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New for May 2016

higbone Highbone Theater
by Joe Daly
Imagine, 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

Dis Disquiet
by Noah Van Sciver
More 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!

LeP Le Poulet du Dimanche
by Sylvie Fontaine
French 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 - $16.75

The End of a Fence
by Roman Muradov
Roman 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

BCBoy's Club
by Matt Furie
The long dry spell has ended.  Matt Furie's pæan to roomfulls of young men out of their minds on drugshas at last been collected into this compact softcover edition.  Keeping the dimensions of the original comic books in which these stories originally appeared, this Fantagraphics edition prints the strips in a multicolored series of monochrome pages, the color changes between which serve to demarcate their divisions.  The opening intro and closing outro pages are printed in green; the first section (which we are thinking corresponds to the first issue of the series, but can no longer recall -- anyone know for sure?) is printed in blue; the second in a mustard sienna; and the third in plum mahogany (no black & white here!).  176 pages of non-stop stoner-funnies in all.  In comics lineage, the Boy's Club comics are more or less the link between the Ben Jones / Paper Rad BJ and tha Dogs-era work and Simon Hanselmann's Megg, Mogg & Owl strips that are defining our present disaffection (but you already knew that).
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

M Momento!
by Matias San Juan
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

FL1 Follow the Leader #1
by Jonas McLuggage
Jonas'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

G35 Grixly #35
by Nate McDonough
The 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

DDBBDonald Duck: "Terror of the Beagle Boys"
by Carl Barks
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!
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.00

B3 Barnaby, Volume Three: 1946-1947
by Crockett Johnson
The 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

JP The Jazz of Physics
by Stephon Alexander
The 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!
by Thomas Frank
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 Sympathizer
by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The 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

KE9 Kramers Ergot #9
edited by Sammy Harkham
Featuring the work of John Pham, Lale Westvind, Noel Freibert, Julia Gfrörer, Dash Shaw, Anya Davidson, Patrick Kyle, Marc Bell, Antoine Cosse, Gabrielle Bell, Alex Schubert, Archer Prewitt, Ben Jones and many more, the ninth volume in this epoch-making anthology harkens back to the look, feel and heft of the fourth, which was the volume that put Kramers on the map, and is still the sentimental favorite at Copacetic.  
Here we have a highly informed selection of 288 pages of comics that draws on Harkham's knowledge of and connections with the contemporary comics making community.  The work he has assembled here displays a full spectrum of the amazing variety of what the form is capable of expressing.  Miss at your own peril!

retail price - $45.00  copacetic price - $38.25


Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam
by Simon Hanselmann
The wait is over!  The latest from Simon Hanselmann has arrived.  More mayhem from Megg and Mogg (and Owl and Werewolf Jones and assorted innocent bystanders) are back in this 160 page full color hardcover that collects several dozen strips including St. Owl's Bay, all of his strips to date, and new, previously unpublished strips created especailly for this volume.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $15.75

Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus
by 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. 

tail 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


by Blutch
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

Igort The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks
by Igort
This 364 page work records Igort's visits to the Ukraine and Russia itowards the end of the first decade of the 21st Century, but the bulk of the work is devoted to retelling the tales of those he meets of their experiences in these countires during the 20th.  More than one octegenarian is able to recall the horrifying days of the Stalin's enforced starvations during the 1930s as well as the equally barbaric incursions and depredations of the Nazis during the Second World War.  Hearing these stories, one has to marvel that their tellers were able to survive that which they recount.  There is much more on hand here than this, of course, but it is those tales which are so outside of the experience of those who lived their lives here in the New World of the Americas that burn themselves strongest into the mind's 
eye.  Igort, who will be known to many a Copacetic customer for his masterful work in Baobab, which was a part of the Ignatz line of graphic albums that he himself presided over, stretches out here and employs a wide range of expressive drawing, portraiture, illustration, and, of course, comics in recounting these many tales.  We highly recommend this work to anyone ready, willing and able to learn more of how life was lived in the Old World on the other side of the Iron Curtain, even before the curtain had been drawn as well as after it had been taken down. 
tail price - $28.00  copacetic price - $25.00


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


by Joann Sfar
This 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 Here
by Patrick Kyle
Patrick 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

ANC After Nothing Comes
by Aidan Koch
After 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.
tail price - $20.00  copacetic price - $16.75


From Now On
by Malachi Ward
Finally -- 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: 1999-2000P1999
by Charles Schulz
Here 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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New for March 2016

by Daniel Clowes
Clowes has delivered his long threatened science fiction graphic novel.  Within the 178 pages of Patience readers will encounter the arduous travails of a time-travelling drug abuser coming to terms with mortality and the meaning of life as only a time-travelling drug abuser can.  Clowes has, with Patience, taken an approach in crafting its narrative somewhat akin to that of Michael Chabon's in The Yiddish Policeman's Union -- although to entirely different ends -- by starting with the hook and basic plot structure of a whodunnit murder mystery, and then gradually incorporating layer upon layer of interlocking themes, spinning it out into something much more grandiose, until reaching its final epiphany.  Patience weaves a tangled (really tangled) tale of childhood traumas attached to family pathos that nimbly skirts the borders of bathos and tragedy, and that leads inevitably to an anger that is supressed in masochistic resignation, grief and drug abuse until being released in violence, over and over until finally... finding love -- and then starting all over again, sort of; hey, we're talking time travel here.  Ultimately, Patience reads as a highly fraught coming to terms with regret that reaches the conclusion that the only path that leads to its resolution is that of letting go of the past -- even when that past happens to have occurred in the future.  Which, of course, is the nature of regret:  the loss of an imagined alternate future; thus the genius of employing time travel in this capacity.  And there is plenty of reading pleasure to be had along the way, as all is delineated through a deft amalgamation of tropes from old school comic books, science fiction and hardboiled crime fiction. And, amidst all this, Clowes still manages to inject his unique sense of humor; you will laugh.  This is one of those works that, once you've started reading, you really can't put down.  So, what are you waiting for?  This is the new Dan Clowes we're talking about here.  Your patience has been rewarded...
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.75


Frontier #11: Eleanor Davis

Eleanor Davis delivers another graphic tour de force in "BDSM," her tautly delineated drama of the dialectic between fantasy and reality set in the world of softcore porn that, despite its being rendered in starkly contrasting black and white gradually brings out ever more shades of gray as it works towards a conclusion that suggests an erasure of borders.
retail price - $7.95  copacetic price - $7.50


Mean Girls Club
by Ryan Heshka
In Mean Girls Club, Ryan Heshka presents his readership with an au courant post-WW II noir setting, replete with cars, hairstyles, outfits and attitudes -- all tightly laced to its buxom cast of femme fatales -- that set the stage for a 24-page, French-flappped, black and white and day-glo pink romp through the pysche that features clubs, guns, knives, various poisons and giant insects as well as meta-movies and paper doll fashion cut-outs!  In other words, this one has it all!
retail price - $5.95  copacetic price - $5.95

You Can Did It #2
by Nils Balls, w/Mike Carretta
The second mind-bending, gut-busting issue of the ultimate yinzer beer drinking comic book series has arrived -- all 44 pages of it!  Cigarettes and beer, bar hopping and nights out, health crises, hospitals and human interest, girls, guys, drinking and... donkey ball!  Plus bonus beer comics by local cartoonists.  Made in Pittsburgh, by Pittsburghers, for Pittsburghers; sold in Pittsburgh at a Pittsburgh-friendly price.
retail price - $3.99  copacetic price - $3.99


Abyssal Yawn #2
by Bill Wehmann & Ed Steck
It is time once again to join the writer-artist team of Ed Steck and Bill Wehmann and enter into a 40 page voyage of the continuing full-color, inter-galactic, intra-psychic adventures of Birch Twig and Max as they confront the quasi-reality of Mother Sky in the pages of Abyssal Yawn Part 2!
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $8.00


by Mark Beyer
Back in print at last, Mark Beyer's agonized line returns, and as the inaugural volume in the prestigious New York Review's new line, New York Review Comics, no less.  Introduction by Colson Whitehead.
retail price - $15.95  copacetic price - $13.75


Carpet Sweeper Tales
by Julie Doucet
Julie Doucet breaks new creative ground in this collection of "cut-up" comics.  Employing a pair of scissors, an X-acto knife, a glue stick and  a bottle of white-out Ms. Doucet transforms a stack of old Italian fumetti (photo-comics) magazines into an exercise in abstract æsthetics cum social commentary.  Fun!
retail price - $15.95  copacetic price - $13.75

R3R4 Redbird #3 & #4
by Dan Zettwoch
Dan Zettwoch is back!  Redbird #3 is a handmade wonder!  Begininning with a hand-screened cover in white, gold and radioactive green inks, this 32-page, magazine-size collection is packed with Zettwochiana.  Starting off with the story designed to integrate theboyinto the man, "Clint J Murgatroyd presents Famous Places I Have Puked" is 8-pages of gut-wrenching action that finishes of with a "Puke-tographic Map", likely the first of its kind in the annals of comics.  This is followed by "Communications Workers of America," which can be profitably read as a follow-up of sorts to Zettwoch's amazing Tel-Tales, a pair of Red Fall appendi, "The Legend of Forky!" centerfold, the Zettwoch-o-gram-atic "Motor Lodge Creek!", "Lessons I Learned at the State Fair", and closes with what we are informed is but the first installment of "Famous Sorts Which I Invented* (brought to us by Krystal Jackson) *me and my family and neighbors" -- but not before also sharing a classic fromthe Zettwoch vaults, "Mid5outh Miracle5!"  All for a fiver!  How?!? PLUS:  Redbird #4 is a self-described objet d'art.  The entire book has hand pulled screen printing -- in red, naturellement! -- over a laser-printed black line background, this 8-page mini-comics is an ode the "Adult Woodpeckers of Eastern North America" that stands to be equally appreciated by Zettwoch fans and bird watchers alike, but will be a special treat to those long suffering fans of Zettwoch's Cut-Away Comics.
Redbird #3: retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00
Redbird #4: 
retail price - $3.00  copacetic price - $3.00

Blubber #2
by Gilbert Hernandez
GIlbert shifts the absurdity gear into overdrive in his second Blubber outing. Blubber #2 is a thanatos drenched exploration of human behavior, rituals and religion that strives mightily to highlight and correlate the sexual motivations driving them all, while simlultaneously pointing out their seemingly inevitable drive towards oblivion.  Not for the faint of heart or easily abashed.  In other words, hold onto your hats!
retail price - $3.99  copacetic price - $3.99

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New for February 2016

by Anne Opotowsky and Angie Hoffmeister
The second volume of Anne Opotowsky & Co.'s Walled City Trilogy has at long last arrived.  Amazingly, this volume is even more substantial than the the first.  This French-flapped oversize softcover volume, published in Australia by Gestalt, contains 456 oversize pages of lushly rendered full color comics.  Nocturne's artist, Angie Hoffmeister makes her graphic novel debut here -- and quite a debut it is!  Seamlessly picking up from where the original artist, Aya Morton left off at the conclusion of His Dream of Skyland, Hoffmeister largely continues the look and feel of the first volume.   Nocturne -- unsurpsingly, given it's title -- has a more subdued color palette than His Dream, but it also has a more fluid line and, overall, manages to maintain a more even narrative flow.  Anyone who enjoyed His Dream of Skyland can, thus be assured that Nocturne is an eminently worthy follow up volume, well worth the wait.  We direct anyone unfamiliar with either of these works to Paul Gravett's heavily illustrated review of His Dream, HERE, as well as this review on Shelf Abuse, that contains a video book preview that gives plenty of peeks at Hoffmeister's art.  Australian import!
retail price - $34.95  copacetic price - $34.95


by Nick Drnaso
Having absorbed the work of Dan Clowes, Adrian Tomine, Charles Burns and Chris Ware, among, of course, many others, Drnaso emerges here with the first substantial synthesis of these approaches to revealing the human -- and, specifically, the American -- condition in this subtley linked and gradually revealing collection of cleanly delineated depictions of the messy interior lives of some superficially bland middle Americans.  Chris Ware has this to day about it:  "Nick Drnaso's Beverly captures such a recognizable, raw feelilng of the "Now" that if it was a film, Drnaso would heralded as a "stunning new directorial voice."  If it was a novel, he would be a "literary sensation."  But Beverly's chilled windowpane views into the fogged American psyche are not the cartoon copies of film or literature.  They're someting completely new.  A debut book by a youmg writer-artist who has not only absorbed buyt advanced beyond the comics which have preceded him.  Beverly is the finest and most electrically complex graphic novel I've read in years, announcing an intelligent, shrewd and disquieting talent not only to comics, but also to writing and visual art.  It will set its barbs in you and not let go."
retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $19.75

Puke Force
by Brian Chippendale
The hardcover collection of this continuity strip, many pages of which first appeared on is now collected in this messy/glossy, horizontally formatted hardcover from D & Q.  Get ready to do the snake(read)!
retail price - $22.95  copacetic price - $20.00


Big Kids

by Michael DeForge
DeForge's latest has arrived!  This pint-size, 96 page, full color, hardcover graphic novel tackles the youth of today, outside-in and inside-out.  No ever said growing up was easy...
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.00


Nod Away
by Joshua Cotter
In his latest outing, his first in quite awhile, Josh Cotter steps out into the the world of science fiction comics and finds himself quite at home.  Nod Away integrates some of the innovative graphic elements Cotter pioneered in Driven By Lemons with the strong story-telling skilss that launched his career in Skyscrapers of the Midwest.  
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The Tipping Point

by Taiyo Matsumoto, Paul Pope, et al
This full color hardcover presents 13 short stories in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of Humanoids.  There's some great work here with stories & art by: Naoki Urasawa, John Cassaday, Boulet, Bastien Vivès, Bob Fingerman, Katsuya Terada, Frederik Peeters, Emmanuel Lepage, Taiyo Matsumoto, Paul Pope, Atsushi Kaneko, Keiichi Koike, Eddie Campbell.
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The Book of Hope

by Tommi Musturi
This horizontally formatted, 200 page hardcover graphic novel presents ameditative look at Scandinavian life.  The ebb and flow of each day, day after day, as lived in the natural world, as well as, cruacially in the fantasy world as well.
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Frank in the 3rd Dimension
by Jim Woodring & Charles Barnard
Frank is even trippier now in 3-D!  This edition has been designed as a board book, presumably to evoke a sense of child like wonder (or to be able to withstand being drooled over?).
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Blades & Lazers: Collected Edition
by Benjamin Marra
Here it is: 40 oversize (9" x 12") glossy pages, printed in metallic pink and blue collecting the complete Blades & Lazers saga by Benjamin Marra.  Page after page of archly ironic deptictions fo classic space fantasy comics tropes that allow you to laugh at yourself for still enjoying this; to have your cake and eat it too!

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Test Tube
by Carlos Gonzalez
Test Tube ponders in simply weird drawings how artificial life is still life. A surrealist comics update on the Frankenstein (and Bride of Frankenstein).  "Test Tube is a work of genius,  With the power of 1,000,000 VHS tapes ejected from a dream this erotic masterpiece will fuck up your brain forever." -- Matthew Thurber
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Zap Comix #16
by R. Crumb, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Victor Moscoso, Robert Williams. et al
The latest --  and likely the last -- collection from the seminal group that really got the Underground Comix ball rolling... nearly a half century ago -- if you can believe it!  This time around in a 96 page squarebound softcover edition.  All New! (well, as long as you don't count it's appearance in last year's $500 Complete Zap Comix)
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Not Funny Ha-Ha

by Leah Hayes
No need to be coy or beat about the bush here:  this is a comics guide on not only how to go about getting an abortion, but also what it's like, emotionally.  It's designed to extend a helping hand to those who feel alone in what can be a difficult, and possibly devastating time; a pen & ink on paper pal.
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by Alecos Papadatos, Abraham Kawa & Annie Di Donna
Papadatos & Co.'s followup to their hugely successful Logicomix provides a look at democracy where it all started, in ancient Greece. 

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Dark Money

by Jane Mayer
You'll need to hold onto your hat as you go through this one, but the revelations will still knock your socks off.  This Review in The Guardian will open the door a crack.
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Really the Blues

by Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe
The definitive account of the early jazz scene -- and much more has at last been brought back into print by The New York Review of Books' imprint.    An unforgettable reading experience that opens new perspectives on American history and cultural life.  RECOMMENDED
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CDGC Comics Dementia & Girl Crazy
by Gilbert Hernandez
And, to tide you over until the new series arrives, we have TWO new collections from the pen and mind of Gilbert Hernandez!   Enthusiasts, aficionados, completists and collectors will have special reason to celebrate the release of Comics Dementia.  Here, collected in a single volume, we have over 200 pages of GIlbert's wildest and wooliest comics, drawn together from hither and yon in the comics firmament.  Not for the faint of heart or weak of mind, the work here is where Gilbert cuts loose and lets you have it, right in the eyes!  So, hold onto your hats! 64 stories in all!  Then we are presented with a hardcover collection of what we believe – if memory serves – was Gilbert's first solo work away from the comfortable confines of Fantagraphics.  Girl Crazy was originally published as a three issue mini-series by Dark Horse in 1996, who is publishing it again here – twenty years later, if you can believe it!
Comics Dementia: 
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U5 Uptight #5
by Jordan Crane
112 pages of new Jordan Crane!?! Yes!  First up is a massive, 52 page installment of the "Keeping Two" saga, by far the longest yet, in which things go from bad to worse -- or do they?  "Keeping Two" is a bit of a self-reflexive work, in that it indicates its awareness that it is providing the reader with a distraction/relief/alternative narrative from/to their own lives by presenting a story in which the central protagonists are distracted from their lives by reading another story, and their experience of reading that story is experienced by the reader of "Keeping Two" as being equivalent in reality to the main "real" story; given an equal weight. Taking this approch implies an equivalency of experience between life as it is lived in the world and as it occurs on the page; both are positioned as equals in the life of the mind.  This is followed by a pitch perfect comics representation of a nightmare,"Wake Up".  This six-page mini-masterpiece, which originally appeared in Monster 2013, is amazingly effective, despite -- or perhaps because of -- its brevity, in capturing the off-kilter, symbol-laden helplessness of the bad dream that the dreamer inevitably struggles to awake from.    Next up is this issue's big surprise:  a 25 page science fiction tale, "The Dark Nothing," done up in black and white and purple tone (this is what the cover provides a taste of).  We don't want to give too much away about this one, but suffice it to say it's a story where things don't go as planned.  It provides a counter narrative to the heroic tales of derring-do that are so associated with space adventure.  This is the story that you don't hear.  In this it has something in common with some of Joseph Conrad's tales of the sea.  The issue wraps up with 26 pages of man-against-nature saga that easily doubles as a man-against-himself, "The Middle Nowhere."   Taking a step back from this story one sees it more as an allegory; intriguingly, an allegory that is open to multiple interpretations.  Looked at from one angle, it appears to be a representation of the moment of death, and the transmigration of a soul.  Looked at from the other side, it appears as though it were the story of an entire life, from the boredom of an isolated childhood through the crisis of adolescence which leads inevitabley to being "trapped" in a marriage before finally escaping either in death, or divorce -- it's up to the reader to decide!  Jordan Crane has been producing Uptight for over a decade now, and this issue is by far the most substantial. Uptight's focus is the unholy trinity of stress, anxiety and despair, yet the comics themselves clearly embody a struggle to overcome these.  For all the darkness that pervade these comics, Crane is on the side of the angels.  In pen and ink he grapples with his personal demons with great finesse and fine craftsmanship.  The work bears an undeniable imprint of Jaime Hernandez's pen and ink mastery, especially in the use of blacks (which one could argue originates with Toth, but let's not go there right now).  Crane is obviously a fan of Japanese comics, and so it is unsurprising that there is also very much of a manga feel to the unfolding of the respective dramas present here.  Jaime and Toth both follow Kirby in searching for the key moment to embody a scene, whereas while Crane strives to achieve this goal as well, he also follows the manga muse in his quest to unpack a moment, to find it in the connection bewteen a series of panels.  The final panel of "The Dark Nothing" can stand as synecdoche of this approach, as a series of dimly connected flashes occuring with near simultaneity on a ring of asteroids in space momentarily shine a light on the mysterious force that connects them, in a way analogous to Crane's intention in illuminating a moment in a closely observed and connected series of panels.  RECOMMENDED!
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DDC Ding Dong Circus
by Sasaki Maki; edited by Ryan Holmberg
Ryan Holmberg's series of collections of classic and avant-garde manga that he was producing for PictureBox has made an at least temporary home at Breakdown Press with the release of Ding Dong Circus.  This 256 page risograph collection presents, for the first time in English, the best of Sasaki Maki’s work.  Originally drawn for alt-manga super magazine Garo (with a couple drawn for other contemporaneous manga mags) between 1967 and 1974, the fifteen stories here follow Sasaki’s groundbreaking exploration of collage methods in comics storytelling, weaving through references to R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, the Vietnam War, Andy Warhol, the Summer of Love, the Beatles, British humour, and the wacky world of Japanese consumerism. Ding Dong Circus demonstrates what manga fans already knew: that in Sasaki Maki, Japan can claim not only a pioneer in experimental comics, but one of the world’s masters of Pop Art and a trenchant avant-garde critic of the Sixties.   BONUS:  Maki's autobiographical essay, "Still a Cartoonist", also in English for the first time.   Translator and editor Ryan Holmberg  published an extensive essay about Sasaki at The Comics Journal, which amply demonstrates both Maki's significance and importance as well as Holmberg's critical acumen.  And, we've posted a generous preview of the book on ello, HEREDon't miss this one!
retail price - $26.99  copacetic price - $25.75

II Invisible Ink: My Mother's Secret Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist
by Bill Griffith
Bill Griffith, widlely heralded as a founding father of Underground comics and the later 20th century pop counter culture, primarily for his star creation, Zippy the Pinhead™,  but also for his pioneering editorial contributions to the important comix anthologies Young Lust and, with Art Spiegelman, Arcade, has here, in the pages of this 200 page graphic memoir, told the story that he has been keeping to himself all these many decades.  This one's got a title -- well, subtitle, anyway -- that pretty much doesn't hold back the punch line; what was the big surprise for the author is fate accompli for all readers going in.  Readers are provided with what may, in hindsight, be costrued to be the key formative event in Bill Griffith's early life.  The reason for this is that there is much more to Invisible Ink that just a tell-all auto-bio comic; by getting this out of the way at the outset, it allows readers to focus on the wider world that is on display here.  The setting is the real star here, not just the physical and concrete, but, espcecially, the cultiural evirons take center stage here in the shaping of a life and mind.  Invisible Ink is a detailed portrait, a vivid recreation, of a time and place that once was but is now no more.  John Kelly has written a detailed review of the work on his Spooky Comics blog, HERE.  SPECIAL NOTE:  Bill Griffith will be a special guest at PIX 2016, on Saturday 2 April 2016.
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.75

Cheech Wizard's Book of Me
by Vaughn Bode
This heavy-duty, oversize hardcover brings together the entirety of Vaughn Bodé's Cheech Wizard comics along with a nice selection of roughs and sketches, some never before published.  Also included are an additional forty page's of Cheech Wizard related work by Vaughn's son Mark, who very much carries on the tradition.  Nicely designed and printed on heavy flat white stock. 
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