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New for August 2014


HHFT2Hip Hop Family Tree
, Volume 2: 1981-1983
by Ed Piskor
The Hip Hop Family Tree Express has reached the next station in its epic, era-spanning journey, and so is ready to deliver up this second, Treasury Edition sized, flexi-bound, full color volume that collects another year of HHFT strips from Ed's weekly Brain Rot feature, hosted by BoingBoing, along with a pulse-pounding panoply of bonus pin-ups by Michel Fiffe, Ben Marra, Katie Skelly, Wilfred Santiago, Jasen Lex, Matt Bors, Jarrett Williams, Kagen McLeod, Scott Morse, and Tom Neely.  Highlights included in this volume:  the moment when
RUN-DMC takes the stage; the creation and unleashing of era-defining hits such as Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message”; the filming of the crucial hip hop movie, Wild Style; and the arrivals of NWA, The Beastie Boys, Doug E Fresh, KRS One, ICE T, and early Public Enemy.  Also included are cameos by Dolemite, LL Cool J, Notorious BIG, and, sadly, New Kids on the Block.  The introduction to this volume was penned by Wild Style director, Charlie Ahearn, no less.  SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Copacetic is hosting the Release Party for Hip Hop Family Tree, Volume 2 this Saturday, August 23, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.  We hope to see you there!
retail price - $27.99  copacetic price - $24.75
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Street A
ngel
by Jim Rugg
The latest incarnation of the skateboarding ninja-fighter from Wilkesborough is a nifty 176 page hardcover that includes the complete five issue series, along with all the additional material from the earlier Slave Labor softcover, plus additional never-before-collected material such as short strips, full color front and back cover reproductions of all issues including the original mini, and more!  This edition is published by AdHouse Books, who have generously posted this PDF preview

retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77



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Forming II
by Jesse Moynihan
The wait is over.  The second full color, oversize, hardcover volume filled with cosmic, mind-altering comics adventures has arrived.  You can take a peek at what's in store in this preview slideshow over at NoBrow... Wow, right?

retail price - $30.00  copacetic price - $25.75






B2Barnaby, Volume Two
by Crockett Johnson
Speaking of long-awaited follow-ups, here's the second volume of the complete collection of Crockett Johnson's one-of-a-kind comic strip masterpiece, Barnaby.  Covering the years 1944 and 1945, this volume also comes packed with bonus material, including a foreward by Jules Feiffer, and an afterword and appendix of allusions by Barnaby scholar, Philip Nel.  Art Spiegelman states that Barnaby, "radiates human warmth and whimsy... The artist's brilliantly written characters keep their feet planted in the all-too-real world of 1940s America while flying off on pink wings into one of the greatest fantasy strips ever made."  Cushlamachree!

retail price - $39.99  copacetic price - $34.75


And, yes, Copacetic sells a few old school comics, now and then...


N1Nightworld
by Adam McGovern & Paolo Leandri
Here, at last, we have the first issue of this long-gestating series, drawn with diabolic dynamism by comics conceptualizer and Italian artist extraordinaire – the artist with the greatest Kirby flair – Paolo Leandri, and scripted by a comics professor with an erudition that encompasses not only the world of comics, but that of traditional art and culture as well; a knowledge that spans the centuries back to the classics of antiquity... and beyond – Adam McGovern.  This is the same team that, way back in 2006, brought us a black and white one-shot comic book scripted with panache and drawn with smashing vivacity – Dr. Id – about which we waxed rhapsodic, and we are excited that they have at last managed to reunite around this full color, four issue mini-series released by Image Comics.  Nightworld is a multi-layered meta-phantasmagoria in comic book form.  On the one hand, it is a fabulously entertaining traditional comic book yarn with page after page of eye-popping art that is very much the direct descendant of Jack Kirby's classic work in Black Magic, Strange World of Your Dreams, and, of course, The Demon, while on the other, it is a deconstruction of / meditation on the mythical infrastructure that underpins and links all these works to the Jungian collective unconscious we all share in, aware or not, and which guides our waking life through indirectives, which we could do worse than imagine originating in... Nightworld, a work that is perhaps best described by Mr. Leandri himself, in his succinct summing up, as being "pure comics for now people."
retail price - $3.99  copacetic price - $3.99

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Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1
by Tom Scioli, w/John Barber
Once we start going on about comics in the grand Kirby tradition, it's hard to stop.  And, really, why should we?  Especially when we have our own certified Kirby Master right here in town. We presume that our local customers are all aware of "Titanium" Tom Scioli's status as a dimension-busting metacomics champ whose Myth of 8-Opus, American Barbarian and Final Frontier have challenged preconceptions and deepened appreciation of the capacity of traditional comics forms to carry weighty themes and confront contemporary concerns.  They will doubtless now be joined by the previously uninitiated as Scioli begins his run on Transformers vs. G.I. Joe:  Apparently, close to 200,000 comics readers have glommed onto a copy of #0 on Free Comic Book Day.  So, while we assume most readers of this space are already hep, just in case anyone needs reminding, here's another shout out for Tom's (re)visionary take on the respective Transformers™ and G.I. Joe™ mythoi, both individually and in tandem.  Be sure to check it out; anyone who has yet to do so so, may still pick up a copy of the FCBD #0 here at Copacetic, for no cost – just ask!
retail price - $3.99  copacetic price - $3.99




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Cap'n Dinosaur
by Shaky Kane & Kek W

retail price - $3.99  copacetic price - $3.99

Cosplayers 2
by Dash Shaw
What happens when the life of the mind overwhelms the reality supporting it?  When the need for fantasy outstrips the requirements of survival?  Dash Shaw takes us behind the scenes, behind the masks, and into the minds of a select group of participants at this year's "Tezukon", an anime-centric gathering held to honor – with wildly varying degrees of awarness on the part of the participants – the life and work of "God of Manga" Tezuka Osamu.  Can you find yourself anywhere in this picture?
retail price - $4.99  copacetic price - $4.44





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DKW

by Sergio Ponchione
retail price - $4.99
  copacetic price - $3.99

Captain Victory #1

by Joe Casey, Nathan Fox, Ulysses Farinas & Jim Rugg

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Operation Margarine

by Katie Skelly
Girls night out cum epic adventure filled with motorcycles, thugs, drugs, guns and nuns, all drawn in Skelly's signature clean line style.

retail price - $12.95  copacetic price - $11.75





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Kill My Mother
by Jules Feiffer
Jules Feiffer is back, from Out of the Past, sporting a trenchcoat and packing heat as he revisits a half-century long career of cartooning in this comics noir tale that reveals that Mother is behind it all, in a work that Chris Ware states "stretches the long-form graphic novel into formidable textures of compact expression, daring to try things that film noir could only dream of."
retail price - $27.99  copacetic price - $25.00


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Gast

by Carol Swain
In Gast, a 171 page graphic novel – what we believe is her longest sustained work to date – Swain sticks to the grid (9 panel) to deliver the stillness and steady rhythms of rural Welsh life as perceived and experienced by an isolated teen trying to find her place in the scheme of things by sifting through the life of another.  Swain's trademarked pencil art has never been sharper, and it has been employed here to delineate just enough detail to describe the arc of  the protagonist, Helen's personal journey of self-discovery, aided by neighbors and local animals, with whom she is able to matter-of-factly converse.
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00




W3World War 3 Illustrated: 1979 - 2014
edited by Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman
The longest running, politically active, North American comicszine anthology of our time, World War 3 was (and still is!) unabashedly radical left and NYC-centric in its outlook.  Shepherded for over three decades by Kuper and Tobocman, who in addition to editing and publishing WWIII, produced a substantial percentage of the work that graced its pages, the best of which is reproduced here – in black and white and full color – along side that of a diverse group made up of many other contributors, including leftist luminaries like Sue Coe, Eric Drooker, Spain Rodriguez, Art Spiegelman, Tom Tomorrow and many others whose work is not as widely known and whose presence here is perhaps the greatest attraction of this hefty 300+ page hardcover volume, as readers encounter their work for the first time.

retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $27.50




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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

by Haruki Murakami
The wait is over!
  Patti Smith reviews it! 
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Items from our August 2014 listings may now be purchased online at our eComerce site, HERE.


New for July 2014



HtBHHow to Be Happy
by Eleanor Davis
Eleanor Davis has been producing comics of all sorts and sizes, employing a dazzling array of techniques and styles, for over a decade.  In addition, she is an accomplished and widely published illustrator who also engages in a personal art practice.  These multiple disciplines have continually informed and reinforced each other, leading to the rich and varied nature of the work that she continues to create.  The work collected between the covers of How to Be Happy – much of it previously published in MOME – amply demonstrates the quality and range of her work, with a special focus on her most recent watercolor comics work, most notably "In Our Eden" and "Nita Goes Home", both of which are real standouts. Also on hand are plenty of pen & ink and mixed-media comics, which together demonstrate Davis's range and stylistic evolution.  While a disclaimer at the start states, "This is not actually a book about how to be happy," we would beg to differ, for there is evident joy in the work printed on these pages, and, while the narratives presented by the work do not
(nor pretend to) provide guides to the pursuit of happiness, it is clear that Ms. Davis herself has found, if not happiness itself, then consolation, certainly, in its production and that the contents of this work promises to bring a similar contentment to its readers.  Take a moment out of your hectic schedule to get a taste in this PDF preview
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $21.75


12GTwelve Gems
by Lane Milburn
Four years in the making, Twelve Gems jolts the science fiction adventure comic book back to life.  An important classic form of comics, the science fiction adventure goes back to the very beginning of comics – think Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers – and had its heyday during the "Atomic Age" of comics (1946 - 1955), most notably in the comics that were part of the EC SF line, particularly Weird Science and Weird Fantasy, where artists like Wallace Wood, Al Williamson, Joe Orlando and Al Feldstein apotheosized the genre.  Lane Milburn comes out of the Baltimore-area independent comics scene, where he first rose to prominence as a member of Closed Caption Comics, an informal group of comickers that clustered together in the orbit of the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art (aka MICA), that also included Ryan Cecil Smith, Noel Freibert, Molly O'Connell and Conor Stechschulte.  This group was notably attentive to the craft element in comics production, and produced many treasures, among them Milburn's own The Mage's Tower, which was a big hit here at Copacetic after we picked it up for the shop at the 2008 SPX.  In Twelve Gems, Milburn has created a playful homage to the genre that also incorporates some of the "Marvel-isms" that were injected into the form in the '60s and '70s by Jack Kirby (primarily in The Fantastic Four and Thor) and Jim Starlin (during his stints on Captain Marvel and Warlock).  The result is a work that can be enjoyed by a diverse body of comics readers, ranging from old school fans of the form all the way through to newbies who just saw the Guardians of the Galaxy.  Fantagraphics has kindly posted a hefty 23 page PDF preview to allow readers to test the waters.  We're confident that many will subsequently decide to take the plunge.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77



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God and the Devil at War in the Garden

by Anders Nilsen
This is a self-published, limited-edition, saddle-stiched, black & white, oversize edition collecting recent miscellaneous works by the inimitable Mr. Nilsen.  The mainstay of the collection is the 16-page "An Angel of Heaven," executed employing the silhouette technique of Rage of Poseidon.  The accompanying pieces – along with the massive wraparound cover – are rendered in the detailed stipple and line technique of Big Questions.  All of the works in GatDaWitG are both visually pleasing and intellectually stimulating.  In other words:  what are you waiting for ?  Every copy of our initial stock comes with a BONUS: a copy of his dialectical allegory in mini-comic form that takes on Amazon.com, Conversation Gardening.; rendered in a rough approximation of the cartooning style of the Monologuist books.

retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $15.00




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While a Soft Fog Wanders
by Andrew White
This new work by Comics Workbook Magazine editor and pioneering comics formalist, Andrew White presents six sections, each consisting of four spreads of four uniform-sized (1/2-page) images, each divided from the other by a blackened two-page spread at which the author suggests that the reader, "take a slight pause" and "hesitate before moving forward."  This nature of the narrative is impressionistic; associative rather than linear.  There is a proto-surrealist aspect to it, in that the flow of images do not appear to be consciously structured with a specific aim in mind, but rather flow, directed by the sub-conscious, like "a soft fog wanders."  This puts it in (a perhaps more staid corner) of the neighborhood in which you would find the paintings of Giorgio DeChirico and the films of Maya Deren.  Upon completion, the reader is left with a feeling somewhat analogous to waking from a dream; the fog of sleep lifts and you try to put together the image fragments that you struggle to recollect before they fade away.  Each copy includes an original, signed black marker sketch on the last page!
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00


MK2Maple Key Comics 2
edited by Joyanna McDiarmid
There's nothing else like Maple Key Comics currently on the market.   Unique, hybrid comics abound in its pages:  Science fiction / Teen romance, nautical adventure/romance, funny animal / auto-bio – you won’t find these types of comics together under one cover anywhere else!  And, of course, there’s plenty more on hand in the 250+ pages of the right-on-schedule second issue of Maple Key Comics:  Mystery, intergenerational saga, fantasy adventure, work place gaffs, domestic drama, straight-up auto-bio, a historicized mythological tale, as well as several other variations of science fiction; plus a “Star Artist Interview" with Nicole Georges.  Whew!  The bulk of these are the second chapter of serials begun in the first issue, but there are several that are self-contained stories as well.  A regularly published, big, fat book of engaging, personal, unique, innovative long and short form comics created by practiced, trained cartoonists doing what they love.  Contributors are too numerous to list here, but include Carl Antonowicz, Sophie Goldstein, Billage and many more.  Check it out! 

retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $13.75



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U.D.W.F.G.
(Under Dark Weird Fantasy Ground), Vol. 1
edited by Michele Nitri
This is the first in a projected six-volume series of – as the title suggests – dark fantasy comics.  Published by Hollow Press of Italy,
U.D.W.F.G. is an international effort with creators hailing from Europe and America, including, morst notably for Copacetic customers, Mat Brinkman, along with Tetsunori Tawaraya, Miguel Angel Martin, Paolo Massagli, and Ratigher!  It's an over-sezed, French-flapped edition printed in black & white (with a heavy emphasis on black).  This first volume of U.D.W.F.G. has been published in a hand-numbered limited edition of 700 copies, so it's probably a good idea to leave your dungeon and come on up to Copacetic before they're all gone. 
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $25.00



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Seconds

by Bryan Lee O'Malley
It's here:  the all new, full color, hardcover graphic novel from Scott Pilgrim creator, Bryan Lee O'Malley.  As might be expected, this one features characters a bit older than those found in the Scott Pilgrim, allowing for the aging of the original demographic of readers of that amazingly popular series (the indicia of our latest reorder of the first volume showed it to be the 30th printing!).  Seconds centers on the character of Katie, a 29-year old chef and would be restauranteur.  A current fling, an Ex-boyfriend, a boss, a partner, and  batch of co-workers round out the cast.  Oh yeah – and a house spirit with the power to grant the wish of a second chance to do things over.  This dash of fantasy spices up the already lively goings on. 
And, while O'Malley currently makes his home in Los Angeles, the setting of Seconds is clearly his native Canada.  An entertaining and fun read that is sure to enjoyed by the first generation of Scott Pilgrim fans, and is likely to click with anyone looking for a little magic in graphic novel form...
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $22.50



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Escapo
by Paul Pope
One of Paul Pope's late '90s classics gets a second lease on life – this time in full color, courtesy of Shay Plummer.  Also included are bonus extras that include heretofore unpublished layouts and sketches as well as a pin-ups section with all new art and a "Coda" afterword penned by Pope especially for this edition.  And, of course, a new cover as well.  Pope's work from this period was hugely influential on the then up-an-coming generation of cartoonists and would-be comic book artists.  Boldly expressive ink work splashed across the pages forming compelling imagery in unique layouts on oversize pages in books self-published by Pope himself shone a light on a path to the future of comics that many strove to follow.  Anyone who missed this the first time around should do themselves a favor and take a look now. 

retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $22.22



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Because You're a Robot
by Shaky Kane & David Quantick
Why should you read this 32 page full color comic book that delivers
a heretofore-presumed-impossible compound of previously unbonded elements – part Tales to Thrizzle, part Flaming Carrot and part Judge Dredd?  Because you're a robot, that's why.
retail price - $3.99  copacetic price - $3.99







CG

Comics:  A Global History, 1968 to the Present
by Dan Mazur & Alexander Danner
Comics provides a much needed corrective to the USA-centric comics histories (as well as it's cousins, the Euro-centric and manga-centric histories), by providing a look at what was going on in each of these areas simultaneously, readers are better able to see the relative progressions made in each region's respective scene as well as their relative strengths, focuses, trends, and reciprocities.  Comics/manga/bandes dessinées/et al each take their turn on the stage of this global history.  Mazur and Danner know their stuff, choosing the primary creators and pivotal works that define each era and area, and providing a rich, broad and detailed tapestry in the process.  Anyone searching for an introduction to the world of comics, need look no further.  Recommended.
retail price - $39.99  copacetic price - $35.00




2014 Summer Reading Part Two



TnTTomorrow and Tomorrow
by Thomas Sweterlitsch
John Dominic Blaxton is an insurance investigator, a cross between Walter Neff (née Huff, in the novel) and Philip Marlowe, a hard luck case whose pregnant wife was killed, and he feels he should have been as well, and so is barely able to drown his sorrows.  While working on a claim, he stumbles on a dead body and finds himself caught up in a complex web of money, power, sex, religion and guerrilla art.  Except... this is happening some thirty years or so in future, and nothing is what it seems.  The central irony of Tomorrow and Tomorrow, Pittsburgh author, Tom Sweterlitsch's debut novel, is that
in order to "put Pittsburgh on the map" of literary locales, he had to completely annihilate it:  before the novel opens, Pittsburgh has been vaporized by a nuclear blast.  Then, through the course of the novel, and Blaxton's mission, a simulacra of the non-existent city is gradually (re)assembled out of "The Archive," the massive digital storage which, in the future posited here, contains the records of a nearly – but, crucially, not completely – total surveillance of every instant at every location in which every action of every person at every place at every time is recorded and stored.  Through this particular device, Sweterlitsch hits on a vital metaphor for the literary imagination itself.  For what is writing but a replacing of reality with an imaginative construct built out of the materials of memory (this applies to film-making as well, and it will come as   no surprise to anyone who reads this work that it has been optioned for a film, as the imaginative reconstruction that takes place in the pages of Tomorrow and Tomorrow is of a highly visual nature).  The plot of the novel turns on the twist that the memory out of which reality is recalled here is man-made:  The Archive.  As it is man-made, it can be man-unmade as well, and this is precisely what happens as the murder mystery at the core of the plot involves a hacking of The Archive that attempts to rewrite memory and hide the crime(s), echoing concepts explored in William Gibson's Neuromancer and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (based on Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep), which are now thirty years old and very much in need of the updating which they get here.  But there's more!  The digital recollection and subsequent reconstitution of the entire population of the annihilated city of Pittsburgh adds another – allegorical – layer.  Although unstated in the novel, employing the parlance of the present, The Archive storing the virtual afterlives of the dead would be located in "the cloud," which repository then becomes the simultaneous locus of both history and heaven, wherein the facts of the past can be accessed and lost loved ones revisited, and wrongs righted; or not.  Current and former residents of Pittsburgh will have the added bonus of finding aspects of their current (or former) environments reconstituted in these pages, as the human memory powering the novel draws on its own recollections of the city and its people.  
retail price - $26.99  copacetic price - $24.00


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Capital in the Twenty First Century

by Thomas Piketty
retail price - $39.99  copacetic price - $35.00

The Society of Equals
by Pierre Rosanvallon

retail price - $35.00  copacetic price - $32.50

The French have come to save us from our own animal spirits (and the "invisible hand" that guides them), under the ægis of Harvard University Press and via the translations of Arthur Goldhammer (what a great name for a translator of economic texts!).  Ignore at your own – and our entire society's – peril...  You can actually start right in reading The Society of Equals on GoogleBooks.



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New for June 2014



INHIt Never Happened Again
by Sam Alden
Courtesy of Uncivilized Books, we finally have a Sam Alden collection, an actual book, with a spine!  It Never Happened Again collects two works:  the 64 page "Hawaii 1997" and the 90 page "Anime."  "Hawaii 1997" is the work through which many readers first encountered Alden.  When it was first posted on Tumblr, it blazed through the eyeballs of many an internet surfer.  The pencils here are strong, bold and decisive, executed with quick, deft strokes which crackle with emotional energy.  The figures and landscapes in "Hawaii 1997" feel like they are flowing non-stop out the tip of Alden's pencil and onto the paper in an automatic recollection that is magically transmitted from the mind to the hand.  In this respect the energetic linework recalls some of the pages in Frank Santoro's seminal masterwork, Storeyville, which was originally published in 1995.  Like "Hawaii 1997", "Anime" is a story told largely through images.  It is a more calibrated work, however, one that spans family, work, relationships and continents in a bold attempt to portray the perceptions of a personality that had been led to, and a consciousness that has been shaped by, animé.  Employing an informed and disciplined use of the grid, Alden is successful in implicitly conveying a sense of the irrevocable ticking of the clock, as time marches on while the concurrent personal growth necessary to survival sometimes has trouble keeping up...
retail price - $11.95  copacetic price - $10.00


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The Man Dancing in the Meadow

by Sam Alden
Sam Alden is one of the most challenging and engaging artists on the comics scene.  Here, he has crafted a comics work that deftly characterizes the unconscious blurring of interior conceptions and exterior perceptions that can occur under duress, and creates some extraordinary images in the process.  Sexual frustration combines with technological alienation and job dissatisfaction to make for some disconcerting – yet revealing – mental states that are rendered by Alden with a remarkable visual fluency.  At the very least, be sure to check it out on his Tumblr.  Years from now, when Sam Alden is a household name (well, among comics reading households, at least), everybody is going to be claiming, "Oh yeah, I was into him back in the day," but only those who actually support him now, by buying some of his work, will be able to back up their claim.  Recommended.
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00



bohoBohemians: A Graphic History
edited by Paul Buhle and David Berger
Published by one of the leading lights of the Left, Verso Books, this anthology is jam-packed full of engaging, entertaining, enjoyable and
, especially, educational comics about a wide swath of historical figures – ranging from Walt Whitman to Charlie Parker and including Gertrude Stein, Mabel Dodge, Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker and far too many others to mention here – that have been collected together under the umbrella of "Bohemians."  There are some great comics on hand here, by the likes of Sharon Rudahl, Dan Steffan, Sabrina Jones, Matt Howarth, Lance Tooks,
David Lasky, Milton Knight, Ellen Lindner, Peter Kuper, Afua Richardson, and the late, great Spain Rodriguez, whose participation here indicates that this has been a long fermenting project.  All in all it makes for a great read, and it's a good deal!  Laugh and learn, for less.  Recommended.
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.25



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Andre the Gian
t: Life and Legend
by Box Brown
240 pages of drinking, fighting, riding around in buses, staying in hotels, visiting japan, throwing insults, making the occasional lewd remark, and, oh yeah, wrestling are what fill this non-stop, manly graphic novel about the world of men without women. Bonus Extra:  glossary of wrestling terms! 
retail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $16.25



TOSThis One Summer

by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
First Second simultaneously released this volume with Andre the Giant, balancing out the gender scale with this tale of girls in summer.  This One Summer is a finely nuanced portrait of pubescents at the dawning of their age of sexuality that will have readers slowing down if not stopping in their tracks to pause and soak up every line of this amazing work.  The Tamaki sisters enter Hernandez brothers territory here, with their deftly characterized and deeply empathic portraits of each pen & ink participant in the drama that unfolds on these pages.  There are echoes, too, of Charles Burns’s Black Hole, in the presentation of the protagonists' stumbling upon detritus strewn outdoor settings, which stands as a synecdoche for innocence’s discovering the mysteries of sexual fecundity, flesh, decay and death to come.  Innocence and its loss, the gaining of reproductive maturity and its consequences, the linkages between character formation and parental nurturing styles and much more besides are eloquently delineated page after page of incisive story-telling powered by breathtakingly good illustration.  While the narrative is likely to particularly resonate with those readers in the demographic portrayed, we can unstintingly recommend This One Summer to all who appreciate fine comics:  it is a real stand out; miss at your own peril.  Available in both hardcover and softcover. 
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retail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $16.25
hardcover --
retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $19.75


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Whispered Words
by Takashi Ikeda
This volume is a massive, eighteen part serial of same-sex friendship, crushes, and love, along with a
side-helping of gender bending and cross-dressing all taking place within a highschool milieu.  Whispered Words covers some of the same emotional terrain as Rumiko Takahashi's immortal Ranma 1/2, but with the fantastic elements replaced with a more realistic naturalism.
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.25





MMLLThe Lizard Laughed
More Mundane
by Noah van Sciver
It appears we've joined Mr. van Sciver in the middle of the alphabet here (next up, Nearly Nowhere?).  More Mundane provides readers with a day-by-day comics diary accounting of a month in the life of a struggling indy cartoonist:  Noah van Sciver.  You'll laugh, you'll cry, and, if you too are a struggling indy cartoonist, chances are you'll relate.  You'll thrill to days where Noah, "woke up really depressed," or "had to go to work really early."  Then there is the day where he is "stressing out about how many projects (he's) committed to."  Which leads us to The Lizard Laughed, from Oily Comics.  A deluxe (by Oily standards) 32-page, digest-size comic book, complete with duo-tone cover that "is the story of an estranged father and son."  Set in New Mexico, it accomplishes the task it set out to do without wasting a line:  straight and to the point, The Laughing Lizard was certainly a project worth committing to.
retail price - $5.00@  copacetic price - $5.00@


WL1Weird Love #1
edited by Craig Yoe; featuring Ogden Whitney and others
Weird Love is a new collector series from the House of Yoe.  Featuring 48 pages of old school romance comics from back in the day – in this case from betwen 1953 and 1968 – this issue is well worth the price of admission.  The cover story, "The Love of a Lunatic" is an ACG classic – originally published in Romantic Adventures #50 in 1954 – drawn by the one and only Ogden Whitney.  This issue opens with another early romance comic classic, "I Fell for a Commie," from Love Secrets #32, published in 1953.  As usual with Yoe productions, the selection of material is great, the production is good, and the presentation is schmaltzy to the point of misrepresentation.  The stories collected here – a least the pre-code ones – are actually relatively straightforward tales that address common concerns of the day, albeit in the highly melodramatic fashion required by squeezing complex stories into 6 to 12 pages of comics (quite an accomplishment, when you stop to think about it), that are created month after month.  It is, in our opinion, a disservice to the material to emblazon "OMG" "Kinky" "Sick" and "Bizarro" across the cover (and, "Yoe-mance"? was that really necessary?) of a comic book containing solid, engaging works of comics melodrama
– again, at least in the case of the pre-code stories.  That the stories presented here that originate in the late 1960s are indeed relatively trite and occasionally ludicrous it is hard to argue, but even these do not warrant the labels being applied here.  So, read these great stories, but "Don't Believe the Hype."
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FMThe Forgotten Man

by Paul Rivoche, Chuck Dixon and Amity Shlaes
This work of graphic history is "based on the New York Times bestseller".  It has been adapted by Chuck Dixon and illustrated by Paul Rivoche.  Unless we've missed something, The Forgotten Man marks the single most significant comics work in the career of Mr. X co-creator, Paul Rivoche.  This Canadian artist has turned in here a great piece of comics work that makes for an informative and engaging read in providing some interesting aspects of the Great Depression as well as the years leading up to it.  However, it appears as though this work was intended as a polemic in support of a "new history" of this era that is supposed to overturn readers received notions related to this period in American – and world – history.  In this regard, The Forgotten Man makes for a fascinating look into the psychology of those embracing this revisionist view of history.  It appears as though the creators of this work take it as self-evident that readers of The Forgotten Man will come away from reading this with their eyes opened to the value and importance of this "new history" and will realize... something; it's hard to say what they were thinking.  The actual take away from this book is fairly different.   It is clear that the creators are partisans who identify with the "forgotten man" and have their differences with the policies that steered the USA through the depression.  They have put together an immense cast of characters and struggle to do their best to show how they are related, but while the characters themselves are well delineated, the construction of their relationships with each other and the overall flow of history are thoroughly muddled and superficial, at best, and reveal that the authors of this work possess a remarkably poor grasp of historical forces and processes, which together with a moral naiveté combine to create a disturbingly solipsistic world view that heartily embraces self-pity; unless, of course, this graphic edition was actually intended as a work of irony along the lines of Robert Altman's Nashville, in which case we say, bravo, well done!  Worthy of special note is Wendell Willkie masquerading as Dick Tracy (on page 210).  Given the graphic similarities of Chester Gould's star creation to caricatures of Ronald Reagan, this homage seemed especially apt.  Taken as a whole, the big plus is that there is enough ambiguity on hand here to make it possible for any comics reader to enjoy the classic old school comics story telling on hand here in this history of the era which, not coincidentally, gave birth to the comic book.
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Dark Horse Presents #36
by Jaime Hernandez (only 8 pages, but thus its inclusion here)
OK, this one's for the hardcore Jaime Hernandez fans (we know you're out there):   This issue, the series' last, contains an 8 page, full color Jaime Story, "Merlon the Magician", which, in the way of Jaime, focuses more on Merlon's assistant, Lumina than on the titular lead; plus 72 pages of other stuff that you may or may not read.  Yes, it works out to a dollar a page for the Jaime story, but, if you ask us if it's worth it, we're going to say, "Yes!"
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2014 Summer Reading Part One


CSADCarsick
by John Waters
It's here!  It's two part fantasy, one part fact, and all John Waters.
Here's The Washington Post review.
And here's an "exclusive excerpt" from FrontiersLA.

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Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the U.S.S.
George H.W. Bush
by Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer's latest takes a bit (a bit!) of a detour from his normal appointed rounds.
Reviews:  Pro & Con
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The Gray Notebook

by Josep Pla
We couldn't pass this one up.  Check out NYRB's page on it and see what you think.

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and two by Stuart Dybek: 

Ecstatic Cahoots
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Paper Lantern Love Stories
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Here's his hometown paper's take on both.








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