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New for December 2016

PoC Prince of Cats
by Ronald Wimberly
Aptly referred to as "the B-Side to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet", Ronald Wimberly's Prince of Cats pulls off quite a feat:  successfully re-imagining the world of Romeo and Juliet in an hepper-than-hep 1980s NYC where hip-hop and punk exist side-by-side and duels are settled with Samurai swords.  The story here centers and pivots on the figure of Tybalt, with Romeo and Juliet as supporting cast.  The art is dynamic, colorful and perfectly captures the mood while doing an amazing job of visually transcribing the throbbing soundtrack of the streets, train tracks, nightclubs, tenements, alleyways, nightclubs, bedrooms, offices, back rooms and underpasses that together weave an intricately colorful tapestry of the overarching and immortal theme of love amidst tribal conflicts.  While Wimberly's art here has been justly praised, his command of the Shakespearean mode, and its adaptation to this setting is perhaps even more spectacular.  His intuition of meter and measure in his translation of the streetwise lingo of Elizabethan England to the hepcat patios of 1980s New York is simply spot on every time, and a joyous wonder to read.  A delightful surprise.
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $22.22

YA Yazar and Arkadas
by Lale Westvind
It’s here! – the latest hand printed risograph comic book from Lale Westvind.  The story that unfolds here is an interior journey to the core of being.  It is also, simultaneously, a "road" map that shows the way there, in a demonstration of the power of comics to reveal hidden passageways.  Lest this description lead you to anticipate a dry exercise in intellectual gamesmanship, let us waste no time in disabusing you of this notion:  Printed in blue ink on pink paper wrapped in a duo-tone cover printed on heavy cream stock, Yazar & Arkadas ("writer & friend" in Turkish, FYI) offers up 32 blazing hot 7” x 8 1/2” pages crackling with high-voltage comics energy.  Combining a firm grasp on classic, Golden Age, science fiction visual tropes, and with a keen insight into their psychological underpinnings, Westvind here forges a singularly personal mythographics in the service of illuminating a fierce vision of desire.  Readers will be effectively transported to the “Lale-verse” wherein they will witness the pursuit of passions and the ecstasies of understanding, as aeons are collapsed into moments… and then it’s time for tea. 
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00


LiV Love in Vain: Robert Johnson, 1911-1938
by Mezzo & Jean-Michel Dupont
Prepare to have your socks knocked off.  Originally published in France in 2014, Jean-Michel Dupont and Mezzo's Love in Vain is the comics biography of this blues founding father that you've been dreaming of.  Clearly drawing on R. Crumb's comics bios of blues greats such as Charley Patton, and inspired by the inking of Charles Burns, this sensually produced, horizontally formatted graphic novel is a work befitting the legend of Robert Johnson, perhaps the most storied bluesman of them all.   Check out this Google™ image search for a peek at what's in store...  Amazing, right?
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.75

BtN By the Numbers
by Laurent Rullier & Stanislaus Barthélemy
This omnibus collection of Laurent Rullier & Stanislaus Barthélemy's By the Numbers is bande dessinee at its finest.  Chronicling the adventures of a "timid Parisian accountant" as he travels from Marseilles to post-WW II French colonial Vietnam in 1948 we are transported into a world of cold war post-colonial conflicts that runs for almost 200 pages all of which are a real treat for urban armchair adventurers.  Drawn on the grand example – and after the style – of Hergé, By the Numbers more or less answers the question, "What happened to TinTin after he grew up?" Bonus back up features included at no extra charge.
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $21.75


Lovers in the Garden
by Anya Davidson
Anya Davidson takes us back the heady 1970s in the Big Apple for a well structured, and highly entertaining tale of: romance (and bromance!), drug dealing, the law (and fronting and duplicity), rock 'n' roll memories, Vietnam War flashbacks – and 1970s fashion!  64 pages, perfect bound; full color.  Nice!
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $9.00

We Told You So: Comics As Art
by Tom Spurgeon, Gary Groth, Kim Thompson, Eric Reynolds, Michael Dean, Mike Catron, et al
This long rumored book has at last arrived, and it's a doozy!  Packed with rare photos, unheard anecdotes, classic comics, and much, much more – including an assortment of Fantagraphical comics created especially for this volume, by the likes of Simon Hanselmann, Joe Daley and many others – this compendium traces the forty year history of Fantagraphics from its founding as a publisher of a comics newspaper titled The Nostalgia Journal – which was quickly retitled The Comics Journal – designed to complement, compete with or crush – depending on who is talking – The Buyer's Guide for Comics Fandom, back in 1976, to the sprawling empire of fine comics publishing that it is today.  This book is a real treasure trove for long time Fantagraphics fans.
retail price - $49.99  copacetic price - $43.75

N1 Nincompoop #1
by Cristoph Mueller
This first issue of Nincompoop is quite a comic book.  While some Copacetic customers may be familiar with his work through his contributions to Mineshaft, this is the first chance to see Mueller really strut his stuff.  Forty, full color, Golden Age comic book size pages brimming over with densely packed, finely rendered old school comics that should be welcomed with open arms into the homes of readers of Hup, Eightball, Collier's, Blammo, Happy Hour in America and other such fine comic books that place an emphasis on combining quality writing in art in the service of creating finely crafted comics.  Check in with Mueller HERE and take a look at the kind of work you can expect to find populating the pages of this swell comic book, which, by the way, has been produced in a run of only 500 copies, so don't delay!
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $8.00


After Land, Volume 1
by Chris Taylor
This 144 page, full color, oversize softcover volume is a science fiction comic book that looks like a science fiction comic book; angular and minimal, yet at the same time weird and strange. 
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.75

Jacob Bladders and the State of Art
by Roman Muradov
Mr. Muradov is clearly on a roll, with a quartet of works released in the last couple of years (not to mention landing numerous high-profile illustration jobs, including the cover and cover-feature of this year's New York Times Book Review Holiday Issue).  His simultaneously fuzzy and sharply angular artwork is now instantly recognizable and is put to excellent use here in a story set in 1947 that is full of feints and conceits all of which perfectly complement his artwork.  So, once you've finished contemplating the awesome constructivist-style cover illustration evoking the golden age of Soviet illustration, crack open the book, buckle up and get ready for the ride...
retail price - $16.99  copacetic price - $15.25


Why Would You Do That?
by Andrea Tsurumi
Between the covers of Ms. Tsurumi's Why Would You Do That? readers will find 60 pages of zany black & white comics featuring cuddly monsters, fighting food, poodles and swimming pools – plus the occasional embarrassing anecdote.  Check out this generous preview, HERE and see what you think.
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $9.00


Sunny, Volume Six
by Taiyo Matsumoto
The sixth and FINAL volume of Taiyo Matsumoto's masterpiece has arrived.  While we celebrate its arrival, it is bittersweet being the last. Perhaps now's a good time to go back and read it through again....
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00


Laurels of Xenon
by Ryan Dodgson
Laurels of Xenon is a collection of Dodgson's meticulous, balanced, color – with an accent on gold – drawings, which vibrate between the flat two dimensions of the paper and the color fields delineated thereupon, and the illusory third dimension of western perspectival drawing.  Not sure what we mean?  Then, perhaps it would be best to simply click HERE and take a look at the gallery of sample pages provided by the publisher of this little gem of a book, Koyama Books.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $16.75

by Jim Woodring
Yes, as much as it may pain those purchasers of the original edition of this fine work, this second, deluxe edition is  nicer. The page size is larger, the pages are deckle-edged and the gold embossed cloth cover with inlaid cover image on a debossed rectangle make for a swellegant package.  So, basically, those of you who missed out on the original are the lucky ones!   Experience this masterful Jim Woodring work composed of deftly drawn, finely controlled, black and white pantomime comics filled with hallucinatory images from a dream world that seems to exist just on the other side of the page...
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00


by Junji Ito
This 745 page masterwork of horror manga by its reigning lord, Junji Ito, aims to be the last word in femme fatales... and hits a bullseye. Tomie is the insatiable woman who keeps coming back for more... even after she's been killed; and killed again.
retail price - $34.99  copacetic price - $30.00

GGThe Secret Loves of Geek Girls
edited by Hope Nicholson
Here's an anthology that started off in 2015 as a wildly successful Kickstarter project and moved onto this fall 2016 release from Dark Horse Comics.  This 276 page, full color softcover tradeback features over fifty different works by at least that many different creators.  It's been popular at the shop, so we thought we should list it up here as well.  Here's the official Dark Horse hype:   "The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a nonfiction anthology mixing prose, comics, and illustrated stories on the lives and loves of an amazing cast of female creators. Featuring work by Margaret Atwood (The Heart Goes Last), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Trina Robbins (Wonder Woman), Marguerite Bennett (Marvel’s A-Force), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), and over fifty more creators, it’s a compilation of tales told from both sides of the tables: from the fans who love video games, comics, and sci-fi to those that work behind the scenes as creators and industry insiders."
retail price - $14.99  copacetic price - $13.75


Laid Waste
by Julia Gfrörer
Ms. Gfrörer's follow-up to Black Is the Color, is set on a small holdings farm in the Old Country during an unspecified plague year and provides another take on love & hope amidst despairing circumstances executed in her old school, rough-yet-delicate pen and ink style. 
retail price - $14.99  copacetic price - $13.75


Hot or Not: 20th Century Male Artists
by Jessica Campbell
Hot or Not, by Jessica Campbell may just be the ultimate revisionist history of 20th century art, as Ms. Campbell rates some of the most prominent male artists of the last century not on the merits of t
heir artistic output, but on whether they are "Hot"... or Not.
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $9.00


Night Air
by Ben Sears
This romping all-ages fantasy adventure tale comes complete with alien technologies, castle dungeons, evil bad guys and more, all energetically rendered with a strong visual flair by the bold new talent of Ben Sears.
retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $10.75


A Cosplayers Christmas
by Dash Shaw
Yes, Christmas has passed, but it's always a good time for an all new Cosplayers adventure by Dash Shaw.  NOT included in the recently released hardcover. 
retail price - $4.99  copacetic price - $4.75


She Wolf, Volume 1
by Rich Tommaso
This bargain priced TPB collection of the initial story arc of Rich Tommaso's second series for Image Comics finds him in fine form.  His growing confidence in working through these story arcs shows, and he's taking chances in feeling his way through the coloring process after his years working in black and white in the self-publishing wilderness, speaking of which:  this volume includes as a bonus the long out of print and hard-to-find 24-page King Blood comic book published by Tommaso's own Recoil imprint.  She Wolf is a must for Tommaso fans!
retail price - $9.99  copacetic price - $9.75


Art and Beauty Magazine #3
by R. Crumb
44 pages of all new pen and ink drawings by R. Crumb.  Each accompanied by by hand written commentary by Crumb, which is by turns arch and pithy.  Need we say more?
retail price - $4.99  copacetic price - $4.75

DU Ditko Unleashed: An American Hero
by Steve Ditko; edited by Frédéric Manzano; critical essays by Florentino Flórez (translated by Rachel Waters); introduction by Robin Snyder
This massive – 10" x 13"; 6 lbs (2.5 kg) – 375 page hardcover book devoted to Steve Ditko is mind-blowingly good.  Ditko Unleashed was created to serve the dual purposes of being simultaneously the catalogue for the exhibition of the same name being held from September 29, 2016 - January 8, 2017 held at the Palma Espai d'Art in España (it's not too late to book that flight!) and a general purpose coffee table / art book for American – and Spanish – audiences.  As a result, the text is bilingual – Español and English – throughout.  This is barely noticeable as the text is in parallel, and it's easy to simply follow along in the language of your choice – but mostly because you'll be so engaged staring at page after page of amazing reproductions of Ditko's original art (including pages from Amazing Fantasy #15, among many, many others) that you won't even notice the text until you've already gone through the whole book and are ready to go through it a second time.  In addition to the glorious super-high quality, full page, full color reproductions of the pen and ink originals, there are also reproductions of half finished pages, penciled pages, thumbnails, and much more never-before-seen Ditko work that all is reproduced to the highest of standards.  There are also plenty (as in hundreds) of reproductions of his printed work, covering over sixty years(!); from 1953 all the way through 2016.  If you are a hardcore Ditko fan, you simply will not be able to live without this book.  Once you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down.  You have been warned.
retail price - $59.99  copacetic price - $53.75

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New for November 2016

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

New for October 2016

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

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

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

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

STGM4DGM4sped Study Group Magazine #4 (Regular & Deluxe Editions)
by Zack Soto, Farel Dalrymple, Noah Van Sciver, et al
Another -- and, supposedly the last (>sob!<) -- issue packed with comics and comics scholarship -- and, this time around, a playbale board (well, paper) game!  The definite highlight of this issue is the 16-page process-centered, illustrated interview with comics ace, Farel Dalrymple, as he goes into depth and detail about his work methods, tools and processes.  Comics makers, take note!  The publisher has this to say:  'Adventure calls in this massive tribute to all things fearless and fantastic! Featuring work by Farel Dalrymple, Ed Wheelan, Lark Pien, Noah Van Sciver, Adrea Kalfas, Benjamin Marra, Ian Chachere, Dylan Horrocks, and many more! Includes comics, art, articles, interviews, and a playable board game! Cover art by Levon Jihanian." In addition to the magazine, the "exclusive" Deluxe Edition includes a playable Danger Country RPG by Levon Jihanian (Over the Garden Wall) and a GM screen with art by Benjamin Marra (Terror Assaulter OMWOT)!
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Soft City
by Hariton Pushwagner, w/ intro by Chris Ware
Hold onto your hats, SOFT CITY, Hariton Pushwagner's epic pen & ink meditation on urban living has arrived! Created between 1969 and 1975, this amazing Norwegian comics masterwork was lost for decades and is only now being published in the US, in this massive oversize hardcover volume. Get ready to have your comics history assumptions challenged.  Chris Ware's introduction will get you up to speed so you can hit the ground running.
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BAC2016 The Best American Comics 2016
by Roz Chast, Bill Kartalopoulos, Marc Bell, Ben Katchor, et al
The Best American Comicsseries continues its Bill Kartalopoulos led streak of excellence with this volume.  Any concerns that the selection of Roz Chast would somehow lead to a New Yorker Magazine Aesthetic-centric edition are immediately laid to rest with Marc Bell's playful wraparound cover.  Yes, while New Yorker friendly marquee names like Chris Ware, Ben Katchor, Lynda Barry, Drew Friedman, Adrian Tomine are here, there is also a far ranging selection of work by many sorts of talents, ranging from Gilbert Hernandez to Liana Finck, Richard McGuire to Kate Beaton, Anne Emond to Alex Schubert, John Procellino to GG (whose volume closing piece was originally created for the Comics Workbook Composition Competition), Gabrielle Bell to Joe Sacco, Keiler Roberts to Lance Ward, Cece Bell to Casanova Frankenstein, and more -- along with a healthy dose of those Americans who, like cover artist Bell (who also is included within), hail north of the US border, like Dave Lapp, Genevieve Elverum, Joe Ollmann and Nina Bunjevac.  Another great assemblage of comics.  Recommended!
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Tet Tetris
by Box Brown
Box Brown is back with another engrossing tale that doubles as a history lesson, and he has set upon a subject that is perfectly suited for his spare angular style.  Tetris is multilayered work that explores the intersection of politics, personality, technology and human nature as they collided in the creation and dissemination of the early classic computer game, Tetris. The story centers on two Soviet-era, Moscow-based computer scientists, Alexy Pajitinov, the creator of Tetris, and his pal, Vladimir Pokhilko, and details the underlying processes of Alexy's creation of the game itself (during his spare time on his government job, no less) before following the globe-trotting escapades that were the result as he and Vladimir tried to get the game officially out into the wider, capitalistic and US-dominated world.  A parable of the clash between and the coming together of communism and capitalism during the final days of the cold war era.  Check out a nice preview and read some of the rave reviews, HERE
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NT Naptime
by Nate McDonough
Naptime, the latest work by man-about-town-with-pen-ink-and-paper, Nate "Grixly" McDonough, is, art-wise, perhaps his strongest outing to date.  Get ready for a well crafted read, assembled with generally heavier line weights and heavier blacks than in standard Grixly product -- which this is not, being a 72-page, 8 1/2" x 11", squarebound volume.  Nate doesn't hold back in this gleeful presentation of the darkness lying beneath the veneer of personal propriety and social convention.  While the thread that ties together the elements of the story into a cohesive whole may be occasionally lost from sight, due to the dense and at times opaque narrative, the enjoyment of following the visuals never diminishes.  Readers will be propelled through to the end regardless, and are likely to be challenged in the process -- before each coming to their own conclusions at the story’s terminus.     PLUS:  Bonus pinups by Nathaniel Taylor & Nick Vincenti and a swell back cover by Jonas Goonface!   And, of course, given that this is a Grixly Production, it is bargain priced!
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CHLVile #1: The Coward's Hole
Vile #2: Lonesome
by Tyler Landry
Just in time for Halloween we have a pair of creepy tales from Tyler Landry, under the title of Vile. The first, "The Coward's Hole", is a 48-page, duo-tone (green) SF tale -- nicely printed on newsprint  with cardstock cover --  set on some random planet somewhere.  The scond, "Lonesome",  is a nice-n'-creepy 24-page tri-color (yellow-blue-green) tale -- crisply printed on newsprint with cardstock cover --  set deep in the woods; a man alone, late at night, with a full moon and a fire...
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#2 -  retail price - $5.95  copacetic price - $5.35

Ley Lines: For Lives
Read and Erase

by Andrew White
LLAWThis issue of Ley Lines presents "For Lives,"  Andrew White's exploratory foray into the intertwining of the lives of Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein that centers on Picasso's definitive portrait of Stein that was painted over 1905 and 1906.  The relationship between Picasso and Stein was one of the REkey fulcrum points in the development of 20th century modernism and this portrait along with Stein's record of its process and her subsequent writings on Picasso are thus key modernist touchstones.  White here brings these together in this piece of experimental comics.  And then, don't miss its <>follow-up / companion piece:  Read and Erase e printed in an identical format at the same printers (WestCan, for you-who-need-to-know) and once again focuses on the Gertrude Stein and her milieu.  In Read and Erase, the main focus is on her relationship with Alice B. Toklas, their trip to America, death, and presence and absence.  White employs snippets from letters and notes between the two as well as other writings of Stein and Toklas, whose relationship was most famously rendered in Getrude Stein's Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.  White's comics here mimic Steins elliptical repetitions in some ways, while providing a backdrop to Stein's and Toklas's exchange.  Comics to ponder...
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The Experts
by Sophie Franz
Ms. Franz's entry in the Retrofit / Big Planet line of fine independent comics, The Experts, is a beautiully rendered and effectively creepy depiction of getting in over one's head.  • Full color; 24 pages; cardstock covers.
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00

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

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


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