A SELECTION OF RECENT ARRIVALS
New for June 2016
Hot Dog Taste Test
by Lisa Hanawalt
Summer officially begins now, with the release of Lisa Hanawalt's Hot Dog Taste Test! This flexi-like hardcover volume delivers 180 pages of Ms. Hanawalt's full color comics mayhem. Nothing is spared: shopping, cooking, eating, farting -- it's all here! Along with birds, corporate iconography, horses, picnics, travel and more. In addition to comics, there are reproductions of sculptures, photographs, watercolors and hybrid combintations of all of the above. It's a crazy hodgepodge of energetic, sillly and highly satiric humor.
retail price - $20.99 copacetic price - $20.00
Sir AlfredHold onto your hats, Sir Alfred (apocryphally listed as "No. 3") is a comics fetishist's dream. This is a beautifully printed, massively sized -- 10" x 13" -- full color comic book designed to look like a golden age National Periodical Publication (only bigger!), that has been painstakingly produced in a limited, signed & numbered edtion of 1000 copies. It includes a giclée print and a letterpressed coaster (who will be the first to dare to actually employ this item in its designed capacity?), and comes pre-packaed in a mylar sleeve. And it's about the life and career of that painstaking perfectionsist, Alfred Hitchcock, making for a perfect match! So, put on your smoking jacket, pour yourself a cognac, and enjoy!
retail price - $25.00 copacetic price - $25.00
Frontier #12: Kelly KwangYouth in Decline sez: ""Who Were the Space Youth Cadets?" Left in cosmic loneliness, they burned brightly until the void became too immense and they coalesced into its infinity. Earth forgot, but they did exist, and this is my proof. This fascinating issue features a mix of illustration, comics, apparel, murals, and photography to tell the story of the SYC. 32 pages, Full-color and B+W. <> Kelly K is an illustrator and cartoonist who spends half her time in Toronto and the other half on the net. She roots 4the universe and is rooting 4u too." Brandon Graham fans might want to check this out...
retail price - $8.00 copacetic price - $7.25
Dream TubeMs. Dunlop has delivered a great batch of all new comics here in Dream Tube, and publisher, Youth in Decline has put them all together in a thoughful and aesthetically pleasing package that perfectly suits her work. Midnight blue ink on heavy cream/off-white newsprint is just the right call here and lends the comics an inviting feel. Those readers who feel at home with the works of Michael DeForge, Patrick Kyle, Jillian Tamaki, Sam Alden, et al are likely to welcome the work they find in the 114 pages of comics presented here.
retail price - $12.95 copacetic price - $12.00
Low LightThe level of artistry achieved in 32-page, magazine-size, black & white comic book from the previously-unkown-to-us comics maker Tristan Wright knocked our socks off when we first opened it up. While the story itself has a strong Miyazaki flavor, the artwork created to convey it put us in mind of the glory days of French science fiction and fantasy comics of the 1970s, with, of course, Moebius at its center. We are confident that anyone reading this will join us in looking forward to seeing what comes next from this talent. And you won't have to wait as long as, as we received this several months ago, but then sold out here at the shop before managing to post it here. Now that we have received a restock that we can offer here, online Copacetic customers have a chance to glom onto a copy themselves. In the meantime, anyone and everyone that feels intrigued by our comments can do themselves the favor of taking the time to check out the very generous batch of comics Mr. Wright has posted online HERE (the first post, "Late Night Special", presents the first 12 pages of Low Light #1).
retail price - $8.00 copacetic price - $8.00
Some TowersComing to Copacetic from Germany, and employing a format of extreme verticality -- 4" x 12" -- Some Towers lives up to its name. It presents 32 pages, each with its own strip stack, each made up of four square panels. Printed on eight different colors of heavy paper stock, Fritz pays with sequence and series in this bit of formal funnies.
retail price - $6.00 copacetic price - $6.00
The Beauty TheoremFunky and fascinating, Benjamin Urkowitz's The Beauty Theorem is a horizontally formatted two-color risograph comic book that forges its own, unique visual language to negotiate a rapprochement between categories that are often at odds -- or at least have difficulties working in coördinating between each other: aesthetics and mathematics, on the one hand, and scientific bodies and government finance on the other. Quite an ambitious agenda for a 36-page, handmade, self-published, small batch (limited to 200 copies, so don't snooze on this one) comic book! Urkowitz rises to the challenge by producing some highly original comics that appear to stand as a career high, from the Copacetic vantage point.
retail price - $5.00 copacetic price - $5.00
Homegoing<>by Yaa Gyasi
Homegoing starts out in 18th century Ghana and follows two half sisters and their descendents to the new world and through the centuries and up to the present day in this widely heralded novel that is sure to be one of the major works of 2016. Here links to just three of the many glowing reviews this work has already garnered in
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
retail price - $26.95 copacetic price - $22.75
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New for May 2016
Highbone TheaterImagine, if you will, a very Charles Burnsian narrative in which dream and reality, imagination and perception, delusion and conception, fiction, fantasy and rumination are all inextricably bound together into an irreducible mass. Then imagine it featuring a cast that centers on Arnold Schwarzenegger-esque Freak Brothers rendered in the manner of Burns imitating Fletcher Hanks, with the setting -- landscapes and dreamscapes -- courtesy of Jim Woodring. Then imagine that the protagonist works with Reid Fleming, only at a paper factory instead of an industrial dairy, and that here Reid Fleming is, in addition to being an over-the-top renegade, an off-the-rails paranoid delusional conspiracy theorist. All the while keeping in mind the entire time that this story is set -- at least those parts that can be construed to take place within the physical realm -- in South Africa, yet is somehow related to the events of 9/11, and that the artwork switches back and forth between black and white and full color, as called for by the narrative. Now you have some idea what to expect in the 570 pages of Highbone Theater, the latest and greatest work by the creator of Dungeon Quest and The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book, and more. Anyone looking to escape their lives and plunge into a fully formed -- and completely outrageous -- comics universe need look no further.
retail price - $34.99 copacetic price - $29.75
DisquietMore Noah Van Sciver! Here's the second book collection -- the first in hardcover! -- of Noah Van Sciver's short work. After a two-page intro, Disquiet gets off to a great start with Noah's mini-masterpiece, "The Lizard Laughed", originally publiahsed as a riso mini by Oily Comics. It then goes on to collect a varietry of works that had previously appeared in Blammo, along with "The Death of Elijah Lovejoy", which appears here in color for the first time, as does "Untitled" which had previously seen the light of day only in a small run mini, and a few other short pieces as well. The two color works that close out the volume, "Night Shift" and "About the Artist" were both new to us here at Copacetic. 136 pages in all. Debossed cover!
Le Poulet du DimancheFrench comics creator, Sylvie Fontaine is a seasoned veteran of the form, but is not widely known in the English speaking world. Le Poulet du Dimanche (which translates as "Sunday Chicken," and presumably has a French colloquial meaning that is lost in translation) could go a ways in helping to rectify this situation, as all the work herein collected are wordless pantomime comics in which no translation is necessary (the sole exception to this is the introduction by Jean Giraud [better known as Moebius]). And these are great comics, exhibiting a strong synthetic streak, as Fontaine's work incorporates the likes of Marc Bell, Jean Debuffet, Fiona Smyth, Jim Woodring, and Moebius himself -- especially in some of the lengthy series of transformation comics, which is one of this volume's highlights -- along with that of many others. This is not to say her work is derivative. It takes what it needs from its influences and welds them to her own æsthetic, using each as called for. Her work ranges from delicate to detailed to bold to ruddily expressionistic -- sometimes all in a single piece! This full-size 120 page French-flapped (but of course!) edition is an entertaining collection of engrossing comics as well as an excellent introduction to Ms. Fontaine's work. Check it out!
retail price - $19.99 copacetic price - $17.77
The End of a FenceRoman Muradov hits a career high with this smart little book. The End of a Fence is the first long form book in the new kuš! mono series, and gets it off to a great start! We actually first got this in a few months back, but sold out (twice!) in the shop before finally getting a restock that we could list here. Take a moment now to take advantage of the magic of the internet by clicking HERE for a nice preview. | Format A6 (10cm x 15 cm / 4" x 6"), 100 pages, full-color, perfect bound, printed on FSC certified paper. |
retail price - $12.00 copacetic price - $12.00
Momento!The hype line at the top of this comic book lays it right out: "stories for the (now old) 90s kid in all of us." Anyone pining for another shot of those finely crafted, pen & ink comics that probe the youth counter culture while prodding society's underbelly and occasionally broaching taboo subjects will find six doses here in the 34 pages of Momento! Fans of the early Clowes in particular (which is actually from the '80s) will find their buttons being pushed here in stories like "Barry! My Imaginary Friend" and "Night of the Roamer". The heavy satire of "Bitrilin's Dream" and "A Hungry Artist" may put readers in mind of the repressed anger of the first few issues of Ivan Brunetti's Schizo. As the issue comes to a close, things veer towards the Peter Bagge worldview, becoming increasingly cynical and jaded in the encroaching darkness of "Switcheroo" and the finale, "The World Passed You By." All of this is not to say, however, that the comics here are lacking in originality. San Juan certainly has his own personal vision -- hey, he lives and works in Buenos Aires, so he is definitely drawing on different life experiences than the aforementioned americanos del Norte -- and in Momento! it springs upon those us who are encountering it here for the first time already fully formed. Thanks should go out to the fine folks at Kilgore for bringing these fine comics across the equator!
retail price - $5.00 copacetic price - $5.00
Follow the Leader #1Jonas's long-in-the-works online comics series, Follow the Leader at last sees the light of day as an actual, honest-to-gosh comic book, and it's a real beaut! 36 pages of knock-your-socks off drawing and coloring power this strange tale that puts an all-new twist on the kids vs. the powers-that-be theme. Only 200 signed and numbered copies printed. Don't miss this destined-to-be-a-collectors'-item, Made-in-Pittsburgh comic book! These won't be around forever...
retail price - $8.00 copacetic price - $8.00
Grixly #35The new Grixly has arrived! This time around Nate delivers "The Batman Strikes!" "Cooking with Grixly," "Dogs of the Future," "Grixly on a Trip," "The Pizza Dumpster," and plenty more besides. There's a lot stuffed into this issue's 24 pages. All for a mere $2.75. Grixly -- Your Best Comics Value™.
retail price - $2.75 copacetic price - $2.75
The latest volume in The Carl Barks Library has arrived. This time around we have three full length Donald Duck clasic adventures. First up is "Dangerous Disguise", which is notable for featuring characters -- all, intriguingly, spies, with most of the "screen time" devoted to one femme fatale -- that are rendered as a normative human figure, while all around her are ducks; a rarity with Barks. Next up is "No Such Varmit", a classic travel adventure story that riffs on the Loch Ness monster myth. And then we have "In Old California", another unique tale in the Barks ouevre, in which Donald and his nephews travel back in time to 1848, courtesy of some "herbs" given to them by an indian medicine man. Barks packs a lot into this story: wealth, class, ethnicity, gender roles, and of course, good and evil, right and wrong, and their relations to beauty and ugliness. This story features Barks's only employment of cameo insets that we can think of. It also has some of his most packed compositions, both within individual panels and through individual pages; you really feel him struggling to pack it all into the 28 pages allotted. It is also unique (so far) to The Carl Barks Library in that it is the first full length tale to be colored by someone other than series colorist Rich Tommaso. "In Old California!" was colored by Joseph Robert Cowles -- to good effect, we should make clear -- and it stands out for its relatively subdued hues of generally darker tones than what readers have become accustomed to with Tommaso. Then, we have a batch of eleven classic ten-pagers, including the title track, the most significant of which is that keystone of Barksian economics that has been dubbed, "A Financial Fable." Here Barks explicitly lays out a central pillar of what he has as Uncle Scrooge's underlying understanding cum philosophy of money as labor and thrift as the means of its preservation and extension. While this is of course and of necessity a greatly simplified (and hugely reductive) take on a highly complex subject, for a ten-page story originally created for a ten cent comic book, it stands alone in its presentation of the function of money in a capitalist society. Wrapping things up we have an eight-pager featuring Grandma Duck, Daisy Duck, Gus Goose and Black Pete (!) in a rare cross-over from the Mickey Mouse universe wherein he is normally found. This story was additionally unusual in that it was originally published in an issue of Walt Disney's Comics & Stories that already had a Barks ten-pager, giving those lucky 1951 readers the rare treat of getting two Barks stories in one issue. This volume concludes with the now traditional assembly of story notes, cover reporductions and bibiliographical details. Recommended!
Donald Duck: "Terror of the Beagle Boys"
retail price - $29.99 copacetic price - $25.00
Barnaby, Volume Three: 1946-1947The oft' delayed and long awaited third volume of Crockett Johnson's classic one-of-a-kind strip has finally arrived! Between these covers is collected all the strips published from 1 January 1946 through 31 December 1947by Also on hand are a forward by Jeff Smith, an essay by Nathalie op de Beeck, "Notes on a Haunted Childhood," an afterword, "Escape Artist?" by Philip Nel – who also contributed notes to historically dated allusions that are peppered throughout the strips – and, finally, early comics histgorian, Coulton Waugh's appreciation of Barnaby that originally appeared in The Comics, which was published in 1947.
retail price - $39.99 copacetic price - $33.99
The Jazz of PhysicsThe first book by Brown University physics professor, Stephon Alexander, The Jazz of Physics has one of the most alluring sub-titles in memory: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe. Hard to top, right? It certainly worked on us here at Copacetic. This book has also received accolades from the likes of Brian Eno and Jaron Lanier. Here's a page on The Creators Project that includes an interview with Alexander and experimental music producer, Rioux, the official video that arose of their chance collaboration and an embedded TED Talk by ALexander, for anyone who's interested in learning more and/or getting a head start on the topics contained in The Jazz of Physics.
retail price - $27.50 copacetic price - $24.75
Listen, Liberal!Another call to action from a founding editor of The Baffler and author of What's the Matter with Kansas. Check out this interview with Frank on In These Times.retail price - $27.00 copacetic price - $23.75
The SympathizerThe winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has also garnered many other accolades boldly confronts the multiple and conflicting strands of history that continue to define the legacies of Vietnam and the Vietnam War. Reviewed at The New York Times, The Guardian UK, and around the world.
retail price - $16.00 copacetic price - $14.44
Items from our May 2016 listings may now be purchased online at our eCommerce site, HERE.
New for April 2016
Kramers Ergot #9Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam
Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesusby Chester Brown
Chester heads off into the desert of scriptural interpretation... There is definitely some solid comics storytelling going on here in Chester's (anti-)Reader's Digest condensations of Old Testament tales that lead into his speculative riffs on the Gospels. Drawn & Quarterly has put together an attractive hardcover edition that shows off Chester's four-panel grid to good effect. That said, an inordinate portion of the book is devoted to notes that defend the positions that are taken here, revealing the book as being intended as a polemic, which is unfortunate. Anyone limiting their reading to the comics alone, will get an engaging read along with a morsel or two of food for thought. Anyone who dives into the notes will find themselves in the world of self-justifying scriptural interpretation, which is best left alone, should one like to maintain a copacetic mien. Hree's hoping that Chester has worked it out of his system with this and that we can look forward to some less self-justifying fare in the future.
retail price - $21.95 copacetic price - $18.75
5,000 km per second
by Manuele Fior
Winner of both the grand prize at the Lucca Comics Festival and the award for best album at the Angoulême Comics Festival -- in 2010 and 2011 -- respectively, 5,000 km per second at long last makes its English language debut in this hardcover edition from Fantagraphics. Fior is an accomplished watercolorist who here employs a finely nuanced color palette in telling the story of a complex young love that is also the story of growing up as if follows its protagonists' across the years and across the continent of Europe and into Egypt in a series of gradual shifts and abrupt jumps.
retail price - $22.99 copacetic price - $20.00
The second volume in the New York Review's just launched line of comics also happens to be only the second work by the major league Bande Dessinée creator, Blutch to be translated into English and pubished in North America. In Peplum, Blutch uses comics to take on a raft of ideas, notions, dreams and conceits that have acreted around the historical memory of ancient Rome and weaves them together in a pen and ink tapestry that brings with it a host of fresh perspectives.
retail price - $24.99 copacetic price - $21.75
The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks
by Brecht Evens
More luscious watercolor comics from the master. Evens spreads out in this massive horizontally formatted hardcover. Panther is a visually dazzling tour de force! Check out the first few rows on this Google image page to get an idea of what you're in for.
retail price - $26.95 copacetic price - $23.75
PascinThis comics bio of the Bulgarian emigre painter, Jules Pascin, who became a key member of the vital early 20th century Montparnassian art scene in Paris has at long last been translated into English and published in North America. An ideal subject for Joann Sfar, who shows a great deal of affection for his subject in each of this hardcover's 186 pages; seeing him as a precursor figure to his own career in present day Paris, perhaps?
retail price - $24.95 copacetic price - $21.75
Don't Come In HerePatrick Kyle provides fair warning: Don't Come In Here is a challenge to received notions of normative perception in the form of 264 pages of comics which delineate an absurd com(a)partmentalized alienation. The chronicle of an isolated existence in which the protagonist is immersed in a feedback loop of computer-mediated consciousness that renders the reality of his(?) surroundings indeterminate. We can be sure that it is happening, just not what, exactly. Perhaps we never have been, perhaps we've been kidding ourselves all along, and only now are beginning to realize this...
retail price - $14.99 copacetic price - $13.75
After Nothing ComesAfter Nothing Comes collects several of Ms. Koch's out-of-print, self-published zines. Koyama Press has striven to capture the look and feel of the originals within the limitations of a standard collection. The rrepresentation of each zine reproduces the tone of the original paper stock to provide readers with the next-best-thing to getting their hands on the zines themselves (which, at this point, would be no mean feat). Originally published between 2008 and 2014, these six works, taken together, provide an excellent introduction to her work. Koch is concerned with evoking specific states of mind and visually connecting / correlating them with their triggers. In some cases, the trigger is an absence -- or loss -- making its visual representation a special kind challenge. It is, on the evidence of her work published here and elsewhere, apparently the kind of challenge that appeals to Koch and one that fits well with her spare, occasionally elegaic style. Precise pencil drawings mix with flowing ink washes and the occasional frenetic bit of brushwork and all gradually tends towards a grappling with emptiness and how to represent emotional balance in spatial compositions indicating a temporality that is struggling against a current flowing from the future.
retail price - $20.00 copacetic price - $16.75
From Now OnFinally -- a one-stop collection of Malachi Ward comics has arrived! From Now On collects a lucky 13 of Ward's short pieces -- ten that originally appeared in a wide array of anthologies, along with three new stories appearing here for the first time (to the best of our knowledge). 140 pages of far out science fiction comics in black & white and full color fill this this nicely printed, reasonably priced, full size softcover edition.
retail price - $14.99 copacetic price - $12.75
The Complete Peanuts, Volume 25: 1999-2000Here it is: the final (>sob!<) Peanuts strips by Charles M. Schulz, the last of which, the final Sunday page, originally appeared on the same day as Schulz's obituary, as he passed on from this world (and doubtless onto the Sphere of True Comics) the day before its publication. The editors cleverly filled out what would have otherwise been a slim volume by bookending the conclusion of Peanuts with the complete collection of Schulz's precursor strip to Peanuts, L'il Folks. And, to top it all off, this volume is introduced by none other than the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama! A fitting finale.
retail price - $29.99 copacetic price - $25.00
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