefcase...  Fans of Jason's savvy genre tales are sure to enjoy Varela's creation, as are any who enjoy savoring the communicative power of images in sequence.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $21.75

retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $12.00


Arab of the Future, Volume 2

by Riad Sattouf
The second volume in the eye-opening Arab of the Future graphic memoir of growing up in the Middle East and Europe has arrived.  Riad Sattouf created a gripping portrait of his early years in Syria and Libya in the first volume.  We imagine we're not alone in looking forward to digging in to this second volume...
retail price - $26.00  copacetic price - $22.75


by Dash Shaw
Here's the hardcover edition of Dash Shaw's take on this contemporary phenomena.  This volume collects all extant Cosplayers stories from Cosplayers #1 & #2 along with the story that appeared as the second half of Hip Hop Family Tree "Three-In-One",  which was, more or less, #3,  and combines them into an integrated whole that includes a brand new story wherein the protagonists flirt with "the big time" (you can probably guess how it turns out, but we're not going to tell you!).  Suffice it to say that the latest from Dash Shaw has arrived.
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00


Real Deal Comix
by Lawrence "Raw Dog" Hubbard & H.P. "R.D. Bone" McElwee
Back in 1990 when the first issue of Real Deal Comix was released on the world, who thought that the day would come when it would be collected in a deluxe hardcover volume complete with debossed, gold foil logo?  Well, arrive it has and we have it!  Real Deal Comix has just been collected by Fantagraphics in this 160- page edition which collects all issues from the original 1990s run, and a new story prepared especially for this volume, along with a couple of previously unpublished rarities and an interview with Lawrence "Raw Dog" Hubbard, himself!
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.75

CN Cheap Novelties
by Ben Katchor
YES! The book that announced Ben Katchor's special genius to the world, Cheap Novelties is at long last back in print in this fabulous hardcover edition from Drawn & Quarterly that will go quite nicely on the shelf next to Katchor's other great works, such as Julius Knipl, Real Estate PHotographer, The Beauty Supply District, and The Cardboard Valise.  Katchor has the uncanny ability to use comics to reveal the past that lies latent in the present, how the lost can be found right in front of your eyes if you only look at it... just so.  These revelations are made possible by the inherent qualities of the comics medium, and, of course, by Katchor's deep understanding of the capacities of these qualities to work on the memory and the imagination of the reader, to mix and blend the two and so synthesize a unique "reality" that, in some important ways, is more real, than that perceived solely by the senses.  
retail price - $22.95  copacetic price - $20.00

KK34 LOAC Essentials Presents: Krazy Kat 1934 - The Complete Dailies
by George Herriman
OK, here's a treat:  the complete run of Krazy Kat dailies from 1934, reproduced full size, on high quality newsprint, in a chunky, horizontally formatted hardcover volume from IDW's Library of American Comics Essentials series.  This is the same format as the two Baron Bean collections that IDW released over the last couple years, that we know at least a few Copacetic customers picked up.  Recommended!  <>HC • B&W • 328 pages • 12″ x 4.25″
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $26.75


I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This
by Nadja Spiegelman
Who knew?  The daughter of Art Spiegelman and Francois Mouly has penned a memoir about her relationship with her mom -- and her mom's relationship with her mom, and how it all fits together.
retail price - $27.00  copacetic price - $23.75


Born to Run
by Bruce Springsteen
Yeah, yeah, we know:  You already bought it; you pre-ordered it the second you heard it was coming out.  We put this up for the one person who didn't know about it.   Now you know!
retail price - $32.50  copacetic price - $28.75

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New for August 2016

Z1Z2Zona #1, 2 & 3
edited by Frank Santoro
We've finally negotiated an allotment of this new, unique, handcrafted series from Comics Workbook that is put together right here in Pittsburgh.  The premiere issue features a hand pulled silkscreened cover printed -- on both sides! -- in red and black, with an added yellow layer on the front cover only, on heavy stock.  In the first issue you'll find four ten-page B & W stories (each with their own "cover" -- or frontice piece, in the case of Frank Santoro):  untitled by Frank Santoro; "a resting place" by Harry Moyer; "Homesick" by Gabriella Tito; and "Drongo Culture" by Jack Brougham.  Each of these stories takes its own approach to the form, and each is rewarding.  The new-to-us talent of Jack Brougham, with his innovative use of the grid and solid chops displayed in "Drongo Culture" was a particular treat.  Comics Workbook switches things up with the second issue. Here we have a single, full-length comics piece that looks just like something that you would find in a comics workbook.  In the twenty-two, full color pages that make up this issue, Frank Santoro has prepared what is in effect a "behind-the-scenes" look at the Comics Workbook techniques (pat. pend.) that employ a limited color palette to convey mass and spatial relations, and in combination with more traditional blackline, character and action.  It is a demonstration of the visual shorthand underlying completed comics that you normally don't get to see, one that efficiently transitions visual ideas onto paper so that they can then subsequently be built up into a finished product.  This issue will be of primary interest to practicing comickers, story-board artists, and the like; to get an idea of how to visualize narrative progressions.  The third issue of Zona returns to the format of the first -- but with a twist.  As with Zona #1, #3 contains four ten-page stories by four different artists, each with its own "cover", making for 44 pages of art total. Z3The issue leads off with "Gulls" by Kurt Ankeny in full color, followed by "Alabaster Trees" by Jacqueline Huskisson, "Caught in the Light" by Paddy Lynch and finishing up with "Guilt Came Along" by Tyler Landry, all in black and white.  Huskisson and Lynch work with the official Comics Workbook grids, with Huskisson mixing it up between 9-panel and 8-panel grids, while Lynch sticks with the 8-panel grid throughout, while Ankeny and Landry both opt for the three-tieir page, with Ankeny keeping the center tier of each page as a single, full-width panel, and breaking up the top ad bottom tiers into two or three panels, respectively, for a 3-1-2 beat, while Landry holds it steady throughout with a straight run of three panel pages.  If the issue has a theme, it appears to be relationships -- but there is quite a breadth to the variety of interpretations on this theme on display in the pages of this issue.  And then there's the cover. The special twist to this issue is that each cover is an original piece hand drawn in black and blue marker (with occasional red fine-line marker highlights) by Frank Santoro.  Here too we have variations on a theme, but the theme is formal:  each cover is a head shot of varying degrees of abstraction; the latest batch are armor-like, bearing a fleeting resemblance to Iron Man, but each is a unique, original drawing.  Nice!  Each issue in the series is hand signed and numbered by Frank Santoro.  All three issues have been produced in a limited edition of 100.  Don't miss out! 
retail price - $20.00@  copacetic price - $20.00@

E5Epoxy #5

by John Pham
Now, while we're on the topic of hand crafted comics, is the ideal time to bring to the forefront this work by one of the masters of the handmade comic book, John Pham.
  Epoxy #5 shows Mr. Pham hitting new heights of intricacy in production execution.  This is actually three magazines in one:  1) a 20-page 8" x 10.5" issue of Epoxy, into which is bound 2) a 40-page 4.5" x 6.25" issue of Jay & Kay and 3) a 16-page 3" x 4" issue of Cool Magazine (into which, in turn, is bound a tiny poster and two other super-tiny inserts; whew!).  All are handmade, state of the art risograph printed employing the Phamicomic Color Process™ that can be found nowhere else.  Amazing!
retail price - $18.00  copacetic price - $18.00

DH Double-Head Tour; Tornar and Riparna
by Lale Westvind
It looks like we might as well stop beating around the bush and come right out and proclaim this "Handmade Comics Month" here at Copacetic, as here's yet another handmade wonder.  Risographed in purple ink on pink paper, with a hand screened two color cover printed on heavy cream cardstock, this is a tale found in “the museum of epics, in the city of memory.”  We are led to it by our intrepid guide, Lale Westvind, who takes us there through a very labyrinthine path indeed, one which crosses cities, continents, oceans and interstellar space – as well as psychic dimensions – and employs all manner of vehicular transport from race car to star ship, from surf board to monster truck, from beast back to energy wave:  whether it’s running from or running to, it’s all about getting from point A to point B, whatever it takes.  The actual vehicles here, however, are symbol and metaphor, rendered in a turbo-charged, quasi-draughtsman-like manner that is stylistically located in the vicinity of the somewhat obscure neighborhood of C.F. meets Fletcher Hanks.  The tale related in “Double-Head; Torvar & Riparna” is one of two souls meeting on the spirit plane while their corporal beings remain trapped in the material world, the struggles their meeting entail, and their search for refuge and, ultimately, sanctuary.  The challenge is how to convey the immaterial aspects of their spiritual correspondence onto the material plane so that it may be communicated here – and, crucially, perhaps enable readers to be transported by this communication to the spirit plane in turn, and share in this archetypal epic in the city of memory and so engage in a bit of spiritual correspondence themselves.  Readers will of necessity need to actively participate in this process in order to maintain the necessary ideational thrust to meet the required psychic escape velocity to achieve spiritual lift-off. 
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $8.00

SAAJ Street Angel: Alcatraz, Jr. -- Busted!!! 
by Jim Rugg & Brian Maruca
OK, one more.  This one's not only handmade, but made in Pittsburgh to boot!  Street Angel finds herself behind bars (but not for long, if we know our Street Angel) in this, her latest adventure.  Never one to shy away from a formal challenge, Rugg here has also "imprisoned" Street Angel formally in a series of grids – 4-panel, 6-panel (horizontal and vertical), 8-panel, 9-panel and even 12-panel – before "busting out" in a series of frenetic splashes and pages with borderless panels which convey Street Angel to her hard won freedom.  This is a comic book to enjoy first and then study later, to see how it's done. 32 full-color, digest-size pages of rock-'em-sock-'em action and hi-jinx humor are to be had here in this hand made, hand numbered, hand signed edition of 300 copies.  (And we hope all Copacetic customers are hep to the homage that this issue's cover is paying!)
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $10.00

SL Summerland
by Paloma Dawkins
Summerland is a unique piece of comics work, one which turns the typical creative hierarchy on its head, with the coloring in the dominant position, followed by the inking, then penciling, and with the scripting tacked on almost an afterthought.  The boldly inked lines are minimal yet effective in delineating the scene, and to brace the colors and let them do their stuff, and what they do here is something new.  In the pages of Summerland, Ms. Dawkins has improvised an innovative approach to color, one in which she "plays" the color scheme using tone clusters and chords, rather than the normative approach of hitting single notes and then combining them, and she does so to great harmonic effect.  It is difficult to describe the sensation that viewing these pages makes other than to say there is an immediate impression of being surrounded by color.  The tonal proximity of the wall-to-wall colors vibrate the optic nerves in ways that will serve to shatter more than one preconception about comics coloring.  We recommend that readers simply let go of their narrative processors and immerse themselves in absorbing this comic book, so as to savor the optical experience.  Here, in Summerland it's the story that's the background.
retail price - $9.00  copacetic price - $7.75

We All Wish for Deadly Force
by Leela Corman
This 88 page collection of short works by Ms. Corman is the first or her works -- that we are aware of, at least -- that is printed in full color.  It's great to reaching out in many new directions, artistic as well as thematic.  The stories here range all over the map -- both physical and emotional --  and present windows on worlds that most readers will be new to.  The stories contain personal, historical, mythical and political themes, with a special focus on Egyptian life, and all strive for empathy with their subjects.
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $8.50


<>by Melissa Mendes
This 160 page softcover collects the entirety of the fifteen issue Oily Comics run of Melissa Mendes's charming series that manages to effectively capture key emotional notes from both childhood and parenting.  Lou shows the inner child remaining in the parent while simultaneously revealing that inner child being channeled through the parent to the next generation; reemerging; regeneration.
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $13.75

King-Cat Comics and Stories #76
by John Porcellino
After his major narrative forays in The Hospital Suite and King-Cat #75's epic ode to Maisie Kukoc, John P. is in a reflective mode here.  Small snippets of walks, dreams, memories and recollections of comics-making are mixed with seasonal thoughts and interspersed with an epic selection of letters-to-the-editor, many of which specifically reference places, locations and/or experiences shared with and/or related to John P.'s own life.  Taken together these ingredients provide readers with a sense of the community that has built up around King-Cat over the quarter-century of it's existence, with John's life, art and work at it's center.
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00

CB57Cometbus #57
by Aaron Cometbus
Cometbus 57, which is, going by the illustration on the inside front cover, the 35th anniversary issue(!), is devoted to... interviews with NYC cartoonists (and other comics industry professionals)!  Within this issues 100 pages you will find interviews with Gabrielle Bell, Robin Enrico, Jeffrey Lewis, Julia Wertz, Bill Kartalopoulos, Gary Panter, Adrian Tomine, Ben Katchor, Paul Levitz, Drew Friedman, Karen Green, Gabe Fowler, Kim Deitch & Al Jaffee!  While these interviews are not illustrated with examples of the artists' work, as is so often the case, each interview is accompanied by a portrait of the interviewee by Nate Powell (March[see below!], etc..) and the issue's comics-style wrap around cover is by Jeffrey Lewis.  Hot off the press!
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00


Warp Wish Comix
by Nate Ward
From off the streets of Cleveland comes... the inaugural issue of Warp Wish Comix!  24, full color, magazine-size pages jammed with frenzied renderings of inner space turned inside-out and outer space turned outside in.  Think of the detailed stipplings of Basil Wolverton via Drew Friedman grafted onto a comics-universe co-created by Kaz and Dave Cooper, and you'll begin to have some idea what to expect.
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00

March: Book Three
by John Lewis, Nate Powell & Andrew Aydin
The culminating volume in the celebrated trilogy recounting Congressman John Lewis's experiences on the front lines of the civl rights movement is the most substantial, running 246 pages.  In the pages of this third volume we experience events in Jackson, Mississippi and Selma, Alabama, as well as the 1964 Democratic Party Convention and the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  During these years, Congressman Lewis served as the Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was a key participant in the events recounted here.  Nate Powell's powerful visuals, inspired by the events depicted in combination with his own inner convictions, will serve to inspire readers in turn. 
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

YO The Osamu Tezuka Story
by Toshio Ban; translated and with an introduction by  Frederik Schodt
This manga biography of the great Osamu Tezuka runs close to 900 pages.  It's a giant red brick of a book -- talk about heft! Created by Toshio Ban under the aegis of Tezuka Productions, work on this began shortly after Tezuka's death in 1989.  Originally published in eight-page installments that ran in one of Japan's top manga weeklies for two years before being collected (more than once) and published in book form in Japan.  Finally, with the aid of some funding, it is at last being published in North America in a translation by the west's foremost Tezuka authority, Frederik Schodt, who has also penned an introduction for this edition.  This looks like a must read, it's just going to be matter of budgeting in the time; maybe reading it eight pages a week, to replicate the experience of reading it as it was originally released will be the way to go...
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.75

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